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."

November 29, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum!

New to Band-in-a-Box® ? We've created a Beginner's Forum that's the perfect place to post resources ideal for those starting with Band-in-a-Box®.

If you're not new to Band-in-a-Box®, that doesn't mean you can't join in the action! Pop over to the new forum to join in the discussion & share your knowledge too!

November 28, 2016

#MusicMonday - Listen to All These Great Songs!

Check out our Band-in-a-Box® Radio page... there are hours of songs to listen to - all shared with us by our Forum Members!

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!

November 25, 2016

Get the Most Out of Band-in-a-Box® with Add-ons!

Get the Most Out of Band-in-a-Box® with Add-ons!

We offer a huge selection of Add-ons to help you get the most out of Band-in-a-Box®!

On top of RealTracks & RealDrums, we offer sets of MIDI SuperTracks, MIDI Styles, MIID Soloists, MIDI Melodists, MIDI Essential Phrases & Riffs, MIDI Fakebooks, Video Tutorials, and more!

Choose your OS to learn about all the Add-ons available:
Band-in-a-Box® for Windows Add-ons
Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Add-ons

Not sure if what Add-ons you already have? Within Band-in-a-Box®, choose Help | What Add-ons do I have? - there you'll see a list of what is installed already!

November 25, 2016

The "I just heard Band-in-a-Box on YouTube" Forum is a HIT!

If you've been watching videos on YouTube and come across one that had music from Band-in-a-Box (or a Band-in-a-Box tutorial), we now have a Forum you can share this too!

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

This special forum was created in September 2016, and since then more than 30 videos have already been shared! Have a look here.

November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from PG Music!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American customers & friends - we hope that everyone enjoys the holiday!

November 23, 2016

Generate Vocals Using Sinsy!

A new feature added with Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac was the feature to hear Band-in-a-Box® singing, with built-in support for the popular online vocal synth "Sinsy."

Tobin explains this feature within our Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac New Features video, here.

Have you added Sinsy vocals to your Band-in-a-Box® song yet?

November 23, 2016

Shared UserTracks - Accordion, RhythmWithBass IrishJig Sw 120

Forum User "Icelander" has embraced the UserTracks feature in Band-in-a-Box®, and shared his latest creation earlier this week - Accordion, RhythmWithBass IrishJig Sw 120!

This can be reviewed and downloaded here.

Icelander has described this UserTrack as:
A rich sounding accordion playing a bouncy rhythm reminiscent of the Irish "Jig", including a steady "walking" bass line to complete a full-fledged backing instrumentation. it can thus stand easily on its own as well as alongside other swinging instruments, jig or otherwise.===Over an HOUR of playing data, in uncompressed .wav files for approx. 400 Mb in size!

November 22, 2016

Speed Up Chord Entry with the K Quick Copy Feature! #TipTuesday

By simply typing "K" at a bar (followed by Enter key), you can instantly copy the last 8 bars to the current position. By adding additional keys in the K command, you can customize this shortcut (e.g. typing K12,3 would copy from bar 3 for 12 bars to current position). The current position is advanced to the bar beyond the copy. This speeds up song entry!

For example, if you're entering a song that has a repeating section of chords for 8 bars, type in the first 8 bars of chords and then move to bar 9, and then type: k [ENTER].

The last 8 bars will be copied to bar 9-16, and the cursor will be moved to bar 17, so you're ready to continue with the tune. If you get to bar 25, and would like the chords from 1-8 to be copied to 25-32, type k,1 and this will copy 8 bars from bar 1 to bar 25.

NOTE: The chords always get copied. The Melody, Soloist, and Lyrics also get copied if these items are set in the Copy Chords and / or Melody dialog (Edit | Copy Special | Copy From.. To..).

Watch the video to see this feature in action: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=A25QaoEUC_E

November 22, 2016

RealTracks Artist Mike LeDonne - Salon Session

Recently, Mike LeDonne sat down with Sheila Anderson of www.wbgo.org/ for a Salon Session - Click here to listen!

Mike has been a RealTracks Artist since 2010, with RealTracks Set 90: Jazz Organ. Learn more about Mike LeDonne when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page here.

November 21, 2016

YouTube Find: Band-in-a-Box (DOS!)

Check out this Band-in-a-Box® video we came across on YouTube:
youtu.be/vitbNI2ekxM

Amazing!

November 21, 2016

Visit our Band-in-a-Box® Radio Page!

Our Band-in-a-Box Radio page was launched almost a month ago... have you had a chance to visit it yet?

