RealTracks and RealDrums Patches & Updates for Macintosh

About the updates - read before downloading

You can use these patches regardless of which Band-in-a-Box package and version you have, as long as you have at least version 2009. However, in general only those patches with the same or newer version year than your version would apply to you. Updates from the previous years are already included in your package.

You should also install the latest Band-in-a-Box update for your version.

Audiophile editon users can install the regular patches, or you may wish to download the separate (larger) update patch which will update the uncompressed audio files if needed.

Make sure to select the correct volume (Change Install Location) if you do not have Band-in-a-Box installed on your Mac Hard drive.

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RealTracks Update - July 19 2017 (200 MB)

This patch includes RealTracks and MIDI SuperTracks updates we have made since the release of Band-in-a-Box 2017. The files updated are largely those that were released with Band-in-a-Box 2017, although there are updates to some earlier ones as well.

A number of wave files are updated, so people with the "Audiophile" hard drive version can instead download the audiophile patch. (800 MB).

Summary of Changes for July 19, 2017

  • Improved: The following RealTracks and MIDI SuperTracks have had the option for a 'Simple' arrangement added. Now these RealTracks will play without embellishment when the Simple option is selected in the RealTracks picker.
       Accordion, Rhythm GypsyJazzCompCory Sw 220
       Accordion, Rhythm GypsyJazzCompCory Sw 220 (MST version)
       Accordion, Soloist GypsySwingCory Sw 220
       Accordion, Soloist GypsySwingCory Sw 220 (MST version)
       Autoharp, Rhythm OldTimeSlowWaltz Sw 085
       Banjo, Tenor, Rhythm DixielandRazzmatazz Sw 165
       Bass, Electric, RockHeavy16thsDoug Ev16 090
       Bass, Electric, RockHeavy8thsDoug Ev 120
       Flugelhorn, Background CroonerBalladHigh Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Flugelhorn, Background CroonerBalladLow Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Flugelhorn, Background CroonerBalladMed Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Flute, Background CroonerBallad Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Flute, Background CroonerBossa Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzBalladCompOlly12-key Sw 085
       Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzSwingCompOlly12-key Sw 140
       Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RnBSoulSw16Brent Sw16 085
       Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RockHeavy16thsLowMurray Ev16 090
       Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RockHeavy8thsMurray Ev 120
       Guitar, Electric, Soloist CountryPopBrent12-key Ev 085
       Guitar, Electric, Soloist SmoothSoulFast16thsBrent Ev16 110
       Guitar, Electric, Soloist TrainBeatBrent12-key Ev16 090
       Guitar, Electric, Soloist, JazzRock8thsJon Ev 120
       Guitar, Nylon, Fingerpicking SlowSwingBrent Sw 065
       Guitar, Nylon, Fingerpicking SwingBrent Sw 110
       Guitarron, MariachiWaltz Ev 150
       Harp, Rhythm Celtic16ths Ev16 075
       Harp, Rhythm CelticJig Sw 110
       Harp, Rhythm CelticWaltz Ev 110
       Harp, Rhythm CelticWaltzSlow Ev 085
       Horn Section, Background CroonerBallad11-Part Sw 060
       Horn Section, Background CroonerBossa10-Part Ev 110
       Organ, Rhythm BluesSlow128Mike Sw 065
       Organ, Rhythm BluesSlow128Mike Sw 065 (MST Version)
       Organ, Rhythm BluesSlowSwingMike Sw 085
       Organ, Rhythm BluesSlowSwingMike Sw 085 (MST Version)
       Pedal Steel, Background TrainBeatEddy12-key Ev16 090
       Pedal Steel, Soloist CountryEddy12-key Ev 085
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm BluesSlow128Mike Sw 065
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm BluesSlowSwingMike Sw 085
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryBluesRockMike Ev 110
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryPopMike12-key Ev 085
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm FunkySwingBluesMike Sw16 075
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm GospelSlowBalladMike Ev 085
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm GospelSoul8thsMike Ev 110
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm GospelSwingMike Sw 140
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm RnBSoulSw16Mike Sw16 085
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm SmoothSoulFast16thsMike Ev16 110
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm SmoothSoulSlowMike Ev 085
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm SoulfulPop16thsMike Ev16 065
       Piano, Rhythm TrainBeatMike12-key Ev16 090 (MST version)
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm TrainBeatMike12-key Ev16 090
       Piano, Rhythm BluesSlow128Mike Sw 065 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm BluesSlowSwingMike Sw 085 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm CountryBluesRockMike Ev 110 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm CountryPopMike12-key Ev 085 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm FunkySwingBluesMike Sw16 075 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm GospelSlowBalladMike Ev 085 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm GospelSoul8thsMike Ev 110 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm GospelSwingMike Sw 140 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm RnBSoulSw16Mike Sw16 085 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm SmoothSoulFast16thsMike Ev16 110 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm SmoothSoulSlowMike Ev 085 (MST version)
       Piano, Rhythm SoulfulPop16thsMike Ev16 065 (MST version)
