Band-in-a-Box® 2023 Videos
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There are over 70 new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2023! This includes many major new features. There are Partial Track Re-Generations, with an on-screen Regeneration Panel and an Always Different setting to get up to 40 variations on any RealTracks. Undo - Track Generation and Undo - Song Generation is added. You can now copy, cut, paste, delete, insert, and do other editing functions to the RealTracks/RealDrums tracks, while preserving the ability for the tracks to re-generate new material. Auto-Save Song prevents data loss. Playable Tracks are enhanced for Playable RealTracks (404 new Sforzando sounds, 700 total - all with Audio Demos), and now include Playable RealDrums, MIDI SuperTracks and MIDI tracks. There are now RealTracks Stems, separate isolated tracks available for multi-track RealTracks like Horns (e.g., Crooner, Blues), Vocals, and String Quartets. Master Track Volume Automation for fadeouts, crescendos etc. added. SynthMaster® Player synth included, with modern/techno sounds. Audio Input monitoring to hear your Audio Input (e.g., electric guitar with effects) through to Audio Out. Arpeggiator sounds available. EZ Selection of your RealTracks/RealDrums Folders. Help for "Style not Found" providing info and lists of substitutes. Generate Intros using Song Chords. RealDrums Fills control, Enhancements for StylePicker - Preview, Prototypes and Rebuild, and much more!
Band-in-a-Box® 2023 DAW Plugin
There are over 40 enhancements to the Band-in-a-Box® DAW Plugin, including Drum Stems (separate tracks from the different microphones used during the actual recording sessions), 4 color schemes to choose from, enhanced chord settings, improved undo/redo operation, "Rebuild StylePicker" notification whenever rebuild is required, EZ RealTracks/RealDrums Folder Locations dialog, and more!
And of course, the Band-in-a-Box® program and DAW Plugin can all use the new RealTracks, RealDrums, MIDI and style content.
Band-in-a-Box® 2023 for Mac is Here!
We've been busy and added over 70 new features and an amazing collection of new content, including 222 RealTracks (20 more than we've released in previous versions), new RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, "Song with Vocals" Artist Performances, XPro Styles PAK 4, Xtra Styles PAK 14 & 15, Playable RealTracks Set 2, Playable RealDrums Set 1, 2 new sets of "RealDrums Stems," and more!
We have a 2023 49-PAK with 60 RealTracks (20 more than we've released in previous versions!) in addition to the 222 new RealTracks, so in total an amazing 282 new RealTracks and RealDrums are available! There are 402 new "Playable RealTracks" Hi-Q sounds, which match many of our RealTracks, so you can easily switch from RealTracks parts to MIDI notes while maintaining the instrument sound! ALL Playable RealTracks and RealDrums now also have audio demos. The 2023 49-PAK also includes 2 new Artist Performance Sets, containing over 50 original songs with vocal performances by a variety of talented singers! There are also Instrumental Studies Sets including Rockin' Blues Soloing and more Classic Country Guitar Soloing. There are also new RealDrums Stems, which allow you to access the individual wave files from each different mic used to record many of our most popular RealDrums! There are also over 30 new MIDI SuperTracks, including styles designed to work with the new SynthMaster plugin included with Band-in-a-Box® 2023!
