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October 30, 2015 Band-in-a-Box Saves the Day! A Customer Testimonial

Have you ever shown up for a gig only to have another band member not make it? Hey - it happens, and it's never a fun situation!

Forum user jazzsax keeps a backup of his Band-in-a-Box installation on him... and was able to put it to good use! Here's the story:

Yesterday I arrived at a luncheon gig where I was to play sax as a sideman in a trio. It seems the piano player went across town to the wrong venue and of course has no cell phone. After waiting around with no word from him for 10 minutes after we were supposed to begin playing, I mentioned to the lady in charge that I have my entire program, BIAB library, stored on my iPhone as a backup for when I do solo performances. Since I had played solo for this group several times before she did not hesitate in trying to find a PA to use.
I always carry a mic with me and once all the equipment was connected I proceeded to play for the hour alone. It was a fun, energetic and appreciative crowd.
Thank you BIAB!

Read the forum thread here.

Posted at 01:38 PM

October 30, 2015 #FlashbackFriday - The Original Three RealTracks

As a combination of some hashtag trends, let's celebrate #FlashbackFriday and #FunFactFriday and take a look back... all the way back to the birth of RealTracks!

In 2008, we added this incredibly popular feature to Band-in-a-Box! It all started with three instruments: Guitar (artist: Tony King), Pedal Steel (artist: Steve Hinson) and Tenor Sax (artist: Jack Stafford)!

Listen to Peter introduce the new RealTracks video in our Band-in-a-Box 2008 New Features Video!

Of course, these new RealTracks were a HUGE HIT and we've been adding more every year! We now have 227 Sets of RealTracks to offer, with over 1,800 RealTracks! That's over 2,200 hours of studio recordings!

Learn more about the RealTracks we have to offer and listen to demos:
RealTracks for Windows
RealTracks for Mac

Posted at 11:01 AM

October 30, 2015 User Showcase Song - Svetlana's Dreams

Here's a little waltz to listen to just before going to sleep ...... I wish you beautiful dreams !

RT 927 Acoustic Bass
RT 824 Acoustic Guitar
RT 2117 Piano
RT 2043 Mandolin
RT 2118 Solo Piano
Yamaha QY700 Orgel, Loudglok

Posted at 10:41 AM

October 28, 2015 RealTracks Artist Mike LeDonne Weekly Performance in New York!

Attention New York!

The Smoke Jazz & Supper Club features Mike LeDonne's Groover Quartet every Tuesday night!
View their calender for more information about each performance.

Mike's been a part of the RealTracks Artist "Family" since we released RealTracks Set 90 with Band-in-a-Box 2010.5! You'll find all his RealTracks in Sets 90, 115, 130, 147 and 161. Learn more about Mike and listen to demos of his RealTracks here.

Have you created a song using some of Mike LeDonne's RealTracks? Don't forget to share it on our User Showcase Forum - we'd LOVE to hear it!

Posted at 09:27 AM

October 28, 2015 Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Mac - New Update Available

A build 106 update patch is available for Band-in-a-Box 2015. (Released Oct 23, 2015)

Download the Band-in-a-Box 2015 Build 106 update here

Summary of fixes in build 106:
-Fixed: There is a grayed-out checkbox in Notation Options that doesn't do anything "Show fret #s on chord diagrams".
-Fixed: Rendering to AIFF or M4A from various places in the program might cause a crash.

Posted at 08:44 AM

October 28, 2015 User Showcase Song - Carm's Blues

Carm's Blues is a jam that JonD and I recorded. JonD is playing the B3 via his keyboard controllers, I am playing the guitar and bass while Band-in-a-Box, Style = DeepDry 1 - Slow Southern Blues, supplied the drums. All were recorded on their first pass.

We hope you like it for what it is.

Posted at 08:18 AM

October 27, 2015 The Pitch to MIDI Converter Feature in RealBand

RealBand includes a Pitch to MIDI Converter feature which will analyze a monophonic audio track and create an equivalent MIDI track. While this feature cannot recognize chords or mixes of music instruments, it gives the best results with single-note melody lines, played very cleanly with very little background noise or hum.

To try out this feature, highlight the Audio track within the Tracks window of the program and select Edit | MIDI | Pitch to MIDI and set the Conversion Parameters. Then choose the proper Audition Source and press the [Audition] button. To finish the procedure, choose [Process] and you'll have the MIDI track!

