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March 2014

March 31, 2014 RealTracks Artist Kenny Barron - Upcoming Concert

If you find yourself in New York this coming weekend, head to Village Vanguard and watch Kenny Barron's performance! Event info

You'll find Kenny Barron's RealTracks in the Jazz Pollwinners RealTracks Sets 196 & 197. Read more about Kenny Barron.

Posted at 02:24 PM

March 31, 2014 Band-in-a-Box Tutorial - Acid Loops

You can now use Sony Acid format audio loops in Band-in-a-Box 2014. Watch our quick YouTube video to see how easy it is: Band-in-a-Box Tutorial - Acid Loops

With Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows, the Loops feature has been enhanced, and now support Acid Loops (for WAV and mp3 files).
If you add an Acid loop that is on a certain root (e.g. F), Band-in-a-Box will instantly allow you to use that as a complete style, by transposing that loop to the current chord of the song in Band-in-a-Box, so that the loop follows your chord progression!

Posted at 01:21 PM

March 31, 2014 UserTracks Contest - March 31st is Your Last Chance to Enter!

Our UserTracks Contest ends today! Submit your original 1-minute UserTrack for your chance to WIN A BAND-IN-A-BOX ULTRAPLUSPAK!

Post your UserTrack to the UserTracks Contest Forum to enter.

Want to know how to make your own UserTrack, with or without Band-in-a-Box? We have a Tutorial Page with videos, step-by-step instructions and templates to help you get started!

Posted at 09:26 AM

March 31, 2014 Weekly Special - Video Guitar Lessons: Essential Blues Guitar... only $19 each!

This week you can purchase the Video Guitar Lessons: Essential Blues Guitar for only $19 each volume!

"PLAY LIKE THE PROS!" with PG Music's Video Guitar Lessons!
Each volume features hours of video instruction by master guitarists. Includes on-screen fretboard and transcriptions.

Purchase the Windows Version here.

Purchase the Mac Version here.

Posted at 08:33 AM

March 30, 2014 Missed The Message (Co-write Tom & Janice)

The other night I was watching the new documentary Twenty Feet To Stardom. It is about unheralded backup singers. It had a lot of gospel flavored music in it and I remembered these lyrics that I had been trying to fit with the right style. So a gospel feel was the just what I was looking for. I then contacted Janice because I thought she would be a perfect fit. She put her magic on the melody and Bud gave us the all important second line. I added some overdriven wah wah pedal steel in the spirit of Sacred Steel and we ended up with a modern day spiritual. Thanks to Bud Merritt for capturing the incredibly soulful southern style of Janice's vocal. We hope everyone enjoys this and we welcome all comments/suggestions.

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Posted at 12:09 PM

March 30, 2014 Any Easy Way To Import Chord Progressions?

I have a bunch of text files with chords and lyrics for all of my songs. Is there any way to import chord progressions from a text file? I know I can type them into BIAB but I have quite a few and it would be nice to automate the inputting process as much as possible.

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Posted at 09:47 AM

March 30, 2014 Do any BiaB styles have 12 bar blues style turnarounds? And a Native Instruments question as well.

Looking for a style(s) with a turnaround intro, as well as turnarounds at the end of each 12 bar verse. My ears have worn out searching thru the available styles. BiaB 2014 Pro, with styles from the internet as well as older BiaB stuff.
Still hoping for info as to whether the VST components of Native Instruments Komplete Elements (Kontakt 5, Reaktor 5, Guitar Rig 5) will work in Realband or BiaB?
If I add them as a plugin, they show up in the list...but don't seem to *work*.
Any help appreciated.

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Posted at 09:45 AM

March 30, 2014 Ideas/Suggestions Wanted - How Best To Learn To Sing?

A friend asked me yesterday: "How can I learn to sing (or improve my current level of singing)?"

I didn't have a good answer but I knew where to come for suggestions. You wonderful folks have all the answers and never flame anyone for asking a legitimate question.

A free source would be great but not essential.

TIA

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Posted at 09:43 AM

March 30, 2014 favorite verse/line from a song

I love lyrics. It's fascinating to see how other people translate ideas into words. I thought it would be interesting to see what phrases/verses really stand out to other PG music members. My idea was something short so it is quick to read and digest, but if you feel compelled to post an entire song, go for it. I'll start the ball rolling. I've been listening to a Don Henley CD in my car lately so here's a powerful lyric

There are people in your life who've come and gone, they let you down, you know they hurt your pride
You better put it all behind you baby cause life goes on, you keep carryin' that anger it'll eat you up inside

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Posted at 09:42 AM

March 30, 2014 Major studio gear acquisition.

Finally......!!!!!

I can already hear the sound quality improvement..... just one amazing piece of gear.

