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#437536 - 11/11/17 12:21 PM [RealBand] I think I've had it with RB
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I just don't know how to move on. It's so bug ridden. I can a least use it to build songs. I have 300 to move to a more stable program. I can't deal playing 5 days a week worrying if it's going to crash.
I played Friday and it was fine. I opened the program the next gig, went to load the jukebox and get an error message, no file found and RB closes. Have to totally reload the program. Just what I want to do at a gig.Thank God I have PT 2013as well.
I've been away from the forums for abt 4 years I was pissed off at all the bugs.4 years later the program is worse.
IMHO
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#437604 - 11/11/17 08:31 PM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Maybe it's your configuration. I didn't notice others reporting such issues.

What about creating WAV or MP3 backing tracks and using those live? Would that work for you?
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#437632 - 11/12/17 03:20 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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In total agreement with VideoTrack. I have used a lot of complex composition programs like BIAB / RB over the years but would always mix down to Mp3/Mp4A or wav format and transfer to ipad, iphone (running Backtrax app.)or other mp3 players such as Archos to create playlists rather than risk running from the parent program. Much less to go wrong in a live situation.
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#437654 - 11/12/17 06:58 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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When you just open the computer start the program go to ACTION/JUKEBOX nothing else hooked up and the program crashes. I have my ideas and will explore.
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#437659 - 11/12/17 07:14 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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its not my configuration. Mix down is not an option. PT 2013 is always rock solid so i'll just use that. In the meantime now that i've vented ,let's try to find this issue. I have thoughts. Probably most are not using the jukebox as you are mixing down.
Please try this for me. I can't repeat it consistently but seems to be the issue.
1. make a folder and put 6 songs in it.
2. open RB
3. open the JUKEBOX and using "add to playlist add these 6 songs to your play list.
4. run through these songs
5. close the JUKEBOX without deleting theplaylist
6. close RB
7. go to the folder with the songs and remove 1 or 2 to another location.
8. open RB
9. open the JUKEBOX
10. do this a number of times and report what happens.
Thanks
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#437661 - 11/12/17 07:34 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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My system isn't that complicated.
Form day one I strived to have a Real Band sound. Pun intended. The consistency and look of a band.
I usually use abt 10 tracks in RB. They are all assigned to one of 8 audio outs of my interface to one of 8 channels of my digital stage box. Mixer is software on the computer and my sound persons tablet. They mix me from FOH. I sing and play bass live. One RB track goes to the computers headphone output to provide chord data for my harmonizer.Another RB track is midi data that goes, via a virtual midi cable to QLITE controller program which is for lighting. I built a USB to DMX adapter box to drive my lighting dimmer packs.
My hole show is 100% automated.
PS all into a 3000wattt triamped PA.
I have played 100s of shows.The only weak link is RB.
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#437670 - 11/12/17 08:31 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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HI John

I am not sure how the juke box works, but if you start moving the source files for a playlist in most software, you will break the links.
If the jukebox only stores links to the files in their original location, (instead of making a copy of them) then surely you will break these links, making the playlist not function,
Just my thoughts without knowing the detail of the software Realband jukebox playlist,
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#437675 - 11/12/17 08:44 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: Mike Head]
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right you are but it shouldn.t break the whole program. there,s no way to open the jukebox now and delete the playlist.
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#437707 - 11/12/17 12:44 PM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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RealBand broke me some time ago because of it's bugs and crashing.
The main issue you have is that all your songs are in .SEQ format else there are plenty of other application that will do what you need for live performance.

You would have to sit down and > Save all Tracks to individual WAV/MID and then > Save Chords Window As Video
As I mentioned before, there should be a Batch Convert option for these 2 formats, that might be something easier to add to RB then fix all the bugs.
It might take time but the Jailbreak would be worth it.

But lets see what next month brings, you never know, fingers crossed.

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#437720 - 11/12/17 02:39 PM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: Pipeline]
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Here's some Macro Tools for repetitive tasks.

http://merabheja.com/17-free-macro-recorder-tools-to-perform-repetitive-tasks/
https://www.raymond.cc/blog/make-your-computer-automatically-perform-tasks-for-you/view-all/

With these tools you can get it to batch convert your seq files to wav, midi and avi.

Though the problem I find now is when saving to Video there is no song.seq filename already in the Save to AVI dialog box, it should just have the seq filename already in there !, and it wants to save in the RealBand folder instead of the folder the seq was opened from !!!!
Yet when Saving All Tracks to WAV/MID it has no problem saving them in the same folder as the seq and in it's own track folder.
The same with BB now, though I'm sure I remember it putting the song name in the Save AVI box in a previous version ?????
Else it would be easier to Batch convert with the Macros.
So you are just screwed again by RB.
My whole life here is trying to create workaround ways of doing things that RB/BB should just do, easily, joyfully, a stress free workflow.

