Band-in-a-Box

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows and Mac!

Users LOVE Band-in-a-Box®! Here's what they're saying...

"Band-in-a-Box® is the swiss army knife of music production tools."..."This is the BEST track backup program I have heard!"..."I just love it,and it improves how I play the different instruments that I play!"..."The new interface alone is worth the update!"..."A must-have for any songwriter on a budget."

March 24, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Build 462 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows users can download the latest free patch update, Build 462, here: www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#462

Summary of changes:
Improved: Many electric guitar styles, when using the DI versions, would have very loud shots and holds. These are now balanced.
Fixed: Using CTRL+V to paste notes in the piano roll would cause the notes to be pasted twice.
Fixed: Some menu items were showing the wrong captions.
Fixed: Checking "Set Audio Master (Base) Tempo to" in the Import Audio File dialog was not working.
Fixed: It was not possible to specify a chorus when using the "L" code word in the chord sheet, because the second comma would trigger chord entry. (eg "L8,12,2").
Fixed: The font size for the large patches in the mixer would not change when resizing the window.

March 24, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® & RealBand 2017 한국어 버전 (Korean)

80가지 이상의 새로운 기능과 놀라운 콘텐츠 콜렉션을 추가했으며 새로운 내용에는 202가지 실제트랙, 34가지 미디 슈퍼트랙, 악기 연구, 12-키 실제트랙, Hi-Q 기타 노테이션, 재발견된 실제트랙/미디 슈퍼트랙 스타일, 새로운 신디사이저 (sforzando), 120 가지 이상 새로운 실제스타일을 포함합니다! 우리는 202 가지 새로운 실제트랙을 추가했으며, 과거의 101가지의 두 배입니다! 12-키 Hi-Q 기타 탭이 있는 새로운 악기 연구 세트가 있습니다. 이전의 일부 실제트랙은 정확도를 향상시키기 위해 다시 마스터되었습니다. 우리는 또한 새로운 RealTracks 및 Loops를 사용하는 120가지 이상의 새로운 실제스타일을 가지고 있습니다. 여기에 훌륭한 크루너 보사, 크루너 발라드, 브렌트/마이크 블루스, 하와이안, 멕시칸, 페루, 파워 트리오, 하우스, 힙합, 랩, 켈트 하프, 레트로 60년대 등 여러 가지를 포함합니다.

www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=ko

March 23, 2017

Customers LOVE the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series!

The newest addition to our Master Class Series is the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series, featuring world-class Celtic guitarist (and RealTracks Artist) Quinn Bachand, and it's a HIT!

Watch the trailer: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=aNe-illEYf0

There are 3 volumes available, each about an hour long. Purchase each volume for $19, or grab all three for just $49! Quinn covers techniques, chord theory, voicings and walks you through 17 "must-know" tunes. This is for the beginner-advanced guitarist, and covers Celtic guitar styles (some folk and old-time covered as well).

Learn more about the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series: www.pgmusic.com/celticguitarmasterclass.htm

Mac users: www.pgmusic.com/celticguitarmasterclass.mac.htm

March 23, 2017

RealTracks Update for Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows!

If you're using Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows, check out the latest update patch we have just released for RealTracks! Patch info - click here.

This is a cumulative patch that includes updates for RealTracks released with Band-in-a-Box® 2017, and updates/additions to the Shots and Holds library.

If you only want the newest updates since the last patch issued Feb 23 2017, there's a smaller patch you can download here.

Summary of changes:
Fixed / Improved / Added - Entire Library of regular and Direct Input Shots and Holds has been re-tested, and there have been many fixes. This includes adding new Shots and Holds for instruments that previously didn't have them, reassigning instruments to more appropriate Shots and Holds, improving volume levels and offsets, and fixing some issues with incorrect chords.
Fixed - Many electric guitar styles, when using the DI versions, would have very loud shots and holds. These are now balanced.
Fixed - Notation for all songs from 'Artist Performance Set 3 - Celtic Fiddle Tunes' is much more accurate.
Fixed - Some Waltz style RealDrums were not playing correctly. The kick drum should always play before the snare.
Fixed - Endings for Piano, Acoustic, HeldChords 060
Fixed - Minor seventh chords on Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopBalladClean Ev 085
Fixed - _SONGBRD style mistakenly had an extra acoustic guitar on the soloist track.
Fixed - Misc typos in the RealTracks Picker.

March 22, 2017

YouTube Find - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Our latest "Band-in-a-Box" search on YouTube resulted in finding a great video shared today, using Band-in-a-Box as accompaniment for some nice piano playing!

Click here to watch & listen.

Great job jazzutako!

March 21, 2017

Enter to WIN 1 of 3 Band-in-a-Box® EverythingPAKs!

We're giving away 1 Band-in-a-Box® EverythingPAK per week until April 10, 2017!

Click here for your chance to win!

(Weekly winners are selected on or about noon PST, March 27, 2017, April 3, 2017, and April 10, 2017.)

Contest rules

March 21, 2017

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2017 Build 3 Patch Update Available!

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2017 users can download a new patch update here!

