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October 2018

October 12, 2018 Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box®

National Train Your Brain Day is October 13th!

Open your Band-in-a-Box® program, and you'll find the [Practice] button in the toolbar - it's a GREAT resource!
Minimized your toolbar? Head to Window | Practice Window or ALT SHIFT L to access

In this window, you'll find many options to help you practice, including Ear Training games, access to the Chord Builder and Chord Subs, some helpful tools within the Playalong Features menu, and more!

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box® today!

Posted at 08:03 AM

October 12, 2018 User Showcase Song - Waiting in the Wings

I've spent the past few months working on a new 12-song country style album called 'Waiting in the Wings' and I finally released it digitally in Sept so it is now on all the major download and streaming sites. I also made a new Soundcloud site for the album so here is the link to the title track:

For the track the BIAB style was _FOLKRKG.STY (Folk-Pop 12 String w/ Electric G)
RealTracks in style: ~896:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm FolkRock Ev 100
RealTracks in style: 798:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm SouthernSnappyClean Ev 090 (A:quarters)
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven8^1-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
Plus of course the extra resonator guitar tracks.

Click here to read more about the song and album creation.

Posted at 07:53 AM

October 10, 2018 User Showcase Song - Funkaholic Dreams

I made something close to this groove many years ago together with my band. It was a real dance floor filler (and a kind of our signature groove at that time).

I used:
RT2607: Bass
RT514: Bass
RT2617: Guitar
RealDrums: FunkHalfNotePulse

I've added clavinet and extra drums and percussion.

Posted at 10:54 AM

October 09, 2018 Band-in-a-Box Patch Updates - #TechTuesday

Visit our Patches & Updates page, and you will see that with every version released, there are 2+ patch updates applied to that version.

Patch updates are important, and should definitely be installed to your BB folder. They can add new features, update the help resources of the program, fix bugs reported by users, and make your entire Band-in-a-Box experience run smoothly!

Band-in-a-Box update options can be adjusted within the program too - within Band-in-a-Box for Mac, head to Band-in-a-Box | Check for Updates | and then you can select to automatically check for updates by however many days you choose!

Posted at 02:05 PM

October 09, 2018 Xtra Styles PAK 5 Contest - Listen to All the Entries!

Our Xtra Styles PAK 5 Contest is over, and the winners have been announced - congratulations again to forum users fiddler2007, rodipoet, Will Josef, and Ezekiel's Storm!

And, a BIG thank you to everyone who entered their songs on our contest - WOW what a great list of songs! We've arranged all the song entries into one simple list, if you'd like to listen to all the entries click here.

Posted at 09:27 AM

October 09, 2018 User Showcase Song - I Get Lonely

Sometime back i posted a song, cant remember what one.

But someone made a comment regarding it being in the style of JD Souther, or sounding like. I had to google this guy, because i thought.. ive never heard of him. Turned out though i had. because he had a long relationship with one of my hero bands The Eagles. i was surprised to see the link as in he wrote the track, How long and recorded it on one of his albums. Of course the Eagles done How long as well.

The other thing i found was he wrote a song called You're Only Lonely, I read in an article how he based/ styled or was influenced by Roy Orbison Only the lonely. I love this guys stuff, i bought all albums that i could get.

Now here is my wee song based on being influenced by both of these songs.

I get lonely:

Song details:
Realtracks and Midi spec below
ZZCONTRY.STY. Country 4/4 Style
Drums.. realtrack country even 8reduced
Bass.. finger bass sampletank MIDI
Guitar muted sampletank MIDI
electric grand piano sampletank MIDI
Guitar real track high strung 1608
guitar American acoustic fingerstyle+slide sample tank MIDI
Lead Guitar 576 electric soloist blues.
Strings sample tank MIDI'

Posted at 09:19 AM

October 05, 2018 Congratulations Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest Winners!

Thank you again to everyone who submitted their songs to our Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest - 59 entries in total!