In addition, there are over 100 new RealStyles that use the new RealTracks. These include new jazz, fusion and funk styles that feature legendary drummer Mike Clark! We have lots of requested blues styles, including new guitar and harmonica with Pat Bergeson, lap steel with Rob Ickes & Eddy Dunlap, and more blues with Nashville great Johnny Hiland. We've also expanded our Bossa piano soloing, with styles using both soloing and left-hand comping. There are also exciting new Funk & Soul Horn Section and requested Latin pop styles. In the "pop, rock, and world" category, we've added many requested "southern soul" drums, guitar, and bass. There are also requested Prog-Rock styles, as well as "80s" New Wave Guitars. There are new exciting Boogie & Gospel Piano with Nashville great Kevin McKendree. There are vocal Doo-Wop styles, as well as Modern Pop. There are also requested Metal styles featuring new drums, basses and guitar, and the guitars are all "12-key," meaning Band-in-a-Box® does not need to use any pitch shifting on the audio, making for a more consistent tone no matter what chords you enter. And we've also included requested World Styles, expanding our collection of Sitar, Tabla and Dholak. For country, americana and Celtic, we've greatly expanded our extremely popular "Producer" "Explosive" Country Guitar Styles with three sets of radio-friendly guitars from Nashville legend Brent Mason, designed to be layered into a polished "produced" sound. We've also added more indie-folk, singer songwriter styles, requested autoharp styles, and more contradance piano & guitar. The 2023 49-PAK includes 60 MORE RealTracks, including Nashville "Producer" Guitars, more Rock & Soul Organ, piano, requested bongo RealDrums, and a RealTracks first: Erhu! This requested instrument originated in China, and is similar to a violin. And there are new requested Reggaeton & K-Pop RealDrums, more fusion drums from Mike Clark, and more Soul Guitar & Horns!
Additional New Content for Band-in-a-Box® 2023!
Along with Band-in-a-Box® 2023, we've released:
We've got you covered with 25 Rock & Pop, 25 Jazz & Funk, and 25 Country styles. To round out our 100 RealStyles, we've put together a collection of 25 styles that focus on the cajon as well as drums played with mallets! Here you can find everything from happy pop to funky bossa nova to minimalist singer-songwriter styles! The included 30 RealTracks and RealDrums can be used with any version of Band-in-a-Box® and these additional RealTracks and RealDrums are not included in any Pro or MegaPAK package!
Here are some examples of what we've created for you: ambient pop beats, soft Americana ballads, modern mellow country, jazz-rock fusion, slow folk-rock, soulful baritone guitars, country shuffles, and many more! Variety is the spice of life, so add some to your RealStyles library today! Learn more...
Here's a quick snapshot of what you can find: heavy symphonic metal, big band mambo, ambient lo-fi jazz, psychedelic space rock, spaghetti western, energetic pop punk, new orleans funk, Appalachian jaw-harp folk, acoustic rootsy funk, piano power ballads, and many, many more! Learn more...
- Rock-Pop 14: This Xtra Styles volume runs the gamut of pop-rock history from heavy metal and 70's psychedelica all the way to passionate acoustic rock and energetic pop-punk! You'll find folk rock, alternative rock, funk rock, and even sedimentary rock! Ok, we made that last one up, but what we didn't make up is how deep the layers go! Break apart this volume and you'll find many more wonderful rock styles to tumble around with and shine up your own unique ideas!
- Jazz 14: Not to stray too far from convention, Xtra Styles PAK 14: Jazz 14 brings more of what you know and love in jazz, funk, and latin stylings. Examples of some of these delightful styles include: modern jazz fusion, New Orleans soul, big band mambo, stride jazz, organ trios, funky sambas, and even some smooth jazz grooves! Whether you want to relax in your chair, dance up and down the stairs, or snap along without a care, Xtra Styles PAK 14: Jazz 14 has you covered!
- Country 14: For our country volume, we've put together a collection of styles from across the country landscape ranging from modern pop country all the way to Appalachian folk music. You'll find styles that hearken to the days of spaghetti westerns and styles that reminisce over rural old-time folk and even a few cheesy country ballads! Other styles include: alternative country rock, slow rockabilly blues, driving train beats, and even some modern bro-country rock. Don't miss out on this amazing collection!
- Pop 1: An expansive genre in and of itself, we couldn't just limit our pop styles to half a volume and so here we've collected 30 amazing styles for your listening pleasure. You can find funky folk-pop jams right next to electro synth grooves and 12-string singer-songwriter styles up against vintage 50's pop. More styles include folk-reggae, synth pop, 70's pop-funk, and lo-fi grooves. In this volume, there's something for everyone!
