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."

June 26, 2017

User Tips - How to Add More Audio & Midi Tracks to Band-in-a-Box

If you've been looking for a way to add more audio and MIDI tracks to your Band-in-a-Box song, check out forum user Pipeline's helpful forum post: How to Add More Audio & Midi Tracks to Band-in-a-Box

Have your own program tips & tricks to share? Join the conversation today when you register on our forum!

June 23, 2017

Eric Blackmon Tutorial Video - 2.8 Million Views!

Eric Blackmon uses Band-in-a-Box® accompaniment with his online tutorials, and has just let us know that his first Band-in-a-Box® featured video tutorial, How To Play An Electric Guitar Solo Without Even THINKING About Scales #1 In Am has more than 2.8 Million views!

Check out the video: How To Play An Electric Guitar Solo Without Even THINKING About Scales #1 In Am

Watch all of Eric's videos on his YouTube channel.

June 22, 2017

New Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles PAKs Quick Start Video!

Wondering how to get started with your Xtra Styles PAKs? You're in luck... we have created a Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start Video to help!

Check it out: Video: Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start

Learn more about the just-released Xtra Styles PAK 3! Listen to demos of these 160 new RealStyles at www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?pak=all&os=win#pak3.

Don't forget... the Xtra Styles PAK 3 is on sale for just $29 during our Xtra Styles special, which ends July 31, 2017!

Plus... if you don't have any Xtra Styles yet, you'll be happy to hear that you can purchase all three sets (485 RealStyles) and the 2017 49-PAK for only $129 during our Xtra Styles special.

June 21, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017 for Windows Build 466 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows customers can install the latest patch update (Build 466) here: www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#466

Fixed: Rendering to MP3 might fail with error "cannot get stream size".
Fixed: Rendering to MP3 will cause Band-in-a-Box to crash if choosing "MPEG Layer-3" as the codec.
Fixed: The style name and description would not be displayed immediately after bootup.
Fixed: The total choruses button should show the current chorus during playback.
Fixed: There were various errors (eg notes not transposed) in the Chord Builder popup menus.
Fixed: When demoing RealDrums in the RealDrums Picker dialog, the demo would not start at the beginning.
Fixed: When exporting a MIDI file, RealTracks would generate even if "Save RealCharts in MIDI files" was disabled.
Fixed: When using the * wildcard for chord type in the Search-Replace Chords dialog, all of the resulting chords would have their type changed to 6.

(Note: This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2017 build.)

June 20, 2017

User Tips - Entering Melody

Our Forum is packed with helpful posts - especially the Tips & Tricks section, where other program users share their own tips for working with PG Music Inc. software.

Like this recent post by Icelander: Always enter your melody in as midi - check it out!

Have your own tips & tricks to share? Join the conversation today when you register on our forum!

June 20, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Video Review!

We're proud to say that Band-in-a-Box® is enjoyed worldwide!

Our most recent video review of Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac was created by Aram, who is a sound producer, production blogger, and author of popular video tutorials broadcasted in MUZBIZNES.

You many not be able to understand everything he says (it's in Russian), but check it out: Video Review: Band-in-a-Box

Click here to review our notes (in English) of this video review.

June 19, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac 49-PAK - It's Still Here!

The for Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac 49-PAK is still available, and includes 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 24 Instrumental Studies, 34 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Styles for Rediscovered RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks!

Now, all First-time & regular-price Upgrade purchases of the Band-in-a-Box® 2017 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition include the 49-PAK! Pro, MegaPAK, and PlusPAK customers can add it to their purchase for just $49! www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

Learn more about what is in the 2017 49-PAK: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.49pak.htm

June 15, 2017

Listen to Xtra Styles PAK 3 Demos!

We've just released 160 new RealStyles in Rock-Pop, Jazz, Country, and Americana styles with Xtra Styles PAK 3!

Listen to demos for all 160 RealStyles here.

June 14, 2017

Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available...

We've just released Xtra Styles PAK 3 with 160 new RealStyles for Band-in-a-Box® 2017! This PAK includes Rock-Pop, Jazz, and Country genres, along with a great collection of Americana styles. This installment of Xtra Styles also uses recently implemented RealDrums features (like half-time/double-time mode and Multi-Drums) to create new and unique grooves that were never possible until now!

Learn more! Listen to demos of these 160 new RealStyles at www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?pak=all&os=win#pak3.

The Xtra Styles PAK 3 is on sale for just $29 during our Xtra Styles special, which ends July 31, 2017!

