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from the 1 minute UserTracks instructions.txt file

You also can make UserTracks even if you don't have Band-in-a-Box or RealBand. To do this, simply download the "Making UserTracks without Band-in-a-Box or RealBand" template file

Where is this file


Pick the style and tempo you want to record at, and give your UserTrack a name.


Can the style contain midi and\or realtracks

Does it have to be an official biab style or can you use an original or 3d party style

Since the biab .sgu file is stored with the usertrack must the user of the style have that style or realtrack used in the style on their system


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Not sure if this helps:

Originally Posted By: PeterGannon
>> Peter, would you ever consider something like this for a person that does not currently use BIAB/RB? Perhaps it's not even possible, I don't know.

Hi Scott,

Yes, making in another DAW is possible.

Since the Pop Template is matched to a BiaB song which is set to a tempo of 120, you would need to record a WAV file that has a tempo of 120, following the chord progression in the PDF (don't forget the 2 bar lead-in!), and then save the audio from the DAW as a 16 bit 44K, mono or stereo WAV file, named the same name as the BiaB song.
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MySong.sgu <-------------- BiaB song
MySong.wav <-------------- 44k, mono or stereo wav recorded in your DAW

If you put those 2 files in a folder that you name as your User Tracks name (e.g. Ukulele, Rhythm Syncopated Ev 120, or anyname (e.g. My Cool Ukulele) then it will show up as a UserTracks and play it.
Other than that, you would make it the same way as described in the video tutorial, and for the contest purposes, all entries are eleigible including ones made with other DAWS.

Tobin is making a video showing making a UserTracks with another DAW (probably ProTools), that should be ready within a week.

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Maybe I'm wrong but I think the style you use doesn't matter at all. I think the BIAB file is just for BIAB to later synch up with your audio track. The only new thing you are creating is the UserTrack which is simply your audio track.

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Originally Posted By: pghboemike

You also can make UserTracks even if you don't have Band-in-a-Box or RealBand. To do this, simply download the "Making UserTracks without Band-in-a-Box or RealBand" template file

Where is this file


This is now located at http://www.pgmusic.com/usertracks1.htm

Originally Posted By: pghboemike

Can the style contain midi and\or realtracks

Does it have to be an official biab style or can you use an original or 3d party style

Since the biab .sgu file is stored with the usertrack must the user of the style have that style or realtrack used in the style on their system


Yes, the style can contain MIDI and/or RealTracks, and yes, you can use an original or 3rd party style.

For someone to use your UserTrack with the same .sty that you suggest, yes, they'd need to have that .sty. BUT, if they don't have that .sty they can use your UserTrack with many OTHER .sty files that they DO have.

The best way to show off your UserTrack is to actually do a render or two of the UserTrack in action with your choice of .sty.

I hope that helps.


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Tobin, does BIAB do anything differently based on the style we choose to record our UserTrack audio track? Obviously my audio track will be the same regardless of what BIAB style I associated it with but I am wondering if, during use of the UserTrack, does the style I chose for my SGU file make any difference? I suspect not but wanted to get clarification.

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1) let's say I use _BG_BAND.STY at 130bpm and I record my ukulele strumming. Then I save myUkulele.sgu (using _BG_BAND.STY) and myUkulele.wav into my UserTrack folder. Then I use myUkulele UserTrack in my song.

2) Now, I open myUkulele.sgu and change the style to _HRKFUZS.STY but change nothing else. I save this new myUkulele.sgu back into the myUkulele UserTrack folder overwriting the old myUkulele.sgu. I again use myUkulele UserTrack in my song.

Does the UserTrack change in any way between scenario #1 and #2? Clearly myUkulele.wav did not change but myUkulele.sgu style changed.


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>> Does the UserTrack change in any way between scenario #1 and #2?

No changes are made.


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thanks for the clarification and template file tobin


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