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May 18, 2018 User Showcase Song - One Piece

Here is my latest release on Musicoin. This version was mixed by Ogi Feel the Beat who does a lot of mixing of my songs for submission to Songtradr etc and I know on the previous song I posted some commented the mix was not to their taste so I would love to hear what you think of this one.


The song was a co-write with John Scunziano during FAWM this year but I never got round to posting the original mix.
Bass: 1036
Drums: Nashville Brushes
Guitar: 897 and 702

Posted at 08:52 AM

May 18, 2018 Video - 202 NEW RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac we also released 202 NEW RealTracks (in Sets 278-300)!

Listen to all the individual demos here:, or watch our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - 202 New RealTracks Overview Video:

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

Posted at 08:48 AM

May 18, 2018 Holiday Hours - Monday, May 21st

We're celebrating Victoria Day on Monday, May 21st. Our hours for the long weekend will be:

Customer Service:
Saturday, May 19: 7:00am - 5:00pm PST
Sunday, May 20: 8:00am - 4:00pm PST
Monday, May 21: 8:00am - 4:00pm PST

Technical Support:
Closed (will re-open Tues, May 22 at 10am PST)

Posted at 08:40 AM

May 17, 2018 Video - The Audio Chord Wizard in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac

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

The Audio Chord Wizard has been redesigned and is now built into Band-in-a-Box®. Previously, the Audio Chord Wizard was a separate app and not tightly integrated into Band-in-a-Box®. This app is still available from the [Audio Chord Wizard] toolbar button, but 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 Mac

Posted at 01:55 PM

May 17, 2018 User Showcase Song - Life Ain't a Cookie Jar

Nothing fancy this time, just a standard 12 bar I-IV-V blues, although it's the first time we have done a major key blues.

The band:
1922:Bass, Electric, TexasBluesRockSlow12-8 Sw 060
675:Organ, B3, Background Blues Monday Sw 065

I used EZDrummer2 to build the drum track, and I'm playing the lead and rhythm guitar parts.

Mixed with reaper using iZotope Neutron 2 and plugins from Waves, mastered using Ozone 8 and LMC

Posted at 01:50 PM

May 15, 2018 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - Everything You Need to Know in Under 5 Minutes!

Want to quickly see the new features included in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac in action?

Check out this video, Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac® ! Everything you need to know in under 5 minutes*:

*The video includes an extra 2 minutes for the 49-PAK! The first 5 minutes show you all of the great new features and content available with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac®, and it's followed by additional video showing off the 2018 49-PAK for Mac.

Posted at 02:01 PM

May 15, 2018 User Showcase Song - Silent Waltz

This track was 1st recorded about a decade ago but my parts were pretty messy and, having been recorded to cassette 4 track, fairly "lo fi".
I took the original tracks - transferred them to Reaper, re recorded the guitars, edited the cellos and added BIAB drums as well as organ.

I specifically bought RealDrums 07 for this project - and that set specifically for RealDrums:Swing8Waltz.
Organ: background B3.
Miriam Webb sang and played the good cello parts as well as writing the cello arrangement & vocal melody.
Gerry Steele of The Hamilton Steele Band played the lovely dual guitar solo.
I played the bad cello, bass, 12 & 6 string acoustic guitars.
The bass was DI.
The cellos were recorded with a Sony Electret 19b microphone.
New guitar parts recorded digitally with an MSH-4 which is a small diaphragm condenser with a built in micro-tube, (hand made at Naiant Studios), into a Focusrite Scarlett
Mixed in Reaper using
ReaVerb (imported convolution file - Wide chamber)
PSP Vintage Warmer 2
Mastered by Fran Ashcroft of Happy Beat Studio.

Posted at 01:35 PM

May 14, 2018 Xtra Styles PAKs are ON SALE until May 31st!

Xtra Styles PAK 4 was initially released with our Windows version of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, and with the release of our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac, we're having a sale!

Xtra Styles PAK 4 has over 150 RealStyles for Rock-Pop, Jazz, Country, and 'Folk and Beyond' styles, which work with the RealTracks included in any Band-in-a-Box® version 2017 or higher UltraPAK/UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition!

