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#392571 - 01/26/17 02:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3605
Loc: Davis, CA
WHAT A COMPANY!!! I would never have thought a program could produce natural sounding, quality tracks, AND be so inspiring for songwriting. This program is a marvel! And, the generosity of the PG music is like something I've never seen before. Thanks so much Peter and Co.!! Unlike many fine musicians on the forum, I can barely play, and were it not for BIAB, I would not have had the most prolific and rewarding 5 years of my life with respect to creativity. I would have bought this product even if I couldn't use it, just to be part of this incredible forum. I have never seen such a group of wonderful, creative, kind and talented folks as you! Take care all!

#392591 - 01/26/17 03:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
PeterF Offline

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 1690
Loc: Sydney Australia
Peter & team,
Lot's of very nice comments here and I would have to agree with them all.

A very generous gesture and much appreciated.

Thank you very much.


#392644 - 01/27/17 12:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
HiroshiK Offline

Registered: 01/16/15
Posts: 462
Loc: Japan
Peter and the Stuff members,

Thank you very much for this really wonderful news and splendid gift. I am very happy and also deeply honored that I was chosen as one of the top 40 contributors of 2016.

BIAB is such a great application that can turn simple melodies into professional-level musical works. It is like a magic. I would like to thank the developers of BIAB for their supreme works that made it happen.

Thank you again,

Hiroshi (HiroshiK)

#392673 - 01/27/17 06:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
BlueAttitude Offline

Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 929
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I would like to echo what the others have said, I feel deeply honored to be one of the ones chosen this year, it means a lot!

#392713 - 01/27/17 01:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 11921
Loc: Australia
Dear Dr Gannon,

Thank you so much for including me in the list of forum awards! I am very grateful. You caught me by surprise.

Like so many people on these forums, your musical inventions have opened the door to a world of possibilities that would have remained closed to me without your software.

Band In A Box and Realband are outstanding programs and have allowed me to pursue a hobby of writing songs in ways that I could never have imagined prior to stumbling onto the program in 2006. During the course of my journey, I've learned arranging techniques, recording techniques, production strategies and have even become reasonably confident with singing! All of these have been possible because of what you and the PG Music team have created.

I honestly don't know of another company that is as generous and as considerate as PG Music.

Congratulations to everyone!


#392822 - 01/28/17 05:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: Noel96]
MarioD Offline

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 10262
Loc: Hamlin NY
Thank you Peter for your generosity. I an honored to included with such great award winning talent. If it wasn't for your company producing outstanding software I would have given up playing years ago. Plus this comes at a perfect time for me as all that I could afford this year was the basic package.

Thank you very much.
Never question your wife's choices. You were one of them!

64 bit Win 10 Pro - the latest BiaB and RB - Roland Octa-Capture audio interface - a ton of software and some hardware.

#392917 - 01/28/17 06:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
VideoTrack Offline

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 7267
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Congratulations to everyone who was successful. Outstanding achievements.

BIAB, RB 2018(Audiophile), Sonar Platinum, Izotope Prod. Bundle, Roland RD-1000, Synthogy Ivory, Kontakt, Focusrite 18i20, KetronSD2, KorgX3R, RodeNGT2, AM802mixer, NS40M Studio Monitors, Pioneer Active Mons, AKG K271 Studio H'phones

#392964 - 01/29/17 02:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Chris37 Online   content

Registered: 12/27/14
Posts: 224
Loc: France
Thanks a lot, Peter.
I'm very glad to be in this list.
Band-in-a-Box is for me a wonderful way to make real all the music I have in my head and this with high quality realtracks. Christian

#393190 - 01/30/17 12:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Buford Offline

Registered: 12/03/03
Posts: 680
Loc: Colorado
Many thanks to Peter and the PG Music staff. I am very honored to be included in the list of winners. I'm a huge fan of BIAB and the company and have been using it and promoting it for many years. BIAB has had a huge influence on my music and my productivity.

Long may you run.

BIAB 2017 Everything Pak, Reaper, Sonar, ProTools
YouTube Channel:

#393481 - 01/31/17 08:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
boehm Offline

Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 2861
Loc: Karlsruhe, Germany
Wow, I nearly missed that I'm on the list.
Thank you a lot, Peter, for this unique generosity.
Congratulations to all other winners.
I'm happy.