       Sax, Alto, Background CroonerBalladHigh Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Sax, Alto, Background CroonerBalladLow Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Sax, Alto, Background CroonerBossaHigh Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Sax, Alto, Background CroonerBossaLow Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Sax, Baritone, Background CroonerBallad Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Sax, Baritone, Background CroonerBossa Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Sax, Tenor, Background CroonerBalladHigh Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Sax, Tenor, Background CroonerBalladLow Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Sax, Tenor, Background CroonerBossaHigh Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Sax, Tenor, Background CroonerBossaLow Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Trumpet, Background CroonerBallad Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Trumpet, Background CroonerBossaHigh Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Trumpet, Background CroonerBossaLow Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Trumpet, Background CroonerBossaMed Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Trumpet, Muted, Background CroonerBallad Sw 060 (1TrackHornSection)
       Trumpet, Muted, Background CroonerBossa Ev 110 (1TrackHornSection)
       Ukulele, Rhythm FolkSwingBallad Sw 085
       Ukulele, Rhythm FolkWaltz Sw 085
       Vihuela, Rhythm MariachiWaltz Ev 150
       Bass, Electric, PeruFestejo68 Sw 120
       Guitar, Nylon, Fingerpicking PeruFestejo68Melodic Sw 120
       Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm PeruFestejo68 Sw 120
       Bass, Electric, PeruValsCriollo Ev 140
       Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm PeruValsCriollo Ev 140
       Bass, Electric, PuertoRicoAguinaldo Ev16 120
       Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm PuertoRicoAguinaldo Ev16 120
       Cuatro, Rhythm PuertoRicoAguinaldo Ev16 120
       Bass, Electric, AndesHuaynoA-B Ev16 085
       Charango, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085
       Guitar, Resonator, RhythmPlus BluesFunkyRandy Sw16 075
  • Improved: These RealTracks now have Transcriptions enabled and the Simple option available:
       Bass, Synth, AltHipHop8ths Ev16 085
       Bass, Synth, AltHipHopHeld Ev16 085
       Bass, Synth, PepSquad Ev 165
       Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Songwriter8thsBrent Ev 085
       Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm SongwriterSwingBalladBrent Sw16 065
       Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BossaCompOlly12-key Ev 110
       Guitar, Electric, Rhythm GospelSoul8thsBrent Ev16 110
       Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzWaltzCompOlly12-key Sw 110
       Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RockHeavy8thsCraig Ev 120
       Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm MariachiWaltz Ev 150
       Organ, Rhythm CountryBluesRockMike Ev 110
       Organ, Rhythm CountryBluesRockMike Ev 110 (MST Version)
       Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm AltHipHop Ev16 085
       Piano, Electric, Rhythm PepSquad Ev 165
       Synth, Rhythm AltHipHopHorn Ev16 085
       Synth, Rhythm AltHipHopPad8ths Ev16 085
       Synth, Rhythm AltHipHopPadHeld Ev16 085
       Synth, Rhythm PepSquadHorns Ev 165
       Synth, Rhythm PepSquadPad Ev 165
       Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm MariachiWaltz Ev 150
       Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085
  • Improved: Pianohld.sty has been improved, with better voice leading for the held piano.
  • Added: Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085 now has complete transcriptions added and can be viewed in the notation or lead sheet window.
  • Fixed: The endings were not working properly in the A substyle for two variations in the RealDrums DrivingPop8ths^.
  • Fixed: The notation subdivision for the RealStyle _ASTRAL.STY was previously incorrect, and has been fixed.
  • Fixed: Some direct input files were missing for the RealTracks style 'Guitar, Electric, Soloist GypsyClassicQuinn Sw 220'.
  • Fixed: Some small memo typos fixed including _RESFOLK* _RESWALZ* _BLUESKY*
  • Fixed: _RAMPART Style Demo mistakenly had the Master Volume turned way up.
  • Fixed: _BHALSA (Waltz) Style was not set to ¾ time, and now uses a more appropriate Bass
  • Fixed: _CASUALE Style mistakenly included MIDI Guitar and Strings tracks.
  • Fixed: Some direct input files were mislabeled for the RealTracks style 'Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NewOrleansMardiGras Ev16 085'.
  • Fixed: Some style mistakenly specified held chords for tracks. E.G. _NOCARES, _SONGBRD, _SOULPOP, _DAYSEND, _CARRYON
  • Fixed: _BLUESKY.STY mistakenly had drums in style.
  • Fixed: NashvilleBrushesEasyBluegrass had the wrong audition demos.
  • Fixed: Guitar, Electric, Soloist JazzRock16thsJon Ev16 090 and RT2605 Guitar, Electric, Soloist JazzRockShuffleJon Sw 130 now have Hi-Q transcriptions. Now when the tablature or notation is viewed it will be more accurate and include bends, slides and other improvements.
  • Fixed: The RealTrack that use Shots and Holds 345 were playing some incorrect chords
  • Fixed: Charango, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085 was not playing sus chords.
  • Fixed: =JOLEO_B did not allow user volume changes
  • Fixed: RealTracks Audition files for "Roadhouse" Resonator Guitar were mixed up.
  • Fixed: Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm TrainBeatMike12-key Ev 16 090 was playing some slash chords.
  • Fixed: Bass, Electric, RockPickedA-B Ev 165 and RT 2589 Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPickedA-B Ev 165 had timing issues with some of the riffs.
  • Fixed: Loop file 'Trance - kit3beat135b ev16 tempo' was missing.