NOTE: We have never seen a Pitch To MIDI program which is absolutely perfect. With careful playing and proper settings, you can get good conversion on most played notes. But you can expect to get a few “off the wall” notes which need to be edited with the notation or list edit windows.

Posted at 01:46 PM

October 27, 2015 #TipTuesday - The Song Title Generator in Band-in-a-Box

If you're experiencing writers block when it comes to deciding on a title for your Band-in-a-Box song, don't forget about the Song Title Generation option!
In our Mac version, select Edit | Chords | Auto-Generate Song Title (or control+shift+S) and a song title will appear in the Title Window! Not happy with the result? Just repeat the process until the title is perfect for the song!

*this feature uses a file called 'titl.txt' which you can edit to personalize with your favorite words, making the titles generated even more unique!*

There's also an option within the Melodist feature to have a title generated for the song - in fact, the Melodist is a great way to have the program compose parts (or all) of a song for you! With options to generate Chords, an Intro, Insert Bass Pedals, Generate Melody, Solo in Middle Chorus and Allow Style Changes within the song - you can select a few of these or all of these; it's up to you!

Windows user? Click here to see Windows specific information about this feature.

Posted at 08:33 AM

October 27, 2015 User Showcase Song - Rides Her Appaloosa

I wrote this lyric a long time ago and finally resurrected it and did it for this past fawm.org thingy.
Kevin: guitar, ukulele, vocals
BIAB: bass (1849), drums: (NashBrushBalDbKEv16^1-a), cello (1856), piano (1006)

Posted at 08:08 AM

October 26, 2015 Wayne Paulo's Band-in-a-Box Testimonial Video

Our newest Video Testimonial comes from Wayne Paulo - and it's a great inspirational story!

Wayne recently suffered a stroke, and is finding Band-in-a-Box to be very helpful (and inspiring) during his recovery. Watch Wayne's testimonial here: youtu.be/QHYhGJSVJ38 and make sure you get to the end - he's included the outtakes!

All of the User Testimonials can be viewed here: www.pgmusic.com/videotestimonials.php

Posted at 12:00 PM

October 26, 2015 #MusicMonday - Save Your Band-in-a-Box Song to Share with Fans!

Band-in-a-Box can save your song in many different file formats, making it easy to share your work with others!

With Band-in-a-Box 2015 we added the option to Save Your Song as a Video (with the option to upload it directly to YouTube)! You can also save your song in the following formats:
.SGU/MGU
.WAV
.WMA
.MP3
.MP4
.M4A
.MID
.AVI

Plus, Band-in-a-Box has an option to send your song to SoundCloud to share with your fans!

Posted at 09:52 AM

October 26, 2015 User Showcase Song - 1957

I wanted to write a song about my oldest sister Julia before she lost her battle with cancer. I spent a couple of hours with her asking a lot of questions about her past to try and come up with an idea. After our conversation I realized that her happiest time in life appeared to be her teen years. This inspired me to write about her senior year in high school when she and a friend spent some time decorating the gym for their senior prom dance. I started writing the song in November 2014 and I was glad that I had finished the complete song by the end of November for Julia died the week after Christmas 2014. I have attached her senior year picture taken in 1957.
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Style - c_conway.sty conway-classic
Drums - Nashville 128 - Brian Fuller
Bass - 532 - acoustic - Byron House
Tenor Sax - 403 - motown - Jack Stafford
Guitar - 1570 - high back beat 60’s - Sandy Williams
Piano 1 - midi hq grand
Piano 2 - 895 - pop slow - Miles Black
Strings - 1543 - PopBelieve - Blair Masters

Posted at 08:37 AM

October 23, 2015 Band-in-a-Box Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android!

According to the internet, today (October 23rd) is National iPod Day!

Did you know that we have FREE Band-in-a-Box Apps available for your iPhone, iPad and Android devices?

Check them out!

iPhone/iPod BB App: Click here.

iPad BB App (larger display): Click here.

Android BB App: Click here.

Posted at 09:42 AM

October 23, 2015 Video Tutorials: User to User - Taking Submissions!

Did you know that we have a "User to User" Video Tutorials page? It's a great way for users to share their original tutorial videos! Take a peek...

Have you made your own video tutorial about Band-in-a-Box (or other PG Music products)? We'd love for you to share them with us!

