Band-in-a-Box

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows and Mac!

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

"This is the BEST track backup program I have heard!"..."I just love it,and it improves how I play the different instruments that I play!"..."The new interface alone is worth the update!"..."A must-have for any songwriter on a budget."..."Band-in-a-Box® is the swiss army knife of music production tools."

June 29, 2016

July 1st is Canada Day - Limited Hours

Friday, July 1st is Canada Day! Although our Customer Service Department will be open, we have limited hours that day:

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

Our hours will return to normal on Saturday, July 2nd.

June 23, 2016

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

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

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

June 21, 2016

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

Learn more about this update and download it here.

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

June 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

June 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

June 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 09, 2016

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

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

Click hereto learn more about this project.

June 07, 2016

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

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

You can read this review here.

June 01, 2016

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

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

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

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

May 30, 2016

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

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

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

May 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

May 26, 2016

RealBand 2016: Build 7 Update Patch Available!

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

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

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

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

May 25, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Special - Time is Running Out!

We recently released Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac! To celebrate, we're offering up to 50% off on Upgrade packages - but only until May 31st. Plus, if you order your 2016 version during our special you'll receive a FREE Bonus PAK of Add-ons that includes:

1 Artist Video Performance:
-Jack Stafford Sax: Indiana

3 MIDI SuperTracks:
-Piano, Rhythm FolkySwing Sw 110
-Piano, Electric, Rhythm FunkSwing16 Sw16 085
-Piano, Rhythm CountryBentNoteJohn Sw 085

4 Instrumental Studies:
-Bass, Electric, Jazz Funk Poppy, Ev16 110
-Guitar, Acoustic, Folk, 2-part Fingerpicking, Sw16 085
-Guitar, Electric, Blues and Rock, Medium Rock Soloist, Ev 120
-Piano, Acoustic, Jazz and Bossa, Solo-Accompaniment Jazz Stride, Sw 085

We're also offering a 49-PAK, with 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 2 Artist Video Performances, 8 MIDI SuperTracks, and 15 Instrumental Studies. Add it to your purchase for only $49!
These Add-ons are not included in any other package.

Learn more about your purchase options at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm.

May 20, 2016

Monday, May 23rd - Victoria Day Holiday Hours

Monday, May 23rd - Victoria Day Holiday Hours

Here at "PG Headquarters" we are celebrating Victoria Day on Monday, May 23rd.

Our sales line will be open from 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST.

Our technical support line will be closed, but will re-open Tuesday morning at 10AM PST.

Click here to see more information about our hours of operation.

May 20, 2016

New Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Video: Fake Sheet Mode, Repeats, 1st/2nd Endings, Codas, etc.

The final Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac New Features video is ready, and we've added demonstrations of importing/exporting Music XML, chord chart customization, and more!

Check it out: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=_eqADUKt71A

May 13, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows Build 434 Update Available!

An update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2016 for Windows.

Download the Band-in-a-Box 2016 Build 434 update (BETA) here.
This is considered to be a beta version because it is new.

Summary of changes for Build 434 (May 11, 2016):

Fixed: The [Options] button in the Repeats dialog would open the old Display Options window.
Fixed: The track buttons in the notation window would sometimes cause random messages to appear.
Fixed: The song title subgenres were not translated in localized versions.
Fixed: Edit | Lyrics | Copy Lyrics to Clipboard did not work with bar-based lyrics.
Fixed: Saving a scheme in Display Options might fail sometimes (error = "Failed to save scheme file").
Fixed: Rests & Pushes would not display in color while other chords in the same bar were being entered.
Fixed: N/A styles show in the StylePicker the first time it opens.
Fixed: In the What Add-ons do I have? dialog, RealTracks that only include RealDrums will be missing.
Fixed: When opening or importing a WAV file, and choosing "No" for the popup message "File is mono. Answer Yes to import as mono, or No to convert to stereo" would not convert the audio to stereo.
Fixed: When opening or importing a WAV file, and choosing "Cancel" for the popup message "File is mono. Answer Yes to import as mono, or No to convert to stereo" would not cancel the import.
Fixed: The track decibel offset saved in style files was not applying to UserTracks.

