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#430559 - 09/21/17 11:59 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story"
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For the latest blast from the past for Band-in-a-Box, check out the article The Software Story: Band-in-a-Box by Norm Weinberg, as published in the June 1993 issue of Percussive Notes!

Imagine a group of musicians who would rehearse with you whenever you wanted, wouldn't tire of playing the same songs over and over, could play at any tempo you wanted, could learn new tunes in a matter of minutes, and never have any ego problems? Wouldn't this be an ideal musical situation for gaining experience? Band-in-a-Box to the rescue!
-Norm Weinberg

Did you have this older version? Share your story with other program users!

Article link: http://www.normanweinberg.com/uploads/8/1/6/4/81640608/931406pn_band_in_a_box.pdf
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#430565 - 09/21/17 12:29 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Excellent piece of nostalgia, it was great fun to read, but also to see how far this product has come.
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#430576 - 09/21/17 02:19 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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This is just when I first bought BIAB. Thanks for the trip back, Callie.

Got to love the article praising the "many styles": 100!
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#430645 - 09/21/17 08:32 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Man, you guys make feel like such a noob! blush
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#430679 - 09/22/17 07:29 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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This is the version I started on.

Had a DOS computer (12 Hz, as I recall) with 1M memory and a 20M hard drive. Had to install Windows 3.1 to run the BIAB version I bought (or maybe to run Master Tracks?) - and had to buy an extra 1M of memory for the computer (to run Windows) - which cost $100.

I upgraded to version 6 - but never really used it much - never really embraced MIDI...

I "found" BIAB again in 2012. I have "WORE. IT. OUT." ever since...
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#430734 - 09/22/17 11:46 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane

I "found" BIAB again in 2012. I have "WORE. IT. OUT." ever since...

I sure hope you haven't completely worn it out yet, Floyd. We like your material wink
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#430778 - 09/22/17 07:03 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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I bought Version 2 (PC DOS) of BIAB in Oct 1990, upgraded to V3 in Feb '91, upgraded to V4 in Nov of '91, V5 in Nov '92 and have been upgrading to every version since.

Thanks for the "way back" link.

Larry

PS Wish I had keep some of the original early mailers - talk about visually BUSY - with my eyesight now I'd never be able to read it wink Maybe someone has one form early early to mid 90's and can scan it and post it?
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#430781 - 09/22/17 07:22 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Oh yeah, now I can't get that out of my mind. Thanks, Larry.
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#430856 - 09/23/17 07:51 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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This sure brings back memories. Having used BIAB since the beginning, here is a track recorded circa 1990. It was an experiment trying to take advantage of the new feature in BIAB providing the ability to change styles within the same song (something we take for granted today). It uses the "built-in" styles of Bossa, Jazz, and Heavy Rock. The flute lead was performed on a PG-380 midi guitar!

https://soundcloud.com/cxp-2/chick-a-dee

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#431070 - 09/24/17 08:53 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: cxp]
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I notice that the address for PG Music was New York, not Victoria BC as we now know.
Does anyone know the story behind the "migration?
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#431107 - 09/25/17 06:41 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® Version 5 Article "The Software Story" [Re: cxp]
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Originally Posted By: cxp
....here is a track recorded circa 1990. ==== It uses the "built-in" styles of Bossa, Jazz, and Heavy Rock. The flute lead was performed on a PG-380 midi guitar!
Thanks a lot for sharing this nice little gem. It just goes to show the old cliché - it's not about the tools but what you do with them that counts! laugh
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PG Music News
RealBand 2019 - A New Look!

Have you opened up your RealBand 2019 yet? You may notice that we've given it a fresh new look! In fact, there are now 3 different looks to RealBand.

See for yourself! Within the program, visit Options | Icon Set and choose from: Classic, Modern 1, or Modern 2.

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows - Choosing to Run 64-bit or 32-bit

We heard you! With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows we've included the BRAND NEW 64-bit version of Band-in-a-Box®, which works well with the latest plugins and 64-bit OS features! Because not everyone has a 64-bit computer, we include both the 64-bit and 32-bit versions with your purchase - you choose which one to use!

By default, when you install your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows the 32-bit version will run.

The steps to run the 64-bit version are simple! Just head to your "bb" folder and choose the "bbw64" icon - you'll notice that the Band-in-a-Box® "splash screen" will state "64-bit" as the program opens.
(and if you open the 32-bit version, the "splash screen" will state "32-bit")

Still not certain which version you're running? Within the program, go to Help | About Band-in-a-Box - it'll either state:

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows
Version 2019 (604)
<--- the number in brackets is the build number - this will change as new patch updates are released
64 bit application

or:

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows
Version 2019 (604)
<--- the number in brackets is the build number - this will change as new patch updates are released
32 bit application

We hope everyone who can is enjoying their Band-in-a-Box® 2019 64-bit version for Windows!

NEW! Style-style-style Additions and Enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows!

With over 64 new features and enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2019, we've made sure to add to, enhance, and update some of the Style features within the program: StylePicker, StyleMaker, and Song Titles browser within the StylePicker!

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.

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.

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.

Review all the new features of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 here.

NEW! Traditional Celtic Tunes with Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows during our special (which ends December 31st), and you can add the 49-PAK to your order for just $49!

Among the great Add-ons included in the 49-PAK is our Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly, which includes 18 traditional Celtic tunes! You'll find beautifully performed songs like Boys of Bluehill, The Cliffs of Moher, Harvest Home, Rolling in the Rye Glass, and more!

The Celtic RealTracks backing up performances by Geoff Kelly sound amazing, and so do the duets with previous Artist Performance musician Daniel Lapp (on fiddle)! Listen to all the demos for these Artists Performances near the bottom of our Bonus PAKs page, here.

Here's a taste: Demo: Rolling in the Rye Grass

The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Bonus PAKs!

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows during our special (which ends December 31st), and you'll receive a FREE Bonus PAK overflowing with great Add-ons, including MIDI SuperTracks Set 28: Pop Basses with 6 MIDI SuperTracks, 21 RealDrums Transcriptions, 120 guitar licks and riffs in Instrumental Studies 7: Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks, and 15 new MIDI Styles!

Or, upgrade it to the 49-PAK for just $49 and you'll add 40 UNRELEASED RealTracks, 10 "Low Man" & Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, 6 more MIDI SuperTracks with Set 29: More Organ, Piano & Accordion, 120 more guitar licks and riffs with Instrumental Studies 8: Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Licks, 15 more MIDI Styles, and Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly!

Watch the video highlighting our 49-PAK here, or listen to demos and learn more here.

Free Bonus PAK Contents:
-Look Ma! More MIDI 1
-21 RealDrums Transcriptions
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 28: Pop Basses
-Instrumental Studies 7: Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks

2019 49-PAK Contents:
-40 Bonus RealTracks!
-10 "Low Man" and Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks
-Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly
-Instrumental Studies 8: Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Licks
-Look Ma! More MIDI 2
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 29: More Organ, Piano & Accordion

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 - Everything You Need to Know in Under 6 Minutes!

Get to know the new Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows with our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 - Everything You Need to Know in Under 6 Minutes! video: Click here to watch...

RealBand 2019 is Here!

We've added over 30 new features to RealBand 2019, including Notation Window enhancements, Tracks Window enhancements, StylePicker enhancements - and more! Learn all about this new version here.

Snag your copy of RealBand 2019 with your Band-in-a-Box® for Windows purchase - upgrades on SALE until December 31st - save up to 40%! View all Band-in-a-Box® for Windows purchase options here.

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