Band-in-a-Box

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows and Mac!

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

"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."..."Band-in-a-Box® is the swiss army knife of music production tools."

September 23, 2016

The Xtra Styles Special - There's Still Time!

There's still time to add over 160 professionally mixed RealStyles included in the new Xtra Styles PAKs for the introductory price of $29!

That's right - our Xtra Styles Special is going strong, but time is running out! Until September 30, 2016 you can purchase the All Xtra Styles PAK 1 for just $29 (reg. $49).
www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php

The Xtra Styles PAKs require the RealTracks and RealDrums included in your Band-in-a-Box® 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition. A handful of these new RealStyles use RealTracks from the 2016 49-PAK. If you don't have the 2016 49-PAK, there is a special purchase option: the "All Xtra Styles PAK 1 & 2016 49-PAK Bundle" for just $49! Note: This package is only available until September 30th.

Once you've added the Xtra Styles PAK to your Band-in-a-Box® collection, create an original song using one of the 164 RealStyles included and enter it in our Xtra Styles Contest!
There are four prizes of $150 "PG Bucks" to be won - one for each genre: Country, Jazz, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter! Entries can be submitted until midnight September 30, 2016. Click here for complete contest details.

Add versatility and a modern flair to your current RealTracks and RealDrums library with Xtra Styles PAKs!

September 23, 2016

#FunFactFriday - Where is PG Music Inc?

Did you know that PG Music Inc. is located in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)?

Victoria, BC is located on Vancouver Island. Don't let the name fool you, we are not located in Vancouver (a common mistake...)

Our city is home to and endless list of attractions, including: the Legislature Building (we are the capital city of British Columbia), the Craigdarroch Castle, loads of Art Galleries, Butchart Gardens, the Royal BC Museum, CFB Esquimalt, and loads of other great tourist stops! We are also lucky enough to have a huge music scene (a few of our PG Team members perform often!).

There has also been a lot of movies and TV shows filmed here - including X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and X-Men: The Last Stand (Royal Roads University is the Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters)!

Want to learn more about Victoria? Visit the Tourism Victoria website: www.tourismvictoria.com/

September 22, 2016

Herb Hartley's Song Success!

If you frequent the User Showcase Forum, then you've likely heard one of the many songs shared by "Guitarhacker" (Herb Hartley) - most recently Something To Die For & Jesus Is Risen.

Well, Herb just announced that his songs have also landed some TV show placements - how amazing is that!?!
In case you missed it, read all about this announcement here.

Here at PG Music, we think this is awesome! Congratulations Herb!

September 22, 2016

#TBT - The MIDI File Chord Interpretation Wizard!

Travel back in time to December 2001, and the release of Band-in-a-Box 11 for Windows... which included the new feature The MIDI File Chord Interpretation Wizard!

This new feature was described as:
Many people who play music by ear think of songs in terms of “Chords and Melody.” However many MIDI files lack chord symbols, so they become difficult to learn without the user having to figure out the chords in a time consuming process. Now you can open up any MIDI file in Band-in-a-Box, and Band-in-a-Box will automatically figure out the chords of the song for you. It automatically analyzes the MIDI file, figures out where the bass, piano, melody and other tracks are, and then figures out the chord changes for the song. The chords are written onto the Band-in-a-Box chordsheet like any other song. This allows you to quickly learn how to play a song from a MIDI file - just read it into Band-in-a-Box and you’ll see the chord symbols, and then learn the Melody! You can also read tracks into the Melody and Soloist tracks.

If you're interested in reading about all the features released with Band-in-a-Box 11, visit this page. Other new features added with this version back in 2001 include Jazz Music Fonts for Notes, Symbols, Chords & Titles, Multiple Tracks of Notation, "Direct-to-Disk Audio Rendering, and more!

September 22, 2016

Introducing The Band-in-a-Box Keychain!

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, here: www.pgmusic.com/bb_keychain.htm

September 21, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 Chord Sheet Enhancements

With Band-in-a-Box® 2016 (for both Windows & Mac) we added some great Chord Sheet enhancements that included Layers, chord display options, customizable color options, mouse-over indicators, changing the number of columns that are displayed, and more!

We explain and demonstrate this new feature in our Band-in-a-Box® 2016 New Feature Video:
For Windows: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=iKUE4vSfISc&t=1323
For Mac: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=_eqADUKt71A&t=1998

September 21, 2016

Welcome to the PG Team Will & Mathew!

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently added two new faces to our PG Team: Will Ballantyne and Mathew Valente!

Will and Mathew have joined our Customer Service team, and bring with them some strong musical talent as well as backgrounds that include technical & sales support!

Welcome to the team, Will & Mathew!

September 20, 2016

Import & Export MusicXML Files with PowerTracks Pro Audio 2016!

With PowerTracks Pro Audio 2016, you can easily import a MusicXML file that you have saved in notation programs (like Finale, Sibelius, Guitar Pro, etc.). Just use the [Open] toolbar button to import the file.

Plus, you can easily export the song as a MusicXML file to notation programs when you use the [Save As] toolbar button to save the file as MusicXML!

The MusicXML feature was a very popular request to add to the many features already included in PowerTracks Pro Audio. So, if you have an idea for a new feature for PowerTracks Pro Audio, make sure you post it to our PowerTracks Pro Audio Wishlist Forum!

