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#442167 - 12/02/17 02:59 PM [RealBand] Can't open MGU or SGU files in RealBand 2018
VintageGibson Online   content

Registered: 12/02/17
Posts: 20
Loc: Derry
Has anyone come across this problem with the 2018 update?

When I tried to open MGU or SGU files in RB2018 the following warning message came up;
bbw2.exe – System Error
The code execution cannot proceed because libsndfile-1.DLL was not found. Reinstalling the program may fix this problem.

RB was frozen and had to be shut down using Task Manager.
This happened if I tried to open MGUs or SGUs from within RB or By Right Click and Open With.

I reinstalled RB2018 as suggested but the problem persists this time ,without the warning message. I then did a full reinstall, including new patches,the problem persists but the warning message has returned.

Needless to say, I did not have this problem before the update to 2018, and I find this annual dance around bugs and glitches following an update is becoming very tiresome, especially this year with the update having more cosmetic than useful content.

I will forward this to PGM but I was hoping someone here can help as I don't expect a response before Monday.

Thanks in advance

#442462 - 12/03/17 09:41 PM [RealBand] Re: Can't open MGU or SGU files in RealBand 2018 [Re: VintageGibson]
Jeff Yankauer Offline
PG Music Developer

Registered: 06/02/00
Posts: 1373
Make sure libsndfile-1.dll is present in your RealBand\data folder. If not then copy it from the RealBand folder to the data folder.
Jeff Yankauer

#442473 - 12/03/17 11:08 PM [RealBand] Re: Can't open MGU or SGU files in RealBand 2018 [Re: VintageGibson]
Andrew - PG Music Offline
PG Music Staff

Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 3713
Loc: Victoria, BC
The RealBand update patch will now fix the misplaced dll issue.

(The program is still build 2, but just install the patch again and it should fix the problem).
PG Music Inc.

#442486 - 12/04/17 02:40 AM [RealBand] Re: Can't open MGU or SGU files in RealBand 2018 [Re: Jeff Yankauer]
VintageGibson Online   content

Registered: 12/02/17
Posts: 20
Loc: Derry
To Jeff Yankauer,
Just fixed it following your instructions.
Thanks to you and Andrew for speedy response.


#442493 - 12/04/17 03:55 AM [RealBand] Re: Can't open MGU or SGU files in RealBand 2018 [Re: VintageGibson]
DonMusic Offline

Registered: 04/10/07
Posts: 117

Thank you Andrew.

Edited by DonMusic (12/04/17 03:58 AM)


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