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#417769 - 06/14/17 08:45 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available...
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We've just released Xtra Styles PAK 3 with 160 new RealStyles for Band-in-a-Box® 2017! This PAK includes Rock-Pop, Jazz, and Country genres, along with a great collection of Americana styles. This installment of Xtra Styles also uses recently implemented RealDrums features (like half-time/double-time mode and Multi-Drums) to create new and unique grooves that were never possible until now!

Learn more! Listen to demos of these 160 new RealStyles at www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?pak=all&os=win#pak3.

The Xtra Styles PAK 3 is on sale for just $29 during our Xtra Styles special, which ends July 31, 2017!

Plus... if you don't have any Xtra Styles yet, you'll be happy to hear that you can purchase all three sets (485 RealStyles) and the 2017 49-PAK for only $129 during our Xtra Styles special.



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#417774 - 06/14/17 09:02 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Fjords style at 2:24

named after our own fj (Floyd)???

these sound absolutely great, a must have

thanks

Kenny

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#417779 - 06/14/17 09:45 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Before I buy, can you explain this please?

Xtra Styles PAK 3 uses RealTracks from the UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition,

So I don't have any of those (I only have the PLusPak - 2017), does this mean these styles will not work properly?

Thanks

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#417786 - 06/14/17 10:17 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: joden]
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If you've been purchasing PlusPAK upgrades to add to a previous UltraPlusPAK or EverythingPAK (and haven't missed an upgrade), then you have the 2017 UltraPlusPAK or EverythingPAK. Just make sure you also have the 2017 49-PAK - if you're not sure, just give us a call or pop on to the Live Help and ask there smile

If you are missing the 2017 49-PAK, we have a limited-time purchase of the "All Xtra Styles PAK 3 & 2017 49-PAK bundle" for only $49 available during the Xtra Styles special.
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#417797 - 06/14/17 11:17 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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not sure I got the 49 pack...I think I passed on it as it was going to "double-purchase" some elements...haha, although I may have got confused with it all!

I'll see if I can check it out further

Cheers
I bought the 2016 49 pack smile


Edited by joden (06/14/17 11:20 AM)

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#417798 - 06/14/17 11:19 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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If you ordered directly from PGMusic, you should be able to see your orders back to 2015 in your account (accessible from the main PGMusic screen).
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#417800 - 06/14/17 11:25 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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ahhh, now I recall. I passed on the 2017 49 pak as it was too expensive JUST to get the Guitars realtracks - I had totally no use for any of the other stuff!

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#417815 - 06/14/17 12:43 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
joden Offline
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tbh, I think this is one of the failings of the BIBA "pak" system. One is forced to buy a lot of superfluous material.

Not sure how possible this is, but why not have a Real Tracks sale library where a user can buy individual RT's - $5 each or similar....its probs too difficult to implement but I think it might make it far more flexible.

anyhoo, moving on smile

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#417847 - 06/14/17 06:32 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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I agree with your sentiment that RT's should be like pizza toppings (not everyone wants that pesky pepperoni), but - You already can buy individual Realtracks, or the last time I checked you could.


Edited by Icelander (06/14/17 06:33 PM)
Edit Reason: Correcting mistakes
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#417872 - 06/15/17 02:52 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: joden]
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Originally Posted By: joden
tbh, I think this is one of the failings of the BIBA "pak" system. One is forced to buy a lot of superfluous material.

Not sure how possible this is, but why not have a Real Tracks sale library where a user can buy individual RT's - $5 each or similar....its probs too difficult to implement but I think it might make it far more flexible.

anyhoo, moving on smile

Well, the price of the whole pak is $ 29,00.

You can buy only the Country, Jazz, Rock/Pop and Americana separately for $ 15,00 each. If you only need two of them, say, Jazz end Americana, you end up paying MORE for half the pak as for the whole pak. I only see win in getting the pak as-is, not fail at all.

Is this a case of seeing the glass half-full or half-empty? wink

HTH,


Edited by LtKojak (06/15/17 02:54 AM)
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#417915 - 06/15/17 09:41 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Well the price to me is actually closer to $40 wink And for an example in the last pack all I wanted was the two electric guitar RTs "Oily" something or other. That was it out of the whole pack!

Anyhoo it was not a major issue, just a comment in passing that it might be a good idea. Instead of the Foxtel, everything or nothing, maybe offer up some individuality haha!

As I wrote, moving on hahaha!

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#417920 - 06/15/17 10:06 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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These are styles not RTs am I correct.

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#417935 - 06/15/17 11:53 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Quote:
These are styles not RTs am I correct.


Correct! They are styles (even though people call RealTracks "styles", I guess because many are played "in the style of whomever"). In order to use them, you must have the underlying RealTracks already available to you, otherwise you will get loading errors. That's why they say you need the UltraPlusPak, EverythingPak, or Audiophile editions (they have "all" the RealTracks), along with the bonus 49 pack.

Each of these styles is a grouping of RealTrack instruments that go well together. While you could create any of these yourself through a lot of experimentation and knowledge about the many many RealTracks available, PGMusic has done that for you, a huge time saver.

You could use this style pak without having all the RealTracks, but you will get errors when it tries to load a RealTrack you don't have.
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#417944 - 06/15/17 12:09 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Icelander]
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Originally Posted By: Icelander
You already can buy individual Realtracks, or the last time I checked you could.
I've just revisited this and apparently I was indeed mistaken - you can not purchase individual RT instrument, only sets of instruments smirk

I stand corrected blush
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#418312 - 06/18/17 07:48 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available... [Re: Icelander]
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Definitely going to grab this one also, I have used the last 2 to death, for both songs for folks & ideas on how to do it.

Also, I will ask again here, HOW can we tell which are which in the browser listings? My total list that is labeled Xtra does NOT add up to the full amount claimed in the product description!

Maybe think of naming each collection & style from each collection Xtra_1, Xtra_2, & Xtra_3 for sorting purposes in the list, 'eh? Becasue looking at the Styles Browser does NOT help at all, like it does when typing in Jazz, or 291, or 180, etc.....
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