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."

September 22, 2017

User Tip - Midi to Keystroke "Hot Key" Win Mac (Conductor for Mac)

Forum user Pipeline shares a great 'tip' with his post Midi to Keystroke "Hot Key" Win Mac (Conductor for Mac)!

Check it out! www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=430438

Thanks for posting to our Tips & Tricks forum Pipeline!

September 21, 2017

#TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story"

For the latest blast from the past for Band-in-a-Box, check out the article The Software Story: Band-in-a-Box by Norm Weinberg, as published in the June 1993 issue of Percussive Notes!

Imagine a group of musicians who would rehearse with you whenever you wanted, wouldn't tire of playing the same songs over and over, could play at any tempo you wanted, could learn new tunes in a matter of minutes, and never have any ego problems? Wouldn't this be an ideal musical situation for gaining experience? Band-in-a-Box to the rescue!
-Norm Weinberg

Did you have this older version? Share your story with other program users!

September 20, 2017

User Post - Save as Video

Earlier this week we shared information on the Save as Video feature within Band-in-a-Box.

Forum user JoanneCooper has just shared her Band-in-a-Box video using this feature! Check out her post here, or click here watch her YouTube video.

September 19, 2017

#TipTuesday - Band-in-a-Box® for Mac: Use Keystroke "Hot Key" Commands!

Hot Keys are a great way to speed up using a lot of different programs... and that includes Band-in-a-Box®!

Band-in-a-Box has keystroke "hot keys" to mute instruments or to adjust volume, panning, reverb, chorus, or bank of instrument without using the mouse, etc... in fact - there are over 100 Hot Key commands for Band-in-a-Box® for Mac!

To view them all, click here.

September 18, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® - Save as a Video!

A feature added with our Band-in-a-Box® 2015 release was the option to Save as Video. This feature is easy to use! When you're ready to save your song within Band-in-a-Box®, choose "Save as Video..." and adjut the settings if you'd like, then choose [OK - Render Video]. Once it's rendered, you can select the [Upload to YouTube], or take a look at your video first when you choose [Show Video File]. You can also choose to open this video file up in a different video program - it's your video file!

What does the video show? The chordsheet within Band-in-a-Box® just as you'd see it when the song is playing - don't worry though, the rendering of the song to video is MUCH FASTER than the duration of the song!

To see this in action, visit THIS LINK for our Support video.

Have you made a video of your song using this feature? Share it to our Forum!

September 14, 2017

User Tutorial - Band-in-a-Box® and Walking Bass Lines

Forum user edshaw has created some tutorials for Band-in-a-Box® and Walking Bass Lines that he has shared to our Tips and Tricks forum!

The tutorial has been split into three parts:
Part One - Using Band-in-a-Box®
Part Two - Walking Bass Line
Part Three - Demonstration

Thank you edshaw!

If you've created your own tutorials that you'd like to share, feel free to post them to our Tips and Tricks Forum! You can also send an email to marketing@pgmusic.com and we will post and share them here and on Twitter & Facebook!

September 12, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Polish Tutorial - Sound Station

Our new Polish Distributor, Sound Station, is thrilled to be adding Band-in-a-Box® to their product line, and look forward to working with the program! They've just started with us, and have already created this Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Polish Tutorial: Video: Band in a Box 2017 TUTORIAL PL

September 11, 2017

My Favorite Things - User Feedback

Head to our My Favorite Things Forum to read what other program users love about Band-in-a-Box - or share your own list of favorite features!

Other program users have shared their favorite things about Band-in-a-Box already... like the Jukebox feature, how Band-in-a-Box improves live playing, the interactive PDF program manual, the convenience of the pre-installed hard drive, and more!

September 08, 2017

YouTube Find - Applying Jazz Guitar to the Blues

Jim Bryer uses Band-in-a-Box backing tracks within his YouTube videos, and we think he sounds GREAT!

Like this one: Video - Applying Jazz Guitar to the Blues.

September 07, 2017

Macworld Review - Hands on with Band-in-a-Box 2017

Keith White has just shared his Band-in-a-Box 2017 for Mac review with us: Hands on with Band-in-a-Box 2017

While working with the new Band-in-a-Box 2017 for Mac version, Keith spent some time using the enhanced Song Titles browser feature within the StylePicker - make sure you check out his song links to hear his results!

I have used Band-in-a-Box for over 20 years professionally and have found it one of the most professional and useful programs in my arsenal. The 2017 version takes a great program to new heights.

Pros: vastly improved user control of interface; fabulous range of new sounds from all over the world: useful improvements to Song Titles Browser and Style Picker.

Cons: (as usual) can you have too much of a good thing?
-Keith White, Macworld Australia

Review - Hands on with Band-in-a-Box 2017

September 07, 2017

Great YouTube Find - Big Little Boy with BIAB

We came across this great YouTube video shared by Kirk Olsen, titled Big Little Boy with BIAB, Digitech Vocalist Live 3 and TC Helicon Harmony GXT.

This is his first mix with Band-in-a-Box accompaniment - we think it's an AMAZING start!

Watch - Big Little Boy with BIAB...

