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#381527 - 12/10/16 09:03 AM [Beginners Forum] Offering help & tips to all new users!
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Edward Buckley Offline
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Greetings new users!

Although BIAB is an extremely powerful program, it can be confusing to someone who doesn't have experience with computer based music. I also know that posting questions isn't something everyone feels comfortable doing. I'd like to offer my assistance and tips to anyone who is struggling, I've been using BIAB almost everyday since 1990 in the Atari days. I've been through just about every hurdle you can imagine, so please feel free to message me or just ask here, we all learn together, good luck and enjoy this amazing program!!
Edward

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#381538 - 12/10/16 10:07 AM [Beginners Forum] Re: Offering help & tips to all new users! [Re: Edward Buckley]
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That is an incredibly kind offer of your time.

THANK YOU!

Does this also include RealBand questions?


Edited by Tim Cook (12/10/16 10:08 AM)
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#381543 - 12/10/16 10:21 AM [Beginners Forum] Re: Offering help & tips to all new users! [Re: Edward Buckley]
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Thanks Ed! There's the Christmas Spirit!
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#381574 - 12/10/16 01:43 PM [Beginners Forum] Re: Offering help & tips to all new users! [Re: Edward Buckley]
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rworkman Offline
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Registered: 09/21/16
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Loc: Mississippi Gulf Coast, USA
I'm totally new to BIAB, just purchased the new 2017 Everything Pack, and looking forward to getting up to speed.
Glad to know there are folks here that are willing to help the newcomers!
I'm pretty much an "Ole Timer", but I do have a bit of experience with Cakewalk Sonar.

Look forward to makin some music!
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#381585 - 12/10/16 02:42 PM [Beginners Forum] Re: Offering help & tips to all new users! [Re: Edward Buckley]
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props2 Offline
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Loc: Mchenry, Illinois
Sheeesh... I cant get past listening to all the great stylepicker demo's and messing with those,let alone learning how to program something. Way too cool.
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#381733 - 12/11/16 10:45 AM [Beginners Forum] Re: Offering help & tips to all new users! [Re: Edward Buckley]
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Registered: 12/11/16
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Hello all, just purchased BIAB 2017 today. Iv'e watched videos on Youtube etc and finally bit the bullet and purchased the program.

I have one niggle that might be down to the way i installed it?

Every time i try to use a style it tells me that the style is not available etc! Is there a way to turn of styles that are not installed rather than going into the preferences every time i change one of them?

Thank you in advance.

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#381734 - 12/11/16 11:14 AM [Beginners Forum] Re: Offering help & tips to all new users! [Re: Edward Buckley]
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Welcome to the forum Bvtch and congratulations on your purchase. Can you tell us which version of BIAB you purchased? Pro, Mega, Ultra etc.? Since there are several versions of BIAB it sounds like you may not have purchased all the styles. These can be added on, or you can even ask Sales to make an upgrade. But here's what you probably want to know:

When choosing a style you can bring up the Style Picker dialog, then click on Other in the pull-down choices at the top left, and choose Select the Styles that are Found/Not Found. This brings up a submenu where you choose Show Only Styles that are Found.

Note in the general area there are a few other choices, such as showing what you do NOT have.

Also, in the main BIAB menus, you can do Options, What Add-ons Do I have to see a list of what you have installed.
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#381766 - 12/11/16 01:38 PM [Beginners Forum] Re: Offering help & tips to all new users! [Re: Edward Buckley]
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Hello and thank you for the quick reply. I reckon iv'e got the Band-in-a-Box® for Windows Version 2017 (453). Basic i guess. Had a look at the "what have i got" menu and even with glasses on its hard to workout. I take it the faded newspaper style txt means i don't and the more legible means i have it? I'll have a play around with it. I suppose i'd have to pay more to get better styles? The basic ones are ok, dont get me wrong but, if i used the ones i liked more than once i'd be in status quo/rolling stones if you catch my drift. I was hoping for more Rockabilly styles as in Scotty Moore style but the ones that are here tend to be more stevey ray vaughan (rockabilly)? Like i said i'll have a play. Would be nice if it only let you see what you have. I purchased base on the real sounds, midi (GM/XM) i can do without as its always been nasty ( good for some things and not so great for others).

Thanks again.

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PG Music News
DAW Plugin FAQs Resource!