Summary of changes with Build 3:
Added: Always on MME added (checkbox setting).
Added: Drag and drop from the drop station to VSTI plugins, that support this, is now implemented
Added (build 2): Localization support.
Fixed: a few miscellaneous minor localization and help-topic link issues.
Fixed: FX button now correctly turns blue if MIDI track is actually using a VSTi or DXi synth.
Fixed: Improved support for the Vielklang VST instant harmonies plugin.
Fixed: Program title was changed to 'file converter' if a conversion needed to be done such as after recording (this affected the title shown when alt-tabbing or hovering over the icon on the task bar, etc.).
Fixed: Saving to XML would result in the timing being wrong, if the song's PPQ was not 120.
Fixed: the choose note dialog in Notation Window had garbled text.
Fixed: The time location of time-based VSTi plugins was being continually advanced when RB was stopped. This has been fixed so that the VSTi time location now gets set to PT's current time location when playback is not happening.
Fixed: when drawing a slur in the situation of notes being extremely close together, program could potentially slow down or freeze.
Fixed (build 2): Code 740 error could happen after installation finished when launching program.
Fixed (build 2): Installer didn't show destination directory if PT was already installed.

March 17, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Bootup Times - Join the Conversation!

With Band-in-a-Box® Build 461 for Windows (released March 15th) we improved the bootup time - it's now 2-3x faster!!!

We want to hear about your experience with this latest improvement - join the conversation on the forum thread Faster bootup times ... post your results! ... may the fastest PC win!

March 16, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Build 461 Update Available!

There's a brand new patch update available for Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows!

Summary of changes for Build 461:
Improved: Buttons added to stylepicker, and titles to add song to databse (launches forum request).
Improved: Drum Count-ins now work for Double-Time or Half-Time drums (note that the count-in will be MIDI in this case).
Improved: Log of bootup times is made if you set this option in edit-prefs.
Improved: Much faster bootups. 2-3x faster! (note: fast bootups will start after you've booted up about 3 times and will stay fast).
Improved: Scroll to top button [^] has been added to StylePicker.
Improved: Styles can now be made with multiple drum tracks. A button has been added to stylemaker.
Improved: The Bar Settings dialog report shows new track names.
Improved: Warning messages about songs with both multidrums on drums track and multiple drums tracks.
Fixed: Drag and drop of the audio track would not include tempo stretching, transposing, acidizing, or normalizing.
Fixed: Songs with frozen RealDrums might freeze or crash Band-in-a-Box when playback is started.
Fixed: Songs with frozen RealDrums would play a count-in even if "Audible Lead-In" was disabled.
Fixed: The RealDrums Picker dialog would crash on exiting if the Multiple RealDrums dialog had previously been opened. This bug only effected non-English versions.

Band-in-a-Box 2017 users can download this patch update here.

March 16, 2017

RealBand 2017 Build 5 Update Available!

There's a new patch available for RealBand 2017!

Summary of changes for Build 5:
Added: Always on MME added (checkbox setting).
Added: Drag and drop from the drop station to VSTi plugins that support this, is now implemented
Added: In the PDF manual, clicking on the Bookmarks navigation pane, Table of Contents, or Index will jump to the corresponding page. (Note: To use the navigational elements, you need to open the PDF manual in Adobe Reader.)
Improved: Much faster initialization of accompaniment functions (e.g. StylePicker and RealTracks Picker).
Fixed: The time location of time-based VSTi plugins was being continually advanced when RB was stopped. This has been fixed so that the VSTi time location now gets set to RB's current time location when playback is not happening.

Download this patch update here.

March 15, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Review!

Keith White from MacWorld Australia is always happy to get his hands on Band-in-a-Box and put his thoughts to paper! In his latest review of Version 2016, Keith says:

The new RealTracks include big band jazz with a nine-part horn section as well as exciting new additions to rockabilly, surf rock, country, folk and funk styles, many featuring top professionals cutting their chops. It’s really like having your own studio band!

See Keith's full review here.

Thanks Keith!

March 15, 2017

RealTracks Artist Tim Kliphuis Upcoming Shows!

The Tim Kliphuis Trio performs this weekend! For those of you that live in the United Kingdom, there are quite a few chances to watch the Trio in action:
Fri, Mar 17: Thringstone House (Thringstone, Leicestershire)
Sat, Mar 18: Calver Village Hall (Calver, Hope Valley, Derbyshire)
Sun, Mar 19: West Hallam Village Hall (West Hallam, Ilkeston, Derbyshire)

To review more upcoming performances (and there are a lot), visit www.timkliphuis.com/

Of course, you can hear Tim Kliphuis perform with the click of your mouse when you choose to play one of his RealTracks! You'll find Tim's contributions in:
RealTracks Set 109: Gypsy Jazz - Fast Swing
RealTracks Set 110: Gypsy Jazz – Ballad
RealTracks Set 128: Gypsy Jazz Latin
RealTracks Set 129: Gypsy Jazz Waltz

Learn more about Tim when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

March 14, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Beginners Forum!

Our newer Beginners Forum is a HIT!

This special forum was created just before the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows, and is ideal place for new Band-in-a-Box users (both Windows and Mac) to discuss Band-in-a-Box or music tech in general!

If you haven't checked it out yet, click here to join the conversation!

March 14, 2017

RealBand Tips! #TipTuesday

With every release of a new version of RealBand there are up to 50 new features added... keeping track of all the best ways to utilize these features can be tricky! Fortunately, RealBand offers a "Tip of the Day" feature to make sure you get the most out of your RealBand experience! If you're not seeing your "Tip of the Day" when you open RealBand, you can access it from the Help menu.

