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June 30, 2017 Get to Know the Drum Track Enhancement in Band-in-a-Box® 2017

We just released 160 new RealStyles with Xtra Styles PAK 3 that use the new 2017 RealDrums features, like half-time/double-time mode and Multi-Drums.

Multi-Drums allow you to put multiple drum/percussion parts, drum loops, UserTracks drums, and even RealTracks on the same Drums track, with volume mixer adjusting levels. For example, you can add single drums instruments (e.g. Tambourine and Shaker), a bass drum loop, and UserTracks drums to BossaBrushes Drums track. Multi-Drums can be stored with the song, style, or listed separately in the RealDrums Picker (e.g. Danny and Alex Jazz Swing with congas [Multi]).

Single Drums are RealDrums that just have a single percussion instrument like tambourine, shaker, or bongos. You can easily add the single drums to Multi-Drums in the Create Multi-Drums dialog.

To learn even more about these new features, check out the "Band-in-a-Box 2017 New Feature - Drums Track Enhancement" tutorial, here: www.pgmusic.com/bbw2017newfeatures4.htm

...and don't forget to get your hands on Xtra Styles PAK 3 while it's on sale for just $29! www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?pak=all&os=win#pak3

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Posted at 10:53 AM

June 30, 2017 User Showcase Song - I Never Knew

Once again, I have been out of commission for the past couple of months. I hope to be around more in the future!
My wife and I just celebrated our 41st anniversary, and I wrote this song to honor her. Most of the instruments are Real Tracks and Real Drums. I also played the organ, along with some softsynth strings, horns, and bells. I hope you enjoy this one...

RealTracks/RealDrums Used...
RealTracks in song: 1190:Bass, Electric, ModernRnBRock Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 1597:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Pop16thsArp Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 1038:Guitar, High-Strung Acoustic, Rhythm NorthernRockBallad Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 897:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm FolkRock Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 1601:Mandolin, Rhythm Pop16Melodic Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 2169:Guitar, Resonator, Soloist CountryRob Ev 065
RealDrums: RealDrums in Song: NashvillePop16^3-a:SideStick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

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Posted at 09:35 AM

June 30, 2017 Welcome to the PG Team Ember!

We are excited to announce the addition of Ember to our Customer Service Team here at PG Music!

You may have already noticed her posting here in the Forum, and she's also answering your calls, emails, and online chats (when you use the Live Help feature...)

Welcome to the team Ember!

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Posted at 09:29 AM

June 29, 2017 Xtra Styles PAK 3 Song Contest!

If you have added the Xtra Styles PAK 3 to your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 collection, now is your chance to WIN $150 USD coupon to use on your next PG Music Inc. product purchase!

How? Submit a song you've created using one of the new Xtra Styles PAK 3 RealStyles to our Xtra Styles Contest forum. There will be 4 winners total!

Complete contest information and contest rules list here.

We're looking forward to hearing all of your songs!

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Posted at 01:12 PM

June 29, 2017 User Showcase Song - Dear Mama

On the evening before an anticipated dawn battle a young soldier writes home expressing his fear of what he portends will be the outcome...

We have a long standing interest in our local Civil War history and spent years researching the troop movements and engagements in our area. During General Sherman’s March To The Sea (November, 1864) thousands of his troops camped less than a mile from our home on a friend’s property (that has been owned by his family since the 1850’s). We have walked the fields and woods of nearby skirmishes and small battles (often unmarked and poorly documented) while pondering the thoughts/conversations of soldiers as they sat around camp fires awaiting the next day. Such musings lead to the writing of this song 25 years ago.

We originally posted it five years ago as our second BiaB production. Having never been pleased with the production we recently started from scratch with all new vocals, a different tempo, a different key, a tweaked lyric and new RT’s. And a new video.

We hope you will find the song of interest and we much appreciate your comments.

Many thanks to floyd for harmony/vocal arrangement ideas and to Tom for adding two acoustic guitar tracks.

Janice: Lead and harmony vocals / Nectar 2
floyd: harmony vocal / Nectar 2
Tom: finger picked acoustic guitar and acoustic guitar fills
2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085 / Neutron
2028:Fiddle, Soloist CountryAndy Ev 065 / Neutron and EMT140 reverb
1593:Fiddle, Background Pop16ths Ev 065 / Neutron and EMT140 reverb
368:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 065 / Neutron and EMT140 reverb
1758:Banjo, Rhythm, Pop16ths Ev 085 / Neutron and EMT140 reverb
The bass track was comped from multiple 2474 generations. The fiddle track was comped from 2028 and 1593.
Mixed via Logic Pro X and mastered with Ozone 7 Advanced

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Posted at 09:32 AM

June 29, 2017 Patch Updates Available for Master Class Series, Video Guitar Lessons, and more...