Plus... if you don't have any Xtra Styles yet, you'll be happy to hear that you can purchase all three sets (485 RealStyles) and the 2017 49-PAK for only $129 during our Xtra Styles special.

June 13, 2017

#TipTuesday - RealBand: Pitch Shifter

If you're working on an audio track (or tracks) in RealBand, and find you need to adjust the track - it's easy!

Just use the Edit | Audio Effects | Pitch Shifter command to transpose entire audio tracks, or fix individual notes that were off key!

Learn more...

June 12, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Special Ends This Week!

Time is running out to purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac package and receive a Free Bonus PAK! Plus, if you're wanting to purchase an upgrade to the newest 2017 version, you'll have a chance to save up to 50%... but only until June 15th!

Every Band-in-a-Box for Mac package* purchased during our special comes with a FREE Bonus PAK, which includes 4 MIDI SuperTracks & 4 Instrumental Studies! You can also choose to Upgrade to the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49 and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks. (These 49-PAK add-ons are not included in any other package.)

Learn more about the Bonus PAK and 49-PAK at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2017.htm.

Find your Band-in-a-Box Upgrade package here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

*Note: The $49 Pro Upgrade does not include the Bonus PAK.

June 12, 2017

The $0 Down - Easy Installment Payment Option!


Ordering from PG Music has never been easier!

That's right. Purchase today and don't pay for 30 days!

How does it work? At the time of purchase, you pay $0 for your order for 30 days. The total of your invoice will be split equally, and charged every 30 days for 4 months after the initial purchase.
You can enjoy your software, with four convenient monthly payments, and no added interest charges or service fees!

Order now - pay later! Visit www.pgmusic.com to place your order today. During the checkout process, you can choose the installment option for your payment. Contact our customer service department for more information.

June 09, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Special - Time is Running Out!

With June 15th just around the corner, time is running out to purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac package and receive a Free Bonus PAK! Plus, if you're wanting to purchase an upgrade to the newest 2017 version, you'll have a chance to save up to 50%... but only until June 15th!

Every Band-in-a-Box for Mac package* purchased during our special comes with a FREE Bonus PAK, which includes:

4 MIDI SuperTracks:
Accordion, Rhythm GypsyJazzCompCory Sw 220
Piano, Rhythm SoulJazzMike Ev 130
Piano, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130
Organ, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130

4 Instrumental Studies:
Bass, Electric\Funk\Soul Funk, Sw 120
Guitar, Electric\Blues and Rock\Punk Rock Soloist, Ev 165
Guitar, Acoustic\Folk\2-part Fingerpicking, Ev16 075
Piano, Acoustic\Country\Bent Note Rhythm, Sw 110

You can also choose to Upgrade to the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49 and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks. (These 49-PAK add-ons are not included in any other package.)

Learn more about the Bonus PAK and 49-PAK at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2017.htm.

Find your Band-in-a-Box Upgrade package here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

*Note: The $49 Pro Upgrade does not include the Bonus PAK.

June 09, 2017

PG Music Inc. Products - Pianist Performance Series, Video Guitar Lessons, and More!

Band-in-a-Box® is definitely our most popular program, but are you aware of all the other programs that we've created?

PowerTracks Pro Audio
This sequencing program for Windows includes powerful and unique features such as: The Audio Chord Wizard, which automatically and accurately figures out the chords from MP3/WMA/WAV audio files, the TC Helicon Vocal Harmonizer to add harmonies or pitch correct your audio tracks, and more! Starting at just $49 (upgrade for as little as $29!)
www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.htm

Video Guitar Lessons
Learn to "Play like the pros" with our Video Guitar Lessons, which feature hours of video instruction by master guitarists!
Genres availabe: Jazz, Blues, and Rock.

Multimedia Performance Series
Broken down into 7 different categories, including Barbershop Quartet, Jazz Saxophonist, and more - this series showcases great live performances with innovative multimedia features!
Bach Chorales
Blues Guitarist
Rock Guitarist
Barbershop Quartet
Sor Studies
Rock Saxophonist
Jazz Saxophonist

Games, Learning, Utilities
We have some great programs to help make learning fun! Including:
Guitar Chord Dictionary
Piano Chord Dictionary
Musical Arcade
JazzU
Metronome Pro
ChordFind
CopyScat

..and more!!!! Choose your OS to see all the "Other Software" items available to you:
Other Products - Windows
Other Products - Mac

June 08, 2017

#TBT Band-in-a-Box 2007.5 for Windows

It seems like yesterday we introduced a midyear ".5" release for Band-in-a-Box for Windows, but it was back in 2007! Band-in-a-Box 2007.5 was released in June 2007, and included some great new features & enhancements!

