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#141014 - 12/15/11 08:33 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Wow & Wow!
Rutabago Offline
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I live a long way from Victoria B.C., here in Ottawa ON. I ordered 2012 on Tues. about noon. It was in my hands by Wed. 10 am. Such super service! I do have one question. This time it came with a cute little Phillips screwdriver. What's It for? .....Hank

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#141015 - 12/15/11 08:52 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: Rutabago]
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Hi Rutabago,

I've read a few instances of the USB hard drives not sitting correctly in their cases. Sometimes this has stopped the drive working and other times it has made for a noisy drive. I suspect the screwdriver is there to open the casing and correct the drive's seating if necessary.

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#141016 - 12/15/11 09:51 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: Noel96]
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I suspect that someone up at pgmusic in the assembly/shipping left their little screwdriver in your box as it is not typically an included item. Happened to someone last year as well.

I wouldn't worry about it, either, just enjoy your new jeweler's screwdriver.



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#141017 - 12/15/11 10:01 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: Mac]
Ed C Offline
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It was in mine also... I don't think it was a mistake.. Of course i've always wanted a little screwdriver.. Good for fixing glasses.

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#141018 - 12/15/11 10:05 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: Ed C]
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Maybe *some* of the drive kits they bought do include a screwdriver, don't know.

Just don't want those who didn't get a screwdriver in theirs to think that they are missing out on anything important...


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#141019 - 12/15/11 10:09 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: Mac]
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Might never be important I have one or two around and the wife has one in her purse tied to the swiss army knife of 40 years. I got another with my drive this year.

My's wife's swiss army knife provides lots of entertainment like...'anyone have a corkscrew?' or scissors, or a screwdriver/bottleopener.

Ha.
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#141020 - 12/15/11 10:29 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: John Conley]
Rutabago Offline
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Hmm. Peter, you should have the answer.

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#141021 - 12/15/11 10:51 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: Rutabago]
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What most of you don't realize is that the hard drive is in fact a miniaturized TARDIS (with a fully functional chameleon circuit), and the screwdriver belongs to a tiny Doctor Who.
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#141022 - 12/15/11 12:06 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: filkertom]
thesleeve Offline
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As long as we're talking about the hard drives... May I ask, what is the physical size of the drive enclosure that PG Music ships? Nowadays those things range anywhere from the size of an iPod up to a small textbook.

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#141023 - 12/15/11 12:08 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: filkertom]
JBlue7 Offline
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I want a Christmas Screwdriver too for my glasses. HAHA.
Any news on the 146 patch?
149 beta update has certainly improved things, great work.
Thanks Jeff

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#141024 - 12/15/11 01:22 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: JBlue7]
Will - PG Music Offline
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Hello all,

Noel96 had it - we are including screwdrivers with the hard drive packages now, just in case a hard drive reseat is required (as per our hard drive troubleshooting doc: http://www.pgmusic.com/tutorial_hd-troubleshoot.htm )

Thanks,
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#141025 - 12/15/11 01:40 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: thesleeve]
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it's a touch bigger than an IPhone and I got the small screwdriver too. One of the early HD's from PG did lose connection and I had to open up the drive case and plug it back in. Those little screws are tiny, I dropped one on my carpet and the thing just disappeared, took me a few minutes to find it.

Bob
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#141026 - 12/15/11 01:50 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: jazzmammal]
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Well, I did not get a little screwdriver. Perhaps that's because in another thread, I mentioned I already had one from PG Music from another update. At least this time the OP didn't call the screwdriver 'goofy'. And yes, one time I had to reattach the hard drive's connector to make it operational after shipping. They are rough on packages in New York.

The audiophile drive (might be the same as regular) is 5 1/4" by 3 1/8" by just under 1/2" thick.
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#141027 - 12/15/11 02:02 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: Matt Finley]
David Walker Offline
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Well, I hope I get one. My 2011 hd had a screw missing and part of the electronics were spilling out. Just pushed them back in. Everything worked well. Still missing the screw though...No puns at this point please..ha ha.

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#141028 - 12/15/11 02:49 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: David Walker]
PeterGannon Offline
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The screwdrivers are provided to us "free of charge" when we buy the hard drive enclosures (cases). If the delivery man has been drop kicking the package, its possible the hard drive connections have become loose - so the screwdriver is "just in case" you need to open the drive to reseat the hard drive.
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#141029 - 12/15/11 03:49 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: PeterGannon]
Rutabago Offline
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So now we know...Loved the humor....Hank....Merry Chrismas!

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#141030 - 12/15/11 03:58 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: Mac]
rikkisbears Offline
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Hi Mac,
I got one too, with my 2011.5 upgrade usb drive.

I've found it handy for removing the screws from one of my Xmas ornaments that needed a battery replacement.

So I was more than greatful to have it or it would still have a flat battery. haahaa

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I suspect that someone up at pgmusic in the assembly/shipping left their little screwdriver in your box as it is not typically an included item. Happened to someone last year as well.

I wouldn't worry about it, either, just enjoy your new jeweler's screwdriver.



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#141031 - 12/15/11 07:24 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: JBlue7]
John Conley Offline
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146 done.

Yup, there's a selling point. Honey I bought a little screwdriver and I can fix your glasses for free!!!

The hard drive is thinner than most guys wallets. About 5 inches by 4 inches. It's black with cool gold letters that say Band in a Box. And it comes in ....a box! How cool is that. I for one, think there should be neat pictures of it, that's cute enough most guys could show the wife and she'd say ok. Ok course on the other end, you could go to some cowboy/biker bar and bring home 3 guys, drink a bunch of beer and jack, smoke cigars, and tell her this is going to be your band, practise twice a week. Then on Sunday tell her just after church (LOL) that you found this band in a box for only X$ would replace those guys. Easy sale or what?
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#141032 - 12/15/11 07:53 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: JBlue7]
rharv Offline
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Typically (recent versions) the drives have been a small shirt pocket size drive, 160 gig notebook type drive in a small enclosure. And seem to last quite well. Little more than 3" X 5" and 5/8" thick maybe. Just my guesstimate.
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#141033 - 12/16/11 06:55 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Wow & Wow! [Re: rharv]
Kevin Woolley Offline
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I actually needed to use the screwdriver as my package must have been drop kicked a couple of times and the drive had come off the connector.

The manufacturers should add a small rubber pad to keep the hard drive pushed up on the connector.

Kevin

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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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