Band-in-a-Box® 2019 New Features

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Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows® is here!

We've been busy and added 64 new features and an amazing collection of new content, including 202 RealTracks (double the 101 that we’ve often released in the past), new RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, "Low Man" and Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, RealDrums transcriptions, Xtra Styles PAK 6, MIDI Styles and more!
We have a 49-PAK with 40 RealTracks in addition to the 202 new RealTracks, so in total an amazing 242 new RealTracks are available! The 49-PAK also include 12 new MIDI SuperTracks, two new Instrumental Studies Sets with 120 "Train Beat" and 120 "Country-Pop guitar riffs, 10 "Low Man" and Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, "Look Ma! More MIDI!" – 30 MIDI Styles, 21 RealDrums transcriptions, and 18 Artist Performances.
In addition, there are over 140 new RealStyles that use the new RealTracks. These include great Americana, Vocals (low voice mmms), new Blues Horn sections, and more! Plus, we’ve made a new Xtra Styles PAK 6 with 162 Xtra styles. (Xtra styles are styles based on previously released RealTracks.)

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Features

There are many exciting new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2019! First off is our brand-new 64-bit version of Band-in-a-Box®, which works well with the latest plugins and 64-bit OS features! We include both the 64-bit and 32-bit versions, so users of 32-bit Windows® OS can still run Band-in-a-Box® 2019. We’ve also made and include a 64-bit VST Plugin of Band-in-a-Box®, which you can use inside your favorite DAW (Cakewalk, Reaper, Pro Tools, etc.) to generate styles, RealTracks, RealDrums, Multi-Riffs, etc. We include a 64-bit GM MIDI synth VSTSynthFont64 with default GM soundfonts, allowing you to specify any GM soundfont even larger ones over 2 GB. The completely redesigned SongPicker shows information for up to 50,000 songs and has useful filter and search features including search by chord progression and/or melodic phrase. We’ve added advanced filters to help you with searches for RealTracks, RealDrums, and MIDI SuperTracks. These include search by feel, time signature, tempo, RealCharts, and more. You can now control the loudness of each RealTrack in the medley. Notation enhancements include drum notation, drums RealCharts (transcriptions of some of the RealDrums), quick entry of forced accidentals, and more. We’ve added 300 more song titles to the Song Titles Browser. The Melodist now uses RealStyles to generate chords and melodies. Audio Harmonies are enhanced with BB-Harmony engine providing sophisticated harmonies with passing tones to your audio track. And much more.

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Additional New Content for Band-in-a-Box® 2019!

Along with Band-in-a-Box® 2019, we've released 202 new RealTracks, 12 new MIDI SuperTracks, 240 new Instrumental Studies, 18 new Artist Performances, 30 new MIDI Styles, 21 RealDrums Transcriptions, the 2019 49-PAK, and new Xtra Styles PAK 6!

  • 202 NEW RealTracks in Sets 301-328!