A few handy tips this feature offers include:
-You can render an audio track as ACID Loop and save it to the Loops folder. Go to to menu Render | Export ACID Loop - Highlighted section or entire track to WAV in Loops Folder.
-Do you want to get rid of multiple tempo changes from the song? The Tempo dialog has an option to wipe out all the existing tempos.
-Edit | Tracks submenu is also found in the Tracks Window right-click menu.
-The styles list can be exported to a spreadsheet. Press the [Copy List] button in StylePicker window, copy all in Notepad, and paste it into an Excel file.
-In the Notation window, you can easily change bars per line. Press the [Bars] button on the Notation window toolbar to set the number of bars per line to a different value.

...and more! There are more than 240 tips offered with this feature!

March 13, 2017

Вышли Band-in-a-Box® 2017 и RealBand 2017 на русском языке

(Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows now available in Russian!)

Мы хорошо потрудились и добавили в Band-in-a-Box® более 80 новых функций и изумительную коллекцию нового контента, включая 202 новых стиля RealTracks, 34 новых стиля MIDI SuperTracks, новые инструментальные этюды (Instrumental Studies), стили RealTracks, записанные во всех 12 тональностях, Hi-Q (высококачественную) гитарную нотацию, "заново открытые" стили RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks, новый синтезатор ("sforzando") и более 120 новых стилей RealStyles!
www.bandinabox.com/bb.new.php?os=win&lang=ru

March 10, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Dansk er klar!

Vi har haft travlt, og har tilføjet mere end 80 nye funktioner og en imponerende samling af nyt indhold bl.a. 202 RealTracks, 34 MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, 12-tonearters RealTracks, Hi-Q Guitar notation, genopdagede RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks stilarter, en ny synthesizer (sforzando) og mere end 120 nye RealStyles!

www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=da

March 10, 2017

Updated Hours of Operation

As of March 12 we are updating our Hours of Operation to:

Customer Service & Sales:
Monday - Friday: 6:00AM to 7:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Saturday: 8:00AM to 5:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Sunday & Holidays: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)

Contact info:
Tel: 1-800-268-6272 or 1-888-PGMUSIC (Within USA and Canada)
Tel: + 800-4746-8742 (Outside USA and Canada where International Freephone service is available)
sales@pgmusic.com

Technical Support:
Monday - Friday: 10:00AM to 5:00PM PST (GMT -8)

Contact info:
Tel: 1-866-983-2474 or 250-475-2708
support@pgmusic.com

Additional contact information for PG Music Inc. is available at www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm.

March 09, 2017

Have Your Order Shipped on a Flash Drive!

Our USB Flash Drive delivery option isn't limited to just your Band-in-a-Box® purchases... now when you order ANY PG Music product that would normally ship on DVD you can choose to have your installation files shipped to you on a USB Flash Drive instead!

For just $10 more, you'll receive a 32 GB USB Flash Drive that conveniently includes all the installation files for your purchase - we'll also throw in a free Band-in-a-Box® keychain with your Flash Drive order!

When placing your order online, the shopping cart will prompt you to select this option before you enter your payment information. Ordering over the phone? Just mention this preferred method for delivery type!

March 09, 2017

#TBT - Band-in-a-Box® 2004 for Windows!

Since it's Thursday, let's honor the #TBT trend and take a look way back to Band-in-a-Box® 2004!

Some of the new features released with this version included:
-All New 32-bit Program Engine
-DirectX Instrument Synthesizer (DXi plug-in) Support
-Amazing Audio Vocal Harmony routines: You can apply a harmony to the audio part!
-Load a MIDI file into Band-in-a-Box using a single keystroke
-New "Hybrid Styles" feature that allows you to play and create a style that has instruments from up to five different styles!
-Transpose Each Chorus
....and more!


A detailed list for the 2004 New Features can be found here: www.pgmusic.com/pdfs/bbwin_version_2004.pdf

Check out the Band-in-a-Box® 2004 for Windows New Features video, narrated by Peter Gannon: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=QsMA7X-kHvM.

March 08, 2017

YouTube Find - Band In The Box

Check it out - another great YouTube find! Click here to watch & listen.

If you visit the YouTube channel for jeffbluesy, you'll see that this isn't the only one created with the help of Band-in-a-Box!

March 07, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 för Windows nu på svenska!

Det finns över 80 spännande nya funktioner i Band-in-a-Box® 2017! Huvudskärmen GUI har gjorts om med en ny mindre text, konfigureringsbara verktygsfält, ett gränssnitt med flikar, ett progress fält, med mera. RealTracks låter bättre än någonson med förbättrad utsträckning/transponeringskvalitét (Elastique 3), bättre frasövergångar, och Naturliga Arrangemang. Det finns många RealDrums förbättringar innefattande Halv/Dubbel/Triple tempo, Multiple Trum/Percussion/Loopar på ett Trumspår, med mera. Vi har lagt till nya "Woodshedding" RealTracks så kallade 12-Key Guitar RealTracks från Brent Mason som spelas i 12 tonarter med Hi-Q (precis) Tab/Notation som är idealisk för att studera och lära in. Audioredigering förbättrad med anpassad Tempoutsträckning. En nytt sforzando SFZ Synth är inkluderad. Notation är förbättrad med en snabb notation inmatning för gitarr och piano och en stor gul tidslinje. Och mycket mera!

www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=sv

March 07, 2017

RealTracks Artist Jeff Lorber - Sneak Peak!

We came across this article today, which shares an advanced single from Jeff Lorber's new album Prototype being released later this month... have a listen!
Jeff Lorber - Hyperdrive

Learn more about RealTracks Artist Jeff Lorber & listen to his RealTracks demos here.

March 07, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Build 460 Update Available!

If you are a Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows user, there's a new Update Patch you can download (Build 460) here!