If you've made video tutorials that you would like to share with other users, send an email to marketing@pgmusic.com or post a message in the Tips & Tricks Forum and we'll add a link to your video!

Posted at 09:16 AM

October 23, 2015 User Showcase Song - 100 Miles From Austin

Just a little travelin' music. All instruments are BIAB.


https://90dbband.bandcamp.com/track/100-miles-from-austin

File:100 Miles From Austin.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 165, Length (m:s)=2:42
No intro. 108 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 108. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
Soloist track has 746 notes, Soloist harmony is < no harmony >(0)
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Time signature,Volume Changes,
Style is M_RBILSW.STY (Rbilly Sw 165 w MST Piano[165MST)
PianoCustom Synth is Hi-Q 001 01 Piano, Acoustic, Grand SampleTank.tgs
Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic Piano (1),
RealTracks in style: 2351:Bass, Acoustic, RockabillyRockNRoll Ev 165
MIDI SuperTracks in style: 2490:Piano, Rhythm RockabillySwingKevin Sw 165
RealTracks in style: 2496:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RockabillySwingBrent Sw 165
RealTracks in song: ~1134:Pedal Steel, Rhythm WesternSwing Sw 165
RealTracks in song: 1871:Fiddle, Soloist WesternSwingAndy Sw 165
RealDrums in style: BoomChickaSw^01-a: Blue Rods, b: Blue Sticks

Posted at 09:02 AM

October 22, 2015 Share Your Favorite Music Related Video!

Our Forums is a popular place to connect with other Band-in-a-Box users to share song ideas, ask for assistance/opinions, offer advice... and more.

A popular option is our Best of YouTube forum, where you can share your favorite music-related video! Whether it's a video about music instruction, a performance you like, some mixing tips, or anything else music-related - if you enjoyed it chances are others will too!

We have many Forums to choose from, including:
Band-in-a-Box for Windows
Band-in-a-Box for Mac
RealBand
PowerTracks Pro Audio
Other PG Music Programs
Wishlists
User Showcase
Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production
Woodshedding - Learning to Play!
Off-Topic
User-to-User
International Versions of Band-in-a-Box

Posted at 03:05 PM

October 22, 2015 #TBT - A Band-in-a-Box 9 Review!

We were doing some research online the other day, and came across a review of Band-in-a-Box Version 9!

Click here to read the review written by Electronic Musician.

This review immediately caught the attention of our Marketing Representative Callie - probably because it compared Band-in-a-Box to Star Trek.

"There is an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which one of the characters walks onto the holodeck and programs his musical fantasy simply by commanding, "1950s New Orleans jazz, small combo." The computer instantly generates a holographic combo that appears and starts playing. The character then picks up his trombone and commences to jam along with the computer-generated trio.
Science fiction? Maybe not. PG Music's Band-in-a-Box 9.0 offers a similar experience in the here and now."

All of the new features for Version 9 list here.

Posted at 09:27 AM

October 22, 2015 User Showcase Song - A Certain Woman's Heart

Unrequited love.

The Band:

Style is _FPBNTBA.STY (Pop Ballad 2FingerpkGuits [85RS])

RealTracks in style: ~701:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1728:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopBalladJohn Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~365:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
RealTracks in song: ~2200:Guitar, Nylon, Background CountryBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 378:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming DoubleTime Ev 088
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2058:Strings, Rhythm CelticAir Ev 085

RealDrums in Song: NashvilleBrushesCountryPopEv16: a: Sidestick, Brushes b: Brushes
RealDrums in Song: BossaBrushesPerc^1-a:Congas, No Kit , b:Congas, Shaker, Triangle, No Kit

Posted at 08:53 AM

October 21, 2015 Video - Recording Audio with Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Mac

When we released Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Mac this summer, we added an Audio Track - this means you can open an audio file (wav, aiff, mp3, mp4, and m4a), record audio, or render your song to the Audio Track!

Want to see how easy it is to record audio with this new version? Watch this YouTube Video.

All of the new features in Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Mac can be reviewed here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm

Posted at 01:15 PM

October 21, 2015 We're on Facebook and Twitter!

Many of you may already be aware of this, but for those of you that don't know - we are on Facebook and Twitter!

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter and you'll be the first to know about specials, new releases, contests and other exciting PG Music Inc. announcements!

If you're on our Facebook page, share with others how you feel about Band-in-a-Box by posting a review.

Thanks!

