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#51308 - 12/22/09 04:05 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] What to buy?
Gonover Offline

Registered: 12/21/09
Posts: 44
Loc: Spain

I am writing from Spain (sorry for my poor english).

I have tried Band in a Box 2008, with only 3 realtracks (saxo, axoustic guitar and pedal steel).

Finally, I have decided to buy my own Band in a Box. I have read I can buy the new Band in a Box 2010, but I have a doubt. What is the real diference of Ultrapak, Everything pak and Audiophilepak.

I want to make music with Band in a Box, and most important to me is the realtracks. I think that the three versions I said have the same realtracks....I must decide to buy Ultrapak....real?


#51309 - 12/22/09 08:12 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: What to buy? [Re: Gonover]
silvertones Offline

Registered: 05/13/03
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The Ultrapak Plus has the programs, all Real Tracks and all Real Drums.
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#51310 - 12/22/09 08:48 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: What to buy? [Re: silvertones]
Matt Finley Online   content

Registered: 07/12/00
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Loc: Hudson Valley & Lake George NY
This info is from the PG Music Store:

Band-in-a-Box UltraPlusPAK with RealBand:

Learn More...Includes RealTracks Sets 1-82 (ALL!), RealDrums Sets 1-29 (ALL!), Styles Sets 0-77 (ALL!), Soloist Sets 1-11 & 16-20 and Melodist Sets 1-8. Available on disc or a portable USB Hard Drive!

Band-in-a-Box EverythingPAK with RealBand:

Learn More...Includes RealTracks Sets 1-82 (ALL!), RealDrums Sets 1-29 (ALL!), Styles Sets 0-77 (ALL!), Soloist Sets 1-11 & 16-20, Melodist Sets 1-8, the Songs & Lessons PAK and the Video Tutorial PAK. Available on disc or a portable USB Hard Drive!

Band-in-a-Box Audiophile Edition with RealBand:

Learn More...Purchase the Band-in-a-Box Audiophile Edition with RealBand, and you'll receive a 1.5TB USB Hard Drive that includes ALL the WAV Files for RealTracks Sets 1-82, and RealDrums Sets 1-29 (ALL!), Styles Sets 0-77, Soloist Sets 1-13 & 16-20, Melodist Sets 1-8, The Band-in-a-Box Video Tutorial PAK, the Songs & Lessons PAK, and until December 31, 2009 the FREE BONUS 10-PAK!

The UltraPak gets you all of the Real Tracks currently offered, using compressed .WMA files. The audiophile version has the original, never-compressed .WAV versions of the same files. They take about 10 times the space, load (regenerate) somewhat faster, and sound, to some users, somewhat better, and are intended to be mixed in commercial projects.

If you could be more specific with your question, we could be more specific with the answers. Good luck with your purchase!
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#51311 - 12/22/09 11:40 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: What to buy? [Re: Gonover]
Andrew - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 3772
Loc: Victoria, BC
Hello Gonover,

The UltraPlusPAK and the EverythingPAK both have all the currently available RealTracks and RealDrums. Either one of these is an excellent deal, and would take your current count of 3 RealTracks, to close to 400 RealTracks instruments. The difference is that the EverythingPAK also has all of the add-ons listed here:

The AudioPhile is like an EverythingPAK, but it has all of the RealTracks audio files in their original uncompressed wave file format. This makes it much larger, and it is shipped on a 1.5 TB hard drive. The compressed files which we normally ship are very good quality, but some people prefer to have the never-compressed files.
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Tutorials - How to Install Band-in-a-Box® for Mac

Here are some tutorial videos we've created to help you install your Band-in-a-Box® purchase.

Our Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, and PlusPAK are delivered as a download, on DVD, or on a 32GB USB flash drive.

Installing Band-in-a-Box® from DVD: click here to watch.

Installing Band-in-a-Box® from the 32GB flash drive: click here to watch.
Your flash drive shipment also includes a Band-in-a-Box® keychain!

The Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK is available as a download or shipped on a portable hard drive. When you receive the hard drive version, there are a few different installation options:

Option #1 - Run Band-in-a-Box® directly from the USB drive only: click here to watch.

Option #2 - Install Band-in-a-Box® on your computer hard drive, but leave the RealTracks and RealDrums on the USB hard drive: click here to watch.

Option #3 - Install Band-in-a-Box® AND RealTracks on your computer hard drive: click here to watch.

All of these videos are available on our YouTube Channel or Videos support page.