Songs that have been uploaded to SoundCloud and shared on our User Showcase Forum have been used to create the playlists for our new Band-in-a-Box Radio page - make sure you check it out! We've made listening easy by creating a few different playlists to shuffle through: Recent, Featured, Country & Folk (1, 2), Jazz (1, 2), Rock & Pop (1, 2), and Song Requests.

November 18, 2016

Follow us on Facebook - Help Us Achieve 20,000 Likes!

If you're a Facebook user, make sure to follow us on Facebook - we are so close to exceeding 20,000 likes!

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!

November 18, 2016

We'd Love to See Your Band-in-a-Box Video Testimonial!

Have you ever wanted to "shout from the rooftop" how much you love Band-in-a-Box? You might want to create a Video Testimonial too!

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

November 17, 2016

Share the Best of YouTube!

If you've come across a great music-related video while visiting YouTube, share it with us!

Our dedicated Best of YouTube forum is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to visit!

Did anyone see Will's recent post, Blind guitarist accompanied by his son on drums? It's amazing! And, I don't think I would have found something like this on my own...

Make sure you share your favorite music-related video with the rest of us here on the Forum - I'm sure we'll love it!

November 17, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® - Japanese Edition!

Band-in-a-Box® is available in fourteen different languages, including Japanese!

Our Band-in-a-Box® Japanese version is available when you visit www.biab.mu/product/

Notice a difference? Instead of "2015" or "2016" for the version number, "23" & "24" are used. The retail packaging isn't the same
either - but, don't be alarmed.... what's included in the package is still the one-and-only Band-in-a-Box®!

To learn more - pick your OS:
Band-in-a-Box® 24 for Windows (equivalent to Band-in-a-Box® version 2016.)
Band-in-a-Box® 23 for Mac (equivalent to Band-in-a-Box® version 2015.)

November 16, 2016

Learning is FUN with Pitch Invasion!

Ear training on-the-go! Download the Pitch Invasion Free App on iTunes to make pitch learning fun and easy!

Pitch Invasion is based on old-style classic arcade games. Aliens descend upon your home planet, intent on destroying your prized collection of musical instruments. It′s your job to blast them out of the sky by recognizing the pitch that they are playing, and by playing that pitch yourself before they reach the ground. If they reach the ground, one of your 15 musical instruments will be destroyed. Once your instruments are all destroyed, it's Game Over! As you blast the aliens, you can move up to harder, faster levels. Points are awarded for blasting aliens and the higher the level, the more points you get. Bonus points are also awarded in other areas throughout the game.

Note: Pitch Invasion is also included with a Band-in-a-Box for Windows purchase! To access the game from the program, go to the Window Menu and select "Practice Window" (also accessed by Alt Shift L) and choose the [Pitch Invasion] button!

November 16, 2016

The UserTracks Feature in Band-in-a-Box®

In 2014 we introduced the UserTracks feature for Band-in-a-Box® & RealBand.
UserTracks allow anyone to create their own audio styles for use in Band-in-a-Box®. With a UserTracks style, you can type in any chords into Band-in-a-Box®, and the UserTracks style you made will play that chord progression! For example, if you've made a UserTracks style by recording yourself playing a guitar groove, you can then type any chords into Band-in-a-Box®, and the result will be that it will play your guitar groove over these completely new, original chord changes! You can even change the tempo, or enter songs in ANY key, and it will still be able to play it!

We created a tutorial page, titled Make Your Own UserTrack!, that can be viewed here - it includes some templates to download, how-to videos, and detailed step-by-step instructions!

It's not just us making tutorials though... forum user Pipeline shared his steps for UserTracks creation with his recent post: Creating Rapid UserTracks With RapidComposer - thank you for sharing it with everyone!

Have you created your own UserTracks? Feel free to share them to our UserTracks Forum.

November 15, 2016

Congratulations RealTracks Artist Ron Carter!

Ron Carter, a RealTracks Artist & Jazz legend, is scheduled to receive an honorary degree (Doctor of Music) from the University of Michigan during winter commencement on December 18, 2016!

Learn more about this upcoming event here.

If you check out Ron Carter's website, his schedule is looking pretty busy! Visit roncarter.net/JazzMaster/performances-calendar/ to see if there's an upcoming performance near you!

Learn more about Ron Carter & listen to demos of his RealTracks when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page, here.

November 15, 2016

Generate a Guitar Chord Solo with Band-in-a-Box®! #TipTuesday

You can generate a guitar chord solo for any melody when you use the "Generate Guitar Chord Solo" feature in Band-in-a-Box®!