Simply plug it in, switch it on, and waaa laaa!!!!!

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Posted at 09:40 AM

March 30, 2014 Studio Pictures.... show us your studios.

So I got to wondering, since I've been active here for a few years now, and have heard some really nice mixes, just exactly what other BB user's studios look like.

I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

So here are some pics from my humble studio. It's essentially a corner in my upper room/ office.

My computer is a DAW that I custom built from parts about 4 years ago. i5 intel chip running XP-Pro. Several hard drives for storage and OS/apps. The CPU sets under the desk. On it I have an inexpensive DVD/CD writer and on that sets BB 2014.

Most everything is done in the box, with only a few things...vocals and guitar being either mic'd or direct.

My Yamaha DX-27S is on the left, and above it sets my laptop for internet and other musical purposes.
Monitors are Mackie MR-5's. And yeah... I'm breaking all sorts of rules regarding the rules for placement of speakers..... and the laws of physics too, I'm sure. My one saving grace is that I added ARC to the system a few years back. If you operate in such a space as this, have a serious look at ARC.

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Posted at 09:26 AM

March 30, 2014 South African Idol (featuring Floyd's choir claps)

This is the next song in my series of stories from South Africa and other places. It is the story of a township boy who goes off to audition for Idols. I used Floyd’s choir claps for this one so you will need to hang in there till near the end to hear them.
I hope you enjoy it and any comments, as always, are most welcome!

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Posted at 09:25 AM

March 28, 2014 How-to make UserTracks videos available, and Contest until March 31, 2014

- We have a UserTracks contest available until March 31 only. Three winners will be chosen, and they will receive an UltraPAK hard drive.
So make your submissions soon! Here is the forum for making submissions, with more information.
http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=243692#Post243692

IF YOU WANT A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE BAND-IN-A-BOX ULTRAPAK, act quickly... by March 31, you should do the following:
1. If you have Band-in-a-Box 2014 already, watch one of the first 2 videos (see below, making UserTracks with Band-in-a-Box, or with RealBand. If you don't have BiaB 2014, then watch the video below on making UserTracks with ProTools (or any DAW).
2. Download a template (pop or jazz) from http://www.pgmusic.com/usertracks1.htm
3. Record 1 minute of audio. Make it into a UserTracks folder following the instructions in the video or the web page http://www.pgmusic.com/usertracks1.htm
4. Upload the zip file with your UserTracks to the Contest forum at http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=78&page=1

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Posted at 04:09 PM

March 28, 2014 New Advanced Pop UserTracks Templates Available!

Looking for some advanced templates to help you make UserTracks? Click here for 10-minute, 20-minute and 30-minute templates!

Making advanced UserTracks is basically exactly the same process as making UserTracks from the basic 1-minute template. The only difference is that instead of recording one song, you record multiple songs.

The benefits of recording the longer templates are:
- More material recorded means more variety from bar-to-bar when the UserTrack is used.
- Both major and minor endings will work.
- More chord types are included. For example, if you're using a UserTrack made from the 1-minute template, if a user enters Em9, it will simply play Em. But, if you've recorded a longer template that includes m9 chords, you can make sure it actually plays a m9.
- Commonly used Slash chords are included, for example C/E, G/D, Am/G.

Posted at 02:49 PM

March 28, 2014 RealTracks Artist John Jorgenson - Upcoming Performance!

RealTracks Artist and legendary American guitar player John Jorgenson will be performing with his Bluegrass band this Saturday at The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman, Montana!

Along with being an amazing guitar player, John is also proficient on the mandolin, mandocello, Dobro, pedal steel, piano, upright bass, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone!

You'll find John's RealTracks in Sets 109, 110, 128 & 129.

To read more about John Jorgenson, head to his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

For more information about the show, click here.

Posted at 12:33 PM

March 28, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows - Korean Version Available!

The Korean version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows is here! Click here for more information

Band-in-a-Box에 새로운 기능과 실제트랙, 미디슈퍼트랙, 사운드와 아티스트 공연등을 추가하기 위해 바쁜 시간을 보냈습니다! BB2013버전과 비교하면(2012년 12월) 50가지 새로운 기능, 101가지 새 실제트랙, 54가지 새 미디슈퍼트랙, 20가지 아티스트 공연 그리고 8가지 새Hi-Q 미디 사운드가 있습니다. 2012버전(2011년12월)과 비교하면 100가지 새로운 기능, 303가지 새로운 실제트랙,145가지 새로운 미디슈퍼트랙 그리고 26가지Hi-Q사운드가 있습니다! 이제 UltraPlusPAK 또는EverythingPAK에 실제트랙과 실제드럼1,200 시간 이상 분량 (스튜디오 뮤지션 오디오 리코딩) 내용이 포함되어 있습니다!
그리고 더 이상…

Posted at 11:19 AM

March 28, 2014 New YouTube Video: Band-in-a-Box 2014 Quick Start!

