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#441244 - 11/28/17 10:42 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here!
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Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here!

Go to the main page laugh

Early this year wink
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#441251 - 11/28/17 11:04 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: MikeK]
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While BIAB 2018 for Mac will be six months later with a new sticker slapped onto it.
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#441252 - 11/28/17 11:05 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: MikeK]
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Wow!

I've never known an "end of November" release before! Excellent smile
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#441272 - 11/28/17 12:25 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: Noel96]
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do you not think this is more of the same?

I look at the GUI and it reminds me of 1990's and there are many here who know just how old the base code of this program is once you delve to the lower levels.

maybe I stand alone in thinking 64 bit opens memory opportunities for a complete rewrite.

Even sforzando is offered 64 bit

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#441279 - 11/28/17 12:41 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: Neil1000]
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You're familiar with JBridge Neil? The only reason for Biab to be 64 bit is to access all of your memory so you can run the big 64 bit plugins. JBridge allows for full RAM usage. Peter himself (as in Peter Gannon, PG Music) got into a very detailed discussion a few years ago with some users who were very adamant that Biab itself needed to be 64 bit. He explained in detail that it's not necessary, JBridge handles it.

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#441280 - 11/28/17 12:44 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: MikeK]
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Hi Anyone give me heads up on using jbridge I just cant follow it.

Would need to be a fools guide.
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#441294 - 11/28/17 01:27 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: MikeK]
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Current, I've owned the BIaB 2015 Pro. edition. If I upgrade to Biab 2018 MegaPak how much do I have to pay, $99.00 and get all the contents of this package?

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#441295 - 11/28/17 01:30 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: MikeK]
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VinhSon, I'm not sure. We're just fellow users here. Give PG Music Sales a call.

On this page it looks like $99 from the 2016 Megapak to the 2018 Megapak: http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm

But I don't know if that holds for 2015 Pro to 2018 Megapak.
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#441303 - 11/28/17 01:52 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: beatmaster]
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Originally Posted By: beatmaster
Hi Anyone give me heads up on using jbridge I just cant follow it.

Would need to be a fools guide.


Literally all you do is install it, you don't do anything through Biab. Close Biab and install it on your system. Open Biab and it's automatically there in the background, you don't do anything.

One thing though and I'm not sure if this matters now or not, it's been a few years for me. There was confusion about which version to use which is why we all recommended users buy it through PG Music. I think you saved a few dollars too but again, maybe that doesn't matter now.

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#441305 - 11/28/17 01:53 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: MikeK]
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Bob is correct, at the time, the version of JBridge was customized for BIAB. But once installed, it just works. Your plugin can address all the memory you have on a 64-bit Windows PC.
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#441332 - 11/28/17 03:42 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: MikeK]
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From PGMusic JBridge page now
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If you want to try jBridge by a free demo, you can visit this page http://jstuff.wordpress.com/jBridge/ and download the demo called jBridge 1.7b3 demo (or any newer future demo that has a # higher than 1.7)


So supposedly later versions will work, bu if you want the 'PGMusic special' that is the version in question.

FWIW I got ver. 1.7b3 years ago and it has worked ever since.

I'm not sure which version you get currently from the PGMusic site, but it is $5 less than direct from jBridge.

http://www.pgmusic.com/jbridge.htm
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#441351 - 11/28/17 04:06 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: rharv]
Kayanou Offline
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Registered: 11/28/17
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Wow this is just a cosmetic upgrade. nothing new really. Still no rewire, a feature that has been requested for over 10 years or anyway to sync bib with a real DAW not like real tracks.

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#441367 - 11/28/17 05:06 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: Kayanou]
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Welcome to the forum, I guess you've been a long time user and just now decided to join in on the forum fun?

My only comment and this is not making fun of anybody is this:

Probably 90% of the users don't understand the concept behind what you just wrote and could care less. They load in the chords, pick a style, hit Play. That's it. Biab is huge in music schools. Do you think a teacher using it to teach a student how to solo over the circle of 5ths cares about rewire?

This is why some years ago in order to address these concerns to make Biab much more sophisticated I suggested they create two versions, the standard one we all use now and an AWESOME COOL DUDE! one. Sadly I never heard anything back about that.

