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Band-in-a-Box Version 2014 Build 386 Update (50 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box 2014 to Build 386 from any previous 2014 build. The update must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2014 folder.

If you have build 379 or earlier, you may wish to download this full patch (250 MB) which includes some RealTracks updates (only applicable to users who have build 379 or earlier).

You need to have both Band-in-a-Box and Band-in-a-Box Server closed prior to installing this update. Band-in-a-Box Server is the process that interacts with remote apps. To close it, right click on the icon (white and green musical note) in your task bar (bottom-right of your computer screen) and select Exit.

The patch installs some RealTracks updates; make sure to select the correct RealTracks and Drums folders so those files can be updated.

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 386 (Sept 30, 2014)

  • Fixed: RealDrums dialog was showing an error msg in build 385.
  • Improved: Big Piano Window is now sizeable. Drag the window to the height, width that you want. This can be useful, for example, when recording a youtube video, match the size to the size of the piano to a video of a real piano, so that you set the same # of octaves to display - then match the width. There are also preset buttons for 40,40,75,100% of piano size in the big piano options dialog.
  • Fixed: (Japanese and Chinese version only). Entry of title was sometimes opening a text entry IME dialog.
  • Updated: RealTracks artist bio information updated (to fix outdated url's etc).

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 385 (Sept 25, 2014)

  • Fixed: The audio track (if present) was not rendering when drag/drop was used.
  • Added: Enhanced support for Fretlight® guitar, including
         -left-handed Fretlight® support.
         -option to not auto-open guitar window with playback.
         -option to show scales on Fretlight®.
         -bend notes now display on Fretlight®
         -clickable Frelight® Ready icon to browse to http://www.fretlight.com website.
         -These features are accessible from the guitar settings dialog in the guitar window of Band-in-a-Box.
         -left-handed Fretlight® support.
  • For more details on the Fretlight® features with Band-in-a-Box, see the enhanced documentation in Band-in-a-Box manual, online help file and video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTXfHDYw2sk.
  • For more information on obtaining a Fretlight® guitar, visit http://www.fretlight.com

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated Sept 30, 2014

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2014 Build 384 Update (40 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box 2014 to Build 384 from any previous 2014 build. The update must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2014 folder.

If you have build 379 or earlier, you may wish to download this full patch (240 MB) which includes some RealTracks updates (only applicable to users who have build 379 or earlier).

You need to have both Band-in-a-Box and Band-in-a-Box Server closed prior to installing this update. Band-in-a-Box Server is the process that interacts with remote apps. To close it, right click on the icon (white and green musical note) in your task bar (bottom-right of your computer screen) and select Exit.

The patch installs some RealTracks updates; make sure to select the correct RealTracks and Drums folders so those files can be updated.

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 384 (July 18, 2014)

  • Fixed: Guitar glitch when changing fret positions (redraw took a long time).
  • Fixed: Guitar fretboard drawing glitch for the open position.
  • Changed: Notation, editable notation, when TrackType is Guitar: when entering notes using guitar tab, notes get entered on the last guitar tab string clicked on. Now if you want to stop that mode, actions like changing the track, or the notation mode will reset it so that clicking a note isn't in the guitar tab mode still.

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 383 (July 15, 2014)

  • Improved: Guitar Tab notation entry improved. Clicking on tab in editable notation (after setting tracktype to guitar), will then set the next note to be inserted on that string.
  • Fixed: Tab font was too big on leadsheet.
  • Fixed: & was displaying for some styles with & in the name, such as R&B.sty.
  • Fixed: F5 Bar report was missing bar numbers sometimes.
  • Fixed: Updating old mixer sliders wasn't updating the new mixer sliders.
  • Fixed: RealTracks auditioning issue if your home folder was named with "band" in it.
  • Fixed: If usertracks was chosen, loop dialog referred to the usertracks (and vice versa).
  • Fixed: Instrument radio button menu showing usertracks was showing for loops.
  • Fixed: Acid info file had wrong acid name sometimes.
  • Fixed: User Memo in RealTracks picker wasn't allowing spaces in memos.
  • Fixed: In notation, sometimes after pressing stop, the up/down arrows were causing notes to change in the notation window.
  • Improved: In lyric editing more, going to the next lyric now highlights the text of the lyric.
  • Fixed: Audio button on mixer was resulting in wrong notation windows width.
  • Improved: Notation window, when note names are displayed, and there are blue lines shown for durations, now more visible note names.
  • Improved: For the audition play controls in the RealTracks picker and other dialogs, the play button now stays pressed in.
  • Fixed: Chords with 16th note pushes like ^^C weren't showing correctly using BigBand font.
  • Fixed: Drums demos with # in the name were not playing from the internet.
  • Fixed: Audio play from bar 1 offset fixed, on songs without tempo changes.
  • Fixed: Audio track, option in Render dialog to include/exclude audio track in render wasn't working in all cases.
  • Fixed: Audio Track volume not being saved with the song.
  • Fixed: When the option to show the Channel Numbers for the note names is selected, and you are in Staff Roll notation mode, the channel numbers appear behind the blue lines. This makes it difficult to see the numbers in this format.
  • Fixed: If I have all MIDI tracks in the song then changing the "THIS SONG" volume setting works ok within BiaB but makes no difference to the exported ".wav" file. That is you can have it all the way up or down but the exported ".wav" is still the same volume.
  • Fixed: Audition file for styles was looking for a RealDrums demo for some songs that already had RealDrums in them.
  • Fixed: Mute audio function doesn't cause a glitch now - happens immediately.
  • Updated: Full Band-in-a-Box manual.
  • Fixed: When adding styles with StylePicker editor, the styles weren't being added to the new categories.

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 381 (March 10, 2014)

  • Fixed: Freeze wasn't updating on mixer sometimes.
  • Fixed: Redraw chords too big when returning from Ctrl-T full screen mode.
  • Fixed: Anomalies on chords/notation window when enlarging mixer.
  • Improved: Vocal synth engine (Sinsy) improved. New male singer added "Matsuo"; Settings now saved with song. Here's an example of Sinsy singing "Listen". Here is another example Helicon harmonies.
  • Improved: Faster bootup (about 20% faster).
  • Improved: Videos accessed by the Vides Demos button are updated, with lots of new videos and organized by catagories.
  • Added: New UserTracks Templates added to "C:\bb\RealTracks\UserTracks\UserTracks Templates" folder (Also in C:\bb\data\TemplatesForUserTracks).
  • Fixed: Some users with a recent Windows update needed to re-activate the program (ie delete tickets and re-activate).
  • Added: Full Band-in-a-Box 2014 User Guide

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 380 (Dec 19, 2013)

  • Added: On-screen piano is now "clickable". Click on any track of the piano on the mixer, to hear that note (using the current MIDI patch of the track clicked). This also adds to the notation (if in editable notation mode) at the current time.
  • Fixed: Menu item for Melody Embellisher wasn't working.
  • Added: Play From button wasn't showing on the arrow menu when it was hidden from the main menu. Same for WAV, Prefs, ChordBuilder, RealTracks and RealDrums buttons.
  • Fixed: Access Violation occurring when top menu was clicked on in some cases (certain songs with frozen tracks).

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 379 (Dec 12, 2013)

  • Added: Full screen (no GUI) mode. Press Ctrl T, and the top toolbar disappears. This makes the chord screen (and notation window, audio edit, piano roll) full screen. This is most useful for people with lo-res displays, where the toolbars are taking up too much of the screen, or those who want a clean look. If you set this, most options need to be done via menus, or pressing Ctrl-T again to toggle back the full display.
  • Changed: Flash Messages (yellow information messages) now bottom right, instead of top right, so they don't partially cover the mixer.
  • Added: Fine tuning the mixer sliders. Changing mixer #s by left click drag. You can now left click and drag the #s beside the mixer sliders, and this will allow fine tuning the values. Right click to type in the value.
  • Fixed: Freeze-up sometimes could occur when mixer window was open and audio track was displayed.
  • Added: Additional shots and holds files for new RealTracks are added. (Note: Holds193 does not exist).
  • Fixed: Some RealTracks Picker memos were not displaying.
  • Fixed: RealDrums Picker - some new drums styles had missing information.
  • Fixed: Miscellaneous minor fixes to demo songs included with RealTracks sets 188-205, such as typos and missing song titles.
  • Added: Documentation - Setting for RealDrums Reverb. This feature was not previously documented. In RealDrums, Prefs there is a setting for Amount of Reverb to RealDrums. Normally no reverb is added to Drums. But if you want some added, you can set it here.
  • Added: Documentation - Volume adjustment for Real Drum Pushes. This feature was not previously documented. RealDrums - Preferences: Adjust Push Velocity. This makes a dB adjustment to RealDrums drum pushes (there was already one for shots, just not pushes).
  • Added: Strings externalized including graphics.
  • Fixed: Spacebar key in RealTracks Picker and StylePicker dialog wasn't working correctly in the Filter edit control (was triggering a Preview).

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 378 (Dec 06, 2013)

  • Added: We've added more material to the strings RealTracks! (included in the BonusPAK). The strings styles now have much more varied playing and can play complex chords. Simple arrangements are also available.
  • Fixed: Spacebar for preview was beeping in certain cases.
  • Fixed: Song title wasn't defaulting to untitled on bootup in some cases.
  • Added: Hints added for new dialogs (UserTracks, UserTracks Settings (off F5 dialog), Vocal Synth).
  • Added: Some strings externalized (for non English versions).
  • Fixed: After Vocal Synth, File-Open was forgetting the current directory.

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 377 (Dec 04, 2013)

  • Changed: Instead of mixer tracks saying <not used> or <empty>, the name is just blank. This was a requested change, to have a cleaner look on the mixer.
  • Added: Tempo Spin control on main screen enhanced. Right click or Shift Click now changes by 1, without spinning unpredictably to higher values. Text doesn't highlight implying that it's editable.
  • Fixed: Previews in StylePicker, RealDrums Picker, RealTracks Picker, and Main Screen (Style button - Preview style) now shut off ASIO when needed to work correctly (ASIO is started when needed afterwards).
  • Added: Pressing <SPACEBAR> key now works for previews in StylePicker, RealDrums Picker, and RealTracks Picker.
  • Fixed: StylePicker list discrepancies.
  • Fixed: RealTracks Picker list typos fixed and some missing info added.

Summary of Changes for Version 2014 Build 376 (Dec 03, 2013)

  • Updated: Updated to show latest style definitions.
  • Updated: 'Patches' tab in mixer to shows patch names in large fonts.
  • Updated: Prefs- Output channels - now this is not saved between sessions (people were inadvertently setting it).
  • Fixed: RealTracks and SuperTracks files released with 2014: misc. minor fixes.
  • Fixed: 2014 Upgrade manual wasn't launching from the Help menu.
  • Fixed: Choose Font dialogs for Lyric Options, Notation Options and Display Options were showing up behind the program in certain cases.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated July 18, 2014

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Band-in-a-Box Server Update - Version 2 Build 5048 (2 MB)

Updated March 27, 2013

This will update Band-in-a-Box Server to version 2 Build 5048 from any previous build. Band-in-a-Box Server allows the desktop version of Band-in-a-Box to communicate with the Band-in-a-Box, BB Remote, and RealBand Remote apps for iPhone and Android.

The newest build of Band-in-a-Box Server adds support for RealBand Remote for Android, and improves the reliability of some server connections.

The previous build (Build 5046 - Dec 2012) added support for the iPhone version of RealBand Remote. Note that RealBand Remote also requires the desktop version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2013.

If you need a previous version of Band-in-a-Box Server (Version 2 Build 2939) for any reason, you can download it here.

If you want to find out your version of Band-in-a-Box Server, you can right-click on the green and white musical note icon in your taskbar and select "About".

You need to have Band-in-a-Box 2011 or higher for this update to work, since previous Band-in-a-Box versions did not include Band-in-a-Box Server. Install the update to your existing bb folder.

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2013 Build 366 Update (50 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box 2013 to Build 366 from any previous 2013 build. If you haven't previously downloaded the build 365 patch, you may wish to download download this much larger (280 MB) full update patch (includes all updates since 2013 was released). The update must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2013 folder.

You need to have both Band-in-a-Box and Band-in-a-Box Server closed prior to installing this update. Band-in-a-Box Server is the process that interacts with remote apps. To close it, right click on the icon (white and green musical note) in your task bar (bottom-right of your computer screen) and select Exit.

The patch installs some RealTracks updates; make sure to select the correct RealTracks and Drums folders so those files can be updated.

Summary of Changes for Build 366 (Jan 09, 2013)

  • Added: Visual Transpose "Non-Concert" button enhanced.
    • Visual Transpose button now has settings for Guitar Capo. For example, if you set Guitar Capo to +2, then if you enter a D chord, it will play as an E chord, but display as a D chord. (same with entering notes on notation)
    • Visual Transpose button now has settings for Tuning Guitar down by # of semitones. For example, if you set to tune guitar down by 1 semitone, a song entered in E will display in E, but play in Eb.
    • Visual Transpose button now has settings for visual transposing by any amount.
  • Improved: Now no drum cymbal crash will happen on bar 1 for RealDrums (and the first bar of the first chorus), if you set Prefs-Arrange-First Bar of Chorus Gets a Drum Cymbal Crash to FALSE.
  • Improved: '\' character removed from the display of RealTracks names in various dialogs.
  • Improved: Genre classification when choosing best RealTracks.
  • Improved: Band button instrument list better, and now says (solo) for soloists.
  • Improved: Strings externalized for Non-English versions. Variation names show up in filter for non-English RT searches.
  • Fixed: Some songs with time signature changes were not syncing (typically when using Bluegrass styles).
  • Fixed: Improvements in some RealTracks Bluegrass bass parts.
  • Fixed: If a style had no RealDrums, and also no MIDI patterns in any instrument, you couldn't add a RealDrums, or fills would be in the wrong place.
  • Fixed: Hotkeys for Rests, Shots and Holds.
  • Fixed: Some chords like C7...4 or C9…4 were not entering the holds for 4 bars as requested.
  • Fixed: Move Audio to Performance Track (he audio track always gets copied to the Melody track regardless of the track of choice).
  • Fixed: RealTracks chosen in the RealTracks picker weren't getting added to Favorite RealTracks sometimes.
  • Fixed: Reset Mix command (From the Combo radio button) wasn't visually updating the mixer.
  • Improved: Bootup messages about RealDrums RealTracks not found now won't show if you have these items disabled in Prefs (ie Prefs-RealTracks- RealTracks enabled=false).
  • Fixed: Choose from Best RealTracks dialog. The [Default] button only enables 'Include variations' but does not affect checkboxes of 'types' of RealTracks.
  • Improved: Woodshed Tempo button in Practice Window.
  • Added: New Tips of the day, for BB 2013.
  • Improved: In Song Form dialog, now issues an Auto warning yellow message if song forms are all consecutive (i.e. the user might be mis-entering the data as bar number to end, instead of number of bars.
  • Updated: 2013 PDF User's Guide.
  • Updated: Better memos (in the RealTracks Picker) for the RealTracks released in Dec. 2012.
  • Fixed: BluesFunky16ths^ RealDrums had mismatch between substyle names and drum groove names.
  • Fixed: All available styles have been checked to confirm they have the correct resolution (even or swing) in the notation window.
  • Improved: Some RealTracks demos in Sets 170-176 are improved.

Summary of Changes for Build 365b (Dec 13, 2012)

  • Updated: Improved and accurate notation for all three Artist Performance sets.
  • Added: Full Band-in-a-Box 2013 User's Guide PDF.
  • Added: There are 34 additional RealTracks that have been given new simple variations. These are updated if you already have those RealTracks installed.
  • Fixed: There were many RealTracks with simple variations that weren't showing as having simple variations in the RealTracks Picker, and these may not have always been using simple riffs. The total number of RealTracks with simple variations is now over 400.
  • Fixed: EuroDance and BluesRock128 RealDrums styles info is updated in the RealDrums Picker.
  • Updated: StylePicker list is improved, and the new SuperStyles and RealStyles appear in more categories.
  • Added: Shots and holds have been added for the R&B Horns (RealTracks Set 176). There are now shots and holds databases up to #260.
  • Updated: Shots and holds work much better with the new RealTracks (in sets 170-187).
  • Added: We've added new simple basses: Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Half,Half; Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Half,Quarter; Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Quarter,Quarter; in three tempos each, - 110, 140, and 190. There are new RealStyles that use these.
  • Improved: The existing "simple" and "very simple" Jazz basses are also updated.
  • Improved: The BAND button is revised, and some new styles are added to it.
  • Added: Style demos for more of the new RealStyles.
  • Improved: Volume levels for the new RealTracks and SuperTracks have been fine-tuned.
  • Fixed: Any issues with MIDI SuperTracks styles and demos have been fixed where necessary, and most MIDI SuperTracks demos have been fine-tuned.
  • Updated: Other miscellaneous tweaks to RealTracks, SuperTracks, and Hi-Q files.

Summary of Changes for Build 365 (Dec 7, 2012)

  • Added: Campfire RealStyle demos. (Can be loaded in via the "Country [campfire]" category in the StylePicker, or from the Campfire subfolder in the \bb\RealTracks - Demos folder).
  • Added: A jazz swing RealTracks (#2125) has been added that plays the simplest bass lines for jazz swing, with root and 5th in the 'a' section.
  • Fixed: _TBLZRAS.STY was pointing to incorrect Drums folder.

Summary of Changes for Build 364 (Dec 5, 2012)

  • Improved: Better use of pedals in Piano MST
  • Improved: MIDI SuperTracks dialog now has option to show/hide MIDI SuperTracks that are N/A (not available)
  • Improved: StylePicker updates for most recent STY files.
  • Updated: RealTracks 180-187 databases, styles, and demos updated to latest versions as of Dec 5 2013.
  • Updated: MIDI SuperTracks databases, styles, and demos updated to latest versions as of Dec 5 2013.
  • Fixed: Possible missing Hi-Q instrument messages

Summary of Changes for Build 363 (Dec 4, 2012)

  • Fixed: Thru/Audio synth patch was not loading sometimes.
  • Fixed: Mixer was sometimes continuing to show old synth name.
  • Fixed: Styles and Realtracks names with '&' character were displaying with an underline character instead of the '&'.
  • Added: More style definitions.
  • Added: Many new and improved Artist Performances (\bb\Artist Performance Sets). Note: Set 2 is ony included in the 16PAK upgrade).
  • Added: More StylePicker information for new styles (e.g. style memos).
  • Fixed: RealTracks 180-187 databases, styles, and demos updated to latest versions as of Dec 4 2013.
  • Fixed: MIDI SuperTracks databases, styles, and demos updated to latest versions as of Dec 4 2013.
  • Fixed: Spurious entries in the RealTracks Picker window removed.
  • Updated: Improved temp swapping information for new RealTracks.
  • Fixed: Missing MIDI SuperTracks messages.
  • Fixed: Possible missing Hi-Q instrument messages.