RealDrums Enhancements - RealDrums were released with Version 2007, so when 2007.5 came out there were a number of improvements, including:
-WMA files - faster and smaller files, with great quality!
-RealDrums variation with each "play."
-Customizable Drum Fills.
-RealDrums "Developer Mode."
...and more!

Audio Chord Wizard Enhancements
-Better Chord Detection
-more chords per bar detected
...and more!

‘Remix’ Features
Remix an existing MP3, by adding a BB style to the MP3!

...and more! A full list explaining the new features added with 2007.5 can be viewed at www.pgmusic.com/pdfs/bbwin_version_2007.5.pdf.

June 07, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows - Automatic Program Updates

Worried you're missing out on the newest patch updates for Band-in-a-Box®? Good news!! If you're using version 2015 or higher for Windows, the program will automatically check for a newer build*!

This feature can be turned on and off using the Help | Check for Updates command - within this window you can choose to have the program automatically check for updates every ## of days - you choose the number! (this option is also available within the Opt | Preferences screen)

We will also post an announcement on our Forum when a new patch is available. All of the Windows patches can be reviewed at www.pgmusic.com/support.updates.win.htm

*internet connection required*

June 07, 2017

YouTube Find! Tutorial - How to Play a Guitar Solo Without Even Thinking About Scales

Check out the latest tutorial from Eric Blackmon, who creates some great tutorial videos (and uses Band-in-a-Box as his backing tracks!)

Video - How to Play a Guitar Solo Without Even Thinking About Scales

June 06, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac - Upgrade Your 2016 Version Today and SAVE!

If you are currently a Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac user, we have a few upgrades designed JUST FOR YOU to get setup with the new 2017 Version!

2016 UltraPusPAK and EverythingPAK Users... purchase a PlusPAK Upgrade for just $99 during our Mac special, which ends June 15th (reg. $129), and you'll receive the installation files for the new Band-in-a-Box® 2017 version & 202 new RealTracks in Sets 254-277! If you take these installation files and apply them to your 2016 version, you'll end up with the 2017 UltraPlusPAK or EverythingPAK! (whichever one you installed it over...)

2016 Audiophile Users... registered users of a Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Audiophile Edition can purchase the 2017 Audiophile Upgrade for only $199! This offer is only available during our special (which ends June 15th)!

Of course, any Band-in-a-Box® 2016 user can purchase the $49 2017 Program Update. This purchase requires the 2016 version, and does not include any Add-ons or the Bonus PAK, and is also only available during our Mac special.

Take a look at all the different Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac packages at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

June 06, 2017

#TipTuesday - PowerTracks Pro Audio & MusicXML

With PowerTracks Pro Audio 2017, you can easily import a MusicXML file that you have saved in notation programs (Finale, Sibelius, Guitar Pro, etc.). To do this, simply use the [Open] toolbar button to import the file; PowerTracks doesn't require any extra steps to look for the XML file - just make sure you're looking in the right folder!

Plus, you can easily export your song as a MusicXML file to notation programs. Just use the [Save As] toolbar button to save the file as MusicXML. (PowerTracks will default to save the file as an .SEQ, however just pick the .XML file type from the drop-down menu!)

June 05, 2017

Video - Activating Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

We've created a short video showing you how to activate your Band-in-a-Box for Windows purchase!

Video: Activating Band-in-a-Box® for Windows®

June 02, 2017

UserTracks Forum - Free Archtop Guitar for RealTrack Jazz Electric Guitar

Head to our User-to-User UserTracks (and other add-ons) forum and you'll see many entries from other Forum Users offering their input on making your own add-ons for Band-in-a-Box - they'll even share them with you!

Like the recent post from Pipeline - Free Archtop Guitar for RealTrack Jazz Electric Guitar (27). Within this post there's a short video to watch, and the download available for the RT Jazz Electric Guitar (27) sample set for ShinyGuitar being offered. Give it a try!

June 01, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac - Special Extended to June 15th!

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac special EXTENDED to June 15th!

Purchase until then for special pricing (up to 50% off Upgrade purchases) and Bonus PAKs!

