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#443090 - 12/06/17 02:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: Rob4580]
Jon Thomas Offline

Registered: 12/18/15
Posts: 152
I TOTALLY, TOTALLY loved this song !!!!!!!
Nice video too. Perfect for the song.
And the vocals ... just fantastic.
Great, great job!
BIAB 2017 Audiophile edition
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#443186 - 12/06/17 11:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: Samuel Davis]
Rob4580 Offline

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1801
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
Originally Posted By: Samuel Davis
Cool tune. Love The sound and good use of video with it as well. I think the instrumental alone would be great for licensing in TV or the movies. Great job.

Hi Samuel. Thanks for the comment and the tip. Rob

#443189 - 12/07/17 12:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: Rob4580]
bluage Offline

Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 364
Loc: Washington State

You, sir, are a balladeer! Every time I listen to your songs I think, "This man could compose and perform songs even if he was hard-of-hearing".

That's because your songs seemingly always tell a story, their use of Band-in-a-Box styles is varietal, and considering your current offering, "Cool, Calm, and Callous", downright adventurous.

And then, there's your singing, which is full-bodied and (dare I say it?) heroic-sounding, even. Keep all this up, and soon somebody's gonna steal you away from the User's Forum!

Thoroughly entertained,

"Music is what feelings sound like."-- borrowed from a Cakewalk Music Creator forum member, "Mamabear".

#443231 - 12/07/17 04:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: PeterF]
Rob4580 Offline

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1801
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
Originally Posted By: PeterF

Sounds great and quite different. Nice trumpet solos and your vocal sounds right on the money.

Thanks Peter.Rob

#443350 - 12/07/17 10:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: Rob4580]
Robertkc Offline

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1109
Pefectly pitched vocal for the drama of this style ...yeah, Rob the gunslinger!
I think this is the first time I`ve heard this style and you have done it proud.
Very well done.


#443391 - 12/07/17 12:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: Rob4580]
Sergio Guarneri Offline

Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 1398
Loc: Cremona-Italy

Excellent song Rob. we can feel here the real mexican atmosphere.
Super vocal as usual.


#443401 - 12/07/17 01:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: floyd jane]
Rob4580 Offline

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1801
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Well done, Rob. Good write - cool rhyme callus/malice...

Good vocal. Good mix. Cool sound over all...

Many Thanks Floyd. Rob

#443480 - 12/07/17 10:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: Rob4580]
animarorecords Online   content

Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 792
Loc: Aichi, Japan
Hello, Rob

Sad song!
Very fascinating.
As Alan said, Your voice works perfectly for this one.
It reminds me of Presley's film "Fun in Acapulco”, for some reason.
I heard Mariachi for the first time in the movie at that time.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

#443892 - 12/09/17 07:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: Rob4580]
Torrey Bliss Offline

Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 908
Loc: Missouri
Rob, perfect in every way to my ears! Vocals are great and good work syncing that video up! Thanks, Torrey

#444098 - 12/10/17 05:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: *New Song* Mariachi Waltz - Cool and Calm and Callus [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
Rob4580 Offline

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1801
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
What a tune! It reminds me of something you'd hear in an old western film, for some reason. I really liked how moody it was, both in the arrangement and in your vocal delivery. Those horns were the final icing on the cake for me.

You should be proud of this one, Rob smile Thanks so much for sharing!

Hello Deryk. Thank your kind words. Rob

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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

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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

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:

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":

Check out Floyd / Janice & Bud’s music here:

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

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.

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.

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!

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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