Band-in-a-Box® VST DAW Plugin
With the VST plugin, you can type in chords, choose the style you’d like and generate your arrangement from the comfort of your digital audio workstation (DAW). We’ve taken the features you love in our classic Band-in-a-Box® application and created a plugin that can be used in the DAW of your choice.
The 2023 DAW Plugin is included with every Band-in-a-Box® 2023 for Windows purchase!
New Features in Version 5.0 (included with Band-in-a-Box® 2023)
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 much more!
Drum stems are now available in the Plugin. Drum stems are separate tracks from the different microphones used during the actual recording sessions. You can find which RealDrums have drum stems if you look at the "Stems" column in the RealDrums Picker. It will tell you how many microphones were used for recording.
Color Schemes Available
There are 4 color schemes (skins) to choose from. Types include "Classic," "Flat," "Dark" and "Light" and can be changed in the General Settings of the Preferences dialog.
Chord Settings Enhancements
Deleting MicroChord in dialog immediately removes it from the overall chord.
All '7' chords are visible in Chord Theory tab.
Current bar display is larger and easier to read.
Bar, beat, and play buttons are moved under current bar display on the right.
Labels in the MicroChords tab only allow legal chord inputs.
The Chord Settings dialog now supports 3/4 time signatures.
Changing standalone preferences resizes the window.
The Preferences dialog no longer has a delay when being opened.
Spacing and layout margins are improved.
Undo Song Start includes Part Marker in transaction.
Changing Part Marker triggers "Generation Needed" icon.
Changing Song End triggers "Generation Needed" icon.
Rebuild StylePicker Notification Enhanced
The "Rebuild StylePicker" notification displays whenever style rebuild is required.
Yellow Messages Enhanced
The notification messages that appear at the bottom right of the screen are enhanced. They are smaller, occupying less of the screen.
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.
A style chosen as a prototype always shows in the list, even with a filter applied.
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.
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.
RealTracks Picker Enhancements
The "Stems" column is added to show you the number of microphones used for recording.
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.
Other Enhancements and Fixes
Help is added to the File menu.
"Most Recent Style" is now saved for all plugin instances.
Band-in-a-Box status icon changes color when opening the StylePicker.
Slash chords now play with low root 8vb.
When loading a song with utility tracks, the track table scrolls to the first page.
Zoom in on the Chord Sheet now works properly.
Scrolling the Chord Sheet now moves one row at a time.
Changing selected beat in chord settings resets "beat" value.
Beat in the Chord Settings properly changes when you click on arrows.
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Q: Can I really have the entire UltraPAK shipped pre-installed on USB 3 hard drive?
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