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#456809 - 02/10/18 11:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2017 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
gruverider Offline

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1427
Congratulations to everyone who uses and enjoys Band In A Box. And to PGmusic for being such a consumer friendly company. I'm looking forward to hearing some wonderful songs from all who participate and look forward to all newcomers that want to share their songs and comments and grow this wonderful community.

Thank you PGmusic for the generous gift.

#457252 - 02/13/18 12:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2017 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
bluage Offline

Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Washington State

Sure you got that right, bossman blush ???

All right. You got my attention.

Pardon my expression of surprise, but the only thing I ever "won" in my life was a pet turtle when I was ten years old...and then, it died frown , and I don't know why...

It's very nice of you. Thank you.

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

#459215 - 02/25/18 04:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2017 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Steve Young Offline

Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1598
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
I find it hard to come up with the words to adequately express my gratitude to Dr. Gannon and the staff of PG Music for their generosity. This past year was a tough one for me, so finding out about this award really made my day! I am humbled by everyone's kindness here. This forum is one of the friendliest groups of people in the world. I'm sure most of you would agree that this group is like an extended family to one another. I appreciate all the kindness that flows like a river through this place! Not to mention all the talent that is at work around here (and it just keeps getting better and better)!

Blessings to all of you,

Steve Young
"In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of." - Robert Schumann

#459663 - 02/28/18 02:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: 2017 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
Jon Thomas Offline

Registered: 12/18/15
Posts: 172
Hi guys, I've been away from this forum (and actually from many other things as well) for a while - you know, life happens sometimes smile
Now I'm back, and it's just in time to see this.
Just ... wow.
I'm really honored to be in this list.
And even more, I am just blown away by the generosity of this company and Mr. Gannon.
I'm gonna follow his example, and I'm gonna use this prize to make a friend of mine really happy with a gift such as BIAB.
Thank you again Peter Gannon and PG Music!!!
BIAB 2018 Audiophile edition
Win 7, 64 bit

#461079 - 03/08/18 02:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: 2017 User Showcase Awards.... Congratulations to.... [Re: PeterGannon]
LPman Offline

Registered: 04/09/14
Posts: 236
Loc: Montréal Quebec Canada
Thanks so much PeterGannon.... I have no excuse to not make great music!
Creative Commons: Tethered 2018

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PG Music News
Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - Cleaned-up BB folder!

It's the first day of spring today, which means it's time to start spring cleaning!

We cleaned up the BB folder with our release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018. Over the years, this folder has been growing - there were up to 10,000 files in there! We've fixed this and put the files into various folders. This is done with a cleanup routine. The cleanup normally happens automatically during installation, but you can run it manually by selecting the main menu Help | Utilities | Run Cleanup routine.

The cleanup routine does the following:
-Moves Styles files (.STY/.STX) from C:\bb to C:\bb\Styles.
-Moves Soloists files (.ST2/.XT2) from C:\bb to C:\bb\Soloists.
-Moves various Demo folders to C:\Demos.
-Moves various songs and lessons folders to C:\bb\Songs and Lessons.
-Moves various files essential for running Band-in-a-Box to C:\bb\Data and C:\bb\Data\Lib.
-Moves various preferences files to C:\bb\Preferences.
-Moves tutorial demo songs, program manuals (.pdf), and the help file (.chm) to C:\bb\Documentation.

Oliver Gannon Interview - Appointed to the Order of Canada!

Oliver Gannon (Peter Gannon's brother), was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition for "his achievements as a musician" on December 29, 2017!

Oliver recently sat for an interview with CBC's Hot Air host Margaret Gallagher - read a summary and listen to the interview at

'I don't know ... why they chose me. But I'm very glad and I'm not giving it back'
-Oliver Gannon

To be clear, and avoid any confusion, there are two brothers: Peter Gannon is the "Band-in-a-Box" PG Music guy, and Oliver Gannon is the jazz guitarist who just won the Order of Canada.

#Monday Motivation - Free Band-in-a-Box® Hard Drive!

Want to snag yourself a free Band-in-a-Box® hard drive? Tell everyone how much you love Band-in-a-Box® with your very own Band-in-a-Box® Testimonial video!

Submit your video, and when we use it on our website (and YouTube page) we will send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box® Hard Drive!

Learn more about how to submit your video testimonial here.

Take a look at the video testimonials we've already received at

User Tip - Custom Drum Shots

Have you ever wanted more control of the RealDrums generated within Band-in-a-Box? (example: with the same consecutive shot/hold/push)

Forum user Pipeline shared their steps in an incredibly detailed forum post to our Tips & Tricks forum - check it out: Custom Drum Shots.

#FunFactFriday - Team PG!

Did you know... Within Band-in-a-Box®, choose Help | About Band-in-a-Box, and you'll see more than just information on the program - you'll also see a complete list of Team PG - we're currently at 35 team members!

#TBT - Automatic Soloing in Band-in-a-Box® 7!

Band-in-a-Box® 7 included some great new features - like Automatic Soloing! This introduced program users to the powerful Soloist capabilities of Band-in-a-Box®, which also includes the Soloist Maker.

Automatic Soloing!
Pick any song or chords in any style, and choose a "soloist." Band-in-a-Box® then creates and plays a professional quality solo in the style of your choice. Previous versions of Band-in-a-Box created great accompaniment. Now you can hear sensational solos as well - showing you exactly what notes are played. Choose from "soloists" in the style similar to great Jazz musicians such as Django Reinhardt, John Coltrane, or Country/Pop soloists and others, or create your own soloists using the "Soloist Maker."

Soloist Maker
This module allows you to define your own soloists. For example, let's say you want to create a soloist in a style similar to the style of "John Coltrane" - the great Jazz saxophonist. The Soloist Maker allows you to define the parameters essential to Coltrane's playing, such as instrument range (i.e. tenor saxophone), extra legato playing, playing more on top of the beat than typical Jazz musicians, and playing straighter 8th notes than usual Swing 8th notes. Also, you can set phrasing options, such as how long the phrase should be and how much "space" to leave between phrases. You can also set how "outside" the playing should be. In the case of a John Coltrane style - you set that to the maximum! Then "turn him loose" and hear the soloist play over any song!

Review all of the features added with Band-in-a-Box® 7:

#TechTipTuesday - Opening MIDI Tracks in PowerTracks Pro Audio

Open your MIDI file in PowerTracks Pro Audio (or RealBand), and you'll see the instruments separated onto their own track - an excellent way to hear all the instruments individually for that song, and a great way to learn!

There's no trick to it either - just use the File | Open dialog, locate the MIDI file, and click [Open].

Note: Type 0 MIDI files have all channels on one track, and should ask whether you want to separate them. If you accidentally chooses no, hit Edit - MIDI - Extract Channels to Tracks. Typically, Type 1 MIDI files have the instruments automatically separated.

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