Video - Making A Song in Band-in-a-Box® 2018

Ever wonder how to create a song in Band-in-a-Box®? We start off with the basics in our latest video for Band-in-a-Box® 2018!

Windows users: click here | Mac users: click here

RealTracks Patch Update for Windows Users

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can download the latest RealTracks update patch (519) here.

This patch includes some RealTracks audio updates we have made since the release of Band-in-a-Box 2018. 2018 users should be sure to download the latest Band-in-a-Box 2018 update patch (519), as that patch includes the bulk of the fixes for RealTracks released with 2018. This is a larger download than typical because it updates the Vocal Oohs and Aahs RealTracks audio files. There is more information and Audiophile patches available here.

Summary of RealTracks Audio updates:
Improved: There were small issues with the tuning of several Bass styles. This has been fixed for both the original mix and the direct input mix. This affects the following RealTracks:
- Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow16thsByron Ev16 060
- Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow128Byron Sw 040
- Bass, Acoustic, RockabillySwingByron Sw 190
- Bass, Acoustic, BluesyPopByron Ev 100
Improved: Audio glitches have been removed from the ends of phrases in the Vocal Oohs and Aahs RealTracks.

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Patch Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can download the latest (free) update patch (519) here.

Summary of changes:
Added: Additional dialog available for detailed information in the StyleMaker (fields for memo, examples, and other parameters). These are set in the StyleMaker (more dialog, a button called "Style Memos etc").
Added: Help Video button Added to the Audio Harmony dialog.
Improved: ABC opening improvements with some accidentals, and leadin bars that occur in middle of song.
Improved: Audio harmonies now used Improved algorithms, and can be easily set using N voices above, M voices below (and have additional functions like duplicate melody, and dup. melody octave below).
Improved: Lyrics will be now read from .mid files that used to be karaoke files (.kar) and got renamed somewhere along the line.
Improved: Support for RealTracks that should be transposed only lower (ie heavy metal guitars) and for future Improved metal guitar comping.
Improved: The Audio Harmony Dialog has been rearranged to be more intuitive when using Band-in-a-Box Intelligent Mode.
Fixed: Audio harmonies might be missing some notes.
Fixed: Audio harmonies would be generated with the wrong notes if selecting a range of audio in the middle of the track.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash on bootup with error "Read Beyond end of file".
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box should show message if the latest VJT application is not installed when the user tries to render videos.
Fixed: File > Open Special > Open Audio was importing audio instead of opening it in a new song.
Fixed: In the Bar Settings window, "Chordsheet and Notation - Start a New Line" should say "Notation - Start a New Line".
Fixed: It was not possible to record audio using WAS audio drivers if "Output always on" was disabled.
Fixed: Misc. RealTracks updates.
Fixed: Quicklist drums picker sometimes showing too many drums in the list.
Fixed: Redundant flash messages were showing.
Fixed: Removing a custom drums from a track would still display Drums as the name of the loop in the track.
Fixed: Rendering audio while there is a region of bars highlighted in the chord sheet might cause a crash.
Fixed: Saving a MIDI file would fail unless saving as type 1.
Fixed: Some 12-key RealTracks were incorrectly set to allow transposition.
Fixed: The Audio Harmony dialog needed some hints.
Fixed: The Audio Harmony dialog was missing the new Band-in-a-Box Intelligent Mode.
Fixed: The VJT application should print out its version number in log files.

Tutorials - How to Install Your Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Hard Drive

When you have your Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac UltraPAK shipped to you on a portable hard drive, there are a few different options for installation. We go over these 3 options with our latest video series:

Option 1: Run Band-in-a-Box® directly from the USB drive only: click here to view.

Option 2: Install Band-in-a-Box® on your computer hard drive, but leave the RealTracks & RealDrums on the USB hard drive: click here to view.

Option 3: Install Band-in-a-Box® and the RealTracks & RealDrums on your computer hard drive: click here to view.

Check out all our Band-in-a-Box for Mac videos here.

Video - Downloading and Installing RealTracks Sets for Band-in-a-Box® for Mac

Have you purchased your Band-in-a-Box® package, and want to make sure you're downloading and installing the RealTracks Sets correctly?

Well, we've created just the tutorial video you're looking for! Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac® - Downloading and Installing RealTracks Sets.

Video link:

Thoughts on Band-in-a-Box® 2017 - Mac Power Users Discussion

David Sparks and Katie Floyd discuss a variety of topics in their recent episide of Mac Power Users: - listen all the way through (and laugh along with them - it was a very entertaining episode!), or jump to 1:37:40 where David shares his thoughts on Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac!

Thank you David and Katie!

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