Band-in-a-Box® 2021 New Features

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Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac® is here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac is compatible with the Intel and Silicon M1 chip and works on all Mac OS from Snow Leopard (OS 10.6.8) to Big Sur (OS 11) inclusive. (Note: Band-in-a-Box Plugin requires OS 10.7 or higher.)

There are over 80 new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2021! We've added 16 new editable Utility tracks, which can be used for audio and/or MIDI. 24-bit audio playback, recording, mixing, and rendering is now supported. Auto-Fix "sour" notes - out-of-tune notes in RealTracks will be auto corrected to match chord tones. 4X's faster audio DSP processing (using SIMD), allowing smoother playback & faster rendering for a larger number of tracks. The Mixer has been improved with many customizable display options including the embedded window, track selection to display, automatic show/hide during playback, and more. The Mute and Solo states are now saved/loaded with songs. You can now view audio on any track, not just the Audio track, and copy regions of audio to Utility tracks. Plugin control has been improved , with a direct access from the Mixer, the ability to send each MIDI track to output to another track, multiple plugins GUI windows display, WAVES plugins support, and more. Audio harmonies can be generated onto individual tracks, so you can use control volume, panning, reverb, effects for each voice. Hi-Q tempo stretching setting is used for playback and rendering. The Chord Sheet has been improved with new zoom buttons and time signature display on the part marker. Chords can be copied as a simple text format and then be pasted into another song or a text. We've added 7,000 more song titles to the Song Titles Browser. Now, all RealDrums have RealCharts (with accurate Drum Notation and MIDI to trigger drum sounds). Added support for third party programs that split audio into separate tracks (stems). There are new notation features, including cut time (e.g. Bluegrass 8th notes) display. GUI enhancements. And much more!

See the full new Band-in-a-Box® 2021 feature list...

59 of your problems solved! Check out the list of 59 requests fulfilled in Band-in-a-Box® 2021.

Band-in-a-Box® 2021 DAW Plugin

The Band-in-a-Box® 2021 DAW Plugin offers great new features including enhanced audio rendering, support for displaying two chord types, the ability to change audio output channels, and we've added table view buttons. Now you can Import MIDI markers and tempo map, export chord markers as a MIDI file, generate all ungenerated tracks, and much more!

49 of your problems solved! Check out the list of 49 requests fulfilled in Band-in-a-Box® 2021 DAW Plugin 3.0.

Read the Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Upgrade Manual: Online Manual | PDF Download
Read the Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Users Guide: Online Manual | PDF Download

Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Features and Additions

We've been busy and added 80 new features and an amazing collection of new content is available, including 202 RealTracks, new RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, Artist Performances, Bonus RealDrums "Singles," RealDrums transcriptions, MultiStyles PAK 1, XPro Styles PAK 1, Xtra Styles PAK 11, and more!

We have the 2021 49-PAK with 40 RealTracks in addition to the 202 new RealTracks, as well as a set of 14 new "RealDrums Singles," so in total an amazing 256 new RealTracks and RealDrums are available! The 2021 49-PAK also include 2 new Instrumental Studies Sets including Blues Shuffle Guitar Soloing featuring Nashville guitar legend Johnny Hiland, and a set focusing on soloing studies for minor jazz blues. There is a new Artist Performance Set that adds new traditional Celtic tunes featuring flautist/whistle-player Geoff Kelly. There are also 19 new MIDI SuperTracks, over 100 new RealDrums transcriptions, and new "Look Ma! More MIDI!" sets with 30 new MIDI styles.

In addition, there are over 300 new RealStyles that use the new RealTracks. These include great Fusion, Smooth Jazz, and Blues with Nashville great Brent Mason, Modern Jazz & Electronic Funk with Jeff Lorber, and Slack Key guitar with Brent Mason. There are beautiful World Music styles such as African Nanigo, Cuban Cascara, and Brazilian Partido Alto. There are new classic guitar styles such as "Dublin Pop" and "90s Grunge", Indie Folk-Rock guitar and 60s Coffeehouse with Quinn Bachand, which also includes a RealTracks first, Dulcimer! There are new Reggae RealTracks, new "Nashville Radio" and Americana styles which include another RealTracks first, Acoustic Baritone Guitar! There are Minor Jazz Blues Changes, New Age piano, Celtic styles with new guitars and jaw harp RealTracks, and another RealTracks first, Tin Whistle! There is Lap Steel with Nashville great Eddy Dunlap, as well as Old Time Mandolins, Banjos & Fiddles, and a new Swinging Shuffle Gospel Vocals style!

New - XPro Styles PAK 1! Band-in-a-Box® Pro users rejoice! The XPro Styles PAKs captures the spirit of Xtra Styles PAKs with fully-produced and uniquely-arranged styles. However, these styles are compatible with any 2021 Band-in-a-Box® package. All of these styles are professionally mixed and include genres like jazz, country, bluegrass, pop, singer/songwriter, rock, and more. The possibilities are endless when you have these styles at your fingertips!