We've put all of our Xtra Styles PAKs on SALE until May 31st! Purchase any Xtra Styles PAK (1 - 4) for just $29 each! (reg. $49)

Listen to all the demos of these new Xtra Styles here, or check out this video:

Posted at 12:49 PM

May 14, 2018 User Showcase Song - Memento

Hi guys, another one in the New Age/whatever series. Hope you all like it. Memento:

Style is SPRING.STY (Spring - Gentle New Age Piano)
BassCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
PianoCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
StringsCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
MelodyCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
Style MIDI Instruments are : Pad-Warm (Slow) (90), Acoustic Piano (1), Electric Piano (5), Synth Strings 1 (51),
RealTracks in song: 624:Fiddle, Soloist George Ev 085

Posted at 12:21 PM

May 14, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - 45 Requests Fulfilled!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac is here, and there's more than 80 new features! We've answered some user requests with this release, including:

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 use the feature to make a video of the chord sheet from a Band-in-a-Box song. I use it to make backing tracks and upload them to YouTube. But these don't include any notation for the melody and lyrics of my songs. My viewers would like to see the melody and lyrics too. Is there a way you can include the melody in the video? I've tried recording this with screen capture programs, but it's time consuming, recording in real time, and the audio quality and sync are not that good.

A. Yes, Band-in-a-Box 2018 can do this now. You can save your song as a video of the notation track. So that includes the notation, guitar tab, and lyrics. And saving the whole video and audio just takes a few seconds, much faster than real time recording. Just load in your song with chords, melody, lyrics, and/or guitar tab, and press Save-As Notation Video. Your song will be up on YouTube in no time!

Q. I am songwriter and uses Band-in-a-Box to make backing tracks for my productions. I'm starting to make videos and upload them to YouTube. Can Band-in-a-Box help with my production videos?

A. Band-in-a-Box 2018 can now make videos with Video RealTracks, of the musicians performing the RealTracks. And they are playing along to your song's chord progression. You can include these videos in your own song performance, which adds a nice visual element.

Q. I use the Audio Harmonies in Band-in-a-Box. But I find the harmonies simplistic, in that they are mainly using chord tones. The Band-in-a-Box MIDI harmonies are more sophisticated, using passing tones. Why can't my Audio Harmonies work like that?

A. We've added support for new types of Audio Harmonies in the Audio Edit Window. These do allow you to choose any Band-in-a-Box MIDI harmony that has passing tones or sophisticated jazz voicings (adding 4 parts to make a 5-part jazz voicing for example). Band-in-a-Box automatically figures out the MIDI version of your melody so it uses this to create the harmonies.

Q. The new toolbar is nice, but needs more color options. Too much grey! How about skins?

A. We've added support for skins, and you can choose color or grey scale options for toolbar, mixer etc.

And more!!!

All of the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac can be reviewed at

Posted at 08:15 AM

May 11, 2018 User Showcase Song - When Winter Leaves

So here we are near the mid of May and still we've been having snow in the air. Even for Iceland, that's pushing it.

That's basically the sentiment from which this song comes from (another 'co-written' by BBox & myself piece); sitting at the frosty window on a chilly but calm evening, with that longing for winter to be over.
I give you: WHEN WINTER LEAVES... - Enjoy! cool


Style is _WINTER.STY

RealTracks in style: ~2311:Bass, Acoustic, JazzBalladRonA-B Sw 085
RealTracks in style: ~743:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz Ballad Sw 060 (A:simple)
RealTracks in song: ~1499:Guitar, Electric, SoloAccompaniment JazzBallad Sw 060
RealTracks in style: 2792:Horn Section, Background CroonerBallad11-Part Sw 060
RealDrums: RealDrums in Style: JazzSwingLewis

Other instruments performed by yours truly.

p.s. Yes, I'm aware of the double-meaning of 'winter leaves', I can be clever like that

Posted at 11:04 AM

May 11, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac is Here - Up to 40% off Upgrades!

