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#455393 - 02/03/18 06:06 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Manuals (online)
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Dear BIAB fairy,

Yes, I’m one of those that actually enjoy reading manuals, specially when we’re talking about complex products like BIAB, not (necessarily) because I’m masochistic but because it ends up saving me a lot of headaches and time when trying to figure out how to use less intuitive and/or unusual features.

I know that I can access the manual from within the BIAB software but... when I’m actually in front of my computer I’d rather use the time to be messing around with BIAB or playing some music.

After checking on both the support pages and forums I get to conclude that the manuals are not made available for online reading (or downloading), thus not allowing me to use spare time (commuting, waiting for a dentist appointment or for my wife to be done from the hairdresser) to lazily browse through all the hidden and mysterious goodies.

So dear BIAB fairy, not wanting to insult your clairvoyance skills but just in case you haven’t guessed it by now, my wish would be for the product manuals to be made available for online reading and/or downloading.

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#455401 - 02/03/18 07:08 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Manuals (online) [Re: PLS]
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Wenn Sie Ihre E-Mail-Adresse angeben, bin ich sicher, dass Ihr Wunsch in Erfüllung gehen könnte.
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#455413 - 02/03/18 08:00 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Manuals (online) [Re: MusicStudent]
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Many thanks MusicStudent (Dan).

From your kind (and elabore) answer I can deduct two things:

1. That you are a German native (which incidentally I’m not, although I’m currently living in Germany);

2. That you have great magical powers that allow you to grant wishes!!!

Unfortunately I cannot send you my email address via private message yet as I’ve just opened the account and it’s still in the verification period, but I’ll keep trying until it opens up.

Again many thanks and all the best to you!

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#455415 - 02/03/18 08:28 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Manuals (online) [Re: PLS]
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Actually second generation as my grandparents arrived as immigrants from Deutschland but you are entirely correct on the second count. You do know the manual is 665 pages, but sounds like you will enjoy that. grin
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#455421 - 02/03/18 08:48 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Manuals (online) [Re: PLS]
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PLS, I assume from the German I can't read that Dan is offering to email you the manual. That may be a problem, as the full manual for BIAB 2018 is about 26 MB. But if you have BIAB, you could create a free Dropbox account and upload the manual for yourself. It's in the /BB/Documentation folder. There are two, the full huge manual and the 2018 Upgrade manual. But since you just registered, I'm assuming you just bought BIAB 2018 and want the whole manual.

If you have BIAB 2017, the location is different...

Good idea, to browse the manual.
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#455444 - 02/03/18 09:49 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Manuals (online) [Re: PLS]
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+1

I believe it would be a sales asset to have all user manuals available for potential customers to download and review.

I believe online manuals would be useful to forum members, especially when it comes to forum users attempting to support both the Mac and PC versions of Band-in-a-Box.
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#455455 - 02/03/18 11:49 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Manuals (online) [Re: PLS]
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Jim, absolutely. I try to read the manual before any major software purchase. And to your second point, I just bought an iMac and discovered a few differences about BIAB for Mac I did not know.
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#455483 - 02/03/18 02:32 PM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Manuals (online) [Re: PLS]
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PLS, I support your idea.
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#455526 - 02/04/18 01:01 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Manuals (online) [Re: MusicStudent]
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Loc: Germany
@Dan

Well, your second generation german is surely a lot better than mine. Congrats!

I’m not a manual lover per se and most of the times I use them as reference guides, browsing what I need and skipping what I’ve mastered on my own. That’s why the size doesn’t really scare (or pleases) me.

Besides, after bravely having gone through Logic’s manual there’s not much more in the world of manuals that can scare me anymore.

@Matt & Jim

Meanwhile and inspired by Matt’s tip (thanks for that) I just copied the damn thing into my iPad so I got my fix.

I still think that making the manuals available online is a good idea though. Before buying BIAB I’ve also tried to find it to better understand the full potential of the software.

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#455553 - 02/04/18 06:14 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Manuals (online) [Re: PLS]
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Great. I also put manuals on my iPad.

In the case of BIAB, the videos and user song forums are a great way to see the potential of this software.
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PG Music News
RealBand 2018 Build 5 Update Available!

RealBand 2018 customers can download the latest free patch update here: http://www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#2018_5

Summary of Changes for Build 5
Added: When generating the input file for saving as an MGU/SGU SongMode128= is saved to the input file.
Added: Localization support for 2018.
Added: flyby hints to new dialogs.
Fixed: Save As with a filename greater than 128 chars could cause an error 123 plus access violation.
Fixed: Rebooting RealBand after a filename with 128 chars was saved could cause an access violation.
Fixed: Pressing the Change button in the Event List Window could result in an access violation if an event was not a Note event.
Fixed: When running in Win 10, and using BBW or PT to generate audio harmonies, an error would occur saying that you need BB 2011 or PT 12 to generate audio harmonies.
Fixed: Midi Thru Method was not being saved to the .INI file. It always reverting to Track-Specific when booting up RealBand, even if the user manually changed the setting to Global in the Midi Thru Settings dialog.
Fixed: Delete All Notes on This Peg menu item in notation window right-click menu was missing.
Fixed: Potential crash on exit (having to do with the DLL attempting to free up a dynamic array that was passed to it).