September 20, 2016

#TipTuesday - Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Hot Keys

Speed up your song creation when you use the Hot Keys in Band-in-a-Box® for Mac! From muting instruments, adjusting volume, copy tracks, undo, etc... there are over 100 different keystroke commands available!

A few popular Hot Keys include:
-Open favorite/recently used song: shift+F3
-Chord Builder: control+shift+H
-Edit current bar: F5 or option+B
-Play from bar #: control+F
-Play from current bar: X or control+X
-Pause/resume playing song: control+H
-Stop playback: esc
-Set tempo and play: [=] 4 times
-Set tempo: [+] 4 times

The complete list is available within the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac program manual. You can also view it here.

September 19, 2016

RealBand 2016 Feature - Render Track and Save as UserTrack

With RealBand 2016 you can render an audio track (a highlighted section or the whole track) as a .WAV file and save it to the UserTracks folder!

To use this feature in RealBand, select a track or a section of the track and go to menu Render | Save as UserTracks (highlighted section or whole track). This will open the Save as UserTracks dialog. If you are creating a new UserTracks, select the "Create new UserTracks" option and type in the new name. If you want to add to the existing UserTracks folder, select the "Add to Existing UserTracks" option and press the [Choose Folder Name…] button.

UserTracks allow you to create your own audio styles - you can make your own RealTracks! And, just like RealTracks, UserTracks will play with that chord progression! For example, if you've made your own UserTrack by recording yourself playing a guitar groove, you can then type any chords into Band-in-a-Box, and the result will be that it will play your guitar groove over these completely new, original chord changes!

To learn more about UserTracks, visit www.pgmusic.com/usertracks1.htm. Want to hear UserTracks created by other users? Visit our UserTracks Forum - you can even share your own UserTracks there!

September 19, 2016

Band-in-a-Box for Windows® 2016 Download Manager Feature

If you've purchased your Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows, and want to download your order - we've made it even easier with the new Download Manager feature!

Launched from within the program, this feature automatically downloads and installs all of the Band-in-a-Box® content (like RealTracks & RealDrums) in the background. Now you can let the Download Manager do the work for you – freeing your time up to do what you love… writing music!

This feature can be accessed from within the program - just click on the "2016 New Features" button and choose to "Run Download/Install manager now..." or go to "Help | Utilities | Run Download/Install Manager now."

Learn more about this new feature here.

September 16, 2016

Submit your Xtra Styles Contest Songs Today!

If you haven't created your song to submit to the Xtra Styles Contest yet, maybe the weekend is the best opportunity to find some creative time?!

The Xtra Styles Contest runs until September 30th, and entering is easy!

Step 1: Purchase Xtra Styles for your Band-in-a-Box 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition.

Step 2: Create your song using the new Xtra Styles. The song can be entirely Band-in-a-Box tracks, or you can add vocals, additional instruments, etc. to it!

Step 3: Save the audio file for your song to SoundCloud (or another online player).

Step 4: Post your song to our Xtra Styles Contest Forum!

Note: You will need a Forum account to post your entry.

**Don't forget to start a new thread for your song entry. Make sure you include the title of your song in your post title.**

We're giving away 4 prizes of $150 "PG Bucks" - one for each genre category: Country, Jazz, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter!

Complete contest information can be reviewed here.

Good luck everyone!

September 16, 2016

Band-in-a-Box Radio on SoundCloud!

Earlier this year we launched our Band-in-a-Box Radio SoundCloud page, which is packed full of songs that have been shared on our User Showcase Forum.

With the SoundCloud iTunes & Google Play apps, you can play the Band-in-a-Box Radio songs wherever you go!

We've made listening even easier by splitting up the songs by genre: Jazz, Rock & Pop, and Country & Folk. We've also added playlists for Recent Songs and Featured Songs.

If you've been submitting songs to our User Showcase Forum, but don't have a SoundCloud account yet, please sign up for one and use it to share your songs in the future - that way we can add them to our Band-in-a-Box Radio playlist!

September 15, 2016

Xtra Styles PAK Special Pricing Available Until September 30th!

There's still time to purchase the All Xtra Styles PAK 1 for the special price of just $29! We're offering this discounted price until September 30th (regular price: $49).

During our Xtra Styles Special you can purchase all 164 new RealStyles for only $29 (regular price $49) with the All Xtra Styles PAK 1, or bundle these new RealStyles with the purchase of a 49-PAK when you choose a All Xtra Styles PAK 1 & 2016 49-PAK Bundle for only $49 (a $98 value)! These new Xtra Styles are also included in every purchase of a Band-in-a-Box UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition during the special!

You might be asking yourself "What are Xtra Styles?"
Xtra Styles are RealStyles that our development team spent time creating which utilize the RealTracks & RealDrums in the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, Audiophile Edition, and a handful from the 2016 49-PAK. There are 164 in total!

Learn even more about Xtra Styles, listen to demos, or purchase yours today when you visit www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php.

Please note: The Xtra Styles use RealTracks from the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition, and require the latest patch update.

Have you already received your new Xtra Styles? Check out the Xtra Styles Song Contest we're running right now! You could win $150 PG "Bucks"!

September 15, 2016

Share your PG Music Products Tips & Tricks on Our Forum!

