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December 15, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 for Windows is a HIT!

Since the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, we've received some great feedback!

"Oh wow. [The Audio Chord Wizard] has got to be the coolest enhancement to 2018 Band-in-a-Box. This is so-o-o powerful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!"
"2018 is a great release in so many ways!"
"Nice work, as usual!!"
"Luvin' it so far!"
"And yet again you manage to come up with styles and instruments that we absolutely 'must have'!"
"Great to have the Oohs and Ahhs RealTracks!"
"The RealTracks are worth their weight in gold to me. They really are an amazing invention for music creators."
"Every one of these tracks is phenomenal!"
"You guys just keep blowing us away."
"This is an amazing product. I tip my hat and thank you immensely."
"Awesome job once again!"
"What an unexpected treat!"
"What a fantastic idea PG music! I love to know who specifically thought of this idea. What an unexpected treat!!"
"Video set number three with Oliver Gannon is phenomenal just by itself! I've been asking for additional instruction from him for sometime And here it is! Plus it looks like there's something for everyone. You really out did yourself on this one PG Music - way to go!"
"Just tonight popped together a quick video using one of the new video styles. Must say the whole process worked without a hitch so this really does look like a great new feature. And what a great teaching aid this could be!"
"Come on, whats not to like about this"
"The new Audio Chord Wizard is my favorite new feature!"
"THIS IS EXCITING!"
"This should be great for creating backing tracks for covers."
"I know what I'm getting for Christmas!"
"What a release!!!"
"The XTRA Styles are fantastic any future idle music-related minutes I may have had are now totally gone gonna find that perfect background rhythm on just about every one of my favorites!!!"
"Recent retirement and the 2018 version of BIAB is a perfect combination!!"
"it's educational utility and potential is awesome!!!"
"I must say, the new harmony options in particular have me champing at the bit!"
"Love the new Video RealTracks!"
"The mixer included into the StylePicker is a great addition."
"This will give my students a great overview of what's going on in an arrangement with the different instruments.!!!"
"A musician must have."
"Lovin' the new RealTracks!!!"
"Amazing!"

Upgrade your Band-in-a-Box® to version 2018 during our special for great savings & Bonus PAKs! www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm

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Posted at 01:47 PM

December 15, 2017 User Showcase Song - Pour Out My Empty Soul

What to say…
…when it's all said and done…

Thanks again PG Music!

soundcloud.com/molsenhouse/pour-out-my-empty-soul

BIAB-tracks used in this productions:

Style is _RIPPLES.STY

RealTracks in style: ~2579:Bass, Synth, RnBModernSub Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: 1155:Organ, B3, Rhythm Reggae Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: 1524:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPowerPushClean Ev 120
Loop in Song: Chillout/Chillout - colours_75_drum_loop_a_minor ev16.wav
RealDrums: RealDrums in Style: RnBModernEv16^01-a:Kick, Clap , b:Kick, LightHiHat

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Posted at 01:25 PM

December 14, 2017 Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks Tutorial Video

Here's a video showing you the different ways you can use the Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks, new with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

Video link - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, now with Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks!

Plus, here are two audio demos, the full versions of two of the songs that appear in this video:

http://demos.pgmusic.com/audio/allstyledemos2/_LAZYDAY_full_demo.m4a
http://demos.pgmusic.com/audio/allstyledemos2/DownByTheSalleyGardens_with_VocalOohsAahs.m4a

Purchase RealTrack Set 278: Shiny Vocals Oohs and Aahs for just $29 here. It's also included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows PlusPAK, UltraPAK, and Audiophile Edition.

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Posted at 02:19 PM

December 14, 2017 User Showcase Song - In Case Of Fire

Impressed with the FabFour influenced song Torrey posted a while back, I challenged myself to try a Beatlish tune.
Mostly I wanted to see if I could write lyrics that have their cheeky Brit. humour.
Torrey most generously agreed to take my demo and add his super lead guitar and some polish to the mix.

