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#278181 - 01/04/15 04:22 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Question about price of Deering Banjos - and what 'more' you get with the Sierra vs the Goodtime [Re: Joe V]
bobcflatpicker Offline

Registered: 10/27/07
Posts: 3352
Loc: WV, USA

You mentioned that you'd gotten a nice mandolin. What did you get?

#278186 - 01/04/15 05:04 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Question about price of Deering Banjos - and what 'more' you get with the Sierra vs the Goodtime [Re: Joe V]
Pat Marr Offline

Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 7508
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC
Originally Posted By: Joe V
I was almost ready to pull the trigger, withdrew the chase from the bank - then my wife reminded me of the many instruments I have recently purchased that I haven't played yet...

Sometimes I like to tell her about the cost of the instruments I'm buying because I feel our finances are collectively shared, and other times, I think it better to keep it a secret. But I can't deny her accuracy in pointing out the many unplayed instruments I own lol

that's the part in the conversation where you walk her to her closet and point out how many expensive shoes and outfits are there that haven't been worn in years. Then without a word you may as well move your pillow and blanket to the couch.

#278461 - 01/06/15 02:37 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Question about price of Deering Banjos - and what 'more' you get with the Sierra vs the Goodtime [Re: Joe V]
Joe V Offline

Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 1010
Loc: NYC
I am now the proud owner of a Deering Sierra (I couldn't resist - I knew if I didn't buy it now, it would still be an eventual idea that would materialize as a bucket list item - and I ain't gettin' any younger !)

I'm just going to rationalize it as 'part of the basement studio - so my musician visitors don't have to carry their instruments over'...but in fact, I rarely if ever have musician visitors, and they NEVER play the banjo or mandolin. I've been lucky to have a few drummer friends that occasionally visit.

Bob, my mandolin is an Eastman MD614 - another Craigslist present I purchase 1 or 2 years ago (years going so fast now !)

Usually, an newly purchase instrument gets me to play the PREVIOUSLY purchased unplayed instrument - so now that I purchased the banjo, will probably dive into the mandolin.

Actually, I'm looking for someone to barter teaching time with - I am an advanced student of flamenco guitar, somewhat of a computer techie, and can probably offer the right person a lot of beneficial guitar or tech instruction. Hoping to find someone looking to brush up their skills in one of these areas that is willing to barter my teaching time for theirs on the mandolin, banjo, or bass. I will make this a separate post - I think it warrants such.

Thanks again to all of you for your help and advice in this purchase decision I made.

#278466 - 01/06/15 02:56 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Question about price of Deering Banjos - and what 'more' you get with the Sierra vs the Goodtime [Re: Joe V]
bobcflatpicker Offline

Registered: 10/27/07
Posts: 3352
Loc: WV, USA
Congrats Joe. I hope you enjoy sleeping on the couch for a few days.

Is the Sierra the open back or resonator version?

The Eastman MD614 looks like a great mandolin. I've never played one but it appears to be a very good one.

Edited by bobcflatpicker (01/06/15 03:01 PM)

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Video - Making A Song in Band-in-a-Box® 2018

Ever wonder how to create a song in Band-in-a-Box®? We start off with the basics in our latest video for Band-in-a-Box® 2018!

Windows users: click here | Mac users: click here

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.

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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: - 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!

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