174. Is the latest version of Band-in-a-Box® backwards compatible with songs and styles from older versions?

Yes - Band-in-a-Box® is designed to be fully backwards compatible with songs and styles created with previous versions of the program. You can often make your older songs sound much better after upgrading to the latest version, by choosing newer Styles, RealTracks, and RealDrums that came with your upgrade.

In addition, songs created with the current version will work with older versions of the program. If your song uses any new features that were not available in that older version, the song will still work, but will ignore the feature. For example, Band-in-a-Box® 2010 and higher support frozen tracks (2009 and earlier did not). If you open a song with frozen tracks into an earlier version of Band-in-a-Box®, the song will work fine but the tracks won't be frozen.

Note also that different installations of Band-in-a-Box® can have different combinations of styles, RealTracks, and RealDrums. If your song is set to a style that doesn't exist in the older version, Band-in-a-Box® may be able to substitute the MIDI style for a similar one that does exist... otherwise, you will need to select similar styles/instruments that do exist in that version.

Alyssa - PG Music