We hope you like our collaboration and welcome your comments.
https://soundcloud.com/user-564042721/in-case-of-fire-with-torrey-bliss
Style is _BRITPOP.STY (Classic British Pop )

RealTracks in style: ~683:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesPush Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 888:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment PopBronx Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1270:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopUpliftSyncMuted Ev16 120
RealTracks in style: 1948:Mandolin, Rhythm PopUpliftingAndy Ev16 120
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven16^5-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

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Posted at 01:14 PM

December 14, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 Build 506 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can download the latest Build 506 at http://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#506

Summary of Changes since 2018 Build 205:
Added: "Export Song as Audio File..." menu item has been added to the Audio menu.
Added: BB2018 tutorials folder.
Added: New styles (STY files) for many of the new RealTracks in Sets 278-300 and MIDI SuperTracks sets 25-27.
Added: StylePicker User Categories updated for Xtra Styles PAK 4.
Updated: Styles database
Updated: Various improvements (including Db offset adjustments) to many of the new STY files and .SGU demos included with RealTracks Sets 278-300.
Fixed: "K3" did not work in the chord sheet for copying 3 bars (8 bars would be copied instead).
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box always opens with a maximized window briefly before resizing to the user's saved size.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box will not open using the proper window size if the Mixer window was open while exiting.
Fixed: Deleting a region of chords would cause "Undo Delete Bars" to appear in the Edit menu, but do nothing unless chosen twice.
Fixed: Error "Input and output sample rates must match" might show when the devices do have matching sample rates.
Fixed: Flash messages were not being added to the flash message log.
Fixed: If Band-in-a-Box was in DAW Plugin mode while exiting, the window size was not restored the next time opening the program.
Fixed: Rendering .m4a or video files might fail and request that the user install QuickTime if using Windows 7. QuickTime should only be necessary for Windows Vista or XP.
Fixed: Some of the Oohs and Aahs (Vocal) RealTracks were not working correctly, and they have been greatly improved.
Fixed: Sometimes when deleting a note in the notation window, you will be asked "OK to delete chord".
Fixed: The "Show Flash Tips" setting did not have any effect when disabled.
Fixed: WashboardBluegrass drums.
Fixed: When exiting DAW Plugin mode, the window would not return to its previous size (it would become maximized).

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Posted at 08:15 AM

December 13, 2017 Have Your Band-in-a-Box® Delivered In Time for Christmas!

The gift of music... some say this is the greatest gift of all! Imagine receiving the tools to help you create your own music for Christmas... like Band-in-a-Box!

If you are in the United States or Canada, order Band-in-a-Box before 12:30 pm Pacific time December 21st for Express delivery in time for Christmas.

If you are outside of North America, order before 12:30 pm Pacific time December 19th for Express delivery in time for Christmas.

With major savings and Bonus PAKs until December 31st, it's a great time to purchase Band-in-a-Box upgrades as a gift for someone you know... or for yourself!
http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm

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Posted at 01:50 PM

December 13, 2017 User Showcase Song - You're To Blame

Ode to Sid and Nancy

https://soundcloud.com/ekayne/your-to-blame

****** Song Summary *************
Title: you're to blame
File:you're to blame.SGU
Key=A , Tempo 160, Length (m:s)=2:49
No intro. 110 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 110. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Volume Changes,RealDrums Changes,
Style is _PUNKRK1.STY (Punk w/ Held and Muted Guitars)

RealTracks in song: 2591:Bass, Electric, RockPicked8ths Ev 165
RealTracks in song: 1852:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopUpliftArp Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 2585:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PunkHeldPlus Ev 165
RealTracks in style: 2584:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PunkMuted Ev 165
RealTracks in song: 632:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanMuted Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1273:Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopUplift Ev16 120
RealDrums in Song: RockHardLA^4-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Crash Ride

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Posted at 01:39 PM

December 12, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start Tutorial Video

Our latest video includes a Quick Start tutorial on the installation, locations, and use of the Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles PAKs in Version 2018 for Windows. Video: Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start Tutorial

We have put all of our Xtra Styles PAKs on SALE! Until December 31st, purchase any Xtra Styles PAK (1 - 4) for just $29 each! (reg. $49) www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

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Posted at 11:04 AM

December 12, 2017 User Blog - How To Record a Cover Song Using Band-in-a-Box and RealBand

Joanne Cooper's final blog post for 2017, How to record a cover song using Band-in-a-Box and RealBand is a must-read!