...and then I get the dreaded whiteout when clicking back on RB after trying BB with also no filename in the AVI box, other apps go white and recover but not RB.
Just doing this with RB has churned my guts and got the BP up mad that's why I gave up on RB and are waiting for something stress free.


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#437789 - 11/13/17 05:36 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Here we go .... Deja Vu all over again.

When you are gigging, you really want to keep things as simple and crash-proof as is possible. That means NOT using BB or RB live.

Take all your songs and mix them down and export them as either 320kb MP3 or WAV files. Any crappy audio player can handle them all day and night without any issues. When you are using BB/RB live, you are asking the computer to work pretty hard to get all 10 or more tracks synced and to the speakers, plus any midi, synths, or FX that are running live. It's one thing to do that in a studio, it's another thing totally to do that live.

Keeping it simple means using 2 computers running the same WAV or MP3 player and booted up ready to go.
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#437798 - 11/13/17 06:22 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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PIPELINE I know I,ve been avoiding that.
Guitarhacker to say that like that tells me your an amateur.
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#437799 - 11/13/17 06:30 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Are ya also hearing what else I sad:
1. My old Power Tracks program is rock solid.I just use that now. Jeff just keeps breaking RB more and more. I used to FEAR that Peter would sell to a big company like Sony etc. Now I wish he would or get someone in to help Jeff out. RB keeps getting in features but gains more and more bugs.
2. Someone needs to tell me how my FOH person mixes an MP3 live.
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#437802 - 11/13/17 07:20 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Have you considered using Reaper for live shows? Lots of flexibility and stability. I use BIAB (Jukebox) for live streaming and some shows with little problem, but will be using BIAB created /Realband / Reaper wav files on Voicelive 3 Ext for live shows as The VL3 Ext will store harmonies, guitar patch / effects changes and vocal patch / effect changes. I would also always have a backup of mp3 or wav backing tracks for an emergency. Then I would just dump the vocal effects. Sometimes now I just sing and play acoustic guitar. It has a authenticity that goes down well.


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#437807 - 11/13/17 08:50 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: lambada]
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That's what I have to do.
I have both Reaper and Sonar.
Converting approximately 4000 individual tracks to 4000 .wav files and getting them in another program is doable I suppose. Who wants to do it for me?
Btw I'm a bass player.
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#437809 - 11/13/17 09:05 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: Pipeline]
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I was one of the BETA Testers when RB was introduced.I made the first user Real Track during BETA another year.We were all concerned about what looked like some sort of pasting the code for BIAB on top of Power Tracks
For me I think the best thing is create my songs in RB.Play them with my old Power Tracks.
You might think of that as well.
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#437865 - 11/13/17 04:00 PM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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John,
FWIW I've always leaned toward PT for Live, RB for writing.
Less overhead = more stable.
Plus I don't want that pesky 'Initializing Accompaniment' message holding things up .. for yet another reason.

I've used PT to run live click, drum triggers, synths, guitar patch changes (multiple guitars), lights, vocal processor changes, etc, all in the same song .. while recording it in PT also as a live mix.
It can be very powerful and ya can't do that with WAV or MP3.
So I get it (I think).
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#437911 - 11/14/17 06:23 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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YOU GET IT RHARV.
How are you. I miss all the old guys.
I push this stuff to the limit for sure. So do you I know.
See down here the pay structure is 80/20 split of the gate. These folks are winter Texans ready to party for the winter. Dances I have them change $7. Full bands charge $10. Most rooms hold 500+. Do the math. I have to have a well done professional show to expect to get that sort of cash.
Btw we get 80% resort gets 20%
I guess RB stays in the studio and PT goes on the road.
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#437962 - 11/14/17 10:50 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Originally Posted By: silvertones

Guitarhacker to say that like that tells me your an amateur.


Whatever you say.... but I'm not the one who had the crash now, am I?
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#437980 - 11/14/17 12:30 PM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: Guitarhacker]
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There are plenty of Multichannel hardware players, some players only, some rec/play:
Look at the Tascam and CYMATIC, for more info and guides do a youtube search.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Digital-Multi-Track-Recorders/ci/14861/N/3992462095

I suggested in the wishlist a hardware version of Biab something like this below.

