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Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Macintosh Update - Build 83 (25 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box 2014 to build 83 from any previous 2014 build. You need to have Band-in-a-Box 2014 (build 80 or higher) installed for this update to work.

If you are updating an external PG Music hard drive, make sure to choose the correct destination volume (install on specific hard drive).

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

Summary of Changes for Build 83 (July 15, 2014)

  • Added: VU Meters have been added to the Mixer.
  • Fixed: What addons dialog on the USB Hard drives was false-reporting missing RealTracks sets.

Summary of Changes for Build 82 (June 23, 2014)

  • Improved: In some specific cases, it may take a long time for the MIDI drivers dialog to open due to a CoreMIDI driver problem. If this happens BB will now give useful info on diagnosing the problem.
  • Fixed: Tooltip hints were displaying too quickly on the toolbar. Now they are set to 3 seconds.
  • Fixed: Leadsheet window was green after a Factory Reset (until a reboot).
  • Improved: Style memo area has borders, and is resized.
  • Fixed: Chord Sheet peach color wasn't correct.
  • Fixed: Keystrokes and focus was lost after launching Big Lyrics, Drums.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated July 15, 2014

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Band-in-a-Box 2013 for Macintosh Update - Build 74 (10 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box 2013 to build 74 from any previous 2013 build. You need to have Band-in-a-Box 2013 installed for this update to work.

If you are updating an external PG Music hard drive, make sure to choose the correct destination volume (install on specific hard drive).

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

Summary of Changes for Build 74 (May 8, 2013)

  • Fixed: SoundCloud upload wasn't working in some cases.
  • Fixed: Diminished chords were using a capital D (e.g. CDim7 instead of Cdim7).

Summary of Changes for Build 73 (March 13, 2013)

  • Added: Choose favs and choose recent added to RD picker.
  • Changed: Buttons renamed (Loop->Pl.Loop, Play->GenPlay, Replay->Play).
  • Fixed: Songs can now be saved with really long file names (previously were limited to about 30 characters)
  • Fixed: Saving songs with very long file names would sometimes show the Save-As dialog, or save a song with FileName#nnnn format
  • Changed: BandButton load song style moved up top
  • Fixed: Woodshed tempo wasn't starting until after the count-in.
  • Fixed: When there was a Performance Track on bass, combo lit up too.
  • Fixed: For very long file names, save was adding ### to the file name (and displaying it in the title bar at the top)
  • Fixed: Notation Window: when transposed, note box now says the transposed note.
  • Fixed: Notation Window - On the notation toolbar the "Staff Roll" button overlaps the box that displays the "current mouse-over note selection".
  • Fixed: Issue with chord sheet not transposing for non-concert pitch also happened with Movable Notation Window<./li>
  • Added: Loop Screen button now has a red border around it when selected.
  • Improved: Positioning of section text.
  • Added: Right-click menu for notation has new items to select notation mode (normal, editable, staff roll) as well as section letters and section text menu items.
  • Fixed: Custom Range Print.
  • Fixed: Frequently loose control of the lyric entry text box and it tries to move the focus of typing to the Chord text area.
  • Fixed: In the notation options window, the bottom line on the + box was missing.
  • Added: Memos now show in Best Soloist dialog.
  • Improved: File save and file open dialogs now remember their sizes, including between sessions.

Summary of Changes for Build 72

  • Fixed: Master volume changes weren't applying to MIDI volumes until a new play was pressed.
  • Added: If current part is combo, then Ctrl-Shift-Q and Ctrl-Shift-W hotkeys work to change volumes.
  • Fixed: When style changed, notation resolution changes, but notation window wasn't updating sometimes.
  • Fixed: Typo in Band Button list, R&B.
  • Improved: Setting the beginning and end of the Song Form (also called Chorus) is done by popup menus, instead of requiring clicking on the bar number. Also wording changed many places from "Chorus" to "Song Form". So instead of Bar for Chorus End, it says Bar for Song Form End.
  • Improved: Song Memo dialog is bigger, as some memos were too big to display without scrolling.
  • Fixed: Loading in a 4/4 style when a 3/4 melody is present, misleading messages about converting the song.
  • Fixed: When an artist performance track is muted, the instrument radio does not turn red.
  • Fixed: When you drag and drop an artist performance track, the render name has _MIDI even though it is the audio that has been rendered.
  • Fixed: When a render was cancelled, spurious message that says render of file failed was changed to say "cancelled"

Summary of Changes for Build 71

  • Added: Mixer track now orange color label for Performance Track
  • Added: Message at end of m4a batch with instructions on how to send songs to iPhone.
  • Fixed: Running QuickTime player from the Audition button wasn't working correctly on some O/S's
  • Fixed: For filenames with international characters like é, batch Save .m4a for all songs in current folder wasn't working for use on iPhone/iPad/Android app.
  • Fixed: Mixer menu, make track simple command was setting current patch to zero.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated May 8, 2013

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Band-in-a-Box 2012.5 for Macintosh Update - Build 65 (20 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box 2012.5 to build 65. You need to have Band-in-a-Box 2012.5 installed for this update to work.