May 11, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Build 127 Update Available

We've released a Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac patch (build 127) that has a total of 60 updates, additions, and fixes!

Learn more about this free patch update (for 2016 customers) and download it here.

May 06, 2016

New Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Video - Fake Sheet Mode, Repeats, 1st/2nd Endings, Codas, etc.

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac is the upgrade you have been waiting for... and it includes the NEW Fake Sheet Mode, Repeats, 1st/2nd Endings, Codas, etc. feature!

Check out our latest video, which shows you how to make repeats, DS al Coda, Fine, 1st/2nd endings, etc. in Band-in-a-Box® for Mac. You'll also see the difference between having Fake Sheet mode on or off. Watch this new video here: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=YzJuhAsGJ_k

Learn all about the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm

May 04, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac - Bonus PAKs During the Month of May!

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac during the month of May comes and you'll get a Free Bonus PAK that includes:

1 Artist Video Performance:
-Jack Stafford Sax: Indiana

3 MIDI SuperTracks:
-Piano, Rhythm FolkySwing Sw 110
-Piano, Electric, Rhythm FunkSwing16 Sw16 085
-Piano, Rhythm CountryBentNoteJohn Sw 085

4 Instrumental Studies:
-Bass, Electric, Jazz Funk Poppy, Ev16 110
-Guitar, Acoustic, Folk, 2-part Fingerpicking, Sw16 085
-Guitar, Electric, Blues and Rock, Medium Rock Soloist, Ev 120
-Piano, Acoustic, Jazz and Bossa, Solo-Accompaniment Jazz Stride, Sw 085

*Excluding the $49 Pro Upgrade*

Plus, you can add a 49-PAK to your purchase for only $49! This is packed with 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 2 Artist Video Performances, 8 MIDI SuperTracks, 15 Instrumental Studies, and (for the first time ever) 3 "Artist Video Performances," which are video files that play in Band-in-a-Box®! Click here to learn more about the Bonus PAKs.

Visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm to find the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac purchase for you.

May 02, 2016

RealBand 2016 for Windows: Build 6 Update Available

We have recently released the latest patch update for RealBand 2016 for Windows. This update can be downloaded here.

Summary of Changes for Version 2016 Build 6 (April 29, 2016)
Added: Dashed line at 0 db in the node editing area.
Added: Localization strings for recent changes such as Gain Nodes.
Added: Menu items in node popup to change the node type without using the combo box.
Added: Mouse wheel support to Piano Roll win.
Added: New Feature - Gain Nodes. These nodes allow for a db adjustment (-64 to +36db is the default range) for Audio tracks, or a CC 11 (expression) controller change level (0 to 127) for MIDI tracks.
Added: Setting in Audio Preferences to use smaller MME buffers if the song has gain nodes, to prevent stair-step clicking.
Added: Text that shows the upper and lower dB range when editing gain nodes.
Added: Two new song settings for avoiding the use of transposed files for RealTracks generation, and Ignoring slash roots except for Bass.
Added: Visual Transpose button text now turns red if the song is visually transposed to a different key.
Fixed: "Options.txt" showing up in favorite user tracks submenu.
Fixed: Cleanup nodes wasn't working correctly.
Fixed: Clicking and dragging on a track to highlight From/Thru now can't be done in the node area, since it was sometimes interfering with node entry.
Fixed: Extremely long lyrics in an .SEQ could cause an error.
Fixed: Import Wave dialog help button not connected.
Fixed: Language dialog didn't load correct language if Simplified Chinese .DLL was present.
Fixed: Note based lyrics were not loaded in when loading in an MGU.
Fixed: Potential access violation if there was a blank audio track but which had nodes or volume controllers in it.
Fixed: Some illegal characters in a track name were not replaced when dragging outside of RB.
Fixed: When loading in an XML file while the Format is set to French Canada, there would be an access violation if the file contained a number with a decimal point.
Fixed: Word wrap didn't work with the yellow Flash Message.