Just released: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac with over 50 new features, 202 New RealTracks, 40 NEW Video RealTracks, 32 new MIDI SuperTracks, 108 new Instrumental Studies, 8 new Artist Performances, 52 new loops, and 40 AmpliTube presets with 37 associated styles!

We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Upgrade purchases until May 31, 2018 - save up to 40% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Upgrade!

This year we are celebrating 30 YEARS of Band-in-a-Box®! We've packed our Free Bonus PAK & 49-PAK with some amazing Add-ons:

If you check out, you'll see the new 2018 package options available. To summarize:

Band-in-a-Box® Pro $129
Upgrade from Version 2017: $59 (reg: $69)
Upgrade from Version 2016 or earlier or crossgrade: $69 (reg: $79)
Special 2018 Program Update from 2017: $49 **Requires Version 2017. Includes version 2018 program updates only. (No other Add-ons or Bonus PAK)

Band-in-a-Box® MegaPAK $269
Upgrade from Version 2017: $89 (reg: $149)
Upgrade from Version 2016: $99 (reg: $159)

Band-in-a-Box® PlusPAK
Upgrade from Version 2017: $99 (reg: $129)
(The PlusPAK is designed to upgrade 2017 UltraPlusPAK & EverythingPAK users who are downloading their upgrade or do not want to purchase a new hard drive)

NEW! Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK Formerly the UltraPlusPAK $469
Upgrade from Version 2017: $149 (reg: $279)
Upgrade from Version 2016 or earlier or crossgrade: $169 (reg: $299)

Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition $669
Upgrade from Version 2017 Audiophile: $199 - limited time offer!
Upgrade from 2017: $479
Upgrade from Version 2016 or earlier or crossgrade: $499
Upgrade from any previous Audiophile: $299

Learn more about all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac:

Posted at 06:45 AM

May 10, 2018 User Showcase Song - Not Your Phone

This rollicking, upbeat number is sung by a guy who's encountered one of the hazards of 21st-century dating.

It's called "Not Your Phone" and runs 2:11:

Style is _BLZROCK.STY (Blues Rock w/ 2 Electric Guitars)
SoloistCustom Synth is Hi-Q 028 01 Guitar, Electric, Classic Rock Sforzando.tgs

RealTracks in style: 1012:Bass, Electric, BluesRock Sw 140
RealTracks in style: 1013:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BluesRockCrispA-B Sw 140
RealTracks in style: 1016:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BluesRockFuzzy Sw 140
RealDrums in style: BluesShuffleHard^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Ride

Intro and fill drums MTPowerDrumKit 2

EQ on the vocal and reverb on the whole band from Reaper.

Have fun!

Posted at 12:32 PM

May 08, 2018 StylePicker Enhancements in RealBand 2018!

We added some great enhancements to the StylePicker with the release of RealBand 2018 (included in all Band-in-a-Box® for Windows purchases), including:

-Mixer-like control allows style customization within the StylePicker. This shows what tracks are used in the highlighted style in the list, and color-codes them according to the track types (MIDI/RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks). There is also a menu button on each track, which allows you to change the instrument, disable/enable the track, or perform other track actions.
-A [Save as .STY] button has been added. When you have customized a style, you might want to save it so that it is added to the StylePicker list, and can be used easily.
-Recommendations of styles is improved when using the [Find Titles] button at the top right of the dialog. This also displays Subgenres.
-New user categories have been added, including Americana; Bebop and Fast Jazz; Bluegrass, Train, and Old Time; Dixieland, Gypsy, and Old Jazz; Fingerstyle Guitar; Funk, RnB, and Soul; Heavy Rock; Singer-Songwriter; and World.
-The buttons to copy the styles list to clipboard, set the dialog options, and reset the dialog to defaults have been moved to the [Action] button menu.
-The two buttons to rebuild a complete or partial styles list have been combined into a single button.
-Rebuilding the styles list also rebuilds lists in the RealTracks and RealDrums Picker dialogs.
-The option to change the font size of the text in the styles list has been moved to the StylePicker Options dialog.