Every Band-in-a-Box for Mac package* purchased during our special comes with a FREE Bonus PAK, which includes:

4 MIDI SuperTracks:
Accordion, Rhythm GypsyJazzCompCory Sw 220
Piano, Rhythm SoulJazzMike Ev 130
Piano, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130
Organ, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130

4 Instrumental Studies:
Bass, Electric\Funk\Soul Funk, Sw 120
Guitar, Electric\Blues and Rock\Punk Rock Soloist, Ev 165
Guitar, Acoustic\Folk\2-part Fingerpicking, Ev16 075
Piano, Acoustic\Country\Bent Note Rhythm, Sw 110

You can also choose to Upgrade to the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49 and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks.
(These 49-PAK add-ons are not included in any other package.)

Learn more about the Bonus PAK and 49-PAK at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2017.htm.

Find your Band-in-a-Box Upgrade package here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

*Note: The $49 Pro Upgrade does not include the Bonus PAK.

May 31, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Special Ends Today!

Order your Band-in-a-Box 2017 for Mac by end-of-day on Wednesday, May 31st and 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!

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

May 31, 2017

User Tips - Recording and Mixing Using RealBand

Forum User Joanne Cooper has shared her latest blog post, Recording and Mixing a Single Acoustic Guitar Track Using RealBand. 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!

So, be sure to check out her newest blog post, where she shares with the reader the process she uses to record and mix her acoustic guitar track using RealBand!

May 30, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017 for Windows Build 465 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows customers can install the latest patch update (Build 465) here: www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#465

This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2017 build.

Summary of changes for Build 465 (since 464) (May 30, 2017):
Fixed: Some hints in the Chord Builder were not showing transposed notes, and a % symbol was showing instead.
Fixed: Random sections of RealTracks will not be generated if guitar chord diagrams is enabled, and the Notation window is open while RealTracks are generating.
Fixed: New lines for sections on the chord sheet were not allowed when the song had repeats.
Fixed: The number pad hot keys for step advancing in the notation window did not work.
Fixed: Guitar bend amount could be garbled, and tab font may have been the incorrect font, with some foreign languages like Japanese or Chinese.
Fixed: When looping an entire song, and starting from, say, bar 17, the notation would later get locked on bar 17 when the song loops back to the song beginning.
Fixed: When printing to a PDF file, or to a printer, bends, slides, hammers/pulls could show up within the margins including the "H" and "P" showing up in the margins.
Updated: PDF Manuals.

May 30, 2017

#TipTuesday - Mixer Window

If you've ever been working on a song in Band-in-a-Box where you've adjusted the sliders in the Mixer Window, and just aren't happy with all your changes, we've got some great news for you!

New with Version 2017... instead of closing the song you're working on and starting over you can choose to double click on the slider - it will set the value back to a default value!

May 29, 2017

Our Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Special is Almost Over!

Time is running out! Our Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac special ENDS ON MAY 31, 2017!

Purchase before then for Bonus PAKs and special pricing - up to 50% off Upgrade purchases!

Every Band-in-a-Box for Mac package* purchased during our special comes with a FREE Bonus PAK, which includes:

4 MIDI SuperTracks:
Accordion, Rhythm GypsyJazzCompCory Sw 220
Piano, Rhythm SoulJazzMike Ev 130
Piano, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130
Organ, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130

4 Instrumental Studies:
Bass, Electric\Funk\Soul Funk, Sw 120
Guitar, Electric\Blues and Rock\Punk Rock Soloist, Ev 165
Guitar, Acoustic\Folk\2-part Fingerpicking, Ev16 075
Piano, Acoustic\Country\Bent Note Rhythm, Sw 110

You can also choose to Upgrade to the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49 and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks.
(These 49-PAK add-ons are not included in any other package.)

Learn more about the Bonus PAK and 49-PAK at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2017.htm.

Find your Band-in-a-Box Upgrade package here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

*Note: The $49 Pro Upgrade does not include the Bonus PAK.

May 26, 2017

Holiday Hours - Memorial Day (USA)

Monday, May 29th is Memorial Day in the United States.

Since we are located in Canada, this will not affect our hours of operation.