Plus, we've made a new Xtra Styles PAK 11 with 200 Xtra Styles. (Xtra Styles are styles based on previously released RealTracks). There is also a MultiStyles PAK which includes a total of 30 new MultiStyles, and includes a total of 150 individual styles. And there is a new set of "Rediscovered" styles, which is a set of 64 new RealStyles that utilize 72 previously unused RealTracks, RealDrums, and MIDI SuperTracks.

Band-in-a-Box 2021

Additional New Content for Band-in-a-Box® 2021!

Along with Band-in-a-Box® 2021, we've released 202 new RealTracks, new RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, Artist Performances, Bonus RealDrums "Singles," RealDrums transcriptions, MultiStyles PAK 1, XPro Styles PAK 1, Xtra Styles PAK 11, and more!

  • 202 RealTracks
  • 40 Unreleased RealTracks
  • 19 MIDI SuperTracks
  • 64 Rediscovered RealTracks Styles
  • 30 All-MIDI Styles
  • 10 Instrumental Studies
  • 18 Artist Performances
  • 14 Bonus RealDrums "Singles"
  • RealCharts for all existing and new RealDrums
  • XPro Styles PAK 1
  • Xtra Styles PAK 11
  • MultiStyles PAK 1

    202 NEW RealTracks in Sets 353-375

    Band-in-a-Box® 2021 contains an amazing assortment of new RealTracks & RealDrums! These include great Fusion, Smooth Jazz and Blues with Nashville great Brent Mason, Modern Jazz & Electronic Funk with Jeff Lorber, Slack Key guitar with Brent Mason. There are beautiful World Music styles such as African Nanigo, Cuban Cascara, Brazilian Partido Alto. There are new classic guitar styles such as "Dublin Pop" and "90s Grunge," Indie Folk-Rock guitar and 60s Coffeehouse with Quinn Bachand, which also includes a RealTracks first, Dulcimer! There are new Reggae RealTracks, new "Nashville Radio" and Americana styles which include another RealTracks first, Acoustic Baritone Guitar! There are Minor Jazz Blues Changes, New Age piano, Celtic styles with new guitars and jaw harp RealTracks, and another RealTracks first, Tin Whistle! There is Lap Steel with Nashville great Eddy Dunlap, as well as Old Time Mandolins, Banjos & Fiddles, and a new Swinging Shuffle Gospel Vocals style!

    • 51 Jazz, Blues, Funk & Latin RealTracks (Sets 353-359)
      The Jazz, Blues, Funk & Latin collection this year features a vast assortment of new RealTracks. We've added New Fusion Soloing and Lowdown Blues with Nashville legend Brent Mason (9) that features cool new guitar effects that have never previously been in Band-in-a-Box®, such as a "rotary" effect that gives the guitar a sound similar to a vintage organ. We've also expanded our jazz "essentials" RealTracks with a set focusing on RealTracks that work very well over Jazz Minor Blues progressions (8). There are rhythm-section instruments as well as 5 soloists. Like other RealTracks, they can play over ANY chord progression in ANY key, but are designed to work particularly well over jazz minor blues progressions. There are Slack Key guitar styles from Brent Mason (6), which feature a distinctly Hawaiian sound. There are new World Music styles such are "Partido Alto" (4) which is closely related to the Samba, African Nanigo (4), Cuban Cascara (2), Beguine (3) as well as new basses to go along with our previously released "Rumba Flamenca" styles (2). There are New Age piano styles with Miles Black (5), which work well on their own, or in the context of an electronic trio. Finally, there are new styles from Fusion legend Jeff Lorber, which include new funky synth basses (3), vintage electronic drums (3) and two new Modern Jazz piano styles (2).
    • 80 Pop, Rock and World RealTracks (Sets 360-367)
      We have some amazing new pop, rock, and world styles with Band-in-a-Box® 2021. We've added to our collection of user-requested "Classic" rock guitar styles, with a set of "Dublin Pop" (9), which emulates the guitar sounds that came out of Ireland in the 80s & 90s, as well as a trip to Seattle with "90s Grunge" (12) which features multiple guitar styles over four basic grunge grooves, and includes both rhythm styles as well as soloists. There are user-requested Reggae styles (7) which include a new slow 16ths groove very different from our existing Reggae styles, and also includes Steel Drum and Marimba Reggae RealTracks! There are also classic Dancehall RealTracks (3) that are distinct from our existing modern electronic Dancehall styles. There are also new Steel Drum and Marimba RealTracks (2) to go along with last year's "Soca" styles. There's a huge assortment of new acoustic guitar styles from Quinn Bachand, including 90s & 2000s acoustic rock (13), Indie Folk-Rock (12), and 60s Coffeehouse (4). Also included with the "Coffeehouse" set is a RealTracks first, Dulcimer (6)! This is an instrument that has its roots in Appalachian music, but became very popular due to its use by famous folk legends. There are new "Gospel Shout" (3) RealTracks, perfect for a rousing church service! And finally, our extremely popular collection of "cinematic" electric guitar styles has now gotten bigger with new RealTracks (9) from Nashville stalwart Darin Favorite.
    • 71 Country, Americana & Celtic RealTracks (Sets 368-375)
      The Country, Americana, and Celtic collection this year has added a beautiful variety of RealTracks. We've added to our collection of vocal RealTracks with a set of "Swingin' Shuffle" vocals (5). This features a 6-voice choir singing over a swing 8ths groove, with an additional option for an improvised vocal part wailing over the whole thing! We've added to our collection of "Country Pollwinner" RealTracks, featuring musicians who have been awarded some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, such as the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in both a "Nashville Radio" category as well as an "Americana" category. This includes RealTracks from guitarists Danny Rader (2) winner of the CMA guitarist of the year award, drummers Miles McPherson (6) and Fred Eltrington (7) who have won CMA drummers of the year, as well as renown bassists Steve Mackey (2) and Jimmy Carter (4) who are some of the busiest first-call bassists in Nashville! And of course, this also includes RealTracks favorite Brent Mason, who has won the CMA guitarist of the year award numerous times! Brent has new guitars in the Americana category (3), as well as a set of "Pop Soul" guitars (7) both rhythm styles and soloists. There is a new set of Old-Time Music, with "Bonfire" RealTracks (5) and "Sad Ballad" (5), featuring mandolins, fiddles, guitars, and "banjo guitars" or "ganjos." There are even MORE Americana styles with a RealTracks first, Baritone ACOUSTIC guitar with Quinn Bachand (10). Quinn also features on more Celtic Guitar (3), Jaw Harp (5), and Bodhran (2). Finally, there are exciting new Lap Steel styles with Nashville great Eddy Dunlap (5).
  • XPro Styles PAK 1