Getting started with Band-in-a-Box 2014 is a breeze when you watch our newest YouTube video Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows Quick Start.

This video goes over the first steps of using Band-in-a-Box: make sure your MIDI and audio are working, loading a demo song, and making your own song.

Posted at 07:56 AM

March 27, 2014 RealTracks Artist Jeff Lorber Takes the Stage April 25th!

Jeff Lorber has an upcoming performance at The Tangier in Akron on April 25th! The Jazz, Funk, Soul tour with Chuck Loeb, Everett Harp, & Jeff Lorber is going to be a great night at The Tangier! If you find yourself in Akron, Ohio - be sure to check it out! Learn more about the show...

Add some Jeff Lorber RealTracks to your creation! You'll find his contributions in RealTracks Sets 72, 73, 93, 113, 114, 127, 145 and 160.

Read more about Jeff Lorber here.

Posted at 01:40 PM

March 27, 2014 George Urbaszek’s YouTube Bass Guitar Tutorial Using Band-in-a-Box Backing Tracks

George Urbaszek offers a mini series of lessons on how to learn and identify all notes in all positions on your bass guitar. His latest video shows you a useful system to apply your note knowledge - and he’s using Band-in-a-Box backing tracks! View it here.

For more videos by George Urbaszek, visit his YouTube Channel.

Posted at 01:00 PM

March 27, 2014 New Video! Band-in-a-Box: recording audio with Windows 8/7/Vista

If you're wanting to record with Band-in-a-Box using Windows 7, 8 or Vista and you'd like to see just how to do this, you should check out our newest video: Band-in-a-Box: recording audio with Windows 8/7/Vista.

This video goes over recording audio in Band-in-a-Box, using newer versions of Windows (8/7/Vista). If you are using Windows XP, watch this video.

Posted at 08:12 AM

March 26, 2014 RealTracks Artist Gary Smulyan - Upcoming Performance

Gary Smulyan will take the stage at The Loft in Northampton on April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM in honor of the Jazz Workshop Series' fourth anniversary!

Gary is one of our Jazz Pollwinners RealTracks Artists, and you will find his Baritone Sax RealTracks in RealTracks Set 189 & 194. RealTracks Artist Bio: Gary Smulyan

Click here to read more about this event.

Posted at 03:01 PM

March 26, 2014 New Video! RealBand: Recording Audio with Windows 8/7/Vista

If you're wanting to record with RealBand using Windows 7, 8 or Vista and you'd like to see just how to do this, you should check out our newest video: RealBand: recording audio with Windows 8/7/Vista.
Watch this video
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If you're using an older version of Windows and want to see how to record in RealBand, watch this video.

Posted at 11:11 AM

March 26, 2014 Chinese Simplified Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows Now Available!

The Chinese Simplified version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows is here! Click here to learn more!

有一些令人兴奋的新功能在Band-in-a-Box 2014。我们重新设计了用户界面 (GUI),有很棒的外观和感觉,并添加了很多省时的功能。新的工具栏、乐曲/风格区域、屏幕上混音器、重新设计的和弦谱窗口并使用手写 "真实" 样貌的和弦字体与及更多。你现在可以制作你自己的真轨 – 我们叫它们作用户轨 (UserTracks) – 你可像任何真轨般使用它们。只需简单地录下你的演奏 (任何DAW),并配到一些BB乐曲,放置在UserTracks文件夹,便完成了!提供一方便的实时预览风格、真轨和真鼓让你可以快速地试听它们然后选择最好的给你的乐曲。循环现在支持Acidized循环,因此速度/和弦根音数据是自动的。添加FretLight® 吉他的支援。你现在可以听到Band-in-a-Box唱歌,加入了内置支持的流行在线人声 "Sinsy"。一连奏弦乐功能自动地去优化MIDI弦乐声部去防止再拉同一音符。现在一切都可以更大声 – 一个新的主音量让你可以以一设置去提升所有乐曲的音量。我们又添加了8个新的Hi-Q MIDI声音,包括新钢琴,贝司。还有更多…

Posted at 08:00 AM

March 25, 2014 Eric Blackmon has a great YouTube guitar lesson on how to solo on guitar without even thinking about scales!

Eric Blackmon is a great guitarist and has amazing lessons on YouTube. Here is a recent lesson, "How To Play An Electric Guitar Solo Without Even THINKING About Scales!" And he is using Band-in-a-Box as his backing tracks. How cool is that!

For more videos by Eric Blackmon, check out his YouTube Channel!