This one is way over the top in price but give an idea of what you can do:
Multi-track playback you can depend upon

https://joeco.co.uk/multi-track-audio-players-products-live-install-joeco/

When you require mission-critical playback that absolutely cannot fail, you can rely on JoeCo’s BLACKBOX Multi-Channel Player. This multi-channel player – available in a variety of formats – provides a solution for live performance playback in a compact 1U rack-mounted package. Specifically designed to replay backing tracks or multiple surround stems for live shows and themed entertainment, it can replay up to 64 channels of high quality audio at up to 24bit/96kHz. The BLACKBOX Player can be triggered using timecode, a footswitch or QWERTY keyboard, or it can be controlled via MIDI commands, giving the live engineer, installation sound designer, musical director, artist or silvertones full control of the show at all times.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amBVjAHE2QE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYa9JGRVRZM





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#437989 - 11/14/17 12:59 PM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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I too have sometimes found RealBand a little flaky. It will sometimes crash unexpectedly but I have never used it in a gig situation. I am slightly in awe of the complex setups described here. I have sometimes used my large format iPad Pro for gigs with backing tracks. I have the music display app forScore which means I have words and music on display. Also good as I don’t need music stand light since I am using an iPad. With forScore you can associate any file with a wave or mp3. This means you have the music up and simply click controls to start playback. You control the output level from theiPad too and it will even turn pages back and forward for you at the right place in the audio track which is cool. Saves having to take huge files of music around as you can put all your music on the iPad. I plug the output of the iPad into my keyboard which then supplies it to my mixer. All nice and simple which suits me!

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#438126 - 11/15/17 07:29 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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You seem familiar. This would be awesome. I have always prefered dedicated hardware. Its just that I headed down the RB trail.Do you think it would be easy or real tedious to transfer all the songs. Too bad it can't read *.seq files.
BTW my music computer is only used for RB, BIAB, PT, and qlite. Never goes on the internet.


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#438129 - 11/15/17 07:39 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Guitarhacker I will apologize to you as i don't no you. I have been a LONG time Forum contributer, Beta tester and all round techno crazy guy. To start off a post with a condescending statement pissed me off pure and simple.
Ive answered those questions ad nauseum for nubes and was never condescending.
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#438131 - 11/15/17 07:50 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Awesome box. I downloaded the manual. Getting 4000 tracks in it would be a challenge. At 66 I can't remember 300 songs and counting so lyrics and chords are needed for reference. Not dependent on them but nice to be able to glance.Weve all had the problem of stepping up to sing a song weve done a thousand times and cant remember the first line.
Relistically I need to stay with RB to compose and Power Tracks to play back.
PS I still love PGMUSIC and their products.
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#438336 - 11/16/17 11:11 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Originally Posted By: silvertones
Guitarhacker I will apologize to you as i don't no you. I have been a LONG time Forum contributer, Beta tester and all round techno crazy guy. To start off a post with a condescending statement pissed me off pure and simple.
Ive answered those questions ad nauseum for nubes and was never condescending.


accepted.... and yeah I get it. I'm a bit quick on the trigger at times. We had just had a similar kind of thread.

No problem.
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#438496 - 11/17/17 09:36 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Cool
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#438584 - 11/17/17 09:26 PM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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The above thread demonstrates why this is a cool place to hang out (to me).

'Friends' can say things to each other here, and it does not end up turning into your typical forum/Fark thread.
Makes me stick around still.
People are honestly just trying to help each other.
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#438666 - 11/18/17 11:05 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Yes I agree
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#438806 - 11/19/17 07:00 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Gig Friday went great. Not a hickup.Even used RB version 8.
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#438919 - 11/20/17 07:26 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Just an observation. I don't do a lot of gigs but I have been using RealBand for gigs for a long time and I have never really had any problem, except for one quirk of the Jukebox. How I would normally set up the computer would be to have folders labeled as set 1, set 2 etc. and I would create a Jukebox file for each set. The Jukebox file would reside in each set folder. If I created my sets and jukebox files on my main studio computer and transferred to my laptop for gigging, then the Jukebox would crash on the laptop. I discovered that the Jukebox program writes a file, with a JUK extension, in the RealBand folder and if that file was there from a previous gig, then RealBand would crash when I tried to load my new Jukebox file in my Set folder. If I deleted the old file with the .JUK extension in the RealBand folder then my new Jukebox files in my set folders would load no problem. Ever since I figured this out I have had no problems. I don't know why this file is written into the Realband folder but I hope this helps. Perhaps PG Music can answer this.

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#440690 - 11/26/17 05:20 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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All seems well. I've done 3 gigs without issues. I have been making sure to delete all songs from the Jukebox before closing.
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#441191 - 11/28/17 07:21 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Hi John, great to see you again and I still have those files you sent me.

Pipeline and Guitarhacker your comments are understandable but you don't know who Silvertones is. He's a total pro level user just like you guys are and knows as much about these programs as anybody. I don't know if the forum goes back that far but try to find his posts about performing live with Power Tracks about 4 years ago. After a lot of trial and error he created one helluva live setup because he wanted total multitrack control over each instrument.