    For the first time ever, we've created a special collection of 100 styles that are usable for our Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Pro users! The XPro Styles PAK 1 greatly expands your Band-in-a-Box® style library with 100 fully-produced RealStyles including 25 rock and pop styles, 25 jazz styles, 25 country styles, and 25 folk styles. Learn more...

  • 40 Unreleased RealTracks

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    There are 40 amazing bonus RealTracks available with our 2021 49-PAK! This includes more great bluesy Americana baritone electric and modern-pop 12-string electric guitar styles from the amazing Brent Mason (7). We have a RealTracks first, tin whistle (2) from Geoffrey Kelly, with Celtic-influenced RealTrack pop grooves! There are exciting new New Orleans piano styles from Kevin McKendree (2), and another RealTracks first, pop vibes (2), whereas previously we only had jazz vibes RealTracks to choose from. We have new Funk guitar styles (5) from Nashville guitarist Mike Durham, and "Vintage Pop & Rock n Roll" electric guitars (5) from Quinn Bachand. There are new electronic RealTracks (7) featuring two groups: "ElecHipHopMinimal," and "ElectroNeonFloor," both with RealDrums as well as synth bass and synth pads RealTracks. There are also new RealDrums from top Nashville studio musician Wes Little, with cajon styles (4) as well as another RealDrums first, mallets (4)! These RealDrums are played on a typical drum kit, but with mallets instead of stick, to give it an understated "indie-rock" flavor, very common in modern rock, pop, and country. Learn more...

  • MIDI SuperTracks Set 32: Jazz, New Age, and Gospel Keys

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    This collection of SuperTracks provides a tasteful array of keyboard playing, ranging from the flavor of New Orleans styles, to the crunchy voicings of modern jazz piano, to the more open and consonant sounds of New Age and Gospel style piano playing. The range of these piano styles, coupled with the versatility and utility of SuperTracks, makes this set a must have for the keyboard enthusiast. Learn more...

  • MIDI SuperTracks Set 33: More Bass

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    This collection of 9 bass MIDI SuperTracks never misses a beat, covering an extremely broad range of styles, such as Latin, Gospel, Funk, Nashville shuffle, and Reggae. The extremely tight syncopation on synth bass SuperTrack's "FunkJeff" and "SmoothJazzCoolJeff" are irresistibly groovy, while "Raggae16th" and "DancehallClassic" lays back with an effortless sound. For something different, "PartidoAlto" gives you the fantastic Latin feel your bass repertoire may currently lack. Learn more...

  • Rediscovered RealTracks Styles

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    With version 2021 of Band-in-a-Box®, we've included 64 new styles that include 72 rediscovered RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, and RealDrums. This will help ensure that there is a style and an SGU demo available for every RealTrack, RealDrum, and MIDI SuperTrack. Of the 72 rediscovered instruments, 1 is a principal RealTrack, 11 of them are A- or B-only variation RealTracks, 4 are bluesy variation RealTracks, 19 are 1-track RealTracks (derived from multi-part RealTracks), 11 are either half-time or double-time variation RealTracks, 1 is a MIDI SuperTrack, 4 are thickened RealTracks, and 21 are RealDrums. Learn more...

