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July 18, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Resource - Individual New Features Videos

The December release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows added 50+ new features and enhancements, Video RealTracks, 202 new RealTracks, and more!

Here is a summary of the videos created to highlight the new additions and features:
(click on the title to play the video)

- Everything you need to know in under 6 minutes!
- Complete New Features Video
- 2018 Audio Chord Wizard
- Vocal Oohs and Aahs
- Video RealTracks
- 202 NEW RealTracks
- 40 Bonus RealTracks in the 2018 49-PAK

Posted at 12:58 PM

July 18, 2018 User Showcase Song - Welcome To The Anthropocene

A cautionary tale straight out of the headlines (The Geology Times). Hope we pronounced it correctly.

Anthropocene: "relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment."

Leon- Vocals and Lyrics
Once again we are privileged to have Janice Merritt sing backing vocals
I played the guitars

Mark Douthit played the hot Real Track Sax and did some interesting growls at the end of his solos

The Band:
RealTracks in style: 2429:Bass, Electric, NewOrleansMardiGras Ev16 085
RealTracks in style: 2431:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm NewOrleansMardiGrasKevin Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 1955:Sax, Alto, Soloist TexasBluesRockSlow12-8Mark Sw 060
RealDrums in style: NewOrleansMardiGras16ths^01-a: Snare Groove , b: 4 and Hat

Posted at 10:25 AM

July 17, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Build 520 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 for Windows users can download the latest free patch update, Build 250, here.

Summary of changes for Build 520 since 519 (July 17 2018):
Added: Save As style feature has support for MIDI velocity changes if volumes aren’t 90 on mixer when saved.
Added: Support for MIDI velocity changes in styles. Use the Misc-More dialog in StyleMaker to set velocity changes in MIDI styles.
Fixed: [Style Memos etc] button was not visible in the Style Editor -> Misc dialog.
Fixed: Bar lines would not display properly in the Audio Edit window if launching through the menu item "Audio Chord Wizard (Audio Edit)".
Fixed: Hitting the Return key while in the Audio Edit window might trigger Loop Screen mode.
Updated: PDF Manual and Help.

Posted at 01:26 PM

July 17, 2018 User Blog - Recording and Processing Vocals Using RealBand...

Joanne Cooper's latest blog post is a "start to finish" of how she records and processes vocals for her songs using her three "go-to" programs: RealBand, Melodyne, and Nectar from Izotope (with a little help from Band-in-a-Box...)!

Check out this blog post here.

Posted at 10:41 AM

July 17, 2018 User Showcase Song - A Journey That Never Ends

First vocal we've done since moving into the assisted living facility - still working on the acoustics and the setup. This is an all acoustic band. We wrote it for a submission opportunity but didn't "finish" it in time. The vocal is a "one-and-done" - no redos. Thanks for listening.

File: A Journey That Never Ends
Key=C , Tempo 145, Length (m:s)=3:00
9 bar intro, 32 bar chorus, from bar 10 to bar 41. 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 _T_FSHIN.STY (Country Nylon Fishin' )

RealTracks in style: ~~537:Bass, Acoustic, Pop Sw 165
RealTracks in song: ~~610:Mandolin, Rhythm Chop Sw 120
RealTracks in style: 606:Guitar, Nylon, Chet Fishin' Sw 120
RealTracks in song: ~1613:Banjo, Tenor, Rhythm DixielandFastA-B Sw 165
RealDrums in Song: JazzBrushes: a: Brushes Swirling b: Brushes Busier

Posted at 10:33 AM

July 16, 2018 User Showcase Song - Thunderhead

Hi all. This is the first instrumental I have listed here.

I need to hit these points (suspenseful, action, tension, Western) for a songtradr listing.
All comments welcome. Rob

Listen to "Thunderhead" on SoundCloud.


****** Song Summary *************
Title: Green Strategy
File:Thunder head.SGU
Key=Em , Tempo 65, Length (m:s)=3:26
4 bar intro, 48 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 52. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for RealDrums Changes,
Style is _MARCHON.STY (March On - Determined Country)

RealTracks in style: 1190:Bass, Electric, ModernRnBRock Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 842:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopBalladSlowGritty Ev 065 (A:arp)
RealTracks in style: 843:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopBalladSlowGritty Ev 065 (B:heavy)
RealTracks in style: 1543:Synth Pad, PopBelieve Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: 2446:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Background SpaghettiWestern Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 1518:Guitar, Electric, Soloist CountryWorkinBrent Ev16 090
RealDrums in style: BluesRockEv^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Open HiHat

Mixed with Studio one
Presence,Aria and Dimension pro

Posted at 02:57 PM

July 13, 2018 Video - Using MIDI SuperTracks in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows!