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#441254 - 11/28/17 11:10 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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I've been using an iPod touch with all my backing tracks stored onto it since I bought one and it's been working for me so far. I do not have worry about my Mac crashing or having to take 5 minutes just to find the next track I want to play. I also use backing tracks that were either given to me or came included with sheet music I bought, and I sometimes make my own backing tracks when I need to have my parts to be precisely laid out note for note.

P.S. I don't own a PC so I can't use RealBand and PG Music has no intention of including RealBand for Mac even though the vast majority of audio productions is done on a Mac. My school has a production lab that only uses Macs.


Edited by Islansoul (11/28/17 11:13 AM)
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#441255 - 11/28/17 11:14 AM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Hey Bob,
Good to hear from you as well. You still gigging?
I've since dumped all the analog mixers and drive rack stuff. Now using a 16x4 digital stage box. Mixer on my computer and a tablet.
Going to upgrade lights as well to led.
Sure glad that in music school it was required to intern for s moving company. At 66 loading in/out and setup/tear down is tough duty but it's still worth it.
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#441269 - 11/28/17 12:23 PM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: silvertones]
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Gigging, oh yeah. You know how it is with us warhorses, I just can't say no. I have 5 coming up for December but only one is a jazz gig. Those have dried up but I'm back to my classic rock roots doing Santana, Joe Cocker, the Doors, SRV, Stevie Wonder, etc. Lots of keyboard on that stuff.

You're back now so lets see a new pic of you and your toys.

Bob
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#441406 - 11/28/17 06:27 PM [RealBand] Re: I think I've had it with RB [Re: jazzmammal]
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Awesome man.
Can't say no either.
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PG Music News
Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 for Windows is a HIT!

Since the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, we've received some great feedback!

"Oh wow. [The Audio Chord Wizard] has got to be the coolest enhancement to 2018 Band-in-a-Box. This is so-o-o powerful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!"
"2018 is a great release in so many ways!"
"Nice work, as usual!!"
"Luvin' it so far!"
"And yet again you manage to come up with styles and instruments that we absolutely 'must have'!"
"Great to have the Oohs and Ahhs RealTracks!"
"The RealTracks are worth their weight in gold to me. They really are an amazing invention for music creators."
"Every one of these tracks is phenomenal!"
"You guys just keep blowing us away."
"This is an amazing product. I tip my hat and thank you immensely."
"Awesome job once again!"
"What an unexpected treat!"
"What a fantastic idea PG music! I love to know who specifically thought of this idea. What an unexpected treat!!"
"Video set number three with Oliver Gannon is phenomenal just by itself! I've been asking for additional instruction from him for sometime And here it is! Plus it looks like there's something for everyone. You really out did yourself on this one PG Music - way to go!"
"Just tonight popped together a quick video using one of the new video styles. Must say the whole process worked without a hitch so this really does look like a great new feature. And what a great teaching aid this could be!"
"Come on, whats not to like about this"
"The new Audio Chord Wizard is my favorite new feature!"
"THIS IS EXCITING!"
"This should be great for creating backing tracks for covers."
"I know what I'm getting for Christmas!"
"What a release!!!"
"The XTRA Styles are fantastic any future idle music-related minutes I may have had are now totally gone gonna find that perfect background rhythm on just about every one of my favorites!!!"
"Recent retirement and the 2018 version of BIAB is a perfect combination!!"
"it's educational utility and potential is awesome!!!"
"I must say, the new harmony options in particular have me champing at the bit!"
"Love the new Video RealTracks!"
"The mixer included into the StylePicker is a great addition."
"This will give my students a great overview of what's going on in an arrangement with the different instruments.!!!"
"A musician must have."
"Lovin' the new RealTracks!!!"
"Amazing!"

Upgrade your Band-in-a-Box® to version 2018 during our special for great savings & Bonus PAKs! www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm

Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks Tutorial Video

Here's a video showing you the different ways you can use the Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks, new with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

Video link - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, now with Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks!

Plus, here are two audio demos, the full versions of two of the songs that appear in this video:

http://demos.pgmusic.com/audio/allstyledemos2/_LAZYDAY_full_demo.m4a
http://demos.pgmusic.com/audio/allstyledemos2/DownByTheSalleyGardens_with_VocalOohsAahs.m4a

Purchase RealTrack Set 278: Shiny Vocals Oohs and Aahs for just $29 here. It's also included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows PlusPAK, UltraPAK, and Audiophile Edition.

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 http://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#506

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.

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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!
http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm

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) www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

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

https://www.joannecooper.co.za/blog/blog/how-to-record-a-cover-song-using-band-in-a-box-and-realband

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: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=IYMMZVvQdCw

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": http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=433190

Check out Floyd / Janice & Bud’s music here:
http://floydjane.com/
https://www.janiceandbud.com/

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