  • MIDI Styles Set "Look Ma! More MIDI 5" (15 styles)

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    This special collection of jazz MIDI styles cannot be missed! In "Look Ma! More MIDI 5," we've created a cornucopia of modern jazz sounds, including a modern jazz waltz, disco jazz fusion, jazz rock, rumba fusion, and much, much more! We've also included some classics like a Dixieland quintet, multiple jazz blues styles, and fast jazz with trumpet. Don't let these original MIDI jazz arrangements go unnoticed! Learn more...

  • MIDI Styles Set "Look Ma! More MIDI 6" (15 styles)

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    We've brought modern arrangements and yesterday's favorites to the MIDI world with "Look Ma! More MIDI 6." This diverse collection will boost the sonic possibilities in your pop, rock, and country songs. Dance-floor funk with a synthesizer solo, New Orleans boogie, ska punk, an Americana ballad - these are just some of the great new styles that await you. Don't miss out! Learn more...

  • Instrumental Studies 14: Country Rock Blues Shuffle Soloing

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    With a prolific stock of howling guitar riffs, Instruments Studies 15 provides a chance to hear, see and play an amazing collection of Blues Shuffle Soloing. The heavy guitar tone, which is saturated with gain, generates the power that is captured in each song in this set. There are 5 songs in this set in the keys of A, C, D, E and G and each has its own unique performance. The solos have been analyzed and transcribed so you get all of the style and nuances visible in notation or in tablature. You can also follow along with the playing on the guitar fretboard in the guitar window. The slides, bends, hammer on and pull offs and other techniques available in this Instrumental Studies are available for you now! Learn more...

  • Instrumental Studies 15: Minor Jazz Blues Guitar Soloing

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    The techniques required to become proficient in minor blues guitar soloing can be found in this Instrumental Studies set. With well-articulated and dynamic phrases, the minor blues guitar soloing can't be beat. Each track has high quality notation and tablature showing all of the slides, hammer on and pull offs and other techniques needed to learn this style of music. There are 5 different minor blues progression in the keys of A, C, D, E and G, each one with a unique performance. As each phrase flows fluently from one chord to the next, adjust the tempo up or down to suit your playing ability and learn at your own speed. Learning minor blues guitar soloing has never been easier and it has never sounded this good! Learn more...

  • Artist Performance Set 10: More Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    Artist Performance Set 10 features more Celtic Flute from the wickedly talented Geoff Kelly. Included in this set is a variety of instruments, featuring the Flute, Whistle, Fiddle, Banjo and Guitar. Each song is a classic Celtic tune and is accompanied by Band-in-a-Box® RealTracks, creating a unique rhythm section performance each time the song is generated. Some songs have just a Flute or a Whistle, and others combine multiple instrumental performance tracks together to create a spellbinding sound that can only be heard here. With each artist performance track. you also get notation showing exactly what is played and using Band-in-a-Box® 2021 you can view 6/8 notation for tracks in that time signature. The superb talent and quality of each artist performance, combined with the Band-in-a-Box® rhythm section, makes each of these traditional, timeless tunes come alive for you to enjoy! Learn more...

  • Bonus RealDrums "Singles"

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    With many of our previously released RealTracks, there are options for RealDrums that include a variety of percussion instruments mixed in. For a selection of these RealDrums styles, you can now select RealDrums "singles," individual percussion parts that made up those larger styles. With the "multi-drums" feature in Band-in-a-Box®, you can mix-and-match these RealDrums "singles" with any other RealDrums you like! For example, you can take the Timbale Fills that are part of the "SkaSlowClassicWesPerc^" RealDrums style, but use it with a completely different RealDrums style, for example pairing it with "NashvilleEv8,", to give your country-pop tune a Jamaican flair! This collection comes with 14 never-before-available RealDrums singles, with percussion instruments such as "BrakeDrum,", "Daf," "Timbale," "Djembe" and more! Learn more...

  • RealCharts for all existing and new RealDrums

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    There are over 300 additional RealChart (transcriptions) for RealDrums with Drum Notation. This means that now ALL RealDrums in Band-in-a-Box® have accompanying RealCharts! In addition, the MIDI that makes up these RealCharts can actually be used as the basis for MIDI drum parts. In Band-in-a-Box®, the MIDI that makes up the RealCharts can be copied to a Utility track, where it can trigger a MIDI drum patch. In the DAW plugin version of Band-in-a-Box®, the MIDI can be dragged right from the plugin into a track in the DAW, where you can then also apply a MIDI drum patch. Learn more...

