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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]
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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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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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New! Video RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac!

NEW with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - Video RealTracks Sets!

Video RealTracks allow you to see the RealTracks artist playing that track - you can use them just like any other RealTrack, and you can generate a video which will display the musician playing your song exactly as you hear it. You can also include a chord sheet or notation in the video.

We've added Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band to our Free Bonus PAK included in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac packages during our release special (which ends May 31st!).
Video RealTracks Set 2: Country TrainBeat Band is included in the 2018 49-PAK, along with 40 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 22 MIDI SuperTracks, 101 Instrumental Studies, and Artist Performance Set 8: Traditional Songs Sung by Béatrix Méthé.

SPECIAL OFFER: During our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac release special, purchase our "Video RealTracks Set 3-6 Special Bundle Offer" to complete your purchase with the remaining Video RealTracks Sets for the low price of just $49! http://www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.videorealtracks.htm

Learn more about the new Video RealTracks and see them in action: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=fzkX6jO_hW4

Video - 202 NEW RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac we also released 202 NEW RealTracks (in Sets 278-300)!

Listen to all the individual demos here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.202newrealtracks.htm, or watch our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - 202 New RealTracks Overview Video: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=7ZrfGSqjaOU

Get all 202 new RealTracks when you purchase any Band-in-a-Box® 2018 UltraPAK, Audiophile Edition, or the PlusPAK upgrade - on sale until May 31st!

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Video - The Audio Chord Wizard in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac boasts over 50 new features and enhancements... including the Build-in Audio Chord Wizard!

The Audio Chord Wizard has been redesigned and is now built into Band-in-a-Box®. Previously, the Audio Chord Wizard was a separate app and not tightly integrated into Band-in-a-Box®. This app is still available from the [Audio Chord Wizard] toolbar button, but the improved built-in Audio Chord Wizard can be accessed from the Audio Edit window.

Watch our latest video to learn more: Video link - Audio Chord Wizard in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac

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Want to quickly see the new features included in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac in action?

Check out this video, Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac® ! Everything you need to know in under 5 minutes*: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=XSSQpijRyxk

*The video includes an extra 2 minutes for the 49-PAK! The first 5 minutes show you all of the great new features and content available with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac®, and it's followed by additional video showing off the 2018 49-PAK for Mac.

Xtra Styles PAKs are ON SALE until May 31st!

Xtra Styles PAK 4 was initially released with our Windows version of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, and with the release of our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac, we're having a sale!

Xtra Styles PAK 4 has over 150 RealStyles for Rock-Pop, Jazz, Country, and 'Folk and Beyond' styles, which work with the RealTracks included in any Band-in-a-Box® version 2017 or higher UltraPAK/UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition!

We've put all of our Xtra Styles PAKs on SALE until May 31st! Purchase any Xtra Styles PAK (1 - 4) for just $29 each! (reg. $49) http://www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=mac

Listen to all the demos of these new Xtra Styles here, or check out this video: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=Zl_wr47d2V0

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - 45 Requests Fulfilled!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac is here, and there's more than 80 new features! We've answered some user requests with this release, including:

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 use the feature to make a video of the chord sheet from a Band-in-a-Box song. I use it to make backing tracks and upload them to YouTube. But these don't include any notation for the melody and lyrics of my songs. My viewers would like to see the melody and lyrics too. Is there a way you can include the melody in the video? I've tried recording this with screen capture programs, but it's time consuming, recording in real time, and the audio quality and sync are not that good.

A. Yes, Band-in-a-Box 2018 can do this now. You can save your song as a video of the notation track. So that includes the notation, guitar tab, and lyrics. And saving the whole video and audio just takes a few seconds, much faster than real time recording. Just load in your song with chords, melody, lyrics, and/or guitar tab, and press Save-As Notation Video. Your song will be up on YouTube in no time!

Q. I am songwriter and uses Band-in-a-Box to make backing tracks for my productions. I'm starting to make videos and upload them to YouTube. Can Band-in-a-Box help with my production videos?

A. Band-in-a-Box 2018 can now make videos with Video RealTracks, of the musicians performing the RealTracks. And they are playing along to your song's chord progression. You can include these videos in your own song performance, which adds a nice visual element.

Q. I use the Audio Harmonies in Band-in-a-Box. But I find the harmonies simplistic, in that they are mainly using chord tones. The Band-in-a-Box MIDI harmonies are more sophisticated, using passing tones. Why can't my Audio Harmonies work like that?

A. We've added support for new types of Audio Harmonies in the Audio Edit Window. These do allow you to choose any Band-in-a-Box MIDI harmony that has passing tones or sophisticated jazz voicings (adding 4 parts to make a 5-part jazz voicing for example). Band-in-a-Box automatically figures out the MIDI version of your melody so it uses this to create the harmonies.

Q. The new toolbar is nice, but needs more color options. Too much grey! How about skins?

A. We've added support for skins, and you can choose color or grey scale options for toolbar, mixer etc.

And more!!!

All of the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac can be reviewed at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm

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