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June 15, 2018 Thoughts on Band-in-a-Box® 2017 - Mac Power Users Discussion

David Sparks and Katie Floyd discuss a variety of topics in their recent episide of Mac Power Users: - listen all the way through (and laugh along with them - it was a very entertaining episode!), or jump to 1:37:40 where David shares his thoughts on Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Mac!

Thank you David and Katie!

Posted at 01:10 PM

June 15, 2018 User Showcase Song - I'm Not Givin' Up On Love

My name is Dave. I am new to both BIAB and this forum. I have been writing songs and recording for years now, but never have ventured into the BIAB arena. Aside from writing songs, the rest of my spare time is taken up playing guitar in a cover band performing just about every weekend on the west coast of FL, The Klick Band. A great songwriter and member of this forum, Floyd Jane, introduced me to BIAB and I bit. I have been in the weeds for weeks trying to figure it all out, but finally was able to make my first creation. I tried to copy the "Song Memo" to post here identifying the files used, but couldn't copy and paste it. I also can't seem to open up the bt1 file. I assume it also has the BIAB files generated from the song. I am using the 2018 Audiophile version of BIAB for Mac. Suffice it is to say all instruments were generated by BIAB in this song. All the vocal tracks are me, including harmony and background vocals, I am a bit of a fan of 70's smooth soulful jazzy tunes. Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes was on my mind when I wrote this. Anyway, here it goes ... my first BIAB creation ...

By David S. Becker
(c)2018 David S. Becker Music

Posted at 12:47 PM

June 14, 2018 Polish New Features Video for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows

Our Polish Distributor, Sound Station, has finished their Band-in-a-Box 2018 New Features summary video (in Polish!) - click here to watch.

We hope all our Polish Band-in-a-Box users find this video helpful - thank you Sound Station!

Posted at 10:19 AM

June 13, 2018 YouTube Find - Love it (with Band-in-a-Box 2018)

YouTube channel EmtpyHallToones uploaded a video of their guitar performance using Band-in-a-Box backing tracks!

Click here to watch.

Posted at 11:24 AM

June 13, 2018 Get to Know the 202 NEW RealTracks Released with Band-in-a-Box® 2018!

We released 202 NEW RealTracks with Band-in-a-Box® 2018! Learn more about these new RealTracks when you watch our video, Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - 202 NEW RealTracks.

These new RealTracks (in Sets 278-300) are included in every Band-in-a-Box® 2018 UltraPAK, Audiophile Edition, or the PlusPAK upgrade - the Mac packages are on sale until June 30th!

Learn even more about the new RealTracks and listen to demos here.

Posted at 11:14 AM

June 13, 2018 User Showcase Song - You Are My Love Tonight?

This is a story of a man and woman's reunion.
It is sung from the position of a woman.
I will send it to you with a fusion pop and a little Motown feel.
Lylics written by me.
Any comments encouraged.
Always welcome.

Title: 今夜だけは恋人(Translation: You are my love tonight?)

Vocal: Yoko K., my friend


Style is _SJAZZC5.STY

RealTracks in style: 903:Bass, Electric, SmoothCool Sw16 100
RealTracks in style: 906:Piano, Electric, Rhythm SmoothCool Sw16 100
RealTracks in style: 1073:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm SmoothJazzCool Sw16 100
RealDrums in Style: SmoothJazzCoolSw16^1-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
Additional Elec. Guitar playd by YAMAHA teacher
Additional Rhodes Piano (EastWest Quantum Leap Goliath)
Additional 4 part strings (EastWest Symphonic Orchestra)
Scored by me.

Posted at 10:36 AM

June 12, 2018 Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks Tutorial Video for Mac

With Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac®, we've introduced Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks. This video shows you the different ways you can use these versatile new RealTracks.

Video link:

You can also listen to demos of RealTracks Set 278: Shiny Vocal Oohs & Aahs here.

This RealTracks Set is available for just $29, and is also included in RealPAK 14: Country, and the Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK, Audiophile, or 2018 PlusPAK Upgrade.