From within the Guitar window, choose the [Ch Sol…] button the Generate Guitar Chord Solo window will appear, allowing you to set your criteria! Choose the guitar, select Melody (or Soloist), confirm the Guitar patch, select the range and preferred fret position, and press [OK]!

Once you have generated a guitar chord solo, the chord solo is now part of the notation track. You can edit it like any other part, by deleting/ inserting notes etc.

See the steps for this feature when you watch our video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=qxOHUCZkoMU

Other ways to access this window:
-the "Chord Solo" button in the main screen of Band-in-a-Box®
-within the Melody menu: select Edit Melody Track | Geherate Chord Solo

November 14, 2016

Video - Using Band-in-a-Box® to Supercharge Pro Tools

Want to learn how the powerful combination of Band-in-a-Box® and Pro Tools can boost your music creativity? Check out this video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=otq-sgUhyWk

November 14, 2016

YouTube Find: Melody Based Composing

We just found this video posted to YouTube - it's a simple step-by-step tutorial using the "Pyctus Melody Sketch Pad" and Band-in-a-Box®.

Video link: https://youtu.be/h-S9Rl-8Amc

The YouTube description for this video: Taking a melody based approach to composition. Nothing wrong with chord progression based but I always think that the melody is the centerpiece and should be the focus rather than trying to fit a melody into a progression.

November 10, 2016

#TBT - Band-in-a-Box® 7: Windows 95 MIDI Setup

Take a look at another blast from the past with this archived video regarding a Windows 95 MIDI Setup for Band-in-a-Box®!
Video link: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=Jk92N7LP7oM

Interested in looking at a list of the Band-in-a-Box® 7 New Features? These can be viewed here.

November 10, 2016

Limited Availability on Remembrance Day (November 11, 2016)

Friday, November 11th is Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in the USA).

-Our Technical Support department will be closed.
-Our Sales & Customer Service department will be open from 8am - 4pm PST.

The Marketing Department will not be available on Friday.

All of our available hours and contact information lists here.

November 09, 2016

Get to Know the StylePicker in Band-in-a-Box® 2016!

Have you tried out the new StylePicker included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 version?

The StylePicker has been redesigned and enhanced with new features, including:
-The window is now sizable by dragging the corner.
-The font size for the styles list is selectable.
-The styles list can be easily sorted by clicking on a column name.
-There is a button to quickly set a style in the list as your favorite.
-Quick filter. Type a text and/or select a category, time signature, feel, tempo, etc., and you will immediately see the filtered list.
-There is an automatic intelligent sorting of "best style" for the current song.
-4-bar preview allows you to hear the first 4 bars of the current song using the selected style.
-There are buttons to find all style files and rebuilt the list.
-The style list can be exported to a spreadsheet.
-The StylePicker Options dialog has been added for additional display options for the StylePicker.

There's also the new Intelligent Style Suggestion feature... you just type a familiar song title, and the StylePicker will list styles whose genre, feel, and tempo are similar to that song!

Check out this video to learn more about the new feature: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=_eqADUKt71A

November 09, 2016

User Tutorial - Lyric Techniques

Forum User Noel96 recently shared his Lyric Techniques as two very detailed forum threads in our Woodshedding - Learning to Play! forum!

If you're wanting to learn more about his technique, click through the forum links below:
Link 1: Lyric techniques found in songs: "I Got Rhythm"
Link 2: Lyric Techniques: "I Got Rhythm" (Part 2)

This technique was applied when he created the song Tomorrow I'll Be Fine - head to this forum post, where you can listen to the song and post your comments.

Thanks for sharing your tutorial Noel96!

November 08, 2016

Guitar Window Improved in Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows!

A few of the improvements with the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows release focused on the Guitar Window:

-Dynamic Resizing of the Fretboard. Now resizing the Guitar Window dynamically resizes the fretboard.
-Guitar Capo support added. Set a capo value, and capo gets drawn and guitar display reflects the capo setting.
Capo is set within the Chordsheet Display drop down menu - "Guitar Capo (visual transpose)..."
-Tablature in Notation Window will adjust the fret numbers based on the capo setting in the transpose menu.

To launch the Guitar window in Band-in-a-Box®, press the [Guitar] button in the toolbar, head to the Window menu and select Guitar Window, or use Ctrl+Shift+G on your computer keyboard.

