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#466946 - 04/12/18 01:38 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Amazing Band-in-a-Box® User Comments!
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Some of the recent comments we've heard from program users JUST LIKE YOU!

Great program with lots of support through the publisher and after-market. Use it for teaching, practicing, and gigging.
-Andrew L.

I just got my 6th film placement on a song recorded entirely in Band-in-a-Box. You guys rock!
-Terry Fernihough (Band-in-a-Box Endorsing Artist!)

I love this program. I have only had it for around a month but it has made things a lot easier for me. I no longer have to scour the internet for backing tracks. I just plug in the chords I want to use, find the style I want and done. Saving me so much time and being able to transpose into different keys is awesome too.
As the days go on I will be delving deeper into what it can do, importing some of my backing tracks into Abelton 9 to play with and writing some songs.
Best money I have spent on something in while.
-Peter S.

I started using Band-in-a-Box around 1990. It was the DOS version naturally and I used one of those old portable computers with dual floppy drives and a built in 9" monochrome display. I connected midi cables to a great sounding Yamaha keyboard and played my music using midi tracks. I did a demo for a university music class that was a lot of fun. Wow, it is almost unimaginable to see where this product has elevated to today. I have upgraded many times over the past 28 years but each time I am even more amazed. Thank you PG Music for being such a major part of my love for music all of these years!!!
-Dwayne G.

Incredible Software. Great for ignorance and experts and for anyone who wants to deal with music. If you do not have a hobby and want to have one "band in a box" is the best choice. Simple, but if you want to be an expert on it, you need to make an effort to master it perfectly for perfect use. The only disadvantage is if you do not want to become a musician, and use it, you will become a perfect musician. Therefore, be cautious. It's not a toy.
-Ilija B.
Note: I love this one - made me actually "LOL"

I’ve been using it for about the same time (20 years). I’m a trumpet player and just really want some backing on lead sheets. With the Real Styles - it sounds fantastic! Takes just minutes to input chord changes and find the right style. There is so much you can do and I love having the Soloist features to really add color.
-Mike B.

I have the Band-in-a-Box UltraPAK and have made many music track that are comparable to Nashville Studios and I am ecstatic!!
-Ronnie F.

I bought Band-in-a-Box 2018. Started the program left the default C chord where it was selected a style hit play and I had a rather high quality track i could play to..... all without reading a manual. Now obviously there is a world of discovery with this program to really dig deep into but it is definitely a keeper when it comes to music software!
-Darren W.

Very cool software, indeed... and it's up and running on my studio computer all the time. I use Band-in-a-Box to whip up quick theme tunes ...on a regular basis, and have even produced an entire original-music CD project with Band-in-a-Box cranking out all the instrument tracks not long ago, which has been very well-received by my client's audience.
-Jeff F.

T H I S . I S . G R E A T !!!
Three decades ago I was playing gigs in an Italian restaurant in Virginia Beach as a "one-man-band" using Band-in-a-Box tracks recorded to cassette tape and played back through guitar amplifiers.
I am duly impressed on how much this computer program has improved over the years...
-Rick B.

I love this program. It allows me to create a preliminary version of a song as I write it. I even used it for my basic tracks where i then recorded guitar and vocals on top and released it in record time for Christmas 2017. Great program. I give it 5 stars out of 5.
-Jack S.

I love Band-in-a-Box. Satisfies my antisocial nature. Someday I might actually play with real musicians.
Cal B.

This sounds Great! I have been wondering how Band-in-a-Box was going to compete with the other digital stuff but this sounds like it gives a real vibe! I'll spread the word to my students!
-Jim J.
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#466953 - 04/12/18 02:21 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Amazing Band-in-a-Box® User Comments! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Don Gaynor Offline
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Callie,

The fabulous SUPPORT TEAM often goes unsung. It is the best support crew that I've ever had the pleasure of working with, bar none.

You and your customer support people add something special to PG Music software.

Thanks for all that you do for us.

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#467030 - 04/13/18 12:20 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Amazing Band-in-a-Box® User Comments! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Totally agree: i guess there's no software that does what BIAB/Realband can do. And we'll keep nagging PG so that they keep on trying to fly higher and higher .... and fix some quirks (and bugs) on the way up too, F.

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#467229 - 04/14/18 01:31 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Amazing Band-in-a-Box® User Comments! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Without Band in a Box, I’m afraid that my deep interest in music, and specifically, songwriting, would remain locked inside of me. Since I’m not a performer, and not connected with a community of musicians, I’m not able to “realize” my compositions on my own. I started using BIAB in the 90’s, when it came as a set of small diskettes. This amazing software has been my band and orchestra for over 20 years now, and, it has been, and still is, my indispensable tool that lets me get my musical concept “out”, making what was imagined something real. I would have to say that this technology has been so impactful in my creative life—I can’t “imagine” how frustrated and unfulfilled I would be as a songwriter without it. Over the years, it’s gotten better and better, especially the “real” players..they are awesome. Thanks for enabling me in this most meaningful aspect of my life!

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#467233 - 04/14/18 01:54 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Amazing Band-in-a-Box® User Comments! [Re: Tano Music]
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Don Gaynor Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Without Band in a Box, I’m afraid that my deep interest in music, and specifically, songwriting, would remain locked inside of me. Since I’m not a performer, and not connected with a community of musicians, I’m not able to “realize” my compositions on my own. I started using BIAB in the 90’s, when it came as a set of small diskettes. This amazing software has been my band and orchestra for over 20 years now, and, it has been, and still is, my indispensable tool that lets me get my musical concept “out”, making what was imagined something real. I would have to say that this technology has been so impactful in my creative life—I can’t “imagine” how frustrated and unfulfilled I would be as a songwriter without it. Over the years, it’s gotten better and better, especially the “real” players..they are awesome. Thanks for enabling me in this most meaningful aspect of my life!

