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March 2014

March 31, 2014 Read more about Kenny Barron.&page=1">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

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

Posted at 01:21 PM

March 31, 2014 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!&page=1">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!

Posted at 09:26 AM

March 31, 2014 here. Purchase the Mac Version here.&page=1">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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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!!!!!

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.

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!

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

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!

Posted at 02:49 PM

March 28, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page. For more information about the show, click here.&page=1">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!

Posted at 12:33 PM

March 28, 2014 그리고 더 이상…&page=1">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

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.

Posted at 07:56 AM

March 27, 2014 here.&page=1">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...

Posted at 01:40 PM

March 27, 2014 YouTube Channel.&page=1">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.

Posted at 01:00 PM

March 27, 2014 this video.&page=1">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.

Posted at 08:12 AM

March 26, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio: Gary Smulyan Click here to read more about this event.&page=1">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!

Posted at 03:01 PM

March 26, 2014 watch this video.&page=1">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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Posted at 11:11 AM

March 26, 2014 还有更多…&page=1">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!

Posted at 08:00 AM

March 25, 2014 YouTube Channel! &page=1">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!

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.

Posted at 01:37 PM

March 25, 2014 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. &page=1">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.

Posted at 09:32 AM

March 24, 2014 here. Visit http://djangofest.com/saga-djangofest-award/ to read the full announcement. &page=1">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!

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.

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.

Posted at 02:38 PM

March 21, 2014 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.&page=1">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!

Posted at 09:56 AM

March 20, 2014 還有更多…&page=1">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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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

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!

Posted at 12:48 PM

March 14, 2014 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&page=1">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!

Posted at 10:55 AM

March 14, 2014 User Showcase Forum, where you can post links to your original song compositions for others to listen to and provide feedback.&page=1">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!

Posted at 08:16 AM

March 13, 2014 User Showcase Forum!&page=1">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!

Posted at 02:36 PM

March 13, 2014 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.&page=1">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!

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!

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.

Posted at 08:19 AM

March 12, 2014 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.&page=1">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!

Posted at 01:38 PM

March 12, 2014 here.&page=1">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!

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.

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!

Posted at 07:51 AM

March 11, 2014 en meer!&page=1">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!

Posted at 02:13 PM

March 11, 2014 … e mais!&page=1">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!

Posted at 02:10 PM

March 11, 2014 …y más!&page=1">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!

Posted at 02:04 PM

March 11, 2014 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.&page=1">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!

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!

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.

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!

Posted at 01:49 PM

March 07, 2014 here. French users, learn more here.&page=1">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!

Posted at 08:33 AM

March 07, 2014 Reviews page if you're interested in reading more reviews of PG Music Inc. products.&page=1">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.

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 here. photo.JPG BestToolsforSchoolsLogo2014-1_sm.jpg Peter Gannon and Tobin Frank of PG Music accept the award presented by John Kuzmich.&page=1">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!

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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