Have you come up with some technical tips or tutorials that are related to our products? Share them with fellow users by posting them to our Tips & Tricks Forum. There are already 500+ threads posted with valuable tips from other PG Music product users!

Not only will you see helpful posts from other Forum members, you'll also see posts from PG Staff!

www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=31

September 14, 2016

The User Showcase - More Than 4,100 Original Songs!

Click here to visit our User Showcase Forum, where Forum members post their songs created with our software daily. This is an ideal location to post links to your original songs and receive some great feedback from other program users.

For a more detailed page where you can search for songs by genre or Forum member name, we've put together the User Showcase page: www.pgmusic.com/user-showcase/. This page has just been updated. There are 4,100+ songs found on this page that were all originally posted to the User Showcase Forum... which is full of talented people! The best part? Each song entry on this page includes links to the original Forum post!

Have you been creating songs using Band-in-a-Box, RealBand, or PowerTracks? Make sure you're posting them to the User Showcase Forum... Everyone would love to hear your songs!

September 14, 2016

Amazing Band-in-a-Box Song by Johnny Zell!

Johnny Zell might be best known as the trumpeter from The Lawrence Welk Show, but among many other things he's also a long-time Band-in-a-Box user & Forum member!

Johnny recently posted an amazing song created with the help of Band-in-a-Box and some incredible RealTracks! Listen to this song here.

While you're on Johnny's Soundcloud page make sure to listen to the other songs he's shared - you won't be disappointed!

Want to create your own song using the RealTracks in Johnny's song? Add RealTracks Set 236 : Cocktail Jazz Horns! to your Band-in-a-Box library!

September 14, 2016

Xtra Styles Song Contest - Keep 'Em Coming! (30+ Submissions So Far!)

Wow - the submissions for our Xtra Style Songs Contest all sound AMAZING! If you haven't listened to the songs yet, make sure you visit our Xtra Styles Contest Forum today to find your favorite song!

The contest deadline is September 30th - so there's still time to prepare your own submission!

Learn more about the Xtra Styles purchase options (we're having a sale!) here: www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php

September 13, 2016

Major VST Support Added in the RealBand 2016 Build 10 Update!

Download the latest RealBand 2016 Build 10 update today and you'll be adding improved support for time-based VST plugins!

Now the synchronization/tempo lock works for plugins such as JamStix, Addictive Drums, EZ Drummer, and RapidComposer. This allows, for example, plugins like JamStix Virtual Drummer to generate and play drum arrangements in real-time!

September 13, 2016

Major VST Feature Added with Band-in-a-Box 2016 Build 438 for Windows!

The latest Band-in-a-Box 2016 Build 438 update is all about VST support!

We've added improved support for time-based VST plugin features! Now VST Plugins like JamStix, Addictive Drums, EZ Drummer, and RapidComposer will receive MIDI Synchronization information from Band-in-a-Box. Now plugins like JamStix Virtual Drummer will generate and play drum arrangements in real-time, and more!

You can download this update patch here.

After installing the update, give it a try! We'd love to hear what you think of this new feature. And, if you use it while composing your next Band-in-a-Box song, don't forget to post it to our User Showcase Forum!

September 09, 2016

Band-in-a-Box Tutorial Videos on Our YouTube Channel!

You may have noticed that we added a new Forum called I Just Heard Band-in-a-Box on YouTube. This forum will be a great place to post videos you find that include Band-in-a-Box (tutorials, backing tracks, etc.)!

Did you know that we also have our own YouTube channel? It's packed with Band-in-a-Box New Features videos, Tips & Tricks, How-to's, Video Testimonials, and more! Check it out at www.youtube.com/user/pgmusicinc.

You'll even find videos that highlighted the new features released with older versions, like this Band-in-a-Box 2004 New Features Video! (For all our long-time users to take a walk down memory lane...)

If you've thought of a video that could help Band-in-a-Box users, and don't see it listing on our YouTube channel, please pass your suggestion along to us!

September 09, 2016

Listen to the Great Songs Entered in our Xtra Styles Contest!

Have you been checking in on our Forum for the Xtra Styles Contest song submissions? There are 20 posts so far, and we've only been running the contest since August 22!

It runs until the 30th - so if you haven't posted your song yet, there's still time!

The song submissions must include 1 of the 164 new RealStyles in the new Xtra Styles purchase option. To learn more about these, visit www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php

September 07, 2016

New Forum - I Just Heard Band-in-a-Box on YouTube!

If you've visited YouTube and come across a video about Band-in-a-Box, we now have a Forum you can share this too!

The new "I just heard Band-in-a-Box on YouTube" Forum is a great place to see, hear and help to publicize how Band-in-a-Box is used on YouTube and other sites (tutorials, backing tracks, etc.).

September 06, 2016

Band-in-a-Box UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, and Audiophile Edition Include Xtra Styles!

If you're purchasing your 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition during our Xtra Styles Special, you'll receive all 164 RealStyles at no additional cost! (a $49 value!)

Hurry - this offer is only available until September 30, 2016!

...and if you've already started with your Xtra Styles, don't forget to enter your song into the Xtra Styles Song Contest for your chance to WIN! Click here for more information on this contest.

September 02, 2016

Submit Your Xtra Styles Song in Our Contest!

