50. Why do I get an ".ST2 not found" message when I play a song with RealTracks or generate a solo?

.ST2 files are RealTracks or Soloist databases. Each of the entries in the Soloist dialog are set up to use one of the .ST2 files for generation, and if the .ST2 file is not present in the 'Soloist' folder within your Band-in-a-Box® Folder, then Band-in-a-Box® will give you this message. The list of Soloists that you see in the 'Select Soloist' dialog is defined by the Default.SOL file. This file contains descriptions for all of the RealTracks and Soloists that are available for Band-in-a-Box® at the current time, with the ones that you don't have marked as N/A (not available).

Here are some specific reasons that Band-in-a-Box® might be giving you the error message:

  • You may be using a style that has a particular RealTracks instrument embedded in it, and you don't have that RealTracks installed. Make sure you have installed all of the RealTracks included in your order, and this will be unlikely to occur. RealTracks databases are installed to /Applications/Band-in-a-Box®/Soloists.

  • If you have purchased individual RealTracks sets, there may be some styles (.sty files) that are set to use instruments from other sets if available, and you don't happen to have those sets. The yellow flash message (not requiring user input to OK it) is mainly for your information, and wouldn't prevent you from using that style anyways. Also, note that Band-in-a-Box® add-ons are installed to the /Applications/Band-in-a-Box® folder, so make sure your folder is located there.

  • Band-in-a-Box® Pro and regular upgrades only include a basic set of Soloist and RealTracks databases, while the Band-in-a-Box® MegaPAK and higher packages include many more databases. If you purchased the "Pro" package and you are trying to select a Soloist that is not included in the Pro, you will get an "ST2 not found" error. These entries would be marked N/A (not available) in the Soloist and RealTracks dialogs.

Alyssa - PG Music