May 02, 2016

Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows: Build 433 Update Available

We have recently released the latest patch update for Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows. This update can be downloaded here.

Summary of Changes for Version 2016 Build 433 (April 29, 2016):
Fixed: The Help button in the Save XML File dialog did not work.
Fixed: Sometimes a part-marker might be changed unintentionally (eg. when double-clicking on a file in the File Open dialog, and the mouse is currently over a part marker).
Fixed: Edit | Insert Bar(s) would not shift Bar Lyrics or Section Text (layers).
Fixed: Edit | Delete Bar(s) would not shift Bar Lyrics or Section Text (layers).
Fixed: BB hard drive icon was pixelated.
Fixed: If a "Held" variation of a RealTrack is used in a song, then all the chords will change to the held color while generating, but not changed back after.
Fixed: Opening a new song would not always scroll to the top.
Fixed: CTRL+P in the Chordsheet would change a part marker instead of opening the Print Options window.

April 28, 2016

New Video - Everything You Need to Know About Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac in less than 6 minutes!

Looking for a brief overview of some of the most exciting new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac?

Check out our "Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac - Everything you need to know in less than 6 minutes!" video, which shows just how major this upgrade is! You'll also learn about the new Add-ons: a total of 225 new RealTracks, 11 new MIDI SuperTracks, 19 new Instrumental Studies, and 3 "Artist Video Performances!" Watch the video...

Learn all about the new Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac version here: www.pgmusic.com/mac.new.htm

April 25, 2016

Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Mac is Here!

We're excited to release the brand new Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac!

Some of the 50 New Features released with this version include:

-The StylePicker has been redesigned and enhanced, and the Chord Sheet is also enhanced with a new look, feel, and customization options.

-You can now load MusicXML files!

-A Fake Sheet mode has been added to Chord Sheet and Lead Sheet. Fake Sheet mode allows display of repeats, 1st/2nd endings, DS/DC al Coda, and more.

-The Chord Sheet has been enhanced with new look, feel and customization

…and so much more!

Check out all the new features: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm.

With the release of Version 2016, there are 201 NEW RealTracks being added to our library! Plus, there are an additional 24 Bonus RealTracks, 11 MIDI SuperTracks, 19 Instrumental Studies, 3 Artist Video Performances, 89 RealStyles, and more when you add a 49-PAK to your purchase!

Of course, we're offering phenomenal pricing on Upgrade packages (until May 31st), and a FREE Bonus PAK is included with most purchases! All of the purchase options can be viewed here.

April 07, 2016

New Video - Musicians Talk Band-in-a-Box

Check out our latest video - created with clips taken from your Video Testimonials! Musicians Talk Band in a Box.

To learn more about submitting your own video testimonial, visit this post.

April 06, 2016

Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows - International Translations Available!

If you're interested in purchasing a translated version of Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows, we now have the Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish translations available!

You can purchase the language versions from this list, just click on the language you'd like:
Band-in-a-Box: Danish
Band-in-a-Box: Dutch
Band-in-a-Box: French
Band-in-a-Box: German
Band-in-a-Box: Italian
Band-in-a-Box: Portuguese
Band-in-a-Box: Russian
Band-in-a-Box: Spanish
Band-in-a-Box: Swedish

If you've already purchased the English version of the program, and would like the translated version, please send an email request to sales@pgmusic.com. It's a small download ("language patch") that will allow you to use the program in either English or your preferred language.

April 06, 2016

Announcing PowerTracks Pro Audio 2016!

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2016 is here with great new features and enhancements including Load & Save MusicXML files, a fresh new logo, render track as ACID Loop and export it to BB Loops folder, Save Chords Window as Video, and more!

Detailed look at the new features in 2016

Purchase PowerTracks Pro Audio 2016 here

March 31, 2016

Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows - German & French Available!

If you're interested in purchasing a translated version of Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Windows, we now have the German & French translations available!

You can purchase the German version here.

The French version is available here.

If you've already purchased the English version of the program, and would like the translated version, please send an email request to sales@pgmusic.com. It's a small download ("language patch") that will allow you to use the program in either English or your preferred language.

