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#408531 - 04/20/17 12:50 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac is here!
Callie - PG Music Offline
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Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac is here with over 80 NEW features and enhancements, 202 NEW RealTracks, 34 MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, 24 available "Bonus" RealTracks (until May 31st), and more!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac has over 80 exciting new features and enhancements! The main screen GUI has been redesigned with many requested improvements, including a new, smaller footprint, configurable toolbars, and more. RealTracks sound better than ever with improved stretching and transposition quality (Elastique 3), better phrase transitions, and Natural Arrangements. We have added new "Woodshedding" RealTracks called 12-Key Guitar RealTracks from Brent Mason played in 12 keys with Hi-Q (precise) Tab/Notation which is ideal for studying and learning. There are many RealDrums enhancements including Half/Double/Triple time, Multiple Drum/Percussion/Loops on one drum track, and more. There is a dedicated Song Titles Browser with metadata info on over 8,000 popular songs. UserTracks enhancements include Half/Double/Triple time, rests, 3/4 waltz support, and more. We've added a new VST Synthesizer (sforzando SFZ Synth) with support for the popular .SFZ sound format, as well as PG Music’s Hi-Q sounds... ...and more!

Plus, Until May 31st, 2017, SAVE on most upgrade packages and receive a Free Bonus PAK of Add-ons that includes 4 MIDI SuperTracks & 4 Instrumental Studies! Or upgrade to the 49-PAK and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, and 59 re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks! Learn More...

To find the Upgrade package right for you, visit

Watch the new 6 minute features video...

Edited by Callie - PG Music (04/25/17 07:09 AM)
Edit Reason: Updated video link for 6 minute video
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#408698 - 04/21/17 12:50 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac is here! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
Islansoul Offline

Registered: 05/15/15
Posts: 716
Loc: St. Petersburg , FL
Can I get the 49pak in the audiophile edition?
Computer: Mid 2014 Macbook Pro,
DAWs: Pro Tools, Logic, and Maschine
plays drums, percussion, bass, steel pan, keyboard,
music producer/engineer

#408700 - 04/21/17 01:00 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac is here! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
Callie - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 1302
Loc: Victoria, BC
Yes! When you are ordering your Audiophile Edition, just make sure to add the 49-PAK to your order (the shopping cart will prompt this) and your Audiophile will ship with the uncompressed files for the 49-PAK RealTracks!

(Note: the uncompressed 49-PAK option is only available at the time the Audiophile is purchased. If a customer wants to add the uncompressed 49-PAK to a 2017 Audiophile after it's been sent/received, they will need to contact our customer service team to arrange an exchange.)
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PG Music Inc.

#409264 - 04/25/17 10:44 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac is here! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
Paul5985 Offline

Registered: 03/12/17
Posts: 3
Has the Style Maker received an update to make it at least equivalent to the Win version? I'd really like to be able to do more with the styles I have. Realtracks sound nice but I work with MIDI. The more I can do with styles and variations of styles the more usable BIAB is to me.

#409989 - 04/29/17 07:16 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac is here! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
RobCrowdy Offline

Registered: 02/26/14
Posts: 1

I'm sure this has been asked a million times before but I can't find it in the FAQs.
I have BIAB 2016 UltraPak as a hard drive; I have just purchased BIAB 2017 UltraPak also on a hard drive.
How do I install my new version? I know that some files are on the computer hard drive and some are on the BIAB drive but I can't work out which ones.
I hope this isn't a silly question.


#410187 - 05/01/17 08:57 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac is here! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
Callie - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 1302
Loc: Victoria, BC
It's NOT a silly question!

Since you have the 2016 UltraPlusPAK installed (including RealTracks Sets up to #253), you would only need to install the new RealTracks Sets 254-277. Of course, you will also want to install the Band-in-a-Box program too!

We have a pretty detailed FAQ that explains the different choices for installing and using your Band-in-a-Box hard drive that I recommend reading through:



PG Music News
Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - Cleaned-up BB folder!

It's the first day of spring today, which means it's time to start spring cleaning!

We cleaned up the BB folder with our release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018. Over the years, this folder has been growing - there were up to 10,000 files in there! We've fixed this and put the files into various folders. This is done with a cleanup routine. The cleanup normally happens automatically during installation, but you can run it manually by selecting the main menu Help | Utilities | Run Cleanup routine.

