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#225493 - 12/03/13 10:52 PM Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 383 Update (July 15)
Andrew - PG Music Offline
PG Music Staff

Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 3114
Loc: Victoria, BC
Band-in-a-Box Update Patches:

Summary of changes for Build 383

  • Improved: Guitar Tab notation entry improved. Clicking on tab in editable notation (after setting tracktype to guitar), will then set the next note to be inserted on that string.
  • Fixed: Tab font was too big on leadsheet.
  • Fixed: && was displaying for some styles with & in the name, such as R&B.sty.
  • Fixed: F5 Bar report was missing bar numbers sometimes.
  • Fixed: Updating old mixer sliders wasn't updating the new mixer sliders.
  • Fixed: RealTracks auditioning issue if your home folder was named with "band" in it.
  • Fixed: If usertracks was chosen, loop dialog referred to the usertracks (and vice versa).
  • Fixed: Instrument radio button menu showing usertracks was showing for loops.
  • Fixed: Acid info file had wrong acid name sometimes.
  • Fixed: User Memo in RealTracks picker wasn't allowing spaces in memos.
  • Fixed: In notation, sometimes after pressing stop, the up/down arrows were causing notes to change in the notation window.
  • Improved: In lyric editing more, going to the next lyric now highlights the text of the lyric.
  • Fixed: Audio button on mixer was resulting in wrong notation windows width.
  • Improved: Notation window, when note names are displayed, and there are blue lines shown for durations, now more visible note names.
  • Improved: For the audition play controls in the RealTracks picker and other dialogs, the play button now stays pressed in.
  • Fixed: Chords with 16th note pushes like ^^C weren't showing correctly using BigBand font.
  • Fixed: Drums demos with # in the name were not playing from the internet.
  • Fixed: Audio play from bar 1 offset fixed, on songs without tempo changes.
  • Fixed: Audio track, option in Render dialog to include/exclude audio track in render wasn't working in all cases.
  • Fixed: Audio Track volume not being saved with the song.
  • Fixed: When the option to show the Channel Numbers for the note names is selected, and you are in Staff Roll notation mode, the channel numbers appear behind the blue lines. This makes it difficult to see the numbers in this format.
  • Fixed: If I have all MIDI tracks in the song then changing the "THIS SONG" volume setting works ok within BiaB but makes no difference to the exported ".wav" file. That is you can have it all the way up or down but the exported ".wav" is still the same volume.
  • Fixed: Audition file for styles was looking for a RealDrums demo for some songs that already had RealDrums in them.
  • Fixed: Mute audio function doesn't cause a glitch now - happens immediately.
  • Updated: Full Band-in-a-Box manual.
  • Fixed: When adding styles with StylePicker editor, the styles weren't being added to the new categories.

Summary of changes for Build 381

  • Fixed: Freeze wasn't updating on mixer sometimes.
  • Fixed: Redraw chords too big when returning from Ctrl-T full screen mode.
  • Fixed: Anomalies on chords/notation window when enlarging mixer.
  • Improved: Vocal synth engine (Sinsy) improved. New male singer added "Matsuo"; Settings now saved with song. Here's an example of Sinsy singing "Listen". Here is another example Helicon harmonies.
  • Improved: Faster bootup (about 20% faster).
  • Improved: Videos accessed by the Vides Demos button are updated, with lots of new videos and organized by catagories.
  • Added: New UserTracks Templates added to "C:\bb\RealTracks\UserTracks\UserTracks Templates" folder (Also in C:\bb\data\TemplatesForUserTracks).
  • Fixed: Some users with a recent Windows update needed to re-activate the program (ie delete tickets and re-activate).
  • Added: Full Band-in-a-Box 2014 User Guide

Summary of changes for Build 380

  • Added: On-screen piano is now "clickable". Click on any track of the piano on the mixer, to hear that note (using the current MIDI patch of the track clicked). This also adds to the notation (if in editable notation mode) at the current time.
  • Fixed: Menu item for Melody Embellisher wasn't working.
  • Fixed: Play From button wasn't showing on the arrow menu when it was hidden from the main menu. Same for WAV, Prefs, ChordBuilder, RealTracks and RealDrums buttons.
  • Fixed: Access Violation occurring when top menu was clicked on in some cases (certain songs with frozen tracks).