November 08, 2016

PowerTracks Pro® Audio 2016 Tips! #TipTuesday

Do you have your "Tip of the Day" feature in PowerTracks enabled? This little window will appear when you first open up the program, and can also be accessed in the Help menu (Help | Tip of the Day...), and it's full of handy little tips to help you get the most out of the program!

Here are just a few:
-You can load and play videos that you have already downloaded from YouTube or elsewhere into PowerTracks Video Window. Click on the [Video] toolbar button and open a video (mp4, wmv or AVI file).
-You can use your 64-bit VST plugins and VSTi instruments with PowerTracks using jBridge. JBridge is a third party product, either available from PG Music or directly from jBridge.
-When WAV files are written, you can now write Acidized information such as tempo, root note, and whether the file should be tempo stretched and transposed.
-In the Notation window, you can easily change bars per line. Press the [Bars] button on the Notation window toolbar to set the number of bars per line to a different value.

...and that's just the beginning - there are over 200 tips currently available with this feature!

You can also access the tips for PowerTracks when you locate and open the ptw.tip file within the program folder (PT).

November 07, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac - Fake Sheet Mode Added!

We released over 50 new features with our recent release of Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac, including the addition of Fake Sheet mode!
-Fake Sheet mode allows display of repeats, 1st/2nd endings, DS/DC al Coda, and more!
-You can add your own repeats and endings by right clicking on the Chord Sheet, Notation, or Lead Sheet window and selecting the Repeats/Codas/1st-2nd Endings option in the context menu.
-There is an auto-detect feature that analyzes the song and adds repeats and endings for you!

Check out this video to learn more about the new feature: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=_eqADUKt71A?t=1263

November 07, 2016

Keeping Up with PG Music Inc.

Stay up-to-date with us!

Newsletter:
Sign up for the PG Music Inc. newsletter and you'll receive notifications for new versions of Band-in-a-Box, as well as any other new products we release! If you purchased from us directly, you're already signed up!
Sign up here: www.pgmusic.com/newsletter.htm
The PG Music E-Newsletter is filled with information about new products, special deals and all sorts of PG Music Inc. product related information.

Facebook & Twitter:
Follow us on Facebook & Twitter and you'll stay "in the know" for specials, new releases, contests, and other exciting PG Music Inc. announcements!

Our Forum:
Our Forum is one of the first places we post announcements for a new release, patch update, new video tutorial, contests, etc...
If you're not already a member of our forum, Register Here and join the conversation!

November 04, 2016

Chord Sheet "Layers" in Band-in-a-Box® 2016!

There were over 50 new features added with the Version 2016 release of Band-in-a-Box®!

One of the Chord Sheet enhancements with this release was the "Layers" option. "Layers" are optional rows of information shown above each bar:
-The Bar Lyrics layer is for editable bar-based lyrics (up to 255 characters per bar) that are loaded and saved with the song.
-The Section Text layer is for editable text (up to 255 characters per bar) that is loaded and saved with the song.
-The Section Text and Bar Lyrics layers will attempt to intelligently separate your lyrics into different bars.
-There is an option to automatically open or close the Bar Lyrics and the Section Text layers when opening songs.
-The Bar Settings layer shows information about any changes that occur for that bar, as set in the Bar Settings dialog (e.g. tempo changes, key changes, etc.).
-The Additional Chord Display layer shows the chords using an alternative mode of showing root notes. There are 4 modes: Roman Numeral, Nashville Notation, Solfeggio Notation, and Fixed Do (Italy/Europe).

All layers can be customized with font and color!

Learn more when you check out our YouTube video:
Windows: youtu.be/iKUE4vSfISc?t=22m03s
Mac: youtu.be/_eqADUKt71A?t=20m50s

November 04, 2016

National Saxophone Day is November 6th!

November 6th is National Saxophone Day! The inventor of the Saxophone, Adolphe Sax was born November 6, 1814. 32 years later his creation (the Saxophone) was patented, and music hasn't been the same since!

Along with a number of Saxophone MIDI Styles, MIDI Soloists and MIDI Melodists, we also offer over 150 different Saxophone RealTracks. To learn more about our Saxophone RealTracks Artists and listen to their demos, visit their Bio page by clicking on their name:
Eric Alexander
Eric Marienthal
Gary Smulyan
Jack Stafford
Jim Clark
Mark Douthit
P.J. Perry
Phil Woods
Tom Keenlyside

November 03, 2016

A look back... Band-in-a-Box® 2008 #TBT

This morning the office was talking about the past release of Band-in-a-Box® 2008, and how it including the introduction of the RealTracks feature... it all started with Real Pedal Steel, Real Acoustic Guitar, and Tenor Sax Soloing (RealSax)!

