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#442658 - 12/04/17 05:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
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You've taken the amazing abilities of this product and used your skills to generate a masterpiece.

This is knockout from the very first note.

The choice of style, the instrumentation, the fills, the vocals, the everything, is, well, just sensational.

Back for another listen...
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#442677 - 12/04/17 07:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
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Hi Loren and Courtney

Love the jazz, the arrangement and the phrasing.
Have had several listens and it just gets better.
Could be from a movie and something a little Manhattan Transfer about the cool style.

Oh, and my favourite line -- 'Or, to the ocean and swim with the sharks…'

Two thumbs up. Cheers.


Edited by RichMac (12/04/17 07:20 PM)
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#442731 - 12/05/17 06:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
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Registered: 02/15/17
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Wow - great job on this tune! It's got a ton of soul and character, and both of your vocal performances were absolutely spot on. It makes me think of the 60's. I love the groove here too, and honestly the arrangement and mix here sounds super professional!

Thanks so much for sharing this smile
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#442848 - 12/05/17 01:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 364
Loc: Washington State
Dear Deryk...

I appreciate your comment about my singing, as I believe Ms. Grace's professionally-trained voice really made my own sound better crazy!

By the way, I believe I should thank you and the other folks at PG Music for allowing me to post the song. Why? Because I used SampleTank vocal patches when I could have used the new "ooos" and "ahhhs" that are part of the new 2018 version.

I actually ordered the new version and await its delivery. However, before I ordered it I didn't do a thorough job reading about the new additions to the software and therefore missed the announcement about the "ooos" and "ahhhs", which I apologize for. I auditioned them and they sound gorgeous! I can hardly wait to use them in my future compositions.

After I receive the 2018 update I will re-post "The Rain Song" with the seamless and meltingly mellow "ooohs" and "ahhhs" that Mr. David Wise and Ms. Shelly Justice recorded so everyone in the User's Forum can hear how great they sound.

Gratefully,

LOREN
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#442857 - 12/05/17 01:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: RichMac]
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 364
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: RichMac
Hi Loren and Courtney

Love the jazz, the arrangement and the phrasing.
Have had several listens and it just gets better.
Could be from a movie and something a little Manhattan Transfer about the cool style.

Oh, and my favourite line -- 'Or, to the ocean and swim with the sharks…'

Two thumbs up. Cheers.


Hello, "RichMac"...

So, you like swimming with sharks, eh? You're a braver man than me laugh !

Seriously, though, your attentive remarks about the arrangement and phrasing song are deeply appreciated. It takes me a long, long, l-o-n-g time to decide when I've gotten those aspects of producing a song "right".

I will let Ms. Courtney know of your response to her performance. Thank you for listening, "RichMac!"

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#442860 - 12/05/17 01:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: VideoTrack]
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 364
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
You've taken the amazing abilities of this product and used your skills to generate a masterpiece.

This is knockout from the very first note.

The choice of style, the instrumentation, the fills, the vocals, the everything, is, well, just sensational.

Back for another listen...


Dear "VideoTrack"...

Thank you for your enthusiastic comments on "The Rain Song"! That's what happens when you've got a "Band-in-the-Box".

Do you have any productions that I could listen to?

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#442908 - 12/05/17 06:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
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This is a really sexy song. The female vocal parts are great, and the lyrics themselves are sexy.

The arrangement is also sexy. Everything is sexy. I love music like this.

As Austin Powers: says "Ladies and Gentleman, Mr. Burt Bacharach."

smile

(You have to know the movie to know why this is the highest compliment. It's just cool.)

Write some more like this please!!!
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#442940 - 12/05/17 11:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
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Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 1686
Loc: Sydney Australia
Loren

Seriously good stuff - I'll add the backing reminded me a bit of Michael Franks.
Wonderful performance by both of you and a genre not heard often here.

Peter

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#442944 - 12/06/17 12:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
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Hi Loren.
What a lovely duet! Just one small complaint. It ended too early smile
Nicely done.

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#442956 - 12/06/17 03:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
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Good one guys
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#442980 - 12/06/17 05:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
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Firstly, everything about this production reminds us of the void of jazz tunes posted here. Given the vast number of jazz styles and RT’s that is even more unfortunate. But this song certainly made the wait worthwhile.

We’ve several times watched the great late 50’s film featuring an afternoon at the Newport Jazz Festival. This song while packed with nuances and complexities reminds us of the open airy feel of many of performances at that festival.

We could parse out everything we like and discuss it but this is one that we prefer just kicking back and enjoying the totality of the wonderful arrangement and vocals.

The word that comes to mind and best describes our feelings is “classy.”

Well done y’all! Sounds like you two are having fun.

J&B

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#443173 - 12/06/17 11:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: Janice & Bud]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 364
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Firstly, everything about this production reminds us of the void of jazz tunes posted here. Given the vast number of jazz styles and RT’s that is even more unfortunate. But this song certainly made the wait worthwhile.

We’ve several times watched the great late 50’s film featuring an afternoon at the Newport Jazz Festival. This song while packed with nuances and complexities reminds us of the open airy feel of many of performances at that festival.

We could parse out everything we like and discuss it but this is one that we prefer just kicking back and enjoying the totality of the wonderful arrangement and vocals.

The word that comes to mind and best describes our feelings is “classy.”

Well done y’all! Sounds like you two are having fun.

J&B



Hello, Bud; hello, Ms. Janice...

I believe the documentary you described is "Jazz on a Summer's Day", directed by Bert Stern in 1958. Yes, it is a dream of a film about jazz music with gorgeous color cinematography and amazingly well-recorded performances.

If "The Rain Song" brought forth that "open and airy" association in your mind, then I'm humbled. It's a nice to thing to say.

"Classy" is certainly how I feel about Ms. Grace's performance. She seized upon the (hopefully) sunny feel of the song on the first take, which was done remotely as we live in different cities.

Thank you for communicating your pleasure with the song in such a colorful way!

Most sincerely,

LOREN
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#443175 - 12/06/17 11:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: furry]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 364
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: furry
Good one guys


Hey, there, "furry"...

Thank you for listening from so far away laugh !

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#443179 - 12/06/17 11:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: JoanneCooper]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 364
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: JoanneCooper
Hi Loren.
What a lovely duet! Just one small complaint. It ended too early smile
Nicely done.


Dear Ms. Cooper...

Yeah, it was kind of short, wasn't it? So short, that Ms. Grace only charged me half of her usual price for recording my songs. So, now, I've learned a neat trick on how to save money...

Just kidding (about saving money, that is!).

Thank you for listening and also for liking what you heard, Ms. Cooper!

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#443181 - 12/06/17 11:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: PeterF]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 364
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: PeterF
Loren

Seriously good stuff - I'll add the backing reminded me a bit of Michael Franks.
Wonderful performance by both of you and a genre not heard often here.

Peter


Hello, "PeterF"...

Michael Franks really created his own genre, didn't he? He was a stylist who produced truly relaxing music with memorable lyrics. Certainly something for songwriters in any genre to emulate, for sure.

Thank you for listening and commenting, "PeterF"!

Sincerely,

LOREN
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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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