Summary of Changes for Build 362 (Dec 3, 2012)

  • Fixed: Reverb was being set to 127 on bass sometimes.
  • Changed: Songs saved with Hi-Q instruments now just save the name of the Hi-Q instrument, not the entire setup file (tgs). (the setup file is present in c:\bb\DX Settings) So the song files stay tiny, and will work long into the future, as the Hi-Q instruments change.
  • Fixed: Problem installing Print to PDF (PDF995).
  • Fixed: Two missing RT 172 (EuroDance) folders.
  • Updated: Band-in-a-Box Server has improved localization support.
  • Fixed: Small problem with Hi-Q instrument 26.
  • Updated: Help file.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated Jan 09, 2013

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2012.5 Build 357 Update (35 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box 2012.5 to Build 357 from any previous 2012.5 build. The update must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2012.5 folder.

You need to have both Band-in-a-Box and Band-in-a-Box Server closed prior to installing this update. Band-in-a-Box Server is the process that interacts with remote apps. To close it, right click on the icon (white and green musical note) in your task bar (bottom-right of your computer screen) and select Exit.

The patch installs some RealTracks updates; make sure to select the correct RealTracks and Drums folders so those files can be updated.

Summary of Changes for Build 357 (August 15, 2012)

  • Fixed: MIDI files from MIDI SuperTracks and some RealCharts were not showing correct durations in some cases.
  • Fixed: Some RealTracks with simple variations still not showing in RealTracks Picker in some cases.
  • Fixed: In some cases, after installing from a PG Music hard drive to computer (option 2 or 3), MIDI SuperStyles weren't showing up.
  • Fixed: Some of the newer RealTracks artists not showing in the StylePicker filter.
  • Fixed: In some specific situations, Band-in-a-Box would display a spurious "keep take?" message during regular playback.
  • Updated: Some RealTracks Picker memos are improved.
  • Updated: 2012.5 Help file.
  • Added: 2012.5 User's Guide.

Summary of Changes for Build 356 (August 8, 2012)

  • Fixed: The F5 Bar Settings dialog changes weren't working for MIDI SuperTracks in some cases.
  • Fixed: Help - Run Upgrade menu command was not showing the correct manual.
  • Fixed: "Rebuild" button in the RealTracks Settings dialog was showing spurious error messages relating to the MIDI SuperTracks.
  • Fixed: Many of the RealTracks with a simple variation were not listed as such in the RealTracks Picker.
  • Updated: PDF upgrade manual.
  • Fixed: In certain cases, Dixieland styles were not displaying in the StylePicker.
  • Fixed: Some RealTracks artist bio's were not displaying in the RealTracks Picker.
  • Fixed: Some RealDrums memos were not displaying in the RealDrums Picker.
  • Fixed: One of the PopModernGrooveSync16^ drum variations didn't work.
  • Fixed: _P128PNS.STY was showing N/A RealTracks.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated August 15, 2012

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2012 Build 350 Update (50 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box 2012 to Build 350 from any previous 2012 build. The update must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2012 folder.

You need to have both Band-in-a-Box and Band-in-a-Box Server closed prior to installing this update. Band-in-a-Box Server is the process that interacts with remote apps. To close it, right click on the icon (white and green musical note) in your task bar (bottom-right of your computer screen) and select Exit.

The patch installs some RealTracks updates; make sure to select the correct RealTracks and Drums folders so those files can be updated.

Summary of Changes for Build 350 (August 21, 2012)

  • Updated: Support for RealTracks Sets 155-169

Summary of Changes for Build 350 (April 24, 2012)

  • Improved: ASIO stability and timing with large buffers is improved. MIDI soft-synth timing with large ASIO buffers is much better, although still will remain dependent on the speed of the computer, the nature of the DXi or VSTi synths used, and the quality of the ASIO drivers.
  • Fixed: Vulnerability related to multi-threading, which could explain some of the reported intermittent, un-reproducible crashes with ASIO.
  • Fixed: Song-based RealTracks were sometimes being removed when starting Band-in-a-Box by double-clicking on a song.
  • Fixed: Using a different MIDI style was sometimes wiping out another MIDI track.
  • Added: When picking a custom MIDI style, the stylepicker memo now names the tracks for each instrument.
  • Fixed: Loops were sometimes mono instead of stereo.
  • Added: Band-in-a-Box can now load more types of audio files for loops (unusual .wav formats etc.).
  • Improved: Flash message colors improved (green for messages that you can click on).
  • Fixed: MIDI from a style was surviving sometimes when a loop was set.
  • Fixed: Some mixer drawing issues for custom slider.
  • Improved: Safety code added to prevent plugins crashing program if memory/resources are low.
  • Fixed: Intermittent "lost plugins" issues when a set of plugins has been saved to a song, and then later when the song is reloaded some saved plugins do not get inserted.
  • Fixed: Jukebox crashing intermittently on loading new songs "too soon" after beginning playback, and intermittent timing irregularities.

Updated April 11, 2012

  • Updated: Some 'A-only', 'B-only', and 'Bluesy' RealTracks instruments weren't playing the correct variation.
  • Updated: Some simple bass ST2 files showed as missing, even though the parent 'regular' bass ST2 was present.
  • Updated: StylePicker improvements.
  • Updated: Fixes for minor miscellaneous RealTracks issues reported since Feb 1 2012.

Added Feb 1, 2012

  • Updated: The latest version of Band-in-a-Box Server (Version 2 Build 2939) is now included in the patch. Band-in-a-Box Server is used to connect to the Band-in-a-Box and BB Remote apps for iphone / Android.

Summary of Changes for Build 349 (Dec 14, 2011)

  • Added: AmpliTube .STY files and .SGU demo songs. These are styles we've made that load in specific AmpliTube presets. They can be opened from the AmpliTube category near the bottom of the StylePicker.
  • Added: Loops .STY files and .SGU/.MGU demo songs. These can be opened from the Loops category near the bottom of the StylePicker.
  • Fixed: Occasional 'BluesRockEv^ missing' error.
  • Fixed: Crash when using Band-in-a-Box Server with iPhone/Android apps.
  • Fixed: Some "BB2012 Tutorial" style demos not loading from StylePicker.
  • Improved: Some AmpliTube presets tweaked.
  • Improved: For Non-English versions, RealTracksFolderNamesX.txt implemented to allow fuller names of realtracks in various realtracks list.
  • Improved: Prefs-RealTracks-Verify function sped up, and report no longer reports bt0 file errors (not used anymore)
  • Added: Find and Fix button added to Prefs- RealTracks (it looks for missing st2/xt2 files in parent folder of RealTracks folder, and if it finds them, copies them to your BB folder
  • Improved: Rebuild button in RTPicker now Fixes problems (copying xt2/st2)
  • Fixed: Combo Plugins were not getting written when rendered
  • Fixed: Drum whack at the end
  • Updated: Styles list updated
  • Updated: 2012 Manual

Summary of Changes for Build 348 (Dec 5, 2011)

  • Fixed: Sax RealTracks #1642 and 1643 were not playing at 'b'

Summary of Changes for Build 346 (Dec 2, 2011)

  • Fixed: 'Simple RealTracks' weren't showing up correctly in the RealTracks Picker.
  • Added: Tip in the Loops dialog, to use 44K WAV files, or wma/mp3 (not mp4). Also, a tip about File-Open Audio as a means to convert a file.
  • Updated: Help file and manual.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated August 21, 2012

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2011.5 Build 329 Update (25 MB)

This patch installs Build 329 and will update any Band-in-a-Box 2011.5 build. It must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2011.5 folder.

You need to have both Band-in-a-Box and Band-in-a-Box Server closed prior to installing this update. Band-in-a-Box Server is the process that interacts with remote apps. To close it, right click on the icon (white and green musical note) in your task bar (bottom-right of your computer screen) and select Exit.

Note: If you are updating a hard drive edition of Band-in-a-Box, be sure to select the correct destination directory - either X:\bb (where X is your USB drive letter) or X:\PGMusic\Programs\bb if the hard drive was purchased prior to September 2009.

Added Feb 1, 2012

  • Updated: The latest version of Band-in-a-Box Server (Version 2 Build 2939) is now included in the patch. Band-in-a-Box Server is used to connect to the Band-in-a-Box and BB Remote apps for iphone / Android.

Summary of Changes for Build 329 (August 25, 2011)

  • Fixed: Occasional exception if a RealDrums had a huge number of patterns.
  • Fixed: Possible Mixer Window exception if opening on a small screen (800x600 or less).
  • Fixed: Mixer Window wasn't remembering open status correctly if closed with close box.

Summary of Changes for "b" update to Band-in-a-Box Build 328 (August 22, 2011)

  • Fixed: Generation of songs on iPhone sometimes not working with QuickTime 7.7 or higher.

Summary of Changes for Build 328 (August 16, 2011)

  • Improved: Drag and Drop rendering, when Rendering Dialog --> "Include 2 bar Lead-In" and "Include Drum Count-in Sound" settings are set to false
  • Fixed: Mono/stereo setting in the render dialog now applies to Drag and Drop. So now, for both Render and Drag and Drop:
    • individual RealTracks always render as stereo
    • all other tracks and Combo render mono or stereo according to the "Stereo Files" setting in the Render dialog.
  • Fixed: Option to exclude leadin from MIDI file.
  • Fixed: Pickup notes may not have been rendered if the lead-in was silent.

Summary of Changes for Build 327 (August 10, 2011)

  • Fixed: Issue with QuickTime version 7.7 (or higher), preventing generation of mp4 files.
  • Fixed: Verify command improved, spurious bt0 errors removed.
  • Fixed: Access violation at end of building song list fixed.
  • Fixed: Shots/Holds were not working correctly when the option "Excluded Instruments Rest" was selected in the Chord Options dialog.
  • Fixed: Re-generating a single track, was sometimes forcing generation that was completely different riffs than original track, instead of using the same riffs.
  • Fixed: Some bass styles were unable to play anything on 2 beat slash chords preceeding a push.
  • Fixed: Auditioning RealTracks, sometimes picked (e.g.) RT# 1541 instead of RT 541.
  • Fixed: Rendering when leadin bars set to false, or leadin should be removed, wasn't working correctly in some cases.

Summary of Changes for Build 326 (July 28, 2011)

  • Added: StylePicker Text Filter added. Filter the list of styles by any text string. Multiple terms allowed. e.g.:
    • Bossa guitar <----- styles with bossa and instrument=guitar in them
    • Guitar Brent <----- styles that have artist=Brent Mason
    • Jazz Trio Oliver <----- trios with Oliver Gannon
  • Fixed: Help Menu item to Run Upgrade Manual, and Run Manual fixed to 2011_5
  • Added: RealDrums Artist now displayed in style memo in stylepicker
  • Added: Drums countin added on styles that don't have drums, but use RealTracks on the drums track (e.g. Bluegrass).

Summary of Changes for Build 325 (July 25, 2011)

  • General maintenance patch. Miscellaneous fixes related to RealTracks Sets 122-136.
  • Added: Band-in-a-Box 2011.5 full User Guide.
  • Updated: StylePicker list updated.
  • Fixed: Some organ shots and holds didn't work.
  • Updated: A couple of styles in the RealDrums Picker didn't display properly.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated August 22, 2011

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2011 Build 319b Update (25 MB)

This patch installs Build 319 and will update any Band-in-a-Box 2011 build. It must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2011 folder.

Note: If you are updating a hard drive edition of Band-in-a-Box, be sure to select the correct destination directory - either X:\bb (where X is your USB drive letter) or X:\PGMusic\Programs\bb if the hard drive was purchased prior to September 2009.

Added Feb 1, 2012

  • Updated: The latest version of Band-in-a-Box Server (Version 2 Build 2939) is now included in the patch. Band-in-a-Box Server is used to connect to the Band-in-a-Box and BB Remote apps for iphone / Android.

Summary of Changes for "b" update to Band-in-a-Box Build 319 (August 22, 2011)

  • Fixed: Generation of songs on iPhone sometimes not working with QuickTime 7.7 or higher.

Summary of Changes for Build 319 (August 10, 2011)

  • Fixed: Issue with QuickTime version 7.7 (or higher), preventing generation of mp4 files.
  • Added: Drums countin added on styles that don't have drums, but use RealTracks on the drums track (e.g. Bluegrass).
  • Fixed: Shots/Holds were not working correctly when the option "Excluded Instruments Rest" was selected in the Chord Options dialog.

Summary of Changes for Build 318 (May 30, 2011)

  • Improved: Sometimes after resizing the main window, parts of screen wouldn't redraw.
  • Added: Some new style definitions.
  • Fixed: Sometimes using metal guitar soloist, would play a "too long" riff.
  • Fixed: Save Soundtrack wasn't working if the song was playing.
  • Fixed: Non-English versions only: Medley names were messed up.

Summary of Changes for Build 317 (April 29, 2011)

  • Improved: Holds work better for slash chords. On chords like Am/G, the held note for bass RealTracks will now be G instead of A.
  • Fixed: Printing Leadsheet memo wasn't working.
  • Fixed: Fakesheet display issues.
  • Fixed: Single MIDI track rendering didn't work in build 316.

Summary of Changes for Build 316 (April 19, 2011)

  • Added: On bootup, a FlashMessage will appear if you haven't already removed un-needed RealTracks files (this can reclaim 65% hard drive space).
  • Fixed: MIDI timing on rendering to audio improved.
  • Fixed: Loading a new style wasn't killing the currently set realdrums.
  • Fixed: Frozen RealTrack with RealChart was dragging as MIDI sometimes.
  • Added: More support for bt1 files (these are small files used when there is an audio track present).
  • Added: Files in bb2go folder are colored green when selected when mp4 present.
  • Added: In BB2Go dialog, warnings issued if QuickTime not installed.
  • Added: In BB2Go dialog Quicktime version number found added, with a button to download it.
  • Fixed: Rendered songs with no lead in sometimes had excessive silence appended to the end.
  • Updated: More automatic RealStyle substitutions for MIDI styles added.
  • Fixed: Minor updates to RealTracks memos and info.
  • Fixed: Soloist #1309 medley should be set to 'every 4 bars' instead of 'every chorus'.
  • Updated: Help file.

Summary of Changes for Build 315 (March 28, 2011)

  • Fixed: Includes an updated Coyote WaveTable synth, version 1.1. Sustain pedal off was sometimes not working.
  • Improved: Audio track tempo and pitch change quality is improved in a few cases.
  • Fixed: Tracks with double time/half time soloists were not following the settings in the F5 Bar Settings dialog (mute at bar X etc).
  • Fixed: Some Bass RealTracks (eg. Simpler bass variations) weren't playing slash chords correctly.
  • Fixed: Brent Mason Ballad RealTracks Soloist was playing incorrect notes sometimes.
  • Fixed: Some style memos in stylepicker were listing drums when drums were not present (e.g. gypsy jazz styles).
  • Changed: Suppressed message, "for best results set tempo to ###".
  • Fixed: Frozen soloist was not showing up as green in some cases.
  • Added: The realtracks picker used for realtracks changes, making medleys, or stylemaker, now allows multiple search terms, e.g. you can type "blues guitar " to see any RealTracks with all of those words.
  • Added: Artist name now a search term in the RealTracks pickers from f5 dialog, medley maker and stylemaker, for example "Guitar Oliver" would show RealTracks with Artist Oliver Gannon.
  • Improved: Copy/paste import/export in Soloist works for the extra information found by pressing the Soloist Editor-More button.

Summary of Changes for Build 314 (February 8, 2011)

  • Fixed: RealDrums Picker was sometimes giving a List Index out of bounds error, when a filter was in use.
  • Changed: Menu item - Help | web | Forum discussion - now points to http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php
  • Fixed: Using the Bar Settings window to change any RealTrack at any bar was sometimes not working for choruses other than "all"
  • Fixed: When you add intro bars and you have set a visual transpose for a non concert instrument, the first chord of the tune (after the intro bars) is then changed to the concert version of the chord.
  • FIxed: Patch changes at any bar sometimes not working with higher banks.
  • Fixed: For iPhone BB version Muting, Reverb, Volume, and Panning settings sometimes did not work.
  • Fixed: "On/off" checkbox in save with patches not working for RealDrums.
  • Improved: Better memory usage for BB Server. Memory freed after song generates.
  • Fixed: When using the Fade out feature in the Song Settings window with RealTracks that have 4-bar endings: The track fades out as desired, but then it gets un-muted during the last two bars of the 4-bar ending.
  • Fixed: If there is a style change in the song, the bass track disappears in the first style after it is frozen.
  • Fixed: Muting Realtracks (especially soloist RT) in bar #1 (via F5) didn't mute the notes played on bar 0; in these cases you would hear part of the line played by the RT just before bar 1.
  • Fixed: Simple variation of Bluegrass Banjo wasn't working on Maj, Min, and 7 chords.
  • Updated: Help file
  • Added: 2011 full PDF Manual

Summary of Changes for Buid 313 (January 5, 2010)

  • Fixed: Clicks during tempo changes sometimes.
  • Fixed: Drum clicks at end of song sometimes (ASIO only).
  • Fixed: Other ASIO enhancements.
  • Updated: Miscellaneous StylePicker updates.
  • Added: 5 new "multi-styles" have been made, and each one has a corresponding demo in C:\bb\RealTracks – Demos\MultiStyles

    _JAZMEDL – This style toggles between different Jazz Swing Soloists depending on the part markers you select: A-B: No Soloist; C-D: Tenor Sax; E-F: Trumpet; G-H: Alto Sax; I-J: Trombone; K-L: Vibes; M-N: Electric Guitar; O-P: Piano; Q-R: Bass
    http://64.40.109.32/audio/multistyles/_JAZMEDL_Render.m4a

    _BOSMEDL – This style toggles between different Bossa Soloists depending on the part markers you select: A-B: No Soloist; C-D: Alto Sax; E-F: Trumpet; G-H: Flute; I-J: Trombone; K-L: Vibes; M-N: Electric Guitar; O-P: Bass
    http://64.40.109.32/audio/multistyles/_BOSMEDL_Render.m4a

    _BGMEDLY – This style toggles between different Bluegrass Soloists depending on the part markers you select: A-B: No Soloist; C-D: Fiddle; E-F: Guitar; G-H: Mandolin; I-J: Banjo
    http://64.40.109.32/audio/multistyles/_BGMEDLY_Render.m4a

    _BOS2SWG – This style features a Jazz Piano Trio, switching between a Bossa groove for A & B, and a Swing groove for C & D
    http://64.40.109.32/audio/multistyles/_BOS2SWG_Render.m4a

    _BOS2SWV – This style features a Jazz Vibes Trio, switching between a Bossa groove for A & B, and a Swing groove for C & D
    http://64.40.109.32/audio/multistyles/_BOS2SWV_Render.m4a

Summary of Changes for Build 312 (December 8, 2010)

  • Fixed: RealCharts were getting erased when songs were frozen in some cases.
  • Updated: Misc StylePicker (bbw.lst) updates.
  • Fixed: Medleys have more consistent volumes.
  • Fixed: RealCharts notes on Frozen tracks weren't highlighting in notation sometimes.
  • Fixed: Some Bass RealCharts weren't working properly.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated August 22, 2011

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Coyote WaveTable 1.1 Update (1 MB)

This small patch will update the Coyote WaveTable to the most recent version. It requires that you already have the Coyote installed. If not, install the full Band-in-a-Box (2010 or 2011) update patch instead - that will also install the most recent Coyote WaveTable.

