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."

April 28, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017 for Windows Build 463 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows customers can install the latest patch update (Build 463) here: www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#463

Summary of changes for Version 2017 Build 463:
Added: In the PDF manual, clicking on the Bookmarks navigation pane, Table of Contents, or Index will jump to the corresponding page. (Note: To use the navigational elements, you need to open the PDF manual in Adobe Reader.)
Fixed: When associating file types with Band-in-a-Box, the user would get the success message "File types are now registered for songs..." when the process failed.
Fixed: When unassociating file types with Band-in-a-Box, the user would get the success message "File types are now NOT registered for songs..." when the process failed.
Fixed: If opening a Band-in-a-Box song from Windows explorer, and specifically choosing the "Open" command instead of "Play", playback would start anyway.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might ask to associate file in Windows Explorer even if they are already set.
Fixed: Right-clicking on a Band-in-a-Box song in explorer and selecting play would not open the song.
Fixed: Associating file types only works if the exe is named "bbw.exe".
Fixed: Various Conductor hot keys were not working.
Fixed: Some number-pad keys were not working in the song memo.
Fixed: Toggling Loop Section with the 1 key would not display a message.
Fixed: With factory settings, it appears as if "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth" is selected in the MIDI driver setup dialog even though it is not. The user might click Cancel because it appears that the driver is already selected.
Fixed: When in the MIDI driver setup dialog, clicking on Audio Settings should connect/disconnect MIDI drivers. Eg. the user might be attempting to connect to ASIO4ALL, which often does not work with the Microsoft GS Wavetable MIDI driver.
Fixed: Some RealTracks Artist Bio's typos/omissions.

(note: This patch will update Band-in-a-Box® 2017 to Build 463 from any previous 2017 build.)

April 27, 2017

Video - Tony Lee Glenn's Final Version - Relic

We recently shared a video submitted by Band-in-a-Box user Tony Lee Glenn that was his detailed explanation for exporting audio from Band-in-a-Box for use in an Adobe Audition. Want to see the final product? Check out this video: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=EUicsf2lyyc

Great Job Tony!

April 27, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac New Features Video

Learn more about all the new Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac version with this video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=iT9tXELeayM

Read more about all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm

April 25, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Special - Up to 50% Off for a Limited Time!

Just released: Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac with over 80 new features, 202 New RealTracks, and more!

To celebrate, we are slashing upgrade prices for a limited time! Until May 31, 2017 you can save up to 50% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Upgrade!

View all the purchase options for Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm.

A summary of our special upgrade prices:
Band-in-a-Box® Pro:
Upgrade from Version 2016: $59 (reg: $69)
Upgrade from Version 2015 or earlier or crossgrade from Windows: $69 (reg: $79)
Special 2017 Program Update from 2016: $49
**Requires Version 2016. Includes version 2017 program updates only. (No other Add-ons or Bonus PAK) **available for a limited time!**

Band-in-a-Box® MegaPAK:
Upgrade from Version 2016: $89 (reg: $149)
Upgrade from Version 2015 or earlier or crossgrade from Windows: $99 (reg: $159)

Band-in-a-Box® PlusPAK:
Upgrade from Version 2016: $99 (reg: $129)
(The PlusPAK is designed to upgrade 2016 UltraPlusPAK & EverythingPAK users who are downloading their upgrade or do not want to purchase a new hard drive)

Band-in-a-Box® UltraPlusPAK:
Upgrade from Version 2016: $149 (reg: $279)
Upgrade from Version 2015 or earlier or crossgrade from Windows: $169 (reg: $299)

Band-in-a-Box® EverythingPAK:
Upgrade from Version 2016: $169 (reg: $379)
Upgrade from Version 2015 or earlier or crossgrade from Windows: $189 (reg: $399)

Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition:
Upgrade from 2016 Audiophile Edition: $199 **available for a limited time!**

Learn more about the new features available in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm.

April 25, 2017

Picture - RealTracks Artists Oliver Gannon and Neil Swainson Perform!

A member of our PG Team snapped this great photo of RealTracks Artists Oliver Gannon and Neil Swainson as they shared the stage with Tony Genge and Kelby MacNayr this past Sunday for a great show put on at Hermann's Jazz Club in Victoria, BC!