Posted at 04:52 PM

March 25, 2014 Weekly Special - The Latin Pianist... only $29!

This week you can purchase The Latin Pianist program for just $29! Mac OS X users can purchase the great-sounding MIDI files for only $19! Click here for more information.

We've recorded popular Latin pianist Rebeca Mauleón-Santana playing over 50 songs in a wide variety of Latin Piano styles. The on-screen piano keyboard shows you exactly what the pianist is playing. Slow down the piece or step through it chord by chord. Learn the music "note for note" by watching the notes on screen, or load the MIDI files into your favorite programs for further study.

Posted at 01:37 PM

March 25, 2014 Win a Band-in-a-Box UltraPlusPAK with our UserTracks contest!

There are only 6 DAYS remaining in our UserTracks contest! This is your chance to show off your own 1-minute UserTracks creation and win a Band-in-a-Box UltraPlusPAK!
Get your entry in by March 31, 2014 - you can enter here.

Did you know that you don't need Band-in-a-Box 2014 to create UserTracks? If you're using Version 2013 or older, you can still make a UserTracks using ProTools, RealBand, or another DAW method. Click here for more information on making UserTracks without using Band-in-a-Box.

To view all the videos we offer on making your own UserTracks, or if you want to download the UserTracks template files, check out the Make Your Own UserTrack Tutorial.

Posted at 09:32 AM

March 24, 2014 Congratulations RealTracks Artist Quinn Bachand!

Congratulations to RealTracks artist Quinn Bachand! Quinn has been announced the winner of the Saga DjangoFest Award for Outstanding Musicianship in the Genre of Gypsy Jazz!

Quinn Bachand is a talented young musician located in Victoria, BC. You'll find Quinn's RealTracks in Sets 104, 123, 173 and 202.

Read more about Quinn Bachand and listen to his RealTrack demos here.

Visit http://djangofest.com/saga-djangofest-award/ to read the full announcement.

Posted at 10:50 AM

March 24, 2014 New Video! Making UserTracks WITHOUT Using Band-in-a-Box

Want to make your own UserTracks? You don't have to use Band-in-a-Box - watch this video to see how you can make these without using Band-in-a-Box.

Make Band-in-a-Box UserTracks in Pro Tools WITHOUT using Band-in-a-Box at all.
This tutorial video shows you how you can make UserTracks for Band-in-a-Box WITHOUT actually using Band-in-a-Box during the process at all. Musicians can record, share, or even sell UserTracks to Band-in-a-Box users, even if they don't have Band-in-a-Box themselves.

Posted at 07:53 AM

March 21, 2014 2,000 Hours of RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box!

RealTracks Sets 1-205 include 2,000 hours of studio recordings of REAL MUSICIANS!
To see how many hours of RealTracks are in each Band-in-a-Box for Windows package, click here.

What are RealTracks? RealTracks replace the MIDI track for that instrument, and can be controlled just like the MIDI instrument (volume changes, muting etc.). They follow the chord progression that you have entered, so you hear an authentic audio accompaniment or solo.

RealTracks are not "samples"... They are full recordings, lasting from 1 to 8 bars at a time, playing in perfect sync with the other tracks. Choose from pre-made Band-in-a-Box Styles, or combine RealTracks instruments to make your own band.

You'll want to use RealTracks in all of your projects... and you can! Adding REAL instruments played by TOP MUSICIANS to your compositions brings an exciting human element ... and that's just the beginning!

Posted at 02:38 PM

March 21, 2014 PG Music Inc. Mobile Apps!

Download Band-in-a-Box songs, including chordsheets and audio (m4a) from any PC or Mac to your mobile device!

Click here to view the PG Music App selection for iTunes.

Click here to view the PG Music App selection in the Google Play store.

Posted at 09:56 AM

March 20, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows - Chinese Traditional Version Available!

The Chinese Traditional version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows is here! Click here to learn more!

有一些令人興奮的新功能在Band-in-a-Box 2014。我們重新設計了用戶界面 (GUI),有很棒的外觀和感覺,並添加了很多省時的功能。新的工具列、樂曲/風格區域、螢幕上混音器、重新設計的和弦譜視窗並使用手寫 "真實" 樣貌的和弦字體與及更多。你現在可以製作你自己的真軌 – 我們叫它們作用戶軌 (UserTracks) – 你可像任何真軌般使用它們。只需簡單地錄下你的演奏 (任何DAW),並配到一些BB樂曲,放置在UserTracks資料夾,便完成了!提供一方便的即時預覽風格、真軌和真鼓讓你可以快速地試聽它們然後選擇最好的給你的樂曲。迴圈現在支援Acidized迴圈,因此速度/和弦根音資料是自動的。添加FretLight® 吉他的支援。你現在可以聽到Band-in-a-Box唱歌,加入了內置支援的流行線上人聲 "Sinsy"。一連奏弦樂功能自動地去優化MIDI弦樂聲部去防止再拉同一音符。現在一切都可以更大聲 – 一個新的主音量讓你可以以一設置去提升所有樂曲的音量。我們又添加了8個新的Hi-Q MIDI聲音,包括新鋼琴,貝司。還有更多…

Posted at 02:11 PM

March 20, 2014 Love Band-in-a-Box? Let Us Know!