With all the excitement we've experienced due to the release of our Xtra Styles purchase options, we're happy to be running an Xtra Styles Contest until September 30th!

If you have already purchased your Xtra Styles, make sure you enter your song here for your chance to win $150 "PG Bucks"! While you're there, listen to the song submissions we've received so far - they're pretty impressive!

If you thought you missed your chance to purchase the Xtra Styles at discounted prices during the month of August, you didn't! We're now running our Xtra Styles Special until September 30, 2016 - purchase all 164 new RealStyles for only $29!

September 01, 2016

Xtra Styles PAK Special - Extended to September 30th!

If you thought you missed your chance to purchase the All Xtra Styles PAK 1 for the special price of $29, don't worry! We've extended the special offers until September 30th!

During the extended special you can purchase all 164 new RealStyles for only $29 (regular price $49) with the All Xtra Styles PAK 1, or bundle these new RealStyles with the purchase of a 49-PAK when you choose a All Xtra Styles PAK 1 & 2016 49-PAK Bundle for only $49 (a $98 value)!

Learn more about Xtra Styles, listen to demos, or purchase yours today when you visit www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php.

Please note: The Xtra Styles use RealTracks from the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition, and require Build 437 or higher.

Have you already received your new Xtra Styles? Check out the Xtra Styles Song Contest we're running right now! You could win $150 PG "Bucks"!

August 31, 2016

The Xtra Styles Special Ends August 31st!

If you haven't purchased your Xtra Styles PAK for the special price of just $29 (reg price: $49), there's still time!

The special price of just $29 is available until August 31st!

Learn more about the Xtra Styles and listen to demos at www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php

Since these new Xtra Styles require a handful of the RealTracks included in the 2016 49-PAK, we're offering a special bundle purchase for the Xtra Styles and 49-PAK for only $49! This $98 value is only available during our special.

Plus, every single purchase of an UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition during our special will also include the new Xtra Styles at no extra charge!

Note: The Xtra Styles use RealTracks from the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition, and require Build 437 or higher.

August 29, 2016

Hurry - Only 2 Days Left for Xtra Styles PAK Savings!

Time is running out! Until August 31, 2016 we are offering Special Pricing on the All Xtra Styles PAK 1... it's only $29! (regular price: $49)

We are also offering a bundle of the All Xtra Styles PAK 1 & the 49-PAK for only $49 during the month of August! (a $98 value!)

Learn more about Xtra Styles at www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php

August 26, 2016

The Xtra Styles PAKs Special Ends August 31st!

Our Xtra Styles PAKs special ends on August 31st!

Until then, you can purchase all 164 new RealStyles for only $29! Or, purchase all the Xtra Styles and the 49-PAK for the limited-time low price of $49 - this purchase option is only available during our special!

Demos and purchase options are available here: www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

Have you already received your new Xtra Styles? Check out the Xtra Styles Song Contest we're running right now! You could win $150 PG "Bucks"!

August 25, 2016

JAWS Script for Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows!

If you are a Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows user and require the use of JAWS Screen Reader, we have news! The recently released Band-in-a-Box 2016 patch update includes the latest JAWs script!

Among the many Fixes and Additions with this patch update, the following will be applied to your Band-in-a-Box 2016 when installed:
"Highlight selected cell" checkbox added to Display Options. If enabled, the currently selected cell will be highlighted instead of just out-lined. Select "Cell highlighting" in the color picker to pick the highlighting color. This feature is useful for JAWS Screen Reader users.

You can download the latest Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows update patch at www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#436

If you don't have the latest JAWS scripts for Band-in-a-Box, you can download them here.

August 24, 2016

New Forum - Help! Tech S.O.S. (Off topic)

Have you ever had a tech question regarding computer related or music equipment issues, and didn't know where to post on our forum? Well, now you do! We've created a new forum called Help! Tech S.O.S. where you can post your problems and request assistance.

This will be a great forum to post to when you need assistance that doesn't have to do with our products. A few examples of posts that would be shared here include:
- my guitar sound has a buzz when I plugin to my guitar
- which type of guitar strings are best for a telecaster?
- my iPhone won't charge -why?
- what's a good set of home speakers for a living room.
- should I buy an android or iPhone?
- what's a good entry level saxophone to buy?
- is a 4K TV worth it?

August 24, 2016

Tell Us Your Favorite Features in Band-in-a-Box & RealBand

Are there features in Band-in-a-Box and RealBand that you absolutely love? Let your voice be heard - post about these to our new forum My Favorite Things!

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!

August 23, 2016

The Xtra Styles Song Contest for Band-in-a-Box

If you've purchased your Xtra Styles PAK for Band-in-a-Box 2016, make sure you enter the Xtra Styles Contest that we are running until September 30th! We have one prize for each category: Country, Jazz, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter. The winners will receive $150 US "PG Bucks" for a future Band-in-a-Box purchase!

Entering the contest is easy! Learn more about the contest, including how to submit your song, here!

We will announce the winners in October!

August 22, 2016

Xtra Styles PAKs Special Pricing - There's Still Time!

Attention all Band-in-a-Box 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, and Audiophile Edition customers!!!

If you haven't purchased your All Xtra Styles PAK yet, there's still time to enjoy our special pricing of just $29! This price is available until August 31st - more information is available at www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

What will you get?
164 NEW RealStyles, created using the RealTracks & RealDrums from the 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition.