Click here to take a peak!
[from L to R: Tony Genge (piano), Oliver Gannon (guitar), Neil Swainson (bass), and Kelby MacNayr (drums)]

Learn more about all of the RealTracks Artists when you visit www.pgmusic.com/realtracks.artists.php.

April 24, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Video - Everything You Need to Know in Under 6 Minutes*

Learn more about the new Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac version when you check out our latest video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=JO9RHH29uKU

In this video you'll see the new GUI, hear the new RealTracks & RealDrums features, 12-key Guitar RealTracks with Hi-Q Tab/Notation, UserTracks enhancements, Chord Sheet enhancements, and more!

A complete list of the new features added to Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac can be viewed at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm

April 21, 2017

202 New RealTracks with Band-in-a-Box® 2017 - Audio Demos!

We've added 202 new RealTracks with Band-in-a-Box 2017 for Mac - that's double the 101 that we've typically released in the past!

202 REALTRACKS in 24 sets:
-- Country, Folk and World - 10 sets, 59 RTs
-- Jazz, Funk and Blues - 6 sets, 63 RTs
-- Rock and Pop - 8 sets, 79 RTs

...and 24 BONUS REALTRACKS are also available! www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.bonuspaks_2017.htm

The 202 NEW RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box 2017 are included in the UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, Audiophile Edition, and PlusPAK upgrade purchase options. Visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm to pick the right purchase for you.

Want the additional 24 BONUS RealTracks? Those are available when you add the 49-PAK to your Band-in-a-Box 2017 for Mac purchase! To learn more about the 49-PAK, visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.bonuspaks_2017.htm.
The 49-PAK can be added to your order within the shopping cart.

For a detailed list of the new RealTracks and to listen to demos, click here.

April 20, 2017

Ordering is Easy! Special Frequently Asked Questions

If you've ever asked yourself questions like:
How can I order Band-in-a-Box?
How is the program delivered?
Can I have my previous purchases shipped to me?
...etc.

We have the perfect forum post for you! Click here to read through and find your answer!

Didn't find what you were looking for? Contact us directly and we'll be happy to help!

April 20, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac is here with over 80 NEW features and enhancements, 202 NEW RealTracks, 34 MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, 24 available "Bonus" RealTracks (until May 31st), and more!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac has over 80 exciting new features and enhancements! The main screen GUI has been redesigned with many requested improvements, including a new, smaller footprint, configurable toolbars, and more. RealTracks sound better than ever with improved stretching and transposition quality (Elastique 3), better phrase transitions, and Natural Arrangements. We have added new "Woodshedding" RealTracks called 12-Key Guitar RealTracks from Brent Mason played in 12 keys with Hi-Q (precise) Tab/Notation which is ideal for studying and learning. There are many RealDrums enhancements including Half/Double/Triple time, Multiple Drum/Percussion/Loops on one drum track, and more. There is a dedicated Song Titles Browser with metadata info on over 8,000 popular songs. UserTracks enhancements include Half/Double/Triple time, rests, 3/4 waltz support, and more. We've added a new VST Synthesizer (sforzando SFZ Synth) with support for the popular .SFZ sound format, as well as PG Music’s Hi-Q sounds... ...and more!

Plus, Until May 31st, 2017, SAVE on most upgrade packages and receive a Free Bonus PAK of Add-ons that includes 4 MIDI SuperTracks & 4 Instrumental Studies! Or upgrade to the 49-PAK and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, and 59 re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks! Learn More...

To find the Upgrade package right for you, visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

Watch the new features video...

April 18, 2017

User Trick - Add a Little Color Back to GUI

Our Forum is a great place to be! We have many rooms to post to, including the Tips & Tricks for sharing (and reading) technical tips and tricks related to our software!

Like the recent post by Pipeline, which shares his trick for adjusting the colors within the Band-in-a-Box® for Windows GUI: Click here to read the Forum post: Add a little Color Back To GUI.

Thanks Pipeline - it looks GREAT!

Have a tip of your own to share? Click here to create your forum account and join the conversation!

April 18, 2017

The Final WINNER In Our Band-in-a-Box® Giveaway is...

Our Band-in-a-Box® Giveaway was an exciting addition to the last few weeks! Our final winner is William D. - CONGRATULATIONS!