March 31, 2016

Good Luck to All the RealTracks Artist Award Nominees!

This is going to be an exciting weekend in the music industry!

This Sunday tune in to watch the ACM Awards, or you could choose the JUNO Awards... there are a few RealTracks Artist nominees to cheer for!

ACM Awards - RealTracks Artist Nominations:
Bass Player of the Year - Mark Hill
Drummer of the Year - Shannon Forrest
Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year - Glen Duncan
Steel Guitar Player of the Year - Paul Franklin
Steel Guitar Player of the Year - Steven Hinson

JUNO Awards - RealTracks Artist Nominations:
2016 Jazz Album of the Year: Group - The Brad Turner Quartet

Good luck everyone!

March 29, 2016

Video - Explore the New Band-in-a-Box 2016 Chord Chart

Have you taken a look at the updated Chord Chart with Band-in-a-Box 2016? It's been enhanced with new look, feel and customization! Watch the video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=iKUE4vSfISc&t=1324

A list of these updates:
-All layers can be customized with font and color.
-Now you see the chord where you are typing it. Previously, chords wouldn’t appear until you hit the Enter key, and sometimes wouldn’t appear at all if you made a typo.
-Colors for all elements on the Chord Sheet can be customized.
-Mouse-over indication shows which bar, cell, or part marker you are currently hovering your mouse over.
-You can now select a region of bars by just using the keyboard.
-There is now a Superscript option (separate settings for the chords and the Additional Chord Display layer).
-The number of columns can be customized.
-The "Extra space between columns (pixels)" option allows you to choose a border thickness between columns.
-The "New line for every section" option previously required that each section was at least 2 bars long, but now there is a "minimum section" setting.
-The "Show bar lines" option displays a bar line next to each bar number.
-The "Show bar numbers" option lets you choose how often bar numbers should display: never, always, only at part markers, or only at new rows.
-The "Use substyle colors for bar #s, etc." option controls the color of the optional bar lines, bar numbers, and section letters.
-The "Gray out chords beyond time signature" setting grays out chords that won't play in the song.
-The "Display ‘2’ as ‘sus2’" and "Display ‘sus’ as ‘sus4’" settings will show suspended chords more explicitly: ‘sus’ implies ‘sus4,’ and ‘2’ implies ‘sus2,’ but you might want to see the full extension name.
-All of the settings and colors can be saved and loaded as a .csc file.

March 24, 2016

Happy Easter! We Are Open!

Easter Weekend is here! Although we will have limited hours, our customer service department will be open every single day!

Our Easter Weekend hours are:

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

Technical Service:
Closed. (Will re-open Monday, March 28th at 10:00AM PST)

All of our hours and contact information list here.

March 24, 2016

New Video - Using Band-in-a-Box to Supercharge Pro Tools!

Check out our latest video, and you'll learn how the powerful combination of Band-in-a-Box and Pro Tools can boost your music creativity!

Click on this link to watch the video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=otq-sgUhyWk

March 21, 2016

Band-in-a-Box 2016: Intelligent Style Suggestion!

Have you used the new Intelligent Style Suggestion feature in Band-in-a-Box 2016 yet? It's AMAZING! All you have to do is type in the name of a song you like, and Band-in-a-Box will tell you the styles that have a matching genre, feel, and tempo to that song!

We show off this feature in our 2016 New Features video - jump to it here: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=iKUE4vSfISc?t=836

All of the new features in Band-in-a-Box 2016 list here.

March 21, 2016

We'd Still Love to See Your Video Testimonials!

We've been collecting Video Testminonials since last summer, and we'd love to see more!

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!

For complete information on this project, click here.

March 17, 2016

PG Radio - Updated "Requested Songs" Playlist on SoundCloud!

We've added 29 songs to the new "Requested Songs" playlist on our Band-in-a-Box Radio station on SoundCloud! These are all songs that other forum members really like, and requested using the following steps:

1. Find a song you would like to see on the Requested Songs station. This song must have been previously posted on the User Showcase forums, and must also currently be hosted on SoundCloud. You cannot request your own song.