There are patch updates now availabe for the following:
Master Class Series
Video Guitar Lessons
Master Solos Series
Multimedia Performance Series

Click here to review all the patch updates available for our Windows products. Mac user? Click here.

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Posted at 09:27 AM

June 28, 2017 User Showcase Song - Til Money Changes Hands

Well, what can I say about this one? Just a bit of fun, really.

The backing has been sitting on my computer for ages whilst I put the animation together, so I've lost the RT numbers, but the acoustic guitar, bass and sax are RTs - the other guitars are down to me. The drums are MIDI played from the Drum Source sample player and the extra horns are Forte.

The video was put together using software from Muvizu, Serif and Lightwave.

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Posted at 08:19 AM

June 27, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® Updates

We often post an announcement when a new patch update is available for Band-in-a-Box, however there's another way of finding out if there's a new patch available for your installation of Band-in-a-Box without ever leaving the program!

In Band-in-a-Box 2017, simply choose the option to "Check for Updates" within the Band-in-a-Box menu - not only will the program list any new updates that are available, you also have the option to download and install the patch without even leaving the program!

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Posted at 10:42 AM

June 27, 2017 Article - The Evolution of Quinn Bachand

Ottawa Life Magazine has highlighted Quinn Bachand in the recent article & interview The Evolution of Quinn Bachand - give it a read!

If you're a fan of our RealTracks Sets, you've probably heard some of Quinn Bachand's playing! Quinn has been a RealTracks Artist with us since the release of RealTracks Set 104: Celtic Jigs & Reels with Band-in-a-Box® Version 2011.

Listen to demos of all Quinn's RealTracks when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

Quinn's other contribution to PG Music (so far...) is the recently released Celtic Guitar Video Master Class Series, which covers techniques, chord theory, voicings and also walks you through 17 "must-know" tunes. Learn more...

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Posted at 10:28 AM

June 27, 2017 User Showcase Song - Only Love ( 愛だけ )

This is my new song with jazz fusion feeling in which a forbidden love is sung.
I recorded this song with a live band a few years ago.
This time I created a remake version of it with RealTracks.
Now I introduce it to you. Any comments encouraged. Have at it.

Style is _SJAZZC1.STY
RealTracks in style: ~902:Bass, Electric, SmoothCool Sw16 075
RealTracks in style: ~904:Piano, Electric, Rhythm SmoothCool Sw16 075
RealTracks in style: ~1228:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm SmoothJazzCool Sw16 075
RealDrums: RealDrums in Style: SmoothJazzCoolSw16^1-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
Soloist: ~492: Trombone, Jazz Ballad Sw 085 (Ian McDougall)
Additional Strings (EastWest Symphonic Orchestra) and Trombones (EastWest Goliath) scored by me.

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Posted at 09:46 AM

June 26, 2017 User Tips - How to Add More Audio & Midi Tracks to Band-in-a-Box

If you've been looking for a way to add more audio and MIDI tracks to your Band-in-a-Box song, check out forum user Pipeline's helpful forum post: How to Add More Audio & Midi Tracks to Band-in-a-Box

Have your own program tips & tricks to share? Join the conversation today when you register on our forum!

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Posted at 11:34 AM

June 26, 2017 User Showcase Song - Moth Drawn To A Flame

thanks for listening y'all

caffeinated but not fully awake (play loud!!!)

Drums Blues Rock Shuffle
Bass 1546 Country Swing
Organ 673 B3
Guitar 2624 Blues Shuffle Baritone
Guitar Solo Me thru software amp (Grunge) in Logic Pro

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Posted at 10:37 AM

June 23, 2017 User Showcase Song - A Sidecar Named Desire

Hi everyone, this is my first posting to the Showcase, a song called 'A Sidecar Named Desire'

I wrote the song originally in around 1992/3-ish while in a band in Northern Ireland called Five Mile High. We were reasonably successful in a 'local' sort of way but, in time-honoured tradition, didn't quite make it and of course then vanished into marriages, mortgages, children & day jobs etc.