September 01, 2017

YouTube Find: Amazing Grace with Band-in-a-Box Piano Backing Track

Check out this video: Amazing Grace Traditional Piano Backing Track in 3/4 Time with Band-in-a-Box in G Major

Eric has used Band-in-a-Box to generate this backing track. Perfect to play or sing along too!

Find more great resources on Eric Blackmon's YouTube Channel

September 01, 2017

September 4th is Labor Day - Limited Hours

Monday, Sept 4th is Labor Day. Although our Customer Service Department will be open, we have limited hours that day:

Sales line and Live Help: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Tech line: Closed

Our hours will return to normal on Tuesday, September 5th.

August 30, 2017

Band-in-a-Box Testimonial Video - The Boydstun Brothers

Jeff & Paul Boydstun of the Boydstun Brothers band recently reached out to us with news of their album "Western Hippie Outlaw", and the fact that they love using Band-in-a-Box with the RealTracks for writing their songs!

They've also created their own Band-in-a-Box video testimonial, which you can watch here: Video: Band-in-a-Box Testimonial - Boydstun Brothers

All of the Video Testimonials can be viewed here: www.pgmusic.com/videotestimonials.php.

August 29, 2017

#TipTuesday - Like What You Hear? Freezing Band-in-a-Box Tracks...

When you press [Play] in Band-in-a-Box, it will regenerate your song every time! But, what if you're happy with the results, and don't want anything to change? Or... what if you love the bass/guitar/piano/etc. track, but want to hear a variation on the rest?

Use the Freeze feature! That way the next time you play the song, it won't change (or be re-generated).

There are a few ways to access the Freeze feature:
-click on the blue snowflake within the toolbar
-from within the Play menu
-"track settings" accessible when you right-click within the Mixer window

Don't worry - freezing your song (or some of the tracks in your song) is only as permanent as you let it be! You can choose to un-freeze your tracks within the same menu, or hold down the Shift key as you press [Play].

Watch the video: Freezing Tracks in Band-in-a-Box.

This feature was added with Band-in-a-Box 2009 for Windows.

August 28, 2017

User Article: Part 2 - How I Write and Produce Songs with Band-in-a-Box®

Forum user Buford recently shared his blog post about writing and producing songs with Band-in-a-Box. He's since added to his blog with the article How I Write and Produce Songs with BAND-IN-A-BOX (PART 2), which focuses on BASIC MIXING. Be sure to check it out!

Thanks for sharing Buford!

August 25, 2017

Video - Generating a Guitar Chord Solo with Band-in-a-Box®

Generating a Guitar Chord Solo is easy with Band-in-a-Box® when you access this great feature by clicking on the "Chord Solo" icon in your main (full) Band-in-a-Box screen, select the "Ch Sol..." button within the Guitar Window, or from within the Melody or Soloist menus.

What does it do? Automatically & intelligently generates a guitar chord solo for any melody!

Learn more: Video - Band-in-a-Box: Generating a Guitar Chord Solo

August 24, 2017

#TBT - Band-in-a-Box® 12 for Mac OS X

Band-in-a-Box® 12 for Mac was released in June 2004, and was a HUGE update at the time - the program was rebuild so that it would run natively in OS X Jaguar or Panther!

There were some great additions to the program with Band-in-a-Box 12, including:
-Odd-Time Signature Support. Added support for oddtime signatures like 9/8, 11/8, 13/16, 19/16, etc.
-Count-in Drum patters (instead of just 1-2-1234), including option sto have "a" or "b" drum fills or patterns play for two bars.
-Automatically Transform 4/4 Melody to a Waltz 3/4 ("Strauss-in-a-Box") or transform "waltz" melody to 4/4 ("De-Strauss" the melody)
-Video and Audio Memo support. Add an audio (MP3) or video (QuickTime) memo to your Band-in-a-Box song.
-Mono/Stereo menu options - easily switch all parts to mono or stereo!

...and a lot more! For a more detailed summary of the new features in Version 12, visit www.pgmusic.com/pdfs/bbmac_version_12.pdf

With this 2004 release, we'd also launched MIDI Styles Sets 41, 42, and 43 PLUS 5 volumes of 101 Intros & Guitar Phrases!

August 22, 2017

Calling All Band-in-a-Box® Users - Video Testimonials!

If you've been working with Band-in-a-Box®, and are thrilled with your results, let the world know with your very own Band-in-a-Box® Testimonial video!

Submit your video, and when we use it on our website (and YouTube page) we will send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box® EverythingPAK!

We have received many Testimonial Videos from program users in the past - check them out here: www.pgmusic.com/videotestimonials.php

We even created a Musicians Talk Band-in-a-Box® video using some of these sumbissions! Click here to watch...

Interested in submitting your own Band-in-a-Box® Testimonial Video? Visit this forum post for complete information.

August 21, 2017

Announcing the Winners of the Xtra Styles Song Contest!

We've enjoyed listening to all of the songs submitted for our Xtra Styles Song contest - thank you to everyone who entered!