Note: If the CoyoteWT shows up in the DirectX dialog, and it is version 1.1 (right-click on the Coyote control panel and select About...), then you don't need this patch.

Summary of Changes (May 18, 2011)

  • Fixed: Coyote WaveTable wasn't showing up in the DirectX dialog on some computers.
  • Fixed: Sustain pedal controller sometimes wasn't working properly.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated May 18, 2011

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2010.5 Build 308 Update (25 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box to Version 2010.5 (Build 308) from any previous Band-in-a-Box 2010 or 2010.5 build. The update must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2010 folder.

It will also optionally install the Coyote WaveTable, which is a DXi synth that can be used on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. This is primarily intended for 64-bit Windows Vista and 7 users who are unable to use the Roland VSC-DXi, since the VSC is only compatible with 32-bit versions of Windows. To use the Coyote synth, click 'Use DXi/VST synth" in the MIDI Driver Setup, and select "CoyoteWT" in the DirectX/VST window.

Note: If you are updating a hard drive edition of Band-in-a-Box, be sure to select the correct destination directory - either X:\bb (where X is your USB drive letter) or X:\PGMusic\Programs\bb if the hard drive was purchased prior to September 2009.

RealTracks Updates | RealBand program updates

Summary of Changes for Build 308 (April 27, 2011)

  • Fixed: Timing improved for rendering of MIDI tracks to audio.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact . Updated April 27, 2011

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2010.5 Build 304 Update (25 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box to Version 2010.5 (Build 304) from any previous Band-in-a-Box 2010 or 2010.5 build. The update must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2010 folder.

Band-in-a-Box 2010.5 added over 40 new features and enhancements since version 2010

It will also optionally install the Coyote WaveTable, which is a DXi synth that can be used on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. This is primarily intended for 64-bit Windows Vista and 7 users who are unable to use the Roland VSC-DXi, since the VSC is only compatible with 32-bit versions of Windows. To use the Coyote synth, click 'Use DXi/VST synth" in the MIDI Driver Setup, and select "CoyoteWT" in the DirectX/VST window.

Note: If you are updating a hard drive edition of Band-in-a-Box, be sure to select the correct destination directory - either X:\bb (where X is your USB drive letter) or X:\PGMusic\Programs\bb if the hard drive was purchased prior to September 2009.

RealTracks Updates | RealBand program updates

Summary of Changes for Build 304 (July 14 2010)

  • Fixed: Lyrics issue in non-English versions. This build (304) is the same as build 303, except for a small fix for non-English versions. If you are already using English build 303, there is no reason to install build 304 (although there is no harm in doing so).

Summary of Changes for Build 303 (July 6 2010)

  • Changed: If you load a style, it will erase the song's settings for RealTracks for the 5 instrument parts. Note: This won't erase song realtracks set for Melody or Soloist, unless they are used in the style). So if you want to add a song RealTracks instrument that sticks as you use different styles, either freeze the track, or use the melody or soloist track.
  • Fixed: Functions to Change all songs to a specific style, or tempo wasn't running in some cases.
  • Improved: Display of Piano, Acoustic RealTracks in the RT picker improved. Also Metal Guitar Soloists say "Soloists"
  • Added: Message if song has style changes with RealTracks, since those are not supported.
  • Updated: PDF manual updated.

Summary of Changes for Build 301 (June 24 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)".
  • Improved: RealTracks naturally occurring pushes are enhanced in many styles. This requires updating the ST2/XT2 files, and these are included in RealTracks and Band-in-a-Box 2010.5 updates.
  • 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.
  • Improved: For Audio Track rendering, Reverb is now added to the mix if there is Reverb set for the audio track.
  • Improved: Playback timing accuracy and performance on MIDI DXi/VST Softsynths. Also, songs with MIDI tracks now render to WAV files about 20% faster.
  • 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). The StyleMaker- Misc-More dialog now has setting called TimeBase: Normal/HalfTime/DoubleTime for RealTracks.
  • Added: MIDI Styles can now be expanded or reduced. For example, if you have a Bluegrass style at a typical tempo of 130 that is 16ths note based, and you would prefer it as a style that is 8th note based at a typical tempo of 260, you can do this in the StyleMaker by selecting the menu item Style-Expand. Style-Reduce is available also for styles that you want to reduce from 8th notes to 16th notes.
  • 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.
  • Improved: For Hypercanvas or TTS-1 users only. The Roland HyperCanvas and Cakewalk TTS-1 sound better in Band-in-a-Box if you use note 36 for bass drum, instead of note 35 (36 is more velocity sensitive). Now you will get a message to that effect when you exit the MIDI Driver dialog, and if you answer yes, it will set this for you, improving the sound of the drums with your HyperCanvas/TTS-1.
  • Improved: 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: Utility function added to "Change all songs in current folder to a specific tempo."
  • Added: Utility function added to "Change all songs in current folder to the current style name."
  • Added: Utility command added to change channels by N on melody or soloist.
  • Added: Notes like Fb, Cb, E#, B# can now be entered. To do this, right click on a note (like F), and set the forced accidental to #, and the note will appear as E#.
  • Added: Right-click menu item added "edit section text"
  • Added: Option for the Leadsheet Lyric memo to start on new page on printout.
  • Added: If a song has lyrics (or other text) in the Lyric Memo or Lyric Document, these lyrics will now show up on the Big Lyrics window, so that they can be seen during playback. Note: if you have lyrics in text format, it is easy to paste them in as a Leadsheet Memo, and now you will see them on the Big Lyrics Window as well.
  • Added: When entering lyrics, additional buttons are available "Close lyrics" "Edit Lyrics" and "Enter as Section Text" (instead of Lyrics).
  • Fixed: 3rd and 4th endings weren’t displaying correctly.
  • Fixed: Chord Options Update button updates the chordsheet, clear all works better.
  • Fixed: BBStyles button wasn't working in RDPicker, now loads the style chosen.
  • Changed: File-New gets volumes of 127, instead of 90.
  • Fixed: Spurious message about better realtracks available when half-time realtracks were used.
  • 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
  • Improved: Default for output for pumping out chords changed to 1 from 90.
  • Fixed: Frozen tracks were playing louder, when Play pressed again.
  • Improved: Frozen tracks generate faster if play pressed again.
  • Fixed: Stop shouldn't repeat the message about tempo match.
  • Added: Quick-load a song by typing only. In Chord entry modeType word 'Song' followed by a filename, or partial filename, and the song will get loaded in. e.g. type c:\a\MySong.sgu to load in that exact style name, Type bossa to load in the first song with 'bossa' in the name AFTER the current song name, in the current folder.
  • Added: Quick-load a style by typing only 'style' followed by a stylename. e.g. stylezzbossa <enter> will load in zzbossa.sty
  • Fixed: Now checks for valid drive letter when custom directory for RealTracks and RealDrums
  • Added: Message if frozen track loaded, but RealTracks or RealDrums folder doesn't exist.
  • Improved: Will keep on generating RealTracks if some wav files are missing
  • Fixed: Thru banks now saved (if option to save thru in save patch dialog is set to true). Note this fix applies to the main screen, not the F5 dialog.
  • Improved: Will not show this message if using ASIO and MS GS Wavetable is selected: "MIDI driver installed properly but in use.."
  • Fixed: Copying melody when regions overlapped was losing some notes
  • Changed: Default of tempo swapping for RealTracks is now true.
  • Added: RDbutton now has menu (like RT picker button) to choose prefs or rd picker
  • Added: Song memo now says if RD come from song or style
  • Fixed: Sometimes would crash on looping if no lead-in option was chosen
  • Fixed: Render bug - extra 2 bars were removed from render of MIDI track if no lead-in option was
  • Updated: Help file has been updated.
  • Updated: PDF New Features Guide

Summary of Changes for Build 299 (May 3 2010)

  • Improved: RealTracks Endings work for more complex chords like C69, Cm9, Cm11.
  • Improved: Chords like CDim, C7sus can be used for endings (a held chord is played for them).
  • Fixed: Sometimes RealTracks riffs were transposed incorrectly.
  • Fixed: 7,m7,m7b5 slash chords were not working for RealTracks.
  • Fixed: Some fast Jazz bass and piano tempo swaps weren't working.
  • Fixed: ASIO now stops when stop pressed if always on = false.
  • Changed: Startup transpose message (annoying to some ) changed to a tip status, so disabling tips in prefs will also disable it.
  • Added: c:\bb\BBMany.txt will allow multiple instances of BB to run.

Summary of Changes for Build 298 (March 31 2010)

  • Fixed: Render (if not using DXi) from Render dialog, or Part name Radio button save-as WAV file won't complain if the track is audio, or all RealTracks.
  • Fixed: Progress messages improved if rendering to WMA or partial range of render file.
  • Fixed: Russian version - font improvements.
  • Fixed: Crash with ASIO, exiting MIDI Driver dialog, or pressing Panic button.
  • Fixed: Some styles not loading all style demos, like _COWBOYR.STY.
  • Fixed: Dragging soloist sometimes said no music available (if it was a RealChart).

Summary of Changes for Build 297 (March 25 2010)

  • Added: Coyote WaveTable synth has been added. This is primarily intended for 64-bit Windows users who are unable to use the Roland VSC-DXi, since the VSC is only compatible with 32-bit versions of Windows.
  • Fixed: RealTracks picker not displaying "Ev" Even for some realtracks.
  • Improved: More descriptive info provided when Tempo swaps of RealTracks available, now lists the current and proposed tempo swap e.g. Bass 110->85.
  • Fixed: Drum track wasn't green when it was a RealTrack.
  • Fixed: Drag n Drop not working for Soloist Generated track.
  • Fixed: Dragged Frozen RealTracks with RealChart was dragging as MIDI.
  • Fixed: RealDrums with multiple substyles weren't saving in frozen state.
  • Fixed: Fiz sound in bar 3 of drums fixed.
  • Fixed: Frozen tracks can now have volume changes applied to them (mute etc.) by F5 dialog (realtracks only)
  • 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.
  • Fixed: Ending chord can now have a hold on it, with or without a 2-bar ending.
  • Added: Message if you try to make a tag on one chorus. Tags are meant to work on songs with more than 1 chorus.
  • Fixed: Some patch changes were showing up on some RealCharts (eg 371).
  • Fixed: Drum pushes/shots leaking through during F5 mute.
  • Fixed: Mutes on RealTracks with time signature changes not working correctly.
  • Fixed: Some endings weren't playing if riffs overlapped previous one
  • Fixed: Generate RealTracks button not working if launched from the RealTracks button (this generates the currently selected track on the radio buttons).
  • Fixed: Some styles with silent drums made a sound on the HyperCanvas (drum velocity of 1 removed).
  • Fixed: Chord Screen would go blank with DoubleTime/HalfTime generation sometimes.
  • 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.
  • Updated: Band-in-a-Box 2010 PDF manual.

Summary of Changes for Build 295 (February 15 2010)

  • Improved: TempoSwapping Improved:
    - There is an additional option to replace the current RealTracks selections with similar ones that would work better at the current tempo. This is an option available by pressing the Realtracks Toolbar button- Select Better RealTracks.
    - Yellow Message now appears if RealTracks are selected, but better RealTracks are available for the current tempo. (this message can be disabled in Prefs-RealTracks)
    - RealTracks button on the toolbar now shows a menu, RealTracks picker, RealTracks Prefs, and Select Better RealTracks for this tempo.
  • Changed: Half Time/ Double Time changed
    - The option to automatically half/double time realtrack has been removed, and replaced with a manual option, so the user has control over when/how Realtracks would be halfTimed/Double timed. The previous method of "automatic half/double time" of RealTracks caused some problems, because people wouldn't know when the RealTracks were going to be half/double timed.
    To do this, visit the RealTracks assign Dialog, and use the new comboBox called "TimeBase", and set that to Normal (Default) / Half-Time / Double-Time.
  • Improved: Drag Drop improved.
    - The feature to Drag and Drop tracks from BB to DAW sequencers has been improved. Some DAWs (Ableton, Nuendo) don't yet support direct drag/drop of tracks that aren't generated yet. So a DragDrop panel has been added to the top left of the screen. This allows you to Drag n Drop to these sequencers in 2-steps. First drag to the DragDrop panel, then when it turns green, drag/drop from the panel to your AW (Ableton, Nuendo). Note that for other sequencers (RealBand, Sonar) and Windows Explorer, you can still DragDrop directly from the track to the DAW in 1-step.
  • Fixed: Edit - Undo. In certain situations after a delete chord command, edit-undo stopped working.
  • Fixed: Nashville Notation - can now enter 'flat 3', flat 6 etc. chords - type 3bm7 for Flat 3 minor 7th.

Summary of Changes for Build 294

  • Fixed (Feb 3 2010): RT #484 could cause crash if A7#5 chord used in song.
  • Fixed (Jan 18 2010): Missing RT error in Pro and Mega versions.
  • Fixed (Jan 14 2010): RealTracks dropouts were possible in some specific situations when no DX plugins used.
  • Fixed (Jan 14 2010): When patch changes are done by the user on the main screen, embedded patch changes are stripped from the track. Previously, embedded Bank changes weren't stripped as well.
  • Fixed (Jan 14 2010): Some Jazz Bass RealTracks were not always playing correctly when tempo substitution was enabled.
  • Fixed (Jan 14 2010): Occasional gaps in some Bluegrass RealTracks solos.
  • Fixed (Jan 14 2010): Some PG DX plugin presets not displaying.

Summary of Changes for Build 293 (January 11, 2010)

  • Fixed: Crash after saving songs with a frozen Soloist track.

Summary of Changes for Build 292 (December 22, 2009)

  • Fixed: RealTracks dropouts on some Windows XP systems.
  • Improved: More RealTracks have shots, and they have improved volume levels.
  • Updated: RealTracks and RealDrums memos in the RealTracks/Drums Picker have been added/updated.
  • Improved: More consistent dB levels for all RealTracks instruments.
  • Updated: StylePicker is updated to support new styles with RealTracks.
  • Updated: Some Artist Bio's are updated
  • Fixed: Typos and minor fixes in Soloist and RealTracks windows
  • Updated: More song and style demos can be selected from within the RealTracks window.

Summary of Changes for Build 291 (December 14, 2009)

  • Fixed: Issue in build 290 with copy/paste when there were alot of RealTracks present.

Summary of Changes for Build 290 (December 12, 2009)

  • Fixed: Issue where RealTracks were dropping out (on first time running program only, if DXi not selected).
  • Fixed: Left clicking on Tone/Reverb in Combo setting wasn't setting master controls.

Summary of Changes for Build 289b (December 12, 2009)

  • Fixed: StylePicker update for new styles.

Summary of Changes for Build 289 (December 11, 2009)

  • Fixed: Individual Tone control was acting as a master tone.
  • Fixed: For some RealTracks, tempo swapped RealTracks were swapping to trumpet.
  • Changed: Prefs-RealTracks - Allow Sustitution based on tempo (now defaults to false).
  • Changed: Prefs-RealTracks - Allow RealTracks Half-Time/ Double Tme (now defaults to false).

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Band-in-a-Box 2009 and 2009.5 USB hard drive patch for Windows Vista and Windows 7 (1 MB)

Please read about this patch before downloading

You only need to install this patch if you are having trouble, such as errors when opening/closing the program, saving songs, rebuilding the StylePicker, etc.

Note that the update may take about 10 minutes to complete.

It allows Band-in-a-Box and RealBand to run properly directly from an external hard drive, while UAC (User Account Control) is enabled. It also allows functions such as importing CD audio tracks to work without elevating privileges (right-click, run program as an administrator).

This patch is NOT intended for an installation on your system hard drive (usually C:) or other internal hard drives.

Make sure to select the correct destination directory on your USB hard drive - usually X:\bb (replace 'X' with your drive letter) if the hard drive was purchased September 2009 or later, or X:\PGMusic\Programs\bb if the hard drive was purchased prior to September 2009.

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2009.5 Build 288 Update (20 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box to Version 2009.5 (Build 288) from any previous Band-in-a-Box 2009 or 2009.5 build. The update must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2009 folder. It is not necessary for you to install previous 2009 patch updates first.

Note: If you are updating a hard drive edition of Band-in-a-Box, be sure to select the correct destination directory - either X:\bb (where X is the drive letter) or X:\PGMusic\Programs\bb if the hard drive was purchased prior to September 2009.

RealTracks and RealDrums specific updates.

Summary of Changes (February 21, 2011)

  • Fixed: RealTracks were sometimes playing endings in the middle of the song. Improved support for newer RealTracks styles.

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2009.5 Build 287 Update (20 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box to Version 2009.5 (Build 287) from any previous Band-in-a-Box 2009 or 2009.5 build. Band-in-a-Box 2009.5 has over 20 new features and improvements! The update must be installed into your existing Band-in-a-Box 2009 folder. It is not necessary for you to install previous 2009 patch updates first.

Note: If you are updating a hard drive edition of Band-in-a-Box, be sure to select the correct destination directory - either X:\bb (where X is the drive letter) or X:\PGMusic\Programs\bb if the hard drive was purchased prior to September 2009.

RealTracks and RealDrums specific updates.

Summary of Changes (January 8, 2010)

  • Updated: List of RealTracks and RealDrums has information about newer instruments.
  • Fixed: Some Bluegrass solos generated with gaps.

Summary of Changes for 2009.5 Build 287 (September 8, 2009)

  • Fixed (Sept8): Miscellaneous minor typos and other minor errors in Soloist, RealTracks, and StylePicker dialogs.
  • Fixed: Simulataneous Audio and MIDI recording - various fixes. To record audio and MIDI together, either use the menu on the audio window, or Shift-Click on the Record Audio button. A message to this effect is added in the audio record dialog. Also now reports the correct number of MIDI notes recorded during audio/MIDI recordings, and Keep/Reject take works for Audio and MIDI.
  • Fixed: When there was a mute or rest at bar 1, realtrack was making a brief sound at bar 1.
  • Fixed: Song Demos for RealTracks styles sometimes weren't loading from the main screen style button.
  • Changed: Song Demo button in the StylePicker loads the song, but now doesn't auto-play it (since there is a Play button already there).
  • 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: Favorite will open if OKToAutoAddRecentFiles is false (or shift is held).
  • Changed: File-New command or exiting the RealTracks dialog now clears the yellow Flash Messages.

Summary of Changes for 2009.5 Build 285 (August 21, 2009)

  • Fixed: For songs with rests (or mutes using F5 key) at bar 1, RealTracks were playing briefly.
  • Fixed: Drum Picker dialog was showing wrong tempo ranges and genres for some drum tracks.
  • Fixed: inor errors in some RealTracks memos.