Latest Song: What You Desire

#393569 - 01/31/17 02:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
edshaw Online   content

Registered: 10/09/16
Posts: 249
Loc: Colorado
What a talented collection.
Don't know how you could choose !
Congratulations, winners, for making
this a great forum.
Biab 2015
Win 7 64bit
SONY Acid & Reaper
TEAC Digital deck
HD Stereo field recorder w/ clock

#393950 - 02/02/17 02:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
RnAM Offline

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2860
Loc: The Netherlands
Hello Peter,

On behalf of Paddy Gobel (Paddy G.) who at the moment is not able to respond himself, we thank you very, very much for the prize. (We are good friends both on the forum as well as outside the forum.)
He wants you to know, that it means a lot to him!

Rob and Anne-Marie
We are Rob Meulman and Anne-Marie Bovenkamp from The Netherlands.

RnAM Homepage (completely restyled)
YouTube Channel

#394016 - 02/02/17 08:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
fgrittner Offline

Registered: 02/26/02
Posts: 776
Loc: St. Paul, Minnesota
Thank you, Peter and the rest of your marketing staff for the generous award bestowed on me. BIAB changed my musical life back in the early 90s. The introduction of RealTracks and RealDrums, and their continued growth and enhancements have been a godsend. I couldn't have released a new recording each Thursday in 2016 without this powerful tool.

Fred Grittner

#395107 - 02/09/17 03:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Steve Young Offline

Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1563
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
I don't know how to thank you enough, Peter, for your kindness and generosity! You and your entire staff are just the best to work with. And you somehow keep getting better and better with BIAB. I am so proud to be able to use your products, and I am so grateful and honored to be mentioned among so many wonderful people as an award winner.

Best to all,

Steve Young
"In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of." - Robert Schumann

#395166 - 02/09/17 12:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2016 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Carolyne Offline

Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 213
Loc: California
Congrats to all the winners. Way to go!

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PG Music News
Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 Build 506 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can download the latest Build 506 at

Summary of Changes since 2018 Build 205:
Added: "Export Song as Audio File..." menu item has been added to the Audio menu.
Added: BB2018 tutorials folder.
Added: New styles (STY files) for many of the new RealTracks in Sets 278-300 and MIDI SuperTracks sets 25-27.
Added: StylePicker User Categories updated for Xtra Styles PAK 4.
Updated: Styles database
Updated: Various improvements (including Db offset adjustments) to many of the new STY files and .SGU demos included with RealTracks Sets 278-300.
Fixed: "K3" did not work in the chord sheet for copying 3 bars (8 bars would be copied instead).
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box always opens with a maximized window briefly before resizing to the user's saved size.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box will not open using the proper window size if the Mixer window was open while exiting.
Fixed: Deleting a region of chords would cause "Undo Delete Bars" to appear in the Edit menu, but do nothing unless chosen twice.
Fixed: Error "Input and output sample rates must match" might show when the devices do have matching sample rates.
Fixed: Flash messages were not being added to the flash message log.
Fixed: If Band-in-a-Box was in DAW Plugin mode while exiting, the window size was not restored the next time opening the program.
Fixed: Rendering .m4a or video files might fail and request that the user install QuickTime if using Windows 7. QuickTime should only be necessary for Windows Vista or XP.
Fixed: Some of the Oohs and Aahs (Vocal) RealTracks were not working correctly, and they have been greatly improved.
Fixed: Sometimes when deleting a note in the notation window, you will be asked "OK to delete chord".
Fixed: The "Show Flash Tips" setting did not have any effect when disabled.
Fixed: WashboardBluegrass drums.
Fixed: When exiting DAW Plugin mode, the window would not return to its previous size (it would become maximized).

Have Your Band-in-a-Box® Delivered In Time for Christmas!

The gift of music... some say this is the greatest gift of all! Imagine receiving the tools to help you create your own music for Christmas... like Band-in-a-Box!

If you are in the United States or Canada, order Band-in-a-Box before 12:30 pm Pacific time December 21st for Express delivery in time for Christmas.

If you are outside of North America, order before 12:30 pm Pacific time December 19th for Express delivery in time for Christmas.