The winners are:

Americana:
Captain Arnold's Liquer Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: Rob4580
Xtra Style used: _SECLUDE.STY 
Original Forum Post

Country:
The Music of Life Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: Jon Thomas
Xtra Style used: _HARPING.STY
Original Forum Post

Jazz:
In a Latin Mood Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: MusicStudent
Xtra Style used: _BOSSOUL.STY
Original Forum Post

Rock-Pop
Great White Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: Buford
Xtra Style used: _BIGWAVE.STY
Original Forum Post

Congratulations!

August 21, 2017

The Complete List of Xtra Styles Song Contest Entries

Listen to all of the songs submitted for the Xtra Styles Song Contest! We have organized the entries by category, listing alphabetically by song title - Click here to view the list.

August 18, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® User Feedback - Thank You!

Take a look at some of the recent feedback we've received from program users just like you:

"I started using Band-in-a-Box October 2016 . It's been money very well spent. I'm now nearing the finish of my first All Originals Cd. I let a local musician hear some of the songs and he was amazed at the quality. Guys it takes time and effort to learn but its worth it 100%!"
-John S.

"Amazing RealTracks I have used these on 30 or more songs! Some even used complex chords that amazed me how well the Banjo still worked. Unbelievable Software! All the backup band you will ever need no matter what your skill level!"
-Tom C.

"Like lots of others I use it all the time, putting in the chords of a tune, choosing the right style and tempo is a godsend, I'm a jazz musician and playing tunes and improvising with chords in front of you is brilliant, less than an hour ago I was playing my tenor sax along with my Band-in-a-Box backing band."
-Barrie M.

"I love Band-in-a-Box! I use it every day to practice, compose, and teach guitar lessons. Keep up the great work, PG!"
-Brian P.

"A Great business....a great program and a fantastic way to easily create your own songs....or backing tracks to play along with.....a program that everyone should get...."
-Leonard A.

"Band-in-a-Box has been one of my favorite programs since it first came out. Wonderful concept, very well executed."
-Doug S.

"Amazing Software. Use it all the time. Makes very convincing backing tracks!!!"
-Paul P.

Thank you everyone!

Let us know what you think! Post a review on our Band-in-a-Box Comments page, visit our Facebook page, or contact us directly.

August 18, 2017

User Article - How I Write and Produce Songs with Band-in-a-Box®

Listen to the SoundCloud account for forum user Buford, and you'll see that has written and uploaded more than 20 songs!

Want to know his secret? Check out his recent blog post: How I Write and Produce Songs with Band-in-a-Box, which he was nice enough to share to our Songwriting Forum - Thanks Bob!

August 17, 2017

Another Great YouTube Find - Arpeggios For Dobro - Vol. #2

Troy Brenningmeyer uses Band-in-a-Box backing tracks in his latest tutorial video, Arpeggios For Dobro - Vol. #2 - 7th Extensions:

Video: Arpeggios For Dobro - Vol. #2 - 7th Extensions

Another great example of how you can use your Band-in-a-Box creations in your own projects!

August 16, 2017

The Xtra Styles Song Contest has Ended - Over 50 Entries!

Thank you to everyone that submitted their entries in our Xtra Styles PAK 3 Contest!

We are listening to all the entries, and will be announcing the Winners on Monday, August 21st.

Good luck everyone!

August 15, 2017

Xtra Styles Song Contest - August 15th is the LAST Day!

Hurry! This contest ends at midnight tonight! Submit a song you've created with the new Xtra Styles PAK 3 to our Xtra Styles Contest forum for your chance to WIN $150 USD coupon to use on your next PG Music Inc. product purchase!

Complete contest information and contest rules list here.

August 15, 2017

YouTube Find - There Are No Bad Guitars

The latest video from EricBlackmonGuitar is a great demonstration of the different types of guitars out there, and how there really is no such thing as a bad guitar!

Video: Multi-Guitar Solo Review Of INEXPENSIVE GUITARS

Eric uses Band-in-a-Box backing tracks in his tutorial videos... Just one of the many ways program users can incorporate their Band-in-a-Box songs into other projects!

August 11, 2017

Xtra Styles Song Contest - Ends August 15th!

If you've purchased your Xtra Styles PAK 3 for Band-in-a-Box® 2017, don't forget to create and submit a song usings one of these new Xtra Styles to our Xtra Styles Contest forum for your chance to WIN $150 USD coupon to use on your next PG Music Inc. product purchase!

Hurry! This contest ends at midnight on August 15th! Complete contest information and contest rules list here.

Good luck everyone!

August 11, 2017

Hip Hop - Happy 44th Anniversary!

Today we celebrate the 44th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop!

Learn more about the history of Hip Hop, courtesy of Google: https://www.google.com/doodles/44th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-hip-hop

Now, you may not associate Hip Hop with Band-in-a-Box, but you should!!! There are over 50 hits when you search for the Hip Hop genre in the StylePicker window, including Sets:
28: Smooth Jazz
32: Alternative Contemporary Rock
36: Rock On! (check out Dance 5 - Rock On)
46: Requested 4
47: Contemporary Country 2 (check out CC_Town)
56: Pop
62: Requested 6
65: Requested 7
71: Urban Pop MultiStyles

Hip Hop specific RealTracks are available too! Check out RealTracks Set 7: Acoustic Jazz Bass and Rock Sax! and Set 272: Rap and Hip Hop.