Summary of Changes for 2009.5 Build 284 (August 12, 2009)

  • Added: Classic RealStyles styles made. This is a new category in the StylePicker, and it contains new styles that are intended to be commonly used RealTracks. They are divided into genres, so you can go to Classic RealStyles – Jazz to easily find RealStyles for Jazz Swing, Bossa etc. (Note: For RealTracks released prior to August 2009 there are many Classic RealStyles included in the RealTracks patches)
  • Added: Guitar RealCharts have been improved. The new guitar RealTracks have more accurate guitar display/tab/notation for the corresponding RealTracks.
  • Added: The Verify function in the RealTracks assign dialog has been enhanced. It checks your installation to find out if RealTracks are properly installed, or if any files are missing.
  • Improved: Song Memo enhanced. The font for the song memo is size selectable.
  • Improved: Developer mode for RealDrums enhanced. If the file c:\bbNumberedDeveloperFiles.txt exists, the DrumAudioResults.txt with information get numbered and written to c:\bb\Results folder (Note: This feature is only for those people developing their own RealDrums files. You need to create a c:\bb\Results folder first).
  • 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 certain keys. This feature happens automatically on certain RealTracks, no settings are needed.
  • Added: RealCharts for piano are auto hand-split now. RealTracks (and MIDI style) piano parts that are on the piano track will appear with hands-split (right hand in red, left hand in blue) on the Big Piano window, and in notation. There is a setting for this on the Notation-Options dialog.
  • Added: Smooth Audio looping. Now the audio track loops seamlessly, including when it is used with the conductor. Frozen songs now loop smoothly and are usable with the conductor.
  • 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 or not available in your installation.
  • Added: The SongList dialog now lists if any RealDrums or RealTracks were not found, in a separate column ('d' and 't' indicates missing RealDrums or RealTracks, '-' indicates missing style). Note: If you want to disable this feature, you can add the file AlsoReadStylesWithSongListBuildUp_False.txt to your bb folder (contents irrelevant).
  • Added: Chord Options dialog now has a 'Clear All' button that erases all Rests/Shots/Pushes/Pedal Bass from a song.
  • Fixed: Audible 'Audio Glitches' in some RealTracks were removed.
  • Added: Songs with RealTracks on Drums (and no drum part) get a drum count-in. For example, _BG_BAND.STY.
  • Added: If a ChordSheet/ notation transpose is in effect, there is a Transpose 'yellow hint' message on bootup as a reminder.
  • Added: Audio Base tempo reminder message. If saving a song, and Audio Base tempo is different than the Song Tempo, a warning message will show, asking you to confirm that you want to save it like this.
  • Improved: Feature that starts a new line on a part marker (section) has been enhanced - Previously a section with only 2 bars wouldm't start a new line, now it does. F5 bar settings Notation - on a new line - now works for chord sections. Notation starts a new line on a part marker (like the chord sheet). This can be disabled for a song or globally.
  • Added: Option added for Melody-Guitar rechannel, to include events already on guitar channel.
  • Added: When launching AudioChordWizard, a preserve part markers question doesn't appear now if there are no chords in the song.
  • Added: Message in RealTracks dialog when no style demo found.
  • Improved: Many more demos shown in RealTracks dialog.
  • 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 close to 120.
  • Added: Multiple search terms also work with RealDrums picker.
  • Added: Adding 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 for RealTracks to show/hide RealTracks that are out of compatible tempo range.
  • Added: Spacebar starts from current location, and stops the song (this is now the default).
  • Added: Double click on radio buttons at top of screen opens up the menu (like the right mouse click does).
  • Changed: The RealTracks and RealDrums button now open up the RealTracks Picker and RealDrums picker, instead of the settings dialog (Control-click will open up the settings dialog).
  • Added: Favorite song dialog opens up song dialog if there are no songs in favorite.
  • Fixed: Endings weren't playing for RealTracks that had 2 substyles.
  • Fixed: Sme 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: Conductor if we press X to set a loop 4 bars, doesn't say loop 4 bars in the yellow hint area.
  • Fixed: Archive button for Realtracks, when asking for drums it wasn't archiving them.
  • Added: RealTracks now searchable by artist name.
  • Fixed: Custom solo generation was leaving a RealCharts MIDI track that could be heard.
  • Fixed: With some of the 101 Riffs add-ons, there were audio memos with the riffs that weren't playing.
  • Fixed: When opening a song from the RealTracks dialog, the memo doesn't open now, as it was conflicting.
  • Fixed: There was a bug that happened when you diddn't have any ASIO drivers installed on your computer, and you selected ASIO as your audio driver type.
  • Fixed: Wrong string "Pre-processing WMA" in progress dialog.
  • Fixed: When you save a RealTrack or MIDI track as a wave file by right-clicking on the track name and selecting Save RealTrack as WAV, ASIO drivers were automatically switched to MME.
  • Fixed: Songs with a style change from MIDI Drums to RealDrums.
  • Fixed: Yellow message for the delay between songs, and juke delay.
  • Fixed: Doesn't decompress WMA to WAV when building a songlist.
  • Fixed: Soundtrack error generating WAV file for complete song with no leadin.
  • Fixed: Soundtrack radio obuttons were hidden for RealTracks parts.
  • Fixed: SoundTrack was not generating properly if requested length was greater than the song length.
  • Fixed: Stuck notes visually on big piano, piano roll, leadsheet.
  • Fixed: Piano channel was getting set to 8 or 9 sometmes if hand splitting was set to true.
  • 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.
  • Fixed: Miscellaneous improvements and fixes done to various styles and demos.
  • 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.
  • Changed: Tip dialog, show tips at startup changed to a flashmessage. (less annoying, still defaults to false).
  • Added: Some bass styles now display in Bass Tab and on the Bass fretboard.

Summary of Changes for Build 282 (January 5, 2009)

  • Fixed: BarVolume data and some other settings weren't saving if Melody or Soloist track was a RealChart.
  • Improved: For search and replace, if no rest or push is mentioned in the "replace with" chord, then it will just preserve whatever pushes/rests are there.

Summary of Changes for Build 281 (December 30, 2008)

  • Added: Higher Bank Patch Support added. (Support for Higher bank Patches, names displayed, Change of patch at any bar (f5), songs and styles can be stored with these patches). If you use a synth like the Ketron, and like to use higher patches that are not GM or GM2, then these features should be useful to you.
  • Improved: OpenPrefsFile, insures certain values are set to defaults (mainly useful when loading in older versions of prefs)
  • Fixed: Undo-Open Prefs File now has correct label "Undo Open Preferences"
  • Fixed: Render was sometimes regenerating some tracks
  • Improved: Freeze/Unfreeze improved. Generates the bt0 stretch file at end of freeze, better messages, faster.
  • Added: Verify RealTracks, RealDrums option added. Accesses as a button in the RealTracks Settings dialog. This utility function checks current RealTracks& RealDrums folders. It verifies that File dates are the same, and BT0 (tempo stretch) files are correct. It takes ~5 minutes, and produces a report in a Checkbt0.txt file (notepad).
  • Fixed: F5 dialog, entering style changes was not working in some builds. (alternate method of clicking on style name was working)
  • Added: Realtracks assign dialog now displays more information when a RealTracks is N/A.
    -To be available, a Realtracks must have the Realtracks folder (RT Folder), and the ST2 (Soloist) file in the BB Folder.
    -If neither is found, "N/A" is displayed.
    -If only the RealTracks folder is missing, "N/A RT Folder" is displayed.
    -If RealTracks folder is found, but xxxxx.ST2 file is missing from BB folder then N/A xxxx.ST2 is displayed (where xxxx is the name of the missing ST2 file.
  • Added: The following improvements have been made to the Higher Bank Patches support in Band-in-a-Box:
    -Patch name is displayed on screen for higher bank patches.
    -F5 dialog can now use higher bank patches, (enable "show higher bank patches" in this dialog"). Choose patch name using dialog, or type in numbers.
    -If used for melody or soloist patches, these settings are automatically saved with the song (for other parts bass/drum/piano/guitar/strings you need to enter Save w/Patches dialog,and type FILL w/PATCHES).
    -In the save with Patches dialog, pressing “Fill with Patches” now also selects the save with banks option.
    -Notation window (leadsheet and printout) displays the patch name
    -Using the + button for higher bank patches sets the patches on the screen as well.
    -Button added in higher bank dialog, to get more PAT files by connecting to http://www.pgmusic.com/support_miscellaneous.htm
    -Styles can store patch changes using Higher Banks.

Summary of Changes for Build 280 (December 24, 2008)

  • Fixed: Long RealTracks generation time in certain situations on Windows Vista when User Account Control enabled. A symptom of this is Band-in-a-Box displaying the message "First Time Use..Preparing audio beat array file" in the status bar.

    Explanation: Some people install Band-in-a-Box on their computer's internal hard drive while having the RealTracks folder on an external USB hard drive. In this case, RealTracks generation time in earlier builds was very long IF User Account Control was enabled. Build 280 allows you to have UAC enabled (if you prefer this), and RealTracks will still generate properly. On Windows Vista, User Account Control can be enabled/disabed in Control Panel | User Accounts.

Summary of Changes for Build 279 (December 15, 2008)

  • Fixed: Doesn't ask the question, 'song is a different feel..' if RealCharts or Frozen song
  • Fixed: Count-in had echo when freezing song.
  • Fixed: Style disk #77 not showing up in stylepicker filter, and what add ons.
  • Fixed: Songlist wasn't rebuilding for large folders >4000 songs.

Summary of Changes for Build 278 (December 11, 2008)

  • Fixed: Problem embedding soloist #511 in styles.
  • Fixed: RealTracks on the Melody or Soloist in song/style weren't always clearing ifthere was a style change.
  • Fixed: RealChart sometimes not showing up on Soloist track.
  • Fixed: RealChart MIDI track was audible sometimes, if generated on the Soloist track, and then you pressed PLAY after that.
  • Updated: Additional Styles with RealTracks added to the StylePicker.
  • Fixed: 'Patch numbers' displayed for some RealTracks in the RealTracks Assign dialog.
  • Improved: Style and Song Demo buttons in the Assign RealTracks dialog lists more files.
  • Improved: RealTracks memos in the Assign RealTracks dialog are expanded.
  • Improved: AudioChordWizard: Transfer of chords back and forth between BB and AudioChordWizard improved.
  • Improved: AudioChordWizard: Chords can be entered using same keys as Band-in-a-Box or RealBand (e.g. to get an Am7, just type Am7 and then <ENTER> or any cursor key to move to next cell.
  • Changed: AudioChordWizard: Hotkey for tapping barlines changed from <ENTER> to <+> on Numeric Keypad. Note that F8 also works for a hotkey for this.
  • Improved: AudioChordWizard: FineTune text slider dragging improved.
  • Improved: AudioChordWizard: Set TimeSig text slider improved - so range is always valid.
  • Added: AudioChordWizard: Help Menu|Video Help and the Video Tutorial button now Launch URL 'www.pgmusic.com/acwvideotutorial.htm'
  • Added: AudioChordWizard: "Set Bar 1" button which also responds to F6.
  • Added: AudioChordWizard: Menu Hotkeys.
  • Added: AudioChordWizard: Tooltip hints.
  • Fixed: AudioChordWizard: Editing anomalies if the first chord in a bar is edited, and the second chord in a bar is 'blank'.
  • Fixed: AudioChordWizard: It no longer beeps when exiting chord editing by typing the Enter key.
  • Improved: AudioChordWizard: After ACW first opens a song, it no longer insists on a first-time playback starting at the song start. Now, after a long load, if you have located to some other place in the song and click the space bar, it will start from that location.
  • Improved: AudioChordWizard: Some optimization done, it may be running a little quicker.

Summary of Changes for Build 277 (December 8, 2008)

  • Fixed: Rebulding the stylepicker was generating some messages that had to be dismissed, when a few styles with invalid data were loaded.
  • Improved: Generation of RealTracks when unusual chords encountered.
  • Added: Flyby hints added for new items in dialogs.
  • Added: Internalization support for other languages added.
  • Improved: Tip suppressed when there is a RealChart on a Melody or Notation track.

Summary of Changes for Build 276 (December 5, 2008)

  • Fixed: RealCharts indicator line was leaving a partial display in some cases.
  • Improved: Patch name display on notation, leadsheet, multitple track leadsheet, and printout.
  • Added: Green box around RealChart on notaiton and Leadsheet.
  • Fixed: Run Manual command not working correctly.

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2008.5 Build 265 Update (20 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 2008 (or 2008.5) to Band-in-a-Box 2008.5 Build 265. It will fully update any 2008 or 2008.5 build, and must be installed into an existing Band-in-a-Box 2008 or 2008.5 folder.

RealTracks and RealDrums specific updates.

Summary of Changes for Build 265 (December 5, 2008) since Build 264

  • Fixed: Bug with Live Drums that caused some MIDI styles to play incorrectly.

Summary of Changes for Build 264 (October 7, 2008)

  • Added: Support for the new Jazz RealTracks, and styles.
  • Fixed: For Acoustic Bass Jazz RealTracks, some chords with flat or sharp 5ths weren't workng correctly.
  • Fixed: In the StylePicker, 'other styles found' tempo ranges were incorrect

Summary of Changes for Build 263 (July 29, 2008) since Build 262

  • Fixed: Renders to WAV files were ending a bar early in some cases, where there was no MIDI in the files.
  • Fixed: What add-ons do I have reported incorrectly for RealTracks Sets 9-12.
  • Fixed: Program would sometimes render stereo RealTracks as mono and vice-versa.
  • Updated: StylePicker list (bbw.lst) updated.

Summary of Changes for Build 262 (July 23, 2008) since Build 261

  • Updated: Recognition and support for the latest Band-in-a-Box styles, RealTracks, and RealDrums.
  • Fixed: Title bar wasn't showing "Generating RealTracks" progress if the bb chordsheet was on a bar with bar settings changes.
  • Added: Support for latest RealTracks (bluegrass), that have soloists with very long phrases. (space length is set from 0 to 0 in the soloist editor for this)
  • Fixed: If you went into the RealDrums picker via the RealDrums Settings dialog, clicked on a style that has variations, then close the RealDrums picker, you got a "Warning the RealDrums folder doesn't exist".
  • Fixed: Some RealDrums were excluded unneccesarily when tempo range was false.
  • Fixed: Visiting the realtracks settings dialog and then returning to realtracks assign dialog updates the list of styles (if location for RT folder has changed).
  • Changed: file 'PGALLDrumFolderNames.txt' now included that lists all current RealDrums.
  • Fixed: Drum click was playing on waltz even when it shows being disabled in preferences.
  • Fixed: FadeOut would revive a muted instrument.
  • Fixed: RealTracks were not obeying the "Breaks" feature (used for practising, where everything gets muted).
  • Fixed: RealTracks Generate Solo custom range fixed (was generating a few bars too many), including x extra bar feature.
  • Added: Now, if Generate a solo using the soloist dialog, and there is a "song" RealTracks already on the Soloist track, the generate solo kills the song realtracks soloist, and saves the soloist with the song
  • Fixed: Right-click on combo save as wav file was not running in some cases.

Summary of Changes for Build 261 (June 16, 2008)

  • Added: Full-featured Dialog added for selecting RealDrums. Previously, RealDrums were selected from a single popup menu. Now there is a dialog, listing all RealDrums, with filtering, sorting by column, information (name, genres, time sig, feel, tempo range,), memos, user editable memos, favorite lists and more. You can preview new RealDrums by double clicking, loading only the new real drums. Audition button will play the solo RealDrums, from the pgmusic.com site, so that you can hear RealDrums that you haven’t bought yet.
  • Added: Support for all slash chords in bass styles. For example, Gm7b5/Db, CMaj9/E etc.
  • Added: RealTracks and RealDrums can be generated live during playback, and resume when completed. For example, play a song, and change the RealTrack as it is playing, and then resumes from the current point, by just regenerating the single track.
  • Added: ability to set a song to 'no regeneration’. Right click on Combo has setting 'Song changed, needs regeneration'. Then replay will just replay the song. This isn’t a permanent setting, but is a handy one to prevent a regeneration when you have only made a small change.
  • Added: You can now cancel the generation of the song (or RealTracks) by pressing the Escape key as the song is generating.
  • Added: Melody and Soloist tracks can have RealTracks assigned, and when they do, they will generate when PLAY is pressed, just like the other tracks
  • Added: StylePicker Load Song demo now plays song for RealTracks too (Escape Cancels)
  • Added: Ability to replay a song without regenerating arrangement. Shift click on Replay will play and never regenerate the song, even if chords have changed
  • Added: RealDrums and RealTracks custom folder names are now directly editable, so you can quickly type them in instead of waiting for the folder dialog to open.
  • Fixed: Songs with "start ending 2 bars early" were not jumping to end bar in certain cases
  • Fixed: Recommendation for tempo range of RealTracks
  • Fixed: Melody and Soloist green color at the top of the screen for RealTracks
  • Added: RealDrums name displayed at top of RealDrums dialog, including tempo that will be used
  • Added: RealTracks progress visible in StylePicker window
  • Fixed: Visiting the render dialog and exiting it will not force a regeneration of song on next playback.
  • Added: Notification added if RealTracks or RealDrums are disabled, and you to try to generate RealDrums or RealTracks
  • Added: Help file updated
  • Fixed: Stylepicker search now works for non-English versions + other international fixes
  • Improved: Support for 800x600 in RealTracks Assign dialog
  • Improved: Preview (Audition) improved in RealTracks, if no preview in \RealTracks- demos\ then will play a WMA from the RealTracks folder
  • Changed: Preview button renamed to Audition
  • Added: Shift Click on Audition button in RealTracks assign or RealDrums opens up the related folder.
  • Added: Hotkeys added for RealTracks assign dialog
  • Fixed: Notation stem direction for a note on middle staff line – now is stem down
  • Added: Developers listed in about box
  • Improved: RealSax Soloists now "more soulful" treat the V major chord like V7
  • Added: Edit - Song Setting added for "Bluesy" feel to soloists. if set, jazzy soloists will play more bluesy, by using a flatted 7th instead of major 7th. So if you type major triads for a song, but want any soloists to play as if they were dominant 7ths, use this setting.
  • Added: 5 new "Bluesy" variations of RealTracks (these soloists will always treat a major triad like a dominant 7th)
    Sax, Tenor, HipHop Rock Sw 100 (Bluesy)
    Sax, Tenor, Jazz Sw 140 (Bluesy)
    Sax, Tenor, Motown Rock Ev 120 (Bluesy)
    Guitar, Electric, Soloist Train Pickin' Ev 130 (Bluesy)
    Guitar, Slide, Soloist Blues Sw 120 (Bluesy)
  • Added: User Memos added for RealTracks. Type in your own comments, and memos, and you can also filter by these comments. For example, if you put the word “awesome" on one, you can search for that word later.
  • Added: Improved Memos supplied for RealTracks.
  • Added: Audition Demos of RealTracks and RealDrums that you don’t have by pressing Audition button and then the file will stream from the web.
  • Fixed: Occasional instance of "Unable to load WAV file"

Summary of Changes for Build 260 (May 21, 2008)