If you are updating an external PG Music hard drive, make sure to choose the correct destination volume (install on specific hard drive).

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

You can download this patch if you need to revert back to build 60 for any reason (from 2012.5 build 61-65)

Summary of Changes for Build 65 (October 22, 2012)

  • Fixed: RealDrums picker was not highlighting current real drums variation in some cases. Also was not showing full names of variations in some cases.
  • Fixed: Delete key on notation window for deleting notes was also deleting chords in some cases.
  • Fixed: Notation Right-Click Menu (editable/piano-roll mode) - "Insert Lyrics" command does not do anything.
  • Fixed: Notation Right-Click Menu (standard mode) - In 2012, the menu popped up where you clicked. But now it pops up at the upper left corner.
  • Fixed: Event Edit dialog, various small fixes.
  • Added: International (non English) versions supported.

Summary of Changes for Build 64 (September 26, 2012)

  • Fixed: Notation Section Text was not entering in the correct place in some cases.
  • Fixed: Title font was too small on very long song titles.
  • Fixed: Default Position of lyrics was overlapping with bar #s.
  • Fixed: Print dialog, key sig and clef sign every line was drawing in the wrong font.
  • Fixed: Print Options dialog - certain items were not selectable (Bass Clef, Tab, Clefs Split At).
  • Added: Edit - Delete supports multiple bars. It will now prompt "how many bars" when you want to delete bars. Command D is now hot key for delete (tip: if you first select a region of bars, it won't ask the question ' how many bars' and will just delete that many.
  • Added: Edit - Insert supports multiple bars (same idea as Edit-Delete above).
  • Added: Hot keys added to launch all windows [ Notation Ctrl N; Movable Notation; Ctrl Shift N; Leadsheet Ctrl L; Big Lyrics Ctrl Y; Drums Shift Ctrl D; Guitar Ctrl G; Mixer Ctrl M; RealDrums Picker Ctrl-U; RealDrums Settings Ctrl-Shift-U; RealTracks Picker Ctrl-K; RealTracks Settings Ctrl-Shift-K; Audio Chord Wizard (any file). Ctrl-Z; Audio Chord Wizard (choose an audio file) Ctrl-Shift-Z.

Summary of Changes for Build 64 (September 25, 2012)

  • Added: ScrollWheel support for the Notation and Leadsheet windows.
  • Added: The leadsheet now fully resizes, all fonts get smaller/larger as the window changes size.

Summary of Changes for Build 63 (September 24, 2012)

  • Added: Hints added for Notation, Leadsheet, Guitar, and Lyrics Windows.
  • Updated: PDF upgrade manual includes notation and leadsheet documentation.
  • Fixed: Title of a printout was showing up way too small if the title was long.
  • Fixed: Chord Font got bigger if the num staves in the LS Options was increased beyond, say, 7 or 8.
  • Fixed: Show bar numbers every page did not work for printing/leadsheet.
  • Fixed: Print Options - Include Lead-In checkbox did not work correctly.
  • Fixed: If leadsheet was open before closing the program, it did not re-appear when re-booting program.
  • Added: When resizing the leadsheet window, the staves move so that a full screen is dispelled at all times, and scroll at the correct time.
  • Fixed: Notation - Split Treble Clef at option was not working in some cases.
  • Fixed: Wrong dialog was shown when pressing INSERT button on the Notation- Event List Editor

Summary of Changes for Build 62 (September 22, 2012)

  • Fixed: If program was being run for the first time, would sometimes crash in the MIDI Driver signin dialog.
  • Fixed: Leadsheet and Notation wouldn't use default values for certain settings. Note that the Preferences file for these settings is now called Intrface.bbm instead of Intrface2_X86.BBW.
  • Fixed: Build number wasn't showing correctly in some places.

Summary of Changes for Build 61 (September 21, 2012)

  • Added: Notation Window enhanced (sizable, adjustable bars per screen, guitar and bass tab, finer resolution, improved notation entry PLUS much more
  • Added: Note-based lyrics
  • Added: Full-featured event list editor
  • Added: Jazz Font notation and chords
  • Added: Big Lyrics window
  • Improved: Guitar window enhanced (bass display added)

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated October 22, 2012

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Band-in-a-Box 2012 for Macintosh Update - Build 52 (20 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box 2012 to build 52 from any previous 2012 build. You need to have Band-in-a-Box 2012 installed for this update to work.