2. Once you've made your selection, send us an email at radio@pgmusic.com. In the email, include the song title and artist, and a url (link) to the User Showcase forum post. Also, be sure to tell us why you're requesting the song!

3. We'll review your choice, and if it meets the criteria, it will be added to the Requested Songs playlist. For now, we will not be putting a limit on the number of songs a single person can request, but please keep things reasonable.

SAMPLE EMAIL:
Hi,

I would like to request Song A by John Smith for the Requested Songs playlist on SoundCloud. It's a great country tune with good mixing, and I want everyone to hear it! The forum post is here: http://www.pgmusic.com/

Thanks,
Jane Doe

Feel free to send in your requests!

March 17, 2016

Behind the Scenes with RealDrums Artist Pat Steward

The recording of new RealTracks and RealDrums is underway! Here's a "behind the scenes" look at a recent recording session with PG Music's Tobin and RealDrums Artist Pat Seward!

In this picture, Pat Steward is recording some great new hard rock and modern rock RealDrums for Band-in-a-Box!
Click here to view image.

Canadian Pat Steward is a big beat drummer who made his mark on Bryan Adams' hit Summer of '69 and then played the world tour of the Reckless album. It's an association that has continued over the years, with Pat playing drum tracks on Adams' 2008 album release, 11. He has also been a longtime member of the legendard Canadian band The Odds, as well as recording and performing with the likes of Colin James, The Matthew Good Band, and more!

Learn more about Pat and listen to demos of his RealDrums here.

March 16, 2016

Talent Scout Opportunity - Watch to Help RnAM!

Forum users RnAM are participating in a talent scout opportunity, and they'd like our help! Check out their submission, which had to be recorded live in the bedroom (of all the places!)

Winning is almost solely based on the amount of views the video gets, as well as the quality of the song & video. YouTube thumbs ups and comments also count - so make sure you post your praises on their video, here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MKn5yV7fGc
Watch the complete video from start to finish, since watching only part of it doesn't count as a view.

It's RnAM's hope that all forum members are willing to help them by watching their video, which is 3 minutes and 8 seconds long! Let's support them with this great opportunity!

Song specifics:
Style: ALBERTI.STY (Alberti Classical Piano)
MIDI Instruments: City Piano (Kontakt)
Flute: Body Instruments Mysterious Violin (Kontakt)
RealTracks:
1680:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
Loop: Metronome
Rob plays Oboe (Kontakt) and additonal Piano

March 16, 2016

Announcing the Final Three Band-in-a-Box Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Band-in-a-Box Giveaway! The final 3 winners are:
-Ewing Jesús Falla Arévalo
-John S. Faye
-Jim (Smurf)

They join A. Gourlay and Malcolm Scott as proud winners of a Band-in-a-Box EverythingPAK - Congratulations!

March 15, 2016

RealTracks Artist Eric Marienthal Announcement!

We came across an exciting opportunity that we just have to share! An opportunity to WIN one year of Jazz Saxophone Lessons with Eric Marienthal! (online lessons) Click here to learn more about this opportunity!
PG Music Inc. is not affiliated with this offer.

Eric joined our list of RealTracks Artists with the 2010.5 release of RealTracks Set 91. You'll find all of Eric's RealTracks in the following sets:
RealTracks Set 91: Smooth Jazz - Sax Soloing
RealTracks Set 127: Groovin' Jazz Funk
RealTracks Set 145: Jazz-Funk Breezy
RealTracks Set 160: Jazz-Funk Movin'

To learn more about Eric, and listen to demos of his RealTracks, visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

March 14, 2016

Time is Running Out - Enter the Band-in-a-Box Giveaway NOW!

If you haven't entered the Band-in-a-Box Giveaway yet, you still have time! Head to our Band-in-a-Box Giveaway page for your chance to win a Band-in-a-Box EverythingPAK!

Plus, since the Giveaway has had such an amazing response, we wanted to increase your chances of winning - so now we are giving away 2 additional EverythingPAKs with the final draw scheduled for March 15, 2016 - WHICH MEANS THERE ARE 3 MORE TO BE WON!