Have something to say about Band-in-a-Box? You can post your comments about Band-in-a-Box for Windows here. Have the Macintosh version? Post your comments here.

Posting your comments is a great way to let other users, and potential buyers, know your thoughts! Also, while you're there, check out what other users are saying about Band-in-a-Box!

Posted at 10:28 AM

March 19, 2014 New YouTube Video: Make a Jazz UserTrack in Less Than 10 Minutes!

Love the new UserTracks feature in Band-in-a-Box 2014? If you're looking for a video to help you make your own Jazz UserTrack, check out the Band-in-a-Box: Make a Jazz UserTrack in less than 10 minutes video!

This tutorial shows you how to make your own UserTracks in RealBand, in under 10 minutes. In this video a jazz ukulele UserTracks style is made from scratch in RealBand, and is then taken for a test ride in both RealBand and Band-in-a-Box.

Posted at 09:04 AM

March 18, 2014 The UserTracks Contest - Don't Forget To Enter!

View the UserTracks Contest Forum to see how easy it is to create your own UserTrack and enter the competition!

Winners of the UserTracks contest will receive a Band-in-a-Box UltraPlusPAK!

Hurry - entries open to submission only until March 31, 2014!

Posted at 12:54 PM

March 18, 2014 RealBand YouTube Playlist!

All of the Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows packages include RealBand - a fully-featured and powerful music arranging, sequencing, and digital recording program. Learn more about RealBand with the YouTube Playlist, here.

The YouTube RealBand Playlist is packed with videos about RealBand, highlighting the new features in the program, as well as many videos that will help with specific features, and setting up the program.

Posted at 09:26 AM

March 17, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows - Danish Version Available!

The Danish version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows is here! Click here to learn more!

Band-in-a-Box 2014 til Windows er klar med mere end 50 cool nye funktioner. Vi har haft travlt, og har tilføjet nogle fantastiske nye funktioner og nye RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, lyde og Artist Performances til Band-in-a-Box! Sammenlignet med version 2013 (Dec. 2012) tilføjer denne version 50 nye funktioner, 101 nye RealTracks, 54 nye MIDI SuperTracks, 20 Artist Performances og 8 nye Hi-Q MIDI lyde. Sammenlignet med version 2012 (December 2011) tilføjer denne version 100 nye funktioner, 303 RealTracks, 145 MIDI SuperTracks og 26 Hi-Q lyde! Der er nu over 1.200 timer RealTracks og RealDrums (studiemusiker audioindspilninger) med i UltraPLusPAK eller i EverythingPAK!

Posted at 12:49 PM

March 17, 2014 Weekly Special - GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country... only $29!

This week only - purchase GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country for only $29!

Nashville's guitar legend becomes your personal Country guitar teacher!

GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country is a fun-to-play program that lets you create fantastic guitar solos right at your computer! GuitarStar teaches as you play with on-screen musical notation showing you what is being played, an on-screen guitar fretboard that displays the notes as they are played, and tutorial videos with helpful hints on learning to play the riffs.

Offer available until March 23, 2014.

Posted at 10:58 AM

March 14, 2014 PowerTracks Pro Audio Version 2014 Release!

The new PowerTracks Pro Audio 2014 has arrived! Click here for more information

The PowerTracks 2014 release incorporates many new features and enhancements, including suggestions from users of the program as well as our own "wish list!"

Posted at 02:48 PM

March 14, 2014 A Guide to Purchasing Band-in-a-Box

If you're interested in purchasing the Band-in-a-Box program, but aren't sure which package to purchase, watch our Band-in-a-Box for Window and Mac Pre-Sales Guide YouTube video!

This video explains the different Band-in-a-Box packages we offer. Whether you want to download the program, receive DVD installations, or even purchase it pre-installed on a USB Hard Drive - there's a package for you!

Posted at 12:48 PM

March 14, 2014 Use RealTracks and MIDI SuperTracks to Enhance Your St. Patrick's Day!

Get started on St. Patricks Day early by adding an Irish feel to your Band-in-a-Box songs with Celtic RealTracks and MIDI SuperTracks!

