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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!
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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]
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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.

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#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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The new forum was a suggestion by a regular forum member, who has already contributed (no, not me: David Snyder).
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#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]
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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.



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#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]
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Great idea and a great response from our PGMusic team in recognizing and reacting to this idea.

Charlie
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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]
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We were all "new" at some point, simple as that - Nuff said cool
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PG Music News
Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Build 263 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 for Mac users can download the latest free patch update, Build 263, here.

Summary of changes for Version 2018 Build 263 (July 20, 2018):
Added: Help Video button added to the Audio Harmony dialog.
Added: Menu items added for opening an entire Karaoke file.
Added: Menu items added for opening an entire MIDI file.
Added: Support added for features that some newer styles will require.
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 or freeze when using adding UserTracks and pressing Play.
Fixed: Bar lines would not display properly in the Audio Edit window if launching through the menu item "Audio Chord Wizard (Audio Edit)".
Fixed: 'Multi' and 'Medley' RealTracks were not displaying proper track titles.
Fixed: Playback might cause a crash after editing multi-drums.
Fixed: Some AU plugins might cause a crash during playback.
Fixed: The 'A number is out of range' error message should mention the number that the user entered for clarity.
Fixed: The Audio Harmony dialog needed some hints.
Fixed: The Ghost button in the Piano Roll window could not be disabled.
Fixed: The Notation Window would not redraw properly after exiting the Import Chords dialog.
Fixed: The Preferences 2 dialog might not exit using [OK] without an 'A number is out of range' error message.
Improved: The Audio Harmony Dialog has been rearranged to be more intuitive when using Band-in-a-Box Intelligent Mode.
Improved: XML improvements.

Video - Unboxing Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac is currently only available in English, but that didn't stop this Danish company, www.guitaren.dk/, from creating an unboxing video!

Video - Unboxing af Band In A Box 2018 Mac version

They love that Band-in-a-Box® is so portable when you order the UltraPAK pre-installed on a hard drive!
(...and so do we!!!)

YouTube Find - How I Learned To Play Guitar Without YouTube And NO GUITAR TEACHER

EricBlackmonGuitar recently posted a great video (using Band-in-a-Box backing tracks...) called How I Learned To Play Guitar Without YouTube And NO GUITAR TEACHER - check it out! Click here to watch...

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Resource - Individual New Features Videos

The December release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows added 50+ new features and enhancements, Video RealTracks, 202 new RealTracks, and more!

Here is a summary of the videos created to highlight the new additions and features:
(click on the title to play the video)

- Everything you need to know in under 6 minutes!
- Complete New Features Video
- 2018 Audio Chord Wizard
- Vocal Oohs and Aahs
- Video RealTracks
- 202 NEW RealTracks
- 40 Bonus RealTracks in the 2018 49-PAK

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Build 520 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 for Windows users can download the latest free patch update, Build 250, here.

Summary of changes for Build 520 since 519 (July 17 2018):
Added: Save As style feature has support for MIDI velocity changes if volumes aren’t 90 on mixer when saved.
Added: Support for MIDI velocity changes in styles. Use the Misc-More dialog in StyleMaker to set velocity changes in MIDI styles.
Fixed: [Style Memos etc] button was not visible in the Style Editor -> Misc dialog.
Fixed: Bar lines would not display properly in the Audio Edit window if launching through the menu item "Audio Chord Wizard (Audio Edit)".
Fixed: Hitting the Return key while in the Audio Edit window might trigger Loop Screen mode.
Updated: PDF Manual and Help.

User Blog - Recording and Processing Vocals Using RealBand...

Joanne Cooper's latest blog post is a "start to finish" of how she records and processes vocals for her songs using her three "go-to" programs: RealBand, Melodyne, and Nectar from Izotope (with a little help from Band-in-a-Box...)!

Check out this blog post here.

Video - Using MIDI SuperTracks in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows!

Learn how you can add MIDI SuperTracks to your Band-in-a-Box® song?

Using MIDI SuperTracks in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows!

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