Joanne summarizes the steps she took to produce her cover of "Old Lang Syne" - her final result was posted to the User Showcase Forum: Listen to Auld Lang Syne

https://www.joannecooper.co.za/blog/blog/how-to-record-a-cover-song-using-band-in-a-box-and-realband

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Posted at 10:00 AM

December 12, 2017 User Showcase Song - The Rest Of My Life

https://soundcloud.com/tommyad/tom-adams-the-rest-of-my-life
http://tommyadamsmusic.com/music


RealTracks in song: 1038:Guitar, High-Strung Acoustic, Rhythm NorthernRockBallad Held Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 2650:Guitar, Electric, Background DreamyPopBalladFillsBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2448:Guitar, Electric, Background, PopDreamyBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2780:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Songwriter8thsBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2533:Guitar, Acoustic, HeldChords
Royalty Free Loops

Vocals and Electric Guitars, Tom Adams

Recorded in Logic Pro X
Plug Ins : Nectar 2, Neutron 2, Ozone 8, Tonal Balance, Waves LinMB, Waves, L3-LL Multi Limiter

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Posted at 09:58 AM

December 11, 2017 Announcing…The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)

We are excited to announce the release of a new project: The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)

Songwriter Floyd Jane shows the songwriting process from inspiration to performance and publication: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=IYMMZVvQdCw

The idea for this project came about when many members on this forum and elsewhere were asking questions about the song writing process. There are many aspects, and many parts of it necessary to create a song, get it arranged, performed, and then published on the internet. So we asked the great songwriter Floyd Jane, who is a regular member on this forum, if he could help. Floyd agreed and was even able to collaborate with other forum members, Janice and Bud. The result is this video we put together that you can see on YouTube or Facebook, called "The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)".

We hope this video helps other songwriters with their songwriting process, and also shows them tools that are available to them along the way. Also, we mention this User Showcase Forum, and hope to see many new aspiring or accomplished songwriters join this community :blush:

A big Thank You to Floyd for sharing your knowledge with the community and making this possible. And to Janice and Bud for your great collaboration!

Here is Floyd's original forum post for his song "A Little Bit Of Me": http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=433190

Check out Floyd / Janice & Bud’s music here:
http://floydjane.com/
https://www.janiceandbud.com/

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Posted at 11:50 AM

December 11, 2017 User Showcase Song - Like A Thief In The Night

This is a song I wrote and recorded back in February of 2009, using my old music generation software. I redid it using all BIAB tracks and my TC-Helicon vocal processor. The vocal is a little too much up front in the mix. I've since done a new mix with the vocal set back just a tad but haven't posted it.

On the verses, I used a faint double of the lead vocal. On the Chorus, I added vocal harmony one octave higher. The entire vocal features delay with relatively short decay. I use my guitar amp (Peavey Nashville 112) as a power amp for my mixer. I applied a moderate amount of spring reverb from the amp. When I mixed the tracks in Audacity, I put a small amount of plate reverb on top of the spring reverb. That combination seems to have given the vocal a combination of depth and warmth - well, to the degree my vocal allows that to happen.

The original was a Pop Country Ballad. This version is a Pop Ballad but a few ticks faster and with somewhat of a Hip Hop style on the rhythm tracks.

On another note, Di is doing somewhat better. Thanks for the kindness you've shown her as her health declines. We sincerely appreciate it.