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Build 512 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows customers can download the latest free patch update here: www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#512

Summary of changes for Build 512 since 510 (Feb 15 2018):
Fixed: "Load SoundTrack Song" and "Load song with RealDrums Audio" buttons in the Sound Track dialog were not working.
Fixed: After returning Band-in-a-Box to factory settings the File Open dialog would default to the bb\Data\Lib directory.
Fixed: Choosing a custom chord sheet font would ignore any color choice made in the font selection dialog.
Fixed: Drum names were sometimes truncated in the RealDrums MultiDrums and Quicklist dialogs.
Fixed: Exporting a MIDI file might cause the error, "MIDIConv.exe no found".
Fixed: Mixer changes were not undoable, and would not cause user to be prompted to save their song when exiting.
Fixed: Static in RT2438 and other various RealTracks fixes.
Fixed: StylePicker database various updates. Some styles were displaying the wrong feel (swing/even) in notation. A few styles incorrectly showed missing Drums.
Fixed: The audio latency setting would increase every time leaving the Windows Audio Devices dialog.
Fixed: The Download Manager folder name defaulted to 2016 instead of 2018.
Updated: Help file.

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is Here!

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is here! PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 includes many new features and enhancements:

Windows Audio (WASAPI) driver support. This allows for low latency audio recording/playback without requiring ASIO. Note that this supports 1 stereo input plus 1 stereo output at a time. For multiple inputs/outputs, you should continue to use either MME or ASIO.

ABC Notation format support. You can save a track of notation in a popular ASCII text format to import into other programs, or you can paste this format into a user forum as a way of sending the track (usually the melody and chord symbols) to other users without having to attach a file.

The built-in Audio Chord Wizard detection in the Chords window automatically detects the chords of the song, based on the audio data from all non-muted audio tracks. This works similar to the standalone Audio Chord Wizard, except that it uses the current bar lines of the existing song.

Notation Enhancements:
-X/8 time signature support. This is a special method of displaying 6/8, 9/8, or 12/8 time signatures in the Notation window.
-The Duplicate previous chord in notation right-click menu lets you quickly duplicate the previous chord (group of notes on same peg) without having to reenter it.
-Delete highlighted notes in notation right-click menu lets you delete all highlighted notes.
-Delete all notes on this peg in notation right-click menu lets you delete all notes on the nearest peg that was clicked on.
-You can now enter Section Numbers. Previously, you could enter letters (A-Z) only, but now you can also enter numbers (1-9).

...a full list of the new features in PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is available at http://www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.features.htm

http://www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.htm

#TBT - The Beginning of Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box®

We released the much-loved Xtra Styles PAKs in August 2016! This release included 164 RealStyles for Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter and worked with any Band-in-a-Box® 2016 or higher UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition!

Xtra Styles PAKs were such a hit... we couldn't stop making them! Since their introduction, we've released 3 more PAKs with a total of over 600 Xtra Styles in all!

Want to hear what other program users are doing with their Xtra Styles? Visit our Xtra STyles Contests forum to hear all the songs submitted during previous song contest we've had: http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=102&page=1

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs and listen to their demos at http://www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win.

Band-in-a-Box® Customer Feedback - Feel The Love!

Check out some great feedback we've received on our Facebook account from program users:

"I have been using Band-in-a-Box for years. It is the anchor of my music gigs as well as my fun in my studio. I have used other software but Band-in-a-Box is my main go to."
-Jack T.

"Love Band-in-a-Box. As someone who played professionally for 20 years and retired from live performing years ago, I still love music. Band-in-a-Box allows me to create fun arrangements which I can sing over or play over. There are THOUSANDS of different variations plus you can enter any chords you like and create any chart. It's also great for creating background tracks for videos and audio content for websites, training etc. And like everything else in the world . . . it may not be right for everyone. For those who love music and don't have the time to shed five or six instruments it's way cool."
-Vinnie R.

"This program has completely changed my playing for the good. I can experiment with playing chords and leads over various scenarios that I can quickly create and change. Love this program. I use it nearly every day."
-Dave R.

"I bought my first version in 1994 and have progressed to 2018 version. I use it to create backing tracks for live music performance. I currently have over 2,000 songs performance ready. If you can and type, and use mouse it will work for you."
-Roger M.

"The premiere reason for me for buying this program; it has given me the freedom to fully complete the foundation for my songs without the confinement of limited minded musicians. After the song concept is complete, it can then be presented those musicians to play as a cover song. Also writing a song with a band gives them partial ownership of your idea... not cool... especially since they may have fought your idea every step of the way.. Every member of an organized band should own a copy of this program to compose or to even give legitimate composition alternatives to the original songwriter."
-Paul V.

Thanks everyone!

Support for ABC Notation Format in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

ABC notation is the simple text-based notation system used by musicians worldwide to store chords, melody, and lyrics of songs. Now with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows you can open and save songs in ABC notation format!

To save the song in ABC notation format, press the [Save As] toolbar button and choose Save as ABC notation file from the menu. Once opened, select a track that you want to save and choose your other criteria - The [Copy to clipboard] button will copy the file to the clipboard (that you can then paste it into other programs). The [Save as File] button will let you type a name and select the destination in your hard drive.

Band-in-a-Box® Song Title Browser Requests Forum

Have you stumped the Song Title Browser feature in the Band-in-a-Box® StylePicker?

If you tried to search for a popular song and this feature didn't offer you any listings, we'd love it if you'd let us know in our Wishlist forum here.

Posting your requests to this forum really does work - we used it to increase the database with the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 release!

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