RealTracks Sets for Windows & Mac
RealTracks Set 104: Celtic Jigs & Reels
RealTracks Set 123: Celtic Hornpipes & Slipjigs
RealTracks Set 173: Celtic Bouziouki and Guitar
RealTracks Set 202: Folk and Country Bouzouki (requires Band-in-a-Box for Windows)

MIDI SuperTracks Sets for Windows & Mac
MIDI SuperTracks Set 4: Folk, Pop & New Age

MIDI Styles Sets for Windows & Mac
MIDI Styles Set 34: World Styles

Posted at 10:55 AM

March 14, 2014 PG Music's User Showcase

Want to hear what people are creating with their Band-in-a-Box? Our User Showcase provides an excellent opportunity to listen to other peoples Band-in-a-Box creations!

These songs were originally posted to the User Showcase Forum, where you can post links to your original song compositions for others to listen to and provide feedback.

Posted at 08:16 AM

March 13, 2014 Throwback Thursday! Band-in-a-Box ATARI!!!!

Did you know that Band-in-a-Box used to be available for Atari?
Recently, a user purchased an old Version 5 installed on an Atari STE!

What a blast-from-the-past...

Maybe the user will post his Atari Band-in-a-Box song to the User Showcase Forum!

Posted at 02:36 PM

March 13, 2014 Using Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows with JAWS for the Visually Impared

Interested in using Band-in-a-Box for Windows, but you use the screen reader JAWS? This weeks "Eyes On Success" Podcast explains the process!

Download the Podcast here. (View the notes for this Podcast here.)

You can find the new JAWS scripts that was developed for using the 2014 version of Band-in-a-Box with JAWS at the following web page: http://www.torpey.info/AccessTools.htm.

Eyes On Success hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about how a blind person can use Band-In-A-Box, a program that can be used for creating musical arrangements, learning and practicing new tunes, and sharing music with others. Pete will demonstrate how the new JAWS scripts he developed can be used with the recently released 2014 version of Band-In-A-Box. The show notes contain links to where you can get the scripts as well as other information about Band-In-A-Box.

Posted at 12:26 PM

March 13, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows - Swedish Version Available!

The Swedish version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows is here! Click here to learn more!

Vi har varit flitiga och lagt till några fantastiska nya funktioner och nya RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, Sounds och Artist Performances till Band-in-a-Box! Jämfört med version 2013 (Dec. 2012), läggs 50 nya funktioner till, 101 nya RealTracks, 54 nya MIDI SuperTracks, 20 Artist Performances och 8 nya Hi-Q MIDI Sounds Jämfört med version 2012 (December 2011) ger detta 100 nya funktioner, 303 RealTracks, 145 MIDI SuperTracks och 26 Hi-Q Sounds! Det finns nu över 1200 timmar av RealTracks och RealDrums (studiomusikers audioinspelningar) inkluderad med UltraPlusPAK eller EverythingPAK!

Posted at 11:01 AM

March 13, 2014 RealTracks - You'll want to use them in ALL your projects!

RealTracks are a popular Add-on for Band-in-a-Box. Once you start using them, you won't want to stop! For a full list of our RealTracks Artists, click here.

RealTracks replace the MIDI track for that instrument, and can be controlled just like the MIDI instrument. They follow the chord progression that you have entered, so you hear an authentic audio accompaniment or solo.

RealTracks are not "samples"... They are full recordings, lasting from 1 to 8 bars at a time, playing in perfect sync with the other tracks. Choose from pre-made Band-in-a-Box Styles, or combine RealTracks instruments to make your own band.

Adding REAL instruments played by TOP MUSICIANS to your compositions brings an exciting human element ... and that's just the beginning!

Posted at 08:19 AM

March 12, 2014 Announcing the Best 1-Minute UserTracks Contest!

Our Best 1-minute UserTracks Contest is your chance to show off some UserTracks skills and WIN a Band-in-a-Box UltraPlusPAK hard drive!

We will award 3 prizes of a Band-in-a-Box Hard drive to the winner in the following categories:

-Best Pop UserTracks
-Best Jazz UserTracks
-Best "Unique" UserTracks

What will you get out of it?
-Some experience in making UserTracks
-Free publicity - if you plan on making more UserTracks in the future, as a commercial venture, people will know your work from these entries.
-Goodwill from contributing to the Band-in-a-Box community, and knowledge that your recording is used to help others with their songs.

Entries open to submission until March 31, 2014. Winners will be announced April 1, 2014.

Need help creating a UserTrack? Click here.

Posted at 01:38 PM

March 12, 2014 Choir Claps RealDrums - For FREE!

Head to this post in our forums and download the FREE Choir Clap RealDrums created by a Band-in-a-Box user!

