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#385803 - 12/22/16 08:36 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Band-in-a-Box 2017 Build 455 update (Dec 22)
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An update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017

Download the Band-in-a-Box 2017 Build 455 update BETA

This is considered a beta patch because it is new.


Summary of changes for Build 455 (since 454) (Dec 22, 2016):
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The main screen mixer and floating mixer have been replaced with a new one.
We have made a video that describes the new mixer

Here are some improvements of the new mixer:

  • The same modern, full-featured mixer is used in both GUI modes, and it can be undocked from the main toolbar (floating).
  • The floating mixer can be resized.
  • When resized to a larger size, there is a new Tone slider instead of just the dial.
  • The piano shows animated keys when moving the mouse over them.
  • The piano keys are velocity-sensitive. Clicking on the bottom of the key will play maximum velocity (127), and clicking on the top will play minimum velocity (30).
  • The Solo buttons do not effect the status of the Mute buttons anymore. When un-soloing a track, the previous Mute state of all the tracks will be returned. Also, when a track is virtually muted, it will display a different Mute button image than if it is actually muted.
  • Soloing a track can be additive or subtractive now by right-clicking or Shift-clicking. This means that more than one track can be Soloed. Left-clicking will cause the old behaviour: that track will be the only soloed track.

Other changes in build 455:

  • Fixed: If you play by double-clicking on a bar and move your cursor, bars are unintentionally highlighted.
  • Fixed: Sforzando should not be automatically added to the plugins list if the .dll file does not exist.
  • Fixed: The Custom toolbar would reset to factory every time Band-in-a-Box booted up if any button image files were missing.
  • Fixed: The "Next File" and "Previous File" buttons in normal screen mode were displaying the wrong hints.
  • Fixed: The VU meters would not display on the Piano track, unless it was a MIDI instrument.
  • Fixed: Possible mixup of VU display between Piano and Drums track.
  • Fixed: CTRL+clicking on a track radio would not solo the track.
  • Fixed: In non-English versions, style memos were appearing in weird places such as the right-click track menu.
  • Fixed: The plugin names were not displaying on the Plugins tab of the mixer.
  • Fixed: Drag and drop to the MIDI quadrant, or holding Shift while dragging to Windows Explorer, did not work for producing RealCharts MIDI files.
  • Fixed: Right-click, or shift-click on the tempo controls was shifting the tempo by 4 instead of 5.
  • Fixed: Sometimes drag and drop directly to Windows Explorer would cause Band-in-a-Box to freeze.
  • Fixed: The drag and drop [+] dialog was not remembering the previously chosen settings.
  • Updated: Help file and manuals.
  • Updated: RealDrums memos and drum groove information added.
  • Fixed: RealTracks # 2553 played only holds.
  • Fixed: The chord sheet scroll bar was missing when starting Band-in-a-Box (would appear if the window was resized).
  • Fixed: There was a lot of flickering on the main toolbar when resizing the window.
  • Fixed: Opening or creating a new song would not update the freeze buttons on the mixer.
  • Fixed: Crash report logs were showing the wrong version of Band-in-a-Box.
  • Improved: Mixer did not have a border.
  • Updated: Small gui improvements to some bigtoolbar buttons.
  • Fixed: _FNKPLS3.STY appeared N/A



Summary of changes for Build 454 (since 453) (Dec 16, 2016):

  • Fixed: Problems saving custom toolbar configuration on some systems.
  • Fixed: Opening the Lead Sheet, moveable PianoRoll, or moveable Notation Window would cause the Audio Edit window to close.
  • Improved: Popup menus will open aligned to the button that opens them, instead of at the current mouse position.
  • Fixed: The Freeze and Simple popup menus did not display customized or auto-generated track names.
  • Fixed: The "101 Essential Riffs and Phrases" buttons in the Practice window would not open a song when chosen.
  • Fixed: Turning off MME "Output always on" would not take effect until exiting Band-in-a-Box.
  • Fixed: "C13#11", "C13#5#9#11", and "C13sus#5#9#11" were each list twice in the chord builder.
  • Added: "C13#5#9" and "C13sus#5#9" are new supported chords for Band-in-a-Box.
  • Fixed: Drag and drop from the drums track would not work if the track contained a RealTrack, and "Use VSTi/DXi Synth" is disabled in the MIDI/Audio Drivers Setup dialog.
  • Improved: If attempting to drag and drop onto the drop station, the [WAV], [M4A], and [WMA] quadrants might higlight red if the
  • render cannot be done. A flash message explaining why will be displayed if the mouse is released over the quadrant.
  • Fixed: "Select Hi-Q MIDI Synth Patch" was not an available menu item for the Drums track.
  • Fixed: When choosing "Select Hi-Q MIDI Synth Patch" a warning flash message would be displayed if SampleTank is not installed.
  • Improved: The Hi-Q selection dialog is resizable.
  • Improved: The Hi-Q selection dialog can exclude keywords (anything starting with ! is excluded).
  • Fixed: After done editing text in the Bar Lyrics layer, the Section Text layer, or editing a chord (eg using CTRL+F2), the application would lose focus and not allow chord entry. This might also cause a "ding!" to be heard.
  • Fixed: The width/height of print preview and save to jpg is preserved, and ratio checkbox added.
  • Fixed: The bar numbers are now drawn below the staff in the case of printout or LS displaying a single clef bass track.
  • Updated: Help files and manuals.
  • Added: New Features button to the toolbars.
  • Fixed: Spurious 'rebuild' message each time StylePicker is opened in RealBand.