  • MultiSyles PAK 1 (30 MultiStyles containing 120 styles)

    (Included in the 49-PAK)

    Due to popular demand, we've made an entire collection of MultiStyles just for you! Each MultiStyle has a total of 8 substyles for your nuanced arrangements! These styles come in three different genre PAKs: country, rock/pop, and jazz. Each genre PAK has 10 MultiStyles. Plus, you also get their component styles. This gives you many more song demos and allows you to easily view RealTracks/RealDrums lists for all substyles from the Style Picker. Including the component styles, each genre PAK contains 50 styles. MultiStyles PAK 1 has a total of 30 new MultiStyles and 120 component styles. That makes a grand total of 150 styles! So, what exactly did we dream up this time? Our jazz greats MultiStyle allows you to switch between piano and guitar comping, or select from two different solos. Our Jamaican groove selecta allows you to switch from ska at one section to reggae, island groove, or reggae with sax solo at another. A Tex-Mex country MultiStyle allows you to switch between a regular-time and double-time feel. And that's just the beginning. There's so much more in store! Once you dive into these professionally-mixed MultiStyles, you'll wonder how you ever made due with only two substyles per song! Use one substyle for a softer intro, another one for a restrained breakdown, then throw in a different and energetic middle-eight, or change it up with a solo. The possibilities are endless! Learn more...

  • Xtra Styles PAK 11

    200 fresh new styles are hot out of the oven and served to you with Xtra Styles PAK 11! As usual, we've assembled these premium styles in four genre packs that contain fifty styles each: Country 11, Jazz 11, Rock & Pop 11, and Half & Double Time 1. Three of these sound-crafting bundles even includes an eight-part MultiStyle for your complex arrangements!
    Treat yourself to some of these amazing new sounds like modern reggaeton, medieval-inspired folk pop, Americana power ballad, speakeasy vocal jazz, R&B and reggae fusion, and a multitude of styles that use half- and double-time RealTracks and RealDrums. We're confident that you'll be pleased with what's on the menu in Xtra Styles PAK 11! Learn more...

    • Rock & Pop 11: Xtra Styles PAK 11: Rock & Pop Volume 11 shows the softer side of these genres with indie guitars and lush soundscapes! Of course, we've also researched the latest pop trends and created styles that fit that bill. In total, you can look forward to 50 innovative new styles. Modern reggaeton, hard funk rock, jangly modern R&B, medieval-inspired modern folk pop, alternative rock with cello, disco synth pop, Americana power ballad – these are just a few examples of the great sounds that are available in this collection. The cherry on top is a psychedelic folk pop RealStyle with a total of eight substyles! Add this amazing bundle of sounds to your StylePicker for a pleasant sonic surprise today!
    • Jazz 11: A bundle of fifty exemplary jazz RealStyles that look above and beyond typical jazz swing await you in Xtra Styles 11: Jazz 11! These include jazz fusion, funky rumba flamenca, folky smooth jazz, retro jazz funk, R&B and reggae fusion, rippling smooth jazz, speakeasy vocal jazz, and many, many more! You'll also find some beautiful new age piano arrangements for your enjoyment. Don't worry, MultiStyle fans, we haven't forgotten about you! we've included an amazing afterparty R&B jam MultiStyle with a total of eight substyles. Check out some of these imaginative new arrangements by purchasing this original style pack today!
    • Country 11: Fifty hot new country styles await you in Xtra Styles 11: Country 11! Your songs will be on fire with sounds ranging from Americana to country folk and modern country pop! Examples include country gospel, a bluegrass country waltz, fingerstyle Americana pop, bluesy folk with lap steel, push-beat alternative country, and a resonator guitar ballad. And in case that wasn't enough, we've turned the heat up another few degrees with a cross-picking MultiStyle that offers a total of eight substyles! Spice up your country songs with this worthy addition to your country styles collection!
    • Half & Double Time 1: You, our loyal customers, have requested that we make dedicated half/double time versions of our RealTracks and RealDrums. That's why, for version 2021, we've created a multitude of duplicates of our RealTracks/RealDrums that are automatically set to half- or double-time mode for you. we've already converted some of your favorite bluegrass, train country, rockabilly, Celtic, and Latin styles. Now, we've taken these half/double time RealTracks/RealDrums duplicates and crafted an entire package of original styles that use them! These include guaracha fusion, rumba and samba fusion, happy songwriter pop, half-time indie folk, dreamy Nashville train country, gospel train country, and several Celtic DADGAD styles! And that's just a small example of what's in store. See these new RealTracks duplicates perform in ways you never imagined with Xtra Styles 11: Half & Double Time 1!

    Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Features and Additions

    Read the Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Upgrade Manual: Online Manual | PDF Download
    Read the Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Users Guide: Online Manual | PDF Download

    We've added over 80 new features to Band-in-a-Box® 2021 including...

    Utility Tracks
    There are 16 new editable Utility tracks, which can be used for audio and/or MIDI. You can generate RealTracks on the Utility tracks, where you can hear and edit the audio RealTracks, or view and edit the RealCharts MIDI. You can record audio or import an audio file to the Utility tracks to play, edit, or harmonize the audio. You can copy or move audio, MIDI, or both from other tracks to the Utility tracks. You can record MIDI or import a MIDI file to the Utility tracks for playback, notation display, or editing.