Bob
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#441374 - 11/28/17 05:24 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: MikeK]
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Lots of new features and content.
Info and 6 minute all-you-need-to-know video
http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=441373&#Post441373
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#441385 - 11/28/17 05:44 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows is here! [Re: MikeK]
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What upgrade do I want?

I have:
1. EverythingPak 2015 (no longer listed as option)
2. 2016 & 2017 PlusPak Upgrades
3. All Xtra styles 3

To be fully up to date with the EverythingPak do I want the $99 PlusPak and the $49 BonusPak AND the $29 Nov. Xtra styles, or are those included in the $49 BonusPak?

Or do I want the $149 UltraPak Upgrade? Does it include everything?

Confuzed...

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PG Music News
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/

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - 49 Requests Fulfilled!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows boasts more than 50 new features... and a lot of the new features fill the requests posted by program users!

Some of these include:

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 love the Audio Chord Wizard, as it figures out chords from mp3 and other audio files. But it is a separate program from Band-in-a-Box, and I can’t go back and forth to change things easily.

A. We've solved that, as BiaB 2018 has integrated the Audio Chord Wizard directly into Band-in-a-Box. Now load an audio file into BiaB, open the Audio Edit Window – Audio Chord Wizard mode, and let it automatically figure out the bar lines and chords for the song.

Q. I like to save songs as MP3 files, and can't do this with BiaB, except a very low quality one, 64kbps.

A. We've improved this, by adding support for Windows Media Foundation. This allows you to save MP3 in your choice of resolutions, up to very high 320mpbs. Better still, it works on current versions of Windows (Windows 7,8,10) and also on older versions too (Vista, XP).

We've answered 49 questions - review all of these answers on our forum post "49 of your Problems solved? List of 49 Requests fulfilled in Band-in-a-Box 2018" here.

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

RealBand® 2018 for Windows Build 3 Update Available!

RealBand 2018 users can update their version with the latest patch, Build 3. Download this patch here

Summary of Changes since 2018 Build 3:

Added: Section Numbers supported. All section letter menus now include numbers 1 through 9 in addition to letters A through Z.
Fixed: Section letters in Notation Window were not being resized if the notation was zoomed in/out
Fixed: RealBand might freeze when generating audio harmonies
Fixed: Loading in a BB song (MGU/SGU) or generating realtracks could freeze up the program.
Fixed: Chords in Notation/LeadSheet on 1st beat of a bar were being drawn too close to bar lines.
Fixed: Support for XP and Vista.

http://www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#2018_3

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Build 505 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can update their version with the latest patch - Build 505.

This patch can be downloaded here.

Summary of changes for Build 505:

Added: You can now put Section Numbers in your song. Previously you could only use letters A-Z, but now you can use 1-9 as well.
Added:You can now filter styles in the StylePicker for styles that contain Video RealTracks.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box would crash with error "Procedure entry point MFTEnumEx could not be found in the Dynamic Link Library Mfplat.DLL" while starting up if using Windows Vista.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box would crash with error message "dwmapi.dll cannot be found" while starting up if using Windows XP.
Fixed: The Transcribe feature in the Audio Edit window was not always working.
Fixed: The Windows Audio Devices dialog might show garbage text for names of devices if not running Band-in-a-Box in English.
Fixed: There was no Quality selector in the Render to Audio File dialog if rendering MP3 on Windows 7 or earlier.
Fixed: There were visual artifacts in the leadsheet & notation windows when moving the cursor.
Fixed: Using the Transpose or stretching features in the Audio Edit window might cause an access violation if the audio track is mono.
Improved: Band-in-a-Box will start up faster.
Improved: Importing ABC Notation files has been improved.
Updated: Help file and manuals.
Updated: RealTracks Artist bio's.

http://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#505

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

NEW with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows... 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.
TIP: If you load one of the video RealTracks bands, you will have video RealTracks on 5 tracks, and you can make a video of 1-5 musicians!

We've added Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band to our Free Bonus PAK included in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows packages during our December special.
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 Holiday 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/bbwin.videorealtracks.htm

Learn more about the new Video RealTracks and see them in action: Video link - "Video RealTracks Sets 1-6 for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows"

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