If you are updating an external PG Music hard drive, make sure to choose the correct destination volume (install on specific hard drive).

RealTracks and RealDrums updates

Summary of Changes for Build 52 (August 17, 2012)

  • Fixed: Rendered files are now named lowercase (.m4a, .aiff, .wav) so that they can be downloaded from your Mac to the Band-in-a-Box iPhone app ( more details here )
  • Fixed: Some Non-English versions weren't displaying track names correctly.
  • Added: Hint for the Band Button.
  • Fixed: Strings for international (non-English) version.

Summary of Changes for Build 51 (April 24, 2012)

  • Fixed: MIDI was sometimes playing along with loops.
  • Fixed: Songs saved with loops were not loading the correct audio file in some cases.
  • Fixed: On some systems there was a delay when the stop button was pressed.
  • Fixed: Help menu item loads Band-in-a-Box 2012 full manual pdf.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated August 17, 2012

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Band-in-a-Box 2011.5 for Macintosh Update - Build 38 (20 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box to version 2011.5 Build 38 from any previous 2011 or 2011.5 build. You must have at least Band-in-a-Box 2011 (Build 25) installed for this update to work.

If you are updating an external PG Music hard drive, make sure to choose the correct destination volume (install on specific hard drive).

RealTracks and RealDrums updates

Summary of Changes for October 12, 2011

  • Fixed: On a few systems, RealTracks and RealDrums were out of sync. Band-in-a-Box now automatically tests your system to determine if an offset is needed for perfect sync, and makes the adjustment without any user intervention.
  • Fixed: On Lion, dragging and dropping a file from the BB Screen (DragDrop area at the top left) to the Finder, would result in an alias file instead of the file itself (unless you held the command key). Now it works without creating an alias file and you don't need to hold the command key. Note that the files in the DragDrop folder are now located in your /Users/Library/Preferences/Band-in-a-Box Drag Drop folder, instead of the Applications/Band-in-a-Box folder. You can view this folder from the Band-in-a-Box - DAW Options button -- "View Drag Drop Folder".
  • Updated: Band-in-a-Box 2011.5 Manual updated.

Summary of Changes for July 28, 2011

  • Improved: When doing live tempo changes with RealTracks, crossfades added so that the changes are quiet.
  • Improved:When rendering on songs with tempo changes with RealTracks, crossfades added so that the changes are quiet.
  • Fixed: Holds and Rests weren't working correctly when the "excluded instruments res" checkbox was selected in the chord settings dialog.
  • Added: RealDrums artist name added to the memo in the stylepicker.
  • Added: Drums count-in added for styles that use RealTracks on the drums track, such as bluegrass that use mandolin on the drum track

Summary of Changes for July 26, 2011

  • Fixed: Sync issue sometimes found between RealDrums and RealTracks on Snow Leopard and Lion.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated October 12, 2011

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Band-in-a-Box 2011 for Macintosh Update - Build 26 (20 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box to version 2011 Build 26 from Build 25. You must have Band-in-a-Box 2011 Build 25 installed for this update to work.

If you are updating an external PG Music hard drive, make sure to choose the correct destination volume (install on specific hard drive).

RealTracks and RealDrums updates

Summary of Changes for May 16, 2011

  • Added: Full Band-in-a-Box 2011 PDF manual.
  • Improved: Additional RealTracks style substitutions defined

Summary of Changes for April 13, 2011

  • Fixed: Some RealTracks memos not displaying correctly.
  • Added: Feature to display the current Chorus indicator on-screen. It displays (e.g. 3/5 or "Intro" "tag" or "end") where the total choruses are written
  • Added: On bootup, a reminder is shown if you haven't erased un-needed files, so that you can reclaim extra space. You can reclaim 65% of the space used by the RealTracks folder, which is 65GB reclaimed on a 100GB installation!
  • Added: When erasing un-needed files, it now lists the # of files erased, and the GB reclaimed.
  • Fixed: StylePicker was sometimes picking the wrong style if a filter was in place.
  • Fixed: Chord fonts on main screen were messed up if screen was sized to wide and short.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated May 16, 2011

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Band-in-a-Box 2010.5 for Macintosh Update - Build 20 (30 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box to version 2010.5 Build 20 from any previous 2010 or 2010.5 build. You must have at least Band-in-a-Box 2010 (build 9) for Macintosh installed for this update to work.