To summarize, from March 20 - April 17 we were giving away one Band-in-a-Box® EverythingPAK each week... 3 winners in all!
Week 1: Doug S.
Week 2: Mike
Week 3: William D.

We hope that they all enjoy getting started with Band-in-a-Box®!

April 17, 2017

PowerTracks Pro Audio - User Song!

Forum user rharv shared a song created within PowerTracks Pro Audio to our PowerTracks forum - be sure to listen! Click here to download this song.

Artists Notes: Recorded in PT a few years back.
Things of note I remember:
guitars/vocals/mandolin by Jeff Solvig, who came here from Chicago to lay his tracks (to a click)
Weeks later I brought Tim Dubay in to play drums. He listened to it 2 times and said "OK I'm ready".
Then played some very nice drums.

I just recorded everything and did bass and strings.

/I intentionally left extraneous talking, squeaks, etc .. thought it added something
//been digging thru old stuff lately between recording sessions, this one was fun to find

April 17, 2017

The Latest Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows Review

"For the music student, music educator, and for the passionate musician, this is definitely a program you'll want..."
Steve Lubetkin - Jewish Community Voice

Click here to read the recently published Band-in-a-Box® review, written by Steve Lubetkin (a computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey).

April 13, 2017

YouTube Find - Band-in-a-Box® Japanese! #TBT

Band-in-a-Box® is translated into many different languages, including Japanese. Take a look at this great video created by our Japanese Distributor! Click here to watch.

Check our their YouTube Channel for more great Band-in-a-Box videos!


April 13, 2017

User Tutorial - Band-in-a-Box® with Adobe Audition

Submitted by Band-in-a-Box user Tony Lee Glenn, this video is a detailed explanation of how Tony exports audio from Band-in-a-Box for use in an Adobe Audition multi-track mix, using his song Relic. Also explained is how Tony generates editable audio and imports into a digital audio workstation (DAW) for mixing and overdubbing additional audio. Click here to watch.

Great video Tony - thank you for sharing it!

April 12, 2017

Enhance Online Lessons with Band-in-a-Box® Accompaniment!

Adding Band-in-a-Box® accompaniment to your video lessons sounds great!

Like the recent uploaded lesson by Troy Brenningmeyer: Click here to watch...

Great job! To see more of Troy's lessons, visit his YouTube Channel.

April 12, 2017

Holiday Hours - Happy Easter!

Our Easter Weekend hours are:

Customer Service:
Good Friday: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Saturday: 8:00AM to 5:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Easter Sunday: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Easter Monday: 6:00AM to 7:00PM PST (GMT -8) (regular hours of operation)

Technical Service:
Closed. (Will re-open Monday, April 17 at 10:00AM PST)

All of our hours and contact information list here.

April 11, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Patch Update (Build 157) Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac users can download the latest patch (Build 157) here.

Summary of changes for build 157 (since build 156):
Fixed: Previewing a chord (Shift+Enter) would not display notes on the mixer pianos.
Fixed: Audio recording might not work on the first take.
Fixed: When recording audio, disabling "Retain past last take" would not work.
Fixed: It was not possible to enter note-based lyrics if the Notation Window was floating.
Fixed: The VU Meters dialog would not display any activity while the Record Audio dialog was open.

Note: If you don't already have Build 143 or higher (released Oct 13 2016), there is also a plugins installer which you should download in addition to the new build. Download the MIDI and Audio Plugins installer.

April 11, 2017

Happy National Barbershop Quartet Day!

Today is National Barbershop Quartet Day!

Did you know that we offer The Barbershop Quartet within our Multimedia Performance Series?

With 2 volumes available for just $49 each, The Barbershop Quartet includes your favorite Barbershops songs PLUS an interactive multimedia history of barbershop singing in America.

Learn more about all the great features in this program when you visit http://www.pgmusic.com/barbershopquartet.features.htm.

Click here to view the song list for The Barbershop Quartet Volumes 1 & 2.

April 10, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® for Windows Medley Maker

The Medley Maker feature is perfect for creating your own medley of Band-in-a-Box songs!

Within Band-in-a-Box, click on the [Song Form] button within toolbar, and choose Medley Maker from the menu (or choose File | Import | Medley Maker).