    • 60 Jazz, Blues, Funk & Latin RealTracks (Sets 301-309): The Jazz, Blues, Funk & Latin collection this year contains an amazing assortment of legendary musicians. We’ve added more Drums and Percussion from the amazing Alex Acuna, well known as the drummer for Weather Report and many other seminal fusion groups. With this collection, along with the master guitarist Ramon Stagnaro, there are Brazilian Bossa & Samba styles (10) as well as many more Latin American styles (11) with RealTracks "firsts" such as the "Bajo Sexto," a Mexican stringed instrument. This set also features the requested "RumbaFlamenca" styles. We also have new Modern Funk RealTracks (10) from some of New York’s most exciting musicians. Guitarists Bob Lanzetti, Mark Lettieri, drummer Sput Searight, and percussionist Keita Ogawa are all part of some of the most exciting funk and world music projects coming out of New York and are now RealTracks artists. There are new "Fiery" Harmonica Soloists (5) from LD Miller, who won first runner up on the first season of "America’s Got Talent" with his amazing harmonica performances. We also have amazing new Blues Rhythm and Soloist Guitars (4) from the amazing Sol Philcox, as well as new Funky Acoustic Guitar (3) styles from Colin Linden and Joe Robinson. There are also new Djembe & other percussion styles (7), from Keita Ogawa, Tango styles (4), and Modern Jazz Waltz Drums (2). To top it off, we’ve added to our collection of Horn Section styles with some great, growly Blues Horns (4)!
    • 68 Pop, Rock and World RealTracks (Sets 310-319): We have some amazing new pop, rock, and world styles with Band-in-a-Box® 2019. The perennial favorite Brent Mason has recorded some beautiful new pop soloists on both Electric and Acoustic Guitar (8). We also have wonderfully spacey "Cinematic" Electric Guitar (4) from Darin Favorite, as well as beautiful new 12-string and 6-string "Campfire" Acoustic Folk styles (16), and Rock & Grunge Acoustic Guitar (4) from Quinn Bachand. In addition to this, we have Pop-Rock Pedal Steel (4) with a modern edge from the Nashville great Eddy Dunlap, "Southern Pop" Drums (4) from Land Richards, and a set of laid-back singer-songwriter guitar and piano (6). To round off the "world music" side of things, we’ve added new Klezmer (12) accordion, guitar, bass, and drum styles as well as "A Taste of Europe" set of accordion and guitar (4). These feature world champion accordionist Cory Pesaturo. We also have a set with upright bass playing basic pop styles, as well as pop accordion (8), which are all very useful in a wide variety of styles.
    • Country, Americana & Celtic RealTracks (Sets 320-328): With Band-in-a-Box® 2019, we’re introducing an amazing new RealTracks guitar artist, Johnny Hiland! Johnny is a Nashville legend known for his blistering fast "Chicken Pickin’" soloing style, and we have three soloist styles that we’re proud to present in our "Chicken Pickin’" (3) with Johnny Hiland! We’ve also expanded our collection of "Americana" RealTracks, with new keyboards (4) from a CMA winner Mike Rojas, resonator guitars (6) from Eddy Dunlap, nylon and electric guitars (6) from Brent Mason, acoustic bass (1) from Byron House, drums and percussion (6) from Bryan Owings, fiddles (2), mandolins (6), and another RealTracks first: 5-string fiddle (5) and mandola (5) from Andy Leftwich! We’ve added to our collection of Celtic styles with another RealTracks first: amazing Celtic cellos (9) by Natalie Haas, which includes options both for the common "Celtic Chopping" technique, as well as styles that utilize long, flowing lines. Also, on the Celtic front we have new 12-string, and nylon guitar styles (6) from Quinn Bachand, which utilize another RealTracks first: "DADGAD-Guitar tuning." There’s also a set of Celtic soloists (8), so you can have an improvised solo over your chord progression in the styles of a Celtic jig, reel, or hornpipe. And for the icing on the cake, we’ve added a new background vocal RealTracks style with Gospel "Mmms" Vocals (5), which includes options that utilize four doubled voices, or combinations of the individual voices!
  • Xtra Styles PAK 6

    Xtra Styles PAK 6 is here with 162 great new RealStyles that combine our existing RealTracks in new and creative ways! We have new volumes for jazz, country, and pop/rock, as well as an amazing assortment of traditional folk and jazz styles. There are also five new MultiStyles available, with at least one in each genre PAK. Each of these MultiStyles includes 6 substyles so you can create more diversity within your arrangements. Styles include Americana-inspired country folk, latin fusion with nylon guitar, skiffle, jazz swing with harp, modern pop and rock chart-toppers, hard rock, zydeco, and multiple European folk styles. Don't miss out on this comprehensive library of fully-produced RealStyles! Learn more...

  • 40 Unreleased RealTracks

    There are 40 amazing unreleased RealTracks available with our 2019 49-PAK! This includes more great Latin and Funk RealTracks & RealDrums (15) with amazing drummers & percussionists Alex Acuna, Sput Searight, and Keita Ogawa, as well as a bassist Alex Al and a guitarist Bob Lanzetti! There are also many Americana styles, with even more mandola and 5-string fiddle (4) as well as amazing baritone electric guitar (6) from RealTracks favorite Brent MasonBryan Owings (1). There are also many more Celtic guitar styles, including DADGAD-tuning acoustic guitars (2), nylon & 12-string guitars (4), and the beautiful "Celtic Songwriter" styles (2). In addition, we have "Cinematic Metal" guitar styles (2) from Nashville stalwart Darin Favorite, and "Mountain 16ths" (4) with Mandola, 5-string fiddle, and acoustic guitar from Andy Leftwich and Quinn Bachand.

  • 12 New MIDI SuperTracks

    We have 12 new MIDI SuperTracks. Set 28: Pop Basses includes 6 of our new pop bass styles that are perfect for acoustic or electric patches. Set 29: More Organ, Piano & Accordion includes some beautiful keyboards (2 piano & 2 organ) played by Nashville great Mike Rojas and European accordion styles by award winning virtuoso Cory Pesaturo. Since these are MIDI, you can pick whatever patches or synths you want to generate the sound, giving you complete control over the final product!