What genres are available?
Country, Jazz, Rock-Pop, and Singer Songwriter.

What is the special pricing?
$29 for all of 'em! (regular price: $49)
PLUS... we're offering a special bundle price during August: the All Xtra Styles PAK 1 & 2016 49-PAK Bundle for $49! (this is a $98 value!!!)

Why are we bundling these Xtra Styles with a 49-PAK during our special?
There are a handful of RealStyles within the new Xtra Styles which require the 49-PAK in order to work. If you purchased any UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition during our December/January special, it would not have included the 49-PAK.

If you don't have the 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition you can purchase your copy here - any of these purchases will include the 164 new RealStyles from the Xtra Styles PAK during the month of August!

August 16, 2016

There Are More Than 100 RealTracks Artists!

When you purchase all of our RealTracks and RealDrums, you're adding over 100 studio musicians to your band!

For a list of all of the RealTracks Artists, visit www.pgmusic.com/realtracks.artists.php?os=win. From this page, you can read a short bio for each artist, and listen to demos of their RealTracks!

(To receive all of our RealTracks & RealDrums, purchase any UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile package)

August 16, 2016

Xtra Styles PAKs Are a HIT!

We recently released Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box® 2016. There are up to 164 RealStyles included for Rock-Pop, Jazz, Country, and Singer-Songwriter!

We're including these in every purchase of the Band-in-a-Box® UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, and Audiophile Edition during the month of August! Already have one of these packages? Add the new RealStyles to your collection with a special price of just $29 (a $49 value!)

There's been some amazing feedback from users like you who've already purchased these - thank you!"..."These are some very creative new RealStyles!"..."Very interesting and effective selections - great job!"..."The Jazz styles are GREAT!"..."Xtra Styles PAKs saves me time to get on with the music making"..."There are some excellence combinations that I would never have thought to try - great service!"..."What a fine Set!"..."There's great value with the Xtra Styles PAKs!"..."Some of these combinations would never have occurred to me - great job PG Music!"..."These sound great... really nice combos!"..."What a great addition to the Jazz styles!"..."These sound VERY good. The Singer-Songwriter in particular!"..."I like the idea of New styles from old Real Tracks."..."Demonstrates the potential of mixing and matching!"..."These are FANTASTIC!"..."Xtra Styles PAKs - what a bargain!"..."I love these new RealStyles, and can use them as-is!"..."There are some great combinations I would never have considered trying."..."These sound brilliant - what a great deal!"..."I have already begun re-doing some current projects with some of these excellent new offerings, and my list of 'favorite' styles just jumped. The ingredients may have all been pulled from my existing pantry, but the new recipes sure do create some good new eatin' comin' out of the BIAB oven."..."WOW, these are awesome!"..."What a bargain - these sound great!"..."What a great summertime surprise!"..."Seriously impressed with these Xtra Styles! Thanks PG!"..."An excellent and very fresh alternatives to create songs with an amazing musical result. As guitar player, composer, arranger and song author myself, the Xtra Styles have given me great sounding options."..."I just purchased them and they sound great!"..."Wow, these are awesome!!!!!!!!"...

Have you already purchased your Xtra Styles PAK? We'd love to hear what you think!

August 11, 2016

Detailed Video Available for Xtra Styles PAKs!

Learn about ALL the just-released RealStyles included in the Xtra Styles PAKs when you watch this detailed video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=Aev7xZXr-kk

Purchase all 164 of these new RealStyles with the All Xtra Styles PAK 1 package, on sale for only $29 during the month of August! Visit www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php to place your order today!

Did you already purchase this? Don't forget to share your songs to our User Showcase Forum - we'd love to hear how you used these new RealStyles in your song!

August 10, 2016

Video Overview - New Xtra Styles for Band-in-a-Box®

The just-released Xtra Styles PAK are a hit! Learn more about these new Band-in-a-Box® Add-ons when you watch our Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start and Demos video here: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=-7aJCe4-0x0

Additional demos and purchase options are available here: www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win.

To help introduce this new Add-on purchase option, we're offering SPECIAL Pricing when you purchase all 164 RealStyles included in the All Xtra Styles PAK 1! Only $29 until August 31st! (regular price: $49)

Plus, since a handful of these new RealStyles utilize RealTracks from the 2016 49-PAK, we're offering a special purchase option during the month of August: the All Xtra Styles PAK 1 & 2016 49-PAK Bundle for $49!

Not interested in all the different Genres? We also offer these new Xtra Styles in 4 categories: Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter for only $15 each.

www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

August 04, 2016

Just Released - Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box 2016!

Now you can create new and exciting arrangments using professionally mixed RealStyles! We've been working hard, and have created 164 new RealStyles that we've split up into Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter! These new Add-ons require the Band-in-a-Box 2016 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition.

Right now, purchase all 164 RealStyles for the introductory price of only $29! Interested in a specific genre? We've split them up, and they are available for $15 each.

Plus, since a handful of these new RealStyles utilize RealTracks from the 2016 49-PAK, we're offering a special purchase option: the All Xtra Styles PAK 1 & 2016 49-PAK Bundle for $49!

Visit www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php to listen to demos, watch the videos, or to purchase your Xtra Styles today!