As always, we were blown away with every song entered! We truly enjoy listening to what everyone comes up with using Band-in-a-Box!

Our judging team listened to all the songs, and choosing the winners wasn't easy... some of the things taken into consideration were the quality of the composition, Xtra styles used, use of program features within the song, and originality - and we're now ready to announce the winners!

The Winners are:

I Will Be Your Doggie Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: fiddler2007
Xtra Style used: _WILDONE
Original Forum Post

Wie zingt verjaagt zijn pijn (He who sings expels his pain) Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: rodipoet
Xtra Styles Used: _SILKY
Original Forum Post

Child of the 70s Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: Will Josef
Xtra Style Used: HORIZON
Original Forum Post

Hide it Away Listen to the song here
Artist/Forum User: Ezekiel's Storm
Xtra Style used: _CHEATED
Original Forum Post

Congratulations everyone!

Posted at 02:15 PM

October 05, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows: Making Songs

Visit Chapter 6: Making Songs in our online Band-in-a-Box 2018 for Windows User's Guide, and you'll learn (or be reminded of) all the different steps you could take for creating your own song using Band-in-a-Box®!

Learn about naming your song, choosing a key, setting the tempo, chord entry, and more! There's even information for more advanced use! Read about Song Settings (endings, tags, style variations, pushes, rests, and chord embellishments), Part Markers, Substyles, Song Form, applying Styles, using RealTrack/RealDrums, importing MIDI, and chord entry - just to name a few!

Posted at 08:12 AM

October 05, 2018 User Showcase Song - Don't Leave Me Alone

hi everyone i am really pleased at this result. its actually from a song i was working on from a royalty free song pack i got and i just used the chords from the main song and then generated the rest of the tracks using the structure then tweaked it a bit to mute/unmute certain parts it used a string/piano realstyle to start with then i added a realtrack guitar and then some funk drums realdrums at the 85bpm tempo

Don't leave me alone (strings):

just this little simple arrangement i think turned out really nice! without using anything but the chord structure from the original sample pack :-)

Posted at 07:50 AM

October 05, 2018 Holiday Hours - Monday, October 8th

Monday, October 8th is Canadian Thanksgiving!

Our Holiday schedule that day is:
Customer Service: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST
Technical Support: Closed

We will be back to our regular schedule Tuesday, October 9th.

Posted at 07:43 AM

October 04, 2018 User Showcase Song - A Cool Wind

Went back to the beginnings to find this song. I have been struggling finding my creative side. When I first started with BIAB I would add a few chords and start cycling through the styles until something sounded interesting. This is how this song came to be.

A Cool Wind:

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Cool Wind
File:Cool Wind.SGU
Key=Am , Tempo 85, Length (m:s)=3:06
No intro. 62 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 62. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _SCARCE.STY (Scarce Dreamy Americana)

RealTracks in style: 2877:Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow16thsByron Ev16 060
RealTracks in style: 2704:Synth, Rhythm CloudRapLowOrgan Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 2878:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsBrent Ev16 060
RealTracks in style: 2666:Pedal Steel, Rhythm LushChordsSlow Ev 075
RealDrums in style: AmericanaRoots16th-04-SdStk,Tms [Multi]

Guitar is a PRS and Amp is a Vox

Posted at 10:10 AM

October 03, 2018 User Showcase Song - Time For a Change

I just finished an 8 Day Sync Songwriting Challenge. I learned so much during this course and met some very talented people. I teamed up with a few of them writing and producing different songs. This one I co-wrote with Kim Williams from Ontario and got it performed and recorded by Kathrin Jakob an amazing vocalist from California. I used BIAB for the base of the song and then added some synths in Cubase. I think it came out really well and I hope to be pitching it for licensing soon.