Peter Gannon explained this new feature, and all the other new features added with Version 2008 in this video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=fiwtv2hPhuY

A complete list of the New Features released with Band-in-a-Box® 2008 for Windows can be read here.

November 03, 2016

Congrats to Brent Mason and Paul Franklin - CMA 2016 Awards

CMA 2016 awards in Nashville Nov. 2, 2016

http://variety.com/2016/music/news/cma-awards-winners-list-2016-country-music-association-1201907279/
http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-awards/nominees/
Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas (dobro/lap steel guitar)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Dann Huff (guitar) (WINNER)
Brent Mason (guitar)
Derek Wells (guitar)

Special congrats to Brent Mason and Paul Franklin (both are Realtracks Artists!)
More info here:
Brent Mason www.pgmusic.com/realtracks.artists.php?a=17&os=win&sortby=name
Paul Franklin www.pgmusic.com/realtracks.artists.php?a=65&os=win&sortby=name

November 02, 2016

How To... Purchasing Band-in-a-Box® Upgrades

If you previously owned an older copy of Band-in-a-Box® and you're ready to purchase the newest Band-in-a-Box, but it's been so long that you don't have your old version installed - don't fret... You still qualify for upgrade pricing!

Or, maybe you used to own the Windows version, but you now have a Mac... that's not a problem either!
(or if you owned the Mac version, and now you have a Windows computer)

In both cases, you would purchase from the "Upgrade from 2014 or earlier or crossgrade" row here for a new Mac version, or here if you want the newest Windows version.

When you purchase your upgrade from this row, you will receive a complete installation - just follow the steps of the setup, and your Band-in-a-Box® will be ready to use!

November 02, 2016

Album Release - Joanne Cooper!

Forum Member Joanne Cooper has just released her new album! Read Joanne's announcement for the album, titled Alice Band 20 years on..., here: www.joannecooper.co.za/music

Joanne also posted an announcement to our forum - Click here to review this thread, and let her know your favorite song on the album!

November 01, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac - Build 146 Update!

Click here to download this patch.

Summary of changes for build 146 (since build 145) (Nov 1, 2016):

Fixed: "Melody > Edit Melody Track > Transpose > Transpose Melody" always transposed the entire song, instead of letting user to choose a specific range.
Fixed: "Soloist > Edit Soloist Track > Transpose > Transpose Soloist" always transposed the entire song, instead of letting user to choose a specific range.
Fixed: Bar-based section letters were not showing on the chord sheet.
Fixed: Bar-based section letters were not displaying correctly in the lead sheet & notation windows.
Fixed: Pedal bass was not displaying on chord sheet when PG Chords font was used (eg. "(P1)").
Fixed: If a slash chord used a sharp or flat note, and pedal bass was used on the same chord, the accidental symbol would be missing (eg. "E/G#(P1)" displayed as "E/G(P1)").
Fixed: Clicking on bar #255 in the chord sheet would cause Band-in-a-Box to crash.
Improved: If a VST plugin fails to load, it will automatically be added to the exclude list so future plugin scans will not keep repeating the same error messages.
Fixed: Opening some MusicXML files would cause Band-in-a-Box to crash.

November 01, 2016

YouTube Find: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

This video was recently uploaded to YouTube, and is a great example of how you can use Band-in-a-Box® as accompaniment for your own projects!

Watch it here: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=3z6ShT8zvfo

November 01, 2016

#TipTuesday - Storing Your RealTracks & RealDrums

Do you have loads of RealTracks & RealDrums installed on your computer? Did you know that you can store these to an external hard drive, and Band-in-a-Box® will still be able to access them?

You just need to point Band-in-a-Box® in the right direction! There are a couple of ways to do this:

Windows users:

1 - Go to Opt. | Preferences, and click on the[RealTracks] or [RealDrums] button. This opens the Settings dialog. Select the "Use a custom folder location" checkbox, then click the Select Folder button. Locate and select your RealTracks or RealDrums folder, then press OK.

-or-

2 - Ctrl-Click on the RealTracks or RealDrums button in the main screen of the program, which opens up the Settings dialog. From there, select the "Use a custom folder location" checkbox, then click the Select Folder button. Locate and select your RealTracks or RealDrums folder, then press OK.

Mac users:

1 - Go to Windows | RealTracks, and Windows | RealDrums and specify the custom location in the Preferences dialogs.