Here's a short list of what is included: funky jazz pop, modern country boogie, 80s glam rock, country pop grooves, heavy alternative rock, quiet rockabilly, New Orleans funk, 12-8 blues rock, ambient rock ballads, and many more! Learn more...
- Rock-Pop 15: This sublime collection of styles curated for Rock+Pop volume 15 will have you bouncing around the room full of joy one moment and then sitting in thoughtful contemplation the next! You can even dress up and rock out to showy 80's glam should your heart desire! We've got synth rock, we've got blues rock, we've even got some slow gospel rock. There's something for everyone!
- Jazz 15: Xtra Styles PAK 15: Jazz 15 features a splendid mix of jazz, funk, and latin styles for your aural amusement. Here you can find a funk style featuring only 4 guitars and a drum kit juxtaposed with a quiet and subdued piano and vibraphone duo. You can also find modern jazz, cool bossa nova, fusion-funk soca, and even a swinging big band with a clarinet soloist. Whatever your jazz needs, we have you covered!
- Country 15: The final volume of Xtra Styles PAK 15, our country pack delivers a swell mix of styles ranging all the way from happy folk waltzes to smooth country soul and even some funky country pop! Whatever your cup of tea may be, we've brewed up something nice for you here! Other styles include: easy country boogie, minimal cinematic western, a rockabilly-outlaw country fusion, pop country, and many more!
- MultiStyles: For the first time ever we've included an Xtra Styles PAK volume dedicated solely to MultiStyles! Here you'll find a wonderful mix of rock, pop, and country styles ranging from bluesy doo-wop and quick Cajun zydeco to a classic country shuffle! Other styles include outlaw country, alt rock ballads, modern synth pop, and even some retro electro soul! See all the amazing combinations you can create with Xtra Styles Pak 15: MultiStyles!
These Playable RealTracks Hi-Q sounds match many of our RealTracks, so you can easily switch from RealTracks parts to MIDI notes while maintaining the instrument sound! Customize the RealTracks performance by adding your own notes. You will then hear those notes using a MIDI sound created from the RealTracks recording. This means you can get the RealTracks to play the notes you want at key parts of the performance, either augmenting or replacing what the RealTracks is playing, for any sections in the song. Learn more...
Band-in-a-Box® 2023 Features and Additions
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We've added over 70 new features to Band-in-a-Box® 2023, including…
Partial Track Re-Generation
Now you can re-generate sections of RealTracks by simply highlighting the section and pressing F8. This generates a different part each time, so you can keep regenerating to find the best replacement. You can also re-generate using different RealTracks than the original. Normally, you would choose to replace the existing part but you can also set this to merge so you will hear both parts. This also works with different RealTracks than the original on the same track. There is an optional floating Regeneration window with settings (option+F8), which allows you to customize the re-generations.
Undo Available for Song or Track Generation
When you generate (or re-generate) a full song or part/whole track, you can undo it to get back to the previous generation with the main menu Edit | Undo or command+Z.
You can now customize the RealDrums performance by adding your own notes. You will then hear those notes using a MIDI sound created from the RealDrums recording. This means you can get the RealDrums to play the notes you want at key parts of the performance, either augmenting or replacing what the RealDrums is playing, for any sections in the song. This includes full drum kits in GM note number format. You can enter the notes in the Notation (using drum notation) or the Piano Roll window.
Playable MIDI Tracks and MIDI SuperTracks
You can now customize the MIDI generated tracks by adding your own notes (on the same track). This uses the same sound as the MIDI tracks. You can use this to replace or augment sections of the performance. You can re-generate the MIDI tracks, and your customizations will remain.
Master Volume Automation
This node-based volume automation allows fine volume control of the Master track. This allows easy creation of fades, crescendos, mutes, etc. This is in addition to the individual track volume automation.