Then, last Christmas I bought a copy of Band in a Box and began to 'dabble' again in music after a gap of over 25 years.

This then is a BB-based re-recording of the song, using some kind of bespoke style made up of funky Real Tracks that matched how I'd always imagined the instruments being played, plus a bit of live guitar in the main riff and a synth pad in the chorus. It was edited, mixed & mastered in Magix Samplitude Music Studio.

I hope you all like it and would love to hear from you...

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Posted at 10:08 AM

June 22, 2017 User Showcase Song - She Ain't Never Coming Back

My friend Bob Pickens, a great guy from Athens, Georgia, and I wrote this song about 8 years ago. I recently redid it in BIAB and it sounds so much better. I wrote the lyric and Bob and I worked on the music together. It has kind of a Country-Folk-Rock sound. Thanks in advance for the listens and any comments you might choose to leave.

File:She Ain't Ever Coming Back - BG Trax 1.SGU
Key=D , Tempo 91, Length (m:s)=3:30
Style is _FOLKROK.STY (Slow Even 16ths Folk Rock )

RealTracks in style: ~701:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1758:Banjo, Rhythm, Pop16ths Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1766:Mandolin, Rhythm Pop16Sync Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~1029:Guitar, 12-String Electric, Fingerpicking Ev 085
RealDrums in style: RockModernSyncEv16^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

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Posted at 02:17 PM

June 22, 2017 New Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles PAKs Quick Start Video!

Wondering how to get started with your Xtra Styles PAKs? You're in luck... we have created a Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start Video to help!

Check it out: Video: Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start

Learn more about the just-released Xtra Styles PAK 3! Listen to demos of these 160 new RealStyles at www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?pak=all&os=win#pak3.

Don't forget... the Xtra Styles PAK 3 is on sale for just $29 during our Xtra Styles special, which ends July 31, 2017!

Plus... if you don't have any Xtra Styles yet, you'll be happy to hear that you can purchase all three sets (485 RealStyles) and the 2017 49-PAK for only $129 during our Xtra Styles special.

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Posted at 02:14 PM

June 21, 2017 User Showcase Song - Oh By The Way

For this one I did something unusual. I came up with a piano riff, and then I used ACW in BIAB to tell me what I had just played. The chords turned out to be a cool progression. So I used that progression in section 1, inverted it in section 2, and turned it upside down for the chorus.

After doing a pre-master with my own bag of tricks I did a final run through with the Lurssen Mastering Console. Have fun.

****** Song Summary *************

Title: Oh By The Way

Style is _DUBSRCK.STY (Alt Dubstep and Rock[70RS])

RealTracks in style: 2298:Bass, Synth, DanceRockBuzzBass Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1742:Synth, Rhythm ModernDancePopRaveStringsHeld Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1527:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPowerBrightClean Ev 120
Loop in Style: HipHop\Old School - gangstar_beat_95b ev16 quiet.wav
RealDrums in style: TechnoElectro^GH-a:HatSnap, b:Snap

(Viola RT in intro with David Snyder on Piano)

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Posted at 09:07 AM

June 21, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017 for Windows Build 466 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows customers can install the latest patch update (Build 466) here: www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#466

Fixed: Rendering to MP3 might fail with error "cannot get stream size".
Fixed: Rendering to MP3 will cause Band-in-a-Box to crash if choosing "MPEG Layer-3" as the codec.
Fixed: The style name and description would not be displayed immediately after bootup.
Fixed: The total choruses button should show the current chorus during playback.
Fixed: There were various errors (eg notes not transposed) in the Chord Builder popup menus.
Fixed: When demoing RealDrums in the RealDrums Picker dialog, the demo would not start at the beginning.
Fixed: When exporting a MIDI file, RealTracks would generate even if "Save RealCharts in MIDI files" was disabled.
Fixed: When using the * wildcard for chord type in the Search-Replace Chords dialog, all of the resulting chords would have their type changed to 6.

(Note: This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2017 build.)

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Posted at 08:40 AM

June 20, 2017 User Tips - Entering Melody

Our Forum is packed with helpful posts - especially the Tips & Tricks section, where other program users share their own tips for working with PG Music Inc. software.

Like this recent post by Icelander: Always enter your melody in as midi - check it out!

Have your own tips & tricks to share? Join the conversation today when you register on our forum!

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Posted at 01:39 PM

June 20, 2017 User Showcase Song - Got to be a Better Way (No​,​no​,​no song)

This isn't a song about how to raise children.....it's more about what you want them to see as an example.

