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#386024 - 12/23/16 09:25 PM [Off-Topic] BIAB Collab with Ian Plant (Sixchannel)
JoanneCooper Offline

Registered: 05/12/12
Posts: 2287
Loc: South Africa
Band-in-a-Box really is the most wonderful tool for bringing people together from all over the world as well as people from just down the street.

Here is a collaboration across continents and Parkhurst streets of Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat".


A few weeks ago Ian asked me if I would be interested in doing a recording of this song and sent me the BIAB file. I spent a bit of time listening to the track and some other recordings of the song. I recorded the lead vocal and few harmony tracks and sent those to Ian who mixed the song with his wonderful guitar tracks. While I was recording I took some video footage and Ian sent me some of his guitar playing and I made a video but we were never really happy with the result.

I was sitting in the local park when a girl called Lianne Cox came and sat down next to me and asked me what I was watching on my phone. I told her the story of the song and video and she said she was a videographer and could she take a look. She offered to make a video for me. I told her that I dont make much money out of my music and probably couldn't afford her rates! To cut a long story short, we negotiated a rate for her to shoot some raw footage and I would do the editing.

One evening, I went to her beautiful Parkhurst house, four blocks from where I live and she recorded the footage that I then took home on a flash drive. With Ian's input, a few edits went back and forth and the above video is the final result. We will be releasing the song on iTunes next year (my digital distribution company is closed for the holidays).

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Edited by JoanneCooper (12/23/16 11:15 PM)

#386062 - 12/24/16 05:44 AM [Off-Topic] Re: BIAB Collab with Ian Plant (Sixchannel) [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!

Have a Merry Christmas.
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#386077 - 12/24/16 06:07 AM [Off-Topic] Re: BIAB Collab with Ian Plant (Sixchannel) [Re: JoanneCooper]
floyd jane Offline

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 5892
Loc: Florida

The video looks great.

The arrangement is excellent. Really focuses on the lyric (as it should). The vocal is one of your best - really well recorded.

Ian's guitar solos are beautiful.

Well done, y'all...
125+ BIAB Songs

#386283 - 12/25/16 04:29 AM [Off-Topic] Re: BIAB Collab with Ian Plant (Sixchannel) [Re: JoanneCooper]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 13205
Loc: Australia
Joanne and Ian,

This is first class in every way! A great listen and watch.

All the best for 2017!

#386348 - 12/25/16 01:07 PM [Off-Topic] Re: BIAB Collab with Ian Plant (Sixchannel) [Re: JoanneCooper]
Jim Fogle Offline

Registered: 08/20/11
Posts: 3781
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC USA
Excellent. Professional sounding mix and moody video.

What an impressive display of how technology has progressed. It hasn't been that long ago that music companies would hire couriers to escort tape reels across the ocean.

Both of you should feel proud of your joint production.
Jim Fogle
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#386406 - 12/26/16 04:09 AM [Off-Topic] Re: BIAB Collab with Ian Plant (Sixchannel) [Re: JoanneCooper]
Charlie Fogle Offline

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 4418
Loc: South Carolina
This is really gorgeous. Top notch in every way. Enjoyed my listen.

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#386620 - 12/27/16 10:02 AM [Off-Topic] Re: BIAB Collab with Ian Plant (Sixchannel) [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 1546
Hi Folks
Thank you for the comments. They are much appreciated.
I am totally proud to be associated with this Production.
I don't post on Showcase much as a lot of what I do are guitar instrumental Covers,so I am doubly happy to see that Joanne posted this in Off Topic.
I have been Leonard Cohen fan for many years as has Joanne. As with all Collabs, ideas as to how it should be sung bounced back and forth between Johannesburg and the UK before we settled on which lyrics to use - the LC lyrics won. And the double harmonmies she recorded were simply knock-out! And with the video, early tests with my guitar finger work phased in didnt really set the scene we imagined and it was sendipiticious (love that word)that she should meet Leanne as she did. Again, after a few minor changes we had the result.
Joanne has the perfect voice for this, strong, clear and melodious and I'm trying to persuade her that she should try singing "Song Of Bernadette" sometime, for which I have already produced a guitar instrumental again with a BT made entirely in BIAB.
Band In A Box is an amazing musical tool. I personally dont know what I'd do without it as I dont have a keyboard or any other software. For sure this BT wasnt the easiest to do in BIAB, a Labour of Love almost, but it got there.
Joanne's voice sits there in the mix so naturally, surrounded by a small band of top professional Musos.
Thanks Joanne for agreeing to record this and your support.
Very best regards

Edited by sixchannel (12/27/16 10:04 AM)
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#386770 - 12/27/16 11:44 PM [Off-Topic] Re: BIAB Collab with Ian Plant (Sixchannel) [Re: JoanneCooper]
JoanneCooper Offline

Registered: 05/12/12
Posts: 2287
Loc: South Africa
Mario, Floyd, Noel, Jim and Charlie
Thanks so much for watching and commenting. Much appreciated.

Ian - Thanks so much for including me in this project. It was great fun and I think the end production was well worth the effort.

I have "Song for Bernadette" on my phone and will listen to it some more while driving through Europe. My family and I spent 10 days skiing in Austria and are now on a road trip to Venice, Rome and Florence, which is quite an experience. Looking forward to more collabs in 2017!


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:

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!

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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