We've added a new Band-in-a-Box DAW Plugin for Mac FAQ to our FAQ and Knowledge Base Forum - make sure you check it out!

This is where we'll be sharing any solutions we discover for frequent problems reported while working through our DAW Plugin tech support.

Like this post from Andrew: StylePicker does not see my styles and RealTracks, or they are showing as N/A.
Click here for the solution.

Windows user? Click here for your forum links.

Add-ons Special Almost Over! Xtra Styles PAK 9 & Loops-with-Style PAK 2...

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Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box and listen to demos here.

More information on Loops-with-Style PAKs can be found here.

Mac user? Click here for OS specific purchase links.

An Updated Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac is Here!

The latest Band-in-a-Box 2020 update announcement is HUGE!

With this updated version, easily find your (purchased) Xtra Styles PAK 9 RealStyles in the updated StylePicker window, [ctrl] and [shift] shortcut keys will allow you to open your RealDrums picker and preferences windows with one 'click', there are improvements to Bar Based Lyric entry, stable playback of style demos, the UPDATED DAW Plugin is included, and more!

The updated DAW Plugin 2.9.41 adds additional and redesigned action buttons, refined DAW syncing, Chord Sheet enhancements, improvements to MultiRiffs, RealTracks, RealDrums, and MIDI features, and so much more!

We've made a video that highlights all the changes to the DAW Plugin with build 2.9.41: Watch it...

Learn more about the newest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac b412 and download here.

Updated Band-in-a-Box® 2020 and VST DAW Plugin for Windows!

Did you see the latest build update announcement for Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows?

It’s PACKED with powerful updates, including additional RealCharts, improved RealStyles demos, language support, and significant additions and improvements to the DAW Plugin!

The updated DAW Plugin 2.9.41 adds additional and redesigned action buttons, refined DAW syncing, Chord Sheet enhancements, improvements to MultiRiffs, RealTracks, RealDrums, and MIDI features, and so much more! In fact, we’ve made a video that highlights all the changes to the DAW Plugin with build 2.9.41: Click here to check it out.

Learn more about the newest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 b724 for Windows and download it here.

#TipTuesday Band-in-a-Box® Online Manuals - An Excellent Resource!

The Band-in-a-Box® program manuals are available on our Support page - what an excellent online resource to help you get the most out of the program!

Head to our Support | Online Manuals page and you'll have access to both a PDF and an online program manual for Band-in-a-Box® 2018-2020 and RealBand 2018-2020!

Bookmark www.pgmusic.com/manuals/ today!

Review - Xtra Styles PAK 9 for Band-in-a-Box® 2020

Remember that wonderful review of Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac we received last month from "Dr. Dave" Walker, Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Mac … WOW!?

Well, Dr. Dave is at it again! He's had a chance to work with the newest Xtra Styles PAK 9, and shares his thoughts in his recent Xtra Styles PAK 9 for Band-in-a-Box 2020 – Worth It? post at Dr. Dave On Music - make sure you check it out!

Sneak peak...
...PG Music has gone deeper into several styles, using more or fewer instruments, adding unexpected ones, and giving some surprising make-overs. Others are more focused versions of particular styles with more extreme attention to the best of that genre. Other ones combine styles that sound great, such as adding a banjo to a rock or blues track, or a jazz sax to a folk style. There are many wonderful combinations to try out that will expand any songwriter or arranger’s palette. These are the things that make certain songs stand out, and experimenting with them is not just fun (a lot of fun!) but it will expand your horizons on what is possible and even excellent. For instance, my light jazz arrangement worked very well as a country song, which floored me, and also as a folk-alt-jazz fusion. One sax solo was worth the price of admission alone, as it sounds terrific in any of the arrangements.
-"Dr. Dave" Walker

Again we say, "Thank you for the review Dr. Dave!" - we really enjoyed reading this enthusiastic review!

The Band-in-a-Box® Panic "Button"

Today is International Panic Day... did you know that Band-in-a-Box® has a "Panic Button"?

What does it do?

Accessible from the Play Menu (or by selecting F12), you would choose this if your MIDI notes are stuck ON and it’s driving you crazy! Also within the Band-in-a-Box® Play Menu is the "Panic should also Reset DXi synth" option, which will clear hung DXi/VSTi notes.

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