Over 30 new features and enhancements have been added to Band-in-a-Box since version 2010!

If you are updating an external PG Music hard drive, make sure to choose the correct destination volume (install on specific hard drive).

RealTracks and RealDrums updates

Summary of Changes for August 27, 2010

  • Updated: General maintenance update.
  • Updated: Program updates for non-English versions.
  • Updated: PDF manual.

Summary of Changes for July 8, 2010

  • Added: The StylePicker now has a filter to show/hide Real or MIDI styles. So if you only want to see MIDI styles, or if you only want to see styles that use some/all RealTracks, you can set this.
  • Added: If you like the current mix (of volumes, panning, reverb), and you want this applied as a default for all songs, you can now set this by Right clicking on the Combo radio control. Choose "Make Current Mix the Default", "Load Default Mix" or "Reset Mix (to factory defaults)".
  • Added: RealTracks naturally occurring pushes are enhanced in many styles. This requires updating the ST2/XT2 files, and these are included in the 2010.5 update.
  • Added: When rendering, you can now add a dB amount to the whole mix, so that the mix will be louder or softer. There is automatic "peak-limiting" added, so that the music will not distort if you set it too high.
  • Added: Styles can now be made that are set to use Half-Time and Double-Time RealTracks. For example, you can make a Jazz Ballad style (tempo 65) that uses a Sax Soloist at tempo 140 (playing double time).
  • Added: If Band-in-a-Box cannot find your RealTracks folder or your Drums folder, a yellow hint message appears at bootup to alert you to that, and tells you how to fix it: "Note: You have RealTracks installed, but none are found in your RealTracks folder. You should point to your correct RealTracks folder in Prefs-RealTracks Settings."
  • Improved: RealTracks Pushes are now played a little quieter (2 dB quieter), so that they don�t stand out as much.
  • Added: For RealTracks, many Jazz comping styles now play triads (instead of 7ths) when simple triads are entered, instead of "jazzing them up" to 7ths chords (e.g. Guitar: Freddie, Wes Piano: Some Jazz. All Stride, Rehearsal). If you prefer this "the old way", where triads are automatically "jazzed up" when comping using Jazz RealTracks, then you can set the Prefs-Realtracks settings option to force 7ths for triads.
  • Added: Enhancements for entering songs quickly. Typing special words, instead of chord names, will make the following settings:
    • begin - sets the begin of the chorus to the current bar
    • end - sets the end of the song to the current bar
    • chorusend - sets the end of the song chorus to the current bar
    • tkc - sets key signature to c, tkbb would set it to bb
    • trc - transposes song to key of C
    • t125 - sets tempo to 125
  • Added: Enhancements for playing songs from the chordsheet
    • spacebar or double click on ending bar (or a bar in the tag), and it will play from the ending (or tag). This only applies to the chordsheet, since notation windows always play from the ending or tag already.
    • Right Click on ChordSheet (or notation) to quickly set Chorus Begin, Chorus End, or Song Ending
  • Added: Real Drums button now has a menu (like RealTracks picker button) to choose RD Prefs or RD Picker. Ctrl-Click or Shift-Click to choose the Prefs or Picker directly.
  • Added: The Auto-generated song memo now says if Real Drums come from the song or style
  • Added: A message now appears if a frozen track is loaded, but the required RealTracks or RealDrums folders do not exist.
  • Improved: Frozen tracks now start playing faster if played again.
  • Improved: In the RealTracks picker, the columns for Set # and Holds # sort is improved.
  • Important change: The default for the tempo swapping feature for RealTracks is now true. It used to be false. Tempo-swapping is a nice feature that will automatically substitute a similar RealTracks that is recorded at a tempo closer to the current tempo. For example, if you load a ballad style, with a RealTracks piano at a tempo of 60, and then speed the song up to 200, BB�s tempo-swapping feature will choose a RealTracks piano that is closer to 200, likely one that is 190. Prefs-RealTracks to disable this feature.
  • Improved: Band-in-a-Box will keep on generating RealTracks even if some wav files are missing.
  • Fixed: Chord Options Update button updates the chordsheet, clear all works better.
  • Changed: File-New gets volumes of 127, instead of 90.
  • Fixed: Spurious message about better realtracks available when half-time realtracks were used.
  • Fixed: Copying melody when regions overlapped was losing some notes
  • Fixed: Frozen tracks were playing louder, when Play pressed again.
  • Fixed: StyleFavorites.txt and SongFavorites.txt now stored in Preferences Folder instead of BB folder.
  • Fixed: Error when adding a style favorites from the recently used styles dialog.
  • Fixed: Stylemaker list of soloists was stopping at 898
  • Fixed: Audition button and + button (band audition) fixed in RealTracks Settings dialog. Looks for a band or solo demo in the RealTracks - Demos folder, and then the RT Folder, and then the web (pgmusic.com).