RealDrums Sets? Yup! Ed (Great Oz) Clare has some great Hip Hop RealDrums with RealDrums Set 16: Urban Pop, Franklin Richardson's contribution of the SmoothJazzCoolSw16^ drums in RealDrums Set 28: Smooth Jazz, and Craig Scott's drums in RealDrums Set 3: Fusion, Hip-Hop and More! are great too!

August 10, 2017

#TBT - Band-in-a-Box® MIDI Setup on Windows 95

If you visit our About page, you will read that Dr. Peter Gannon founded PG Music Inc. in 1988!

With that in mind, there are a lot of video tutorials we've released that answer many of the technical support questions frequently asked, including this blast-from-the-past: Band-in-a-Box (1997): Windows 95 MIDI Setup, narrated by Peter! Click here to view the video.

August 10, 2017

User Blog Post - Eight Reasons Why I Use RealBand

If you're a Band-in-a-Box for Windows user, did you know your purchase came with RealBand?

RealBand is a fully-featured and powerful music arranging, sequencing, and digital recording program; it combines sequencing features with the automatic accompaniment features of Band-in-a-Box!

For some great user feedback about RealBand, be sure to read Joanne Cooper's latest blog post: Eight reasons why I, as a Band-in-a-Box user, use RealBand as my DAW of choice.

August 09, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Feature - Natural Arrangements!


With Band-in-a-Box® 2017, we added the Natural Arrangements option!

If you give a pro musician a complicated chord progression, with fancy extensions like C7b9b13 or Gm11, the musician may reinterpret these rather than playing them exactly as written. This can achieve a much better sounding arrangement because the musician has freedom to choose from similar chord extensions. Now you can get Band-in-a-Box to do the same thing, with options to set this on a global basis, song basis, or individual tracks!

How?

There is an "Arrangements Options" dialog accessible within Prefs - simply choose "Arrange" and you will see on the bottom left of this dialog the option for "Natural Arrangements (re-interpret complex chords)". Within the drop-down menu for this, you can choose:
-Never (even if set in song settings)
-Disabled (unless set in song settings)
-Always for Jazz (unless disabled in song settings)
-Always for All Genres (unless disabled in song settings)

You can also choose to use this setting for just one song, using the "Song Settings" button - just choose the "Enable for this song" option within the drop-down menu on the middle right of this window.

Looking to set this for a specific track or tracks within the song? You can do this too! With the song open, go to Track Settings | Set Natural Arrangement, and select an option.

August 08, 2017

Congratulations RealTracks Artist Cory Pesaturo!

The Guinness World Record for Longest Accordion Playing is now held by Cory Pesaturo!

Starting on Friday, August 4, Corey played for a total of 32 hours and 14 minutes - this beats the previous record by 49 minutes.... CONGRATULATIONS CORY!

He broke this record while attending the Spielberg Musik Festival; read their announcement here.

Visit Cory's Facebook page to check out photos and video from the event.

August 04, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Feature - sforzando SFZ Synth

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows, we added support for the popular .SFZ sound format!

There's a detailed explanation of this new feature here: www.pgmusic.com/bbw2017newfeatures2.htm

Have you been using this new feature? Let us know what you think!

August 04, 2017

Holiday Hours - Monday, August 7.

Monday, August 7 is British Columbia Day!

We will have limited availability:

Customer Service: 8am - 4pm PST
Technical Support: Closed.

We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, August 8.

August 03, 2017

Cory Pesaturo - Will He Break The World Record?

RealTracks Artist Cory Pesaturo has an exciting weekend ahead of him... he will be attempting to break the world record for Longest Accordion Playing, starting on August 4th!

The record to beat? 31 hours 25 min! Cory has planned to play for 33-36 hours, and we think he can do it!

Check out the announcement and explanation of "world records" here: http://www.accordionusa.com/#art3080.

Follow along as Cory attemps to break this record:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/corypesaturoofficial
Twitter: twitter.com/CoryPez

Cory's Accordion RealTracks can be found in RealTracks Set 268: Gypsy, Accordion, Piano, and Guitar - learn more about Cory and listen to demos of his RealTracks when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

August 02, 2017

Congratulations RealTracks Artist Scott Vestal!

RealTracks Artist Scott Vestal is the recipient of the 8th Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass - CONGRATULATIONS!

Read the announcement here.

You can have this award winning musician play along with your own songs when you choose one of his RealTracks - available in Sets:
RealTracks Set 11: All Bluegrass (Rhythm)
RealTracks Set 12: All Bluegrass (Solos)
RealTracks Set 33: Bluegrass

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

August 01, 2017

User Tutorial - Melodist Feature in Band-in-a-Box

Forum User Rob4580 has created and shared a great video called "Melodist Band In A Box" where he explains how he uses this feature when creating songs with Band-in-a-Box.

Watch it here: YouTube Video - Melodist Band In A Box

July 31, 2017

Xtra Styles Song Contest - Deadline EXTENDED to August 15th!

Good news! We've extended the Xtra Styles Song contest deadline... now you can submit your entries before August 15th!