Summary of changes for Build 460:
Updated: Help file and manuals.
Fixed: The "NEW in 2016" menu item and in StylePicker should say "NEW in 2017".
Fixed: It was not possible to set a custom folder for RealTracks.
Fixed: Record from any bar would open the record dialog instead of letting the user choose a bar to record from.
Fixed: Record from any bar did not have a hot key (it is now Ctrl+Alt+R).
Fixed: RealTracks that were "Half-Time" were displaying as "Double-Time" on the mixer, and vice versa.

March 06, 2017

User Tip - Simple Choir Backing...

Our Tips & Tricks forum is an ideal place to visit and take a peak at some of the technical tips & tricks other Band-in-a-Box users have shared.

A great example is the recently posted Simple Choir Backing in Biab Win Mac (RB, DAW) topic by forum user Pipeline - Check it out!

March 06, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Nederlandse versie!

Er zijn meer dan 80 opwindende nieuwe functies in Band-in-a-Box® 2017! De Hoofdscherm GUI is opnieuw ontworpen met een nieuwe kleinere voetafdruk, instelbare gereedschapsbalken, een tabbed interface, een voortgangsbalk en meer.

www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=nl

March 03, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 en Français!

Nous avons jusqu'à présent été très occupés à créer 80 nouvelles fonctions ainsi qu'une multitude de nouveaux contenus à savoir: 202 RealTracks, 34 SuperTracks MIDI, des Etudes d'instruments, des RealTracks dans les 12 tonalités, la Notation Hi-Q pour guitare, une Redécouverte de Styles RealTracks/SuperTracks MIDI, un nouveau synthétiseur (sforzando) et quelques 120 nouveaux RealStyles! Nous avons ajouté 202 nouvelles RealTracks, doublant ainsi les 101 que nous avions sorties dans le passé!

Et bien d’autres!

March 03, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 em Português!

O Band-in-a-Box® 2017 para Windows® está aqui!

Estivemos ocupados e adicionamos mais de 80 novas funções e uma coleção incrível de novos conteúdos, incluindo 202 RealTracks, 34 MIDI SuperTracks, Estudos Instrumentais, RealTracks em 12 Tonalidades, Notação Hi-Q da Guitarra, Estilos RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks redescobertos, um novo sintetizador (sforzando), e mais de 120 novos RealStyles!

E muito mais!

March 01, 2017

My Favorite Band-in-a-Box® Things - RealTracks

Our Forums are very active - and there are many rooms available to post your questions, suggestions, opinions, etc. to!

Like our My Favorite Things forum, where you can post & discuss your favorite features in Band-in-a-Box® and RealBand!

Forum user Islansoul recently posted to one of their favorite features to this forum, How great the Real Tracks Integrate With Each Other:
One of my favorite styles to use in BIAB is the blank style because as name implies. it is completely blank. Because of this, I like to mix a bunch a different Real Tracks together of different styles to create a unique backing track. I did a backing track of Under the Sea where I used the Banjo, ClawHammer, Rhythm Oldtime Ev16 110 with the Bass, Baby, Guarjira Ev 120, Real Drum Salsa Bachata, and somefunk horn real Real Tracks durring the chorus. It sounded amazing when I played it at a gig.

Thanks for the great feedback!

March 01, 2017

E9 Pedal Steel Basics Lesson with Troy Brenningmeyer (YouTube Star)!

It's not uncommon to hear Band-in-a-Box® backing tracks in "how to play" videos (guitar, piano, pedal steel, etc.) found online!

Like "YouTube Star" Troy Brenningmeyer! Check out this E9 Pedal Steel Basics lesson: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=hW5wQaowdfY

Do you offer instrument lessons on YouTube using Band-in-a-Box® backing tracks? Reach out to us at marketing@pgmusic.com to discuss becoming a Band-in-a-Box YouTube Star!

February 28, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows - Toolbar Modes #TipTuesday

With Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows you have more control over your toolbars!

There are now 3 modes for the toolbar - to switch between them use the the Mode Selector buttons (located at the top left of the screen).

The three modes are:
1. Smaller, configurable toolbar with tabbed interface.
There's a [CUSTOM] tab in this mode that lets you select buttons you want to see in the order you want!

2. Taller toolbar with fixed on-screen Mixer, useful for people with hi-res screens.
All your buttons are there!

3. Drop Station
This makes a small screen, always on top, useful for drag and drop of files to your favorite DAW.

#TipTuesday Want to switch between your custom toolbar and the taller toolbar? Just select Ctrl+T!

February 24, 2017

RealTracks Patch Update Available!

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows users! There's a new patch update available for your RealTracks!

Learn more about this patch & download it here.

Summary of update:
Improved: Riff selection for RealTrack Guitar, Electric, Soloist TrainBeatBrent12-key Ev16 090.
Added or Fixed: Shots and Holds for many RealTracks including the following RealTracks:
-2573: Horn Section, Rhythm MelodicOldWorldWaltz2Part Ev 180
-2722: Bass, Electric, PeruFestejo68 Sw 120
-2725: Bass, Electric, PeruValsCriollo Ev 140
-2765: Bass, Electric, PuertoRicoAguinaldo Ev16 120
-2768: Bass, Electric, AndesHuaynoA-B Ev16 085
-2769: Bass, Electric, AndesHuaynoTriad Ev16 085
-2702: Bass, Synth, CloudRapSub Ev16 075
-2770: Bass, Electric, AndesHuaynoOffbeat Ev16 085
-2773: Harp, Rhythm Celtic16ths Ev16 075
-2774: Harp, Rhythm CelticWaltzSlow Ev 085
-2775: Harp, Rhythm CelticWaltz Ev 110
-2776: Harp, Rhythm CelticJig Sw 110
-2820: Harp, Rhythm ClassicalSlow8ths Ev 085
-2823: Guitarron, MariachiWaltz Ev 150
-2824: Pedal Steel, Soloist CountryEddy12-key Ev 085
Fixed: RealTracks audition solo demo for RT#2682.
Fixed: Typo in bio's of artists Jim McGillveray and Juan Jimenez.
Fixed: Notation was missing for one of the tracks in Artist Performance set 2 (GypsyJazzLatin Ev165)

February 23, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® y RealBand 2017 en Español!