Posted at 10:29 AM

October 21, 2015 User Showcase Song - Get Up and Funkit Too

Guess I'm stunk in a Funk!
I'm not sure about the tracks. I rarely save the Biab files just the waves. The vocal loops and horns were from Logic Pro9. There are 2 different drummers playing at the same time, their beats were almost the same except for the fills. I played the rhythm and lead guitars.

Posted at 08:34 AM

October 20, 2015 Another Inspiring Video Testimonial - Petr Kroutil

Petr Kroutil contacted us recently - he wanted us to know how much he loves Band-in-a-Box and was eager to help tell the world just how great the program is!

So, when we told him about our Video Testimonials project he was more than happy to send us some footage!
Watch his video testimonial here: youtu.be/TAkLOvq-eYI.

Learn more about Petr here: www.petrkroutil.com/en

Take a look at all of our video testimonials when you visit www.pgmusic.com/videotestimonials.php

Posted at 10:08 AM

October 20, 2015 #TipTuesday - Big Notes Mode in Band-in-a-Box

Big Notes Mode is a button on the Notation toolbar in Band-in-a-Box which changes the display of the notation! When you select this button, the program displays notation with larger font size and note names within note heads.
(Press the button again to return to the normal size.)

Posted at 09:44 AM

October 20, 2015 User Showcase Song - Out There Somewhere

Here's a new song that I started putting together about a month ago. I thought I'd play around with jazz-funk. Hope you enjoy it.

Also... just recently, I read a post by Charlie Fogle wherein he said that he'd like to see some BIAB-created videos of songs. Charlie, the below video link will take you to such a video. It's great that BIAB 2015 makes these videos so easily. I synchronised my audio with it in Windows Movie Maker. Hope this clip is what you were meaning.
Band In A Box
Style: _JFNKPOP.STY (JazzFunkPoppyRhythmSectn [110RS])

RT 1434: Bass, Electric, JazzFunkPoppy Ev16 110
RT 1435: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkGroovinChords Ev16 110
RT 1436: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkGroovinMute Ev16 110
RT 1437: Piano, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkGroovin Ev16 110
RT 1761: Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Pop16ths Ev16 085
RT 745: Guitar, Electric, Soloist Jazz Ballad Sw 085

Drums: JAZZFUNKPOP^1-a:HHSDSTK, b:HHSNR

Posted at 09:38 AM

October 19, 2015 The Newest Video Testimonial - Guitarhacker!

We've posted a new Video Testimonial to our YouTube channel and website!
This video features Forum User Guitarhacker, a.k.a. Herb Hartley.

"This is one of the best song-writing tools that you can buy, bar none. I haven’t seen anything better."
-Herb Hartley

Watch it on YouTube here: youtu.be/-XHAKc-adcM. Learn more about Herb's story here.

You can still submit your own Video Testimonial - contact the Marketing Team to learn more: marketing@pgmusic.com

Posted at 12:26 PM

October 19, 2015 Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Mac - Patch Update 105 Available!

We recently released a build 105 update patch for Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Mac. (on Oct 14, 2015)

To review all the improvements and fixes released with this update, or to download the update, click here.

Posted at 08:47 AM

October 19, 2015 User Showcase Song - Miracle

This is a song about the feeling when you fall in love. There are a lot of live overdubs, but the rhythm section is BB. The BB violin and mandolin didn't make it through the mix, there was a lot of modification in the arrangement and editing in the length. The solo guitar is from RB, chosen lick by lick from the multiriff option. The RB memo is under the BB memo.

Posted at 08:42 AM

October 16, 2015 User Showcase Song - Comb Over

'Comb Over' by forum user Rob4580

"Here is one for all those baldies out there.
Its time to fight back. All comments welcome."

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Swampy Blues, with Shaker 16ths loop demo
File:Comb Over.SGU
Key=G , Tempo 125, Length (m:s)=2:18
4 bar intro, 64 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 68. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _BGSHAKR.STY (Bluegrass w Shaker(130 RS))
Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic Guitar (26),
RealTracks in style: ~427:Bass, Acoustic, Bluegrass Ev 130
RealTracks in style: ~426:Banjo, Bluegrass Ev 130 (Rhythm)
RealTracks in style: ~428:Fiddle, Rhythm Bluegrass Ev 130
RealTracks in style: ~432:Mandolin, Rhythm Bluegrass Ev 130*******************

"Vocal harmonies and bridge my self."