Credits
released May 25, 2017

Style _AcBiz2. Sty : Slow Blues

Bass - 536 Bass, Acoustic, Pop Sw 120
Guitar - 613 Guitar, Resonator, Background Hank Sw 130
Drums - RealDrums Jazz Brushes
Mandolin - 610 Mandolin, Rhythm Chop Sw 120
Guitar 2 - 609 Guitar, Resonator, Background Roundup Sw 120
Guitar 3 - 1984 Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm EZListening Sw 85

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Posted at 01:03 PM

June 20, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Video Review!

We're proud to say that Band-in-a-Box® is enjoyed worldwide!

Our most recent video review of Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac was created by Aram, who is a sound producer, production blogger, and author of popular video tutorials broadcasted in MUZBIZNES.

You many not be able to understand everything he says (it's in Russian), but check it out: Video Review: Band-in-a-Box

Click here to review our notes (in English) of this video review.

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Posted at 01:00 PM

June 19, 2017 The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac 49-PAK - It's Still Here!

The for Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac 49-PAK is still available, and includes 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 24 Instrumental Studies, 34 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Styles for Rediscovered RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks!

Now, all First-time & regular-price Upgrade purchases of the Band-in-a-Box® 2017 UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition include the 49-PAK! Pro, MegaPAK, and PlusPAK customers can add it to their purchase for just $49! www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

Learn more about what is in the 2017 49-PAK: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.49pak.htm

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Posted at 02:05 PM

June 19, 2017 User Showcase Song - The Unforgettable Night

I guess it's a universal experience that you have had an unforgettable night but when you wake up, you just can't remember what on earth happened crazy . This is a story about such a night. This song is my latest collaboration with Miira, we wrote the song together, I took care of the arrangement with BIAB and Miira sang her funky vocals.

BIAB has very good selection of funky realstyles, so I have combined several of them together and then added some other RTs for extra spice.

Loops:
Chillout_teardrops_79dminor
DirtySouth_layback_91

RealDrums:
NewOrleansMardiGras
RumbaPerc

RealTracks:
Acoustic Piano #2811
Electric Piano #2155
Electric Guitar #1637, #1638
Horns #2291, #2343
Organ #2619
Sax Tenor #1643
Synth Bass #2580

Vocals: Miira
Other voices: Janne

Mixed in Adobe Audition 2017.

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Posted at 12:28 PM

June 16, 2017 Customers LOVE the New Xtra Styles PAK 3!

The just-released Xtra Styles PAK 3 has only been available for 2 days... and so far people LOVE the 160 RealStyles included!

Here's what they're saying...

"These sound absolutely great, a must have!"
"The new styles are really impressive!"
"Great job with these new RealStyles!"
"Xtra Styles add so many choices for my songs!"
"I'm enjoying the heck out of the new styles!"
"Excellent work, gang! Thanks so much!"
"Xtra Styles are really incredible!"
"These new RealStyles are amazingly creative!"
"I like the use of half-time, double-time, and triple-time RealTracks!"
"These sound brilliant - a great deal at only $29!"
"Very creative combinations!"

Listen to demos of these new RealStyles here.

Great news!!! The Xtra Styles PAK 3 is on sale for just $29 during our Xtra Styles special, which ends July 31, 2017!

Plus... if you don't have any Xtra Styles yet, you'll be happy to hear that you can purchase all three sets (485 RealStyles) and the 2017 49-PAK for only $129 during our Xtra Styles special.

Click here to view the purchase options for Xtra Styles PAK 3

Already have them? We'd love your feedback!

418092

Posted at 12:08 PM

June 16, 2017 User Showcase Song - Jesse's Gone Away

A song about liberation.

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Posted at 10:08 AM

June 15, 2017 Listen to Xtra Styles PAK 3 Demos!

We've just released 160 new RealStyles in Rock-Pop, Jazz, Country, and Americana styles with Xtra Styles PAK 3!

Listen to demos for all 160 RealStyles here.

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Posted at 11:51 AM

June 15, 2017 User Showcase Song - Movin'

Faux Rock!

This was a very early band in a box groove...and since I went from pc to mac I don't know which tracks I used sorry.

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Posted at 11:49 AM

June 14, 2017 User Showcase Song - ShirleyWhirley

A piece of music I recently wrote using Band in a Box with various styles.
All guitar's are me playing my 70's Stratocaster, Takamine acoustic and Yamaha classical everything else is BIAB with GPO4.
Once again thought putting a silent film to the music (public domain) would be cool.

