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."

February 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

February 22, 2017

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

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

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

February 21, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 in Italiano!

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

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

February 21, 2017

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

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

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

February 20, 2017

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

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

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

February 20, 2017

RealBand 2017 Patch Update (Build 4) Available!

RealBand 2017 Users can download this free patch update here.

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

February 20, 2017

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

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

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

February 20, 2017

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

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

February 17, 2017

Free Band-in-a-Box® Video Tutorials!

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

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

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

February 17, 2017

PG Music Inc. - Update Hours of Operation

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

We've recently updated our Hours of Operation:

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

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

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

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

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

February 15, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® - Favorite Things!

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

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

February 15, 2017

$0 Down Easy Payment Plan!

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

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

February 10, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Song Title Browser Requests - New Forum!

Have you stumped the Song Title Browser feature in the Band-in-a-Box® StylePicker?

If you tried to search for a popular song and this feature didn't offer you any listings, we'd love it if you'd let us know in our newest Wishlist forum here.

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

February 10, 2017

Welcome to the PG Team Deryk and Yutaro!

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

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

Welcome to the team Deryk & Yutaro!

February 08, 2017

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

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

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

February 03, 2017

Join Us on Facebook!

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

We're also on Twitter!

February 03, 2017

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

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

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

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


February 02, 2017

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

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

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

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

February 02, 2017

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

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

Summary of patch:

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

February 01, 2017

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

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

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

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

February 01, 2017

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

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

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

It really is as easy as we say it is!

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

January 31, 2017

Enhanced StylePicker in RealBand 2017!

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

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

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

January 31, 2017

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

Did you know...

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

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

January 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

January 30, 2017

User Music Video - Lift Me Up

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

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

Click here & enjoy!

January 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

Learn more...

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

January 26, 2017

Blog Entry - Creating Backing Tracks with Band-in-a-Box and RealTracks

Band-in-a-Box user Joanne Cooper has created a great blog post titled The easy way to create a backing track from a midi file using RealTracks and Band-in-a-Box - make sure you check it out!

Have you created a Band-in-a-Box tutorial you'd like to share? Feel free to post it to our Forum, or contact the Marketing Team with your request: marketing@pgmusic.com

January 25, 2017

The 2016 User Showcase Awards!

Over the past year (2016), we've had over 1,080 new original compositions posted to the User Showcase. Wow! Now there are over 5,000 songs in the User Showcase Forum!

We'd like to thank and recognize these amazing contributions that people have made. So, we have announced the "Top 40" User Showcase Awards... to the top 41 contributors of 2016 – and each of them will receive a free Band-in-a-Box 2017 EverythingPAK for Windows (including the 2017 49-PAK!).

Click here to review the winners list.

January 24, 2017

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

Thought you missed your chance to order the 2017 49-PAK for Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows? Good news - it's still available!

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/bbwin.packages.htm

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

January 24, 2017

User Find - Create Your Own Virtual Instruments with SFZ Files

Our Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production Forum is a great place to discuss methods & gear for making music!

Recently, forum user pghboemike shared the article Create Your Own Virtual Instruments with SFZ Files BY CRAIG ANDERTON - great timing, since we added a new VST Synthesizer, with support for popular .SFZ sound format to Band-in-a-Box® (for both Windows & Mac)!

January 23, 2017

YouTube Find - User Created Band-in-a-Box® Composition

Looking over a weekly posting of YouTube songs with Band-in-a-Box®, it was hard to choose one to post here on our Forum!

We finally chose this one, shared by Jerome Weaver - and we really enjoyed listening to it! Click here to listen/watch it now!

We also came across a great video for a Mr. Sandman cover that made us smile...

January 23, 2017

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

If you are a Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows user, make sure you install the latest RealTracks update, available here.

This patch update includes:
-Added: Additional missing Shots and Holds files 324 and 340-350.
-Added: All missing 'RealDrums Demos Audio' files for RealDrums.
-Added: Solo and band audition demos for all MIDI SuperTracks.
-Improved: Decibal offsets fine-tuned for most of the new (2017) RealStyles, and RealDrums.
-Improved: Patch assignments for MIDI SuperTracks Styles.
-Fixed: _C34PNRT.STY was playing in 4/4 time instead of the intended.
-Fixed: Audition demos for some piano and organ RealTracks were not playing properly.
-Fixed: Banjo, Bluegrass Doc Ev 100 (Rhythm) and Banjo, Bluegrass Doc Ev 100 (Soloist) both had issues with endings and the simple variation.
-Fixed: Problem with TambourineCelticEv16.
-Fixed: RealTrack Bass, Acoustic, RockabillySlapBoomChicka Ev16 100 was playing endings as regular chords.
-Fixed: Third variation for TambourineShuffle[single]^ and PercValsCriollo^ not working correctly.
-Fixed: Wrong audio demo was playing for Horn Section, Background CroonerBossa10-Part Ev 110.