Customer Service:
6:00AM PST to 7:00PM PST

Technical Support:
10:00AM PST to 5:00 PST

May 26, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Build 175 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac customers can install the latest patch update (Build 286) here: http://www.pgmusic.com/support_macintoshupdates.htm#2017_175

Summary of changes:
Added: The RealTracks Settings dialog now has a choice of low/medium/high for Elastique stretching quality, instead of just high quality on or off (high quality disabled meant medium).
Fixed: The "Select Hi-Q MIDI Patch Plugin" menu item should be available to the Melody, Soloist, and Thru tracks.
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: Sforzando and Amplitube should not be listed in the Plugins dialog unless they are installed.
Fixed: Keyboard input might stop working after using the Preferences dialog.
Fixed: Clicking on a mixer piano would send the event to the default synth, rather than the plugin on that track.
Fixed: Options > Return to Factory Settings... would cause various problems (eg. the chord sheet would be squished to the left)

May 25, 2017

Get Inspired with Band-in-a-Box® Radio!

Are you new to Band-in-a-Box and interested in hearing what other program users are creating with the program? Visit our Band-in-a-Box® Radio page! www.pgmusic.com/bbradio.htm

Here you can shuffle through all of the User Showcase songs that are shared on SoundCloud without ever leaving our website. Categories include: Recent, Featured, Country & Folk (1, 2), Jazz (1, 2), Rock & Pop (1, 2), and Song Requests.

Like what you hear? Each song playing includes a link to the original forum post, so you can leave a comment if you'd like! Found an artist you want to hear more from? There is also an option to visit the Artist SoundCloud page!

Want to share your own Band-in-a-Box creations? Make sure to post them to our User Showcase Forum!

May 25, 2017

Time is Running Out! Act Now for Special Pricing for the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand!

We're offering all three volumes of the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand! for the special price of $29 - Offer Ends May 31st! (reg: $49)

Watch the trailer...

Quinn has not only mastered Celtic guitar (he did so at a very young age), he is also an expert on jazz and gypsy guitar! Quinn is a great teacher, and knows all the theory and terminology to describe what he is teaching. These videos included in the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series are highly recommended. There are 3 volumes, each one hour long ($19 per volume). Quinn cover techniques, chord theory, voicings and walks you through 17 "must-know" tunes. This is for the intermediate-advanced guitarist, and covers Celtic guitar styles (some folk and old-time covered as well).

Learn more & order it for Mac here.

Learn more & order it for Windows here.

May 24, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac 49-PAK

Add the 49-PAK to your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac purchase to receive ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks for just $49!

Listen to the Demo files for the Bonus RealTracks, and learn more about the MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, and Rediscovered RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks when you visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.bonuspaks_2017.htm

Attention Mac Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Audiophile Customers! If you purchase your 49-PAK at the same time as your Audiophile Upgrade purchase, we'll make sure you receive the AIFF files for the 24 additional RealTracks pre-installed to the Audiophile hard drive!

Video - Vonus 49-PAK Overview

May 24, 2017

YouTube Find - Morning Morning, Featuring Band-in-a-Box®!

YouTube user harddaysnite recently shared an original tune created using Band-in-a-Box®... and it sounds INCREDIBLE!

YouTube Video - Morning Morning

May 19, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac - Special Upgrade Pricing Until May 31, 2017!

On April 20 we released Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac with over 80 new features, 202 New RealTracks, and more!

To celebrate this release, we are offering special pricing on Upgrade packages (up to 50% off!) until May 31st!

Find the upgrade package for you when you visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

May 19, 2017

Holiday Hours - Monday, May 22nd

We're celebrating Victoria Day on Monday, May 22.

Our hours for the long weekend will be:
Customer Service:
Saturday, May 20: 8:00am - 5:00pm PST
Sunday, May 21: 8:00am - 4:00pm PST
Monday, May 22: 7:00am - 6:00pm PST

Technical Support:
Closed (will re-open Tues, May 23 at 10am PST)

May 18, 2017

#TBT - Customer Feedback Comic Strip

We love hearing feedback from all our customers - and really appreciate it when they add their own personal touch! Like this comic strip we received in August 2015 from Avalina Kreska with the note "Just my way of saying thanks for producing such awesome software."

Click here to see the comic strip.

Thank you Avalina!