Posted at 09:40 AM

June 12, 2018 User Showcase Song - Beer Break

I just released this song as a single. It is a collaboration with a lyricist I've worked with before. I had the basic Idea for the song floating around my head for a couple years but never got around to actually writing it. When I told him about it he gave me these great lyrics to work with. Hope you enjoy.

Real Tracks:
684:Bass, Electric, Pop Half Notes Sync
1726:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Honky Tonk John
848:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Country Rock Riff
405:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming
1515:Guitar, Electric, Soloist Country Brent
Real Drums=Nashville Even 8

Posted at 09:39 AM

June 11, 2018 Video RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - Special Pricing Until June 30th!

With the recent Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac release, we also released 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.

We've added Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band to our Free Bonus PAK included in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac packages during our release special (which ends June 30th!).
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 for Mac release 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! Learn more.

Learn more about the new Video RealTracks and see them in action:

Posted at 11:03 AM

June 11, 2018 User Showcase Song - Tongue Tied

Nothing deep this time, just a song about being too shy to ‘plight one’s troth’, as they say.
Here's an accompanying video which includes glimpses of yours truly in action:

YouTube Video: (Switch to 1080HD if it doesn't do so automatically).

Lyrics and technical notes can be found here.

BIAB Components:
Electric Piano - PIANO CRAY1.STY Cray 1 90's Rock Blues (but I made the opening trill!)
Organ - ECST_GRV.STY East CoastGroove Rock Organ (choruses and middle 8 only)
Electric Rhythm Guitar - 500WATT.STY_Guitar_Real 1718 Guitar TexasBluesRockStraightBrent Ev 120

All at 120bpm but little trick I use is to speed things up in final choruses to add a sense of excitement, to 121.4bpm here.

Posted at 10:54 AM

June 08, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 is a HIT!

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

"The added Piano Roll Window is... WONDERFUL!"
"Adding the Piano Roll Window is a BIG DEAL - thanks PG Music!"
"This significantly changes how I will use Band-in-a-Box in the future."
"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."
"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! "
"Such a comprehensive source for music making!"
"The new Audio Chord Wizard is my favorite new feature!"
"This should be great for creating backing tracks for covers."
"Oh wow. This has got to be the coolest enhancement in Band-in-a-Box 2018. This is so-o-o powerful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!"
"A brilliant piece of software!"
"What a release!!!"
"THEY DO NO PAY ME BUT if you don't own this you are crazy."
"Been using Band in a Box for years!! Great product for composing. I absolutely love the background vocals in Band-in-a-Box 2018."
"My compliments to the PG Music team who have once again have delivered an incredible collection of new styles and RealTracks to Band-in-a-Box this year!"
"There is still so much to explore and work with!"
"Love the new Video RealTracks!"
"The mixer included into the StylePicker is a great addition."
"Recent retirement and the 2018 version of BIAB is a perfect combination!!"
"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!!!"
"I bought this Band-in-a-Box 2018 and I love it , it is amazing to work with!!!!!"
"'s educational utility and the potential is awesome!!!"
"I must say, the new harmony options in particular have me chomping at the bit!"
"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!!!"
"This is amazing software!"
"Thank you for a wonderful tool for both musicians and singers - I can never say enough about this amazingly versatile product!"

Posted at 11:30 AM

June 08, 2018 User Showcase Song - Dream

I haven't been too active of late, couldn't be helped. I do listen to everything posted, I just can't comment much.

Here is a song about Space, and our reluctance to reach for it.

Lurrsen Mix:

Title: Dream 2
File:Dream 2.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 65, Length (m:s)=22:20
No intro. 120 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 120. Repeat x3 choruses
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is =FBL12SP.STY (Lite Pop w/ 12 String Fingerpick)
Style MIDI Instruments are : Strings (49),
RealTracks in style: 1036:Bass, Electric, NorthernRockBallad Ev 065
RealTracks in style: ~368:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 1003:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockPicking Ev16 065
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven16^6-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat Open

Lead (Bob aka 90 dB)

Posted at 11:15 AM

June 07, 2018 Tutorials - How to Install Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Here are some tutorial videos we've created to help you install your Band-in-a-Box® purchase.