    High Bit Depth Audio Playback
    Audio playback is no longer restricted to 16 bit, and the highest setting available will be used, either 16, 24, or 32 bit depending on your audio interface. Also, user made Audio tracks are not restricted to 16 bit, so you can edit your audio and save it with minimal data loss.

    Audio Rendering Enhanced
    Rendering is faster.

    The default bit depth is 24 bit.

    The highest quality tempo stretching setting for élastique will be used when rendering. You may be using a lower quality setting for playback in order to increase performance, but this is not necessary when rendering to an audio file.

    When generating separate audio files for each track, Band-in-a-Box® can ignore the Mixer settings of each track and use the default settings (Volume = 0 dB, Pan = 0, Reverb = 0, Tone = 0) instead.

    Auto-Fix "sour" Notes
    There is a new feature to auto-fix out-of-tune notes in polyphonic audio, either for the generated RealTracks or any audio track. This means that if a chord is played with multiple notes at once, this feature can fix certain notes within that chord so that the note won’t clash with the chord progression or other tracks. For example, if a G# note is played on a CMaj7 chord (C, E, G, B), that note will be pitch corrected down to a G note. This feature can be applied as a track setting for any RealTracks or can be used for editing the Audio or Utility tracks.

    Higher Audio Playback Performance
    Band-in-a-Box® now supports SIMD (SSE2, SSSE3, AVX, AVX2) features in your CPU. This means that audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing) will be at least 4 times faster, depending on your CPU. This allows more tracks, more plugins, higher quality élastique stretching, etc. during playback without causing audio dropouts.

    Improved Mixer
    The floating Mixer can be resized vertically. Horizontal resizing is less limited, which allows it to be more compact.

    The Mixer can be embedded in the main screen and is horizontally resizable to allow more room for the Chord Sheet, Notation, Piano Roll, or Audio Edit window.

    In the normal screen mode, the Mixer can be embedded at the top right of the screen or the bottom right.

    You can select the tracks to display in the Mixer.

    The Mixer can scroll visible track panels. Use the arrow buttons at the bottom right corner, or the mouse wheel if it is not used for controlling sliders and dials.

    The Mixer automatically shows active tracks and hides unused tracks when playback starts.

    You can change the track panel heigh by moving the mouse wheel while holding down the Ctrl key.

    When resizing the window, the track panel height will be restricted to the customized settings.

    A new Settings tab has been added to set options for the Mixer.

    You can set Volume and Panning to display as decibels instead of MIDI values.

    The Mute and Solo states of each track will be saved in the songs and will be loaded the next time you open them.

    You can use the mouse wheel to control sliders and dials.

    You can double-click on the track label to rename it.

    Improved Plugin Control
    Plugins can be accessed directly from the Mixer.

    Each MIDI track can send its MIDI output to another track. By default, all accompaniment tracks route to the default synth, but now you can choose a plugin on another track.

    MIDI plugin's audio output can be controlled in the Mixer with 3 new settings. This allows MIDI plugin's sound to be controlled the same way as audio tracks (RealTracks, RealDrums, etc.):

    • Attenuate Synth Output Volume and Panning: This will change the gain of the plugin's audio output based on the Volume and Panning controls on the Mixer. When this is enabled, MIDI controllers for volume will not be sent to the plugin. This setting is useful for plugins that do not respond to MIDI controllers.
    • Filter Synth Output: This will apply high/low-pass filtering to the plugin's audio output based on the Tone control on the Mixer.
    • Send Synth Output to Master Reverb: This will send the plugin's audio output to the Master Reverb based on the Reverb control on the Mixer.

    Improved Audio Editing
    You can view audio on any track (Bass, Piano, Melody, etc.), not just the Audio track, and copy regions of audio to Utility tracks. The track selector button launches a menu for selecting the track, or you can just use your mouse wheel over it to quickly shift through tracks.

    New options are added to the Audio Edit Settings dialog.

    • Synchronize insert/delete edits with MIDI on track: If this is enabled, then when inserting or deleting regions of audio, MIDI on the same track will be shifted accordingly to keep the MIDI and audio in sync.
    • Mouse wheel zooms to edit cursor instead of mouse pointer: If this is enabled, the mouse wheel will zoom to the edit cursor instead of zooming to the mouse cursor.
    • Center screen to edit cursor when zooming: Enable this if you want the edit cursor will scroll to the center of the window when zooming with the mouse wheel.

    The Cut and Copy menu items are added to the [Edit] button menu.

    Hotkeys are added:

    • [home] will move the cursor to the beginning of a track.
    • [end] will move the cursor to the end of a track.
    • [shift]+[home] will move the left cursor of the selected region to the beginning of a track. If no region is selected, this will select a region from the cursor to the beginning of a track.
    • [shift]+[end] will move the right cursor to the end of a track. If no region is selected, this will select a region from the cursor to the end of a track.
    • [command]+[a] will select the whole track.