*Special pricing available until August 31, 2016

August 04, 2016

RealBand 2016 Build 9 Update Available

Summary of Fixes for Build 9 (Aug 3, 2016)

-Added: Support for Xtra Styles.
-Improved: Faster generation of Loops or UserTracks in some cases.
-Fixed: Song Title now uses a text edit control that pops up on top of the Song Title field, so that the editing it will work like a normal edit control.
-Fixed: Pressing the Chorus Begin button didn't usually update the text of the button.
-Fixed: loading in an BB song with an early ending wasn't generating the early ending correctly.
-Fixed: TGS files were not loading at all for RB 2016 when loading in a BB song.
-Fixed: after getting TGS files to load, drums and piano TGS files were swapped.
-Fixed: if a BB track was excluded from a rest, shot, or held chord, and the track were regenerated, the track wasn't excluded.
-Fixed: if measure offset wasn't the default, the music may have been offset incorrectly compared to the chords entered in the chords window.
-Fixed: some newer styles that realtracks with loops in it would generate every realtrack in the style, when attempting to generate an individual track.
-Fixed: regeneration of a loop didn't work.
-Fixed: Clicking snap button in Tracks Window visually released the long button.
-Fixed: nodes sometimes showing to the left of the overview section in the Tracks Window.
-Fixed: track volume, chorus, reverb, modulation not set to default values.
-Fixed: track categories not reset to defaults in a new song.
-Fixed: Undo of generating a RT didn't always work.
-Fixed: recording of mixer moves didn't usually create the corresponding volume nodes.
-Fixed: issue of RB freezing when loading demo with DRMNBAS.STY.
-Fixed: Importing a WAV file removed all track categories.
-Fixed: Selecting "DRMNBAS.STY" in the StylePicker and hitting the Load Song Demo caused RB to crash with an Access Violation.
-Fixed: Selecting Note Names: Channel Numbers in Notation Window Options shows numbers on the notes heads, but they don't correspond to MIDI channels at all.
-Fixed: Triplets not written to XML file correctly if a triplet began with a rest.
-Fixed: Some XML files, saved by certain programs, were getting access violations when loaded into RB.
-Fixed: Generated music might be generated in wrong bar locations (out of sync with the chords shown in the bars) if there was a bar offset of zero.
-Fixed: Band menu would always show styles that weren't installed on the user's hard drive.
-Fixed: Loading in a BB song, such as SGU or MGU, might result in an access violation due to an inconsistency in the type/size of strings stored in the song structure.
-Fixed: When entering chords in the chords window, and it scrolls to new row during entering, the screen redraw/entering may not work correctly (current bar may jump to top row and redrawing temporarily messed up).
-Fixed: Changing a part marker in a song when the song is scrolled to the 2nd page of the chords window might result in the window jumping back to the beginning of the song.
-Fixed: Duration and snap-to settings in the Piano Roll Window weren't always (or usually) sticking, if you closed and reopened the window.
-Fixed: Access violation for paste with data filter and ctrl-7.
-Fixed: In Chords Window, entering a chord on beat 3 of a 3/4 bar caused the 1st beat of next bar to be erased.

You can download this patch here.

August 04, 2016

Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Mac - Build 132 Update Available!

Summary of changes since Build 129 (Aug 3, 2016):

-Added: Support for Xtra Styles.
-Fixed: Half/Quarter Jazz Bass variations were not installed properly with some packages.
-Fixed: Crashes would sometimes occur when loading a new song if the Audio Edit window was open.
-Fixed: Killing the Audio track would not reset the audio master tempo.
-Fixed: StylePicker media player's play button would stop and quickly start again instead of pausing.
-Fixed: StylePicker media player would not stop immediately when closing the StylePicker.
-Fixed: Hitting [Cancel] in the Display Options dialog would cause a crash.
-Fixed: "Treble Clef" and "Bass Clef" settings in Lead Sheet Options would always be disabled after opening and closing Display Options
-Fixed: "Show Bar #s" setting in Lead Sheet Options would always be set to "None" after opening and closing Display Options.
-Fixed: "Vary Style in Middle Choruses" setting was being reversed when exiting the Song Settings dialog.

Download this update here.

August 04, 2016

Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows - Build 437 Update Available!

Summary of changes for Build 437 (Aug 3, 2016):

-Added: Support for Xtra Styles.
-Fixed: Editing notation with keystrokes was not undoable.
-Fixed: "Render Song to Audio Track" was not allowed if the song had not been saved to disk yet.
-Fixed: "Render Song to Audio Track" was not undoable, and if killing an existing audio track, that was not undoable either.
-Fixed: Polish characters did not display correctly in some dialogs.
-Fixed: Error messages about QuickTime were not very clear. Now it should be more clear if the user needs a different version of QuickTime, or if it is not installed. In both cases the user is presented with a link to a page where they can install any version.
-Fixed: If a track contains a RealTrack added by the Soloist dialog, then the track color shows as yellow instead of green.
-Fixed: There were various inconsistencies with track colors between the mixer and the track radio controls.
-Fixed: Auto-generated track labels do not work for RealTracks or MIDI SuperTracks if generated by the Soloist feature.
-Fixed: Track label color was yellow for MIDI SuperTracks if generated by the Soloist feature.
-Fixed: Closing the Conductor window with a hotkey instead of the [Close] button would cause the currently active text field to be ignored

Download this update here.