Our Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, and PlusPAK are delivered as a download, on DVD, or on a 32GB USB flash drive.

Installing Band-in-a-Box® from DVD:

Installing Band-in-a-Box® from the 32GB flash drive:
Your flash drive shipment also includes a Band-in-a-Box® keychain!

The Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK is available as a download or shipped on a portable hard drive. When you receive the hard drive version, there are a few different installation options:

Option #1 - Run Band-in-a-Box® directly from the USB drive only:

Option #2 - Install Band-in-a-Box® on your computer hard drive, but leave the RealTracks and RealDrums on the USB hard drive:

Option #3 - Install Band-in-a-Box® AND RealTracks on your computer hard drive:

Option #4 - Custom Installation - Choose exactly what you want to install:

All of these videos are available on our YouTube Channel or Videos support page.

Posted at 01:38 PM

June 07, 2018 User Showcase Song - New School

I worked this song a lot, adding drum loops, a guitar and my own midi baseline - but I still didnt like it so I plugged the chords into BIAB to get some neat "texture tracks" (baseline, synth, etc)

Hope you like it


****** Song Summary *************
Title: New School
File:New School.SGU
Key=C#m, Tempo 108, Length (m:s)=2:42
No intro. 23 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 23. Repeat x3 choruses
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _ELECPOP.STY (Electronic Melodic Pop)

RealTracks in style: 1739:Bass, Synth ModernDancePop8ths Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 2582:Synth, Rhythm MutedMelody Ev16 120
Loop in Song: House-Techno-Trance\House - crunchy_120_b drums ev16.wav
RealTracks in style: 2298:Bass, Synth, DanceRockBuzzBass Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1943:Synth, Rhythm, EuroDance Strings Ev 120

Posted at 12:57 PM

June 06, 2018 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac New Features!

See the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac in action when you watch our New Features Overview video:

Read all about the new features at:

Posted at 10:33 AM

June 06, 2018 User Showcase Song - Ride Around Turtle Island

For all those who enjoy cycling.
©Robert Cordrey May 2018

Style is _UKES140.STY (Folk Swing w/ Ukulele )

RealTracks in style: ~1137:Bass, Acoustic-Guitar, FolkSwing Sw 140
RealTracks in song: ~559:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz Freddie Sw 140 ('A' only)
RealTracks in style: ~1143:Ukulele, Strumming FolkSwing Sw 140
RealTracks in song: 2855:Harmonica, Background CountrySwingJellyRoll Sw 120
RealDrums in style: NashvilleBrushesHillbillySwing: a: Sidestick, Brushesb: Brushes, Stick
Thanks to Floyd for the handclap loop.

Posted at 10:19 AM

June 05, 2018 User Showcase Song - A Morning Chill

Back, at least for a while. I've written very little original music since December. We've uploaded some instrumental stuff to Songtradr that I did when I was going through chemo, but that's about it. I wrote about 60 instrumentals during that time. I haven't posted many of them here as I feel you might get bored with nothing but instrumentals.

Anyway, here's one I put together yesterday. It's a guitar instrumental, kind of bluesy with a touch of sadness. There are several effects on the guitar.

File:A Morning Chill.SGU
Key=Bb , Tempo 80, Length (m:s)=3:24
4 bar intro, 20 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 24. Repeat x3 choruses
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Volume Changes,
Style is _SOARING.STY (Soaring Ballad w/Guitar Solo)

RealTracks in style: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~2505:Piano, Electric, HeldChords 085
RealTracks in style: 2914:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Folky16thsBrent Ev16 085
RealTracks in style: 2690:Guitar, Electric, Soloist Slow16thsPopBrentSimple Ev16 075
RealDrums in Song: PopCountry16ths^01-a:Closed Hat, Sync-kick, b:Closed Hat, Rock-kick

** Just want to be clear that the lead guitar track is a Brent Mason RT, not me. **

Posted at 08:58 AM

June 05, 2018 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows New Features Explained

Our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows full length New Features Video is now available! Click here to view...

