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#260265 - 08/22/14 07:05 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] BIAB 2014
Bert9981 Offline
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Registered: 08/22/14
Posts: 3
Hi, I'm new to the forum. I've had BIAB 2010 but never got really skilled with it. Now I'm retired and have more time to devout to working with it. How do folks like BIAB 2014? I'm thinking of upgrading.

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#260266 - 08/22/14 07:05 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: BIAB 2014 [Re: Bert9981]
Bert9981 Offline
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Registered: 08/22/14
Posts: 3
Thanks!!

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#260267 - 08/22/14 07:16 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: BIAB 2014 [Re: Bert9981]
solidrock Offline
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Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1827
Yes go for it vast improvement.

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#260271 - 08/22/14 07:40 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: BIAB 2014 [Re: Bert9981]
soolan Offline
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Registered: 06/27/02
Posts: 174
I agree, it's the best version so far. There is also a tonne of videos on both PG web site and on YouTube. I'm also retired and spend hours a day having fun with BIAB. Enjoy


Edited by soolan (08/22/14 07:43 PM)
Edit Reason: spelling

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#260272 - 08/22/14 07:52 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: BIAB 2014 [Re: Bert9981]
Jim Fogle Offline
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Registered: 08/20/11
Posts: 3784
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC USA
Band-in-a-Box and RealBand can be somewhat difficult to grasp in the beginning.. I've had several false starts myself and it would surprise me if others have not experienced beginner's blues. However the same can be said about almost any hobby.

Welcome to the forum and welcome back to PG Music. The quick answer is there have been many changes from the 2010 edition to 2014. As far as I can tell most forum members seem to consider 2014 to be both significant and worthwhile. From what I remember from the upgrade instructions the 2011 and 2012.5 upgrades were also significent so it's likely you're at least three significent upgrades behind. Sales Support can best advise you in that regard.

Having said that I must mention there's nothing wrong with learning and using what you already have. Several forum members continue to use editions older than yours with excellent results so help is still available through the forum. PG Music support also can answer questions about prior editions..

Cost is normally a consideration. PG Music "normally" releases new editions (for Windows computers) in December and offers tremendous discounts. All I'm suggesting is why not learn what you have until then.
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#260293 - 08/22/14 11:39 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: BIAB 2014 [Re: Bert9981]
JohnJohnJohn Offline
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Registered: 06/25/12
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Jim is right! The incredible deals come around December 1. So, wait three months, learn what you have and upgrade when the price is right!

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#260346 - 08/23/14 10:06 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: BIAB 2014 [Re: Bert9981]
soolan Offline
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Registered: 06/27/02
Posts: 174
If and when you do upgrade, I found the printed manual to be worth every cent ($10+$5). It's laid out in a very logical step by step (much easier than hunt and peck using the Help menu).

Good luck and hope you do upgrade.
Reminder: about the videos, check them out.

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#260354 - 08/23/14 11:03 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: BIAB 2014 [Re: Bert9981]
flatfoot Offline
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Registered: 06/15/00
Posts: 2181
Loc: Sacramento CA
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I would say that the cost of upgrading is totally worth it. On the other hand, if you are still learning, there is no need to rush. There is an awful lot to learn in V10, and everything you learn will still be there when and if you move to the latest version. No harm in waiting.
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PG Music News
RealTracks Patch Update for Windows Users

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can download the latest RealTracks update patch (519) here.

This patch includes some RealTracks audio updates we have made since the release of Band-in-a-Box 2018. 2018 users should be sure to download the latest Band-in-a-Box 2018 update patch (519), as that patch includes the bulk of the fixes for RealTracks released with 2018. This is a larger download than typical because it updates the Vocal Oohs and Aahs RealTracks audio files. There is more information and Audiophile patches available here.

Summary of RealTracks Audio updates:
Improved: There were small issues with the tuning of several Bass styles. This has been fixed for both the original mix and the direct input mix. This affects the following RealTracks:
- Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow16thsByron Ev16 060
- Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow128Byron Sw 040
- Bass, Acoustic, RockabillySwingByron Sw 190
- Bass, Acoustic, BluesyPopByron Ev 100
Improved: Audio glitches have been removed from the ends of phrases in the Vocal Oohs and Aahs RealTracks.