January 20, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® Live Demonstrations at The NAMM Show!

If you're attending The 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim (January 19-22, 2017), make sure you stop by the PG Music Booth... We're located in Hall E - Booth 1054.

We'll be providing detailed Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows demonstrations & scheduled performances by RealTracks Artist Cory Pesaturo!

January 20, 2017

Watch Cory Pesaturo's NAMM Performance!

We "went live" on Facebook yesterday to cover Cory's performance at our NAMM booth (1074).

Not on Facebook? We've added the video to our YouTube page too!

Click here to watch Cory's performance!

January 19, 2017

RealTracks Artist Cory Pesaturo NAMM Performances!

We have scheduled RealTracks Artist Cory Pesaturo for 2 performances every day during The NAMM Show!

If you're attending The NAMM Show this year, stop by our booth 1054 (in Hall E) to catch one of his performances:
Thursday - 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Friday - 11:45 AM & 3:30 PM
Satuday - 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Sunday - 10:30 AM & 12:00 PM

Cory is a World Digital Accordion Champion & World Acoustic Accordion Champion. You'll find his RealTracks contribution in RealTracks Set 268 : Gypsy: Accordion, Piano, and Guitar. Learn more about Cory on his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

January 18, 2017

It's Time - NAMM 2017!

Peter, Catherine, Tobin, Charlie, and Gaelan are hard at work today setting up for The NAMM Show!

This year we are in Hall E, booth 1054. If you're at NAMM this year, be sure to pop by and say "Hi!" - they'd love to shake your hand!

Click here and you'll see Charlie & Gaelan finishing up the setup of our booth!

January 18, 2017

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 Build 457 Update for Windows!

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows Users!

The latest patch update 457 is available - this is available for download here.

Build 457 includes an updated Help File & Manual, more than 30 fixes, and 2 improvements!

January 17, 2017

Get To Know the 12-Key Hi-Q Tab Feature - Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows

One of the new features we added with Band-in-a-Box® 2017 is the 12-Key Hi-Q Tab RealTracks. Click here to listen & watch this new feature in action!

Detailed information:
New! 12-Key "Woodshedding" RealTracks
Many people use the RealTracks feature in Band-in-a-Box® to learn how to "play like the pros." This is because you can see notation, tab, on-screen guitar, and more as you hear the music. Now we've taken this to a higher level, by providing some "12-Key" RealTracks that have been recorded in all 12 keys! In previous versions, you might decide to learn to play by studying the parts played by the RealTracks artists, and watch the notation to do so. Many people have found this a great way to learn, but it had the following issues:
-Since RealTracks were based on only 5 keys, they were transposed much of the time, which would make the guitar part unplayable for a student in some cases.
-The tab/notation was good for guitar, but lacked some precision and graphical representation of bends, pull-offs, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.

We have solved that by creating some Guitar RealTracks with recording in all 12 keys! So you can see what a pro would play over an Ab chord, and you won't see them play on a G transposed up to an Ab, and carefully transcribed notation, with correct bend/hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides... So now you (we!) students have no more excuses! You can watch and learn from the pros!

Plus, Hi-Q Guitar RealCharts are available with highly accurate and readable notation, including new graphical markings for bends, slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs! To see these in action, load in one of the 12-key Hi-Q notation RealTracks by Brent Mason. You can also enter your own guitar notation using these features. Just right click on a note to set its properties to include bends, slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.

January 17, 2017

User Tips & Tricks - Track Categories in RealBand

Our Forum is a great place to ask your questions, share your songs, and help out other users with your own Tips & Tricks!

For example, forum user rharv posted the recent Track Categories in RB thread, where he explains the advantage of using the Track Categories within RealBand.

Check it out here.

Not a member of our Forum yet? Join the conversation when you create your own account here.

January 13, 2017

It's Almost Over - Band-in-a-Box® Special Ends January 15th!

You're running time to order your Band-in-a-Box® upgrade and save up to 50%!

Order before January 15th for great savings on most upgrade packages and a Free Bonus PAK!

Mac users - Place your order online at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

Windows users - Place your order online at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm

...or give us a call.

January 12, 2017

Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box®... Special Ends January 15th!

There's only a few days left to purchase your Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box at discounted pricing... offers end January 15th!

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 $29 (reg. $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 $29 (reg. $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 $49 (reg. $98)!
Includes: 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.