Last updated July 19, 2017.

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RealTracks Update - April 2017 (300 MB)

This patch includes RealTracks updates completed during 2016 and 2017, prior to the release of Band-in-a-Box 2017. If you purchased the Band-in-a-Box 2017 Everything/Ultra/audiophile, you don't need this patch as the fixes are included. A summary of the fixes and improvements is listed below.

Some audio files are updated in this patch, so users with the audiophile HD version can instead download this larger patch (2400 MB)

  • Fixed: Some incorrect Shots assignments.
  • Fixed: Timing issues with "Banjo, Tenor, Rhythm DixielandFastA-B Sw 165" have been fixed, meaning the playing should fit much better with the other Dixieland RealTracks.
  • Improved: The RealDrum Styles ShakerCelticEv16 and ShakerEven8ths have had the groove improved so the rhythm sounds more natural. The endings have also been improved.
  • Fixed: The variations for BossaTerryClarke have been fixed to correctly describe the substyles being used.
  • Improved: RealCharts have been added/improved for the following RealTracks:
    Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Punk Ev 165
    Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PunkHeldPlus Ev 165
    Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PunkMuted Ev 165
    Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPickedQuarters Ev 165
    Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPicked8ths Ev 165
    Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPickedA-B Ev 165
    Bass, Electric, RockPickedQuarters Ev 165
    Bass, Electric, RockPicked8ths Ev 165
    Bass, Electric, RockPickedA-B Ev 165
  • Fixed: Several Bass RealTracks have been remastered to improve the sound quality and remove clicks and hiss.
    Bass, Acoustic, BossaRon Ev 140
    Bass, Acoustic, CelticSlipJig Sw 110
    Bass, Acoustic, GypsyJazzFast Sw 250
    Bass, Acoustic, JazzBalladRonA-B Sw 085
    Bass, Acoustic, JazzSwingRonA-B Sw 140
  • Updated: Entire Library of regular and DI Shots and Holds has been tested, and there have been many fixes. This includes adding new Shots and Holds for instruments that previously didn't have them, reassigning instruments to more appropriate Shots and Holds, and fixing some issues with incorrect chords.
  • Fixed: Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm JazzFreddie Sw 110 was not playing endings properly when a simple option was selected.
  • Fixed: Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm JazzFreddie Sw 110 had a simple arrangement enabled but none was available.
  • Fixed: Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Hank Sw 120 was sometimes playing incorrect chords.
  • Fixed: Bass, Acoustic, BossaRon Ev 140 had some chords dropping out.
  • Fixed: Piano, Acoustic, HeldChords 120 and Piano, Electric, HeldChords 120 were not playing compulsory chords as expected.
  • Fixed: Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment FolkPopPrairie Ev 100 was missing some transcription data.
  • Fixed: Horn Section, Background JazzSwing2PartJack Sw 140 some bars had #4 in a 7th chord.

Last updated April, 2017.

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RealTracks Compatibility Patch (2015) (2 MB)

OS 10.4 (tiger) users: download this patch instead.

This patch is intended for customers who purchased RealTracks sets that were released after their Band-in-a-Box / RealBand version was released, and are having trouble getting the new RealTracks to be recognized by the program. It contains the latest RealTracks support files as of April 1, 2014.

If you haven't purchased RealTracks individually, and/or have the latest version of Band-in-a-Box, you do not need this patch.

Any existing files in your Band-in-a-Box Data folder that are replaced by this patch will be backed up to the following subfolder:
Data/backup/realtracks_support_patch_{date}

To check if your RealTracks are recognized after installing this patch, open the RealTracks Picker, sort by RT Set #, and look for the set(s) you installed.

For reference, the list below is a summary of which Band-in-a-Box versions the RealTracks Sets were released with.