Hope you enjoy the song.
Alan

https://soundcloud.com/alananddi/like-a-thief-in-the-night

File:Like A Thief In The Night - Version 3 - BG Trax.SGU
Key=D , Tempo 95, Length (m:s)=3:32
Style is _SOULBAL.STY (Smooth Soul Ballad with Piano)

RealTracks in style: ~700:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesPush Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2811:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm SmoothSoulSlowMike Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~~1435:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkGroovinChords Ev16 110
Loop in Song: Dubstep\Dubstep - big_man_ting_70_drum_loop_1_f_minor sw16.wav
RealTracks in song: 2020:Sax, Tenor, Soloist PopCountryMark Ev 085 (Bluesy)
RealTracks in song: 1841:Synth Pad, PopModernGrooveHigh Ev16 075
RealDrums in Song: PopPromiseEv16^3-a: Snare on 4, HiHat , b: Snare, Ride

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Posted at 11:04 AM

December 11, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - 49 Requests Fulfilled!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows boasts more than 50 new features... and a lot of the new features fill the requests posted by program users!

Some of these include:

Q. I am learning guitar. The RealTracks are very helpful in that I can hear great guitar players, and most of the tracks have tab and notation as well. But there is much more to guitar, could you include some videos of some of the RealTracks Artists? Because I would learn much more from seeing a guitarist than just hearing them.

A. We have a major new feature called "Video RealTracks." These work and sound like RealTracks, but you get to see a video of the Guitarist (or whatever instrument) playing as well. The amazing thing is that this works with any chord progression you type in. So, if you want to learn to play like the great guitarist Brent Mason, for example, you can type in chords to any progression you are interested in, and then hear and see a video of Brent soloing over your progression. Now you can learn much quicker, as it helps to see how a musician is performing, as well as to hear.

Q. I love the Audio Chord Wizard, as it figures out chords from mp3 and other audio files. But it is a separate program from Band-in-a-Box, and I can’t go back and forth to change things easily.

A. We've solved that, as BiaB 2018 has integrated the Audio Chord Wizard directly into Band-in-a-Box. Now load an audio file into BiaB, open the Audio Edit Window – Audio Chord Wizard mode, and let it automatically figure out the bar lines and chords for the song.

Q. I like to save songs as MP3 files, and can't do this with BiaB, except a very low quality one, 64kbps.

A. We've improved this, by adding support for Windows Media Foundation. This allows you to save MP3 in your choice of resolutions, up to very high 320mpbs. Better still, it works on current versions of Windows (Windows 7,8,10) and also on older versions too (Vista, XP).

We've answered 49 questions - review all of these answers on our forum post "49 of your Problems solved? List of 49 Requests fulfilled in Band-in-a-Box 2018" here.

All of the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows can be reviewed at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm

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Posted at 10:52 AM

December 08, 2017 User Showcase Song - In The Bleak Midwinter

My Christmas offering for 2017 - a straightforward traditional Christmas Carol.
Originally quite simply written for Congregational singing using 5 chords (3 major, 2 minor), I have arranged Verses 2 and 3 using slightly different or embellished chords. The Joy of Band In A Box!! This music is in the Public Domain and is not subject to Copyright so I guess is OK to post here.

https://soundcloud.com/sixchannel/in-the-bleak-midwinter-ian-plant-2017

It's a mix of 2 BB Styles
****** Song Summary *************
Title: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER2
File:IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER2.SGU
Key=D , Tempo 80, Length (m:s)=3:00
4 bar intro, 54 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 58. Repeat x1 chorus
Style is ARPORK44.STY (Orchestral Piano Arpeggios 4/4)
Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic String Bass (33), Acoustic Piano (1), French Horn (61), Slow Strings (50),
RealTracks in song: ~365:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
MIDI Drums :1 Standard Drum Kit (1) – for Lead in only
and also Style “Hymn_4_4” simply to get the midi Church Organ sections.
Tracks exported as individual wavs to my old DAW and mixed there.

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Posted at 10:11 AM

December 08, 2017 RealBand® 2018 for Windows Build 3 Update Available!