-or-

2 - Ctrl-Click on the RealTracks or RealDrums button in the main screen of the program, which opens up the Settings dialog. From there, specify the custom location.

If you've opted for this setup, make sure that your external drive that you've stored your RealTracks & RealDrums is connected to your computer when you are using Band-in-a-Box®!

October 31, 2016

Now Available - jBridge for Mac!

Now you can purchase jBridge for the special price of only $10. Adding this to your setup will allow 64-bit VST plugins and VSTi instruments to work with Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac!
It's seamless.... with jBridge installed, you just use your plugins as you normally would (by selecting 32-bit or 64-bit plugins within the program.)

Learn more & purchase here: www.pgmusic.com/jbridge.mac.htm

October 31, 2016

It's the FINAL DAY of Our Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Special!

Today (October 31st) is the LAST DAY of our Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Special! It's your last chance to save up to 50% when you purchase your Upgrade, and you'll receive a Bonus PAK with your order!

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

October 28, 2016

Share Your Songs With Us!

We all have a favorite song that inspires us... That's what's so great about the Intelligent Style Selection feature in Band-in-a-Box® 2016 - if you need inspiration for a new song, just pick a style based on a song you already know!

Have you used this feature to help find a Style with the feel of a popular song? If so, share it with us on our User Showcase Forum!

October 28, 2016

Last Chance for Savings on Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac!

If you've been waiting to take advantage of some amazing special pricing on upgrades for Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac... your time is running out!

Our special will end on October 31st! Order before then to save up to 50% on most upgrade packages & receive a FREE Bonus PAK with some great Add-ons!

Click here to find the purchase option that's right for you.

October 27, 2016

#TBT - Introduction of RealBand

We first introduced RealBand in July 2008, with the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2008.5 for Windows. Initially, RealBand was a separate purchase - but that changed early in 2009... it's now included with every purchase of Band-in-a-Box® for Windows!

It started out with the following features list:
- Intelligent automatic accompaniment by Band-in-a-Box®.
- RealTracks and RealDrums – automatic live instrument parts. Generate Real Instruments or other new tracks to add to an existing audio file. The added parts play in sync as they follow the original tempos from the audio file.
- Generate an entire song or parts of a song.
- The amazing Audio Chord Wizard figures out the chords from any MP3 or other audio files and writes them to the Chords window in RealBand. Using just this one feature alone, you can easily learn to play MP3 songs, by seeing the chords displayed in RealBand.
- MIDI music can be displayed in standard music notation on the screen and using the on-screen piano keyboard or guitar fretboard.
- 48-track MIDI/audio mixer with multiple FX busses (up to 16 effects per track).
- Support for popular audio file formats – MP3, WMA, WMV, WAV, and CDA.
- Built-in DirectX audio effects.
- DirectX and VST plug-ins supported.
- Band-in-a-Box files load directly.
- Compatible with all Band-in-a-Box styles and Real instruments.
- Shares native .SEQ file type with PowerTracks Pro Audio, directly compatible.
- Professional recording, editing, and playback features. Create and edit music using piano roll, music notation, event list, bars view, track view and more.
- Supports all major audio and MIDI file types, including PG Music’s PowerTracks Pro Audio files (*.SEQ) and Band-in-a-Box files (*.?G?).
- Support for MIDI and Karaoke files.
- Karaoke lyrics window.
- Piano roll window with graphic controller editing.
- Onscreen notation and lead sheet style printout.
- Virtual guitar fretboard and piano keyboard.
…and more!

It's come a long way since then! Visit http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm and scroll down to the RealBand 2016 tab to see all the newest features in this popular program.

October 27, 2016

Introducing the Band-in-a-Box® Radio Page!

We've launched 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!

October 26, 2016

YouTube Find: 2015 NAMM Demonstration!

Watch Tobin demonstrate Band-in-a-Box® 2015 for Windows at the 2015 NAMM Show: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=QWNxT8k4fzo

Thank you Keyboard Instrument Chops and Gear for sharing this video to your YouTube Channel!

October 26, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® Video Tutorials!

Get the most out of your Band-in-a-Box purchase when you visit our Support page! There you'll find program updates, an FAQ section, written tutorials, patch maps, support request forms, and the popular Videos section.

For Band-in-a-Box® videos, we offer Overview, Setup, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Troubleshooting sections, and even keep the older version videos here under the Archive section. We also have a special Tips & Tricks section for Band-in-a-Box® for Windows.