Summary of Changes for June 2, 2010

  • Updated: Band-in-a-Box 2010 PDF manual.

Summary of Changes for Build 16 (May 4, 2010)

  • Fixed: Crash with some RealTracks.

Summary of Changes for Build 15 (May 3, 2010)

  • Improved: Better RealTracks endings for complex chords like Cm9, C69, Cm11.
  • Improved: Chords like Cdim and C7sus can be used for endings (a held chord is played for them).
  • Fixed: Some RealTracks riffs were being transposed incorrectly.
  • Fixed: Soloist track not being loaded in certain cases if a melody was also present.
  • Added: RealTracks support for dominant 7th slash chords.
  • Fixed: Realtracks endings wouldn't play in certain cases if riff overlapped previous one.
  • Fixed: Jazz bass and piano weren't tempo swapping at fast tempos.

Summary of Changes for Build 14 (March 30, 2010)

  • Fixed: Dragging soloist track sometimes said no music available to drop (if there was no RealChart).
  • Fixed: Drum Shot volume bugs.
  • Fixed: Playback misbehavior if a RealTrack audio file not found.

Summary of Changes for Build 12 (March 25, 2010)

  • Fixed: Some RealTracks endings weren't playing correctly.
  • Fixed: Possible crash during RealTracks playback.

Summary of Changes for Build 11 (March 24, 2010)

  • Fixed: Bug with saving/loading F5 bar changes which affected builds 9 and 10, but did not affect earlier 2009 builds
  • Fixed: Wrong Patch changes were getting written to some RealCharts
  • Fixed: Generate Single Track of RealTracks would generate it twice with halfTime/Double Time tracks
  • Fixed: Some Bluesy RealTracks (like 751) weren't playing bluesy
  • Fixed: Time-offset track mute regions if there are F5 bar time signature changes in a song
  • Fixed: Prevent drum shots and pushes "leaking thru" on F5 muted bars.

Summary of Changes for Build 10 (March 22, 2010)

  • Updated: Support added for newer Styles, RealTracks, and RealDrums.
  • Fixed: Remembers CoreMIDI port assignments between runs.
  • Fixed: Lost clicks on Toolbar buttons, especially the Stop button if it is clicked very quickly.
  • Improved: Slight improvements to Realtracks playback timing.
  • Added: Mouse scroll wheel support to the Main Window chord/notation panel.
  • Added: Mouse scroll wheel support to the Song Picker dialog, Style Picker dialog, RealDrums Picker dialog, RealTracks Picker Dialog, Soloist Picker dialog.
  • Improved: Frozen tracks can now have volume changes applied to them (mute etc.) by f5 dialog at any time (realtracks only) including after they are frozen.
  • Fixed: Volume changes (e.g. f5 dialog - mute at certain bars) were not working for generated soloists
  • Fixed: If soloist was generated on a blank song, the song wouldn't generate, just the solo would play.
  • Added: Looping any region added. Highlight the region (on the main chordsheet), then press PlayLoop button. If you open the notation it will the selected area also.
  • Fixed: Hold chord at end works for MIDI and RealTracks.
  • Fixed: Show all styles button in the StylePicker fixed.
  • Fixed: Spurious message "this function cannot be done while the solo is generated" was showing up sometimes.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated August 27, 2010

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Band-in-a-Box 2009.5 for Macintosh Update -- Build 8b (30 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 2009 to 2009.5 Build 8 from any previous 2009 or 2009.5 build. You must have Band-in-a-Box 2009 for Macintosh installed for this update to work.

If you are updating an external PG Music hard drive, make sure to choose the correct destination volume (install on specific hard drive).

RealTracks and RealDrums updates

Summary of Changes for March 18, 2010

  • Updated: Support added for newer Styles, RealTracks, and RealDrums.