RealBand 2018 users can update their version with the latest patch, Build 3. Download this patch here

Summary of Changes since 2018 Build 3:

Added: Section Numbers supported. All section letter menus now include numbers 1 through 9 in addition to letters A through Z.
Fixed: Section letters in Notation Window were not being resized if the notation was zoomed in/out
Fixed: RealBand might freeze when generating audio harmonies
Fixed: Loading in a BB song (MGU/SGU) or generating realtracks could freeze up the program.
Fixed: Chords in Notation/LeadSheet on 1st beat of a bar were being drawn too close to bar lines.
Fixed: Support for XP and Vista.

http://www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#2018_3

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Posted at 07:33 AM

December 08, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Build 505 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can update their version with the latest patch - Build 505.

This patch can be downloaded here.

Summary of changes for Build 505:

Added: You can now put Section Numbers in your song. Previously you could only use letters A-Z, but now you can use 1-9 as well.
Added:You can now filter styles in the StylePicker for styles that contain Video RealTracks.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box would crash with error "Procedure entry point MFTEnumEx could not be found in the Dynamic Link Library Mfplat.DLL" while starting up if using Windows Vista.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box would crash with error message "dwmapi.dll cannot be found" while starting up if using Windows XP.
Fixed: The Transcribe feature in the Audio Edit window was not always working.
Fixed: The Windows Audio Devices dialog might show garbage text for names of devices if not running Band-in-a-Box in English.
Fixed: There was no Quality selector in the Render to Audio File dialog if rendering MP3 on Windows 7 or earlier.
Fixed: There were visual artifacts in the leadsheet & notation windows when moving the cursor.
Fixed: Using the Transpose or stretching features in the Audio Edit window might cause an access violation if the audio track is mono.
Improved: Band-in-a-Box will start up faster.
Improved: Importing ABC Notation files has been improved.
Updated: Help file and manuals.
Updated: RealTracks Artist bio's.

http://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#505

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Posted at 07:31 AM

December 07, 2017 New! Video RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

NEW with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows... Video RealTracks Sets!

Video RealTracks allow you to see the RealTracks artist playing that track - you can use them just like any other RealTrack, and you can generate a video which will display the musician playing your song exactly as you hear it. You can also include a chord sheet or notation in the video.
TIP: If you load one of the video RealTracks bands, you will have video RealTracks on 5 tracks, and you can make a video of 1-5 musicians!

We've added Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band to our Free Bonus PAK included in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows packages during our December special.
Video RealTracks Set 2: Country TrainBeat Band is included in the 2018 49-PAK, along with 40 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 22 MIDI SuperTracks, 101 Instrumental Studies, and Artist Performance Set 8: Traditional Songs Sung by Béatrix Méthé.

SPECIAL OFFER: During our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Holiday Special, purchase our "Video RealTracks Set 3-6 Special Bundle Offer" to complete your purchase with the remaining Video RealTracks Sets for the low price of just $49! http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.videorealtracks.htm

Learn more about the new Video RealTracks and see them in action: Video link - "Video RealTracks Sets 1-6 for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows"

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Posted at 11:13 AM

December 07, 2017 User Showcase Song - Won't Bring Her Home

A tale of love lost:

Leon wrote the lyrics and sang.
I sang a bit and played the guitar solos.

https://soundcloud.com/user-98254366/wont-bring-her-home

The Band
RealTracks in style: 1580:Bass, Electric, Folkie16ths Sw16 085
RealTracks in style: 790:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CrossoverGrooving Sw16 075
RealTracks in style: 2547:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GroovinFolk Sw16 085
RealTracks in style: 2543:Pedal Steel, Background ModernCrossover Sw16 090
RealTracks in song: ~688:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 065
RealDrums in style: NashCrossovrSw16^05-a:Snare, Closed Hat Skip Beat 1 , b:Ride Cymbal,

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Posted at 10:32 AM

December 06, 2017 User Showcase Song - My Sweet Bunny

This time a merrier song than my usual work, made for a special occasion. I'm singing the lead vocal and the extra bassline in the chorus. It was fun to write the lyrics and to sing, and BIAB really gave many nice folky instruments to choose from. I hope it brings you joy and summer feelings smile