Style is ARPORK44.STY (Orchestral Piano arpeggios 4/4)
RealDrums in Song: NashPopBallad

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Posted at 01:46 PM

June 14, 2017 Just Released - Xtra Styles PAK 3! Special Pricing Available...

We've just released Xtra Styles PAK 3 with 160 new RealStyles for Band-in-a-Box® 2017! This PAK includes Rock-Pop, Jazz, and Country genres, along with a great collection of Americana styles. This installment of Xtra Styles also uses recently implemented RealDrums features (like half-time/double-time mode and Multi-Drums) to create new and unique grooves that were never possible until now!

Learn more! Listen to demos of these 160 new RealStyles at www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?pak=all&os=win#pak3.

The Xtra Styles PAK 3 is on sale for just $29 during our Xtra Styles special, which ends July 31, 2017!

Plus... if you don't have any Xtra Styles yet, you'll be happy to hear that you can purchase all three sets (485 RealStyles) and the 2017 49-PAK for only $129 during our Xtra Styles special.

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Posted at 08:45 AM

June 13, 2017 #TipTuesday - RealBand: Pitch Shifter

If you're working on an audio track (or tracks) in RealBand, and find you need to adjust the track - it's easy!

Just use the Edit | Audio Effects | Pitch Shifter command to transpose entire audio tracks, or fix individual notes that were off key!

Learn more...

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Posted at 12:06 PM

June 13, 2017 User Showcase Song - Natural Partners

I grew up listening to a lot of songwriting story tellers.
John Prine, Steve Goodman, Danny O'Keefe, Randy Newman.
Jim Croce, Paul Simon, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joel.
Cat Stevens, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Sprinsteen.
Joni Mitchell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Janis Ian, Gordon Lightfoot.
Tom Waits. Harry Chapin. (The masters...)

It was as much about writing the story as writing the song...

In the late 70's in Florida there was a rash of predator "dance instructors".
A plague that fed on the life savings of aging widows.
Dancehall gigolos who convinced women looking for companionship that they were loved.
Signing them to ever-longer contracts and draining their bank accounts.
(The newspapers did exposes on them and eventually they were run out of business...or underground).

Here is a story.

-----

Dance music provided by...
RealTracks in style: 366:Bass, Electric, Country Ev 065
RealTracks in style: ~~365:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
RealTracks in song: ~2200:Guitar, Nylon, Background CountryBrent Ev 085
RealDrums in Song: BossaRockPerc^1-a:Congas , b:Percussion Busy
RealTracks in song: 2337:Violin, Background, PopHigh Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)
RealTracks in song: 2338:Violin, Background, PopLow Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)
RealTracks in song: 1856:Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2058:Strings, Rhythm CelticAir Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2066:Piano, Rhythm NewAgeAnswers Ev16 110
RealTracks in song: 1850:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopShiningGrittyMuted Ev 120
guitar loop from Studio One Pro.

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Posted at 09:03 AM

June 12, 2017 The Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Special Ends This Week!

Time is running out to purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac package and receive a Free Bonus PAK! Plus, if you're wanting to purchase an upgrade to the newest 2017 version, you'll have a chance to save up to 50%... but only until June 15th!

Every Band-in-a-Box for Mac package* purchased during our special comes with a FREE Bonus PAK, which includes 4 MIDI SuperTracks & 4 Instrumental Studies! You can also choose to Upgrade to the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49 and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks. (These 49-PAK add-ons are not included in any other package.)

Learn more about the Bonus PAK and 49-PAK at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2017.htm.

Find your Band-in-a-Box Upgrade package here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

*Note: The $49 Pro Upgrade does not include the Bonus PAK.

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Posted at 12:27 PM

June 12, 2017 The $0 Down - Easy Installment Payment Option!


Ordering from PG Music has never been easier!

That's right. Purchase today and don't pay for 30 days!

How does it work? At the time of purchase, you pay $0 for your order for 30 days. The total of your invoice will be split equally, and charged every 30 days for 4 months after the initial purchase.
You can enjoy your software, with four convenient monthly payments, and no added interest charges or service fees!

Order now - pay later! Visit www.pgmusic.com to place your order today. During the checkout process, you can choose the installment option for your payment. Contact our customer service department for more information.