Don't forget, you can create and post your own tracks on our forum! Show them off, ask for feedback, and even offer them to other users!

The entire PG Music Forum can be found here.

Posted at 12:10 PM

March 12, 2014 "Best Music Teachers on YouTube" Awards

YouTube is packed with free music lesson videos! We're looking for your nominations - who's free music lesson video have you benefited from on YouTube?
We'll be handing awards for the best music teachers on YouTube. Click here for more information.

When we receive your nominations, we will review them and notify the teachers of the award. Other than recognition, if they want, they will get a free version of the Band-in-a-Box EverythingPAK Hard Drive.

Any nominations are OK, from the 'unknown' to 'famous', as long as they are good teachers that have helped you learn to play your instrument with their free YouTube lessons.

Posted at 09:50 AM

March 12, 2014 New UserTracks Tutorial Video for Band-in-a-Box 2014!

UserTracks are an exciting new feature of Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows! Interested in making your own UserTracks? Check our our Tutorial, which takes you through the process step-by-step with the video demonstration (and written steps), and provides templates that you can download!

Band-in-a-Box UserTracks - Now you (or others) can make your own RealTracks (guitars, pianos, strings, etc.). To make your own RealTracks, simply record tracks in Band-in-a-Box, RealBand or any DAW, and name your UserTracks, and add them to the UserTracks folder in Band-in-a-Box (or RealBand). They are now ready to use, the same as you use other RealTracks!

Posted at 07:51 AM

March 11, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows - Dutch Version Available!

The Dutch version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows is here! Click here to learn more!

Er zijn enkele opwindende nieuwe functies in Band-in-a-Box 2014. We hebben de GUI opnieuw ontworpen, met een geweldige "look and feel" en veel nieuwe tijdbesparende functies toegevoegd. Nieuwe Gereedschapsbalken, Song/Stijl gebieden, op-het-scherm mixer, opnieuw ontworpen AkkoordSchema met handgeschreven "echt" uitziende akkoord fonts en meer. Je kunt nu je eigen RealTracks maken – we noemen deze UserTracks – en je kunt ze gebruiken als elke RealTracks.
en meer!

Posted at 02:13 PM

March 11, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows - Portuguese Version Available!

The Portuguese version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows is here! Click here to learn more!

Há excitantes novas funções no Band-in-a-Box 2014. Nós redesenhamos o GUI, com um visual e jeito novo, com muitas novas funções. Novas barras de ferramentas, áreas de Música/Estilo, mixer na tela, redesenhamos a Área de Trabalho com fontes semelhantes à escrita manual e mais. Você agora pode criar seus próprios RealTracks – chamamos isto de UserTracks – e você pode usá-los como qualquer RealTracks.
… e mais!

Posted at 02:10 PM

March 11, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows - Spanish Version Available!

The Spanish version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows is here! Click here to learn more!

Hay algunas nuevas características emocionantes en Band-in-a-Box 2014. Hemos rediseñado el GUI, con una gran apariencia y sensación, y muchas nuevas características añadidas que permiten ahorrar tiempo. Nueva Barra de Tareas, área de Canción/Estilo, en la pantalla mezcladora, hoja de acordes rediseñada con escrito a mano "real" buscador tipos de acordes y más. Ahora puede hacer sus propios RealTracks – llamamos a esto UserTracks – y puede usarlos con cualquier RealTracks!
…y más!

Posted at 02:04 PM

March 11, 2014 New Update Patches are Available for Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows!

Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows users click here to update your Band-in-a-Box to the newest Build 381.
Don't forget to download the RealBand Build 7 update for RealBand 2014 too!

The Summary of Changes for Band-in-a-Box 2014 Build 381 are:

Added: New UserTracks Templates added to "C:\bb\RealTracks\UserTracks\UserTracks Templates" folder (Also in C:\bb\data\TemplatesForUserTracks).
Improved: Vocal synth engine (Sinsy) improved. New male singer added "Matsuo"; Settings now saved with song.
Improved: Faster bootup (about 20% faster).
Improved: Videos accessed by the Vides Demos button are updated, with lots of new videos and organized by catagories.
Fixed: Freeze wasn't updating on mixer sometimes.
Fixed: Redraw chords too big when returning from Ctrl-T full screen mode.
Fixed: Anomalies on chords/notation window when enlarging mixer.
Fixed: Some users with a recent Windows update needed to re-activate the program (ie delete tickets and re-activate).

Summary of Changes for RealBand 2014 Build 7:

Fixed: Nodes weren't working with ASIO.

Posted at 09:30 AM

March 11, 2014 Weekly Special - The Modern Jazz Pianist for only $29!

