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#378140 - 11/29/16 12:20 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum!
Callie - PG Music Offline
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New to Band-in-a-Box® ? We've created a Beginner's Forum that's the perfect place to post resources ideal for those starting with Band-in-a-Box®.

If you're not new to Band-in-a-Box®, that doesn't mean you can't join in the action! Pop over to the new forum to join in the discussion & share your knowledge too!
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#378165 - 11/29/16 01:24 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
Edward Buckley Offline

Registered: 03/27/06
Posts: 812
Loc: Guadalajara, Mexico
What a great idea!!! I'm sure there are many new users who feel intimidated to post their questions on the regular BIAB forum, I sure hope some of the seasoned users will peruse it frequently, and this might also be a great place to post your tips on getting more out of BIAB.

#378183 - 11/29/16 02:01 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Registered: 07/12/00
Posts: 17631
Loc: Hudson Valley & Lake George NY
The new forum was a suggestion by a regular forum member, who has already contributed (no, not me: David Snyder).
BIAB 2018 Win Audiophile; [& 2018 Mac UltraPak]. Software: Mixcraft, Adobe Audition, Ozone, Encore; Win 10 64 Pro. Hardware: custom i7, 16 Gb; Roland Integra-7, Focusrite 18i20(2), TCE Finalizer, Behringer X-Touch, Adam sub & monitors.

#378276 - 11/29/16 05:32 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
David Snyder Offline

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 4326
Loc: North Carolina
Hey Y'all,

There seems to be some confusion on my original thread from some people as to why we need this new Forum. But remember, at the end of the day, Band in a Box is tool for writing and playing songs. Most of the time, songs are deceptively simply and catchy little numbers that people love to sing.

In that light, I see this as a "safe space" for all us beginners to ask the most basic questions about using to tool to make songs, even if the questions sound elementary. Plus, it creates an organized place for all basic instructions to go. Obviously, if you feel your question is for a more advanced forum and you do not want to post here, you can always post somewhere else, such as the regular BIAB Forum. No one is forcing you to post on the beginner's forum.

Anyway, as a beginner myself, I know that getting a good understanding of the basics will take you far.

My own favorite concepts are:

1. Learning what the basic chord symbols I ii iii IV V vii and dim 7 mean in any key in a chord progression and how you manipulate those to write a song. (And how you gradually move on to slightly trickier "jazz" chords as you advance.)

2. How you can load a style demo in BIAB and find some wicked chord progressions you never thought of.

3. How to use midi files in BIAB and Real band.

4. The marvels of the song form dialog and the little blue and green buttons that take you from verse to chorus.

5. Loading a BIAB file into Real Band, tweaking the audio, adding vox, adding your own tracks and mixing that puppy down.

If those 5 things have to be repeated and discussed a thousand times, then so be it. It's what makes a song.

David Snyder
Audiophile Everything + Studio + Instruments + Fingers

#378450 - 11/30/16 04:11 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
Charlie Fogle Online   content

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 4590
Loc: South Carolina
Great idea and a great response from our PGMusic team in recognizing and reacting to this idea.

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#431184 - 09/25/17 04:14 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
Icelander Offline

Registered: 11/11/12
Posts: 3014
Loc: Iceland
We were all "new" at some point, simple as that - Nuff said cool
Never finish what you can't start!
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PG Music News
National Dictionary Day - Guitar & Piano Chord Dictionaries

Today is National Dictionary Day!

We offer 2 dictionaries for just $19 each: the Guitar Chord Dictionary & the Piano Chord Dictionary!

Each of these programs are easy to use! Simply choose a root note, select the chord you want to learn, and the Dictionary will play and display the chord!

An Essential Tool for any Musician!

User Tip - Band-in-a-Box® to Reaper: The Basics

Forum user DeaconBlues09 has created a video to demonstrate how easy the process is for them to streamline their workflow with DAWs, particularly Reaper - check it out: click here to watch.

Join the forum discussion.

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box®

National Train Your Brain Day is October 13th!

Open your Band-in-a-Box® program, and you'll find the [Practice] button in the toolbar - it's a GREAT resource!
Minimized your toolbar? Head to Window | Practice Window or ALT SHIFT L to access

In this window, you'll find many options to help you practice, including Ear Training games, access to the Chord Builder and Chord Subs, some helpful tools within the Playalong Features menu, and more!

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box® today!

Band-in-a-Box Patch Updates - #TechTuesday

Visit our Patches & Updates page, and you will see that with every version released, there are 2+ patch updates applied to that version.

Patch updates are important, and should definitely be installed to your BB folder. They can add new features, update the help resources of the program, fix bugs reported by users, and make your entire Band-in-a-Box experience run smoothly!

Band-in-a-Box update options can be adjusted within the program too - within Band-in-a-Box for Mac, head to Band-in-a-Box | Check for Updates | and then you can select to automatically check for updates by however many days you choose!

Xtra Styles PAK 5 Contest - Listen to All the Entries!

Our Xtra Styles PAK 5 Contest is over, and the winners have been announced - congratulations again to forum users fiddler2007, rodipoet, Will Josef, and Ezekiel's Storm!

And, a BIG thank you to everyone who entered their songs on our contest - WOW what a great list of songs! We've arranged all the song entries into one simple list, if you'd like to listen to all the entries click here.

Congratulations Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest Winners!

Thank you again to everyone who submitted their songs to our Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest - 59 entries in total!

As always, we were blown away with every song entered! We truly enjoy listening to what everyone comes up with using Band-in-a-Box!

Our judging team listened to all the songs, and choosing the winners wasn't easy... some of the things taken into consideration were the quality of the composition, Xtra styles used, use of program features within the song, and originality - and we're now ready to announce the winners!

The Winners are:

I Will Be Your Doggie Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: fiddler2007
Xtra Style used: _WILDONE
Original Forum Post

Wie zingt verjaagt zijn pijn (He who sings expels his pain) Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: rodipoet
Xtra Styles Used: _SILKY
Original Forum Post

Child of the 70s Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: Will Josef
Xtra Style Used: HORIZON
Original Forum Post

Hide it Away Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: Ezekiel's Storm
Xtra Style used: _CHEATED
Original Forum Post

Congratulations everyone!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows: Making Songs

Visit Chapter 6: Making Songs in our online Band-in-a-Box 2018 for Windows User's Guide, and you'll learn (or be reminded of) all the different steps you could take for creating your own song using Band-in-a-Box®!

Learn about naming your song, choosing a key, setting the tempo, chord entry, and more! There's even information for more advanced use! Read about Song Settings (endings, tags, style variations, pushes, rests, and chord embellishments), Part Markers, Substyles, Song Form, applying Styles, using RealTrack/RealDrums, importing MIDI, and chord entry - just to name a few!

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