    Multi-Track Audio Harmonies
    Audio harmonies can now be generated onto individual tracks. This way you can use the Mixer to control the volume and panning, adjust reverb, add effects, etc. for each voice.

    You can view a RealTrack in the Audio Edit window, select a region, and harmonize it to new Utility tracks.

    Improved Audio Chord Wizard
    The chord analysis is more accurate.

    The wizard analyzes audio files that are out-of-tune.

    There is an option to limit chords to at least one bar in length.

    There are presets to limit chords to certain chords in the key.

    The wizard now transcribes MIDI notes to the same track.

    Improved Chord Sheet
    The new zoom buttons allows you to control the number of rows and columns displayed on the Chord Sheet without visiting the Display Options dialog.

    You can also use the mouse wheel to change the number of rows and columns instantly.

    • Moving the mouse wheel while holding down the command key changes the number of rows.
    • Moving the mouse wheel while holding down the shift key changes the number of columns.

    Time signature changes can be displayed on the Chord Sheet.

    Visual Transpose Setting on Key Button
    The Visual Transpose setting is now displayed next to the song key on the main toolbar. Clicking on it will launch a menu for selecting the setting.

    Copy/Paste Chords as Simple Text
    Chords can be copied as a simple text format and be pasted into another song in Band-in-a-Box or a text file in a program like TextEdit.

    You can copy chords in all songs in a folder to the clipboard, or save them as individual text files or a single text file.

    You can type chords in a text file and paste them into a Band-in-a-Box song.

    Improved Copy/Move Track Feature
    You can now copy or move audio from one track to another. Previously, you could only copy or move MIDI.

    Hovering the mouse cursor over the channel selector checkbox shows you how many events are on that channel.

    When copying MIDI, you can now filter out various types of events.

    Improved Copy Chords/Melody Feature
    Typing kk opens the Copy Chords and/or Melody dialog. Typing kk followed by two numbers separated by a comma opens the dialog with presets. For example, hitting kk4,1 at bar 9 opens the dialog with presets to copy 4 bars from bar 1 and paste them to bar 9.

    The dialog now has a setting to include part markers.

    There is now a "Close" button, so you can make presets and apply them to the k copy command. (Note that k and kk copy command will preserve the current settings in this dialog. Use kk or Edit | Copy Special | Copy From.. To.. if you want to change these settings.)

    Bar-based lyrics and section text layers will be copied when the "Copy Lyrics" option is enabled.

    There is an option to insert bars at the destination.

    You can set the number of times to repeat the copy and transpose each copy by a specific number of semitones or a random number of semitones.

    There is a button to show more or less options in the dialog.

    Track Selection for Auto Intro
    In the previous version, we added the option to play the auto-generated intro by "all tracks," "drums only," or "bass and drums only." Now, you can also select "drums then drums and bass," "bass then bass and drums," any track (e.g. "piano only"), or any combination of tracks.

    Improved MIDI Import Feature
    You can now choose the destination track for multi-track MIDI files.

    Hovering the mouse cursor over the channel selector checkbox shows you how many events are on that channel.

    There are separate settings for filtering Continuous Controller events and Pitch Bend events. Previously, there was a combined setting for these.

    7,000 More Titles for Song Titles Browser
    We’ve added 7,000 more song titles including requests from users, so there are now over 21,000 titles.

    Half-time/Double-time Variation Styles
    We’ve added 111 new RealStyles, including variations of existing 16th-based bluegrass, variations of existing Celtic and train beat styles, new styles with both 8th-based and 16th variations, and 16th-based samba variations. We’ve also added 80 new half-time/double-time RealTracks variations and 27 new 8ths/16ths RealDrums variations.

    RealCharts for all RealDrums
    We've added over 300 additional RealChart (with accurate Drum Notation and MIDI to trigger drum sounds) for RealDrums. This means that now all RealDrums have RealCharts.

    Song Demos for All Styles
    Song demos are now available for all styles. Previously, they were available for 70% of styles.

    Similar Style Selection
    Band-in-a-Box® will show a list of styles that are similar to the current style, sorted by similarity. Access this feature from the [Style] button, right-clicking on the style on the main screen, or File | Load Style Special menu item.

    Define C/D Using Same Style
    There is a new option "Define c/d using same style" in the right-click menu on the Chord Sheet. This is the same as the existing "Define c/d" option, except it would not open the StylePicker. It would just treat as if you went into the SylePicker and picked the same style. It's for being able to define c/d for display purposes without caring about the style itself.

    More Feel Filters in StylePicker
    The StylePicker has Feel filters added for Even (Even 8th or Even 16th), Swing (Swing 8th or Swing 16th), 16th (Even 16th or Swing 16th), and 8th (Even 8th or Swing 8th).

    Searching with the text filter will now find style set names (e.g., Xpro, Xtra, LoopsPAK, RT 373, etc.)

    Avoid Transpositions for RealTracks Settable for All Songs and Individual Tracks
    All songs and individual tracks in the current song can be set to avoid transpositions for RealTracks. Previously, only all tracks in the current song could be set for this.