Posted at 12:02 PM

October 14, 2015 User Showcase Song - Latin Blues for Carlos

'Latin Blues For Carlos' by forum user Chris37.

"Here's a meeting of north american music and south american music!"

RealTracks Include:
RD BossaBrusshesFull^1
RT 916 Acoustic Bass
RT 580 Electric Guitar
RT 584 Resophonic Guitar
RT 586 Blues Harp
RT 1651 Solo Electric Guitar

Posted at 01:32 PM

October 14, 2015 Video Testimonial - Musician, Professional Instructor and Band-in-a-Box Endorser Eric Blackmon

Musician and instructor Eric Blackmon is also the owner of EEMusic Music Creation Learning Center and the creator of EricBlackmonGuitar and other instruction channels on YouTube.

Eric shares how he uses Band-in-a-Box to create backing tracks for his YouTube tutorials. youtu.be/dbE8c13cnRY

Check out all the video testimonials on our website at www.pgmusic.com/video.testimonials.htm

We want to hear your Band-in-a-Box story! If you would like to share your own video testimonial about Band-in-a-Box, please email our Marketing Department for information.

Posted at 12:05 PM

October 09, 2015 We're Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving Monday, October 12th!

Did you know it's Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday, October 12th? We hope all our fellow Canadians enjoy the holiday!

Fortunately, we only close the entire office on Christmas. Our office has regular hours on Saturday & Sunday, but we won't all be here on Monday...

-Our Technical Support department will be closed, but will re-open Tuesday morning at 10am PST.
-Our Sales & Customer Service department will be open from 8am - 4pm PST.

The Marketing Department will not be available on Monday.

Our hours list here.

Posted at 11:36 AM

October 09, 2015 Video Testimonial - Jazz Fusion Guitarist and Band-in-a-Box Endorser Jeff Richman

Watch Jazz Fusion Guitarist and Band-in-a-Box Endorser Jeff Richman's Video Testimonial to learn more about how he uses (and why he loves) Band-in-a-Box: youtu.be/DrSVy0kkAxE

All of the video testimonials are on our website at www.pgmusic.com/video.testimonials.htm

Posted at 09:59 AM

October 09, 2015 Band-in-a-Box 2015 Italian Mac Version Available!

Band-in-a-Box 2015 per Windows è qui con oltre 50 nuove interessanti funzioni.

Abbiamo migliorato l'interfaccia grafica, con un migliore look, e molte nuove funzionali per risparmiare tempo come le etichette automatiche delle tracce (per esempio, invece di dire "Stringhe" si dice "Banjo"), pulsanti video-aiuto tutorial, anteprima istantanea per molti dialoghi, costruzione più veloce di brano /stile, un nuovo font per accordo RealScore scritto a mano e altro ancora. Abbiamo aggiunto il supporto diretto per i plugin a 64-bit VST (utilizzando jBridge, disponibile da noi). Ora è possibile salvare il brano come un video che è possibile caricare su YouTube o lavorare in programmi video. Si può caricare, suonare, vedere e rallentare i video che hai già scaricato da YouTube o altrove in Band-in-a-Box, estraendo l'audio e rallentarlo con grande qualità audio, per imparare o sincronizzarlo nel foglio Accordi e più.

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

Posted at 08:26 AM

October 09, 2015 User Showcase Song - Vegas Till The Money's Gone

Vegas Till The Moneys Gone
© 2014 K Leverett

Running with the boys
Who just wanna change their lives
From the trailer thrash trap
We’ve been living in
.........

Posted at 08:21 AM

October 08, 2015 A Look Back - GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country!

Why not embrace the hashtag trend for today, and celebrate the 2006 release of GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country?! #ThrowbackThursday

While announcing the release of this popular program, Peter had stated: "It’s been a thrill to work with an artist of Brent Mason’s calibre, and to feature his unique talents in the GuitarStar program. Brent is an incredible guitar player and a remarkable teacher."

We have continued to work with Brent and offer a huge assortment of RealTracks by him too!

The GuitarStar series doesn't stop with Brent - we also offer:
GuitarStar Volume 1: Rockin' Riffs
GuitarStar Volume 2: Rockin' Riffs for the Beginner

Posted at 03:37 PM

October 08, 2015 #TBT Band-in-a-Box 12 for Windows - All the Way from 2002!