Listen to all the Xtra Styles demos here.

Purchase for Windows here.
Purchase for Mac here.

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

January 12, 2017

Act Now - The Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Special Ends January 15th!

Time is running out! The Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand special pricing ends January 15th!

Order before then and save $20 when you purchase all 3 volumes for just $29 (reg $49). Individual volumes are available for $19 each.

Learn more about the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand special - choose your OS here:
Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand - Mac
Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand - Windows

January 10, 2017

Beginners Forum - How Sound is Routed...

Every wonder exactly how the sound in Band-in-a-Box is routed to your speakers? It's one thing to explain it in writing, but it's often easier to understand this process when you see it as a diagram.

And that's exactly what you can do when you take a look at the forum post pghboemike shared in our Beginners Forum - Click here to check it out!

Great explanation pghboemike - thank you for sharing!

Do you have a handy tip to share with Beginners to Band-in-a-Box or music tech in general? Join our forum and post to our Beginners Forum today!

January 10, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Special Ends January 15th!

There's still time to order your Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac upgrade and save up to 50%!

Order before January 15th for great savings on most upgrade packages and a Free Bonus PAK! Learn more about the features in Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm

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

The special pricing we are offering for the Xtra Styles PAKs and Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand end January 15th also!

Learn more about the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand special... all 3 volumes for just $29 (reg $49) here: www.pgmusic.com/celticguitarmasterclass.mac.htm

Listen to demos & learn more about the Xtra Styles PAKs 1-2, which are on sale for $29 each volume (reg $49) here: www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=mac

January 10, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows Special Ends January 15th!

There's still time to order your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows upgrade and save up to 50%!

Order before January 15th for great savings on most upgrade packages and a Free Bonus PAK!

Learn more about what's new in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm. When you're ready, place your order online at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm or give us a call.

The special pricing we are offering for the Xtra Styles PAKs and Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand end January 15th also!

Learn more about the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand special... all 3 volumes for just $29 (reg $49) here: www.pgmusic.com/celticguitarmasterclass.htm

Listen to demos & learn more about the Xtra Styles PAKs 1-2, which are on sale for $29 each volume (reg $49) here: www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

January 09, 2017

Submit Your Video Testimonial Today!

Want to share with others how much you love Band-in-a-Box? You should create a Video Testimonial and send it to us, just like these other users did!

Submit your video, and when we use it on our website (and YouTube page) we will send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box EverythingPAK! Click here to learn more.

Check out the Video Testimonials we've received so far: www.pgmusic.com/videotestimonials.php

January 09, 2017

Exciting Changes to the GUI in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows!

One of the many new features we're excited to share with the new 2017 version of Band-in-a-Box is the redesigned GUI!

Click here to jump to the GUI enhancements explanation in our Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows New Features Video.

We have redesigned the main screen with many requested improvements, including a new, smaller footprint, configurable toolbars, a tabbed interface, the progress bar, and more. The toolbar area is now 1/3 of the previous vertical height. All of the same buttons are available through the tabbed interface. Select a toolbar on the tabs and then the button you want to use. Re-order the buttons by drag and drop. Customize your own toolbar by adding any buttons in any order. Use the floating, movable, resizable mixer. There are three modes for the toolbar:
-New, smaller, configurable toolbar with tabbed interface.
-Old, taller toolbar, with fixed on-screen mixer (useful for people with hi-res screens).
-DAW mode. This makes a small screen, always on top, useful for drag and drop of files to your favorite DAW.

There are even more additional features on the new GUI - Click here to read about all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows.

January 06, 2017

YouTube Find - EWI etude with Band in a Box®

We came across this home studio performance video on YouTube... they're using the newest Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows version & playing along with an EWI5000.

Click here to watch the video

January 06, 2017

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

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

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

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

January 05, 2017

Xtra Styles PAKs - Special Offers Extended to January 15th!

In December we released more Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box®... Volume 2 is now here, with 160+ new RealStyles!

We offered special pricing on purchasing these until December 31st - and we've extended this offer until January 15th!

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 $29 (reg. $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 $29 (reg. $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 $49 (reg. $98)!
Includes: 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.

Listen to all the Xtra Styles demos here.

Purchase for Windows here.
Purchase for Mac here.

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

January 03, 2017

Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series - Sale Extended to January 15th!

New to our collection of software: the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand!

This is a video Master Class with world-class Celtic guitarist Quinn Bachand. There are 3 volumes, each one hour long. 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).

The Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand is on special until January 15th - all 3 volumes for just $29 (reg $49) here: www.pgmusic.com/celticguitarmasterclass.htm
Mac user? Click here.