Submit a Band-in-a-Box song that you've created using one of the new RealStyles in Xtra Styles PAK 3 for your chance to WIN $150 PG Bucks!
Songs should be submitted to our Xtra Styles Contest forum by midnight on August 15th.

Complete contest information and contest rules list here.

Good luck!

July 28, 2017

Xtra Styles Song Contest - Submit by July 31st!

Working with the new Xtra Styles PAK 3 for Band-in-a-Box® 2017? Don't forget to submit your song to our Xtra Styles Contest forum for your chance to WIN $150 USD coupon to use on your next PG Music Inc. product purchase!

Don't wait too long - the contest is only open for submissions until midnight on July 31st!

Complete contest information and contest rules list here.

July 27, 2017

User Tips - How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting

Check out Forum User Joanne Cooper's latest blog post, How I use Band-in-a-Box in my songwriting - a great resource if you're looking for some direction in creating your own songs!

If you've ever read one of Joanne's blog posts, available on her website https://www.joannecooper.co.za, you know how informative these posts can be!

Read her newest blog post here.

July 26, 2017

Eric Blackmon's "C Major 4 Chord Jam" with Band-in-a-Box Backing Tracks

Play along with Eric Blackmon's lesson featuring Band-in-a-Box® for the backing tracks.

Watch the video.

You can see more of Eric's videos on his YouTube channel.

July 25, 2017

Mac Band-in-a-Box® 2016 Patch Update - Build 161

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac users can download the latest patch here.

Summary of changes for Build 161:
Fixed: "[RT n/a]" would display for style long names if the style contained loops.
Fixed: _Loops and UserTracks would not display in the mixer.
Fixed: Drag and drop would fail for various RealTracks (eg. #518-#525, #680-#684, etc.). This bug only existed in the Japanese version.
Fixed: Newer styles would not have their names, descriptions, etc. translated from English. This bug only existed in localized versions.
Fixed: MIDI sustain pedal would not be shut off when stopping song or hitting Panic button.
Fixed: "Individual MIDI Tracks" in the Render dialog did not work.
Fixed: The style memo would display "RT2995" for tracks that contained loops.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash if user clicks on any of the main menus while booting up
Fixed: The 'F3' hot key symbol did not display in some popup menus.
Fixed: For some cases of opening or saving a file (eg choosing VST plugins), the file dialog would not open in the right directory.
Fixed: Audio Unit plugins would be erased from the exclude list while booting up Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: Plugins on the Thru track should not be removed when loading a style or song.
Fixed: Options > Return to Factory Settings... would cause various problems (eg. the chord sheet would be squished to the left).

July 24, 2017

Save On Mac Xtra Styles PAK 3 Bundles - 1 Week Left!

There's just one more week to save on Xtra Styles PAK 3 bundles for your Band-in-a-Box®!

Xtra Styles PAK 3 includes 160 new RealStyles for Rock-Pop, Jazz, Country, and Americana! These new Xtra Styles use recently implemented RealDrums features in Band-in-a-Box 2017 - like half-time/double-time mode and Multi-Drums. Get all 4 volumes in the All Xtra Styles PAK 3 on sale for just $29 (Reg. $49) during our Xtra Styles Special!

If you are looking for more RealStyles, the complete set of Xtra Styles PAKs 1-3 (with all 485 RealStyles) is available for only $99 during our Xtra Styles special.

Special offers end July 31st!

Already purchased Xtra Styles PAK 3? Submit your original song to the Xtra Styles PAK 3 Contest for your chance to WIN a $150 USD coupon to use on your next PG Music Inc. product purchase.

July 24, 2017

Save On Windows Xtra Styles PAK 3 Bundles - 1 Week Left!

There's just one more week to save on Xtra Styles PAK 3 bundles for your Band-in-a-Box®!

Xtra Styles PAK 3 includes 160 new RealStyles for Rock-Pop, Jazz, Country, and Americana! These new Xtra Styles use recently implemented RealDrums features in Band-in-a-Box 2017 - like half-time/double-time mode and Multi-Drums. Get all 4 volumes in the All Xtra Styles PAK 3 on sale for just $29 (Reg. $49) during our Xtra Styles Special!

If you are looking for more RealStyles, the complete set of Xtra Styles PAKs 1-3 (with all 485 RealStyles) is available for only $99 during our Xtra Styles special.

Special offers end July 31st!

Already purchased Xtra Styles PAK 3? Submit your original song to the Xtra Styles PAK 3 Contest for your chance to WIN a $150 USD coupon to use on your next PG Music Inc. product purchase.

July 21, 2017

Mac RealTracks Patch Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac users can download the latest RealTracks patch here.

This patch includes RealTracks and MIDI SuperTracks updates we have made since the previous March 22 patch. The files updated are largely those that were released with Band-in-a-Box® 2017, although there are updates to some earlier ones as well.