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Patch Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can download the latest (free) update patch (519) here.

Summary of changes:
Added: Additional dialog available for detailed information in the StyleMaker (fields for memo, examples, and other parameters). These are set in the StyleMaker (more dialog, a button called "Style Memos etc").
Added: Help Video button Added to the Audio Harmony dialog.
Improved: ABC opening improvements with some accidentals, and leadin bars that occur in middle of song.
Improved: Audio harmonies now used Improved algorithms, and can be easily set using N voices above, M voices below (and have additional functions like duplicate melody, and dup. melody octave below).
Improved: Lyrics will be now read from .mid files that used to be karaoke files (.kar) and got renamed somewhere along the line.
Improved: Support for RealTracks that should be transposed only lower (ie heavy metal guitars) and for future Improved metal guitar comping.
Improved: The Audio Harmony Dialog has been rearranged to be more intuitive when using Band-in-a-Box Intelligent Mode.
Fixed: Audio harmonies might be missing some notes.
Fixed: Audio harmonies would be generated with the wrong notes if selecting a range of audio in the middle of the track.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash on bootup with error "Read Beyond end of file".
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box should show message if the latest VJT application is not installed when the user tries to render videos.
Fixed: File > Open Special > Open Audio was importing audio instead of opening it in a new song.
Fixed: In the Bar Settings window, "Chordsheet and Notation - Start a New Line" should say "Notation - Start a New Line".
Fixed: It was not possible to record audio using WAS audio drivers if "Output always on" was disabled.
Fixed: Misc. RealTracks updates.
Fixed: Quicklist drums picker sometimes showing too many drums in the list.
Fixed: Redundant flash messages were showing.
Fixed: Removing a custom drums from a track would still display Drums as the name of the loop in the track.
Fixed: Rendering audio while there is a region of bars highlighted in the chord sheet might cause a crash.
Fixed: Saving a MIDI file would fail unless saving as type 1.
Fixed: Some 12-key RealTracks were incorrectly set to allow transposition.
Fixed: The Audio Harmony dialog needed some hints.
Fixed: The Audio Harmony dialog was missing the new Band-in-a-Box Intelligent Mode.
Fixed: The VJT application should print out its version number in log files.

Tutorials - How to Install Your Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Hard Drive

When you have your Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac UltraPAK shipped to you on a portable hard drive, there are a few different options for installation. We go over these 3 options with our latest video series:

Option 1: Run Band-in-a-Box® directly from the USB drive only: click here to view.

Option 2: Install Band-in-a-Box® on your computer hard drive, but leave the RealTracks & RealDrums on the USB hard drive: click here to view.

Option 3: Install Band-in-a-Box® and the RealTracks & RealDrums on your computer hard drive: click here to view.

Check out all our Band-in-a-Box for Mac videos here.

Video - Downloading and Installing RealTracks Sets for Band-in-a-Box® for Mac

Have you purchased your Band-in-a-Box® package, and want to make sure you're downloading and installing the RealTracks Sets correctly?

Well, we've created just the tutorial video you're looking for! Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac® - Downloading and Installing RealTracks Sets.

Video link:
www.pgmusic.com/?vid=QndXu8H_IwM

Thoughts on Band-in-a-Box® 2017 - Mac Power Users Discussion

David Sparks and Katie Floyd discuss a variety of topics in their recent episide of Mac Power Users: https://www.relay.fm/mpu/432 - listen all the way through (and laugh along with them - it was a very entertaining episode!), or jump to 1:37:40 where David shares his thoughts on Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac!

Thank you David and Katie!

Polish New Features Video for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows

Our Polish Distributor, Sound Station, has finished their Band-in-a-Box 2018 New Features summary video (in Polish!) - click here to watch.

We hope all our Polish Band-in-a-Box users find this video helpful - thank you Sound Station!

YouTube Find - Love it (with Band-in-a-Box 2018)

YouTube channel EmtpyHallToones uploaded a video of their guitar performance using Band-in-a-Box backing tracks!

Click here to watch.

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