Based on your feedback on my previous song, I tried to cut the low frequencies and lift up some higher frequencies (4khz) of my voice in the mix more, do you think it is enough or do I still need to work on it?
https://soundcloud.com/popfinger/my-sweet-bunny

RealDrums: GypsyJazz, MotownFunkyTriplets
RealTracks:
Acoustic Bass: #2126
Electric Bass: #2362
Acoustic Piano: #2225
Electric Piano: #2363
Acoustic Guitar: #938
Electric Guitar: #651
Pedal Steel: #2672
Ukulele: #1142, #1143
Fiddle: #1117

Lead vocal, 'bass': Janne
Backing vocals: Vocaloids (Ruby, CyberDiva, CyberSongman)

Mixed in Adobe Audition 2017

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Posted at 10:54 AM

December 06, 2017 Video - 202 NEW RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows we also released 202 NEW RealTracks (in Sets 278-300)! Listen to all the individual demos here: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.202newrealtracks.htm, or watch our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - 202 New RealTracks Overview Video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=qDFYZMjrzAI

Get all 202 new RealTracks when you purchase any Band-in-a-Box® 2018 UltraPAK, Audiophile Edition, or the PlusPAK upgrade, on sale until December 31st!

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Posted at 10:41 AM

December 05, 2017 User Showcase Song - Bourrasque (using new REALTRACKS)

It's not one of mine but I had to try out the new Paris Valse Musette style in biab 2018
Only 2 RT used for Bourrasque. A VERY old French standard

RealTracks in style: ~1123:Bass, Acoustic, CountryWaltz Sw 140
RealTracks in style: 2888:Accordion, Rhythm ValseMusette34 Ev 165

Added my own reverb and panning in Adobe Audition

https://soundcloud.com/graham-wilson-1/bourrasque

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Posted at 12:44 PM

December 05, 2017 NEW! Xtra Styles PAK 4 - Available for both Windows and Mac!

We've just released Xtra Styles PAK 4 with over 150 new RealStyles for Rock-Pop, Jazz, Country, and 'Folk and Beyond' styles! These new RealStyles will work with the RealTracks included in any Band-in-a-Box® version 2017 or higher UltraPAK or Audiophile Edition.

To add to the excitement of this release, we're putting all of our Xtra Styles PAKs on SALE! Until December 31st, purchase any Xtra Styles PAK (1 - 4) for just $29 each! (reg. $49) http://www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

Listen to all the demos of these new Xtra Styles here, or check out this video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=Zl_wr47d2V0

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Posted at 12:35 PM

December 05, 2017 Video - The Audio Chord Wizard in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows boasts over 50 new features and enhancements... including the Build-in Audio Chord Wizard!

The Audio Chord Wizard has been redesigned with Band-in-a-Box® 2018, and is now built in to the program! Previously, the Audio Chord Wizard was a separate app that was not tightly integrated into Band-in-a-Box®. This app is still available from the [Audio Chord Wizard] toolbar button, but now the improved built-in Audio Chord Wizard can be accessed from the Audio Edit Window!

Watch our latest video to learn more: Video link - Audio Chord Wizard in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows

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Posted at 11:08 AM

December 04, 2017 User Showcase Song - The Rain Song

"The Rain Song" is the story of a husband -- somewhat of a homebody -- who is reluctant to walk in the rain with his free-spirited wife:

https://www.soundclick.com/html5/v3/player.cfm?type=single&songid=13663744

Style is: B140_GB.STY. Contemporary Med. Bossa / All RealTracks
Key of B (I think?), tempo @ 155, meter = 4/4

Craig Scott on Real Drums/Bossa Brushes
Neil Swainson on acoustic bass, RealTrack #464
Oliver Gannon on electric rhythm guitar, RealTrack #467

At the bridge, and at the end of the song, P. J. Perry solos on flute, Real Track #705, the "bluesy" variation, and also on alto sax, Real Track #475.

Intro flute solo is a Uberschall loop fragment.
MIDI strings & piano arrangement rendered by Miroslav Philharmonik.
MIDI vocal "Ooos" rendered by SampleTank Vocal Collection.