Summary of changes for Build 379

  • Added: Full screen (no GUI) mode. Press Ctrl T, and the top toolbar disappears. This makes the chord screen (and notation window, audio edit, piano roll) full screen. This is most useful for people with lo-res displays, where the toolbars are taking up too much of the screen, or those who want a clean look. If you set this, most options need to be done via menus, or pressing Ctrl-T again to toggle back the full display.
  • Changed: Flash Messages (yellow information messages) now bottom right, instead of top right, so they don't partially cover the mixer.
  • Added: Fine tuning the mixer sliders. Changing mixer #s by left click drag. You can now left click and drag the #s beside the mixer sliders, and this will allow fine tuning the values. Right click to type in the value.
  • Fixed: Freeze-up sometimes could occur when mixer window was open and audio track was displayed.
  • Added: Additional shots and holds files for new RealTracks are added. (Note: Holds293 does not exist).
  • Fixed: Some RealTracks Picker memos were not displaying.
  • Fixed: RealDrums Picker - some new drums styles had missing information.
  • Fixed: Miscellaneous minor fixes to demo songs included with RealTracks sets 188-205, such as typos and missing song titles.
  • Added: Documentation - Setting for RealDrums Reverb. This feature was not previously documented. In RealDrums, Prefs there is a setting for Amount of Reverb to RealDrums. Normally no reverb is added to Drums. But if you want some added, you can set it here.
  • Added: Documentation - Volume adjustment for Real Drum Pushes. This feature was not previously documented. RealDrums - Preferences: Adjust Push Velocity. This makes a dB adjustment to RealDrums drum pushes (there was already one for shots, just not pushes).
  • Added: Strings externalized including graphics.
  • Fixed: Spacebar key in RealTracks Picker and StylePicker dialog wasn't working correctly in the Filter edit control (was triggering a Preview).

Summary of changes for Build 378

  • Added: We've added more material to the strings RealTracks! (included in the BonusPAK). The strings styles now have much more varied playing and can play complex chords. Simple arrangements are also available.
  • Fixed: Spacebar for preview was beeping in certain cases.
  • Fixed: Song title wasn't defaulting to untitled on bootup in some cases.
  • Added: Hints added for new dialogs (UserTracks, UserTracks Settings (off F5 dialog), Vocal Synth).
  • Added: Some strings externalized (for non English versions).
  • Fixed: After Vocal Synth, File-Open was forgetting the current directory.

Summary of changes for Build 377

  • Changed: Instead of mixer tracks saying <not used> or <empty>, the name is just blank. This was a requested change, to have a cleaner look on the mixer.
  • Added: Tempo Spin control on main screen enhanced. Right click or Shift Click now changes by 1, without spinning unpredictably to higher values. Text doesn't highlight implying that it's editable.
  • Fixed: Previews in StylePicker, RealDrums Picker, RealTracks Picker, and Main Screen (Style button - Preview style) now shut off ASIO when needed to work correctly (ASIO is started when needed afterwards).
  • Added: Pressing <SPACEBAR> key now works for previews in StylePicker, RealDrums Picker, and RealTracks Picker.
  • Fixed: StylePicker list discrepancies.
  • Fixed: RealTracks Picker list typos fixed and some missing info added.

Summary of changes for Build 376

  • Updated: Updated to show latest style definitions.
  • Updated: 'Patches' tab in mixer to shows patch names in large fonts.
  • Updated: Prefs- Output channels - now this is not saved between sessions (people were inadvertently setting it).
  • Fixed: RealTracks and SuperTracks files released with 2014: misc. minor fixes.
  • Fixed: 2014 Upgrade manual wasn't launching from the Help menu.
  • Fixed: Choose Font dialogs for Lyric Options, Notation Options and Display Options were showing up behind the program in certain cases.

