Tutorials & How-To's

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  • Running Band-in-a-Box® 11 and earlier on OSX - Band-in-a-Box® versions 7, 8, and 11 run under Mac OS 8 and 9. They will also run under OS X in "Classic mode", which is the OS X emulation of the OS 9 environment.
  • Using TC Helicon Audio Harmonies - Solo vocal or instrumental audio tracks come alive with the TC-Helicon Audio Harmonies feature, included in both Band-in-a-Box® and PowerTracks Pro Audio. Here are some tips on how to use this amazing feature.
  • Compressors and Mastering - Your recorded music isn't as loud, as full or as rich sounding as the music you hear on professional albums. Chances are you aren't using 'compression' - one of the most powerful (and misunderstood) mastering tools in an audio engineer's arsenal.
  • Taking Out the Thwack - The issue of "Thwack", or pushing your sound card into digital overdrive/overload, has been discussed in many forums over the last few years. The problem is that when transistors are pushed or overloaded with voltage/sound output they produce a square wave. The result of a square wave to our ear is a brittle sound.
  • Using the Band-in-a-Box® Stylemaker Part 1 - In this tutorial, we will endeavor to give you an overview of how Band-in-a-Box® uses styles to generate Songs.
  • Using the Band-in-a-Box® Stylemaker Part 2 - A continuation of part 1, including some more advanced topics.
  • Making Custom Audio Loops With Band-in-a-Box® - If you are looking for unique new loops why not turn to Band-in-a-Box® for some creative assistance? One of the great benefits of Band-in-a-Box® is that it comes packed with the genuine licks, riffs and patterns that are played by top musicians of all kinds. The huge repertoire of styles includes Rock, Pop, Techno, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, Classical, Ethnic, Praise and Worship - the list goes on and on.
  • Band-in-a-Box® vs. PowerTracks Pro Audio - The Peanuts, or the Raisins? Learn about the key differences between Band-in-a-Box® and PowerTracks Pro Audio here.
  • Using SBLive! SoundFonts - The SoundBlaster Live uses a sample format known as 'SoundFonts.' The card itself only comes with a few General MIDI (GM) SoundFont Banks. However, SoundFonts are user definable. This means that you can create new SoundFonts to dramatically enhance the quality of your MIDI sounds.
  • IRQ's and Windows 95/98/NT - IRQ conflicts occur when more than one device tries to access the IRQ controller at the same time, using the same IRQ number.
  • Using Multiple MIDI Output Devices on Windows 95/98 - Many of our Windows users have questions regarding MIDI driver setup: "How do I get the drums to play out of my Alesis drum machine?" "I like the upper bank sounds from my Awe32, but I prefer the piano patch from the Roland SCC1. How can I get them to play back at the same time?" The answers to these problems lies in the elusive MIDI MAPPER.
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