July 29, 2016

August 1st is "British Columbia Day" - Limited Availability

August 1st is British Columbia Day (BC Day), and we will have limited availability that day. All departments will be closed that day except for our Customer Service (Sales) department which will be open from 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST.

Our complete contact information and hours of operation list here: www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm

July 28, 2016

Band-in-a-Box User Bill Haden Jr - Highlighted!

Band-in-a-Box User Bill Haden Jr has been featured in this online article, which highlights his performances as a one-man band!

Take a look at the article, and flip through the 4 photos included - anything look familiar?

Congratulations on your success, Bill Haden Jr!

July 08, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® User-to-User Video Tutorials!

Along with the extensive library of Band-in-a-Box® video tutorial we share on our website and YouTube Channel, we also have some "User to User" videos created by Band-in-a-Box® users just like you! You can view these here: www.pgmusic.com/videos.user.htm

If you've created your own Band-in-a-Box® video tutorial that you'd like to see on our website, please contact our Marketing Team with the link and a request.

July 04, 2016

PowerTracks 2016 Build 5 Update Available!

Our development team has just released a free patch update for all PowerTracks Pro Audio 2016 customers!

Learn more about this patch update & download it here.

June 30, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows - Build 436 Update Available!

The latest update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2016 for Windows!

Click here to learn more about this patch update, which is a free download for all Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows users.

June 29, 2016

July 1st is Canada Day - Limited Hours

Friday, July 1st is Canada 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 Saturday, July 2nd.

June 23, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows - Build 435 Update Available!

If you're using Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows, there's a new patch with updates that can be downloaded! Download it here.

This patch includes:
Added: "Highlight selected cell" checkbox added to Display Options. If enabled, the currently selected cell will be highlighted instead of just out-lined. Select "Cell highlighting" in the color picker to pick the highlighting color. This feature is useful for JAWS Screen Reader users.
Added: "Play when chosen" option added to StylePicker.
Updated: Help file.
Updated: PDF User Guide.
Fixed: Clicking on the Print button in the Big Lyrics window would open the old version of the Options for Copy Lyrics to Clipboard dialog.
Fixed: Diminished chords were recognized wrong when "Treat 'dim' chord as a diminished triad (Cdim5) instead of CDim7" setting was disabled. Entering a 'dim' or 'dim7' chord would result in a 'dim5' chord. Entering a 'dim5' chord would result in no chord.
Fixed: In the Notation Window, changing modes with the right-click menu would not highlight the correct mode button (eg. from editable to regular mode).
Fixed: It is not possible to enter "Faug" as a slash chord, unless typing Roman Numerals ('iv') or Nashville Notation ('4') for the root.
Fixed: It is not possible to enter 'Fadd2' as a slash chord, unless typing Roman Numerals ('iv') or Nashville Notation ('4') for the root.
Fixed: Lines drawn under the stave in the lead sheet.
Fixed: Song memo did not show information about audio loops or UserTracks in song.
Fixed: The GUI for some VST plugins did not fit into the plugins window. An example plugin is XLN Addictive Drums 2.
Fixed: The GUI for some VST plugins sometimes change size, and the plugins window would not grow or shrink to match. An example plugin is the Roland soundCANVAS VA.
Fixed: The Higher Banks dialog was limited to 1983 patches. The new limit is 10000.
Fixed: The lead sheet print range always defaulted to the first chorus.
Fixed: The right-click menu in the Notation Window would not do anything if in non-editable mode.

June 21, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac - Build 129 Update Available

Learn more about this update and download it here.

Summary of the changes:
Added: "Highlight selected cell" checkbox added to Display Options. If enabled, the currently selected cell will be highlighted instead of just out-lined. Select "Cell highlighting" in the color picker to pick the highlighting color. This feature is useful for JAWS Screen Reader users.
Added: "Play when chosen" option added to StylePicker.
Added: Additional Chord Display layer now has an option for "Normal" display.
Added: Option to load the previous song or style "At program bootup..." added to Preferences.
Fixed: BossaTerryClark variation 3 named incorrectly in RD Picker
Fixed: Chord entry during playback was very slow.
Fixed: Command+w would close Notation Window, but not automatically switch to the chord sheet.
Fixed: Control+Minus would not set the relative tempo to 50%.
Fixed: Diminished chords were recognized wrong when "Treat 'dim' chord as a diminished triad (Cdim5) instead of CDim7" setting was enabled. Entering a 'dim' or 'dim5' chord would result in a 'dim7' chord. Entering a 'dim7' chord would result in no chord.
Fixed: Hitting TAB key while in the Notation Window would cause key input to stop working.
Fixed: If "Auto-open/close editable layers" is enabled, and a song with lyrics is opened from the Finder before Band-in-a-Box is open, the lyrics would not be loaded.
Fixed: It is not possible to enter 'Fadd2' as a slash chord, unless typing Roman Numerals ('iv') or Nashville Notation ('4') for the root.
Fixed: It is not possible to enter 'Faug' as a slash chord, unless typing Roman Numerals ('iv') or Nashville Notation ('4') for the root.
Fixed: It was not possible to select "1st/2nd/3rd" or "1st/2nd/3rd/4th" type endings in the repeats dialog.
Fixed: 'MIDI QWERTY Keyboard Wizard' feature was not working.
Fixed: Opening a song from the Finder would not automatically start playback.
Fixed: Song memo did not show information about audio loops or UserTracks in song.
Fixed: The "Play when selected" option in the Song Picker had no effect.
Fixed: The chord sheet did not work properly with keyboard layouts other than US.
Fixed: The Select Track dialog would get stuck behind the Load XML dialog.