  • Fixed (build 260): Audio_Stretched.WAV file was getting written during render.
  • Fixed (build 260): RealDrums were making a brief sound during rests.
  • Improved (build 260): Limit for unique styles in stylepicker increased from 5,000 to 8,000 (PG Music has made about 3,000 styles).
  • Fixed (build 260): Was not switching from 'a' substyle to 'b' substyle in RealBass fast enough on new choruses.
  • Added (build 260): Clear ALL button added to the RealTracks Assign dialog, which removes all RealTracks assignements.
  • Added (build 260): On first time bootup (first 2 bootups) , offer is made to Archive WAV files, if program resides on C:\ drive and 'RPS001.WAV' exists in RealTracks folder.
  • Added (build 260): Archive function in RealTracks and RealDrums dialogs offers to archive the other folder as well.
  • Updated (build 260): More info added to StylePicker, RealTracks styles.
  • Improved (build 259): Faster Generation of RealTracks. The time it takes to generate the RealTracks is now 3X faster.
  • Improved (build 259): "Waveless" Much smaller size, only uses 1/8 of the hard drive space compared to previous! RealTracks and RealDrums no longer need WAV files – they can use WMA natively. This frees up huge amounts of your hard drive, so that the RealDrums and RealTracks take up only 1 /8 of the space that they used to take! Handy "Archive" function will remove the no-longer-needed WAV files with a single-click. Since you can free up hard drive space previously occupied by RealDrums and RealTracks WAV files, many users will find that the new version uses up much less hard drive space than previous versions.
  • Improved (build 259): Tempo stretching quality much improved. Now the RealTracks sound great over a much wider tempo range, typically -15 and +40 beats per minute.
  • New (build 259): Stereo panning available for the Realtracks. Previous version was mono.
  • New (build 259): Automatic prevention of audio clipping (new Float mixing and PeakLimiter added)
  • New (build 259): RealStyles™ available - these are styles that all "Real", with no MIDI. Up to 7 RealInstruments at once in a single style!
  • Improved: Improved transitions for RealTracks (Pops/Clicks removed)
  • New (build 259): Right click menu available for each part in BB (bass, drums, piano, guitar, strings), allowing you to quickly assign a RealTracks, ( or RealDrums) to that part, and other functions like mute, solo, save single track etc.
  • New (build 259): RealTracks browser dialog, showing comprehensive information about the RealTracks, including name, genre, feel, tempo, type, demos, and preview. Lists can be sorted or filtered by any column.
  • New (build 259): Easily save a style (.STY) with RealTracks, directly from the main screen ("save what you hear" as a style)
  • Improved: RealTracks work for Rests and Shots.
  • Improved: Endings are now present in RealTracks.
  • New (build 259): Name of Realtracks or RealDrums displayed for each part at top of screen
  • New (build 259): Right click on a part to save that single track to disk as a WAV file.
  • New (build 259): RealTracks demos now present in RealTracks – demos folder, and can be opened from the stylePicker.
  • New (build 259): Real Tracks Preview function to hear how RealTracks will sound, without losing your current song.
  • New (build 259): Ability to time shift a RealTracks by certain amount, to achieve more laid-back playing for example.
  • Added (build 259): Variations of RealTracks can be made, for things like a simpler type of soloing, or certain variations.
  • Added (build 259): RealTracks can have multiple substyles. For example, the Jazz Acoustic Bass plays ‘2’ feel in ‘a’ substyle, and ‘4’ in ‘b’ section.
  • Added (build 259): Soloists can solo over different chords than the chords of the song. For example, the Metal Guitar Soloist can have a tonal center controlled by the user, different than the song chords. So that the Metal Guitar can be soloing over a G chord, while the chords of the song are G F G Bb for exmple.
  • Added (build 259): "Crescendo" Soloing can be generated for some RealTracks, that has the intensity of the solo building up with flashiest part of the solos played as the solo builds.
  • Improved (build 259): Musicality of the solo phrasing improved, phrasing much closer to human.
  • Improved (build 259): Real Tracks button added to Soloist dialog, with color coding to allow quick access to RealTracks.
  • Improved (build 259): RealTracks folders now have descriptive names. Instead of cryptic names like RacG001, they have names like "Guitar, Electric, Soloist Cowboy Ev 165"
  • Improved (build 259): Bass track can now play RealTracks.
  • Improved (build 259): StyleMaker lists RealTracks names on main screen.
  • Improved (build 259): Non English versions will work with newest RealTracks without a new translation of Soloist list (Default.SOL file)
  • New (build 259): Archive and Install WAV buttons, to control use of WAV files for RealDrums and RealTracks. WAV files are no longer needed, as the program can use the much smaller WMA files. But if you prefer to use WAV files (slightly higher fidelity and slightly faster operation), you can install or archive them on a global or folder by folder basis with these commands.
  • Added (build 259): Tempo stretching custom methods added to Audio menu (for Audio track), to allow your own audio tracks to tempo stretch with high quality.
  • Improved (build 259): Many messages that used to require user input (pressing OK) have now been changed to Flash Messages that display on screen for a certain period of time, not requiring any user action.
  • Improved (build 259): Fadeouts on songs longer than 255 bars
  • Improved (build 259): Audio track now renders to WAV file at user specified tempo.
  • Improved (build 259): Multibar RealDrums patterns were sometimes split when it wasn't necessary/appropriate to do that.

Summary of Changes for Build 257 (January 17, 2008)

  • Added: .MGU file sizes are not so large when F5 volume changes are added to your song.
  • Added: Build number now saved with the song, starting with build 257.
  • Added: Prefs-Overrides now has a section for song defaults, which allows selecting default for Allow Embellishments and Vary Style in Middle Choruses. ‘Jazz’ and ‘Pop/Country’ buttons are available to set these.
  • Fixed: When you DXi-Direct Rendered to wave a song with RealDrums and/or RealTracks, with 'One WAV file per track' checked, and 'Include Lead-in Bars' unchecked, the RealDrums and RealTracks wave files still included the lead-in bars.
  • Fixed: MultiStyles - A song that started with substyle C or D would only play with the correct substyle in the 2nd and 3rd choruses if the first chorus ended with substyle A or B.
  • Improved: When DXi-Direct Rendering with 'One WAV file per track' checked, if your song has RealDrums, you no longer get a second (empty) Render_Drums wave file.
  • Fixed: If you muted all of the tracks except for RealTracks and DXi-Direct Render (one wave file per track unchecked), the rendered wave file was empty.
  • Fixed: Small typo in the RealDrums tool tip.
  • Fixed: The flash message tip - "No notation will show up because it is a RealTrack" is no longer displayed for any notation track that has no notes in it.
  • Fixed: If the only change you make to a file is recording a melody (and keeping take), the program didn't prompt you with the 'song has changed, save it' dialog.
  • Fixed: 'What add-ons do I have' incorrectly reported that you have Styles39 installed if you have Styles38 (but not 39).
  • Added: Practice Window now looks for programs on other drives than C:\
  • Fixed: If you had a long intro without part markers, Band-in-a-Box was sometimes unable to pick a RealDrums pattern when it should be able to.
  • Fixed: With 'Snap to Gridlines' disabled in the Notation Window Options dialog, the notes still snapped to the gridlines.
  • Fixed: In the Practice Window, when a program shows as N/A because you haven't installed it to the default location, you will now be prompted to locate the file.
  • Fixed: The Practice Window sometimes wasn't finding the Video Guitar Lessons.

Summary of Changes for Build 256 (January 2, 2008)

  • Fixed: Multistyle wasn't changing in certain combinations (c/d going to a/b in a new chorus).
  • Fixed: RealDrums sometimes played out of sync when there were time signature changes in a song.
  • Improved: RealTracks "tempo stretching" has been improved (RealTracks quality at tempos different than the base tempo). Note: for this feature, the bt0 files in Realtracks directory must be 12/30/07 or newer. The patch will install newer bt0 files to your RealTracks folder.

Summary of Changes for Build 255 (December 21, 2007)

  • Fixed: If Soloist-More-'Trigger Solo Playback Early was set to false, RealTracks generation could cause an endless loop.
  • Fixed: StyleChanges followed by a bar with 2 chords, AND a push on the 2nd chord could have bad timing for a few bars.
  • Fixed: When favor brushes was selected in RealDrums Preferences, if a RealDrums had variations but none had brushes, a 'RealDrums not found' message was shown.
  • Added: RealDrums substitutions are now available for RealTracks styles (styles beginning with '=').
  • Fixed: RealDrums style changes were sometimes not happening when there was a RealDrums style change to a different variation of the same wave file, with no MIDI style change).
  • Added: RealDrums feature for 4's styles: WAVFileFillsMustPlayOnSongFills=0.
  • Added: What Add-Ons dialog reports on RealDrums, with names of RealDrums Sets installed.
  • Added: Songs saved with a different filename are now added to recent files list (favorite files).
  • Fixed: Error message sometimes occurred when rebuilding SongPicker.
  • Updated: ReaDrums menu look has been improved.
  • Updated: Help file and manual updated.
  • Updated: Some styles and demo songs will be updated if you have them installed.

Summary of Changes for Build 253 (December 10, 2007)

  • Added: Rendering to separate files implemented for RealTracks. To do this, press the WAV button and select One WAV file per Track. You will then get separate wave files for all RealTracks with names like "MySong_Render_RealTrack_Guitar.WAV"
  • Added: KaraokeBMP folder can now hold JPG as well (for background of Karaoke files).
  • Improved: RealTracks transitions and overall sound quality improved!
  • Improved: StylePicker improvements, including 'Styles with RealTracks' category along with styles and demo songs.
  • Added: Volume controls (F5 bar settings dialog) now work for RealTracks and Audio track.
  • Added: Option in File-Save w/patches setting to "Always Save all mixer settings" Note: default for this option is false.
  • Fixed: Page turning if section paragraphs feature was disabled.
  • Fixed: Notation display problem when changing key signatures.
  • Fixed: Slowing tempo of Karaoke files didn't slow the Kar lyric display.
  • Fixed: Audio Edit window display erratic in a song with multiple tempos.
  • Fixed: Lyrics "Enter Key" entry bug where enter key wasn't saving the lyric entered.
  • Fixed: Fixed stylepicker problem, if an ls3 file didn't end with a carriage return.
  • Fixed: Problem selecting styles from the RD menu if there were over 1000 menu items.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated December 5, 2008

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2007 Update to 2007.5 Build 242 (16 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 2007 to Band-in-a-Box 2007.5 Build 242. This version has many new features and enhancements since 2007! The update includes all of the changes in previous Band-in-a-Box 2007 updates. Please note that you must have Band-in-a-Box Version 2007 or 2007.5 installed in order for this update to work.

RealDrums style updates.

Summary of Changes for Build 242 (September 24, 2007)

  • Fixed Bug with Live Drums that caused some MIDI styles to play incorrectly.

Summary of Changes for Build 239 (September 24, 2007)

  • Fixed: Missing text on buttons when using custom filename or browse folder dialogs.

Summary of Changes for Build 238 (August 23, 2007)

  • Improved: Timing of RealDrums pushes, rests, and shots in some cases.
  • Improved: Synchronization of RealDrums if relocating to different parts of a song.
  • Improved: RealDrums tracking of multiple tempo changes within a song.
  • Added: 'Barsallowed' feature supported for RealDrums stylemaking (similar to barsblocked feature).
  • Fixed: Reharmonist was changing melody patches in some cases.
  • Fixed: Correct Key signature when multiple key signatures present in a MIDI file.
  • Fixed: In a few cases, RealDrums Install button would decompress non-RealDrums files.

Summary of Changes for Build 237 (June 18, 2007)

  • Added: New RealDrums ("minus sign") styles, includes styles for Sets 67 and 68 (only applicable if you already have those Styles Sets installed).
  • Updated: a_pgmusic.ds file updated with entries for RealDrums 6-10 (so they get chosen automatically for appropriate styles)
  • Fixed: Choosing an alternate folder for drums improved.
  • Fixed: RealDrums menu was sometimes a single tall menu.
  • Fixed: "RD" button always enabled now in the RD dialog
  • Fixed: In RealDrums dialog, was somtimes showing other files (e.g.SEQ files) when pressing RD Demo button
  • Added: Strings added for international versions.
  • Updated: BBW.LST file updated so that more RealDrums Styles can be chosen directly from the StylePicker.

Summary of Changes for Build 236 (June 15, 2007)

  • Added: “Favor Brushes", “Favor Sticks" settings. When selecting RealDrums styles to use for a style, BB will use your preferences for brushes and sticks. For example, if you choose “Favor Brushes", BB will always choose from among variations that include brushes (when available).
  • Added: RealDrums Variations of instruments with each play. Most RealDrums styles (starting with RealDrums set 5) contain may instrument variations (brushes vs. Sticks, HiHat vs. Ride Cymbal, Percussion only etc.). Now, by selecting Prefs-Real Drum Settings – choose different Variations with each play, you can hear a different variation each time play is pressed, so the song sounds fresh each time. One time you’ll hear it with “brushes", the next time with sticks and ride cymbals, etc. This can be done in a number of ways. 1-RealDrums style saved with a song ('File-Save with patches' dialog), 2-RealDrums style saved with the StyleMaker, or 2-Global option in the RealDrums dialog.
  • Added: RealDrums Compatible song/style finder. In the RealDrums Settings dialog, there are now buttons that will, for a chosen RealDrums style, enable you to (1) play the RealDrums demo song, (2) show a menu of BB styles that would work with the Real Drum style and (3) play a song demo of various BB styles that work with the Real Drum style. N/A is shown for styles that are available from PG Music but that you do not have. N/A is shown for styles that are available from PG Music but that you do not have.
  • Added: Clear Button added to the RealDrums Dialog.
  • Added: Selectable Folder for your RealDrums styles. Now you can choose any folder (e.g. e:\Drums) for your RealDrums. This allows you to, for example, conserve space on your C:\ drive.
  • Added: 'Install' button in the RealDrums dialog that will prepare any RealDrums audio files in the Drums folder by converting them from WMA or MP3 to wave.
  • Added: RealDrums feature that checks if the tempo of the RD style you are loading is in the appropriate tempo range for your song, and warns you if it isn't. It will give you the warning if the song tempo is more than 10 BPM slower than the slowest RD style, or 50 BPM faster than the fastest RD style, in which case it may sound poor.
  • Added: RealDrums styles can now have 2 separate feels, for example Bossa and Swing, with different push amounts, and custom fills for transitioning between substyles.
  • Added: People making their own styles benefit from the Developer Mode, that outputs TXT files with information about their style-in-progress. Now they can render a batch of songs, which will all save separate TXT files, useful for analyzing their styles. Also, Bars Blocked limit increased to 2,000 bars.
  • Improved: In the Style picker, when choosing “Song Demo", the melody patch used will be the one from the demo, even if you’ve set “Change Melody Patches" in the dialog. This insures that you’ll always hear the correct melody instrument for the demo.
  • Improved: Improved Vista support – Recording panel button opens up the Vista Sound Control Panel, with tips on enabling/disabling microphone/line-in recordings.
  • Added: Audio Chord Wizard version 2.1. Better detection of chords, bar lines, and tempos.
  • Improved: Audio Chord Wizard - 2 chords per bar can now be detected (previously only 1 per bar).
  • Improved: Audio Chord Wizard - Faster chord interpretation and scrolling.
  • Improved: Audio Chord Wizard - No requirement to “Set Bar 1" as the first bar line. Can renumber bars at any time. Automatically attempts to find a valid Bar One location.
  • Added: Audio Chord Wizard - Hotkeys (and remote control support) added to navigate around the song.
  • Improved: 'Set Bar One' function more accurately estimates bar lines throughout the entire song.
  • Added: Tap F8 or enter to set bar line locations. Often 2 taps are enough for the entire song.
  • Added: Help button and menu to access documentation directly from the Audio Chord Wizard.
  • Added: Right-click item for individually changing the time signature of one or more bars. This feature never moves barlines, just re-interprets inside selected bars.
  • Added: New Audio Chord Wizard utility dialog that allows you to generate and remove tempo maps. After using the Audio Chord Wizard for an MP3 (or auther audio) file, an automatic tempo map is created, so that the MIDI styles in Band-in-a-Box sync to the Audio File for the whole song. This allows you to remix an existing MP3, by adding a BB style to the MP3. For example, add strings or congas to an existing song, (or a trumpet solo, or chord reharmonization etc.) and they stay in sync for the whole song, and can be all played or rendered to a WAV file. The tempo map can be added, removed, re-added etc. from the song at any time.
  • Added: Audio Chord Wizard utility - Automatic detection of key signature based on the chords only. This is useful for a song from the Audio Chord Wizard, where you forgot to set the key signature or for any song without the key signature set.
  • Added: Audio Chord Wizard Utilities dialog added, with handy options to 1. Make/Remove tempo map in Band-in-a-Box 2. Remove audio file from song 3.Auto-set Key signature, with button present in the Audio Chord Wizard (4) enable/disable the BB MIDI style.
  • Improved: Bar One Drawn More-Bold, easier to identify.
  • Improved: Set Bar One is automatically applied to the first F8 or Enter Key press, if Bar One has not already been set by the user. Set Bar One is automatically applied to the first Mouse-Dragged Barline, if Bar One has not already been set by the user.
  • Added: Audio Chord Wizard - Right-Click menu option "Reset Barlines". This clears all the user's barline edits, and performs the equivalent of a Set Bar One on wherever the current Bar One location happens to be.
  • Added: Kill Audio File now gives a message informing that you need to save the file to completely remove it.
  • Added: Support for Styles Sets 67-68.
  • Added: Support for Soloist Sets 19-20.
  • Added: Support for RealDrums Sets 6-10.
  • Updated: Help file and manual updated, including improved Audio Chord Wizard documentation.

Summary of Changes for Build 235 (May 2, 2007)

  • Fixed: Memo in progress was being lost when going into the Stylemaker.
  • Updated: Only applicable if you have RealDrums Sets 4 and 5: StylePicker allows you to choose RealDrums styles from Sets 4 and 5. BBW.LST updated, and many demo songs and "minus sign" styles (Band-in-a-Box styles that have RealDrums assigned to them) have been added.

Summary of Changes for Build 234 (May 2, 2007)

  • Added: Support for RealDrums Sets 4 and higher, which include Variations within RealDrums styles, allowing the user to choose between different drum kits, for example "Brushes", "Ride", "HiHat", and "Congas".
  • Improved: Menus in the Practice Window support up to 2000 menu items by having "More" submenus.
  • Improved: Bass track in C_Boogie.sty has been improved (only applicable if you already have this style).