  • RealTracks Sets 188-205; Band-in-a-Box 2014
  • RealTracks Sets 170-187; Band-in-a-Box 2013
  • RealTracks Sets 155-169; Band-in-a-Box 2012.5
  • RealTracks Sets 137-154; Band-in-a-Box 2012
  • RealTracks Sets 122-136; Band-in-a-Box 2011.5
  • RealTracks Sets 102-121; Band-in-a-Box 2011
  • RealTracks Sets 001-101; Band-in-a-Box 2008 - 2010.5

Last updated Nov 9, 2015

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RealTracks Sets 1-169 Update (580 MB)

This patch will update RealTracks Sets 1-169 to the latest versions as of Feb 15, 2013.

You should also download the latest Band-in-a-Box update for your version of Band-in-a-Box.

Summary of Changes for Feb 15 2013

  • Fixed: Bug fixes and improvements to hundreds of RealTracks, and additional simple variations.

Last updated Feb 15, 2013.

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RealTracks Sets 1-101 Update (250 MB)

This patch will update RealTracks Sets 1-101 to the latest versions as of April 04 2011. It includes all RealTracks updates since the release of Band-in-a-Box 2010.

You should also download the latest Band-in-a-Box update.

Summary of Changes for April 04 2011

  • Added: "Simple" and "Very Simple" variations added for some Bass RealTracks
  • Added: General maintenance fixes and enhancements to over 60 other RealTracks

Last updated April 04, 2011.

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RealTracks Shots and Holds Update Patch (100 MB)

This July 27 2010 patch adds shots and holds to some of the older RealTracks in sets 1-82 that were previously missing them. It adds Organ, Banjo, Mandolin, Resonator Guitar, and Resophonic Guitar shots and holds.

This is mainly intended for customers who purchased Band-in-a-Box prior to the release of 2010.5 (June 2010) and did not purchase the 2010.5 Summer PlusPAK (and therefore don't have the newest holds files). If you have the folder Holds_136 in your \RealTracks\LibraryM\Holds folder, you likely don't need to install this patch.

Since the patch updates some audio files, Band-in-a-Box "Audiophile" edition users may wish to download this larger patch (800 MB).

Summary of Changes for July 27 2010

  • RealTracks shots and holds have been added for some older RealTracks instruments, including Organ, Banjo, Mandolin, Resonator Guitar, and Resophonic Guitar.

Last updated July 27, 2010.

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RealTracks Sets 1-82 Update (1200 MB)

This patch will update RealTracks Sets 1-82 to the latest versions as of July 08 2010. It includes all RealTracks updates since the release of Band-in-a-Box 2009.

If you have the Band-in-a-Box "Audiophile" edition, you can optionally download this (much larger) Audiophile specific patch (5GB download).

You should also download the latest Band-in-a-Box update.

Summary of Changes for July 08 2010

  • A large percentage of RealTracks have been updated in this patch release. Improved 4 bar endings have now been added to almost all styles, many chords have been added, and all known issues have been addressed. Detailed list of features added to individual RealTracks styles..

  • Added: 4 bar endings added to most RealTracks
  • Added: Less common and previously unavailable chords have been added.
  • Improved: Better audio quality and stretching on some styles.
  • Fixed: All known bugs have been addressed.

Last updated July 08, 2010.

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RealDrums Sets 1-29 Update (300 MB)

This patch will update RealDrums Sets 1-29 to the latest versions as of July 08 2010. It includes all RealDrums updates since the release of Band-in-a-Box 2009. This patch can be used for both regular and "AudioPhile" editions of the program.

You should also download the latest Band-in-a-Box update.

Last updated July 08, 2010.

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RealTracks Sets 1-66 Update (230 MB)

AudioPhile users should download this larger (740 MB)patch instead

This patch will update RealTracks Sets 1-66 to the latest versions as of September 15 2009. It includes all RealTracks updates since the release of Band-in-a-Box 2009.

You should also download the latest Band-in-a-Box update.

Summary of Changes for September 15 2009

  • Updated: Some Jazz Quartet styles (.STY files) from RT sets 14-19 were missing an instrument.
  • Improved: Many demo songs from RT40-66 (.mgu and .sgu) have improvements, including more consistent volumes.
  • These RealTracks instruments from Sets 40-66 have been fixed or improved. Updates include:

  • Improved: Guitar notation (realcharts) is cleaner.
  • Fixed: Some styles played a wrong chord.
  • Fixed: Some styles caused an 'out of memory' error.
  • Fixed: Occasional silent chords.
  • Fixed: Nylon-electric guitar has much better volume levels.
  • These RealTracks instruments from Sets 1-39 have been fixed or improved. Updates include:

  • Improved: Smoother playing on chords that aren't common for the style.
  • Fixed: Ending problems on some instruments.
  • Fixed: Some out of memory errors fixed.
  • Improved: Cleaner RealChart notation for the guitars.
  • Fixed: Occasional wrong chords being played.

Last updated September 15, 2009.

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