From there, just add your songs and press [Make Medley NOW].

Learn more about this feature when you check out our Band-in-a-Box 2008 New Features video.

April 10, 2017

User Find - Woodshedding: Three-Way Path to Improvising

Our forum is a great place to connect with other PG Music product users!

A recent post to our Woodshedding - Learn to Play! forum shares a great video called Three-Way Path to Improvising - be sure to check it out!

April 07, 2017

RealBand 2017 Build 7 Update Available!

There's a new RealBand 2017 patch update available for downloaded here: www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#2017_7

Note: This is considered to be a beta update because it is new.

Summary of Changes for 2017 Build 7 (April 6, 2017):

Fixed: Potential access violation during ASIO playback.
Fixed: Always On ASIO is now automatically restarted after suspend to prevent issues with it not working properly afterward.
Fixed: Title of the program sometimes changed to "file converter" after importing a WAV file. This would be noticeable in the Windows Task Bar, or when alt-tabbing, etc.
Fixed: Errors when recording multiple tracks at once with build 6.

April 06, 2017

#TBT Band-in-a-Box 2013 for Windows NAMM Demonstration

Time to take a look back to January 2013... a snapshot of Peter Gannon's Band-in-a-Box Demonstration of Band-in-a-Box 2013 for Windows: Click here for image.

Read the New Features list for Band-in-a-Box® 2013 for Windows: www.pgmusic.com/pdfs/bbwin_version_2013.pdf

April 06, 2017

User Video - Circling The Drain

Forum user Rob Buford has shared a great video for his song Circling The Drain - Click here to join the conversation!

April 05, 2017

The OmniPAK Puts It All Together!

Can't get enough of our software? Check out our OmniPAK purchase option!

Our OmniPAK ships pre-installed on a hard drive, and includes the Band-in-a-Box® EverythingPAK with ALL the RealTracks, RealDrums and Styles Sets, PowerTracks Pro Audio, the entire Pianist Series, the entire Multimedia Performance Series, and much more! We even offer an OmniPAK Audiophile Edition!

Learn more: www.pgmusic.com/omnipak.htm

April 05, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® for Mac - Beta Testers Wanted!

We're looking for current users of Band-in-a-Box® for Macintosh to help us test some of our latest features.

Requirements to be a Beta Tester:
-Current user of Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Macintosh.
-Member of the PG Music forums.
-Available to spend the time required for testing.
-Broadband internet connection recommended.

If you are interested, click here to learn more and fill out the form. Make sure to include your name, forum display name, and email address.

April 04, 2017

RealTracks Artist John Jorgenson Vermont Dates

John Jorgenson and his quintet will be performing in Vermont from April 6-9! As part of the Vermont Creative Schools Initiative, all of their shows will feature contributions from their students - how great is that?!?!

Learn more about this event here.

Listen to demos of John's RealTracks contribution when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

April 04, 2017

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

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac users can download the latest patch (Build 156) here.

Patch summary:
Added: In the PDF manual, clicking on the Bookmarks navigation pane, Table of Contents, or Index will jump to the corresponding page. (Note: To use the navigational elements, you need to open the PDF manual in Adobe Reader.)
Fixed: Some modal dialogs do not allow copy/cut/paste of text (eg. the Song Memo dialog).
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash while booting up if Amplitube 3 is installed. This is likely to happen after upgrading to macOS 10.12 Sierra.
Fixed: The Plugins dialog would list MIDI plugins for tracks that contained RealCharts. All 4 plugin slots should only list audio plugins for RealTracks.
Fixed: Proper song location information was only sent to plugins during playback.
Fixed: It was not possible to add MIDI plugins to the Melody or Soloist tracks if they were blank.
Fixed: Pressing the Delete key while in the notation window would delete the current chord.
Fixed: It was not possible to enter chords while in the notation window.
Fixed: Shots, Holds, or Pedal Bass in B substyles RealTracks might play too loud or too quiet because the global Holds dB offset was not being applied.
Improved: Shots and Holds for Direct Input RealTracks can be assigned unique Holds library numbers, and unique decibel offsets.
Fixed: Choosing MIDI SuperTracks would not ask to load or un-load a Hi-Q patch.
Fixed: Many electric guitar styles, when using the DI versions, would have very loud shots and holds. These are now balanced.
Fixed: RT1795 & 2403 were mistakenly listed as 'Banjo'. This has been corrected to 'Acoustic Guitar'
Fixed: Record from any bar would open the record dialog instead of letting the user choose a bar to record from.
Fixed: Some dialogs would not respond to the Esc key for automatically pressing the Cancel button.
Fixed: Some VST plugins would show a blank window when first opening, and then show a blank ghost window when closing.
Fixed: Transposing song would not transpose any notes before bar 2 of the Melody and/or Soloist tracks.
Fixed: After importing an audio file, the audio track would not automatically open on the mixer.