  • 240 New Instrumental Studies:

    Instrumental Studies 7: Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks and Instrumental Studies 8: Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Licks feature curated licks and riffs performed by the legendary Nashville guitarist Brent Mason. These licks are presented in a way that makes it great for learning, with these short riffs looping, making them perfect for practice. And, the chord progressions behind the lick changes with each loop, giving you great insight into DIFFERENT ways these licks can be used. There are two groups, "Country Pop" and "Train-Beat," with each having 120 licks, 10 in each key.

  • 18 New Artist Performances

    Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly features 18 traditional Celtic tunes performance by the Vancouver-based flautist and Pennywhistle player Geoff Kelly. Geoff is a founding member of the legendary Canadian band, Spirit of the West, and also performs with the Irish Rovers and many other musicians and groups. In this set, Geoff performs traditional tunes with Celtic RealTracks backing him up, in many cases this includes the new Celtic RealTracks released with Band-in-a-Box® 2019. There are also several tracks where Geoff duets with previous Artist Performance musician Daniel Lapp on fiddle.

  • 10 "Low Man" and Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks

    We’re pleased to present 10 new "Re-amped" and "12-key" RealTracks of our most popular metal/thrash guitar styles. These hard rock and metal guitar styles draw on our previous RealTracks material, but have been "re-amped" with exciting new guitar tones, and each RealTrack has material in all 12 keys, so the audio does not need to be pitch shifted, meaning the result will always be pristine distorted guitar tones. This includes slow thrash styles, both rhythm and soloists playing metal over a wide tempo range, as well as "Low Man" styles, which emulate the popular method of tuning down the guitar 4-6 semitones to get a wonderful growly low tone.

  • 30 MIDI Styles - "Look Ma! More MIDI!"

    This year we have included a special treat for MIDI fans - 30 new all-MIDI styles in the 2019 49-PAK! These styles are a mix of classic MIDI tracks and MIDI SuperTracks, and do not include any RealTracks or RealDrums. We've included styles from all of our main genres: pop, rock, country, and jazz. These styles have all been mixed to sound great with the built in MIDI Synths but can be tweaked by you to match your custom sound bank perfectly.

  • RealDrums Transcriptions

    21 RealDrums now have drum notation, which can be viewed by filtering "RealDrums with RealCharts" in the RealDrums Picker.

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Features and Additions

We've added 64 new features to Band-in-a-Box® 2019, including...

Band-in-a-Box® 64-bit version for Windows

There is a new 64-bit version of Band-in-a-Box®. This has the newest features of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 and is a modern 64-bit audio app. This means it can use the latest audio drivers and plugins that are designed for the 64-bit audio engine on your Windows OS. We also include a 32-bit version of Band-in-a-Box® with similar features. The 64-bit version is named bbw64.exe and the 32-bit version is named bbw.exe. You can tell which version you are running by the startup screen or the About Band-in-a-Box® dialog (Help | About Band-in-a-Box®).

Band-in-a-Box® VST DAW Plugin

The Band-in-a-Box® VST DAW Plugin is separate from the Band-in-a-Box® application and works directly inside your DAW (Cakewalk, Reaper, Pro Tools, PreSonus, etc.). The Plugin uses the content (RealTracks, styles, etc.) present in your bb folder to generate audio or MIDI tracks that you can drag/drop from the Plugin into your DAW. (There is a separate documentation for the plugin, including videos, on our website. )

VSTSynthFont64 Included

The 64-bit version of Band-in-a-Box® allows you to use the VSTSynthFont64 as the General MIDI (GM) synth. With the VSTSynthFont64, you can specify any GM soundfont or DLS files, including larger ones over 2 GB.

SongPicker Redesigned with many Great Features

  • The completely redesigned window shows information for up to 50,000 songs.
  • The song list build is much faster. Approximately 150 songs get added per second.
  • A progress bar will appear if the song list build takes longer than 3 seconds.
  • You can see the chord progression for the selected song in the list. You can copy and paste it to a text file.
  • Many filters are available. You can filter the list by subfolders, genre, feel, time signature, style, songs with melody, soloist, lyrics, key signature, tempo range, and the year of file dates.
  • You can search songs that have similar chord progressions and/or melody fragments.

Advanced Filter to Search for RealTracks, RealDrums, and MIDI SuperTracks

A useful filter [#] button has been added in RealTracks Picker, RealDrums Picker, Best RealTracks, and MIDI SuperTracks Picker dialogs. It allows you to quickly filter the list by many elements including type (soloist/background/chording), feel (even/swing, 8th/16th), time signature, artists, and more.