Edited by Andrew - PG Music (07/18/14 06:55 PM)
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#225499 - 12/03/13 11:26 PM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
seeker Offline

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Appreciate Andrew, Thanks

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#225809 - 12/05/13 07:45 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: seeker]
malevans Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 197
Loc: GB
Many thanks Andrew.

#225815 - 12/05/13 08:11 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
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Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 7241
Loc: Pensacola, Florida
Can't complain about the patches coming out so quickly. Thanks PG and staff.

#225854 - 12/05/13 12:13 PM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
kelso Offline

Registered: 11/19/05
Posts: 467
Thanks, PGM

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#226024 - 12/06/13 12:55 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
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Registered: 06/08/05
Posts: 5334
Loc: Redondo Beach, Ca.
Cool. Nothing major but these little things add up to a better overall experience.

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#226364 - 12/07/13 03:18 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
Andy123 Offline

Registered: 07/21/08
Posts: 118
Loc: Sussex - UK
Many Thanks Andrew.

My RD preview buttons still don't work. I get a "No demo found" yellow message, with or without 'Use Internet' ticked.

My RT preview works fine.

I wonder if I need to re-download something?

Thanks! Best - Andy

#226466 - 12/07/13 01:48 PM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
MikeK Offline

Registered: 10/21/07
Posts: 1580
Loc: Buford, GA
Impressive, how quick patches are coming out. Minor, granted. But, this is more evidence how PG takes pride in their product.

Thanks so much, folks @ PGM.

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#226478 - 12/07/13 02:13 PM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: MikeK]
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Registered: 03/22/07
Posts: 166
Loc: Greater Boston
Andrew, I hear the 624 gypsy solo fiddle playing a major third over a Gm chord. Does that have an easy fix to it?
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#227849 - 12/13/13 02:28 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
Jazzer_Phil Offline

Registered: 12/11/12
Posts: 11
Loc: Belgium
Hi Andrew,

I take it that you mean holds 293 doesn't exist, since I do have holds 193 and 293 missing. By the way, whatever happened with holds 243, 244 and 245? That would make my set complete.



#227866 - 12/13/13 05:32 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
axeplayer Offline

Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 94
Thanks for update 379, good stuff.

Added: Fine tuning the mixer sliders. Changing mixer #s by left click drag. You can now left click and drag the #s beside the mixer sliders, and this will allow fine tuning the values. Right click to type in the value.

I do find though (maybe others can test it out) that the above doesn't work that well, dragging the numbers to change the slider value, on my system anyways is a total unreliable way of fine tuning, numbers just jump all over the place even when dragging on them.

I love the ctrl+T for full screen and personally feel that could be enhanced to its full potential by having an option to put a small floating GUI transport bar type thing there with a drop down menu to add the buttons of your choice, also that biab will restart again in the last display type that you closed it in, either normal or ctrl+T

Thanks again

#227872 - 12/13/13 07:37 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
malevans Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 197
Loc: GB
Thank you Andrew. smile

#227876 - 12/13/13 07:52 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: malevans]
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Registered: 12/30/11
Posts: 223
Loc: Upstate NY, USA
Sounds great! Does 379 incorporate 378, 377, etc? Or does each need to be installed in order?

Kawai VPC1 MIDI Controller; Asus A53E Laptop running Windows 7 - 64 bit; BIAB 2014 EverythingPak running from Laptop's Hard Drive.

#227878 - 12/13/13 08:30 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: newbert]
flatfoot Offline

Registered: 06/15/00
Posts: 2100
Loc: Sacramento CA
Hey this is Great!!

Ctrl-T is what I need as an long-time user. I learned over many years to use the menus for most commands, and now I can get that back. Thank you very much!
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#227879 - 12/13/13 08:43 AM Re: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 380 Update (Dec 19) [Re: newbert]
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Originally Posted By: newbert
Sounds great! Does 379 incorporate 378, 377, etc? Or does each need to be installed in order?


Installing the latest Update file available always incorporates all the other previous Update fixes.

So if you missed 377, 378, simply installing 379 gets you all the fixes in one shot.

PGmusic FAQs, Tutorials and Updates! click here

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