June 20, 2016

The 49-PAK for Mac - It's Here to Stay!

If you think missed your chance to purchase the 49-PAK during our Mac special, we have news... you didn't!

We're keeping this purchase option available with the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac packages. Add it to your Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK purchase for just $49!

Plus, we are including the 49-PAK with all regular priced purchases of the UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, and Audiophile Edition packages!

Learn more about the 49-PAK & listen to demos at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.49pak.htm.

June 15, 2016

The Band-in-a-Box® 2016 Mac Special - Last Day: June 15th!

Today is the LAST DAY of our Band-in-a-Box® 2016 Mac Special!

If you haven't ordered your upgrade yet, now is the time! We are offering up to 50% off, and you'll receive a Bonus PAK with your order! (special runs until June 15th)

Learn more about your upgrade options here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

June 13, 2016

2 DAYS LEFT - Band-in-a-Box® 2016 Mac Special!

The Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac special ends in 2 days! (on June 15th!)
So, if you haven't purchased your upgrade yet... there's still time!

Learn more about the purchase options for Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

More about the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac release special...

-It's a MAJOR upgrade that customers have been waiting for (including a redesigned/enhanced Chord Sheet, StylePicker, a Fake Sheet mode with repeats and 1st/2nd endings, and more!)

-There are 201 new RealTracks - double the usual number - with total over 2,500 hours of RealTracks in the UltraPlusPAK!

-We're offering Special Pricing on Upgrade packages - up to 50% off! Plus, with your purchase you'll get a Bonus PAK that includes 1 Artist Video Performance, 3 MIDI SuperTracks, and 4 Instrumental Studies!

June 10, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 Mac Special - Ends June 15th!

If you haven't purchased your upgrade yet... there's still time! The Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac special ends on June 15th!

More about the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac release special...

-It's a MAJOR upgrade that customers have been waiting for (including a redesigned/enhanced Chord Sheet, StylePicker, a Fake Sheet mode with repeats and 1st/2nd endings, and more!)

-There are 201 new RealTracks - double the usual number - with total over 2,500 hours of RealTracks in the UltraPlusPAK!

-We're offering Special Pricing on Upgrade packages - up to 50% off! Plus, with your purchase you'll get a Bonus PAK that includes 1 Artist Video Performance, 3 MIDI SuperTracks, and 4 Instrumental Studies!

Learn more about the purchase options for Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

June 09, 2016

Send Us Your Band-in-a-Box Video Testimonial!

Send us a Video Testimonial letting us know how you use Band-in-a-Box®, and when we use it on our Video Testimonials page we'll send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box EverythingPAK!

Click hereto learn more about this project.

June 07, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows - Italian Review

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows was recently reviewed by www.sprea.it!

You can read this review here.

June 01, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Special - Extended to June 15th!

If you thought you missed out on our Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac special, don't worry! It's been extended to June 15th!

We have great savings (up to 50% off!) on most upgrade packages and a Free Bonus PAK!

Place your order online at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm or give us a call: www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm.

May 30, 2016

The Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Special is Almost Over!

If you haven't ordered your Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac upgrade yet, and you're interested in great savings (up to 50% off!) on most upgrade packages and a Free Bonus PAK, don't wait any longer - the special is scheduled to end on May 31st!

Place your order online at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm or give us a call: www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm.

May 27, 2016

The Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac PlusPAK Upgrade Option

Do you already own all the previously released RealTracks Sets 1-227 and Band-in-a-Box® 2015 for Mac? The 2016 PlusPAK Upgrade may just be the purchase for you!

This upgrade is on sale for just $99 until May 31, 2016 (regular price $129). It includes:
-Band-in-a-Box® 2016
-201 NEW RealTracks in Sets 228-253
-The FREE BONUS PAK

You can choose to download this order, or have the installation DVDs shipped to you. Once you've received the installation files, simply install them to your existing Band-in-a-Box folder! The 2016 PlusPAK can be purchased here.

If you're interested in adding 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 2 Artist Video Performances, 8 MIDI SuperTracks, and 15 Instrumental Studies to your PlusPAK, add the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49!

May 26, 2016

RealBand 2016: Build 7 Update Patch Available!

Did you know... If you own Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows, you also own RealBand 2016!

With that in mind, a new update patch is available here.

Summary of Fixes for Build 7 (May 26, 2016):

Fixed: Lyrics from a .KAR file sometimes weren't displaying correctly.
Fixed: An issue in which the program might still freeze on exit if play wasn't pressed, GS Wavetable was the current synth, and ASIO4all was used.
Fixed: Access violation when double-clicking in the StylePicker.
Fixed: Quick Preview area of the StylePicker was broken.
Fixed: Spurious messages about rebuilding StylePicker when a rebuild was not necessary.
Updated: New RealBand logo/splash/icon added to program.

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