Added: Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085 now has complete transcriptions added and can be viewed in the notation or lead sheet window.
Fixed: _BHALSA (Waltz) Style was not set to ¾ time, and now uses a more appropriate Bass
Fixed: _BLUESKY.STY mistakenly had drums in style.
Fixed: _CASUALE Style mistakenly included MIDI Guitar and Strings tracks.
Fixed: _RAMPART Style Demo mistakenly had the Master Volume turned way up.
Fixed: =JOLEO_B did not allow user volume changes
Fixed: Bass, Electric, RockPickedA-B Ev 165 and RT 2589 Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPickedA-B Ev 165 had timing issues with some of the riffs.
Fixed: Charango, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085 was not playing sus chords.
Fixed: Guitar, Electric, Soloist JazzRock16thsJon Ev16 090 and RT2605 Guitar, Electric, Soloist JazzRockShuffleJon Sw 130 now have Hi-Q transcriptions. Now when the tablature or notation is viewed it will be more accurate and include bends, slides and other improvements.
Fixed: Loop file 'Trance - kit3beat135b ev16 tempo' was missing.
Fixed: NashvilleBrushesEasyBluegrass had the wrong audition demos.
Fixed: Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm TrainBeatMike12-key Ev 16 090 was playing some slash chords.
Fixed: RealTracks Audition files for "Roadhouse" Resonator Guitar were mixed up.
Fixed: Some direct input files were mislabeled for the RealTracks style 'Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NewOrleansMardiGras Ev16 085'.
Fixed: Some direct input files were missing for the RealTracks style 'Guitar, Electric, Soloist GypsyClassicQuinn Sw 220'.
Fixed: Some small memo typos Fixed including _RESFOLK* _RESWALZ* _BLUESKY*
Fixed: Some style mistakenly specified held chords for tracks. E.G. _NOCARES, _SONGBRD, _SOULPOP, _DAYSEND, _CARRYON
Fixed: The endings were not working properly in the A substyle for two variations in the RealDrums DrivingPop8ths^.
Fixed: The notation subdivision for the RealStyle _ASTRAL.STY was previously incorrect, and has been Fixed.
Fixed: The RealTrack that use Shots and Holds 345 were playing some incorrect chords
Improved: Over 90 RealTracks and MIDI SuperTracks have had the option for a 'Simple' arrangement Added. Now these RealTracks will play without embellishment when the Simple option is selected in the RealTracks picker.
Improved: More than 20 RealTracks now have Transcriptions enabled and the Simple option available.
Improved: Pianohld.sty has been improved, with better voice leading for the held piano.

July 20, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows - Build 467 Patch Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows customers can install the latest patch update (Build 467) here.

Added: Several requested 'genre' user categories in the StylePicker.
Changed: "Tempo/Pitch Stretching Quality" now defaults to medium instead of low.
Fixed: "No Loop (WAV) chosen for this track" would display for some tracks in the Create Multi-Drums dialog.
Fixed: An "out of memory" error would occur in very long songs with lots of RealTracks. Some tracks would be silent when this happened. This might still happen, but the song size limit has doubled.
Fixed: Booting up Band-in-a-Box by double-clicking on a song file would cause any song-based RealTracks to be removed.
Fixed: Drag and drop would not extract the selected region on the chord sheet.
Fixed: If there were any style changes in a song, the Bar Settings layer would display "Style changes" on any bar that had any other type of changes (eg tempo, volume).
Fixed: Sometimes RealTracks would play a dominant 7th chord for plain major triad song chords.
Fixed: The Event List editor window would only work for the Melody or Soloist tracks.
Improved: Elastique has been updated from version 3.1.8 to 3.1.11.

July 20, 2017

Windows RealTracks Patch Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows users can download the latest RealTracks patch here.

This patch includes RealTracks and MIDI SuperTracks updates we have made since the previous March 22 patch. The files updated are largely those that were released with Band-in-a-Box® 2017, although there are updates to some earlier ones as well.

Summary of changes:
Added: Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085 now has complete transcriptions Added and can be viewed in the notation or lead sheet window.
Fixed: _BHALSA (Waltz) Style was not set to ¾ time, and now uses a more appropriate Bass
Fixed: _BLUESKY.STY mistakenly had drums in style.
Fixed: _CASUALE Style mistakenly included MIDI Guitar and Strings tracks.
Fixed: _RAMPART Style Demo mistakenly had the Master Volume turned way up.
Fixed: =JOLEO_B did not allow user volume changes
Fixed: Bass, Electric, RockPickedA-B Ev 165 and RT 2589 Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPickedA-B Ev 165 had timing issues with some of the riffs.
Fixed: Charango, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085 was not playing sus chords.
Fixed: Guitar, Electric, Soloist JazzRock16thsJon Ev16 090 and RT2605 Guitar, Electric, Soloist JazzRockShuffleJon Sw 130 now have Hi-Q transcriptions. Now when the tablature or notation is viewed it will be more accurate and include bends, slides and other improvements.
Fixed: Loop file 'Trance - kit3beat135b ev16 tempo' was missing.
Fixed: NashvilleBrushesEasyBluegrass had the wrong audition demos.
Fixed: Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm TrainBeatMike12-key Ev 16 090 was playing some slash chords.
Fixed: RealTracks Audition files for "Roadhouse" Resonator Guitar were mixed up.
Fixed: Some direct input files were mislabeled for the RealTracks style 'Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NewOrleansMardiGras Ev16 085'.
Fixed: Some direct input files were missing for the RealTracks style 'Guitar, Electric, Soloist GypsyClassicQuinn Sw 220'.
Fixed: Some small memo typos Fixed including _RESFOLK* _RESWALZ* _BLUESKY*
Fixed: Some style mistakenly specified held chords for tracks. E.G. _NOCARES, _SONGBRD, _SOULPOP, _DAYSEND, _CARRYON
Fixed: The endings were not working properly in the A substyle for two variations in the RealDrums DrivingPop8ths^.
Fixed: The notation subdivision for the RealStyle _ASTRAL.STY was previously incorrect, and has been Fixed.
Fixed: The RealTrack that use Shots and Holds 345 were playing some incorrect chords
Improved: Over 90 RealTracks and MIDI SuperTracks have had the option for a 'Simple' arrangement Added. Now these RealTracks will play without embellishment when the Simple option is selected in the RealTracks picker.
Improved: More than 20 RealTracks now have Transcriptions enabled and the Simple option available.
Improved: Pianohld.sty has been improved, with better voice leading for the held piano.