Hemos estado ocupados y hemos añadido más de 80 nuevas funciones y una impresionante colección de nuevos contenidos, incluyendo 202 RealTracks, 34 MIDI SuperTracks, Estudios Instrumental, 12-Tonos RealTracks, Notación de guitarra Hi-Q, Re-Discubierto RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks. Nuevo sintetizador (sforzando), y más de 120 nuevos RealStyles!

www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=es

February 23, 2017

The Download Manager in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Downloading your Band-in-a-Box® for Windows order is easy when you use the Download Manager, added with Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows.

The Download Manager automatically downloads and installs all of the Band-in-a-Box® content (mainly RealTracks files) in the background. Access this feature within Band-in-a-Box® by selecting the Help | Utilities | Run Download/Install Manager now menu command. If you've entered the activation code for your purchase, this feature will know what items still need to be downloaded and installed!

Even if you think you've installed everything for your purchase, it's a great idea to run this feature to confirm this - because the Download Manger can also confirm that your installation is complete!

Learn more about the PG Music Download Manager at www.pgmusic.com/tutorial_downloadmanager.htm.

February 23, 2017

#TBT - The Metronome Pro!

In honor of "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), let's take a look at the Metronome Pro! This program was released in 2006, and is a great way to keep the correct tempo when you're practicing!

The Metronome Pro can be used as a basic "old school" metronome and includes advanced features to take your tempo practice to a new level. In its basic mode, Metronome Pro will keep perfect time as you practice along while the advanced features provide additional practice tools such as increase tempo, trade 4's, even a song length calculator. All possible time signatures are supported, including composite time. If you need a drummer, Metronome Pro can easily be turned into a drum machine to play the drum track from any standard MIDI file.

Learn more about this program (available for just $19) here: www.pgmusic.com/metronomepro.htm - it's an excellent tool for musicians of any level!

February 22, 2017

New Videos! RealPAK Volume 13 for Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows!

Now available - detail video demonistrations of the RealTracks & RealDrums included in the Country, Rock-Pop, and Jazz RealPAKs Volume 13 (released with Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows).

RealPAK: Country Volume 13
RealPAK: Rock-Pop Volume 13
RealPAK: Jazz Volume 13

Learn more about all the RealPAKs when you visit www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.realtracks.htm

February 22, 2017

YouTube Find - Stefan Leipziger - Three - Six - Five (with Band-in-a-Box®!)

Wow - searching "Band-in-a-Box" on YouTube brings up a huge number of videos! Like this one... it sounds GREAT! www.pgmusic.com/?vid=sWFp1ZnTxT0.

Good thing we have our I just heard Band-in-a-Box on YouTube forum to share these videos! If you've found a YouTube video that uses Band-in-a-Box you can share it too!

February 21, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 in Italiano!

Abbiamo lavorato sodo e abbiamo aggiunto nuove funzioni e una sorprendente collezione di nuovi contenuti, tra cui 202 RealTracks, 34 MIDI SuperTracks, Studi Strumentali, RealTracks a 12-Tonalità, Notazione di Chitarra Hi-Q, Stili Riscoperti RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks, un nuovo sintetizzatore (sforzando), e oltre 120 nuovi RealStyles!

www.bandinabox.com/bb.new.php?os=win&lang=it

February 21, 2017

User Tips - How to Create an Instrumental Melody Line that Follows the Vocal Using Band-in-a-Box®

Forum User Joanne Cooper has an excellent blog on her website, www.joannecooper.co.za/home - including her latest post: How to create an instrumental melody line that follows the vocal using Band-in-a-Box and Melodyne!

Joanne's instructions are easy to follow along with - click here to read the blog post.

February 20, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Patch Update 152 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac users can download this free patch update here.

Included in the update:
Fixed: Audio could not be pasted beyond the end of the existing audio data.
Fixed: Audio importing would fail.
Improved: If making a tempo map after using the Audio Chord Wizard, and the current style has a different time signature, you will be asked to choose a different style. If possible, you can choose to keep the current style, but the time signature of each bar will be set for you.
Fixed: Automatic updates were not working.
Fixed: Some VST plugins' GUI window would not close properly, and leave a ghost window on the screen (eg. the Expand!2 plugin).
Fixed: The Expand!2 plugin would cause all menus in Band-in-a-Box to stop responding.
Changed: The new hot key for opening the Record MIDI dialog has been changed to control+R.
Fixed: The "Piano, Acoustic, Bright Grand Sforzando" patch was missing from the Hi-Q list.
Fixed: "Could not load Hi-Q patch." would show if trying to load the "Organ, Electric, Rock Sforzando" patch.
Fixed: "Could not load Hi-Q patch." would show if trying to load the "Organ, Electric, Jazz Sforzando" patch.
Fixed: Clicking on the Guitar window would show notes on the Melody mixer piano instead of the Thru mixer piano.
Fixed: VST plugins that have been uninstalled should not appear in the plugin list.
Improved: Plugins can be chosen by double-clicking on them in the list, instead of having to hit [Return] or clicking [OK].
Fixed: In the Japanese version, when opening the Email dialog, you would be asked to save the song even though it was already saved.
Fixed: In the Japanese version, attaching a rendered song to an email would produce a rendered file with garbage text in the title, and it would not be attached to the email.
Fixed: In the Japanese version, a song with an audio track would not give the option to attach the audio file.