Learn how you can add MIDI SuperTracks to your Band-in-a-Box® song?

Using MIDI SuperTracks in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows!

Posted at 12:38 PM

July 13, 2018 Video - Using MIDI SuperTracks in Band-in-a-Box® for Mac!

Learn how you can add MIDI SuperTracks to your Band-in-a-Box® song?

Using MIDI SuperTracks in Band-in-a-Box® for Mac!

Posted at 12:32 PM

July 12, 2018 User Showcase Song - Right On Time

Morning folks, just uploaded a new song:

Right on Time (Chris Spruit, 2018)

The band:

Drums: FunkyGroove60s
Bass: (2609) Electric, ClassicFunkRootFiveAlex Ev 130
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2840:Piano, Rhythm SoulJazzMike Ev 130 (except for the bridge)
Also added a shaker in a few places using EZD2

I'm playing the guitar parts (used my tele)
Chris came up with the idea for the bridge and plays piano during that part.

Mixed using reaper with plugins from waves and iZotope, mastered using Ozone 8 and LMC.

Posted at 10:21 AM

July 11, 2018 Musician Brent Mason in the Studio Recording RealTracks!

Before leaving Nashville, Tobin caught up with Brent Mason recording some future RealTracks in the studio.

We can't wait to hear them!

Posted at 01:38 PM

July 11, 2018 User Showcase Song - Good Things Come

I wrote this song maybe 5-6 years ago and sent it over to the Englishters! Rog and his crew worked it up as a Beach Boy kind of surf tune, which I loved. It never went up as the original rocker tune as it was written, so I revived it this week.

This is yet another "You dumped me and now I hate you" song. It was a reminder that you can't force a relationship to work, but that good things come to those who wait. I did not intend to quote the condensed meaning of Psalms 40:30, but I had heard that passage all my life, far before Heinz Ketchup and Guinness started using it as their slogan. And trust me, that girl reminded me that I should wait for good things....

Song File Name: Good Things Come
Tempo: 124.00
Key: G
Time Sig: 4/4
Track 1 - RealDrums-RockHardEven8^1-HiHat,Ride
Track 2 - RealBass 684 Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 120
Track 3 - RealGuitar 524 Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 165
Track 4 - RT631 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanDirty Ev 120
Track 5 - RT1530 Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopPower Ev 120
Track 6 - vocal
Track 7 - BGV using RT2976 OohsAahs

Again, mastering credits by Mr. Rog!!

Posted at 12:01 PM

July 06, 2018 User Showcase Song - Island

Yes, I'm an island, but not a nameless face;
And I'm right at hand; I'm your treasure place.

Totally invented style
RD=Bossa Brushes
A couple of RT accents, mostly Midi (SampleTank3)

Posted at 09:56 AM

July 06, 2018 Video - Adding RealTracks to Your Band-in-a-Box® Song

There are 300 RealTracks Sets available (over 2,500 RealTracks!), and here at PG Music we have this to say about them: You'll want to use RealTracks in all of your projects... and you can!

But what if you're not sure how to add them to your Band-in-a-Box® song? We have a video for that! Click here to watch...

Posted at 09:49 AM

July 05, 2018 Save Notation Window as a Video with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac

Did you know... Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac allows you to save the Notation Window as a video? What a great way to share your songs with users, and LEARN from the notation as you listen!

From the program manual:
[Save As] | Save as video
-In the Make Notation Video dialog, select a track at the upper left corner. (Note: The dialog title says “Make Chord Sheet Video” until you select a track.)
-You can also set the dimension (width/height) of the video and select the number of frames per second and a specific codec.
-Press the [OK - Render Video] button to start rendering the video. When the video has been created, press the [Show Video File] button.
-You can then double click on the file to watch the rendered video.

Note: A special use of this feature is to combine a Video RealTracks (new with version 2018) with the corresponding notation in a single video. This creates an educational video, which shows the actual performance with notation/tab, playing over your chord progression! To do this, right-click on the Master button or one of the track buttons at the top of the main screen and select Render Video(s) from the menu.

Posted at 11:36 AM

July 05, 2018 User Showcase Song - California Mattered

Here's something new... This is called California Mattered.

