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#428520 - 09/02/17 11:15 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals
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The Band-in-a-Box and RealBand user manuals are often overlooked as resources. That's a shame since updated pdf files are typically included as part of each program update. Here's some things I've done to make the manuals easier to use for me.

I've created a shortcut for each manual on my desktop. It's easy to create a shortcut; just find the pdf file, right click and select > "send to" > "desktop (create shortcut)". The Band-in-a-Box manual is located in the X:/BB directory where X = drive program is installed on. The RealBand manual is located in the X:/RealBand directory.

I've copied the pdf files to an e-reader for offline reading.
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#440965 - 11/27/17 09:18 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Great tip!

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#440968 - 11/27/17 09:35 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Excellent tip, one I also use.

The beauty of having the manuals in PDF form is Ctrl+F (the Windows hot key for Find) to search for what you want.
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#445769 - 12/18/17 02:18 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals [Re: Matt Finley]
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I have put a copy of both manuals into iBooks on my iPad. That way I can sit here in my lounge chair and read the bits I want. Very easy to search and locate stuff. I find it easier than trying to read a computer monitor. My iPad is a hand me down from my wife.

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#480290 - 07/02/18 12:49 PM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals (Link To Download Manuals) [Re: Jim Fogle]
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PG Music has all manuals available for download. The manuals are available +++ HERE +++
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#480622 - 07/05/18 06:33 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals (Link To Download Manuals) [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Thanks, Jim.

That's excellent.
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#480645 - 07/05/18 10:22 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Two more comments.

1) An easy way to use the manuals as a reference guide is to look at the Table Of Content (TOC) in the front of the manual or Index at the back of the manual. Click on any entry that interests you and your viewer will advance to that location. All the TOC and Index entries are hyperlinked for easier access. Thank Andrew for performing all that work!

2) PDFs are sometimes difficult to read on an e-reader or tablet. Many times when you try to zoom in the font size will increase but graphics will not display and the page layout gets funky. +++ Calibre +++ is a free, e-book management program that can convert pdf files to other formats for easier viewing on different devices.
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Band-in-a-Box® - Freezing Tracks

Like what you hear in Band-in-a-Box®? Make sure to Freeze the track(s) or song! Once frozen, it won't be regeneraged or change when you play it again - and your choice isn't final, since you can unfreeze them just as easily:
-press the blue snowflake button within the track name of the mixer window
-press the blue snowflake button within the expanded toolbar of the program (Ctrl + T will swap between the two toolbar views), and select the track(s)

Note: If you want to force Band-in-a-Box® to generate tracks without adjusting the Freeze settings, hold down the Shift key as you press the [Generate and Play] button (the fly-by hint will remind you of that) or choose the menu command Play | Play Special | Generate (even if tracks are frozen).

To learn more about freezing your Band-in-a-Box® tracks or songs, visit Chapter 5: Playing Songs | Freezing tracks of our Online Manual.

With Band-in-a-Box®, Making Music Has Never Been Easier!


We came across this recent post, Music Making Software: Record, Edit, Create and Share Your Own Songs, which includes Band-in-a-Box® in their list of software you'll need to record and edit your own songs!

One of our favourite products, and one that doesn’t seem to come up much in discussions about music making software, is Band-In-A-Box from PG Music. This is probably the longest established and certainly one of the most popular music making software packages of all time. Already packed with features, the latest version has added functions that in our opinion make this an essential buy for musicians in any genre, for keyboard players, guitarists, singers, in fact any musician looking for an outstanding tool to make the most of their creative ideas.
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The Download Manager - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

The "Download Manager" within Band-in-a-Box® for Windows is a great tool to confirm or help with the installation of your Band-in-a-Box® for Windows program!

What does the Download Manager do?
Automatically installs Band-in-a-Box® content (RealTracks, RealDrums, etc.) in the background, so you don't have to sit there the whole time! It can also confirm that you've completely installed your purchase.

How do you use it?
Within the program, go to Help | Utilities | Run Download/Install Manager now. Using your activation code, the program will analyze the installation folders, and list anything that still needs to be downloaded and installed.

Learn more about the Download Manager with this tutorial, or check out the topic within the Online Manual.

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows Online Manual - Chord List & Shortcuts

Visit the Chord List of our Online Manual, and you'll see all the chords that can be used within the program! The list includes a few Tricky Chords and Shortcut Chords that you may find useful too!

Tricky Chords:
C5b This is "C flat 5." It is spelled this way to avoid confusion.
C2, C5, C4, C69, C7alt, Cm7#5
You can type C-7 for Cm7 (i.e. use the minus sign) or C7-9 for C7b9.

Shortcut Chords
If you enter a lot of songs, you will appreciate these shortcut keys.
J = Maj7
H = m7b5 (H stands for Half diminished)
D = dim
S = 7sus

There's even information on how to add your own chord shortcuts - check it out!

Video Request Answered - Creating Intros, Bridges, and Endings in Band-in-a-Box®

Check out the newest support video created by Kent that explains how to create intros, bridges, and endings in Band-in-a-Box®! Click here to view...

The Band-in-a-Box® SongPicker Feature

If you have a folder of songs that you'd always like easy access to within Band-in-a-Box, make sure you familiarize yourself with The SongPicker feature, which access the folder that you choose and lock it to!

Access the SongPicker by clicking on the [Song] button next to the title of the song within the main screen of Band-in-a-Box. The first time the SongPicker is opened, you can choose the folder to use to create the list by selecting [Change] and navigating to your preferred directory. Once chosen, select [OK - Make Song List], and Band-in-a-Box does the rest... the next time you click on [Song], you'll be taken directly to your preferred folder!

Learn even more about this feature within Chapter 5 of our Online Manual, here.

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If you have a question (or questions!) about Band-in-a-Box®, PowerTracks, RealBand®, or any other PG Music Inc. product - whether it be technical support or pre-sales, there's now an easy one-stop spot to find the answer - our FAQ and Knowledge Base Forum!

Don't want to read through the 600+ posts? Use the Search FAQ option, and you can choose your key search terms to locate the topic and answer you're looking for!

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