April 03, 2017

YouTube Find: Jazz Piano Tutorial with Band-in-a-Box® Accompaniment!

Make it to the end of this Beginner Jazz Piano Tutorial (Sample) by Freejasslessons.com on YouTube, and you'll hear some Band-in-a-Box® backing tracks!

Watch the video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=hGvZK2xMwgs

April 03, 2017

We Have Another WINNER In Our Band-in-a-Box® Giveaway!

We're thrilled with the response to our Band-in-a-Box® Giveaway, which runs from March 20, 2017 to April 9, 2017... we're giving away one Band-in-a-Box® EverythingPAK prize each week!

Our second random draw for a winner took place today - there were more than 1,600 entries! Congratulations Mike!

There's still one prize left to be won! Click here for your chance to win!

Contest rules

March 31, 2017

Welcome to the PG Team Tyler!

We are pleased to say that we've added Tyler to our Customer Service Team!

You'll soon see him active here on our Forum, and may have already spoken to him on the phone or by email.

Welcome to the team Tyler!

March 31, 2017

Make Band-in-a-Box® POP with Customizable Color Schemes!

Band-in-a-Box® installs with an easy to view color combination that is customizable! For more information, choose your OS:
Windows
Macintosh

You can access additional Chord Display settings (font, color, layers, etc.) by clicking on the [Chord Display] button on the toolbar!

March 30, 2017

We'd Love Your Feedback - Driver Support

We are thinking of adding WASAPI driver support for the various programs. We're wondering if people use WASAPI drivers with other programs. And if they do:
-does it work well?
-what interface are they using? Is it multi-port and do the WASAPI drivers show up in stereo pairs (so that an 8-port interface would show up as 4 stereo inputs)

Join the conversation...

March 30, 2017

#TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 8 for Mac!

Can you believe it... the previous release of Band-in-a-Box® Version 8 for Mac was more than 18 years ago!

This version included some great new features, like the The Melodist and Melodist Maker, an added Guitar Tuner, the UNDO option (we all make mistakes...), Automatic Intros, and MORE!

Like the Guitar Fretboard Window... what a great addition! The release announcement described this as:
This is a window for Guitar and Bass Players! On-Screen fretboard displays any track on guitar or Bass. This is a similar window to the guitar window in PowerTracks Pro Audio but has many new features, such as auto-setting of correct positions, notes named on screen, auto-octave adjust to play in selected position, and sizable guitar fretboard. Guitar players will be able to "read-along" to a Melody/Solo simply by looking at the guitar fretboard. An easy, intuitive and fun way to learn guitar!

Learn more about what was released with Band-in-a-Box® Version 8 for Mac: www.pgmusic.com/pdfs/bbmac_version_8.pdf

March 29, 2017

Share Your Band-in-a-Box® Thoughts!

We love hearing from Band-in-a-Box® users! There are a few different ways to share your thoughts on Band-in-a-Box®:

-Post your comments & provide a star-rating on our website
-Share your favorite features on our "My Favorite Things" Forum.
-Like us on Facebook and post your review there: https://www.facebook.com/pgmusicinc/

Of course, you can also contact us directly!

Some of the more recent feedback we've received includes:
"Best version yet, in my book! Absolutely love it!!!"
"Band-in-a-Box literally changed my musical life."
"Thanks PG Music, you have given musicians a new lease of life!"
"Band-in-a-Box is beyond belief and is a must to any musician or budding composer."
"As a song writer with no access to a live band this software suite has become invaluable to me!"

March 29, 2017

RealTracks Artist Jim Clark Performs!