All BIAB Tracks:
2877: Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow16thsByron Ev16 060
2704: Synth, Rhythm CloudRapLowOrgan Ev16 075
1596: Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Pop16ths Ev 065
2878: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm, AmericanaSlow16ths Brent Ev16 060
2666: Pedal Steel, Rhythm LushChordsSlow Ev 085
RealDrums: AmericanaRoots 16ths-04-SdStk, Tms

As always - thanks for listening!

Posted at 09:57 AM

July 04, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Resource - Individual New Features Videos

The release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac added 50+ new features and enhancements, Video RealTracks, 202 new RealTracks, and more!

Here is a summary of the videos created to highlight the new additions and features:
(click on the title to play the video)
-Everything you need to know in under 5 minutes!
-Complete New Features Video
-2018 Audio Chord Wizard
-Piano Roll Window
-Vocal Ooh & Aahs
-Audio Harmonies
-Video RealTracks
-202 NEW RealTracks
-40 Bonus RealTracks in the 2018 49-PAK

Posted at 08:33 AM

July 04, 2018 Happy Independence Day!

We'd like to wish all of our American friends a Happy Independence Day!

We hope that everyone enjoys their day, no matter what their plans are... just make sure you take along an instrument and fill the air with music!

We're here all day, with no restrictions to our hours:
Customer Service: 6:00AM to 7:00PM PST
Technical Support: 10:00AM to 5:00PM PST

Posted at 08:02 AM

July 04, 2018 User Showcase Song - Softly & Tenderly (on lap steel)

Decided to record this one as I was having a tune yesterday. I did post it but wasn't too happy with the backing so redid it just now.

Here's a list of the tracks used:
RealTracks in song: 777:Bass, Acoustic, PopWaltz Ev 085 (A:simple)
RealTracks in song: ~2049:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment CountryWaltzJohn Sw 085
RealTracks in song: 1498:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopWaltzClassic Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2059:Strings, Rhythm CelticWaltz Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 2450:Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm CountryWaltzBrent Sw 085

Posted at 08:00 AM

July 03, 2018 Summer NAMM 2018 Shout Out!

We were just down in Nashville for the 2018 Summer NAMM show. We were especially excited to attend this trade show as we've had a number or musicians record RealTracks for us in Nashville, and we hoped to meet them in person!

Click here to see everyone who stopped by!

From left to right:

RealTracks Producer Mike Harrison, PG Music's own Tobin Frank, and RealTracks Artist Wanda Vick
RealTracks Artist Eddy Dunlap & Tobin
Tobin with RealTracks Artist Brent Mason
RealTracks Artists Dave Cleveland and Darin Favorite with Mike and Tobin
Tobin with Brent Mason, Mike Harris, and Darin Favorite
Mike & RealTracks Artist Jelly Roll Johnson
Tobin & RealTracks Artist Jason Roller
Tobin with RealTracks Artist Tony King
Band-in-a-Box Endorser Bobby Cochran with Tobin & Mike

Special thanks to Mike and all the RealTracks Artists and PG Endorsers who stopped by. It was so great to meet everyone!!

Posted at 01:54 PM

July 03, 2018 The Band-in-a-Box® 2018 49-PAK for Mac with 40 Unreleased RealTracks!

Our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 49-PAK for Mac is still available, and includes 40 UNRELEASED RealTracks, Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band, Video RealTracks Set 2: Country TrainBeat Band, 32 MIDI SuperTracks, 108 Instrumental Studies, Artist Performance Set 8: Traditional Songs Sung by Béatrix Méthé, 40 AmpliTube Presets & 37 Associated Styles, and 52 Loops!

Add this to your Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK purchase for just $49! Purchasing an UltraPAK or Audiophile Edition? As of July 1, the 49-PAK is included in your purchase (uncompressed RealTracks files for the Audiophile too)!

Learn more about the 49-PAK and listen to demos here.

Posted at 01:08 PM

July 03, 2018 User Showcase Song - Living a Lie

Not had nearly as much time here as I'd like recently, and this is my first song for over three months.
The 1990s was a strange decade for music, but that's about as close as I can get for this one. This is a song about one of those situations where everyone except the person involved can see clearly.

It was all tracked-up in Powertracks and then moved to Realband for the Sax RT. There's extensive use of my old hardware Syntovox vocoder on the vocals. It's a temperamental piece of kit and I'm always surprised and relieved when it boots up and works. One of these days it won't and then I'm lost.

Posted at 01:06 PM

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