The cleanup routine does the following:
-Moves Styles files (.STY/.STX) from C:\bb to C:\bb\Styles.
-Moves Soloists files (.ST2/.XT2) from C:\bb to C:\bb\Soloists.
-Moves various Demo folders to C:\Demos.
-Moves various songs and lessons folders to C:\bb\Songs and Lessons.
-Moves various files essential for running Band-in-a-Box to C:\bb\Data and C:\bb\Data\Lib.
-Moves various preferences files to C:\bb\Preferences.
-Moves tutorial demo songs, program manuals (.pdf), and the help file (.chm) to C:\bb\Documentation.

Oliver Gannon Interview - Appointed to the Order of Canada!

Oliver Gannon (Peter Gannon's brother), was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition for "his achievements as a musician" on December 29, 2017!

Oliver recently sat for an interview with CBC's Hot Air host Margaret Gallagher - read a summary and listen to the interview at

'I don't know ... why they chose me. But I'm very glad and I'm not giving it back'
-Oliver Gannon

To be clear, and avoid any confusion, there are two brothers: Peter Gannon is the "Band-in-a-Box" PG Music guy, and Oliver Gannon is the jazz guitarist who just won the Order of Canada.

#Monday Motivation - Free Band-in-a-Box® Hard Drive!

Want to snag yourself a free Band-in-a-Box® hard drive? Tell everyone how much you love Band-in-a-Box® with your very own Band-in-a-Box® Testimonial video!

Submit your video, and when we use it on our website (and YouTube page) we will send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box® Hard Drive!

Learn more about how to submit your video testimonial here.

Take a look at the video testimonials we've already received at

User Tip - Custom Drum Shots

Have you ever wanted more control of the RealDrums generated within Band-in-a-Box? (example: with the same consecutive shot/hold/push)

Forum user Pipeline shared their steps in an incredibly detailed forum post to our Tips & Tricks forum - check it out: Custom Drum Shots.

#FunFactFriday - Team PG!

Did you know... Within Band-in-a-Box®, choose Help | About Band-in-a-Box, and you'll see more than just information on the program - you'll also see a complete list of Team PG - we're currently at 35 team members!

#TBT - Automatic Soloing in Band-in-a-Box® 7!

Band-in-a-Box® 7 included some great new features - like Automatic Soloing! This introduced program users to the powerful Soloist capabilities of Band-in-a-Box®, which also includes the Soloist Maker.

Automatic Soloing!
Pick any song or chords in any style, and choose a "soloist." Band-in-a-Box® then creates and plays a professional quality solo in the style of your choice. Previous versions of Band-in-a-Box created great accompaniment. Now you can hear sensational solos as well - showing you exactly what notes are played. Choose from "soloists" in the style similar to great Jazz musicians such as Django Reinhardt, John Coltrane, or Country/Pop soloists and others, or create your own soloists using the "Soloist Maker."

Soloist Maker
This module allows you to define your own soloists. For example, let's say you want to create a soloist in a style similar to the style of "John Coltrane" - the great Jazz saxophonist. The Soloist Maker allows you to define the parameters essential to Coltrane's playing, such as instrument range (i.e. tenor saxophone), extra legato playing, playing more on top of the beat than typical Jazz musicians, and playing straighter 8th notes than usual Swing 8th notes. Also, you can set phrasing options, such as how long the phrase should be and how much "space" to leave between phrases. You can also set how "outside" the playing should be. In the case of a John Coltrane style - you set that to the maximum! Then "turn him loose" and hear the soloist play over any song!

Review all of the features added with Band-in-a-Box® 7:

#TechTipTuesday - Opening MIDI Tracks in PowerTracks Pro Audio

Open your MIDI file in PowerTracks Pro Audio (or RealBand), and you'll see the instruments separated onto their own track - an excellent way to hear all the instruments individually for that song, and a great way to learn!

There's no trick to it either - just use the File | Open dialog, locate the MIDI file, and click [Open].

Note: Type 0 MIDI files have all channels on one track, and should ask whether you want to separate them. If you accidentally chooses no, hit Edit - MIDI - Extract Channels to Tracks. Typically, Type 1 MIDI files have the instruments automatically separated.

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