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Posted at 12:21 PM

June 12, 2017 User Showcase Song - Hold Me Once

This is Hold Me Once from our CD "Dreams"

We love your feedback and are interested and appreciative of your comments and suggestions.

HOLD ME ONCE
Ken Mattox/Steve Mattox

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Posted at 08:54 AM

June 09, 2017 The Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Special - Time is Running Out!

With June 15th just around the corner, time is running out to purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac package and receive a Free Bonus PAK! Plus, if you're wanting to purchase an upgrade to the newest 2017 version, you'll have a chance to save up to 50%... but only until June 15th!

Every Band-in-a-Box for Mac package* purchased during our special comes with a FREE Bonus PAK, which includes:

4 MIDI SuperTracks:
Accordion, Rhythm GypsyJazzCompCory Sw 220
Piano, Rhythm SoulJazzMike Ev 130
Piano, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130
Organ, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130

4 Instrumental Studies:
Bass, Electric\Funk\Soul Funk, Sw 120
Guitar, Electric\Blues and Rock\Punk Rock Soloist, Ev 165
Guitar, Acoustic\Folk\2-part Fingerpicking, Ev16 075
Piano, Acoustic\Country\Bent Note Rhythm, Sw 110

You can also choose to Upgrade to the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49 and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks. (These 49-PAK add-ons are not included in any other package.)

Learn more about the Bonus PAK and 49-PAK at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2017.htm.

Find your Band-in-a-Box Upgrade package here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

*Note: The $49 Pro Upgrade does not include the Bonus PAK.

417063

Posted at 12:53 PM

June 09, 2017 PG Music Inc. Products - Pianist Performance Series, Video Guitar Lessons, and More!

Band-in-a-Box® is definitely our most popular program, but are you aware of all the other programs that we've created?

PowerTracks Pro Audio
This sequencing program for Windows includes powerful and unique features such as: The Audio Chord Wizard, which automatically and accurately figures out the chords from MP3/WMA/WAV audio files, the TC Helicon Vocal Harmonizer to add harmonies or pitch correct your audio tracks, and more! Starting at just $49 (upgrade for as little as $29!)
www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.htm

Video Guitar Lessons
Learn to "Play like the pros" with our Video Guitar Lessons, which feature hours of video instruction by master guitarists!
Genres availabe: Jazz, Blues, and Rock.

Multimedia Performance Series
Broken down into 7 different categories, including Barbershop Quartet, Jazz Saxophonist, and more - this series showcases great live performances with innovative multimedia features!
Bach Chorales
Blues Guitarist
Rock Guitarist
Barbershop Quartet
Sor Studies
Rock Saxophonist
Jazz Saxophonist

Games, Learning, Utilities
We have some great programs to help make learning fun! Including:
Guitar Chord Dictionary
Piano Chord Dictionary
Musical Arcade
JazzU
Metronome Pro
ChordFind
CopyScat

..and more!!!! Choose your OS to see all the "Other Software" items available to you:
Other Products - Windows
Other Products - Mac

417050

Posted at 10:47 AM

June 09, 2017 User Showcase Song - Tender Loving

Well this is my very first post so please bare with me. Making music and performing no problem. When using the computer I'm not that talented. Tender Loving is a song that I wrote and put together totally in 2015 Band In A Box. Then I loaded the tracks into ProTools to add my vocals and mix it.
I'm retired and live in Florida. I fronted my own band in Milwaukee Wisconsin for 30 years. Lots of recording and styles over the years. Check out pbarrymusic for more. Any comments positive or constructive negative will be appreciated.
Thanks

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Posted at 09:00 AM

June 08, 2017 #TBT Band-in-a-Box 2007.5 for Windows

It seems like yesterday we introduced a midyear ".5" release for Band-in-a-Box for Windows, but it was back in 2007! Band-in-a-Box 2007.5 was released in June 2007, and included some great new features & enhancements!

RealDrums Enhancements - RealDrums were released with Version 2007, so when 2007.5 came out there were a number of improvements, including:
-WMA files - faster and smaller files, with great quality!
-RealDrums variation with each "play."
-Customizable Drum Fills.
-RealDrums "Developer Mode."
...and more!

Audio Chord Wizard Enhancements
-Better Chord Detection
-more chords per bar detected
...and more!

‘Remix’ Features
Remix an existing MP3, by adding a BB style to the MP3!

