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#423219 - 07/26/17 07:24 AM [Off-Topic] July Blog post - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting
JoanneCooper Offline
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Hello all.

I am sorry that there was no blog post in June. I was very busy preparing for the National Arts festival and let that one slip past!

Anyway, I am back in the saddle and here is my July blog post

HOW I USE BAND-IN-A-BOX IN MY SONGWRITING


I would love to hear your own tips and tricks! (Ps. Mario I have included your tip about using the generated melody in your DAW. Thanks for that!)

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#423224 - 07/26/17 08:28 AM [Off-Topic] Re: July Blog post - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Good to see another blog from you. Lot's of good information to kick start a new song.

Great post.


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#423245 - 07/26/17 11:56 AM [Off-Topic] Re: July Blog post - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Joanne,

That's an excellent article. The clarity with which you've covered everything is outstanding. It must have taken a heap of time to prepare with all those really informative graphics.

Like you, I'm a huge fan of the Melodist and its ability to provide songwriting inspiration.

Have you thought about also posting this in the Songwriting forum? I bet that there are many BIAB users over there who will find this very instructive and very valuable.

All the best,
Noel
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#423252 - 07/26/17 12:44 PM [Off-Topic] Re: July Blog post - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting [Re: JoanneCooper]
JohnJohnJohn Offline
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Excellent article JoAnne! This should be included with the BIAB tutorial for every new user! Very well thought out and clear in your instructions. Great work!

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#423269 - 07/26/17 03:58 PM [Off-Topic] Re: July Blog post - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting [Re: JoanneCooper]
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as we have come to expect and never be disappointed another helpful and informative article
so how much does pgmusic pay you to write these???
what they don't!!
they should
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#423447 - 07/28/17 12:04 AM [Off-Topic] Re: July Blog post - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Charlie, Noel, J*3 and Mike
Thanks for reading and for your comments. I always appreciate the support. Noel, I have posted the blog post in the songwriting forum as suggested.

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#424099 - 08/01/17 04:43 PM [Off-Topic] Re: July Blog post - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Great stuff smile.
Rob

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#424103 - 08/01/17 05:03 PM [Off-Topic] Re: July Blog post - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting [Re: JoanneCooper]
PeterGannon Offline
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Joanne,
That's really great. Thanks so much for making that!
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#424168 - 08/02/17 06:07 AM [Off-Topic] Re: July Blog post - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting [Re: JoanneCooper]
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My original post disappeared! So here goes a second try:

This is a excellent blog. This has so much valuable information that it should be pinned in the tips forum IMHO.

PS - thanx for mentioning my name and my tip.
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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:
www.pgmusic.com/?vid=QndXu8H_IwM

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: https://www.relay.fm/mpu/432 - 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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