Enter your email for your chance to win - it's that easy! Plus, if you have a Facebook account, you can share the Giveaway with your friends for additional bonus entries.

You don't need a Facebook account to enter! If you're not on Facebook, click here to enter.

March 11, 2016

Band-in-a-Box Giveaway - Enter by March 15!

If you haven't entered the Giveaway yet, there's still time! Head to our Band-in-a-Box Giveaway page...

Good news!
WE'VE INCREASED YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING! Due to the overwhelming amount of entries received, we are giving away 2 additional EverythingPAKs with the final draw scheduled for March 15, 2016 - WHICH MEANS THERE ARE 3 MORE TO BE WON!

All you have to do is enter your email for your chance to win - it's that easy! Plus, if you have a Facebook account, you can share the Giveaway with your friends for additional bonus entries.

March 10, 2016

RealTracks Artist Trevor Hutchinson - St Patrick's Day Performance!

RealTracks Artist Trevor Hutchinson is part of the Irish acoustic group Lúnasa, so it's fitting that they are performing on St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) in Davis, CA (USA) at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts!

They'll also be prolonging the St. Patrick’s Day celebration by performing at the Laxson Auditorium in Chico, CA (USA) @ 7:30 p.m. on March 18th!

For a complete list of performance dates for Lúnasa, visit www.lunasa.ie/lunasa-tourdates/

Head to Trevor's RealTracks Artist Bio page to learn more about him, and listen to demos of the RealTracks he's a part of (Sets 104 & 123).

March 09, 2016

PG Radio - New "Requested Songs" Playlist on SoundCloud!

We're going to start up a new playlist on the Band-in-a-Box Radio station on SoundCloud: the "Requested Songs" station. This will be a place for you to find songs that other forum members really like, as well as to give a thumbs up to a song that you think deserves it! We are going to do things a bit differently with this one, so please read the procedure below:

1. Find a song you would like to see on the Requested Songs station. This song must have been previously posted on the User Showcase forums, and must also currently be hosted on SoundCloud. You cannot request your own song.

2. Once you've made your selection, send us an email at radio@pgmusic.com. In the email, include the song title and artist, and a url to the User Showcase forum post. Also, be sure to tell us why you're requesting the song!

3. We'll review your choice, and if it meets the criteria, it will be added to the Requested Songs playlist. For now, we will not be putting a limit on the number of songs a single person can request, but please keep things reasonable.

SAMPLE EMAIL:
Hi,

I would like to request Song A by John Smith for the Requested Songs playlist on Soundcloud. It's a great country tune with good mixing, and I want everyone to hear it! The forum post is here: http://www.pgmusic.com/

Thanks,
Jane Doe

March 09, 2016

RealTracks Artist Kenny Barron - Album Release!

RealTracks Artist, and 2010 Jazz Master Pianist, Kenny Barron has just released the first album with the Kenny Barron Trio! Learn more about this album release here.

Of course, with an album release comes a concert tour! It looks like the Kenny Barron Trio is on the road all month long with their European Tour, and they don't stop there - the US Tour starts in April! See all the upcoming appearance dates here: http://kennybarron.com/itinerary/.

To learn more about Kenny, and listen to demos of his RealTracks, visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

March 08, 2016

Band-in-a-Box Giveaway - Announcing the 2nd Winner!

It's time to announce our second winner! Congratulations Malcolm Scott - you now have your own personal backup band!

For our final draw (March 15th), we'll be tripling your chances to win by giving away not one, but THREE Band-in-a-Box EverythingPAKs! Head to our Band-in-a-Box Giveaway page for your chance to WIN!

Don't have Facebook? Enter here.

All you have to do is enter your email for your chance to win - it's that easy! Plus, if you have a Facebook account, you can share the Giveaway with your friends for additional bonus entries.

Good luck everyone!

March 08, 2016

RealTracks Artist Ron Carter - April Performance!

RealTracks Artist Ron Carter shares the stage with Pat Metheny on Saturday, April 23rd for two shows (5pm & 8pm) at the Schmidtchen Theatre in Cape May, NJ!