Read all about the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows:

Posted at 08:44 AM

June 04, 2018 Bonus PAKs Still Available with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac!

During our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac special (which has been extended to June 30th!) all Band-in-a-Box® for Mac purchases will include a FREE BONUS PAK!*

The Free Bonus PAK includes Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band, 10 MIDI SuperTracks, 7 Instrumental Studies, 40 AmpliTube Presets & 37 Associated Styles bonus and 52 Loops - learn more here.

You can also choose to upgrade your Free Bonus PAK to the 2018 49-PAK for an additional $49! This will and add Video RealTracks Set 2: Country TrainBeat Band, ALL 40 UNRELEASED RealTracks, 22 MIDI SuperTracks, 101 Instrumental Studies, and Artist Performance Set 8: Traditional Songs Sung by Béatrix Méthé. More info....

*The $49 Pro Upgrade does not include the Free Bonus PAK, any RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks or other Add-ons.

Posted at 01:20 PM

June 04, 2018 User Showcase Song - Out On the Lawn

So Floyd Jane posted the first song he wrote, I think, in the Vietnam song, Unpopular Hero.

I found the first song I wrote, I think, when I was a teenager, called Out On the Lawn. It was about all the hurt and pain and I saw caused by people runnin’ around on their husbands and wives, lyin', cheatin’, gettin’ trashy and breaking up:

All Music and Lyrics copyright David Snyder, ASCAP/Day of Faith Records.

David Snyder: Acoustic guitar and vocals.

RealTracks in style: ~2479:Bass, Acoustic, HeldSimple Ev 110
RealTracks in style: 1408:Piano, SynthLayer, Rhythm Soul70sHeld Ev16 100
RealTracks in song: 2509:Cello, Background PopEven Ev 120 (1TrackStringQuartet)
RealTracks in song: 1856:Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085
RealDrums in style: CongasEv8[single]: a: More High Congab: More Low Conga

Posted at 11:29 AM

June 01, 2018 Video: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - Audio Harmonies

Check out our latest video, whicho demonstrates the new Audio Harmonies feature in the Audio Edit Window of Band-in-a-Box® 2018:

(The video was made on the Mac platform, but all features are also applicable in the Windows version.)

Posted at 11:12 AM

June 01, 2018 User Showcase Song - A Little Hope

hi guys trying to put on my country fingers biab musicans are hard to keep up with oh well its all good!

Real tracks Style is _ALBION.STY (Albion Acoustic Folk Rock)RealTracks in style: 1759:Bass, Electric, Pop16ths Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2914:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Folky16thsBrent Ev16 085
RealTracks in style: 3056:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Pop16thsSyncBrent Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 1762:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Pop16thsArp Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 1604:Fiddle, Background Pop16ths Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 2019:Sax, Tenor, Soloist PopCountryMark Ev 085
RealDrums in style: PopRock16ths^04-a:Sidestick, HiHat, b:Snare, Ride

Posted at 10:19 AM

June 01, 2018 Xtra Styles PAKs Special Extended to June 30th!

With the release of our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac, we're having a sale on all Xtra Styles PAKs!

Our most recent Xtra Styles release, 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 JUNE 30TH! Until then, purchase any Xtra Styles PAK (1 - 4) for just $29 each (reg. $49), or snag ALL available Xtra Styles PAKs 1-4 (645 RealStyles) for just $99!

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

Posted at 10:14 AM

June 01, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Special EXTENDED!

Our Band-in-a-Box 2018 for Mac special has been extended until June 30th!

During our special, we're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Upgrade purchases - save up to 40% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Upgrade, receive a FREE Bonus PAK, and save on Video RealTracks and Xtra Styles PAKs!

Band-in-a-Box purchase options for Mac.

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

Posted at 10:09 AM

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