...and more! A full list explaining the new features added with 2007.5 can be viewed at www.pgmusic.com/pdfs/bbwin_version_2007.5.pdf.

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June 08, 2017 User Showcase Song - There I Am

...featuring PeterF (back to the blues)

Nothing lyrically serious here…just a little eight bar blues for Peter and Janice to riff on. We hope you enjoy it, comments are always welcome and we appreciate your time to listen. Thanks to PeterF for playing and to PG Music and their fine musicians who are always there when you need them!

Janice: Vocal / Rode NT1 mic / Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB interface / Nectar 2

Peter: Rhythm guitars and solo guitar / whatever he does smile

RT 1546: Bass, Electric, CountrySwing Sw 085 / Neutron

RT 2731: Organ, Rhythm BluesSlowSwingMike Sw 085 / Neutron (B3 Grit) / EMT 140 Plate Reverb sim

MIDI SuperTracks 2848: Piano, Rhythm BluesSlow128Mike Sw 065 (comped from multiple generations) / Addicted Keys Modern Upright / Neutron / EMT 140 Plate Reverb sim / Ozone Imager

RealDrums: BluesRock128 - Snare - HiHat / Neutron (Added Snap) / MT 140 Plate Reverb sim

DAW: Logic Pro X

Mastering: Ozone 7 Advanced


There I Am

© 2017 Janice and Bud Merritt / All Rights Reserved

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Posted at 08:44 AM

June 07, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® for Windows - Automatic Program Updates

Worried you're missing out on the newest patch updates for Band-in-a-Box®? Good news!! If you're using version 2015 or higher for Windows, the program will automatically check for a newer build*!

This feature can be turned on and off using the Help | Check for Updates command - within this window you can choose to have the program automatically check for updates every ## of days - you choose the number! (this option is also available within the Opt | Preferences screen)

We will also post an announcement on our Forum when a new patch is available. All of the Windows patches can be reviewed at www.pgmusic.com/support.updates.win.htm

*internet connection required*

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Posted at 01:46 PM

June 07, 2017 YouTube Find! Tutorial - How to Play a Guitar Solo Without Even Thinking About Scales

Check out the latest tutorial from Eric Blackmon, who creates some great tutorial videos (and uses Band-in-a-Box as his backing tracks!)

Video - How to Play a Guitar Solo Without Even Thinking About Scales

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Posted at 01:12 PM

June 07, 2017 User Showcase Song - To Get Back to You

Here's our latest song. It involved 27 tracks in Cubase (of which most of them were layered vocal tracks).
We created the basic arrangement in RMCA real-time MIDI chord arranger Pro, so what you're hearing is actually pure MIDI. But the GM Soundfont Rob has been working on for years did it's magic.
We used BIAB to analyze the chords and the Melodist function helped us big-time to create every individual vocal line.

Hope you like it, as always comments are welcome!

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Posted at 12:25 PM

June 06, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac - Upgrade Your 2016 Version Today and SAVE!

If you are currently a Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac user, we have a few upgrades designed JUST FOR YOU to get setup with the new 2017 Version!

2016 UltraPusPAK and EverythingPAK Users... purchase a PlusPAK Upgrade for just $99 during our Mac special, which ends June 15th (reg. $129), and you'll receive the installation files for the new Band-in-a-Box® 2017 version & 202 new RealTracks in Sets 254-277! If you take these installation files and apply them to your 2016 version, you'll end up with the 2017 UltraPlusPAK or EverythingPAK! (whichever one you installed it over...)

2016 Audiophile Users... registered users of a Band-in-a-Box® 2016 for Mac Audiophile Edition can purchase the 2017 Audiophile Upgrade for only $199! This offer is only available during our special (which ends June 15th)!

Of course, any Band-in-a-Box® 2016 user can purchase the $49 2017 Program Update. This purchase requires the 2016 version, and does not include any Add-ons or the Bonus PAK, and is also only available during our Mac special.

Take a look at all the different Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac packages at www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

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Posted at 01:46 PM

June 06, 2017 #TipTuesday - PowerTracks Pro Audio & MusicXML

With PowerTracks Pro Audio 2017, you can easily import a MusicXML file that you have saved in notation programs (Finale, Sibelius, Guitar Pro, etc.). To do this, simply use the [Open] toolbar button to import the file; PowerTracks doesn't require any extra steps to look for the XML file - just make sure you're looking in the right folder!