Summary of Changes for Build 233 (March 8, 2007)

  • Added: You can now mute an audio track by right-clicking 'Audio' in the instrument panel at the top of the screen.
  • Improved: Audio status is shown in the instrument panel. Audio label is either displayed white (no audio track), yellow (audio track present), or red (audio track muted).
  • Added: Fly-by help hint added for audio label in instrument panel.
  • Fixed: For songs without 2-bar endings, RealDrums volume changes were not working correctly in some cases.
  • Fixed: Error when selecting 'Line-based lyrics | Auto-update all songs in folder to note-based lyrics'.
  • Added: Audio Chord Wizard - Right-click menu item "Estimate Tuning". Right-Click "Estimate Tuning" on a bar, and it attempts to find the pitch tuning of that bar. Then a dialog is presented giving the pitch estimate in cents (100ths of a semitone), a confidence rating. The results dialogs gives an opportunity to either Accept the Tuning Estimate (set the ACW Tuning control to that value), or to Cancel and not accept the Estimate. This feature improves chord detection accuracy on many songs. Note: The Tuning Estimation only works on one bar, because analysis of larger sections would take a very long time.
  • Improved: Audio Chord Wizard - Harmonic/Chord analysis has been accelerated. ACW should analyze audio and draw the screen updates two or three times faster than previous versions.
  • Improved: Audio Chord Wizard - Chord Symbols are resized to fit the bar-space when the view is zoomed-out.
  • Improved: Audio Chord Wizard - Saved bar information is now imported back from Band-in-a-Box. When the user returns the chords to BIAB and saves the song, BIAB saves information about the Bar One location and edited Bar locations inside the song file. If the user later re-opens the saved song into ACW, ACW will now load the saved Bar One and Bar Edits from the previous session. So a song can be re-opened into ACW, the bar locations further refined, and then the updated chord and tempo-map information can be sent back to BIAB.

Summary of Changes for Build 232 (March 1, 2007)

  • Improved: On Windows Vista, MS GS Wavetable latency is auto-set to 205ms (instead of 120 which is what XP wants).
  • Added: Registrations of FileTypes (MGU etc.) includes a message about disabling UserAccountControl - a needed step if the Registry is write protected under Vista.
  • Added: Information about installing DXi synth plugins is provided if no DXi Synths are found.
  • Improved: Opt. Return to Factory Settings (option 2 - return ALL..) now returns DXi/DX/VSTi/VST settings to factory defaults.

Summary of Changes for Build 231 (February 14, 2007)

  • Fixed: Help file display under Windows Vista. New Help file included (BBV.CHM, instead of BBW.HLP). This is included for compatibility with Vista, since Vista doesn't currently display HLP files.
  • Added: RealDrum styles WAV files can now be mono WAV files (in addition to stereo).
  • Fixed: Timing problem with a few RealDrum styles (note: this bug was present on build 229/230 only).
  • Fixed: RealDrum Volume problem (note: issue was present only on build 229).
  • Improved: RealDrums timing has been slightly improved in other styles as well.
  • Added: Style txt files now support dbAdjustA= and dbADjustB= settings, for custom volumes for substyles. Note : if using these features, make sure that dbAdjust=0 (or whatever global adjustment you want) follows the dbAdjustA or dbAdjustB lines, to ensure compatibility with versions prior to build 230. Example:
    ;CORRECT this boosts 'a' substyle by 3db and b substyle by 4 db!
    dbAdjustA=3
    dbAdjustB=4
    dbAdjust=0 ; this line is needed for compatibility with versions prior to build 230
  • Fixed: Audio Render sometimes had silence at the beginning of the rendered file.
  • Added: This adds the ability to record audio while using a DXi synth, without re-routing the MIDI to the MIDI Driver.
  • Fixed: Timing issue when recording with large ASIO buffers, and a timing issue when punching-in with large ASIO buffers.
  • Fixed: Humming issue when recording, or occasionally with RealDrums playback.
  • Added: Soundtrack rendering to MP3.
  • Updated: Band-in-a-Box 2007 PDF manual.

Summary of Changes for Build 228 (January 17, 2007)

  • Fixed: Piano roll crash div by zero error on foreign language versions.
  • Fixed: Conductor looping bug, when looping at a certain point with RealDrums. If conductor was set to trigger loop at the next part marker, the RealDrums would loop back to the beginning of the song.
  • Fixed: In some specific cases, section text didn't show up in the lead sheet window (For example, in Fakesheet mode if there was only one text event and you were not displaying staff lines).
  • Fixed: Disappearing note stems if not printing chord symbols, or not showing chords on leadsheet.
  • Fixed: Render to wave problems when song had an audio track and 'adjust audio track volume' set to negative value.
  • Fixed: Left/right arrow key bug when entering line-based lyrics.
  • Fixed: 'Could not stop wave input' when recording punch-in, using MME drivers.
  • Fixed: Recorded audio played back early if using a stereo audio track and no lead-in.
  • Fixed: Error when generating audio harmonies for part of song when using stereo audio track.
  • Fixed: Error when using non-realtime audio effects on stereo audio track.
  • Fixed: Deferred live loop bug with realdrums.
  • Fixed: A few synths were missing from the Synth/sound card menu in MIDI Driver Setup.
  • Fixed: Link to open the Guitar Chord Dictionary from Practice window was defaulting to the wrong .exe.
  • Improved: Record Audio now remembers the last record mode (ie start of song vs. from bar #).
  • Fixed: Help file not displaying certain topics on notation window.
  • Fixed: Audio and RealDrums were off by 2 bars in rendered wave file if lead-in was unchecked, and not using a DXi synth.
  • Fixed: Batch rendering of audio files can be done for MP3 and WMA files (in addition to wave).

Summary of Changes for Build 227 (December 15, 2006)

  • Added: When you save a MIDI file, BB will auto-create a wave file for the RealDrum track, making it easier to import your song into a sequencer. This setting is in the MIDI file options dialog.
  • Enhanced: Pressing RD button to get list of RealDrums now displays the menu every time (previously required the button to get held down the first time).
  • Enhanced: dbl-click on fav-folder dialog opens the folder.
  • Added: Many new fly-by help hints.
  • Enhanced: ASIO Drivers dialog now has an option to suppress warnings about untested cards.
  • Enhanced: When playing at half-speed, better method of slowing down drums (optional, setting in RealDrums).
  • Added: Strings are externazlied to enable foreign language translations.
  • Fixed: Guitar chord diagrams weren't displaying properly.
  • Fixed: Sync problem in following case: Using RealDrums + RelativeTempoChanges in song (%) + jumping around the song with conductor or play from = Out_Of_Sync.
  • Fixed: THRU Channel now resets to 5 on bootup only if it is conflicting with one of the main parts (bass/drums/piano/guitar/strings/melody/soloist).
  • Fixed: Only one copy of BBW.EXE is allowed to be running at a time (multiple instances had been opening up in certain cases).
  • Fixed: Cursor keys weren't working when notation window was opened, until you clicked on the notation window.
  • Fixed: Small memory leak (4K every time play was pressed) when using ASIO.
  • Fixed: Help | Display Program Manual
  • Updated: Misc. additions to BB2007 upgrade manual.
  • Fixed: .STY not found errors when opening some RealDrum demo songs.
  • Fixed: Minor issue with RealDrums Reggae styles.
  • Fixed: Latency Adjust feature could cause all track volumes to be set to 0.
  • Added: Complete advanced tutorial on creating RealDrums styles added to help file.

Summary of Changes for Build 226 (December 4, 2006)

  • Enhanced: Print-Preview. With Save as Graphics file, you can now specify pixel size of graphic, and you are able to view the resulting graphic after save. Also, when saving multiple pages, you get a message about where it has been saved, and can view the first page.
  • Enhanced: RealDrums. For developers (making their own RealDrum styles), there is now a 'Developer mode'. When this is set (as a checkbox in the Prefs-RealDrum settings dialog), any mistakes/typos in the _style.txt file will be displayed, and a detailed DrumAudioResults.txt file will show what pattern was chosen at every bar, and more information. RealDrums style.txt files can now have pascal style comments in them ie. instead of "0,4,5" you can now put "0,4{put a comment like this},5". Typos or unreocognized (future) features won't cause a message to be displayed unless DeveloperMode is true.
  • Fixed: RealDrums. Errors were displaying when switching between Fast reggae and slow reggae style (and same for countryEvenReduced/CountryEven8), ie when a double time feature was used in the WAV file.
  • Fixed: File not found problem when running programs like 'Brent Mason' from the Practice Window.
  • Fixed: Fakesheet 'show ending bars' option.
  • Fixed: Line lyrics were triggering notation options dialog when certain keys were pressed.

Summary of Changes for Build 225 (November 28, 2006)

  • Fixed: Windows 98/ME compatibility.
  • Added: Slash chords were correct in the Audio Chord Wizard screen, but had the wrong roots inside BBW.

Summary of Changes for Build 224 (November 27, 2006)

  • Fixed: Audio Chord Wizard wasn't recognizing some minor chords properly.
  • Improved Progress bars added to Audio Chord Wizard.
  • Added: Band-in-a-Box 2007 tips added to tip-of-the-day windows.
  • Fixed: Help buttons in dialogs weren't working.
  • Fixed: Captions and hints fixed for the new buttons on the toolbar.
  • Updated: Help file updated.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated December 5, 2008

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BBW.LST (StylePicker) Update for Band-in-a-Box 2007

Because of StylePicker improvements in 2008, the most current bbw.lst file (style description file) cannot be used with 2007 and earlier versions. This will install a bbw.lst file for Band-in-a-Box 2007 that will recognize the styles released with Band-in-a-Box 2008 and higher (Styles Set 69 and higher - current to Styles Set 77). You would only need to use this installer if you have Band-in-a-Box 2007 and purchased a new styles set (#69 or above). If you have Band-in-a-Box 2008 or 2009, you don't need this patch; Download the latest update patch for Band-in-a-Box 2008 or 2009 instead (above).

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2006 Update--Build 224 (14 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 2006 to Build 224, and includes all the fixes in previous Band-in-a-Box 2006 updates. Please note that you must have Band-in-a-Box Version 2006 installed in order for this update to work.

Summary of Changes for Build 224 (March 5, 2007)

  • Fixed: Help file updated to work on Windows Vista. This is a .chm file (html based) rather than .hlp, since Vista dropped built-in support for .hlp files. This is the only change since build 220. Click here if you would prefer to download build 220, which uses the .hlp format.

Summary of Changes for Build 220 (June 20, 2006)

  • Added: Support for all of the latest Band-in-a-Box Styles, Soloists, and Melodists available from PG Music Inc.
  • Fixed: When drum lead-in was set to play patterns, sometimes played a fill on bar 1 when styles were live drums.
  • Added: Better support for Bandstand, and other synths that take time to load new patches. See the files 'UsingBandstandWithBIAB.pdf' and 'ReadmeBandstand.txt' in the folder c:\bb\Bandstand Technical Notes.
  • Changed: '0' to delete a pattern in StyleMaker now requires a confirmation dialog. Delete key still doesn't.
  • Fixed: In the StyleMaker, added a "style has changed" reminder when notation has been edited or just the pattern weight has been changed.
  • Added: Option to set a style to use riff voicings that are a simple transposition, instead of mapping to chord tones. This is set in Miscellaneous-Riff voicings use chord tones. If you de-select this, the style would simply transpose a riff-based voicing (for piano/guitar/strings) instead of mapping it to chord tones. You can also force EVERY style to map riff-based patterns in this way, by putting a file called 'RIFF12.TXT' in the folder. If you do this, all patterns that are set to riff-based voicing will simply be transposed instead of mapped to chord tones. Note: riff-based voicing is a rarely used setting, and this likely affects less than 1% of styles.
  • Fixed: Occasional problem when style used live drums, the intro was set to play drum patterns, and there were pushes present in bar 1 or bar 2 (the drums would be silent for awhile).
  • Fixed: Piano Roll now displays drum patch names instead of instrument patches when viewing the drum track.
  • Fixed: Melodist Editor - 'SET' button was obscured by the chorus combo box.
  • Updated: This patch includes the most recent bbw.lst (style list file), default.sol (Soloist definition file), default.mel (melodist definition file), BIAB 2006 help file, and BIAB 2006 manual.

Summary of Changes for Build 212 (February 23, 2006)

  • Improved: StylePicker limit now increased from 4,800 to 7,200 styles. The stylelist file is now called bbw7k.lsw instead of bbw.lsw (note: PG Music uses about 3,300 of those style names, so you have room for 3,900 styles from third parties.
  • Fixed: After Edit-Unfold, program not alerting to "file has changed".
  • Fixed: After Melody-Quantize, program not alerting to "file has changed".
  • Fixed: Melody Quantize not working for partial song, was only working for full song.
  • Fixed: when the "include patch changes in MIDI files" setting was disabled, controller 0 and 32 bank changes were still being included in the MIDI File.
  • Improved: StyleMaker, drum editor: small improvement in alternate notes velocity (now rounded off to nearest 18, instead of truncated). Note that the alternate notes need to be rounded off to nearest velocity of 18, due to file format compatibility with earlier versions. So if you enter an alternate velcity of 93, you'll get 90 (18*5).
  • Fixed: DirectX Window would sometimes be on-top of dialogs which were popped up by hosted plugins, making it impossible to read or respond to the dialog, appearing to hang the program. The DirectX Window is now at the same window level as the standalone Piano Roll or standalone Audio Edit window, and shouldn't obscure dialogs any more. The behavior of the DirectX window will be slightly different now, since you could conceivably completely cover up the DirectX window with some other Band-in-a-Box window such as the standalone PianoRoll window. But this is nothing new in multi-window programs. If you have a lot of floating windows, just move them around onscreen until you can see a little bit of each window, so you can click on each one to bring it to the front.
  • Fixed: Long-standing intermittent 'DX crash on exit' bug which afflicts some folks some of the time. It seemed most likely when Exiting Band-in-a-Box with the DirectX window open. Some plugins were more apt to cause the problem, and it was reported that VSC DXi (and VSC VSTi) were perhaps more likely to show this problem than the average plugin.
  • Fixed: Notation slur divide-by-zero which can occur only on rare instances of deleting a slurred note, if the slur is very short-duration.

Summary of Changes for Build 210 (February 20, 2006)

  • Fixed: Notation paste bug, where subsequent pastes could go to the wrong place.
  • Added: The mouse cursor will jump to the default button in dialogs, as long as you have set the Control Panel – Mouse – Pointer Options - to “Snap to" the default button in the dialog (The location of this setting may vary depending on the kind of mouse you have. It is sometimes found at Control Panel – Mouse – Motion – Smart Move).
  • Fixed: When you Batch Rendered MIDI files and selected "Name MIDI file based on song Title", each MIDI file used the title of the previous song for the MIDI file name.
  • Fixed: When you have 'send notes to notation window' enabled in the guitar settings window, you can click on the fretboard to input the notes into the notation window. However, this wasn't working for open strings.
  • Fixed: When you selected zzjazzsw.sty in the StylePicker, it loaded zzjazz instead.

Summary of Changes for Build 208 (February 9, 2006)

  • Improved: The main change in build 208 is that the appearance of the dialog boxes have been improved (standard Windows fonts and sizing, alignment and spacing of text and buttons, etc).
  • Fixed: If a key sig was sharp, such as F#, and you transposed the notation up or down by a multiple of 12 (or -12,) then it would make the key sig flat such as Gb.
  • Fixed: File extension is now ensured to be ".WAV" when choosing a target file in the Render to Audio File dialog.
  • Fixed: If pressing the event editor button within the notation window in StyleMaker edit mode, the title bar for the Event List would say that the track is "Thru".
  • Fixed: Ties were occasionally mis-drawn in beats that were using high resolution notes (32nd notes etc.)
  • Fixed: Notation - inserting a rest only deleted some of the notes from the peg.
  • Fixed: Notation - undoing a rest insertion did not restore removed notes.
  • Updated: BIAB 2006 is now ready for international (non-English) versions.

Summary of Changes for Build 204 (January 25 2006)

  • Fixed: Problem with Section Text sometimes bunching-up toward the beginning of a row in FakeSheet mode.
  • Fixed: Possible crash in the Leadsheet window when loading in a new song as current song was playing an ending.
  • Fixed: Notation bug in which the Coda symbol was not being displayed at the destination bar location after the jump occurs.
  • Fixed: Problems with hard (manually inserted) rests sometimes making the notation display go haywire at that bar.
  • Fixed: Print Preview 'PrintPage' bug in which if the print options were set to just the First Chorus, PrintPage was printing beyond the 1st Chorus if 1st Chorus was shorter than 1 page.
  • Fixed: 'Repeats and Endings' item has been added back to the right-click menu in the chord sheet.

Summary of Changes for Build 202 (January 20 2006)

  • Fixed: The 'Notation | 'Notation/Edit/note-roll mode' menu item did not work, nor did CTRL-ALT-N.
  • Fixed: The chord C#m played incorrectly in Ukulele styles.
  • Fixed: All 5,624 existing chord definitions for Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, and Mandolin have been checked for accuracy and fixed where necessary.
  • Fixed: Aug chord problem. BIAB occasionally played a major chord instead of Augmented - typically happened after a series of aug chords had been played.
  • Fixed: There was a glitch between loops when you were using a DXi synth with the Conductor Window.
  • Fixed: Classical Soloists #159 through 162 were incorrectly assigned to a Jazz Swing database. They are now assigned to Class_16.ST2.
  • Fixed: Soloist #18 was the same as #14. Soloist #18 has been re-defined as a 'Tenor Sax - Slow Ballads' Soloist.
  • Added: Four new Soloists have been defined in Default.SOL: #335 Milt - Ballad Vibes (Slow Swing 16ths), #336 Yardbird - Slow-Med (Alto Sax ala CharlieP - Swing 16ths solo style), #337 Bari Sax Slow Bop (Baritone Sax Slow Bop Swing 16ths solo style), and #338 Blues - Jimmy & Wes (Blues - Jimmy & Wes (Organ & Guitar alternating) Med-Swing). The newest Default.SOL is included in the update.
  • Fixed: If you used the Conductor Window while playing the Jukebox, playback stopped after the current song.
  • Fixed: 'File | Open Audio' didn't always work for CDA files.
  • Fixed: 'Audio | Import Audio' didn't work for CDA files unless you had saved the currently open BB song on your local hard disk.
  • Fixed: Conductor Window hotkey [~] conflicted with [`] hotkey for entering rests in the notation window, and with regular apostrophe key on European keyboards. Conductor hotkey has been changed to [CTRL + ~].
  • Fixed: Opt. | Preferences | MIDI Options - when 'Style Patch Changes' was disabled, some style patch changes were still sent.
  • Fixed: When 'include patch changes in MIDI files' was disabled in the MIDI File Options dialog, some patch changes were still included in the MIDI file.
  • Fixed: In the Harmony Maker dialog, if you specified any negative value for the Velocity Boost of "Low Root", it set the velocities of those notes all to 127 instead of decreasing the velocities by the amount you specified.
  • Fixed: The fly-by help hint for the SAVE AS button in the Soloist Editor dialog had an error. The [SAVE AS] button saves as a *.sol file, not *.s1.
  • Fixed: 'Open Previous Song' and 'Open Previous Style' didn't work if "OK to auto-add recent files" was unchecked in the Favorite Songs dialog.
  • Fixed: 'TEMPMAIN.WAV not found' error and audio track erased after importing wav file and generating harmonies without pressing save.
  • Fixed: 'Expecting to write xxx bytes, instead wrote xxx bytes' error when pasting audio harmonies into multiple sections of a song.
  • Fixed: Problems with Audio Harmonies, Cut/Paste, and non-realtime Audio Plugins (including 'Could not open file' and 'division by zero' errors) after Opening or Importing a .WAV file.
  • Fixed: Crash when printing if there were slurs in a number of consecutive bars.
  • Fixed: Crash in the StyleMaker drum grid editor when using ASIO drivers and a DXi synth.
  • Fixed: Recording a style pattern (StyleMaker) sometimes did not work properly in the case of Dxi being used with MME audio drivers.
  • Fixed: If you had the 'pause play until MIDI or key received' feature enabled while using a DXi synth, the song started playing when you hit a key, but there was no sound. This also happened for the first song in the Jukebox.
  • Fixed: If a sound card's sample rate is changed while BIAB is open and using ASIO drivers, the message box stating "sample rate has changed" only appears once rather than each time a song is played.
  • Fixed: Possible 'inetwh32.dll missing' error when opening help file.