February 20, 2017

RealBand 2017 Patch Update (Build 4) Available!

RealBand 2017 Users can download this free patch update here.

Included in the update:
Fixed - Program title was changed to 'file converter' if a conversion needed to be done such as after recording (this affected the title shown when alt-tabbing or hovering over the icon on the task bar, etc.).
Fixed - Spurious warning about rebuilding style picker when not needed has been removed.
Fixed - FX button now correctly turns blue if MIDI track is actually using a VSTi or DXi synth.
Fixed - the choose note dialog in Notation Window had garbled text.
Fixed - saving to XML would result in the timing being wrong, if the song's PPQ was not 120.
Fixed - when drawing a slur in the situation of notes being extremely close together, program could potentially slow down or freeze.
Fixed - a few miscellaneous minor localization and help-topic link issues

February 20, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows Patch Update 459 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows users can download this free patch update here.

Included in the update:
Fixed: Audio Edit window was not displaying lines for audio stretching features (bug introduced in build 458).
Fixed: Clicking on the Mixer piano (Thru track) does not display notes on the Guitar or Big Piano windows.
Fixed: The select bar dialog would conflict with keyboard input.
Fixed: Email Song dialog would not show options to attach Artist Performance Tracks if they were WMA files.
Fixed: Hitting the [\] key (forward slash) while in the notation window would crash Band-in-a-Box with the "Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window" error.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash on bootup with "Not enough timers available" error.
Fixed: The RealTracks picker might freeze if using a custom RealTracks folder location, and this folder does not exist (eg. an external hard drive is not connected, or re-connected with a different drive letter).
Fixed: If using Windows 10, holding down the mouse anywhere in the chord sheet window and scrolling the mouse wheel would cause Band-in-a-Box to immediately crash.
Fixed: When saving MusicXML files, slurs would be rejected by other programs that opened the files.
Fixed: After performing a drag and drop, the previous state of soloed tracks was not restored.
Fixed: Drag and drop of audio track would render Bass track instead.
Fixed: When using multiple monitors, some popup windows would be forced onto the primary monitor (eg. changing song title, changing track label).
Fixed: When using multiple monitors, Band-in-a-Box would not properly open to the previous size, position, and maximized state.
Fixed: Previewing chords in the chord sheet (Shift+Enter) or using the chord builder would eventually stop playing all the notes in the chord if using the "always on" setting for the audio driver (MME or ASIO).
Fixed: Splash screen was missing if running program in any language other than English.
Improved: Shots and Holds for Direct Input RealTracks can be assigned unique Holds library numbers, and unique decibel offsets.
Fixed: If using a 3/4 style, Band-in-a-Box would switch to the ZZJAZZ style (4/4) when launching the Audio Chord Wizard. This would cause an incorrect tempo map to be made afterwards.
Improved: If making a tempo map after using the Audio Chord Wizard, and the current style has a different time signature, you will be asked to choose a different style. If possible, you can choose to keep the current style, but the time signature of each bar will be set for you.
Fixed: Automatic updates were sometimes not working
Fixed: Rendered WAV files would not be acidized if the option to normalize was enabled.
Added: Drums name is more descriptive in the drums panel of the mixer, e.g. saying "snare and high hat"instead of "snhh"

February 20, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 für Windows Deutsch ist verfügbar!

Es gibt über 80 aufregende neue Funktionen in Band-in-a-Box® 2017!
Die grafische Benutzeroberfläche des Hauptbildschirms (GUI) wurde neu gestaltet mit weniger Bildschirmplatzbedarf, konfigurierbare Toolbars, einem Interface mit Register, einem Fortschrittsbalken, und mehr.

February 17, 2017

Free Band-in-a-Box® Video Tutorials!

Get the most out of your Band-in-a-Box® experience when you add our Support Videos to your arsenal!

We have an extensive collection of Support videos for Band-in-a-Box® for Windows available on our YouTube Channel & www.pgmusic.com/videos.bbwin.htm - make sure to check them out!

Looking for a tutorial video on a specific feature, and didn't see one listed? Send your suggestions to marketing@pgmusic.com.

February 17, 2017

PG Music Inc. - Update Hours of Operation

Wondering when we're available by phone, the Live Help feature on our website, or here in the office?

We've recently updated our Hours of Operation:

Customer Service & Sales:
Monday - Friday: 6:00AM to 7:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Saturday: 7:00AM to 6:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Sunday & Holidays: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)

Contact info:
Tel: 1-800-268-6272 or 1-888-PGMUSIC (Within USA and Canada)
Tel: + 800-4746-8742 (Outside USA and Canada where International Freephone service is available)
sales@pgmusic.com

Technical Support:
Monday - Friday: 10:00AM to 5:00PM PST (GMT -8)

Contact info:
Tel: 1-866-983-2474 or 250-475-2708
support@pgmusic.com

Additional contact information for PG Music Inc. is available at www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm.

February 15, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® - Favorite Things!