This week we're offering the Modern Jazz Pianist program for only $29! Learn more.
If you've ever wanted to check out some modern approaches to Jazz piano playing, this is the program for you. The music in the Modern Jazz Pianist encompasses most of the stylistic approaches from the Bill Evans era to the present!

The Modern Jazz Pianist features 50 MIDI performances in solo, duo and trio formats. Elements of style found in the playing of such great Jazz pianists as Herbie Hancock, Kenny Kirkland, Cedar Walton, Richie Beirach and others are represented. Chord symbols, as supplied by the composer, are included. Most of the songs are trio performances with piano, bass and drums. On-screen notation and keyboard display are featured.

Posted at 09:10 AM

March 07, 2014 The Band-in-a-Box YouTube Ad...

We just made a YouTube ad for Band-in-a-Box. Click here to watch the ad on YouTube. We'd appreciate any feedback you could give us, as we are targeting this to potential new customers of Band-in-a-Box. Suggestions are welcome - post them here.

Also, some suggestions about what keywords we should target would be helpful. In other words, what are the types of terms you type in to YouTube that would be most relevant to the type of person that would benefit from Band-in-a-Box.
These are the types of ads that show on YouTube, when you are wanting to view a certain YouTube video, but you get interrupted by an ad, that you have to watch for at least 5 seconds, where you can skip it, or keep watching....

Posted at 02:47 PM

March 07, 2014 New Tutorial! Make a Band-in-a-Box UserTrack in under 10 minutes!

UserTracks is an exciting feature in Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows. Follow this Tutorial and you'll be making your own UserTrack in no time!

UserTracks are a new feature in the 2014 Version of Band-in-a-Box for Windows. Now you (or others) can make your own RealTracks (guitars, pianos, strings, etc.). To make your own RealTracks, simply record tracks in Band-in-a-Box, RealBand or any DAW, and name your UserTracks, and add them to the UserTracks folder in Band-in-a-Box (or RealBand). They are now ready to use, the same as you use other RealTracks!
Video presentation coming soon...

Posted at 01:49 PM

March 07, 2014 Italian and French Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows Now Available!

We're now offering the Italian and French Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows!

Band-in-a-Box 2014 includes over 50 great new features and enhancements, 101 more amazing RealTracks, 54 MIDI SuperTracks, 36 Artist Performances and more!

Italian users, learn more here.
French users, learn more here.

Posted at 08:33 AM

March 07, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows Review

Click here to read the latest review of Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows in Music Teacher Magazine.

Head to our Reviews page if you're interested in reading more reviews of PG Music Inc. products.

Posted at 07:59 AM

March 05, 2014 Now Available - German Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows!

The Band-in-a-Box 2014 German version is here with over 50 new features and enhancements, including a redesigned GUI, UserTracks which are RealTracks made by you, a handy Instant Preview of styles, RealTracks, and RealDrums, Loops now support Acidized Loops and that's not all! With Band-in-a-Box 2014, we’ve added 101 RealTracks in Sets 188-205, plus a Bonus RealTracks Set 1: Classical Strings Quartet, 54 MIDI SuperTracks, 25 Artist Performances (Brent Mason/Andy Leftwich), and 8 new Hi-Q MIDI sounds! Click here for complete package information!

Posted at 04:40 PM

March 04, 2014 The Verdict is in! Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows receives the "Best Jazz Teaching Tool" Award from SBO Magazine!

School Band & Orchestra Magazine recently reached out to their readers, music teachers, and even the attendee’s of the 2014 Winter NAMM show and asked what products are The Best Tools for School. The results were announced at the NAMM Show, and Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows has been awarded the Best Jazz Teaching Tool!

We’re honored to receive this award, and would like to thank John Kuzmich of SBO Magazine for this recognition. For a full list of award winners, click here.
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Peter Gannon and Tobin Frank of PG Music
accept the award presented by John Kuzmich.

Posted at 08:52 AM

March 03, 2014 Video Tutorials Page: Band-in-a-Box for Windows

Viewing tutorial videos about Band-in-a-Box is easy with our Band-in-a-Box for Windows Video Tutorials Page!

We've separated these videos for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Plus there are troubleshooting videos and an Archive section.

Posted at 01:58 PM

March 03, 2014 Classical Strings Quartet RealTracks!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows came a Bonus RealTracks Set for Classical Strings Quartet. These RealTracks were so well received that we've added them to all of the 2014 Band-in-a-Box for Windows purchases!
Listen to the demo for these RealTracks here!

Posted at 12:47 PM

March 03, 2014 Band-in-a-Box Tips and Tricks Videos!

Take a peek at our Tips and Tricks page, and you'll see that we have many videos that highlight some of the great features Band-in-a-Box offers!

Posted at 11:22 AM

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