Summary of changes for Build 453 (since 452) (Dec 5, 2016):

  • Fixed: A full install with all available Band-in-a-Box content was showing a few Styles/Drums missing in the StylePicker.
  • Fixed: The styles M_CTRYSM.STY and M_CTRYSW.STY were producing error messages related to guitar macros for some customers.
  • Fixed: Style filter to show 2017 styles was showing 2016 styles.
  • Fixed: Any track with RealDrums, other than the Drums track, would be labeled "Loop".
  • Fixed: BeStPlain Chord Symbols font was not using various dedicated chord symbols (eg. C7b9) on the chord sheet.
  • Fixed: BeStPlain Chord Symbols font was using various unwanted dedicated minor chord symbols (eg. Cmi7 instead of C-7) on the chord sheet.
  • Fixed: Clicking on the chord sheet when a popup menu was open could cause undesired cell selection.
  • Fixed: The dedicated [Open] button (mini-mode only) would open a popup menu instead of directly going to the file-open dialog.
  • Fixed: The dedicated [Save As] button (mini-mode only) would open a popup menu instead of directly going to the file-save-as dialog.
  • Fixed: When "Superscript chord extensions" was set to "auto", the entire bar would be superscripted whenever there were chords on consecutive beats, instead of treating each chord individually.
  • Fixed: The New Features button would open the wrong popup menu.
  • Fixed: Using the Options menu to Return To Factory Settings would cause the Custom panel to have no buttons in it.
  • Fixed: If the Custom panel button order is corrupted in anyway, it will be automatically detected and reset to defaults.
  • Fixed: If running the program in any language other than English, and a language patch was never installed, all of the main screen buttons would be blank.
  • Fixed: Sforzando was not automatically added to the plugin list, so loading Hi-Q patches would not work unless the user previously added the .DLL to the list manually.
  • Fixed: Error message removed "Track. Error in style, you need to Set StyleMaker-MISC-Guitar Macros Enable=true".
    Improved: Forced accidental entry and note type entry (normal, invisible, bend, etc.) both now use listboxes, so no pull down is required, and also now has a checkbox for making a bend displayed in notation window as quarter step below the target note.
  • Fixed: Notes at very start of a row in note roll were not visible.
  • Fixed: Wider than normal beat lines in note roll.
  • Updated: 2017 Help file updates.


Summary of changes for Build 452 (since 451) (Dec 2, 2016):

  • Fixed: If running the program in any language other than English, most of the main screen buttons were displaying in English. New buttons, and a few that have been altered will remain in English until official localized patches are ready.
  • Fixed: Using "L" in the chord sheet to loop bars was not working.
  • Fixed: "Separate files for each track" in the drop+ dialog did not work.
  • Fixed: After a drag and drop, the Audio track would appear to be muted even though it was not.
  • Fixed: The playback bar would not show the current bar.
  • Fixed: Clicking on playback bar would not select the current bar.
  • Fixed: The playback bar displayed some messy looking vertical lines.
  • Fixed: The 2017 upgrade manual was sometimes not found.
  • Fixed: The menu item "Help > Newest Features" was not opening the right help page.
  • Fixed: The menu item "Help > Help Topics > Tutorial Using the New Features of Version 2016" was not opening the right help page, and should say "2017".
  • Fixed: The menu item "Help > Help Topics > Tutorial #28: Using Redesigned StylePicker, Customizable Chord Sheet, and
  • more" was missing.
  • Fixed: The help button in the Song Titles Browser dialog was not opening the right help page.
  • Fixed: The help button in the Create Multi-Drums dialog was not opening the right help page.
  • Fixed: The help button in the BeStPlain Chord Font dialog was not opening the right help page.
  • Updated: Help file, and pdf manuals.


Edited by Andrew - PG Music (12/22/16 09:21 PM)
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#385804 - 12/22/16 08:41 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box 2017 Build 455 update (Dec 22) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
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Working well. Thanks, Andrew.
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#385871 - 12/23/16 06:18 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box 2017 Build 455 update (Dec 22) [Re: Matt Finley]
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Hi Matt!
You wrote build 455 working well, so i will ask from you
that can you use VST plugings in RealTracks w/RealChart?

Greetings,
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#385881 - 12/23/16 07:34 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box 2017 Build 455 update (Dec 22) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
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I don't use BIAB in that way. Perhaps someone else can test this for popboy?
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#385897 - 12/23/16 08:40 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box 2017 Build 455 update (Dec 22) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
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I confirm that all is good from here with 455.
Whether or not I shall ever use "C13sus#5#9" is another matter! grin
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and for tracks that use BIAB specifically-
http://soundcloud.com/sixchannel

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#385922 - 12/23/16 09:53 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box 2017 Build 455 update (Dec 22) [Re: sixchannel]
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I have no doubt at all that all is well if you do not use VST plugins, but build 455 is a really big bug. Example: Download the song _BLIZARD.STY. Blizzard 11-crooner Ballad horn and try to put VST plugin Bass, Guitar or HornSection tracks,does not work .This happens to all the songs that use RealTracks w/RealChart

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#385924 - 12/23/16 10:08 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box 2017 Build 455 update (Dec 22) [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
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Popboy,
Yes, that will be fixed in a patch later today (Dec. 23).
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