Plus, you can easily export your song as a MusicXML file to notation programs. Just use the [Save As] toolbar button to save the file as MusicXML. (PowerTracks will default to save the file as an .SEQ, however just pick the .XML file type from the drop-down menu!)

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Posted at 11:09 AM

June 06, 2017 User Showcase Song - The Perfect Illusion

This one is a bit of a rocker: The Perfect Illusion

I was messing about on the guitar a few weeks ago and came up with the riff for this. A bit more of a rock song than we normally do, but Chris knocked it out of the park IMHO!

I used BIAB for the bass and drums:

Drums: RockThrashHalfTimeEV16
Bass: 387

In addition I recorded four guitar tracks: Tele for the left panned rhythm and riff(doubled), PRS CE22 for the right panned rhythm and lead

All comments welcome!

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Posted at 10:24 AM

June 05, 2017 User Showcase Song - Never Say Never

I think I must have been watching James Bond Reruns when this name popped into my head. Light song with using a country style.

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Never Say Never
File:NeverSayNever.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 95, Length (m:s)=2:41
No intro. 60 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 60. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _GEORGE.STY (Medium Country Ballad w/ George )

RealTracks in style: ~518:Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~365:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~362:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1155:Organ, B3, Rhythm Reggae Ev16 100
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven8^2-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat

Recorded and Mixed in Reaper

Guitar Gibson Les Paul Custom
Amp Purdy
Pedals
FlashbackX4
MaxonOD808
Boss CS-2

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Posted at 10:39 AM

June 05, 2017 Video - Activating Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

We've created a short video showing you how to activate your Band-in-a-Box for Windows purchase!

Video: Activating Band-in-a-Box® for Windows®

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Posted at 07:28 AM

June 02, 2017 UserTracks Forum - Free Archtop Guitar for RealTrack Jazz Electric Guitar

Head to our User-to-User UserTracks (and other add-ons) forum and you'll see many entries from other Forum Users offering their input on making your own add-ons for Band-in-a-Box - they'll even share them with you!

Like the recent post from Pipeline - Free Archtop Guitar for RealTrack Jazz Electric Guitar (27). Within this post there's a short video to watch, and the download available for the RT Jazz Electric Guitar (27) sample set for ShinyGuitar being offered. Give it a try!

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Posted at 09:28 AM

June 02, 2017 User Showcase Song - Alpharetta in the Spring

Here is a new song that I wrote after I attended a gathering of about 30 folk musicians in Alpharetta Georgia at the end of April: Alpharetta in the Spring.

The featured RT is Brent Mason's nylon guitar.

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Posted at 09:12 AM

June 01, 2017 User Showcase Song - Devil's Whiskey

Royalty Free Loops
RealTracks in song: ~~820:Mandolin Soloist Bluegrass Ev 100
RealTracks in style: 1837:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGrooveHeld Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 1696:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryDrivin8ths Ev 150
RealTracks in style: ~406:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 136
RealTracks in song: ~596:Fiddle, Soloist Bluegrass Doc Ev 100

Vocals and Electric Guitar, Tom Adams

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Posted at 01:42 PM

June 01, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac - Special Extended to June 15th!

The Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac special EXTENDED to June 15th!

Purchase until then for special pricing (up to 50% off Upgrade purchases) and Bonus PAKs!

Every Band-in-a-Box for Mac package* purchased during our special comes with a FREE Bonus PAK, which includes:

4 MIDI SuperTracks:
Accordion, Rhythm GypsyJazzCompCory Sw 220
Piano, Rhythm SoulJazzMike Ev 130
Piano, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130
Organ, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130

4 Instrumental Studies:
Bass, Electric\Funk\Soul Funk, Sw 120
Guitar, Electric\Blues and Rock\Punk Rock Soloist, Ev 165
Guitar, Acoustic\Folk\2-part Fingerpicking, Ev16 075
Piano, Acoustic\Country\Bent Note Rhythm, Sw 110

You can also choose to Upgrade to the Bonus 49-PAK for just $49 and get ALL 24 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 18 Instrumental Studies, 30 MIDI SuperTracks, and 59 Re-discovered RealStyles & MIDI SuperTracks.
(These 49-PAK add-ons are not included in any other package.)

Learn more about the Bonus PAK and 49-PAK at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2017.htm.

Find your Band-in-a-Box Upgrade package here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm

*Note: The $49 Pro Upgrade does not include the Bonus PAK.

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Posted at 01:38 PM

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