Summary of Changes for Build 8 (August 31, 2009)

  • Added: Renders of individual MIDI tracks to AIFF/m4a files.
  • Added: Render dialog gives a message indicating render is happening, also offers to open Finder window when completed.
  • Changed: Spacebar click when on bar 1 will start with the count-in, all other bars start from that bar.
  • Fixed: When there was a mute or rest at bar 1, realtrack was making a brief sound at bar 1.
  • Fixed: When RealTracks were set to a slower tempo than original, sometimes there would be a brief sound of realTracks playing prior to bar 1.
  • Fixed: ctrl-spacebar fixed (does a replay from the beginning, regardless of the position of the bar).
  • Fixed: LoadNextStyle message removed.
  • Changed: Favorite song/style don't launch the file-open dialog if there are no songs selected.
  • Improved: Soloist partial range improved - auto sets the radio button when the button is pressed, and launches the dialog.
  • Fixed: Soloist dialog list was too big and text became garbled if All checkbox was selected.
  • Fixed: AudioMemo button gets drawn on wrong window, instead of the song memo.
  • Fixed: VideoMemo button fixed, for a file called MySong.MGU if a file called MySong_VideoMemo_1.MOV is present, a Video Memo button appears on the Song Memo, and this launches the memo.
  • Fixed: Languages other than English are now disabled. (was causing a conflict on some systems)
  • Fixed: Long styles names on the main screen were sometimes bleeding into the tempo area.

Summary of Changes for Build 7 (August 21, 2009)

  • Fixed: Tempo ranges and genres for some RealDrums in the RealDrums Picker were incorrect.
  • Fixed: Backspace (Delete) key and other keys during playback weren't working (when spacebar for start/stop was set).
  • Improved: AudioChordWizard: Improved (smoother) scrolling.
  • Fixed: For songs with rests (or mutes using F5 key) at bar 1, realtracks were playing briefly.

Summary of Changes for Build 6 (August 12, 2009) since Build 5

  • Added: Audio Chord Wizard Enhancements - Lead Sheet window that shows the chords for the whole song on a single screen. This allows you to click on a bar on the lead sheet to jump to that area of the song. You can mark sections of the song using part markers, and the sections begin on a new line with a line space between so are clearly seen. Chord editing capability added, and much more.
  • Improved: Guitar RealCharts have been improved. The new guitar RealTracks have more accurate guitar display/tab/notation for the corresponding RealTracks.
  • Improved: Realtracks are enhanced. These features are present in the new RealTracks that are released with 2009.5 - smoother playing of piano parts over slash chords, support for some more complex slash chords like C7/E played by piano, RealTracks feature to only play certain riffs in appropriate keys. This feature happens automatically, no settings are needed.
  • Added: Any missing RealTracks/RealDrums are listed. When a song is loaded, played or saved, a yellow hint message will appear if any RealTracks or RealDrums are missing, listing the files that are missing.
  • Added: Chord Options dialog now has a 'Clear All' button that erases all Rests/Shots/Pushes/Pedal Bass from a song.
  • Improved: Audible 'Audio Glitches' in some RealTracks are removed.
  • Added: Songs with RealTracks on the Drums track (and no drum part) get a drum countin. For example, _BG_BAND.STY
  • Added: If a ChordSheet/ notation transpose is in effect, a Transpose �yellow hint� message on bootup as a reminder.
  • Added: Option for Melody Guitar rechannel, to include events already on guitar channel
  • Added: Message when no style demo found in RealTracks dialog
  • Added: Many more demos shown in RealTracks dialog.
  • Fixed: Endings weren't playing for RealTracks that had 2 substyles.
  • Fixed: Some chords were silent for certain type of RealTracks. (with 2 substyles)
  • Fixed: RealTracks not honoring break bars on replay
  • Fixed: Visually hung notes on guitar or piano sometimes showing when stop was pressed.
  • Fixed: AudioChordWizard, average song tempo was being set to 120 in Band-in-a-Box, instead of the actual tempo
  • Fixed: RealTracks now searchable by artist name.
  • Fixed: With some of the 101 Riffs, there are audio memos with the riffs that weren't playing.
  • Changed: When File-New, a chord isn't added to the ending bar of the song. Note: A chord would get added to the ending bar if you press Play and none exists, this is normal.
  • Added: Spacebar starts from current location, and stops the song (this is the default, and can be set in Preferences)
  • Added: Play from in the ChordSheet window plays from the tag or ending if defined.
  • Added: Multiple search terms work with RealTracks picker. If you separate terms with a space, each term is searched for separately. So a search for "Country Guitar Ev 120", will find any Country Guitar styles with an Even feel that would work with a tempo of close to 120.
  • Added: Multiple search terms also work with RealDrums picker.
  • Added: Putting in a search term for RealDrums or RealTracks that has a number will filter for RealDrums or RealTracks that match the tempo or within a compatible range.
  • Added: Checkbox added for RealTracks to show/hide RealTracks that are out of compatible tempo range.
  • Added: Favorite song dialog opens up song dialog if there are no songs in favorite.
  • Added: The new behaviour of the assign realtracks dialog is that it shows whatever realtracks is set for the style (or song over-ride), instead of just showing the song over-ride.
  • Added: Clicking on the lables in the realtracks assign dialog also sets the track
  • Added: RealDrums dialog now updates afer returning from Settings dialog. Also shows path name in dialog.
  • Added: RealDrums and RealTracks dialog shows path in title bar.
  • Fixed: RealCharts for Guitar was sometimes overlapping notes.
  • Added: Clear all bars in the Chord Options now has a confirmation dialog.
  • Added: Clicking on the lables in the realtracks assign dialog also sets the track.
  • Added: Some bass styles now display on the Bass fretboard.