July 20, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac - Build 180 Patch Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac customers can install the latest patch update (Build 180) here.

Added: Several requested 'genre' user categories in the StylePicker.
Added: Web links have been added to the Help menu.
Changed: "Tempo/Pitch Stretching Quality" now defaults to medium instead of low.
Fixed: "Save all tracks as M4A file..." was missing from the Master context menu.
Fixed: Drag and drop would fail if the song title contained a period (eg "Up with the Trees - BGRock.Sty Demo").
Fixed: Drag and drop would fail if the song title contained invalid file name characters (eg slashes).
Fixed: For localized versions, the long style name would be wrong on the main screen.
Fixed: If a flash message was showing, copy/cut/paste commands would not work in dialogs.
Fixed: If there were any style changes in a song, the Bar Settings layer would display "Style changes" on any bar that had any other type of changes (eg tempo, volume).
Fixed: New lines for sections on the chord sheet was not allowed when the song had repeats.
Fixed: Some hints in the Chord Builder were not showing transposed notes, and a % symbol was showing instead.
Fixed: Sometimes RealTracks would play a dominant 7th chord for plain major triad song chords.
Fixed: The Chord Builder would not update to the current bar/beat when re-opening the window.
Fixed: The Play-Loop button (in normal screen mode) was not displaying a check mark.
Fixed: The Play-Loop popup menu was all blank.
Fixed: The popup menus in the Chord Builder were not showing any chord descriptions.
Fixed: The right arrow key would not work in the chord sheet during playback if "MIDI Keyboard Wizard Enabled" was enabled.
Improved: Elastique has been updated from version 3.1.8 to 3.1.11.
Updated: Activation dialog has been improved.

July 18, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 French Mac Version Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 apporte quelques 80 nouvelles fonctions tout à fait excitantes! L'écran principal a été redessiné avec une empreinte plus petite, une barre d'outils configurable, un interface avec onglets, une barre de progression, et plus… Les RealTracks sonnent mieux que jamais avec une qualité améliorée de stretching et transposition (Elastique 3), de meilleures transitions dans les phrases et des arrangements naturels. Une nouvelle fonction apprentissage "Woodshedding" appelée RealTracks 12-clés Guitare de Brent Mason jouée dans les 12 tonalités avec une Notation/Tablature précise (Hi-Q)s idéale pour l'étude et l'apprentissage. La Notation Guitare Tab été améliorée avec l'affichage graphique des bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs et slides. Un nouveau synthétiseur sforzando SFZ est désormais inclus. La Notation est améliorée avec une saisie de notation rapide pour guitare et piano et la disponibilité d'une grande Chrono. Et bien d'autres !

www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=mac&lang=fr

July 17, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Italian Mac Version Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 presenta quindi oltre 80 nuove eccitanti funzionalità!
La schermata principale è stata ridisegnata per occupare meno spazio, le barre degli strumenti sono ora configurabili dall'utente, c'è un'interfaccia a schede, una barra di avanzamento, e altro ancora. I RealTracks suonano meglio che mai con allungamento e trasposizione di migliore qualità (Elastique 3), migliori frasi di passaggio, e modalità naturali. Miglioramenti del Looping per il "Woodshedding" - il comando "L" per le ripetizioni rapide, Auto-Ripetizioni Avanzate, e ripetizioni con il silenziamento automatico. Miglioramenti dello StylePicker con le categorie degli utenti, gli elenchi personalizzati, lo stile di riferimento per l'ordinamento, i memo personalizzati, e operazioni più veloci. E' stato incluso un nuovo Sintetizzatore Sforzando SFZ. La Notazione è migliorata con l'inserimento rapido della musica per chitarra e per pianoforte e una bella linea del tempo gialla. E tanto altro ancora!

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

July 14, 2017

YouTube Find - The Prisoner's Dilemna #FlashbackFriday

Check this out...

One of our customers used Band-in-a-Box to create some backing tracks for stop action videos illustrating two famous social dilemmas: The Prisoner's Dilemma and The Braess Paradox

Video - The Prisoner's Dilemma
Video - The Braess Paradox

Creative and informative!