Summary of Changes for Build 198 (December 16 2005)

  • Fixed: Guitar chord diagrams were sometimes displaying and printing incorrectly.
  • Fixed: Pitch Invasion is now playable when the dpi (font size) is set at 120 (instead of the standard 96).
  • Improved: Music Replay - For the melody & rhythm games, in previous builds, if you pressed "stop" before you played your part, it was counted as a zero score when it tallied the totals. It now is not counted at all.
  • Improved: Music Replay - The scoring has been improved, and now gives a more accurate representation of your performance.
  • Improved: Music Replay - The default metronome patches have been changed from "metronome" to "sidestick" (some soundcards do not have a metronome sound, in which case it was silent).
  • Improved: Music Replay - "Automatically retry phrases if the score is not at least x" is fixed. Previously you needed to get higher than x, but it is now equal to or greater than x.
  • Added: Music Replay - There is a "score report" that you can access at the end of a Rhythm or Melody game. It gives you detailed information about all of the notes you played, and how the individual notes were scored. You can access this by pressing "show score report" at the final dialog, which opens the report as a txt file.
  • Fixed: JazzBal1.STY didn't show up in StylePicker.
  • Updated: Updated Pitch Invasion and Music Replay help files are included.

Summary of Changes for Build 197 (December 7 2005)

  • Improved: Added improved generic VST interface to Nonrealtime DirectX.
  • Improved: Added 'remove VST Plugin from list' to Nonrealtime DirectX.
  • Fixed: General Protection Fault on some systems when rendering to wave in realtime using MME drivers.
  • Fixed: General Protection Fault when exiting the program after re-rendering to wave.
  • Fixed: VST Preset Naming problems in Band-in-a-Box.
  • Fixed: VST Preset Naming problems in DXNonrealtime.
  • Fixed: "Untested format" error message for ASIO format INT24LSB has been eliminated.
  • Improved: "Untested format" error message will now only be shown at the time the user selects a new ASIO driver rather than every time the program boots up.
  • Fixed: If right clicking directly on a note in the bass clef, and then launching the notation symbols dialog, the clef combo box got set to treble clef rather than bass clef. If the user did not notice this, then the symbol (such as staccato) was inserted in the Treble clef.
  • Fixed: In fakesheet mode, time signatures were sometimes being drawn in incorrect bars.
  • Fixed: In fakesheet mode, time signatures would sometimes get drawn at the end of a line when it really belonged at the beginning of the next line.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated February 23, 2006

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BBW.LST (StylePicker) Update for Band-in-a-Box 2006 and earlier

Because of StylePicker improvements in 2008, the most current bbw.lst file (style description file) cannot be used with 2007 and earlier versions. This will install a bbw.lst file for Band-in-a-Box 2006 and earlier that will recognize the styles released with later versions of Band-in-a-Box - current to Styles Set 77. You would only need to use this installer if you have Band-in-a-Box 2006 or earlier and purchased a newer styles set. If you have Band-in-a-Box 2008 or 2009, you don't need this patch; Download the latest update patch for Band-in-a-Box 2008 or 2009 instead (above).

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated December 30, 2008

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PG Music Font Update for 64-bit versions of Windows.

This patch will update the PG Music fonts so that they work with 64-bit versions of Windows. To ensure that the fonts are updated correctly, restart your computer right before installing this patch. If you are not currently having trouble with fonts, and you do not have a 64-bit version of Windows, you do not need to install this update.

Updated February 27, 2006

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2005 Update--Build 163 (7.2 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 2005 build 147/148/152/156 to build 163 automatically. This update includes all the fixes included in the previous updates(148/152/163), plus the newer ones below. Please note that you must have Band-in-a-Box Version 2005 in order for this update to work.

Summary of Changes for Build 163 (June 16 2005)

  • Updated [Build 163]: Band-in-a-Box updated to be aware of the newest styles sets.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: When in Fake sheet mode and viewing multiple tracks, the printout skipped every second line.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: Access violation when scrolling to the end of the Lead Sheet window in Fake Sheet mode.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: Program sometimes crashed on Window 2000 when VU Meters were open during playback.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: Lyrics were duplicated in the Lead Sheet window with Fake Sheet enabled if they occurred between 4:100 and 4:119 (beats:ticks) of any bar.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: Ties didn't display in bar 1 in Lead Sheet window when Fake Sheet was enabled.
  • Improved [Build 156]: Status bar at top of screen now shows what beat of a measure you are on in the Notation and Chord Sheet windows.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: In the Chord Options dialog, the options in the Rest type combo box weren't correctly displayed under some circumstances.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: It is now possible to Cut a selected range of notes (for example from C4 to C5) in the notation window.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: When entering a held chord, if you selected "excluded instruments should rest" in the chord settings dialog, that feature will not work past bar 10.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: Program crashed under certain circumstances if there was a harmony change as well as patch changes in the event list.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: Some of the text box and combo box labels in the Event List Editor were misplaced.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: In the StylePicker, "Only Show Styles Disk #" menu, some of the new styles disks weren't described.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: The right-click menu in Piano Roll window had some incorrect strings.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: In the StylePicker editor, if you added a new style and set the 'Patch for Soloist Track' to you got an error when rebuilding style list.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: In the MIDI Output Driver Wizard dialog, the 'Use my external MIDI Module' section was greyed out.
  • Fixed [Build 156]: Band-in-a-Box wouldn't run if there was an identical folder or browser window called "Band-in-a-Box" open.
  • Added [Build 156]: International strings and hints for Piano Roll window.

Summary of Changes for Build 152 (Feb 17 2005)

  • Fixed [Build 152]: Hints no longer show up on a listbox, since they interfere with selection.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: "error allocating DIB" error was happening when saving a range of pages to a JPG. This was because the name passed to the converter was not always being correctly generated.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Problems using the custom file/save dialog, trying to save as a graphics file (for example, .JPG). For example, if your song is MySong.MGU and you save as a .JPG file, the default file name in the Save As dialog will be MySong.MGU. If you keep this filename, your original song file is replaced.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Patch changes on Melody or Soloist track not showing up in track after a MIDI File generation.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Soloist patch changes at any bar were not working.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Multiple lines of lyrics in FakeSheet not drawing if there was a repeat.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Lyrics not highlighting in time with music in WinME. This was because Win98/ME has a less precise timer with a less fine resolution than XP.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Gibberish when Jazz Symbols was enabled and non-regular chord symbols such as Roman Numerals were selected.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Print page sometimes producing gibberish in Win98/ME.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: After converting the audio track from Mono to Stereo, you would get chipmunk sounds (octave higher) if you pasted a previously cut or copied section onto the newly converted audio track. If you converted from stereo to mono and then Pasted a previously cut or copied section of audio, the result would by that the sound is an octave too low.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: On Windows XP, after recording audio and "keeping take", you got the error " Could not open file" if the directory path for your song is too long. Often, this is about 4 or 5 folders from the root hard drive, so it can be a problem for songs saved in folders on the desktop or My Documents folder.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: As above, this also occurred when loading in a file with a very long folder.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: PAT file conversion issue in which blank spaces at the beginning of a line having a patch was causing the patch to not be converted.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Gibberish issue with user-selectable fonts in the staff settings besides just the title font.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Intermittent screen redraw issue involving the Title Window within BBW's main window that happened after completion of the Audio Harmony generation routines.
  • Added [Build 152]: Improved 'tab' order movement through many dialogs.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: PianoRoll auto-scroll during playback was sometimes jerky.

The following are fixes for international versions (non English):

  • Added [Build 152]: Ability to load a different splash screen for international versions.
  • Added [Build 152]: ToolBar font can now be customized for international versions.

The following are fixes for Dx and Dxi settings:

  • Fixed [Build 152]: Save Group so it pops up a "Group Is Empty, can't save Group" message, if the Group is empty.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Save Preset so it pops up a "No plugin is selected, can't save Preset" message, if no plugin is selected.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: BBW exit routine, so that if there are no DX plugins assigned, it will erase 'DefaultDXSynth.tgs'.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: BBW exit routine, so that if there are no DXi plugins assigned, it will erase 'DefaultDXiSynth.tgs'.
  • Fixed [Build 152]: Direct Rendering improved for songs with an audio track.
  • Added [Build 152]: Audio file merge progress indicator added to BBW title bar when DXi rendering.
  • Updated [Build 152]: Updated Helper applications.

Summary of Changes for Build 148 (December 8 2004)

  • Fixed [Build 148]: Invisible cursor when clicking/dragging notes in Win98/ME
  • Fixed [Build 148]: When displaying multiple lines of lyrics per row in FakeSheet mode, the last bar of any lyric line of a row (except the first line) would fail to display any lyrics.
  • Fixed [Build 148]: If a song contained Stereo Audio, and the MIDI was rendered to audio, the audio track was merged in at half speed.
  • Added [Build 148]: Missing Inetwh32.dll added to support help file web linking.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated June 16, 2005

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Band-in-a-Box Melodist 4 Update(1.1 MB)

You would only need this patch if you purchased Melodist set 4 separately or got the Band-in-a-Box 2005 MegaPAK before March of 2005. Please note that you must have Band-in-a-Box Melodist 4 in order for this update to work.

Summary of Changes for Melodist 4 (March 8th 2005)

  • Added: New Dixieland Melodist databases.
  • Added: New Dixieland Melodist demo songs.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in this update, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated March 8th, 2005

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Band-in-a-Box Version 2004C Update--Build 74 (5.6 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 2004/2004a/2004b to version 2004c build 74 automatically. Please note that you must have Band-in-a-Box Version 2004 in order for this update to work.

Summary of Changes for 2004c Build 74 (June 7 2004)

  • Fixed [Build 74]: Higherbank dialog also sends bank drum changes
  • Improved [Build 74]: songlist dialog now displays the found item 3 from the top, instead of at the bottom
  • Improved [Build 74]: "annoying" fly-by hint removed from the songlist dialog, since the same info is available at the top of the screen.
  • Fixed [Build 74]: Low root harmony velocity bug fixed. New bbwdll9.dll is required for that, so included in the patch.
  • Improved [Build 74]: Bar and beat # shown at the top of the screen, even in cases where bar settings information (F5 dialog) has specific info for that bar. Users with JAWS readers had requested this.
  • Updated [Build 74]: Styles updated for upcoming new styles disks. (support in program and bbw.lst file)
  • Updated [Build 74]: Default.sol updated. Soloist Disk 9 was not fully supported with the previous default.sol file, this has been fixed. Specfically, this improves soloists #11, #48, 156, 158, 247
  • Fixed [Build 74]: Songlist dialog had occasional exception if previously selected font selected was not present on system.
  • Added [Build 73]: Option in Prefs-MIDI Options to enable drum bank changes. This should usually be left unchecked, since most synths don't use bank changes on drums. But if you require drum bank changes, then select this option.
  • Added [Build 73]: When using the Higher Bank Patch selection dialog, the selection remembers where it was for the last instrument, and tries to locate it in the dialog. This makes it easier to choose higher bank patches for different instruments.
  • Added [Build 73]: +/- indicator for the column that is sorted in the Songlist dialog.
  • Added [Build 73]: Songlist dialog, pressing first letter moves the current row to the row beginning with that letter.
  • Fixed [Build 73]: Exception was occurring when opening Songlist folders that were made with earlier versions of BB.
  • Fixed [Build 73]: Guitar/Lyric/BigPiano Windows don't re-open up on re-boot. If guitar left open, doesn't re-open. Note: Lyric Document window won?t re-open.
  • Fixed [Build 73]: Patch change bug that sometimes happened clicking on radio buttons at top of screen.
  • Fixed [Build 73]: Disappearing notes, if entering lyrics in a beat that had a different resolution than the song's overall resolution.
  • Fixed [Build 73]: Brackets around courtesy accidentals sometimes drawn in incorrect locations.
  • Fixed [Build 73]: Accidentals themselves were sometimes being drawn in the wrong location.
  • Fixed [Build 73]: Repeat signs interfering with guitar chord diagrams if stavelines=false.
  • Fixed [Build 71]: DiskFull message when rebuilding style list.
  • Added [Build 70]: The Fakesheet now displays the leadin bar if there are notes present in that bar.
  • Changed [Build 70]: Repeat symbols and 1st/2nd endings now won't display on the notation window or leadsheet window if the fakesheet checkbox is not checked.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: In certain cases, The Visual Metronome took focus from the main screen, so you needed to ctrl-alt-del out of Band-in-a-Box. This was when embedded dialogs were on the screen.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: You can now load and save files to UNC folders (on other PC's on a network) such as \\My Dell PC\D_DRIVE\My Song.MGU
  • Fixed [Build 70]: In the Render to Audio File dialog, (Re)-Render to WAV file... had the DXi Render Help Hint instead of the correct one.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: If you had colors displayed, (absolute, or relative to key or chord), C notes always showed up black when using the Scriabin colour set.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: The Interval tutor was playing a unison interval instead of a lower second note when replay was selected, you guessed correctly, and no prior first guess was made.
  • Improved [Build 70]: About Box now shows information about system's physical memory and available physical memory, and a more accurate speed test.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: Saving a MIDI file when both a harmony and harmony changes at any bar are present.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: When audio was recorded for a short sequence (bar 1-5) for example, and a second recording take was made further on (bar 10) if you played the song from any other place than the beginning, the audio track was silent.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: Section Text events would not print unless the treble clef was selected and Print Note Based Lyrics was selected.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: In the Edit Repeats and Ending dialog, the help hints for the [Delete All] and [Edit List...] buttons were reversed. The [Delete All] hint had a typo. The [Options] button had the same help hint as [Show form].
  • Fixed [Build 70]: If the key box was selected, and the down arrow was used to change the key, if you responded that it was OK to transpose the song, Band-in-a-Box would generate an Access Violation.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: When using the Ctrl-F keyboard shortcut to have the song play from any bar, you can now select the chorus by only using the keyboard using the TAB key and the up/down arrow keys.
  • Fixed [Build 70]: Using Ctrl+Shift+ Q or W to turn the volume of the selected instrument up or down, although the volume indicated in the synth window did change, the actual volume of the instrument playing did not change unless the user clicked on the volume control arrows.

Summary of Changes for 2004b (March 2004)

  • Improved: Stylpicker printout to clipboard works better for big lists.
  • Added: DXi rendering direct-to-disk (press the WAV button, and select the “Direct Render" button
  • Fixed: Wording of message “This style has brushes, OK to remap them to non brushes? (note: Opt-Prefs2 can turn this off)
  • Fixed: The last lyric is not carried through to the printout
  • Fixed: Under the Opt. Menu, Utilities was spelled wrong.
  • Fixed: When you delete intrface.bbw and restart, the driver message ends: "...or use the Driver Wizard button in the follo" which should be "...or use the Driver Wizard in the following dialog."
  • Added: Filter added for the Song List dialog, so you can filter by any kind of text “like songs with the name “Gary" in them"
  • Added: Songlist dialog is much faster, displaying list almost instantly (used to be a few seconds when there were thousands of songs)
  • Added: Ear Training dialog now has a “Correct" bitmap that shows up to add a little visual reward for getting it right.
  • Added: Stylepicker, now have an option to export as comma-delimited file (for file-open by Excel)
  • Added: Songlist dialog, now have an option to as comma-delimited file (for file-open by Excel).
  • Added: Songlist dialog – now has selection of font
  • Added: Songlist dialog, - now remembers and finds last song chosen or current song.
  • Added: Hotkeys added for newer dialogs.
  • Added: Internationalization support added: (note: other languages still require a new DLL called BBBWX.DLL where X is the language)
  • Added: option added in prefs to make the reduction of volumes when increasing beyond 127 options
  • Added: hints for the audio edit window,lyric view, track copy, guitarist editor.
  • Fixed: scrolling in print preview with screen width selected
  • Fixed: When you only print chords, no staves or notes, you get the left margin creeping over gradually.
  • Fixed: The Copyright info did not print
  • Fixed: If I select a song and exit the song list, when I return to the Song List window, the first song in the list was always selected, not the previously selected song.
  • Fixed: If Visible Metronome is turned on and a song is playing, going into nearly all dialogs and clicking an option will make that dialog lose focus and disappear behind the Band-in-a-Box screen.
  • Fixed: The pop up hints for the Melodist and Soloist button had the hot keys switched.
  • Fixed: Soloist | Edit Soloist Track | Record to Soloist Part - when selected, there is a checkbox stating "Overdub underlying melody" = should state "Overdub underlying Soloist"
  • Fixed: Chord builder sometimes inserted chords at wrong location.
  • Fixed: If you set up any repeat such that the last bar of the repeat occurs on bar 5 or 9 or 13 ... , the last bar of the repeat showed up blank in the Lead Sheet and Print Preview windows in Fake sheet mode.
  • Fixed: Leadsheet and titlebar-main program bar highlighting with large latecny settings
  • Fixed: Ch15 message as first event after importing a MIDI file.
  • Fixed: some songs weren't playing to the end when there were time signature changes.

Summary of Changes for 2004a (January 2004)

  • Fixed: Access violation when printing.
  • Fixed: DXi functionality improved and much more stable.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated June 7, 2004

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Band-in-a-Box Font Update for Versions 12 and earlier (0.5 MB)

NOTE: You should only need to use this patch if you are experiencing problems with fonts on Windows 2000 or XP, and you have Band-in-a-Box 12 or earlier. If you do not currently have font issues, you do NOT need this patch. See the article about fonts in the Frequently Asked Question page for your version of Band-in-a-Box if you are getting a font error.

You should restart your computer before and after installing this patch. If problems perist, delete the PG*.FOT files from \windows\system and restart your system.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. -Updated October 21, 2003

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Band-in-a-Box Version 12.0b2 Update (1.7 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 12.0x to version 12.0b2 automatically. Please note that you must have Band-in-a-Box Version 12.0 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.

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

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Band-in-a-Box Version 12.0b Update (2 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 12.0 to version 12.0b automatically. Necessary files will be updated to the current versions. Please note that you must have Band-in-a-Box Version 12.0 for this update to work.