As you know, Band-in-a-Box has been around for many, many, many years!

Let's take a look back to November 2002, and the release of Band-in-a-Box 12 for Windows... some of the new features released included:
-MIDI File to Style Wizard - automatically converts a MIDI file to a Band-in-a-Box Style.
-"Twice and many instruments" with GM2 Support - this added 129 new instruments to styles and songs, including the ukulele, mandolin, 12-string guitar and more!
-Guitar Chord Diagrams on the Notation - an option for standard Guitar Chord diagrams to be included in the notation display.
-You can now loop any section of the song - handy for looping a full chorus or other section of a song for practice or performance.
-Styles Improved - all of the Styles for Band-in-a-Box are enhanced with new StyleMaker features including guitar and other fretted instrument voicings, consistent volume levels, edited patterns, and more!

Want to see all the new features that Version 12 had to offer? Visit http://www.pgmusic.com/pdfs/bbwin_version_12.pdf and read all about them!

Posted at 10:38 AM

October 08, 2015 User Showcase Song - This is Her Weekend

Here's a slight remix of one of the tunes from my Dang, this stuff is tough! thread

I can't say that I hear much of a difference, though (ha, ha). There are still a few places where the lead vocal blends in a bit. I also don't care for the sound of the intro at the moment.

It looks like I posted the original here way back in 2010 (and the mix is quite different from then!). One intrepid listener chimed in back then (always appreciated!). This was before the User Showcase section was even added.

BIAB Stuff: (I do believe this is still accurate)
Bass: Midi Picked Electric Bass (35)
Drums: NashvillePop16^3-Hihat,Ride
Acoustic Guitar: 380:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Syncopated Sugar Ev 102
Electric Guitar: 381:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Syncopated Sugar Ev 102
Piano: 889:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment PopFunkyTexas Ev 100

Posted at 09:49 AM

October 07, 2015 Video - Using Drag and Drop in Band-in-a-Box for Mac

Want to see how to use the Drag and Drop feature in Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Mac?
We've created this excellent short video tutorial that explains this feature: youtu.be/uuAP5gjp_-8

We have a HUGE selection of videos available to help you get the most out of Band-in-a-Box. Visit the PG Music Inc. YouTube Channel or our own Video Support page to see them all!

Posted at 01:46 PM

October 07, 2015 RealTracks Artist Brent Mason Has Been BUSY This Year!

According to www.allmusic.com, Brent Mason is a part of the following albums in 2015 (and the year isn't over!):
Artist: Eason Corbin | Album: About to Get Real
Artist: Alan Jackson | Album: Angels and Alcohol
Artist: Sammy Kershaw | Album: I Won't Back Down
Artist: Jim Ed Brown | Album: In Style Again
Artist: Reba McEntire | Album: Love Somebody
Artist: Clint Black | Album: On Purpose
Artist: Kenny Rogers | Album: Once Again It's Christmas
Artist: Darius Rucker | Album: Southern Style
Artist: Asleep at the Wheel | Album: Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Artist: Aaron Watson | Album: The Underdog

Imagine how much longer this list would be with all the songs Band-in-a-Box Users create using Brent Mason RealTracks!

Learn more about Brent and listen to demos of his RealTracks by visiting his RealTracks Artist Bio page

Posted at 10:33 AM

October 07, 2015 User Showcase Song - Funkin' The Blues

Just me pickin' guitar with the World's Greatest Software as my band! Thanks PG, I am having fun!

Posted at 09:18 AM

October 06, 2015 Congratulations RealTracks Artist Paul Franklin - CMA Award Nominee!

RealTracks Artist Paul Franklin (Pedal Steel) has been nominated for the CMA Musician of the Year Award!

We will find out on November 4th! More info...

Paul Franklin's RealTracks can be found in Sets 132, 149 & 182 - listen to demos of these here.

Posted at 10:10 AM

October 06, 2015 #TipTuesday - Save a Track As a "Performance File"

Did you know... If you save a track as a "Performance File," you can send it your friend, who will be able to play it without needing to have the RealTracks installed.

To save the track, right-click on the instrument button and select "Save Track as Performance File."