Posted at 12:28 PM

May 08, 2018 Mixer-like Control within the StylePicker in Band-in-a-Box® 2018

New with Band-in-a-Box® 2018.... Mixer-like control in the StylePicker that shows what tracks and instruments are used in the currently selected style in the list, and color-codes them according to the track types (example: Green for RealTracks).

Plus, if you choose the [..] to the right of the mixer track in the StylePicker window, you can assign a different instrument to that track! The full list of options within the [..] menu includes:
-Select RealTracks
-Select a UserTrack...
-Select a Loop...
-Choose RealDrums
-Select Guitar/Bass Amp Plugin...
-Select MIDI Instrument (patch)
-Select Custom MIDI Style for this track...
-Track Settings
-Track Actions

When you customize the track, an asterisk (*) will be added to that track name, and check-mark appears next to "Custom" showing that the style will be overridden with your choices/adjustments. You can also choose to [Clear] or [Saveas .STY] if you want to use this customized style for future projects.

Posted at 10:54 AM

May 08, 2018 User Showcase Song - Bella Citta

Final song (for now) in my bossa's-in-Italy series..this one about the Eternal City.


STYLE = _BOSSANQ- Bossa Nylon Quartet Even
RT Rhythm Section: 464 (bass), 470 (Piano), 1104 (Guitar)
RD BossaBrushes
Midi sounds from ST3

Posted at 09:53 AM

May 07, 2018 Ship Your Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK on a USB Flash Drive!

Order any Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK package and you can choose to have your installation files shipped to you on a USB Flash Drive !

For just $10 more, you'll receive a 32 GB USB Flash Drive that conveniently includes all the installation files for your purchase - we'll also throw in a free Band-in-a-Box® keychain with your Flash Drive order!

When placing your order online, the shopping cart will prompt you to select this option before you enter your payment information. Ordering over the phone? Just mention this preferred method for delivery type!

This offer isn't limited to just Band-in-a-Box® purchases... when you order ANY PG Music product you can choose to have it shipped on a USB Flash Drive!

Posted at 01:34 PM

May 07, 2018 User Showcase Song - Gold on Blue

A ballad about a lost love and the turning of the seasons.

Leon - Lyric & Vocal
I played rhythm and lead guitars and sang a little.

The Band:
RealTracks in style: ~2482:Bass, Acoustic, Bowed Held Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~2503:Piano, Acoustic, HeldChords 085
RealTracks in song: ~1118:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2667:Pedal Steel, Background DreamySingleNote Ev 075
RealTracks in song: ~~362:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2457:Strings, Rhythm CelticAir Ev 085
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven8^1-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

Posted at 12:37 PM

May 04, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® - Tuba RealTracks!

Today is International Tuba Day!

Add some Tuba accompaniment to your song in honor of International Tuba Day!

Search for "Tuba" within the RealTracks picker window of Band-in-a-Box and you'll see that we offer 3 RealTracks Sets with Tuba:

RealTracks Set 143: Dixieland - Fast Rhythm Section (Artist: Brad Muirhead)
RealTracks Set 162: Dixieland - Medium Rhythm Section (Artist: Brad Muirhead)
RealTracks Set 248: Oberkrainer! Folk Music From the Alps (Artist: Philip Santner) these show up when you search for "Tuba" within the RealTracks picker, however they are Bariton Horn

Happy International Tuba Day!

Posted at 11:35 AM

May 04, 2018 User Showcase Song - Unpopular Hero

I never dreamed I would post this song.
I've never even considered recording it.
After clifton and David broached the subject in their songs, I went and dug this up.

This is a snapshot of a specific time in our history.
And the reactions and feelings from certain segments of America.
It tells the story of a "conflicted" veteran.
And how he (and others like him) were treated by a small (or maybe less than small), but very vocal group of the Americans he had gone to war for.

This sentiment, fortunately, no longer seems to exists.
But it ripped the fabric of America at the time.

We have healed.
The Wall commemorates those who gave their lives for the ideals of America.
Those who returned no longer face the anger and ridicule that some chose to greet them with at the time.
That should give us all hope for the future.

Again, keep in mind this was written in 1975. (I was 20).
A snapshot in time.