The performance is part of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival that takes place from April 22 to April 24, 2016. For a complete list of Artists performing, visit www.exit0jazzfest.com/artists/.

Ron joined our RealTracks collection with the release of our Jazz Pollwinners Sets 196, 197, and later on Set 214. To learn more about Ron, and listen to demos of his RealTracks, visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

March 02, 2016

Announcing Our First Winner - Band-in-a-Box Giveaway!

We have our first winner! Congratulations A. Gourlay - you now have your own personal backup band!

There's still time to enter - we're giving away TWO more EverythingPAKs! Head to our Band-in-a-Box Giveaway page for your chance to WIN 1 of 2 more Band-in-a-Box EverythingPAKs!

Don't have Facebook? Enter here.

All you have to do is enter your email for your chance to win - it's that easy! Plus, if you have a Facebook account, you can share the Giveaway with your friends for additional bonus entries.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

February 29, 2016

Band-in-a-Box 2016 Build 432 Update Available!

An update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2016!
(This is considered to be a beta version because it is new.)

Learn more and download here.

Added: "Bar Lyrics Font" settings added to Notation Options. This allows a specific font size percentage to be applied to Bar Lyrics in the leadsheet.
Added: Audio Edit right-click context menu now has option to permanently apply the bar 1 offset by deleting or inserting silence at the beginning of the track.
Added: Audio Edit right-click context menu now has option to remove all UserTracks markers within selected range.
Added: Audio Edit right-click context menu now has option to remove closest UserTracks marker to cursor (within one beat).
Changed: "High Quality Tempo/Pitch Stretching" in RealTracks Preferences will always be set to false when booting up Band-in-a-Box.

Plus more than 40 fixes & improvements!

February 23, 2016

Band-in-a-Box Giveaway!

Head to our Band-in-a-Box Giveaway page for your chance to WIN 1 of 3 Band-in-a-Box EverythingPAKs!

All you have to do is enter your email for your chance to win - it's that easy! Plus, if you have a Facebook account, you can share the Giveaway with your friends for additional bonus entries.

Not on Facebook? Click here to enter.
Good luck!

February 23, 2016

Band-in-a-Box Radio on SoundCloud is Here!

There are so many great song submissions to our User Showcase Forum, and now you can listen to them on the Band-in-a-Box Radio SoundCloud page!

We've created different playlists (stations) for easy listening:
-Recent Songs 78 songs included in the playlist
-Featured Songs 63 songs included in the playlist
-Jazz 102 songs included in the playlist
-Rock & Pop 142 songs included in the playlist
-Country & Folk 149 songs included in the playlist

For more information on our Band-in-a-Box Radio SoundCloud page, visit this forum post.

February 18, 2016

Video Tutorial: Band-in-a-Box Hands Free with Naturally Speaking - User Created!

Band-in-a-Box Forum Member Rob (from RnAM) created this easy-to-follow tutorial showing you how to use Band-in-a-Box with hands free commands!

Watch it: Band-in-a-Box Hands Free with Naturally Speaking - User Tutorial

The commands can be downloaded here (you will have to create an account on the KnowBrainer forum).

February 16, 2016

RealTracks Artist Zane Carney - Los Angeles Performance!

If you're going to be in Los Angeles on Friday, April 29th and are interested in seeing RealTracks Artist Zane Carney perform with Charles Jones, tickets for this all ages performance go on sale this Friday! Click here for event information and to purchase tickets.

Zane was added to our RealTracks Artist library with the release of Band-in-a-Box 2016 and RealTracks Set 228 : Modern Pop with Zane Carney.

To listen to the demos of Zane's RealTracks, visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page, or watch this YouTube video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=UYmQFz_HP10.

Learn more about Zane's experience with Band-in-a-Box with his video testimonial: Zane Carney on Band-in-a-Box.

February 16, 2016

Woodshedding with Band-in-a-Box #TipTuesday

Woodshedding (defined as Slang; to practice a musical instrument assiduously and with a specific goal in mind) is easy with Band-in-a-Box!

In Band-in-a-Box, press the [Practice] toolbar button and select Woodshed (increasing) Tempo… from the pulldown menu.