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Posted at 12:51 PM

December 04, 2017 RealBand® 2018 for Windows Build 2 Update Available!

RealBand 2018 users can download a small (free) patch update for their purchase!

Summary of patch update:
Access violation if clicking on Guitar Window or Big Piano when there isn't any notation window currently open.

http://www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#2018_2

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Posted at 11:51 AM

December 04, 2017 Get to Know The Band-in-a-Box® 2018 49-PAK

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows during our special and you will receive a Free Bonus PAK which includes Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band, 10 MIDI SuperTracks, 7 Instrumental Studies, 40 AmpliTube Presets & 37 Associated Styles bonus and 52 Loops for Band-in-a-Box!

Take it a step further and add a 49-PAK to your purchase for only $49! Adding the 49-PAK to your Band-in-a-Box® for Windows purchase to receive these GREAT Band-in-a-Box Add-ons:
Video RealTracks Set 2: Country TrainBeat Band
ALL 40 UNRELEASED Bonus RealTracks
22 MIDI SuperTracks
101 Instrumental Studies
Artist Performance Set 8: Traditional Songs Sung by Béatrix Méthé.

Get to Know The Band-in-a-Box® 2018 49-PAK: Video link - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - 49-PAK Overview

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Posted at 11:35 AM

December 04, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Build 504 Update Available!

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2018 users... a FREE patch update is available!

http://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#504

Summary of changes included in Build 504:
Updated: Help file and Manuals.
Added: A Quality selector has been added to the Render to Audio File dialog. This lets you select a bit rate for compressed audio types (M4A, MP3, WMA).
Added: Help button has been added to the RealDrums Quick dialog.
Added: Help button has been added to the Save ABC notation dialog.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash if opening an ABC notation file that is not properly formatted.
Fixed: Clicking on flash messages should not deactivate the main window.
Fixed: Green flash messages would sometimes not perform any action when clicked on, or perform the wrong action.
Fixed: RealDrums and RealDrums QuickList - some demos were not playing variations.
Fixed: Sometimes loss of RealTracks folder locations.
Fixed: Song Titles dialog - 100 song titles added, total now 10,306
Fixed: Song Titles dialog - improved behaviour of the Clear button
Fixed: Song Titles dialog - spelling of some subgenres fixed
Fixed: StylePicker - Generate button removed from Best Soloists dialog if launched from the StylePicker
Fixed: StylePicker - Save As Style feature improved
Fixed: StylePicker - using mixer menu to customize style now filters according to selected style, not song's style
Fixed: What addons dialog not showing MIDI Soloists correctly.

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Posted at 09:42 AM

December 04, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac Build 186 Update Available

A new patch update is available to all Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac customers - http://www.pgmusic.com/support_macintoshupdates.htm#2017_186

Summary of changes included in Build 186:
Added: Support for Xtra styles content released November 2017
Fixed: Audio goes out of sync if: audio track uses bar one offset, song has tempo changes, and audio base tempo that does not match song tempo.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might crash when saving a song with certain VST plugins, or when saving a .pxf preset file from the plugin (eg. EZ Drummer 2).
Fixed: Copy Lyrics to Clipboard feature does not copy lyrics unless "Include Chords" is checked.
Fixed: Cut/Copy/Paste was not working by hot-keys in editable text layers.
Fixed: Cut/Copy/Paste was not working by hot-keys in note-based lyric editing.
Fixed: Freezing the Bass track did not work if it was a MIDI style.
Fixed: In the Audio Edit window, "Mark this point as Bar 1 of the song" would mark the wrong point if song tempo did not match the audio master tempo.
Fixed: It was not possible to set Audio Master Tempo to zero.
Fixed: Setting "Audio Master (Base) Tempo" does not take effect until reloading the song.
Fixed: Some dialogs would prevent menus and their hot-keys from working.
Fixed: The playback cursor in the Audio Edit window would sometimes jump forward and then back briefly.

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Posted at 08:51 AM

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