Real Tracks:
1268:Bass, Electric, Pop Uplifting
1277:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Pop Uplifting
Real Drums=Praise Worship Up Tempo
1272:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Pop Uplifting Sync
1278:Synth Pad Pop Uplifting
1000:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm, Hard Rock LA Fuzzy Held

Posted at 12:07 PM

October 03, 2018 Happy National Techies Day!

Happy National Techies Day to all our program users! And, a special thanks / shout-out to all of our BETA testers - you're a big part of our Band-in-a-Box program!

Posted at 12:04 PM

October 02, 2018 Best New Alternative Music with Band-in-a-Box - Congratulations!

Congratulations to David Snyder for being included in ReverbNation's Best New Alternative Music with his song Heaven Here!

David is a long time Band-in-a-Box user, and has shared his Band-in-a-Box creations to our User Showcase Forum for as long as we've had one! He even shared Heaven Here to the forum - see for yourself!

Read David's announcement and add your feedback here.

Posted at 10:45 AM

October 02, 2018 User Showcase Song - Trunc Funk

Not a very evocative title, but you'll feel what you feel. Named because I forced a 4/4 Funk style (already a mashup) to play a good number of 3-beat bars. I chose a funk style because I wanted a strong 1 beat. Then it was just a matter of auditioning styles until one behaved correctly. ;-) There's even a single 2/4 bar in there. If you find it first, you'll win the get to name the piece.

It's only two minutes long and not as weird as you might think. How's that for an advertising slogan?

Key=C , Tempo 150, Length (m:s)=1:57

Soloist track has 267 notes, Soloist harmony is < no harmony >(0)
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Time signature,
Soloist is saved with the song : AcGuitar Fpick Alt8thsQuinn (3058)
Style is _TRICAMP.STY (Tricky Spy Funk w Amplitube Bass)

RealTracks in style: 1717:Bass, Electric, TexasBluesRockStraight Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1770:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkMovinChords Ev16 130
RealTracks in style: 1771:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkMovinMuted Ev16 130
RealTracks in song: 1292:Accordion, Rhythm TexMexCountry Ev 120
RealDrums in style: RockHardEven8^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride


Mixed in Acid Pro 8 (still auditioning DAWs) with a little high boost on all but bass, and a high-pass/low-cut on all but bass and drums. Light to moderate compression on all tracks, heaviest on the accordian. Then a gentle master on some pre-set I have no idea what it was or did, but it came out pretty good (for me).

Posted at 09:35 AM

October 01, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows: Quick Song Settings!

Visit the Band-in-a-Box 2018 for Windows Online User's Guide, and you'll have access to an interactive version of the program manual that's PACKED with helpful information, including How-to's, setup instructions, feature overviews, tips, and more! Like these "Quick Song Settings" shortcuts found in the Keystroke Commends - Hot Keys topic, which are VERY useful:

Quick Song Settings:

begin + [Enter] = Sets the beginning of the chorus to the current bar
chorusend + [Enter] = Sets the end of the chorus to the current bar
end + [Enter] = Sets the end of the song to the current bar
tkc + [Enter] = Sets key signature to c, tkbb would set it to bb
trc + [Enter] = Transposes song to key of C
t125 + [Enter] = Sets tempo to 125
S + [Enter] = Launches the StylePicker window

Posted at 12:39 PM

October 01, 2018 User Showcase Song - So Long, December

So Long, December:

Wrapping up this one that has been unfinished for a lamenting a not-so-good year, and hoping that the next one's much better!

Style is J!N_ORL2.STY (VintJz-New Orleans2-Sw & St8 mix)
RT's:1964 CLarinet, 1792 Tuba, 1788 Banjo, 1974 Trumpet, 1969 Trombone
Jazz Brushes

Posted at 12:20 PM

October 01, 2018 Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest Closed - 59 Entries!

Thank you everyone for entering your songs in our Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest - 59 ENTRIES - WOW!!!

We'll be judging all the entries now, and will post an announcement as soon as the winners are chosen - good luck everyone!!!

Posted at 07:52 AM

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