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month & Poetry Appriation Month (April 2017), Jim Clark will be performing at The Norwalk Public Library for their "Old as New" - A Jazz & Poetry Collaboration event on Sunday, April 2nd!
The admission price? It's FREE! If you're in the area, be sure to stop by!

Jim has more than 50 RealTracks available in the following Sets:
RealTracks Set 176: R&B Horns
RealTracks Set 188: Slow Background Pop Horn Section
RealTracks Set 207: Funky Horns
RealTracks Set 236: Cocktail Jazz Horns!
RealTracks Set 264: Crooner Bossa Big Band!
RealTracks Set 265: Crooner Ballad Big Band!

Learn more about Jim Clark and listen to demos of his RealTracks when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

March 28, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac - Chord Sheet Enhancements!

The Chord Sheet has been enhanced with the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac, including the highly requested feature to see the chord where you are typing it! (with older version you would only see your chord entry appear in the Chord Sheet once you hit the return key)

Watch Tobin highlight this feature here: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=_eqADUKt71A&t=79

March 28, 2017

RealBand 2017 Build 6 Update Available!

A new RealBand 2017 patch update is ready, and can be downloaded here: www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#2017_6

Summary of Changes for Build 6 (Mar 27, 2017):
Fixed: RealTracks generation failed in certain cases with build 5, if using MME drivers and 'Output Always On' was selected.

What else was new in build 5?
Summary of Changes for Build 5 (released Mar 15, 2017):
Fixed: Improved support for the Vielklang VST instant harmonies plugin.
Added: Always on MME added (checkbox setting).
Added: Drag and drop from the drop station to VSTi plugins that support this, is now implemented
Added: In the PDF manual, clicking on the Bookmarks navigation pane, Table of Contents, or Index will jump to the corresponding page. (Note: To use the navigational elements, you need to open the PDF manual in Adobe Reader.)
Improved: Much faster initialization of accompaniment functions (e.g. StylePicker and RealTracks Picker).
Fixed: The time location of time-based VSTi plugins was being continually advanced when RB was stopped. This has been fixed so that the VSTi time location now gets set to RB's current time location when playback is not happening.

March 27, 2017

Endorsing Artist Terry Fernihough's Number One Hit!

Our newest Endorsing Artist Terry Fernihough is the writer of I'll Bring the Party, a number one hit on the Canadian National Aboriginal Countdown! Listen here...

Learn more about Terry here.

Review all our Endorsing Artists when you visit www.pgmusic.com/endorsers.php.

March 27, 2017

We Have A WINNER! The Band-in-a-Box® Giveaway Continues...

We're are excited to be offering a Band-in-a-Box® Giveaway from March 20, 2017 to April 9, 2017, with one Band-in-a-Box® EverythingPAK prize awarded each week!

Our first random draw for a winner took place today - there were more than 1,000 entries! Congratulations Doug!

There's still two more prizes to be won! Click here for your chance to win!

Contest rules

March 24, 2017

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

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

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

March 24, 2017

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

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

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

March 23, 2017

Customers LOVE the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series!

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

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

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

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

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

March 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

March 22, 2017

YouTube Find - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

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

Click here to watch & listen.

Great job jazzutako!

March 21, 2017

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

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

Click here for your chance to win!

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

Contest rules

March 21, 2017

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2017 Build 3 Patch Update Available!

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

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

March 17, 2017

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

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

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

March 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

March 16, 2017

RealBand 2017 Build 5 Update Available!

Update March 27, 2017: This patch was pulled from our Support page due to reported bugs. Stay tuned for a new update.

There's a new patch available for RealBand 2017!

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

March 15, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Review!

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

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

See Keith's full review here.

Thanks Keith!

March 15, 2017

RealTracks Artist Tim Kliphuis Upcoming Shows!

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

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

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

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

March 14, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Beginners Forum!

Our newer Beginners Forum is a HIT!

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

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

March 14, 2017

RealBand Tips! #TipTuesday

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

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

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

March 13, 2017

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

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

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

March 10, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Dansk er klar!

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

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

March 10, 2017

Updated Hours of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 09, 2017

Have Your Order Shipped on a Flash Drive!

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

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

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

March 09, 2017

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

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

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


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

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

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