(Note: If you're a Band-in-a-Box user, you're likely familiar with Quinn's playing on many of the RealTracks - including the Celtic guitar, Bodhran, Irish Bouzouki, and banjo! Listen to demos of all Quinn's RealTracks here.)

January 03, 2017

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows Special is Extended to January 15th!

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows Special has been extended to January 15, 2017!

Order your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows upgrade during our special and save up to 50%! Plus, most Band-in-a-Box purchases during our special also include a Free Bonus PAK! This includes:

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

--and--

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 add the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49 and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 22 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Styles for Rediscovered RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks! (These Add-ons are not included in any other package.) Learn more about the Free Bonus PAK & 49-PAK here: http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2017.htm.

December 29, 2016

Happy New Year from All of Us at PG Music Inc.!

We'd like to wish you and yours all the best in 2017! We hope everyone enjoys a safe New Years Eve celebration!

If you need to get in touch with us, our sales department will be open! Our weekend hours are:

Saturday, December 31: 7:00AM to 6:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Sunday, January 1: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Monday, January 2: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)

Please note: our Technical Support team is not available on weekends or holidays.

www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm

December 29, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® Special - There's Still Time!

There's only a few days left for our Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows Special, which ends December 31st!

If you haven't ordered your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows upgrade yet, act fast for great savings on most upgrade packages and a Free Bonus PAK! Place your order online at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm or give us a call.

Learn more about what's new in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm

The special pricing we are offering for the Xtra Styles PAKs and Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand end December 31st too!

Learn more about the Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series with Quinn Bachand special - all 3 volumes for just $29 (reg $49) here: www.pgmusic.com/celticguitarmasterclass.htm

Listen to demos & learn more about the Xtra Styles PAKs 1-2, which are on sale for $29 each volume (reg $49) here: www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

December 28, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows Full New Features Video Available!

Take a look at our Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows New Features Video for an in depth look at what's been added with this new version! You can view the video here.

Here is an index for the video:
Introduction to Band-in-a-Box®
New Style Demos
Changes to the GUI & More
New Style Picker Features & More
12-key Hi-Q-TAB & More
Chord Builder & More

Learn more about Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows here: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.htm

December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays from PG Music!

From all of us at PG Music Inc., we hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

A few things to note:

On December 24, 2015 our phone lines will be open until 6pm PST.

We will be closed on December 25, 2015.

On Monday, December 26th our Sales Department will be here from 8am-4pm PST.

For complete contact information, visit: www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm

December 23, 2016

Video - Get to Know the Floating Mixer in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows!

Check out our new video, which highlights some of the great new mixer enhancements and the fully-featured floating mixer in Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows.

You can find the video here:
Band-in-a-Box 2017® for Windows - Mixer Enhancements


Important note: this new floating mixer was added in 2017 build 455 - available from the support page, here.

Video index:
Basic Functionality
Soloing Enhancements
Muting Enhancements
Mixer Piano Enhancements
Floating Mixer Resizing

December 23, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017 Build 455 Update Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows users... a MAJOR patch update is available!

One of the exciting additions with this new patch update: The main screen mixer and floating mixer have been replaced with a new one!

Here are some improvements of the new mixer:
-It can be resized when floating.
-When resized to a larger size, there is a new Tone slider instead of just the dial.
-The piano shows animated keys when moving the mouse over them.
-The piano keys are velocity-sensitive. Clicking on the bottom of the key will play maximum velocity (127), and clicking on the top will play minimum velocity (30).
-The Solo buttons do not effect the status of the Mute buttons anymore. When un-soloing a track, the previous Mute state of all the tracks will be returned. Also, when a track is virtually muted, it will display a different Mute button image than if it is actually muted.
Soloing a track can be additive or subtractive now by right-clicking or Shift-clicking. This means that more than one track can be Soloed. Left-clicking will -cause the old behavior: that track will be the only solo'd track.

To learn more about this patch & download it, click here.


December 22, 2016

Band-in-a-Box User Submission - Quick Preview of 2017!

Want to quickly see the new look in Band-in-a-Box® 2017?
Forum user Pipeline created a great post that does just that - and it's great! Check it out here.

Thanks Pipeline!

December 22, 2016

PG Music Holiday Hours

The holiday season is here! Our availability this season is:

Sales:
Monday - Friday: 6:00AM to 7:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Saturday: 7:00AM to 6:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Sunday & Holidays: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8) This includes December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2016.

Technical Support:
Monday - Friday: 10:00AM to 5:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Please note: Tech Support is not available on weekends or Holidays.

NOTE: We will be closed on Sunday, December 25th.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!

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