Style is _LAMENT.STY (Lament Modern Pop Country Ballad)

RealTracks in style: 1825:Bass, Electric, PopModernGrooveHeld Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 1537:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopBelieveArp Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: 1037:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm NorthernRockBallad Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 3056:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Pop16thsSyncBrent Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 836:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AltCountryRootsy Ev 075 (A:muted)
RealDrums in style: ModernPopBallad16ths^01-a:Quiet hat, Sync-kick, b:Open hat, Sync-kick

Posted at 09:56 AM

May 03, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® Video Testimonial Offer!

Take a look at the Band-in-a-Box® video testimonials created by program users just like you that we've already received at

If you submit your own video testimonial, we will send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box® Hard Drive when we share it on our Website and YouTube channel!

Learn more about how to submit your own video testimonial here.

Posted at 01:05 PM

May 03, 2018 User Showcase Song - Unknown

The name of the song came about by accident. I started this song back in mid March and it has taken this long to finish it. After I got the chord structure and tempo down to a bit of searching to find a style that seemed to make sense. Well I had to save it and could not come up with a name I saved it as unknown. Coming up with a melody was very difficult. Nothing seemed to work. After six weeks this was the result. Was it Van Gogh who cut off an ear trying to find inspiration lol. Hope you like it.


****** Song Summary *************
Title: Unknown
Key=F , Tempo 90, Length (m:s)=2:39
No intro. 56 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 56. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _BURDEN.STY (Burden Country Folk Trio)

RealTracks in style: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2917:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryFolk8thsMike Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2916:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryFolk8thsBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2975:Vocal Oohs-Aahs, Rhythm Pop3-part Ev 085
RealDrums in Song: SmoothBalladBrushes: a: Snare, HiHatb: Snare, Ride

Guitar Gretsch Duojet
Amp Garnet Sessionman
Little bit of delay..

Posted at 10:10 AM

May 02, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® - Ukulele RealTracks & Features!

May 2nd is World Play Your Ukulele Day!

Our Ukulele RealTracks are found in:

RealTracks Set 101:Folk and Country Swing (Artist: Pat McGrath)
RealTracks Set 261: Sounds of Hawaii (Artist: Quinn Bachand)

Band-in-a-Box® Ukulele tips:

View the Ukulele fretboard in the Guitar Window: Within "Settings" change the fretboard to "Ukulele" from the drop-down menu.

View the Ukulele Chord Diagram by choosing "Ukulele" from the Notation Options | Guitar Chord Diagrams drop-down menu.

Posted at 09:02 AM

May 02, 2018 User Showcase Song - Endless Driveway

Hello, forum friends!
This is my new rock tune suitable for highway drive. The lyrics were written by Alt-H, whom I met on the website of Piapro, a vocaloid fan forum in Japan. So I had to use a vocaloid on the vocal track. It was written in 1980’s J-Pop style. Any comments encouraged.

Title: Endless Driveway ~果てしない道~
Vocal: 初音ミク(Hatsune Miku), vocaloid

RealTracks in style: 1255:Bass, Electric, PopShiningA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1264:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopShiningA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1851:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopShiningGrittyA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1259:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopShiningRockA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1260:Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopShining Ev 120
RealDrums: RealDrums in Style: PraiseWorshipShine^01-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

Posted at 08:44 AM

May 01, 2018 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

Posted at 01:26 PM

May 01, 2018 Blog Post - How to Use the Band-in-a-Box Song Titles Database for Cover Songs

Joanne Cooper is at it again! Her latest blog post, How to use the Band-in-a-Box Song Titles database for cover songs, is a great step-by-step explanation of how she uses the Song Titles Browser feature within StylePicker of Band-in-a-Box to create a cover song!

Joanne's website:
Blog post link:

Posted at 01:08 PM

May 01, 2018 User Showcase Song - The Post Bumping Blues

Y'all know I HAD to write this one.

It's a tongue-in-cheek look at the recent discussion on bumping posts.....

Quick write and even faster recording session.

Texas Blues style
Bass: 1717
Drums: blues rock something or other
Guitars: 1718, 1719, 1722 (Sol & Brent)

Posted at 11:23 AM

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