With major savings and Bonus PAKs until December 31st, it's a great time to purchase Band-in-a-Box upgrades as a gift for someone you know... or for yourself!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start Tutorial Video

Our latest video includes a Quick Start tutorial on the installation, locations, and use of the Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles PAKs in Version 2018 for Windows. Video: Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start Tutorial

We have put all of our Xtra Styles PAKs on SALE! Until December 31st, purchase any Xtra Styles PAK (1 - 4) for just $29 each! (reg. $49)

User Blog - How To Record a Cover Song Using Band-in-a-Box and RealBand

Joanne Cooper's final blog post for 2017, How to record a cover song using Band-in-a-Box and RealBand is a must-read!

Joanne summarizes the steps she took to produce her cover of "Old Lang Syne" - her final result was posted to the User Showcase Forum: Listen to Auld Lang Syne

Announcing…The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)

We are excited to announce the release of a new project: The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)

Songwriter Floyd Jane shows the songwriting process from inspiration to performance and publication:

The idea for this project came about when many members on this forum and elsewhere were asking questions about the song writing process. There are many aspects, and many parts of it necessary to create a song, get it arranged, performed, and then published on the internet. So we asked the great songwriter Floyd Jane, who is a regular member on this forum, if he could help. Floyd agreed and was even able to collaborate with other forum members, Janice and Bud. The result is this video we put together that you can see on YouTube or Facebook, called "The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)".

We hope this video helps other songwriters with their songwriting process, and also shows them tools that are available to them along the way. Also, we mention this User Showcase Forum, and hope to see many new aspiring or accomplished songwriters join this community :blush:

A big Thank You to Floyd for sharing your knowledge with the community and making this possible. And to Janice and Bud for your great collaboration!

Here is Floyd's original forum post for his song "A Little Bit Of Me":

Check out Floyd / Janice & Bud’s music here:

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - 49 Requests Fulfilled!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows boasts more than 50 new features... and a lot of the new features fill the requests posted by program users!

Some of these include:

Q. I am learning guitar. The RealTracks are very helpful in that I can hear great guitar players, and most of the tracks have tab and notation as well. But there is much more to guitar, could you include some videos of some of the RealTracks Artists? Because I would learn much more from seeing a guitarist than just hearing them.

A. We have a major new feature called "Video RealTracks." These work and sound like RealTracks, but you get to see a video of the Guitarist (or whatever instrument) playing as well. The amazing thing is that this works with any chord progression you type in. So, if you want to learn to play like the great guitarist Brent Mason, for example, you can type in chords to any progression you are interested in, and then hear and see a video of Brent soloing over your progression. Now you can learn much quicker, as it helps to see how a musician is performing, as well as to hear.

Q. I love the Audio Chord Wizard, as it figures out chords from mp3 and other audio files. But it is a separate program from Band-in-a-Box, and I can’t go back and forth to change things easily.

A. We've solved that, as BiaB 2018 has integrated the Audio Chord Wizard directly into Band-in-a-Box. Now load an audio file into BiaB, open the Audio Edit Window – Audio Chord Wizard mode, and let it automatically figure out the bar lines and chords for the song.

Q. I like to save songs as MP3 files, and can't do this with BiaB, except a very low quality one, 64kbps.

A. We've improved this, by adding support for Windows Media Foundation. This allows you to save MP3 in your choice of resolutions, up to very high 320mpbs. Better still, it works on current versions of Windows (Windows 7,8,10) and also on older versions too (Vista, XP).

We've answered 49 questions - review all of these answers on our forum post "49 of your Problems solved? List of 49 Requests fulfilled in Band-in-a-Box 2018" here.

All of the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows can be reviewed at

RealBand® 2018 for Windows Build 3 Update Available!

RealBand 2018 users can update their version with the latest patch, Build 3. Download this patch here

Summary of Changes since 2018 Build 3:

Added: Section Numbers supported. All section letter menus now include numbers 1 through 9 in addition to letters A through Z.
Fixed: Section letters in Notation Window were not being resized if the notation was zoomed in/out
Fixed: RealBand might freeze when generating audio harmonies
Fixed: Loading in a BB song (MGU/SGU) or generating realtracks could freeze up the program.
Fixed: Chords in Notation/LeadSheet on 1st beat of a bar were being drawn too close to bar lines.
Fixed: Support for XP and Vista.

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