This will open the Tempo Woodshedding dialog window. If you set the "Woodshed tempo" value to 5 in this dialog, the tempo will speed up by 5 each time the song (or a highlighted section) loops to the beginning.

The idea is that you start off with a slow tempo, playing the part perfectly, and keep this up as the song tempo increases - what a great way to learn!

Check out this video tutorial to see how it's done using Band-in-a-Box: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=WFDORaC04Mc.

We even have a dedicated Woodshedding - Learning to Play! Forum where you can post anything to do with learning to play any musical instrument (including vocals)!

February 15, 2016

Coming Soon to SoundCloud... PG Radio!

PG Radio is coming soon to SoundCloud ...

If you don't have a soundcloud.com account with your songs, please get a SoundCloud.com account, and then make a single post in the User Showcase Forum that lists all the links to your songs on SoundCloud (example here) so that we can add them to the radio playlist!

If you do have a soundcloud.com account with your songs, and have been using the links with your User Showcase Forum posts, there's nothing you need to do, since we can find the posts and add the links to the PG Radio!

February 15, 2016

Band-in-a-Box 2015 Mac Review! (by Premier Guitar)

Premier Guitar published their latest Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Mac review on February 14, 2016.

Jason Shadrick finishes off this quick review by saying:
Band-in-a-Box is one of the most useful tools for inquisitive musicians out there.

To read this review, and rate the program, visit this link.

You can also read other Band-in-a-Box reviews when you head to www.pgmusic.com/news.reviews.php.

Plus, as a Band-in-a-Box User, don't forget that you can review the program on our site when you visit the Comments section of our Band-in-a-Box page.

February 12, 2016

RealTracks Artist Pat Martino - February Performances!

The Pat Martino Trio has a busy week coming up! Six performances in as many days starting on February 20th in Portland, Oregon with the Portland Jazz Festival. From there, they'll be heading to San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Seattle, and will finish the week off in Golden, Colorado!

For a more detailed list of Pat's upcoming shows, visit www.patmartino.com/ and click on Itinerary.

You'll find his RealTracks in Set 195: Jazz Pollwinners 2 - Pat Martino Guitar. To listen to demos of these, and learn more about Pat, visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

February 12, 2016

Our "Tips and Tricks" Forum - Share Your Band-in-a-Box Tips & Tutorials!

Have you come up with some technical tips or tutorials that are related to our products? Share them with fellow users by posting them to our Tips & Tricks Forum. As it is right now, there are 26 pages of posts from our Forum Members in that category!

Plus, if you've made your own tutorial video be sure to let us know - we can post it to our User to User Videos page.

February 11, 2016

#ThrowbackThrusday - Band-in-a-Box 7 (from 1997!)

Wow - take a look at this Band-in-a-Box 7 New Features Video from 1997... www.pgmusic.com/?vid=OdtSP2SfKAI

Peter explains all the new features offered with this version release, which you can also review as a written list here.

February 11, 2016

Special Offer - Save on "Other Software" Purchases!

When you purchase any three "Performance Products" (Multimedia, Master Solos, Master Class or Performance Series products) valued at $49 each, there's a discount applied - you can purchase any three of these programs for only $99!

It doesn't stop there! Purchase 4 of these for only $131, 5 for just $149, or 6 for just $179!

This breaks down as:
Buy 3 Performance products for $99 - that's a savings of $48!
Buy 4 Performance products for $131 - that's a savings of $65!
Buy 5 Performance products for $149 - that's a savings of $96!
Buy 6 Performance products for $179 - that's a savings of $115!

Just add the items to your shopping cart - these discounts are applied once the quantity is reached.

Visit http://www.pgmusic.com/products.htm to see which products are available for your operating system.

February 10, 2016

We're Looking for a "Loops Creator"

We're looking to find someone who is a whiz at making loops, Hip-Hop, Techno, Dubstep, all of that kind of stuff!

If anyone has anyone they know who is really great at doing this kind of thing, we'd love to get in touch with them. Send any information you may have to marketing@pgmusic.com.

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