Posted at 10:00 AM

October 06, 2015 User Showcase Song - In the Pink (A Tribute)

Dear forum friends, this is really more of a parody than a tribute-too silly for a tribute. But I had a lot of fun doing it. I think it is remarkable demonstration of the power of BIAB, much more than anything I did. I enjoy listening to those players "jam". It's all BIAB except the arpeggio (I guess that would be the description) synth chords which were done with a plugin (spacing on the name). I will post the RTs later. Comments always encouraged! Take care. Greg

Posted at 09:42 AM

October 05, 2015 Band-in-a-Box for Windows - Fretlight Support!

Band-in-a-Box 2014 and higher for Windows work with the Fretlight Guitar!

Using the program with this light-up guitar is really easy - just connect the guitar to your computer via USB before you open Band-in-a-Box.

Watch this Video to learn more...

Posted at 09:02 AM

October 05, 2015 #MusicMonday - Share Your Songs!

Have you created a song using Band-in-a-Box, RealBand or PowerTracks Pro Audio?

Make sure you join our Forum and share your original tune on the User Showcase Forum! While you're there, listen to songs created by other forum members, and offer your feedback!

Posted at 08:54 AM

October 05, 2015 User Showcase Song - Monday

We've been away for a little while.
I have been busy moving to a new place in a different location. A small village quite nearby Anne-Marie's place :-)
Besides that, we just got back from a holiday to Berlin.
Here's the new contribution to the forum. It's a solo project I created some months ago:

MONDAY

The basis of the song was created in ChordPulse, the following BIAB RT's were added:
391 guitar electric rhythm metal
1007 piano acoustic solo accompaniment popflowing
1275 piano acoustic rhythm popupliftheld
1278 Synth Pad Pop Uplift
1530 guitar electric soloist pop power
RealDrums: Soul 70s Ev16

The video is a combination of lyric screen recordings (which took me ages to sync properly) and Dani Millán's wonderful skater footage.
I compiled everything in MoviePlus X5.

Hope you like it, any comments are welcome.

Rob

Posted at 08:32 AM

October 02, 2015 RealTracks Artist Trevor Hutchinson Performs Oct 7th!

RealTracks Artist Trevor Hutchinson shares the stage with Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney at Whelan's on Wednesday, October 7th!

A Traditional Irish musical performance in Ireland? If I could be there, I would! So, if you're in the area you should check them out!

Learn more about the event here.

To read about Trevor and listen to demos of his RealTracks, visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

As always, if you've created a song that uses Trevor's RealTracks (from Sets 104 & 123), feel free to share them on our User Showcase Forum.

Posted at 12:50 PM

October 02, 2015 Save Your Song as a Video with Band-in-a-Box 2015

One of the ways to save your song with Band-in-a-Box 2015 is to save it as a video and upload it to YouTube!

See how this is done: https://youtu.be/P07vmLIJCok

Have you saved your song as a video? Share it here!

Posted at 09:51 AM

October 02, 2015 User Showcase Song - Half Moon

Here is a piece I created with the Roland SD-50 Mobile Sound Canvas.

The Style is ZZPOPBAL.STY and the midi instruments are:

36 Fretless Elec Bass
1 Acoustic Piano
1 Standard Drum Kit
26 Acoustic Guitar
49 Strings
3/121 Accoustic Piano 3

http://www.soundcloud.com/gofby/half-moon

Relax!

Rod (GOFBY)

Posted at 08:26 AM

October 01, 2015 #TBT - Dare-to-Compare Cassette!

Remember when you couldn't download audio files, CD's didn't exist and YouTube wasn't an option? How else could we offer a Dare-to-Compare feature? With a cassette, of course!

"Dare to Compare" Cassette - take a look!

Posted at 10:10 AM

October 01, 2015 User Showcase Song - Optimistic Blues

The whole project was completed from start to finish in PowerTracks.
This is a song by one of my more "mature" students Peter, who asked if I would post the link as he hates computers! It's unusual for the forum in that it's all recorded into Powertracks without using any form of click track or metronome. Peter came to us to see if he could sing, but he's also sharpening up his guitar work whilst he's here. This is his first song and he's playing the Dobro rhythm guitar and singing. After that, we played in kick drum and hi-hat samples live from the keyboard to match his timing fluctuations. Next, the bass was added by Jack, who at 11 is at the other end of our student age range. Not an easy task, matching the tempo without a full drum track. Finally, I added a bit of lead guitar. Because there was no click track, nothing could be copied-pasted and everything had to be played from start to finish, just like the old days.

So here it is - very few tracks used and very little in the way of effects.

Posted at 10:02 AM

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