The full list of video categories available on our support page are:
Band-in-a-Box® (Windows)
Band-in-a-Box® (Windows) Tips & Tricks
Band-in-a-Box® (Mac)
RealBand
RealBand Tips & Tricks
Other Products
FAQ's
User to User Videos

These are also available when you visit our YouTube channel.

If you have any suggestions for future videos, please let us know!

October 25, 2016

#TipTuesday - Export the StylePicker, RealTracks, and RealDrums Lists in Band-in-a-Box® 2016

One of the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Windows is the ability to export the StylePicker, RealTracks, and RealDrums lists to a spreadsheet.

To do this, press the [Copy List] button within the StylePicker, RealTracks, and RealDrums Picker windows. This will put the entire list on a file that saves within your BB folder, but it will also open up right away as a Notepad document when you choose [OK] on the message that appears.

When the Notepad document opens up, just select the entire contents, and copy it to your clipboard. When you paste it into an Excel (or other spreadsheet) document, you'll see that it separates the information into easy-to-sort columns.

This feature is also available in Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac.

October 25, 2016

Celebrate International Artist Day!

Being an artist is more than just knowing how to draw or paint - art comes in all forms! From photography to sculpting to acting, dancing, writing, and musicians - if your work adds beauty to the world around you (and everyone else), you're an artist!

So, get out there and share your artistic abilities today! And don't forget to reach out to other musicians (or other artists) and celebrate their success too...

Like all of you here on our Forums, and anyone else creating music using our software! We love to listen to your songs, hear (or read) your thoughts, and help each other out. Although today might be International Artist Day, it really feels like we are celebrating your success every time we listen to a song you've shared!

October 24, 2016

Share your Band-in-a-Box® YouTube Finds!

Have you come across a YouTube video that uses Band-in-a-Box® tracks? Share it to the recently introduced I just hear Band-in-a-Box® on YouTube forum!

This forum is great for helping to publicize how Band-in-a-Box® is used on YouTube and other sites (tutorials, backing tracks, etc.).

To date more than 20 videos have been shared, including the posts:
-Two videos with music made using BIAB
-Rich Severson uses Biab and Quilter amps
-Forum Member Rob4580 BiaB & Metal Detecting Channel

...and more!

October 24, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Special - One Week Left!

There's only one week left to order your Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Upgrade at up to 50% off - our Mac special ends on October 31st, 2016!
Visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm to find your upgrade.

There are over 50 new features with this new version, including:
-AU and VST plugins are now supported! There is a new Plugins tab on the Mixer window, that allows you to add/edit MIDI or audio plugins on each track. We include the Sforzando VST sample player, along with the PG Music HiQ Instruments.

-HiQ instruments have been added. These are high quality MIDI sounds that make the MIDI tracks (both regular and MIDI SuperTracks) sound much better. You can audition and choose a HiQ patch for any track by control+clicking on the track --> "Select HiQ MIDI Patch".

-A Plugins Options dialog includes an option to scan for VST plugins on bootup and options for how plugin windows are opened, closed, and arranged on the screen. Plugins that are essential to Band-in-a-Box® (eg the "Apple: DLSMusicDevice" or "Sforzando") are scanned for regardless of the "Scan for VST plugins on bootup" or "Scan for AU plugins on bootup" settings.

...and more! Visit www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm to review all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac.

We're also offering a FREE Bonus PAK with most* Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac purchases during our special, which 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

*$49 Pro Upgrade not elibable.

Upgrade your Free Bonus PAK to the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49 and receive ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 2 Artist Video Performances, 8 MIDI SuperTracks, and 15 Instrumental Studies. These Add-ons are not included in any other package. Learn more here.


October 21, 2016

Tell Us Your Favorite RealTracks Artist!

When creating your songs in Band-in-a-Box® or RealBand, who is the most common RealTracks Artist you use?

Or... do you find you're sticking with a select few? Perhaps making your own Country band by combining The Time Jumpers members Paul Franklin, Kenny Sears, Andy Reiss, and Jeff Taylor?

What is your favorite RealTracks Artist combination?

Share your favorite RealTracks Artist, or list of RealTracks Artists with us here - don't forget a link to your song (if you have one)!

October 21, 2016

Ordering Band-in-a-Box® Has Never Been Easier!

When you order any PG Music products directly from www.pgmusic.com (or www.bandinabox.com) you'll receive immediate links to start downloading 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!

