Band-in-a-Box 2019 New Feature - Drum Notation Support

MIDI Drums

All the MIDI Drums have drum notation.  Play the MIDI Drums and open the Notation window.  Then, select the Drums track and you will see drum notation.

Tip: You can force RealDrums to play as MIDI Drums by choosing the Drums track button at the top of the screen and selecting Force Drums Track to MIDI Drums.

In the clef area, you will see a guide telling you what drum notes are used in that line of notation (e.g. Kick, Snare, HiHat).

The drum notation shows on the Notation window, Lead Sheet window, and printout.

For the Melody or Soloist track, you need to set the track type to “Drums” either in the Notation Window Options dialog or with the menu command Melody (or Soloist) | Track Type.

Note: For this to work properly, you need to have the Melody/Soloist track with drums that are using GM Drum notes.

When the track type is set to Drums, you can enter drum notation to the track. Right-click on the Editable or Staff Roll mode Notation window, and use the Insert (or change) Drum Note menu item. For drum notes shown on the left in the drum guide, you can also click on the corresponding vertical position of a drum note you want.


Some RealDrums have drum notation.  Currently, 21 RealDrums can show drum notation, and you can find them with the [#] filter button in the RealDrums Picker.

Tip: The “#” column shows “Ntn” if the RealDrums has drum notation.

Here is a list of 21 RealDrums with drum notation.



  If the RealDrums has drum notation, a small green underline will be added to the Drums track button at the top of the screen.

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