StylePicker Enhancements

  • If the style list needs rebuild, it tells you that within the StylePicker, instead of a message that requires a response.
  • The rebuild is faster than before by 75%. It takes 1/4 of the time now.
  • While the style list is being rebuilt, you can see the progress inside the StylePicker.
  • The style list can be filtered by a specific RealTracks/RealDrums/MIDI SuperTracks or RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks in a certain number range.
  • You can filter the style list by a specific Xtra Styles PAK.
  • The dialog to select an Xtra Styles PAK has a button to take you to the PG Music website that shows information about Xtra Styles PAKs.
  • The StylePicker can list all styles (including N/A styles) in the default display.
  • The Set number display is improved, including sort by type and Xtra styles.

Drum Notation Support

  • 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.
  • Drum notation can be entered by a user on the Melody/Soloist track.

RealDrums Transcription (RealChart)

You can now control the loudness of each RealTrack in the medley.

RealTracks Medley Enhancement

You can now control the loudness of each RealTrack in the medley.

StyleMaker Improvements

  • The new MIDI velocity offset allows you to make styles with altered loudness for MIDI tracks.
  • Styles can be saved with information like a memo, examples, genres, and more, which will be displayed in the StylePicker.
  • You can import information from another style. This is useful when you are making a similar style.
  • A style can have a huge number of RealTracks (up to 70!) because the StyleMaker now supports RealTracks multi/medley feature, which allows a single track to have up to 10 simultaneous playing of RealTracks.

Audio Harmonies Feature Enhancement

The feature now uses BB-Harmony engine when you select the N voices above and M voices below.

Song Titles Browser Enhancement

  • We’ve added 300 more song titles including requests from users, so there are now over 10,600 titles.
  • The chord density filter is available, and it’s also displayed in the memo.
  • The chord complexity filter is available.

Melodist uses RealStyles

The Melodist uses RealTracks styles instead of MIDI styles to generate songs.

More Extreme Transpositions on some RealTracks

All the “Low Man” and “Re-amped” 12-key metal/thrash electric guitar RealTracks support this feature.

Notation Enhancements

  • The right-click menu in the Editable or Staff Roll mode Notation window has an option to change the current beat resolution. Previously, the only way to do this was to right-click on the time line.
  • Clicking close to a stave line will put a note on the stave line instead of between stave lines. Previously, you had to click extremely close to a stave line to insert a note on the line.
  • In the Notation Windows Options dialog, the clefs split point asterisk indicates that C5* is middle C.
  • The clefs split point can be set by the spin controls.
  • You can quickly enter forced accidentals from the right-click menu.
  • A new track type (Drums) is available for the Melody and Soloist tracks.
  • Holding down the [Ctrl] key and pressing the zoom in/out buttons results in finest possible incremental adjustment in size.
  • There’s a keystroke entry notation mode - the 'N' mode, which lets you enter a melody entirely using keystrokes. The keystrokes are N to enter a note, up/down cursor to change its pitch, and left/right cursor to move the time line.
  • A new button in the Print Options dialog lets you quickly print a "chords only" fake sheet. You can also access this from the right-click menu on the chord sheet.
  • You can now edit any track in the Event List Editor. When the dialog opens, it will show you the MIDI data in the current notation track.
  • Pressing the space bar plays the song from the current time location, not the current bar.

Hotkeys Added

  • Typing a time signature (4/4, 3/4, 2/4, or 1/4) enters it in the current bar. 0/4 clears the time signature from the current bar.
  • Style load functions — 11 hotkeys added. e.g. s1<enter> opens the StylePicker. s3<enter>>opens the Song Titles Brower, etc.
  • Song load functions — 15 hotkeys added. ss<enter> opens the SongPicker, ss2<enter> opens the Recently Played Songs, etc.
  • RealTracks — 6 hotkeys added. rt<enter> opens the RealTracks Picker, rt2<enter> opens the RealTracks Settings, etc.
  • RealDrums — 4 hotkeys added. rd<enter> opens the RealDrums Picker, rd<venter> opens the RealDrums Settings, and rd3<enter> opens the RealDrums QuickList.
  • Loops — rl opens the Pick a Loop dialog.

Other Features

  • The latest version of Plogue Sforzando is included.
  • Fewer flash messages appear at a time.
  • The élastique engine has been improved and updated to 3.2.9.
  • The Audio Harmony engine has been improved to version 1.4.
  • Items in the MIDI Input Driver list show properly.
  • Maj chords will play more accurate with longer phrases./

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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