(not a recent find - embracing the trending #FlashbackFriday)

July 14, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 German Mac Version Available!

Band-in-a-Box 2017 für Macintosh ist verfügbar!

Wir waren fleißig und haben 80 neue Funktionen und eine erstaunliche Sammlung von neuen Inhalten mit 202 RealTracks, 34 MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studien, 12-Tonarten Hi-Q Gitarren-Notation, wiederentdeckte RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks Styles, einen neuen Synthesizer (sforzando) und über 120 neue RealStyles! Wir haben 202 neue RealTracks hinzugefügt, doppelt so viele, wie wir früheren Versionen in der Vergangenheit veröffentlicht haben! Es gibt ein neues Instrumental Studien Set mit 12-Tonarten Hi-Q Gitarren-Notation Tabulatur. Einige frühere RealTracks wurden erneut abgemischt um die Klangqualität zu erhöhen. Wir haben auch über 120 neue RealStyles, dies sind neue Styles, die neue RealTracks und Schleifen verwenden. Diese beinhalten großartige Crooner Bossa, Crooner Ballade, Brent/Mike Blues, Hawaii-, Mexiko-, Peru-Styles, Power Trios, House, Hip-Hop, Rap, keltische Harfe, Retro 60iger, und mehr!

www.bandinabox.com/bb.new.php?os=mac&lang=de

July 12, 2017

Introducing our Newest RealTracks Artists for Band-in-a-Box® 2017!

We now have 139 Artists contributing to our RealTracks & RealDrums library! Our newest RealTracks Artists added with Band-in-a-Box® 2017 are:

Alex Acuna - RealTracks Sets 257: A Taste of Peru, 278: Latin America
Cory Pesaturo - RealTracks Set 268: Gypsy: Accordion, Piano, and Guitar
Craig Northey - RealTracks Sets 273: Hard Rock Shuffle, 274: Hard Rock Straight Ahead
Jim McGillveray - RealTracks Set 276: Pop Percussion
Juan Jiménez - 2017 49-PAK RealTrack "Guitarron, MariachiWaltz Ev 150"
Mike Rojas - RealTracks Sets 254: 12-key Hi-Q-Tab Brent Guitar, 12-key Eddy Pedal Steel and 12-key Mike Piano, 267: More Blues: Blues with Brent and Mike, 260: Smooth Soul with Brent and Mike, and a variety of RealTracks in the 2017 49-PAK.
Oscar Stagnaro - RealTracks Sets 257: A Taste of Peru, 258: Latin America
Sharlene Wallace - RealTracks Set 260: Celtic Harp

For a complete list of RealTracks Artists visit www.pgmusic.com/realtracks.artists.php

July 11, 2017

User Find: YouTube Video - Fun with Band-in-a-Box

Forum User Icelander shared the following video, which he came across in his YouTube recommendations!

Video: Fun with Band In A Box

What a great example of using Band-in-a-Box for your backing tracks to jam along with!

July 10, 2017

Write a Song with Xtra Styles PAK 3 for a Chance to WIN!

If you're looking for some motivation to write a song... how about the "I could win $150 PG Bucks!" push - now that's some great motivation!

All you need to do is add Xtra Styles PAK 3 to your Band-in-a-Box library (on sale for just $29 until July 31st!), write a song using one if the 160 RealStyles included, and submit it to our Xtra Styles Contest! Songs submissions are accepted until July 31st - with the 4 winners being announced later that week!

Click here for complete contest rules and information.

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs: www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

July 07, 2017

Add a Band-in-a-Box® Keychain to Your Order for Only $5 US!

Did you know.... for just $5 you can add your very own Band-in-a-Box® keychain to any order you place with us!

When placing an order for any item on our website, our shopping cart will offer to add this item to your shipment. You can also purchase it on its own from: www.pgmusic.com/bb_keychain.htm

This keychain is automatically supplied when you choose the $10 Flash Drive option! Add this to your order and you'll receive a 32 GB USB Flash Drive that conveniently includes all the installation files for your purchase!

July 07, 2017

YouTube Find - "Applying Jazz GuitarTechniques and Blues Licks to the Blues"

Head to Jim Bryer's YouTube channel and you'll hear some Band-in-a-Box backing tracks on his tutorial videos!

Like this recently uploaded tutorial: "Applying Jazz GuitarTechniques and Blues Licks to the Blues"

July 06, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles Song Contest - Get Inspired!

If you're interested in entering our Xtra Styles PAK 3 song contest, and are looking for some inspiration, check out the winners from our previous contest (which ran last fall)

Click here to listen to these 4 winning songs!

July 06, 2017

#TBT - The Release of GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country!

Let's go back in time... all the way to the Summer of 2006 - that's when we released the GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country program!

This program includes over 4 hours of video lessons and 2 hours of audio recordings - add this program to your arsenal and Brent Mason will personally teaches you 150 of his best Country guitar riffs! He plays and explains every note in close-up video tutorials with tablature, notation, and printout... this is individual instruction from a true guitar star!

Take a peak: Video Preview - GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country

Learn more about GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country or purchase the program for only $49 at http://www.pgmusic.com/gsbmc.htm

Brent Mason is also one of our RealTracks Artists!

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