Have you ever wanted to "shout from the rooftop" about your favorite features in Band-in-a-Box® & RealBand? We've got just the place... our My Favorite Things Forum!

This new forum is also a great place to review the features that other program users love - you never know... you may learn something new about the program, and have your "favorite list" grow too!

February 15, 2017

$0 Down Easy Payment Plan!

Late last year we began offering a $0 Down Easy Payment Plan - When you order anything from www.pgmusic.com and choose this payment option you won't pay for 30 days! After that, the total of your invoice being split into 4 equal payments charged every 30 days for 4 months after your inital purchase.

This payment option won't delay you receiving your order - even if you choose to have your order shipped, you'll still have the download links available to you - no need to wait!

February 10, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Song Title Browser Requests - New 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 newest Wishlist forum here.

We'll be checking this new forum often, making sure to add your suggestions!

February 10, 2017

Welcome to the PG Team Deryk and Yutaro!

We are excited to be adding two new people to our Customer Service Team here at PG Music: Deryk & Yutaro!

You'll soon see them popping up here in the Forum - they're already answering your calls, emails, and online chats (when you use the Live Help feature...)

Welcome to the team Deryk & Yutaro!

February 08, 2017

User Tips & Tricks - More Audio & Midi Tracks...

Our Tips & Tricks forum is a great place to read through tutorials created by other Band-in-a-Box users, or share your own tutorial!

Pipeline often shares his tutorials here, including his most recent "Biab Win More Audio & Midi Tracks" post - Click here to read through the detail Forum post.

February 03, 2017

Join Us on Facebook!

If you're a Facebook user, make sure to visit https://www.facebook.com/pgmusicinc/ to view & "Like" our Facebook page. You'll stay "in the know" for specials, new releases, contests, and other exciting PG Music Inc. announcements!

We're also on Twitter!

February 03, 2017

#FunFactFriday - More Than 130 RealTracks Artists for Band-in-a-Box®!

When you purchase a Band-in-a-Box® UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition, you're adding more than 130 RealTracks Artists to your band!

For a full list of the TOP MUSICIANS contributing to our RealTracks, visit our RealTracks Artist page.

Click on an artists name and you'll be directed to their Bio page, which includes demos of their RealTracks!


February 02, 2017

YouTube Find - An Overview of Band-in-a-Box®

YouTube is a great place to post your own reviews and tutorials for programs that you're using. We even have an "I just heard Band-in-a-Box on YouTube" Forum to share the videos you come across that use and review our software!

Like this one, created by YouTube user "Janne Lepola" (and shared with us by Forum user "Icelander"): www.pgmusic.com/?vid=gdyWOOCX9Rk.

Have something to say about Band-in-a-Box? Create your own review and share it with us, or take part in our Video Testimonial Offer!

February 02, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 Build 150 for Mac Update Available!

Are you a Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Use? A free patch update is available! (Build 458)
You can download this patch here.

Summary of patch:

Fixed: After changing a track description, the new track description would not show on the mixer.
Fixed: Audio Edit window was not displaying UserTracks markers.
Fixed: Audio track would not be saved if song file name or path contained Japanese characters.
Fixed: Blank flash messages would appear when loading an XML file.
Fixed: Coda symbols would not display properly in the Leadsheet window (whould display as "fl").
Fixed: Flash messages would be stuck behind the Style Picker.
Fixed: If launching Display Options from the Preferences window, certain changes will be lost when clicking OK in the Preferences window.
Fixed: If using some Audio Unit plugins (eg Kontakt 5), Band-in-a-Box will freeze when exiting.
Fixed: In the Vocal Synth dialog, choosing the first English vocalist would not work (the resulting audio file would just say "shhh" for every lyric).
Fixed: In the Vocal Synth dialog, the vocalist selection was not sent correctly to the www.sinsy.jp server (eg. choosing Matsuo-P would use Xiang-Lang).
Fixed: MusicXML files that contained Japanese lyrics would import the lyrics as garbage text.
Fixed: Slow performance with tempo stretching.
Fixed: Some actions on the main screen respond very slowly when using macOS Sierra (10.12).
Fixed: Some Audio Unit plugins would not display a proper GUI.
Fixed: The "Normal" additional chords layer would not automatically open when booting up Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: The audio device settings were not being saved between program sessions, so Band-in-a-Box would always use the "default device" for input and output.
Fixed: The Audio Edit window draws very slowly when using macOS Sierra (10.12).
Fixed: The Bar Settings layer would appear if switching between editing any editable layers.
Fixed: The OK button in the StylePicker was hard to read because it had white text on a gray background.
Fixed: The Sinsy vocal generator did not work with Japanese lyrics.
Fixed: The splash screen takes a long time to appear when using macOS Sierra (10.12).
Fixed: When starting DAW Plugin Mode, the chord sheet window would not resize properly.
Fixed: Window would disappear if resizing it to smaller than the minimum size.
Fixed: Windows would not always resize properly when toggling full screen mode.

February 01, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Build 458 Update Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Users - a free patch update is available! (Build 458)
You can download this patch here.

(This is considered a beta patch because it is new; this is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2017 build.)