Some RealTracks (e.g., such as quartet vocals, string quartet, blues horns, crooner big band, etc.) have multiple track recordings. Previously, you could only generate a single track with the entire group. Now, you can generate the "stems," which are the individual tracks as recorded. So, for example, for a string quartet you would get 5 tracks - the full mix and 4 separate tracks for each of the instruments. This allows you to mix them as you'd like and also mute parts if you want to play along.
RealDrums fills can be controlled, so you can get a drum fill at any bar without needing a part marker section change. You can also get no drum fill on the bar before a part marker.
SynthMaster Player Synth Included
This award-winning synth by KV331 Audio has thousands of presets that are especially useful for modern, techno and arpeggiator sounds.
SynthMaster support built into Band-in-a-Box® includes:
- MIDI SuperTracks that use sounds with arpeggiators.
- Access to SynthMaster sounds using the "Load Plugin" from the track's right-menu to choose from thousands of SynthMaster sounds, or choose "Load Hi-Q patch "dialog to choose from presets made by PG Music for some nice sounds available in SynthMaster just by picking a patch.
- SynthMaster Player comes with thousands of sounds, so you can simply select Choose Plugin from the Plugin tab menu on the Mixer, choose SynthMaster, and choose one of these sounds from the SynthMaster Player panel.
- Styles can be made to play with SynthMaster sounds without need to load it.
- MIDI SuperTracks Disk for SynthMaster synth is included, using a mix of SynthMaster sounds, MIDI SuperTracks with arpeggiators and RealTracks.
EZ-RealTracks/RealDrums Folder Locations Dialog
When you rebuild a style list, you can confirm and set the correct locations of your RealTracks and RealDrums folders. Previously, setting these folders took time as they were set in different locations and not incorporated into the style rebuild. Now, there is a dialog that shows the current locations (e.g., Application/Band-in-a-Box/RealTracks and Application/Band-in-a-Box/Drums) and the number of RealTracks and RealDrums present in these locations. This allows you to confirm that you are using the correct locations as you see the expected numbers of RealTracks and RealDrums found in the folders. The dialog will display in the StylePicker when rebuilding the styles list, and also show once when you run or update the program. It is also accessible from the Track Settings and Actions dialog (F7).
"Different Riffs" Setting for Track Re-Generation
The Regeneration window (option+F8) and MultiRiff dialog (command+F8) have settings for “Different Riffs.” If the option is set to “always,” each generation will be different from previous ones. If it’s set to “start,” the first bar of the section generated will be different from previous ones. If it’s set to “none,” the generation might be similar to previous ones. For example, when you set it to always different and regenerate a few bars of a sax solo, you should hear different phrases each time.
Editing Functions for RealTracks/RealDrums Tracks
You can now copy, cut, paste, delete, insert, and do other editing functions to the RealTracks and RealDrums tracks. This allows you to edit the tracks while preserving the ability for the tracks to regenerate new material, and the file size saved is tiny as the track isn't converted to audio.
If you did not close Band-in-a-Box® properly in the last session, when you restart it, you will see a message dialog that asks if you want to load the auto-saved song. This prevents losing your work if something crashes on your system.
Stereo VU Meters on the Mixer
In the Mixer window, the VU meters for the different tracks now show panning information.
Audio Input Monitoring
This is like "Audio Thru" and it routes incoming audio to Audio Out.
RealTracks Picker Enhancements
The "Stems" column is added to show you the number of individual instruments/voices available for the RealTrack.
There is a new menu item in the [#] filter button to find RealTracks with stems.
A right-click menu is added with commonly used functions (e.g., clear filter, set or edit favorites, show similar RealTracks, etc.).
You can launch the StylePicker that will show only styles that use the selected RealTracks.
You can set favorites by using the right-click menu or clicking on the [*] (Set as Favorite) button.
The Choose RealTracks from Favorites and Recent dialog shows favorites followed by recently used RealTracks. The list can be filtered with text string. For example, type banjo to find the ones with banjo in the name.
There is a Favorite RealTracks Editor that allows you to re-arrange/add/remove your favorites and add comments, which are searchable in the filter.
