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#494859 - 10/09/18 02:05 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Band-in-a-Box Patch Updates - #TechTuesday
Callie - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 1461
Loc: Victoria, BC
Visit our Patches & Updates page, and you will see that with every version released, there are 2+ patch updates applied to that version.

Patch updates are important, and should definitely be installed to your Band-in-a-Box folder. They can add new features, update the help resources of the program, fix bugs reported by users, and make your entire Band-in-a-Box experience run smoothly!

Band-in-a-Box update options can be adjusted within the program too - within the program, head to Band-in-a-Box | Check for Updates | and then you can select to automatically check for updates by however many days you choose!
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#495687 - 10/13/18 09:40 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Band-in-a-Box Patch Updates - #TechTuesday [Re: Callie - PG Music]
nonchai Offline
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Registered: 04/24/10
Posts: 116
BIAB 2018 is going to need a hell of a lot more regular patch updates than the July one.

This program frankly is as buggy as hell. In particular wherever hosting VST/AU plugins is concerned.

Maybe a public beta program would help. Like the ABLETON people do.

Or just biting the bullet and selling BIAB to a company with the resources financially to pay for a the resources to hire a bigger developer team to do an entire overhaul - a company like Yamaha.

Many other software companies have a quarterly dot-update cycle or such.

And I know of many iOS one-man developers of some ultra cool iOS music apps who have a far better and professional support regimen.

I think it is highly unacceptable for BIAB users to in effect - wait all year - and have to pay for a complete yearly update - for bug fixes - only to be faced with all the NEW bugs that came along for the ride when a new feature was added or enhanced. When ALL they want and need is for the frigging bugs to be fixed. no more.


Edited by nonchai (10/13/18 09:45 AM)

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#495697 - 10/13/18 10:28 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Band-in-a-Box Patch Updates - #TechTuesday [Re: nonchai]
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Registered: 09/22/03
Posts: 980
Loc: somewhere in outer space
Thanks Callie . That is an excellent reminder.

In reference to the comments by nonchai :


Here is an interesting write up about the history of the Band...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band-in-a-Box

As noted in the article PG Music continues to develop the software, with annual releases on each platform . Windows releases come out first and then Mac OSX releases .

Unfortunately Mac OS X releases are sloooow to come with recent updates creating more problems than solving old problems . Although, the Mac operating system is also constantly changing and improving whereas the Windows system has only had odd tweaks .

Another factor may be that sales of Windows is greater than Mac .

I have/use ABLETON and it is far from a perfect DAW .

Band in a Box is very unique and I;m glad PG is constantly developing and improving this software .


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User Tip - Band-in-a-Box® to Reaper: The Basics

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Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box®

National Train Your Brain Day is October 13th!

Open your Band-in-a-Box® program, and you'll find the [Practice] button in the toolbar - it's a GREAT resource!
Minimized your toolbar? Head to Window | Practice Window or ALT SHIFT L to access

In this window, you'll find many options to help you practice, including Ear Training games, access to the Chord Builder and Chord Subs, some helpful tools within the Playalong Features menu, and more!

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box® today!

Band-in-a-Box Patch Updates - #TechTuesday

Visit our Patches & Updates page, and you will see that with every version released, there are 2+ patch updates applied to that version.

Patch updates are important, and should definitely be installed to your BB folder. They can add new features, update the help resources of the program, fix bugs reported by users, and make your entire Band-in-a-Box experience run smoothly!

Band-in-a-Box update options can be adjusted within the program too - within Band-in-a-Box for Mac, head to Band-in-a-Box | Check for Updates | and then you can select to automatically check for updates by however many days you choose!

Xtra Styles PAK 5 Contest - Listen to All the Entries!

Our Xtra Styles PAK 5 Contest is over, and the winners have been announced - congratulations again to forum users fiddler2007, rodipoet, Will Josef, and Ezekiel's Storm!

And, a BIG thank you to everyone who entered their songs on our contest - WOW what a great list of songs! We've arranged all the song entries into one simple list, if you'd like to listen to all the entries click here.

Congratulations Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest Winners!

Thank you again to everyone who submitted their songs to our Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest - 59 entries in total!

As always, we were blown away with every song entered! We truly enjoy listening to what everyone comes up with using Band-in-a-Box!

Our judging team listened to all the songs, and choosing the winners wasn't easy... some of the things taken into consideration were the quality of the composition, Xtra styles used, use of program features within the song, and originality - and we're now ready to announce the winners!

The Winners are:

Country:
I Will Be Your Doggie Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: fiddler2007
Xtra Style used: _WILDONE
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Jazz:
Wie zingt verjaagt zijn pijn (He who sings expels his pain) Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: rodipoet
Xtra Styles Used: _SILKY
Original Forum Post

MIDI:
Child of the 70s Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: Will Josef
Xtra Style Used: HORIZON
Original Forum Post

Rock-Pop:
Hide it Away Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: Ezekiel's Storm
Xtra Style used: _CHEATED
Original Forum Post

Congratulations everyone!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows: Making Songs

Visit Chapter 6: Making Songs in our online Band-in-a-Box 2018 for Windows User's Guide, and you'll learn (or be reminded of) all the different steps you could take for creating your own song using Band-in-a-Box®!

Learn about naming your song, choosing a key, setting the tempo, chord entry, and more! There's even information for more advanced use! Read about Song Settings (endings, tags, style variations, pushes, rests, and chord embellishments), Part Markers, Substyles, Song Form, applying Styles, using RealTrack/RealDrums, importing MIDI, and chord entry - just to name a few!

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Monday, October 8th is Canadian Thanksgiving!

Our Holiday schedule that day is:
Customer Service: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST
Technical Support: Closed

We will be back to our regular schedule Tuesday, October 9th.

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