Summary of Changes for Build 5 (June 16, 2009) since Build 4

  • Added: Support added for running the program as a standard user (non admin account). (1) Read/Write permissions set for Band-in-a-Box folder by the installer, (2) If permissions are not set, then messages are displayed, and (3) further information available at www.pgmusic.com/mac2.htm
  • Added: Complete 2009 PDF manual.
  • Added: File Open, and Song Open by Title dialog default to the last folder used, instead of "Songs".
  • Added: Songs/styles with RealTracks on the drums part (and no Drum part) now get a drum countin. e.g. Bluegrass styles like _BG_BAND.STY.
  • Added: Style demos (accessed via the StylePicker, Song Demo button) are now found if they are in Songs folder, and work for Styles Sets 0-3.
  • Added: Top menus are no longer abbreviations like S, they say Styles etc.

Summary of Changes for Build 4 (June 10, 2009)

  • Fixed: RealDrums sometimes didn't play correctly or were silent in songs with no endings.
  • Fixed: Help | View Manual menu item.

Summary of Changes for Build 3 (June 9, 2009)

  • Added: Audio Chord Wizard. Now you can send the chords from Audio Chord Wizard to Band-in-a-Box. Items added in the Windows menu to Run ACW (standalone), run ACW (choose file), and Read Chords from ACW.
  • Fixed: Audio Chord Wizard. Buttons were sometimes not visible in some resolutions.
  • Fixed: Very first time running program only, realtracks were sometimes silent, unless you loaded in a drum kit or clicked on the instrument at the top.

Summary of Changes for Build 2 (June 4, 2009)

  • Added: Multistyle support. Includes updated MultiStyle demo songs for some Styles Sets.
  • Added: RealDrums change of style at any bar, works for multistyles, MIDI styles, and RealStyles.
  • Added: Key sig change option added to F5 Bar Settings dialog (this feature is useful for some RealTracks, like Metal Guitar, that solo based on the key of the song). Note: This feature doesn't affect notation.
  • Fixed: Double scroll bars after rebuilding the stylepicker.
  • Added: Render dialog now has a "Show files in Finder" button to find the rendered files.
  • Improved: Render dialog stays open until you press Close button.
  • Added: Save as MIDI/Audio track button launches render dialog.
  • Fixed: Looping button opens notation window, and activates looping.
  • Fixed: RealDrums list updates after visiting the RealDrums settings dialog.
  • Improved: In the StylePicker, the Song Demo button doesn't play the song now, unless 'Play When Chosen' is selected.
  • Fixed: Copyright symbol button in the print dialog prints without an extra character.
  • Fixed: Preferences weren't saving in certain cases when switching preferences tabs
  • Added: Message re: admin permission required if using Applications/Band-in-a-Box folder and trying to use RealTracks without admin permission. (if you don't have admin privileges, you should move the Band-in-a-Box folder to your home folder. This would be /Users/John/ if your account name is John)
  • Fixed: Audio Chord Wizard button launches Band-in-a-Box/AudioChordWizard/AudioChordWizard.app.
  • Fixed: Pause Play until midi or key received.
  • Fixed: Menu item for launching the CoreMIDI help manual.
  • Added: Big ANSI String dialog for the RealTracks artist bios, memos, and user memos
  • Fixed: White text for part markers in notation window (easier to read)
  • Fixed: Style changes at any bar weren't working in some cases, or giving a message about style not found.
  • Added: 'File - Save with patches' option to force MIDI drums or RealDrums for the song.
  • Updated: 2009 Upgrade manual has been updated.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated August 31, 2009

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Band-in-a-Box Version 12 Update -- Build 31 (10 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 12 to Build 31 from any previous build. It is not necessary to install previous update patches first. Please note that you must have Macintosh Band-in-a-Box Version 12 (English language version) in order for this update to work.

This patch is a general maintenance release. It also updates a few styles, and adds support for the latest Styles Sets (to Styles Set 77), Soloist Sets (to Soloist Set 20), and Melodist Sets (to Melodist Set 8).

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated December 19, 2008

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Band-in-a-Box Version 11.0a3 Update (2.1 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 11.0x to version 11.0a3 automatically. Please note that you must have Band-in-a-Box Version 11.0 in order for this update to work.