Beautifully said, my friend.

My story is very similar.

A severe stroke left me paralyzed and mute. As a singer-guitarist I was devestated and sidelined for years until I discovered BIAB.

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#467518 - 04/16/18 12:43 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Amazing Band-in-a-Box® User Comments! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Don,

Your residence in Oklahoma caught my attention years ago because I, too, live in Oklahoma (in Jenks, just across the river from Tulsa). We have communicated once before, I think.

I don't remember knowing that you had a stroke. That caught my attention because I also had one in November, 2016 that affected my right side and my speech, so I know some of what you have experienced and some of how you have felt, although my stroke seems to have been less severe. I can understand how BIAB has become your outlet and primary tool for musical expression. Hang in there, brother, and don't give up! It can get better...

After my stroke, I was unable to play guitar or type on the computer (with both hands) for 3 months and then, with therapy, it started coming back, little by little. I can now play about 80% as well as I did before the stroke and I'm typing with both hands again. For several years now, my playing and singing has been in a praise and worship setting at the fellowship where I am both the music leader and teacher; I play guitar and sing some, my wife sings wonderfully, and BIAB is our band, played through a Bose system as loud as they'll let me turn it up (I'm an old rocker that later got into jazz and country). My speech and singing was affected more than my hand and arm; even though I could speak (with difficulty and some slurring), my singing has been more severely impaired. And over the last few months, both my speech and singing have unexpectedly gotten gradually worse while my hand and arm continue to improve. I have started going to my speech therapy again and I'm going to see a neurologist for the first time this Friday. And I have a lot of folks praying for me, as I'm sure you do as well.

If you wouldn't mind, I'd love to hear more about your life and situation; if you don't feel comfortable talking about it on the forum, please feel free to send me a PM. I want to encourage you and let you that people care about you...I'm sure many in our BIAB community feel the same way. There are many regular contributors whose words and communication style indicate kind, loving hearts, and I am grateful for them.

Jim King
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Psalm 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.

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#467582 - 04/16/18 08:00 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Amazing Band-in-a-Box® User Comments! [Re: 1manband]
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As well as great sounds, ease of use, flexibilty, another thing that makes Band In A Box so good is the forums. This to me is all a part of the product and what makes it so great and fun. I have looked at forums for other products but none are as helpful nor entertaining as the PG forums.

My thoughts

Tony
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Summary of changes for build 614:
Fixed: Songs would not save plugins on tracks that had a Hi-Q patch selected previously.
Fixed: Hi-Q Patches would not load if the Sforzando VSTi was not in the VSTi plugin list.
Fixed: The Sforzando VSTi was not automatically being added to the VSTi plugin list during bootup (64 bit only).
Fixed: Loading the Hi-Q patch "Hi-Q 040 01 Synth, Analog, FatBass Sforzando" would cause an access violation error.
Fixed: Track Settings > Set Track offset [0] was not working properly.
Fixed: Importing MusicXML files was failing to include melody notes and lyrics.

VST DAW Plugin 1.10.4 fixes:
Improved: Generation is much faster, at least 4X.
Added: Notification dialog when generation is complete, and a setting to toggle this on/off.
Added: 32-Bit AAX plugin for Pro Tools 10.
Fixed: Soloist not generating on first attempt.
Fixed: MIDI tracks could be rendered at wrong tempo in the Master.
Fixed: Multiriff playback and bar highlighting
Added: Much faster MIDI renders: "No MIDI Renders" option in Custom Generate menu. If this is selected, any MIDI tracks will be left as MIDI and not rendered to wave which takes time.

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Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 612 Available

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Summary of changes:
Fixed: Songs would not load or save VST data if larger than 1 megabyte, displaying flash message error "VST/FX data is too large to save".
Fixed: It was not possible to use the N key while entering note based lyrics in the Notation window.
Fixed: Recorded MIDI would be erased if also recording audio.
Fixed: The MIDI Driver dialog would not show the selected VSTi or DXi synth after choosing one in the Plugins window.
Updated: PDF and help file documentation.

Band-in-a-Box VST DAW Plugin 1.9.28 fixes:
There are lots of significant fixes and additions in this patch, especially related to some single track operations not working.

Fixed: Right-clicking generate bass track generated all individual tracks
Fixed: StylePicker, RealTracks Picker, and other style and instrument selection windows would sometimes open behind the main window, requiring you to alt+tab to see them.
Fixed: Loading demo from StylePicker or loading a song when a special track was already present sometimes added an extra RealTracks (special track) to page 2
Fixed: Output directory error.
Fixed: BBW sometimes not receiving message when run as administrator. This would cause some actions to hang or not work at all.
Fixed: Skip grey bars when moving selector through chordsheet.
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Fixed: AAX Plugin was not being recognized by Pro Tools.
Fixed: Problem scrolling chord table when crossing PartMarker during highlight.
Fixed: Repaint problem in Reason (possibly other DAWs).
Fixed: Some opened BB songs with realcharts on a frozen track would cause an access violation.
Added: Detailed log file written in BB Data folder bbw4exe_pluginLog.txt.
Fixed: Generation of single tracks would hang the program if the bb folder contained the file MaxPluginsToScan.txt containing Max=0. This file should not normally be present except in rare cases where a DX plugin scan failed.
Added: VST2 FX 32-bit version.
Improved: Installer has options for installing all plugin types. All files are now digitally signed.

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