Summary:
Changed: The new hot key for opening the Record MIDI dialog has been changed to CTRL+R.
Updated: Band-in-a-Box help file.
Fixed: 'Allow Repeats and Endings for Any Song' menu item was not showing check mark.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash if opening or importing an audio file that is open by another application.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash if using the "Silence" RealTracks.
Fixed: Copy or Cut in the Audio Edit window would cause Band-in-a-Box to crash.
Fixed: 'Display Chordsheet in Fakesheet Mode' menu item was not showing check mark.
Fixed: In the Vocal Synth dialog, choosing the first English vocalist would not work (the resulting audio file would just say "shhh" for every lyric).
Fixed: In the Vocal Synth dialog, the vocalist selection was not sent correctly to the www.sinsy.jp server (eg. choosing Matsuo-P would use Xiang-Lang).
Fixed: Multiple monitor support: floating windows would always open on the primary monitor. This applies to the Big Piano, Guitar, Mixer, Plugins, and Video window.
Fixed: Rendering to MP3 might fail with error "cannot get stream size".
Fixed: Rendering to MP3 will cause Band-in-a-Box to crash if choosing "MPEG Layer-3" as the codec.
Fixed: The "ASIO Always On" setting for ASIO audio drivers was not working (ie MIDI output was silent if song not playing).
Fixed: The "Output always on" setting for MME audio drivers did not work for MIDI playback (eg. clicking on the pianos, chord previewing, notation editing, etc.). It only worked for triggering MIDI directly through plugin GUIs.
Fixed: The activation window might get stuck behind the splash screen.
Fixed: The mixer might open off screen, and not be accessible.
Fixed: The splash screen was not showing.
Fixed: Tracks using the "Silence" RealTracks would display a blank label.
Fixed: Tracks with slurs might cause the Notation Window to freeze.
Fixed: Various situations will cause the Audio Edit window to crash. Eg. using the Vocal Synth dialog to import audio, opening the Audio Window, and pressing play would cause a crash.
Fixed: When disabling repeats, a spurious message would appear: "Repeats are now DISABLED. This will take effect when the NEXT song is loaded.".
Fixed: When disabling repeats, and answering "Yes" to delete all repeats, this was not undo-able.

February 01, 2017

Video: Getting Started with Band-in-a-Box® (Recorded at The NAMM Show)

We recently attended The NAMM Show where we demonstrated Band-in-a-Box® to anyone who wanted to learn more about the program.

This video, recorded by STUDIO.SE, stars Band-in-a-Box®, Charlie, and Gaelan - watch it for a quick demonstration on starting a song by simply picking a style and typing in chords: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=hYf3-nwKtwU

It really is as easy as we say it is!

Band-in-a-Box® is so easy to use! Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7, or C13b9), choose the style you'd like, and Band-in-a-Box® does the rest... Band-in-a-Box® automatically generates a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings or horns.

January 31, 2017

Enhanced StylePicker in RealBand 2017!

In RealBand 2017, the StylePicker has been enhanced with User Categories, prototype style, custom memo, sort display, action button, instrument summary, loops/UserTracks display, and more!

Plus, now finding a style in feel of one of your favorite songs is easy with the Song Titles Browser that has been added!

Learn more about all the new features in RealBand 2017 when you visit www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm#rb2017

January 31, 2017

#TipTuesday - Multiple Drum Parts & More on The Same Track in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows!

Did you know...

You can put multiple drum parts, percussion, loops, and even RealTracks on the same Drums track with Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows! To do this, click on the Drums track button and go to Multi-Drums | Edit-Multi Drums for this song.

Have you tried this new feature yet? Let's hear it!

January 30, 2017

New Chord Theory Feature in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows!

One of the newest features added in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 is the "Chord Theory" section.

Learn more about this feature when you jump to the explanation in our New Features Video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=o60HpFwFsOM&t=1133

The Chord Theory section is a fun, interactive way to enter & explore chord progressions, and learn music chord theory at the same time! It displays & suggests chords that are most popular in the current key. The top row is diatonic chords. Other rows add additional chords that are part of the key, such as Dominant 7th approach, Slash Chords, Parallel Minor, Diminished, and more. This allows you to quickly enter chords by clicking on the most common chords in the key. For example, if you stick to the top row (diatonic), the chord progression will be a typical song progression. Choosing from additional row will add variation and color to the progression.

Have you tried this new feature out? Let us know what you think!

January 30, 2017

User Music Video - Lift Me Up

Forum User BlueAttitude (a recent User Showcase Award Winner!) has shared the latest music video for the catchy tune Lift Me Up, a song him and his songwriter have recently completed!

It's a great song... make sure you take the 2:18 needed to check it out!

Click here & enjoy!

January 27, 2017

Receive Your Band-in-a-Box® Installation Files on a Flash Drive!

This past December we started offering a new way to receive any Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK purchase (either First-time or Upgrade)... you can choose to have your installation files shipped to you on a USB Flash Drive instead of DVDs!

We've extended this option to include ANY of the PG Music Inc. software that would normally ship on DVD!

That's right.... for just $10 more, you'll receive a 32 GB USB Flash Drive that conveniently includes all the installation files for your purchase - we'll even throw in a free Band-in-a-Box® keychain with your Flash Drive order!

Learn more...

When placing your order online, the shopping cart will prompt you to select this option before you enter your payment information. Ordering over the phone? Just mention this preferred method for delivery type!

All news posts by month:

More News and Archives

30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Unconditional 30-Day Money Back Guarantee on all products purchased from PG Music Inc.
Live Help
Contact Info

PG Music Inc.
29 Cadillac Ave Victoria BC Canada V8Z 1T3

Sales: 800-268-6272, 250-475-2874,
+ 800-4746-8742*

Tech Support: 866-983-2474, 250-475-2708, + 800-4746-8742*

* Outside USA & Canada where International Freephone service is available. Access Codes