This patch adds support for the new Style disks (#34, #35, #36) so that you will see full information about them in the Stylepicker. It also fixes a bug that was preventing some Ukulele / Mandolin / Banjo styles from playing. Other things fixed:

  • Version number fixed in "Get info"
  • Icon changed
  • Fixed: Style/Composer fields messing up after saving
  • Running under OS X - now forces to QuickTime or FreeMIDI (since OMS doesn't work in OS X, and your computer might crash if you boot in OS X with OMS as the MIDI Driver choice).

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated June 18, 2003

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Band-in-a-Box Version 8.0c Update

This patch is necessary for Mac users who wish to use Styles Disk 20-23.

This patch will update any version of Band-in-a-Box 8.0 to version 8.0c. Please note that you must have version 8.0 or greater to use the 8.0c update. If you are using an earlier version, the update will not succeed.

Before using the Band-in-a-Box version 8.0c update, be sure to backup your existing version of Band-in-a-Box (just the application file) in case you experience any difficulties. The update is in .hqx format (BinHex) . Most current browsers, such as those by Netscape and Microsoft, will decompress the .hqx file automatically. Place the decompressed file in your Band-in-a-Box Folder. Don't forget to keep a copy of your old application file!

Changes For 8.0c:

  • Fixed-Live drums blanking some drum bars on 2nd bars of 2 bar patterns.
  • Added-Support for larger BBW.LST file.

Changes For 8.0b:

  • Includes support for Soloist Disk 9 and Melodist Disk 2.
  • Additions to the soloist picker.
  • New styles are recognized with 16ths/8ths and feel.

- Updated May 25, 2000

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Band-in-a-Box Version 7.0g5 Update

This patch is necessary for Mac users who wish to use Styles Disk 16 (Blues).

This patch will update any version of Band-in-a-Box 7.0 to version 7.0g5. Please note that you must have version 7.0 or greater to use the 7.0g5 update. If you are using an earlier version, the update will not succeed.

Before using the Band-in-a-Box version 7.0g5 update, be sure to backup your existing version of Band-in-a-Box (just the application file) in case you experience any difficulties. The update is in .hqx format (BinHex) . Most current browsers, such as those by Netscape and Microsoft, will decompress the .hqx file automatically. Place the decompressed file in your Band-in-a-Box Folder. Don't forget to keep a copy of your old application file!

Changes For 7.0g5:

  • Allows for styles files larger than 30K
  • Fixes a small font issue.

Changes For 7.0g4:

  • Fixes a patch change bug, and a melody transpose issue that was occuring only when QuickTime was used.)

Changes For 7.0g:

  • Allows playback of live drums and drums with custom drum kits. (For use with Styles Disk 9 and 10.)
  • New "recording metronome" option in the prefs dialog (useful for styles without drums e.g. classical styles).

Changes From 7.0b to 7.0c:

  • OMS preferences can now be saved
  • Soloist settings can now be set to negative numbers
  • Adds setup information menu items for the "Cybersynth"

Changes From 7.0a to 7.0b:

  • Jukebox will now work when not soloing
  • All bar options now function when bar numbers are greater than 64
  • Improved notational features an longer songs
  • Improved support for older versions of Band-in-a-Box songs

Changes From 7.0 to 7.0a:

  • Improved "humanization" of soloists that are swing based, when playing a "straight" feel style.
  • Fixed display of "Loop Screen" button for 512x342 on 9" screen mode.
  • Popup for # choruses fixed (when accessed by command L)
  • If user chooses QuickTime and volume is set to zero, will set the volume to 7 so it can be heard.

- Updated Nov 30, 1997

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Band-in-a-Box 6.0p Update

Band-in-a-Box 6.0p update for Macintosh. This file will update Band-in-a-Box 6.0 to 6.0p. You must have Band-in-a-Box 6.0 to use this update. After downloading the file, refer to readme.txt for complete installation instructions.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Patch for Error With System 8 and LaserWriter

Some users of Band-in-a-Box 7.0 for Macintosh are getting an error message when printing. This only happens when using System 8 and a LaserWriter driver. If you are getting an error message when printing, download and install this patch file and the problem will be fixed! If you are not having any problems printing, there is no need to download/install this patch.

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Band-in-a-Box Hybrid Style Sample

This style is for Band-in-a-Box for Mac version 6. It was made by PG Music Inc. and is a "hybrid" style: 'a' substyle is Bossa and 'b' substyle is Jazz Swing. This hybrid style is useful for jazz tunes that change styles from Latin to swing.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features / functions of Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us.

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