May 18, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017 for Windows Build 464 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows customers can install the latest patch update (Build 464) here: www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#464

Added: The RealTracks Settings dialog now has a choice of low/medium/high for Elastique stretching quality, instead of just high quality on or off (high quality off meant medium).
Fixed: Chord sheet fonts were limited to a maximum size that would not quite fill the cells. This would cause superscript extensions to sit too high above the roots.
Fixed: Elastique stretching items were missing from the RealTracks Settings dialog.
Fixed: If pasting a single line of text into a layer using the layer context menu, nothing would be pasted.
Fixed: If pasting multiple lines of text into a layer, the last line would be skipped.
Fixed: Shift+Arrow keys were not working to highlight regions on the chord sheet.
Fixed: The "Select Hi-Q MIDI Patch Plugin" menu item should be available to the Melody, Soloist, and Thru tracks.
Fixed: The Help button in the MultiDrums dialog did not do anything
Fixed: The media player in the Hi-Q patch dialog did not have a volume control.
Fixed: The number pad keys 0, 1, 2 would trigger looping features are inappropriate times (eg. when in the song memo, or when selecting the chorus ending bar, etc.)
Fixed: The visual metronome would take over the StylePicker window when playing song demo.
Fixed: When running Band-in-a-Box with factory settings the floating mixer would appear in the top left corner of the screen the first time it was opened.
Fixed: When the "auto-resize" is enabled for the floating mixer, stopping playback should only move it back to the maximized position if it was in that position prior to playback.

May 16, 2017

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

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac offers you more control over your toolbars!

With the redesigned GUI in Band-in-a-Box® 2017, there are now 3 modes for the toolbar! To switch between them, use the the Mode Selector buttons (located at the top left of the screen).

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

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

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

#TipTuesday Want a faster way to switch between your custom toolbar and the taller toolbar? Just select Cmd-T!

May 15, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac - Special Audiophile Upgrade Option!

Are you currently using a Band-in-a-Box® 2016 Audiophile Edition hard drive? We have a special upgrade price just for you!

During our Mac special, which ends May 31st, registered users of a Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Audiophile Edition can purchase the 2017 Audiophile Upgrade for only $199! This limited-time offer is available at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.audiophile.htm or by calling us directly. www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm.

The Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition ships pre-installed on a high-speed USB 3.0 hard drive. This package is similar to the EverythingPAK, however it includes the uncompressed AIFF files for the RealTracks & RealDrums - perfect if you're looking for the highest level of lossless audio!
Note: Due to the large size of these files, the Audiophile Edition is not available for download.

To review all the different Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac packages, visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

Ordering your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Audiophile Edition for Mac, and you're interested in adding the 49-PAK (which includes 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks)? If you purchase your 49-PAK at the same time as your Audiophile Upgrade purchase, we'll make sure you receive the AIFF files for the 24 additional RealTracks pre-installed to the Audiophile hard drive!


May 15, 2017

Special Pricing - Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand Until May 31!

We're offering all three volumes of the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand! for the special price of $29 until May 31st! (reg: $49)

Anyone familiar with our RealTracks will recognize the name Quinn Bachand - his RealTracks collection includes the Celtic guitar, Bodhran, Irish Bouzouki, and banjo!

Watch the trailer...

Quinn has not only mastered Celtic guitar (he did so at a very young age), he is also an expert on jazz and gypsy guitar! Quinn is a great teacher, and knows all the theory and terminology to describe what he is teaching. These videos included in the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series are highly recommended. There are 3 volumes, each one hour long ($19 per volume). Quinn cover techniques, chord theory, voicings and walks you through 17 "must-know" tunes. This is for the intermediate-advanced guitarist, and covers Celtic guitar styles (some folk and old-time covered as well).

Learn more & order it for Windows here.

Learn more & order it for Mac here.

May 12, 2017

YouTube Tutorials by EricBlackmonGuitar!

Check out this helpful tutorials created by EricBlackmonGuitar:

Video - How To Play A JAZZ GUITAR Improv SOLO Starting With ONE NOTE

You'll notice Eric using Band-in-a-Box backing tracks within his YouTube lessons!

Learn more about endorsing artist Erick Blackmon at www.pgmusic.com/endorsers.php?e=6.

May 12, 2017

Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box®

Get inspired with Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box® and RealBand!

Xtra Styles PAK 2 for Band-in-a-Box®:
Over 160 professionally mixed RealStyles in 4 volumes: Rock-Pop 2, Jazz 2, Country 2, and Bluegrass and World 2, $15 each. Get the All Xtra Styles PAK 2 (4 volumes) for only $49!

Xtra Styles PAK 1 for Band-in-a-Box®:
Over 160 professionally mixed RealStyles in 4 volumes: Rock-Pop 1, Jazz 1, Country 1, and Singer/Songwriter 1, $15 each. Get the All Xtra Styles PAK 1 (4 volumes) for only $49!