A "Similar" button is added that will show RealTracks similar to the currently selected one.
RealDrums Picker Enhancements
A right-click menu is added with commonly used functions (e.g., clear filter, set or edit favorites, show similar or compatible RealDrums, etc.)
You can set favorites by using the right-click menu or clicking on the [*] column.
The Choose RealDrums from Favorites and Recent dialog shows favorites followed by recently used RealDrums. The list can be filtered with text string. For example, type fusion to find the ones with fusion in the name.
There is a Favorite RealDrums Editor that allows you to re-arrange/add/remove your favorites and add comments, which are searchable in the filter.
A "Similar" button is added that shows RealDrums that are similar to the currently selected one.
There is a new menu item in the [#] filter button to find RealDrums with stems.
Copy Song to Text Enhancements
The feature that copies the song as a text to clipboard or .txt file has been enhanced with options to:
- Add lyrics as a [Lyrics] section
- Use Tab delimiter for Bars, so the text can be pasted into a spreadsheet with columns for each bar
- Use / for every beat, to see | C / / / | instead of | C |
- Add Bar Numbers to each bar
The SongPicker auto-rebuilds for folders if there are less than a specified number of songs. This means the SongPicker will show all songs including new ones without needing to rebuild.
There is an option to include/exclude subfolders from the song list.
Message about rebuilding now is a question so that pressing YES saves the extra step of needing to rebuild it.
Chord Track Added
Chord track is added, for use with a VST (e.g., arpeggiators want a chord track) or for simple "pad" (held chords) tracks.
Chord track can be generated on any track. Specifying note range is required.
There is an option to always put a chord track on a specified track (e.g., Utility track #16).
Specific MIDI SuperTracks are added that generate a simple chord track (triads/7ths) or a chord track including 9ths/13ths. Adding these MIDI SuperTracks to your track will write a chord track in the range set, for use with arpeggiators or other VST's wanting a chord track. With each play a new chord track is written. To do this, open the Select MIDI SuperTracks and choose one that has "Arpeggio" in the name.
Fit-to-Note-Range MIDI Transpose Added
This will take any MIDI track and transpose the octave of the notes so that they enter the note range specified. For example, if you have a bass MIDI track, and the notes are going too low for your MIDI patch, you can transpose to the instrument range, and notes will have the octave raised as needed. This function is in the track button menu and also available for MIDI SuperTracks.
Yellow Messages Enhancements
The notification messages that appear at the bottom right of the screen are enhanced. They are smaller, occupying less of the screen.
The flash message colors can now be chosen in the Display Options dialog.
A handy function is added to easily see the flash message log. Type L O G Enter, and FlashMessageLog.txt will open.
Help for "Style Not Found"
If a style is not found when loading it, you will be given an option to open the StylePicker showing compatible styles that you do have. Also, it shows information about the missing style like instrumentation, genre, and audio demo so you get an idea of what replacement you need.
A style chosen as a prototype always shows in the list, even with a filter applied.
4-bar preview is now settable to 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28 or 32 bars.
Double-click on a style can be set to play the Chord Sheet chords instead of the pre-made demo.
A progress bar will show at the top of the StylePicker during style rebuild.
Style rebuild shows a dialog to confirm RealTracks/RealDrums folder locations.
The StylePicker launches when a style is not found and shows you replacement suggestions.
The [Action] button - "Reset Dialog to Default" menu item sets both the StylePicker main screen and StylePicker Options dialog to default.
Generate Intros Using Song Chords
An option is added to incorporate the chords in any section into the intro. For example, you can use the last 4 bars of the song as an intro.
More Track Button Right-Click Menu Items
Menu items are added for copy/move tracks, transpose octave to note range, generate chord track, auto regenerate part of track (F8), regenerate window (option+F8), cut riff, copy riff, paste riff (relative to copy point), paste N of copies of riff, paste riff (merge with underlying audio), erase riff, and copy/move tracks.
Find a Drums Sub for Style item is added to the Drums track. This will list RealDrums that would work for the current style.