    Panning Support for Medleys with Mixture of Mono and Stereo RealTracks
    Previously, RealTracks medleys that contain a mixture of mono and stereo RealTracks did not support panning.

    Improved Timing of Pushes on Swing 8th RealDrums
    Swing 8th RealDrums now play pushes at a better timing.

    Custom Lead-in Option
    You can set the lead-in option (count-in yes/no and count-in type) for the current song. This is in the Song Settings, Generate Chord for Intro, and Count-in and Metronome Options dialogs.

    Favorite Folders Dialog
    This dialogue shows you a list of recently used folders.

    • The favorite folders are selectable from the Song Picker.
    • The menu item File | Open Special | Open from Favorite Folder or option+shift+F allows you to open a song from the favorite folders.
    • The menu item File | Save Special | Save Song to Favorite Folder or option+shift+S allows you to save the current song in one of the favorite folders.

    Bar-based Lyrics Improved
    Bar-based lyrics now display in the Big Lyrics window.

    You can convert note-based lyrics to bar-based lyrics.

    Track Selector with Full Track Names
    In windows like Notation, Lead Sheet, Audio Edit, Piano Roll, etc., the track selector buttons that showed the initials of the track names have been replaced by a track selector that shows the full track names. You can press it and select a track from the menu, or just hover the mouse cursor over it and use the mouse wheel to quickly switch tracks.

    New Notation Features
    The time signature button has a better menu with options to select alternate notation display and to open dialogs like Set Time Signature and Edit Settings for Current Bar to change the time signature.

    A hint is added to the time signature button.

    A button is added for the visual transpose. Click on the button and type a number of semitones to transpose.

    Track selection buttons for each track have been replaced with a single button. You can press it and select a track from the menu, or just hover the mouse cursor over it and use the mouse wheel to quickly switch tracks.

    If the song is in 4/4, there is an option to display it as cut time. For example, a bluegrass song that is currently displaying with 16th notes will display using 8th notes. This allows easier readability and is ideal for displaying the notation of songs that were specifically written in cut time.

    If the song is in 4/4, you can display it as 2/4 instead of 4/4, without changing the main time signature of the song to 2/4. This special 2/4 notation display mode lets you continue to generate better sounding RealTracks, etc. than if you had switched the main time sig of the song to 2/4

    The time signature displays with a better size. The height of the time signature fills the whole height of the staff.

    Automatic Vertical Scroll in Piano Roll Window
    Previously, the auto scroll was always on, but now, the new option allows you to disable it.

    New Hotkeys
    There is a hotkey to insert N bars at the current location. For example, in8<return> would insert 8 bars at the current location. This command is also added to the right-click menu on the Chord Sheet.

    There is a hotkey to copy the last N bars and insert them to the current location. For example, ki8<return> or ik8<return> would copy the last 8 bars and insert them to the current location. This command is also added to theright-click menu on the Chord Sheet.

    There is a hotkey to copy N bars from the bar M and insert them to the current location. For example, ik8,9<return> or ki8,9<return> would copy 8 bars from the bar 9 and insert them to the current location. ikk8,9<return> or kki8,9<return> would do the same, but launch a dialog that allows you to choose what to copy.

    option+shift+T will auto-generate a title to the current song.

    option+shift+F will open a song from favorite folders.

    option+shift+S will save the current song to a favorite folder. This command is also added to File | Save Special submenu.

    XML Enhancements

    • NEW: When saving to XML, there is a new option to save the exact chord text to XML rather than relying mainly on saving the chord type and degrees.
    • FIXED: If an XML part was transposed in the XML file, then the wrong notes would be loaded into Band-in-a-Box because the transpose element value wasn’t being taken into account.
    • FIXED: If a group of notes had a top number like, say, 5 notes or 6 notes the timing of the group wasn't written correctly to XML.
    • FIXED: Redundant tie stop element was written to XML that would sometimes cause problems with ties or errors when loading the XML file into other programs.
    • FIXED: There was an issue with accidentals being written to XML. Sometimes it could, for example, write naturals when they weren’t supposed to be written.
    • FIXED: There were various xml issues that could potentially result in inconsistency errors, such as too many notes for a measure when loading into a program like MuseScore. (Sometimes it just had to do with other programs not behaving well in response to the element being used too many times to switch back and forth between clefs when writing a measure even though the spec itself allows this. Other times it had to do with note and/or rest durations not being written correctly in the case of a song with a triplet feel that had swing 8ths.)
    • FIXED: If a compressed musicXML file (.MXL) contained an XML file with a different name than the name of the MXL file, then nothing would be loaded.

    ...and more!

    Band-in-a-Box®, RealBand® and other PG Music software uses élastique Pro V3 by zplane.development as a time and pitch stretching engine, élastique Tune V1 by zplane.development as a monophonic pitch editing engine, and Harmony add-on V1 by zplane.development for the élastique Tune Engine.

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