Want them all? The All Xtra Styles PAK 1 & 2 Bundle is the package for you with ALL 8 volumes (325 RealStyles) for the special price of only $98!
Includes all 325 RealStyles from PAKs 1 (released summer 2016) AND 2 (released December 2016), for Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, Singer/Songwriter, and Bluegrass & World.

NOTE: All of the Xtra Styles in Volumes 1 & 2 work with any Band-in-a-Box® 2016 or higher UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition with a 2016 49-PAK.

Listen to all the Xtra Styles demos here.

Purchase your Xtra Styles PAKs at http://www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php.

May 11, 2017

#TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Demo at Musikmesse 2015!

Take a look at this "action shot" of Tobin when he presented a Band-in-a-Box® 2015 for Windows Demo at Musikmesse 2015!

View image - click here!

We love demoing Band-in-a-Box® at Trade Shows - thank you to our German Distributor M3C Systemtechnik for hosting us!

May 10, 2017

Purchase a Band-in-a-Box Keychain Today!

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

Or, if you are purchasing a DVD installation of our products, you can choose to have the files shipped to you on a flash drive for only $10 more - and it will include a Band-in-a-Box keychain!

May 10, 2017

User Tip - Don't forget to adjust Reverb, Pan, and especially Tone!

Long-time Forum User Matt Finley recently shared his thoughts & tips within our Band-in-a-Box for Windows forum, where he discusses tone, reverb, and pan in Band-in-a-Box (and why should experiement with altering their values). Read more about this within the post: Tip: Don't forget to adjust Reverb, Pan, and especially Tone.

Great tips Matt - thanks!

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

May 08, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac PlusPAK Upgrade Option!

Are you currently using the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 UltraPlusPAK or EverythingPAK for Mac, and interested in upgrading to the 2017 version of Band-in-a-Box®? Of course you can choose to purchase the $149 UltraPlusPAK Upgrade from Version 2016, but what if you aren't interested in a new hard drive? That's where the PlusPAK comes in! This is the ideal upgrade for any Mac 2016 UltraPlusPAK or EverythingPAK user looking to add the newest features of version 2017 and 202 new RealTracks (Sets 254-277).

The PlusPAK is available as a download, on DVD, or choose to receive your installation files on a flash drive for an additional $10!

The PlusPAK upgrade option is on sale for only $99 until May 31st! Learn more: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.pluspak.htm

May 05, 2017

National Cartoonist Day - Pat Marr's Band-in-a-Box® Video Testimonial

Happy National Cartoonist Day!

Do you know any Cartoonists? We do! Forum user Pat Marr shows off some of his skills with his Band-in-a-Box® Video Testmionial: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=XF2ebkIFXnM

All of the Band-in-a-Box® Video Testimonials we've received so far can be viewed at www.pgmusic.com/videotestimonials.php.

Interested in creating your own Video Testimonial? We'd love to see it! There is detailed information on this process here.

May 04, 2017

#TBT - Japanese Band-in-a-Box® 6.0 Program Manual!

Look at what we came across during some recent spring cleaning: The Band-in-a-Box 6.0J Program Manual - image

What a blast-from-the-past! This older Japanese version of Band-in-a-Box was available in 1996!

May 04, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017 for Mac Build 173 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac customers can install the latest patch update (Build 173) here: www.pgmusic.com/support_macintoshupdates.htm#2017_173

Summary of changes for Version 2017 Build 173:
Changed: Update patches are downloaded into "/Band-in-a-Box/Data/Updates" instead of "/Band-in-a-Box/Data".
Updated: 2017 PDF full and upgrade manuals.
Fixed: "Memo:" should not be showing in the Titles dialog.
Fixed: A mixer patch description would be blank for RealDrums on non-drums tracks.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash if user clicks on any of the main menus while booting up.
Fixed: Blues chords were showing up when importing xml.
Fixed: Choosing to save a song would ask to "save as", as if the song file did not already exist.
Fixed: Drag and drop from Master to MIDI quadrant would fail with errors.
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: If running Band-in-a-Box in a language other than English, automatic updates should not report available English update patches.
Fixed: If you select a song in the Titles dialog then sort by something, it jumps to the top and loses your selected song.
Fixed: If you type in random words in the filter in the Titles dialog it shows up with lots of entries.
Fixed: In the notation window regular advance in editable mode should advance to the 1st or 3rd peg of a beat that has 4 pegs on it.
Fixed: Program could freeze when saving to xml.
Fixed: Program would crash if attempting to save xml to root of hard drive.
Fixed: Small omissions/typos in Artist Bio's.
Fixed: Step advance issues in the notation window.
Fixed: The [Defaults] button in the Titles dialog reveals a whole bunch more hidden empty columns.
Fixed: The [Save list] button in the Titles dialog doesn't function.
Fixed: The [Show all] button in the Titles dialog doesn't work. It deletes the text but doesn't show you all the songs available.
Fixed: The extended RealDrums patch descriptions were not displaying on the mixer.
Fixed: The 'F3' hot key symbol did not display in some popup menus.
Fixed: The menu item "Insert Current MIDI chord" should display command+return as the hot key instead of control+return. Both work, but control+return is impossible to do with one hand on a standard Apple keyboard.
Fixed: When opening an XML file, the current song would be erased if the user clicked Cancel in the file open dialog.
Fixed: When you select a style with your cursor or keyboard and hit return, the StylePicker closes but your selected style wasn't chosen.
Fixed: Whole song was not saved to xml.