Summary of Changes for version 12.0b (compared to 12.0a):

  • Added: Saving a file with a new name now added to the recently used files list.
  • Added: Disable tab display option (option in print options).
  • Added: A new feature to allow XG synths that don't have patch 41 for brushes to still hear brush sounds. To access the XG-brushes feature, choose Edit-Prefs-Prefs2-and set "Drum Brushes" to XG. Then the drums will get mapped to XG note numbers in BB songs and MIDI files.
  • Fixed: What add-ons do you have dialog fixed.
  • Fixed: Chord sub memos weren't displaying the correctly transposed notes.
  • Fixed: Smaller font used for audio edit window, leadsheet window.
  • Fixed: Notation will print lyrics/section text if melody is empty.
  • Fixed: Section text works for tracks other than Melody or Soloist (eg. Bass).
  • Fixed: Printing bass clef only, the section text will still show up.
  • Fixed: Notation print problem when only printing chords (no notes).
  • Fixed: Minor enhancements in custom file dialog, and name is now g32.exe instead of f32.
  • Fixed: Saving MGX file now remembers the style.
  • Fixed: Higher banks saved for all instruments. Bank assignments now auto-saved for Melody and Soloist part.
  • Added: Non-English versions only - Style lists improved/changed for international (non English) versions. Note: if using an International version, you might need to copy BBWX.LST to overwrite BBW.LST where X is the first letter of the language you are using.

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated March 14, 2003

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Band-in-a-Box Version 12.0a Update (1.36 MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Version 12.0 to version 12.0a automatically. Necessary files will be updated to the current versions. Please note that you must have Band-in-a-Box Version 12.0 for this update to work.

To apply the Band-in-a-Box 12.0a update: Double-click BBW12A.EXE. When prompted, either accept the default destination c:\bb or enter another location, and then click the 'OPEN' button.

Note: A backup of any files that are modified will be copied to a backup folder (i.e. c:\bb\backup). If you ever want to revert to the previous version of the program that you had before applying the patch, rename and copy the files from the c:\bb\backup folder to c:\bb, and choose "OK to Overwrite."

Summary of Changes for version 12.0a2:

  • This is a maintenence release.
  • Fixed: Font issues in Windows XP
  • Improved the saving of the style wizard data to be forward compatible with future versions of BB.
  • Fixed: Error about invalid # typed in if importing a MIDI file after using stylewizard in the same session.
  • Fixed: "what add-ons do I have" was ignoring styles sets 31, 32.
  • Fixed: #s on guitar chord diagrams font was wrong on PC's that lacked MS Sans Serif font.
  • Fixed: Printing a single leadsheet harmony, was printing all of them if print preview was visited first.
  • Fixed: If Titles had 'illegal filename' characters (":<>?*" etc.),file-save or MIDI-file save dialog wouldn't show up.
  • Fixed: If saving a new song using the ZZ (original 24 styles), style wouldn't show up when song was reloaded unless filename extension was changed to .SG1 (for jazz).

If you encounter a problem or have a concern with any of the features in Band-in-a-Box, do not hesitate to contact us. Updated December 11, 2002

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Band-in-a-Box Version 11.0c2 Update (1.2MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 11.x to version 11.0c2. Please note that you must have version 11.0 (or higher) to use the update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed. To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose "About Band-in-a-Box" from the Help menu. Please refer to the readme.txt file for more information.

Changes for version 11.0c2, compared to 11.0b:

  • Improved: For styles with a bass instrument on the bass part, the lowest note played will be E2 (the lowest note on a standard bass guitar). This can be set to a lower value, in Options-Prefs. If 'skip notes' are used in the style (ie brief notes that are lower than E2 used to simulate the sound of a muted note), they will be heard but not displayed on the notation.
  • StyleMaker improvements. Saving routine improved to remove unused or deleted patterns. When StyleMaker is open: looping always set to true, key signature always set to C, and 2 bars per screen of notation shown. Bug with chord on bar 1, beat 1 getting changed when using StyleMaker fixed. Notation Window closes if StyleMaker opens up.
  • StyleMaker "Stylechecker" enhanced. More messages about pushes present / lacking in style, more detailed messages about loud notes near the end of a pattern. Messages about low bass notes in the style, and masks on ending patterns added. Fixed: Stylmaker notation window will always show only bars 1&2 of the pattern, instead of scrolling past that.
  • fixed spurious "file already exists" message when choosing User-Make a New Style
  • Big Lyrics Window: when using a software synth with a latency setting (eg. VSC3), the lyric display is now in syn with the music.
  • Enhanced: During playback, the instrumens used in the style will highlight in blue at the top, the unused ones are in purple. (this was added in 11.0c2, not 11.0c)
  • Size of Floating Notation window saved.
  • Stem positions for notes in a chord was improved for certain font sizes. (11.0c2)
  • Enhancements for bass-clef instruments like trombone/ bass guitar. These instruments use bass clef, so you can now set the Melody and Soloist tracks to always display bass clef notation only. To do this, open the notation window options dialog, select the "Transpose" combo box, and choose an instrument like "trombone". This sets the treble/bass clef 'split point' for the notation to a high value like C8, which will then allow all notation to be displayed on the bass clef, and will only display the bass clef for Melody and Soloist tracks in the leadsheet window.
  • Notation enhancment, the Max. # of ledger line setting now works for treble and bass clefs.
  • Fixed: MIDI File save wasn't working for certain styles when "include lead in" wasn't selected in the Options-Prefs dialog.
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Band-in-a-Box Version 11.0b Update (1.2MB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 11.x to version 11.0b. Please note that you must have version 11 to use the update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed. To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu. Please refer to the readme.txt for more information.

Changes for version 11.0b, compared to 11.0:

  • Fixed: Display problems 800x600/Large fonts users for WAV render dialog and import-chords dialog
  • Fixed: what addons do I have dialog wasn't recognizing styles 27,28,29
  • Fixed: not launching VSC3 on Windows 95 from button
  • Fixed: Importing PG-Chords from PG-MIDI files: Slash chords are interpreted with incorrect root. C/D is read in as C/Db. (note: this didn't affect the intelligent Chord Wizard function)
  • Fixed: Chord Builder dialog doesn't open up at current bar, now it does
  • Fixed: list of synth-drum-kits was too small in MIDI Driver dialog,
  • Fixed: 3 blank style buttons replaced with graphical buttons
  • Reworded: "the old way" was reworded from Prefs2 dialog
  • Styles menu changed to de-emphasize the older 24 original styles
  • Additional strings added for international (non English) versions
  • Styles can be loaded in Long File Name Dialogs
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Band-in-a-Box Version 10.0c Update (505 KB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 10.0 - 10.0b to version 10.0c. Please note that you must have versions 10.0 to use the update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu. Please refer to the readme.txt for more information.

Changes for version 10.0c:

  • Added: Pressing in the Chord Builder advances the chord position by 2 beats
  • Fixed: Entering Lyrics- were sometimes losing focus, requiring clicking on the entry box again.
  • Fixed: During jukebox, if in another program, would sometimes change focus to Band-in-a-Box.

- Updated June 26th, 2001

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Band-in-a-Box Version 10.0b Update (505 KB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 10.0 or 10.0a to version 10.0b. Please note that you must have versions 10.0 to use the update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu. Please refer to the readme.txt for more information.

Changes for version 10.0b:

  • Fixed: Playing from any bar with high bar numbers was not working sometimes.
  • Feature added: Chord Builder now has buttons to advance the bar numbers and clear chord.
  • Feature added: The bar and beat number track the chordsheet and other windows. This allows you to keep the chord builder window open and enter new chords with much less keystrokes / mouse clicks!
  • Feature added: The conversion to WMA (Windows Media) now uses improved conversion CODEC for Media Player 8 (compatible with earlier versions of Media Player).
  • Fixed: When you switch to notation mode from a bar greater than 64 and a bar change has occurred,the display moves to bar 1.
  • Fixed: Korg synthesizers were getting their bank reset to zero every time play occured.
  • Feature added: In the Ear Training Window, the notes played now display on the BigPiano Window and the Guitar Window.

- Updated June 7th, 2001

Band-in-a-Box Version 10.0a Update (308 KB)

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This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 10.0 to version 10.0a. Please note that you must have versions 10.0 to use the update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed. To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu. Please refer to the readme.txt for more information.

Use the compressed *.EXE version if the patch update reports that it cannot find the correct file.

Changes for version 10.0a:

  • Guitar Chord Melody generation: Generating a solo for 'part' of a song (instead of the whole song) has been fixed.
  • Ear training dialog - Interval tutor - "Any note or scale tone" were reversed
  • Drum Bank changes were getting sent, interfering with Yamaha XG units, by setting the drums to a piano instrument. This is fixed. (drum bank changes are never sent, as with version 9)
  • Hint labels for Soloist and Melodist (Shift F4 and Shift F5) were reversed.
  • Internationalization support (irrelevant to the English version)

- Updated April 6th, 2001

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Band-in-a-Box Version 9.0d Update (648 KB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 9.0-9.0c to version 9.0d. Please note that you must have versions 9.0 to use the update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed. To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu. Please refer to the readme.txt for more information.

Changes for version 9.0d:

  • Fixed: MIDI Output Driver choice sometimes had to be repeated
  • Fixed: In waltz time, a half note on beat 2 was sometimes misdrawn as a whole note

Changes for version 9.0c:

  • Better support for LS3 files
  • Fixed: Tijuana style not displayed in StylePicker

Changes for version 9.0b:

  • Support for new styles 20, 21, 22, 23.
  • Style limit for style picker increased to 2000 from 1000.
  • Support for LS3 files (style definitions for 3rd party style manufacturers)
  • Fixed: 640x480 menu item for copy-choruses
  • Fixed: Help items not working (note roll options more, and style aliases)
  • Dialog space increased for translated versions

Changes for version 9.0a:

  • Rendering to audio error on NT "error renaming file" - fixed
  • Lyrics now shift when using edit-insert bars, edit-delete bars or intro-generate/remove
  • Error that happened when using "large fonts", and launching choose folder dialog is now fixed (there is a new f32.exe file for this).
  • Language support added, compatible with previous translations, and strings externalized.
  • Undo Chord Solo on Soloist Track now works
  • Note lyrics sometimes lost during save - fixed
  • Big piano window track changes when clicking from notation window
  • After generating guitar chord solo, will now prompt prior to saving a song

Click here to download the bbw.lst file for Version 9.

- Updated September 14th, 2000

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Band-in-a-Box Version 9.0a Update (402 KB)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 9.0 to version 9.0a. Please note that you must have versions 9.0 to use the update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed. To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu. Please refer to the readme.txt for more information.

Changes for version 9.0a:

  • Rendering to audio error on NT "error renaming file" - fixed
  • Lyrics now shift when using edit-insert bars, edit-delete bars or intro-generate/remove
  • Error that happened when using "large fonts", and launching choose folder dialog is now fixed (there is a new f32.exe file for this).
  • Language support added, compatible with previous translations, and strings externalized.
  • Undo Chord Solo on Soloist Track now works
  • Note lyrics sometimes lost during save - fixed
  • Big piano window track changes when clicking from notation window
  • After generating guitar chord solo, will now prompt prior to saving a song
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Band-in-a-Box Version 9.0 Help file (2515 KB)

**WINDOWS 95/98 ONLY**

This self extracting archive contains an improved Band-in-a-Box Version 9.0 helpfile with updated topics.

- Updated June 6th, 2000

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Band-in-a-Box Version 9 Win 3.1/NT Help (1.3 MB)

This special help file is for Windows 3.1 and NT users of Band-in-a-Box Version 9. Windows 95/98 users do not need this file.

- Updated January 25th, 2000

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Band-in-a-Box Version 8.0c Update (929 KB)

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

To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu. Please refer to the readme.txt for more information.

Changes for version 8.0c

  • Added: Soloist suggestions added for styles disks 15-17 Nashville, Blues, Unplugged
  • Fixed: Bug Fixed where "Allow Pedals in Middle Choruses" option couldn't be set to off
  • Fixed: Timing on importing MIDI file to Melody when Lyrics present.
  • Added: If using Windows 3.1 and 640x480, some menus will now show in two columns to avoid scrolling
  • Added: Limit of # of styles in the StylePicker dialog increased from 800 to 1,500 (BBW.LST file)
  • Fixed: Occasional GPF with editing notes in notation fixed.

Changes for version 8.0b

  • Added: The SAVE button on the main screen has always really functioned as a SaveAS button. There's now an option in Options-Prefs2 to allow the button to function as a "Save" button instead.
  • Added: The Drums plugin has been enhanced. The SPACEBAR used to stop playback, but this was being hit inadvertently by people as they played the drums (especially when children were using it). An option has been added to require Ctrl-Spacebar to stop the song.
  • Added: After recording, if you're using a Software Synth like the VSC-88 that has a delay (latency), BB will automatically shift the track back by the amount of the latency.
  • Added: BBY.HLP file support has been added, this is a help file for Windows 3.1 or NT users only (Windows 95/98 users do not require this file)
  • Fixed: Some synth modules with small MIDI buffers were getting a "MIDI Buffer Full" message when stop was pressed.
  • Fixed: In MIDI files generated by BB, Drum Patch changes for brushes were getting written with patch #1 instead of patch 41.
  • Fixed: A bug when using the "Take Again" button in the Record (it was sometimes recording to the Soloist track instead of the Melody).
  • Maintenance fixes on any problems reported are implemented.

Changes for version 8.0a

This Update is recommended for Users of Windows 3.1 or Windows NT. Windows 95 users are not recommended to update unless you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Notation: 2 small improvements in notation display in unusual circumstances (following "hard" rests, and following time signature changes).
  • Default name for MIDI file improved, now defaults to the title of the song (not file name)
  • Misidentification of CPU type in the About box fixed, and "Speed Test" added in the about box.
  • Strings externalized to resources (only relevant for non-English versions of BB)
  • Windows 3.1 and NT only: small fix in the use of file names

- PG Music Inc. (August 26th, 1999)

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Band-in-a-Box Version 7.0d to 7.0g Update (610K)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 7.0d or greater to version 7.0g automatically. Please note that you must have version 7.0d or greater to use the 7.0g update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

Changes For Version 7.0g

  • Support for playback of live drums and custom drum kits. (Styles Disks 9 & 10)
  • New "recording metronome" option in the prefs dialog (useful for styles without drums such as classical styles).
  • Ability to create styles with live drums or custom drum kits.
  • Allows the import of a MIDI file to step time patterns by analyzing the pattern to eliminate duplicate patterns. Those options are also accessed from the StyleMaker menu.
  • New Feature -"slide" a pattern in the StyleMaker (move it by ticks forward or backward)
  • Maintenance fixes on reported problems have been implemented.

- PG Music Inc. (December 3rd, 1997)

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Band-in-a-Box Version 7.0e Update (1.13 Mb)

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 7.0 or 7.0x to version 7.03e. Please note that you must have at least version 7.x or greater to use the 7.0e update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu. Please refer to bbw70e.txt for more information.

Changes for version 7.0e:

This update adds new functionality such as the ability to play Soloist Disk Sets which extend the soloing capabilities of the soloist feature. You can now set the soloist feature to specific styles such as bluegrass or modern jazz. This update also fixes reported problems with version 7.0.

- PG Music Inc. (December 1st, 1996)

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Band-in-a-Box Version 7.0 or 7.0a to 7.0d Update

Please note that you must have at least version 7.0 to use the 7.0d update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed. To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu.

Once you have downloaded the Band-in-a-Box 7.0d update, refer to bbw70d.txt for installation instructions.

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Band-in-a-Box Version 6.03 to 6.04 Update

This patch corrects Windows 95 display problems with the notation buttons. You should only use this patch if you are running Windows 95. Please note that you must have at least version 6.03 to use the 6.04 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed. To check which version of Band-in-a-Box you have, choose About Band-in-a-Box from the Help menu.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

- PG Music Inc. (June 1996)

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Band-in-a-Box Version 6.02 to 6.03 Update

This patch corrects a problem entering long chords. Please note that you must have version 6.02 to use the 6.03 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

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Band-in-a-Box Version 6.01 to 6.03 Update

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 6.01 to version 6.03. Please note that you must have version 6.01 to use the 6.03 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

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Band-in-a-Box Version 6.0 to 6.03 Update

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 6.0 to version 6.03. Please note that you must have version 6.0 to use the 6.03 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

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Band-in-a-Box Version 5.05 to 5.06 Update

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 5.05 to version 5.06. Please note that you must have version 5.05 to use the 5.06 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

Changes to version 5.06

  • Enhanced JukeBox Playback Options including hidden titles for "Guess The Song" games, Silent Click In, and Varying Melody instrument.
  • Song List Printout
  • Load Song by Full Title display
  • Korg 01W and JV80 Drum/Patch Kits.
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Band-in-a-Box Version 5.04 to 5.05 Update

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 5.04 to version 5.05. Please note that you must have version 5.04 or greater to use the 5.05 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

Changes for version 5.05

  • JukeBox feature
  • Simple printout of chords/lyrics
  • Improved lyrics
  • Improved drivers for SoundBlaster and Yamaha C1
  • Added support for all Voyetra drivers VAPI/SAPI/TAPI (V22/V24/IBM PS1/ etc.)
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Band-in-a-Box Version 5.03 to 5.05 Update

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 5.03 or greater to version 5.05. Please note that you must have version 5.03 or greater to use the 5.05 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

Changes for version 5.05

  • JukeBox feature
  • Simple printout of chords/lyrics
  • Improved lyrics
  • Improved drivers for SoundBlaster and Yamaha C1
  • Added support for all Voyetra drivers VAPI/SAPI/TAPI (V22/V24/IBM PS1/ etc.)
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Band-in-a-Box Version 5.02 to 5.05 Update

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 5.02 or greater to version 5.05. Please note that you must have version 5.02 or greater to use the 5.05 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

Changes for version 5.05

  • JukeBox feature
  • Simple printout of chords/lyrics
  • Improved lyrics
  • Improved drivers for SoundBlaster and Yamaha C1
  • Added support for all Voyetra drivers VAPI/SAPI/TAPI (V22/V24/IBM PS1/ etc.)
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Band-in-a-Box Version 5.01 to 5.05 Update

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 5.01 or greater to version 5.05. Please note that you must have version 5.01 or greater to use the 5.05 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

Changes for version 5.05

  • JukeBox feature
  • Simple printout of chords/lyrics
  • Improved lyrics
  • Improved drivers for SoundBlaster and Yamaha C1
  • Added support for all Voyetra drivers VAPI/SAPI/TAPI (V22/V24/IBM PS1/ etc.)
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Band-in-a-Box Version 5.0 to 5.05 Update

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box version 5.0 or greater to version 5.05. Please note that you must have version 5.0 or greater to use the 5.05 update. If you are using any other version, the update will not succeed.

Please refer to readme.txt for installation instructions.

Changes for version 5.05

  • JukeBox feature
  • Simple printout of chords/lyrics
  • Improved lyrics
  • Improved drivers for SoundBlaster and Yamaha C1
  • Added support for all Voyetra drivers VAPI/SAPI/TAPI (V22/V24/IBM PS1/ etc.)
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