We've made it even easier to order with the $0 Down Easy Payment Plan - when you choose this payment option you'll pay $0 when you order, with the total of your invoice being split into 4 equal payments charged every 30 days for 4 months after your inital purchase - and there are no additional interest charges or service fees applied!

Choose your Band-in-a-Box® package & order here.
Mac user? Click here to order.

October 20, 2016

A Look Back: Band-in-a-Box® Macworld 4-Star Rating... for Version 8! #TBT

Band-in-a-Box® has been around a long, long time! Band-in-a-Box® 8 was released in July 1999 - and it received a 4-Star Rating from Macworld!

Want to see the award? Click here to load the image.

Read the latest review of Band-in-a-Box® (2015) from Macworld here.

October 20, 2016

Eric Blackmon's Tutorial: How To Play A Guitar Solo...

Band-in-a-Box Endorsing Artist Eric Blackmon uses Band-in-a-Box backing tracks with a lot of his online lesson videos, including the recently uploaded How To Play A Guitar Solo With 2 Frets In Any Key!

Click here to watch the video for this lesson.

October 19, 2016

Get to Know Endorsing Artist Robert Conti

Enthusiastic Endorsing Artist Robert Conti uses Band-in-a-Box backing tracks for many of the DVDs that he offers on his website, here: http://www.robertconti.com/jazz-guitar-learning-products/

As an endorser, he has this to say:
It is a genuine pleasure to be associated with PG Music. By eliminating the need for an external tone generator and including a comprehensive array of real combo and orchestral instruments within the software, Band-in-a-Box has once again set a new standard of high quality.
My staff and I are proud to recommend this product to patrons of my learning products, as the opportunity for any aspiring student to practice with an On Call Rhythm Section - 24/7, is immeasurable. Moreover, the sound of real instruments render the support tracks generated by Band-in-a-Box, as ideal for any live performance!

Thanks Robert!

Visit Robert Conti's YouTube Channel to review all of his videos.

October 18, 2016

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2016 - Render Track as ACID Loop!

With PowerTracks Pro Audio 2016, you can render an audio track (a highlighted section or the whole track) as ACID Loop and save it to the BB Loops folder!

How?

Select a track, or section of a track, and choose Render | Export Acid Loop - Highlighted section or entire track to WAV in Loops Folder. Then select a file name and press [Save]. When the message "Successfully rendered the file..." appears, you'll also see a "Acidize this .WAV file" where you can adjust further settings, and press [OK].

Your file will automatically save to the bb\RealTracks\Loops folder, unless you choose a different location when you're assigning a file name.

October 18, 2016

The Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Mac Special is a Hit!

We've recently added some strong new features to the Band-in-a-Box 2016 for Mac program, including VST plugins and AU (audio unit) support, Hi-Q MIDI instruments, an included VST Guitar Amp Simulator (AmpliTube), and more!

If you're already a 2016 user, you can download the free patch here.

If you're using an older version, and are interested in upgrading to the new 2016 program - now is a GREAT time to upgrade! We're offering up to 50% off on Upgrades: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm... and there are BONUS PAKs too!

Here's a taste of what users like you are saying about the new 2016 version:
"The HiQ sounds sound great! This is a huge update for the Mac version!"
"Wow, amazing! Nice work, PGMusic. The Mac version is really catching up. Thanks!"
"The capabilities of the new Band-in-a-box is really impressive!"
"Congratulations on this fantastic new version!"

October 17, 2016

Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac: Build 145 Update

An update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2016 for Mac!
There are many improvements added with this new patch, including support for jBridge!
(If you have jBridge installed, you can load a 64bit VST plugin in Band-in-a-Box.)

Learn more about this patch update and download it here.

October 17, 2016

New Blog Post by Joanne Cooper: 5 Steps to Recording Harmonies...

After receiving numerous comments on the harmonies within her recordings, long-time Band-in-a-Box user Joanne Cooper has written this detailed blog posting: 5 Steps to Recording Harmonies Using Band-in-a-Box and RealBand.

The blog title says it all!! Read it today for a detailed, step-by-step explanation about how she creates her harmonies using both Band-in-a-Box and RealBand!

Listen to all of Joanne's music: www.joannecooper.co.za/music

Thank you for sharing your technique Joanne!

October 17, 2016

Cool Utility to Move the Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Menu!

If you are a Band-in-a-Box® for Mac user, you can move the "Menu" so that it is no longer at the very top of your screen using the MenuEverywhere tool from Binary Bakery!

Give it a try! Detailed information to set this up is available in this forum post, created by Pipeline.

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