Track Settings and Actions Dialog Enhancements
The dialog has a new button for various MIDI editing commands like transpose, generate chord track, transpose octave to note range, etc.
There is also a new button to copy/move tracks.
Summary Section in "What Add-ons do I have?" Dialog
This lists the percentage (%) of RealTracks, RealDrums, Styles and add-on styles with links to pgmusic.com with more information.
Pre-made "Showcase" Audio Demos for Playable RealTracks and RealDrums
These show how the playable MIDI sound (sfz) compares to the audio RealTracks and RealDrums, by playing 4 bars of playable sound, then 4 bars of playable sound with a band, and then 4 bars of RealTracks with a band.
Playable Tracks Enhancement
You can now easily increase/decrease volume of the playable MIDI sounds (using velocity).
Chord display for Nashville Notation and Roman Numerals now shows minor keys as 1m
For example, Am in the key of Am would be 1m. This is settable if you prefer 6m.
Display Option of Red Lines in Bars on Chord Sheet
The Bar Settings (F5) dialog has an option to hide the "red lines" in bars that have changes. This can be done per song or global setting. You can toggle the setting back on when you want to see them again, but it gives the Chord Sheet a cleaner look when you are just playing songs.
The Notation window (Editable or Staff Roll mode) has hotkeys (command+option+arrow R/L) for changing note times left/right.
Rests now transpose from treble to bass.
You can now highlight an area of non-editable notation.
The Lead Sheet can set the number of staves to one per page in Options.
There is a new notation setting for note colors: black (a chord tone), green (not a chord tone) and orange (not a chord tone and not a scale tone).
Notation Printing Enhancements
There is a new File menu item Print Lead Sheet that prints the song using the Lead Sheet options (such as fake sheet). The hotkey is command+shift+P. This is in addition to File | Print (command+P) that prints using the Notation window options.
When you do not include staff lines in printout, there is an option to show chords above instead of inside each bar.
Band-in-a-Box® remembers all items in the Print Options dialog when returning and after reboot.
Print Range remembers last settings and uses that as default.
Importing a MusicXML file to Utility tracks is enhanced, so tracks don't default to all going on the Melody track.
command+A selects all in the various windows like Chord Sheet, Notation, Audio Edit and Piano Roll.
option+shift+Z solos the current track on the mixer.
L O G return opens the flash message log file (FlashMessageLog.txt).
(Audio Edit window) command+shift+V mix-pastes audio.
(Audio Edit window) shift+delete deletes a region of audio.
(Piano Roll window) + (plus) increases velocities of the selected notes by 1.
(Piano Roll window) shift++ (plus) increases velocities of the selected notes by 5.
(Piano Roll window) - (minus) decreases velocities of the selected notes by 1.
(Piano Roll window) shift+- (minus) decreases velocities of the selected notes by 5.
(Piano Roll window) ~ (tilde) randomizes velocities of the selected notes (-1 to +1).
(Piano Roll window) shift+~ (tilde) randomizes velocities of the selected notes (-5 to +5).
Songs loaded that previously had audio but no longer have audio files will remove the audio settings (tempo, transpose) from the track.
You can now drop VST plugins (.dll files) onto the plugin selector dialog to add them to the Band-in-a-Box® plugin lists.
A song setting to allow chord variations in repeated sections is added.
The DAW button turns red to clearly indicate the DAW plugin mode is currently on.
The "Select Hi-Q MIDI Patch Plugin" menu item always shows in the track button menu.
MIDI tracks that use their own MIDI plugin display VU meters based on audio output rather than estimated MIDI events.
Increase/decrease note velocity adjusting features are added to the Piano Roll window. These can be accessed from the right-click menu or hotkeys.
Feature Browser Enhancements
The Feature Browser (accessed from the / return keys) has been updated to include the latest 2023 features.
There is a new button to filter the list to show the latest 2023 features. You can add keywords to find new features for topics of interest.
… and more!
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