May 03, 2017

User Find - Which Key is the Saddest (video)

There are happy songs, sad songs, suspenseful songs... the list goes on-and-on!

Watch this video (found by forum user pghboemike), which discusses which key is saddest. Take the knowledge with you and transpose one of your existing songs and hear how happy (or sad..) it sounds! https://youtu.be/6c_LeIXrzAk

Great find pghboemike - thanks for sharing!

May 03, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Bonus PAKs!

During our Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac release special we're adding a FREE Bonus PAK (which includes 8 Add-ons) to your Band-in-a-Box purchase*!

The FREE Bonus PAK includes:
4 MIDI SuperTracks:
Accordion, Rhythm GypsyJazzCompCory Sw 220
Piano, Rhythm SoulJazzMike Ev 130
Piano, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130
Organ, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130

4 Instrumental Studies:
Bass, Electric\Funk\Soul Funk, Sw 120
Guitar, Electric\Blues and Rock\Punk Rock Soloist, Ev 165
Guitar, Acoustic\Folk\2-part Fingerpicking, Ev16 075
Piano, Acoustic\Country\Bent Note Rhythm, Sw 110

Looking to add even more to your purchase? Add ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks with the 49-PAK for just $49!

To learn more about all these Add-ons visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.bonuspaks_2017.htm.

*Note: The $49 Pro Upgrade does not include the FREE Bonus PAK.

May 02, 2017

YouTube Find - Don't Take Your Love From Me

W recently came across Ian Boyter's YouTube Channel, and it's filled with some great videos of his performances - a lot of them use Band-in-a-Box backing tracks!

Watch the video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=w9JZSez_YBM

May 01, 2017

User Tips - Options for Mastering Your Band-in-a-Box Album

Forum User Joanne Cooper has released 9 full albums, and wants to share with everyone what she has learned in the process with her latest blog post, Options for Mastering Your Band-in-a-Box Album - make sure you check it out! While you're there, take a look at the Blog Archive - Joanne's blog posts are always well written and informative!

May 01, 2017

Customers Love the NEW Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac!

We've received some amazing feedback about the new Band-in-a-Box® 2017 & 202 new RealTracks!

"Every one of the new RealTracks sounds fantastic."
"What a surprise upon seeing and trying the new interface!! Just one word WOWWWW!!!"
"It is amazing 'the heights' to where PG Music has taken BIAB."
"Natural Arrangements Feature: Whatever magic this does, I'm hearing better voice leading in the guitar and piano on my Bossa Nova song with advanced extensions. I'm really liking this!"
"A big BRAVO to everybody in your team!"
"What a sensational spread. Most impressive. Thank you!"
"Love the dual layer chord view! How great is that. I like being able to see two alternative notations together (especially Nashville and standard notations)!"
"I am amazed at improvements which now makes it the best multi-tasking music program available!"
"Band-in-a-Box is my main go-to software for quickly creating music."
"The Band-in-a-Box musical output is hands down better than all the rest!"
"I am impressed with the new RealTracks, to say the least!!! Can't wait to get creative with this excellence!!!!"
"These RealTracks are an incredible achievement. Like the others above me, 'Wow' was the first thing that sprang to mind!"
"The new RealTracks are are stupendous!"
"I like what I am hearing!!! Awesome stuff, PG Music!"

What's your favorite new feature? Let us know in the forum, or feel free to post your comments to: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.comments.htm

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.

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