31. What are the recommended system requirements for your products?

Band-in-a-Box runs on Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32bit or 64bit), and requires a minimum of 512MB available RAM. Basic MIDI features require a less powerful computer than the latest RealTracks features. For best performance, we recommend a fairly up-to-date computer with Windows XP or higher, a fast processor, and at least 2GB RAM. Without RealDrums or RealTracks, you need a minimum of about 400MB of free hard disk space. More hard disk space is required for the RealTracks and RealDrums, roughly 100-400MB per Set. A full install of the PRO version (including RealTracks/Drums) requires about 10 GB. A full install of the MEGAPAK version requires about 20 GB. The UltraPAK is about 120 GB total, and have the option of either downloading, or shipping "pre-installed" on a USB hard drive. You can run the program directly from the hard drive or install on your computer.

A MIDI sound source is required. This could be a sound card, a MIDI keyboard, MIDI sound module, or software synthesizer. We include a software synthesizer with Band-in-a-Box.

To get the best performance from PowerTracks Pro Audio, you will want a fairly up-to-date computer. PowerTracks Pro Audio runs on Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10 (Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 recommended for best performance), and requires a Pentium class (or better) processor, a minimum of 128MB of available RAM and at least 100 MB free on the hard drive for the base program. More hard disk space is required for RealDrums Sets, about 100 MB per set.

Most of our other programs run on Windows 98SE/NT/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10 and require a Pentium class (or better) processor, and a minimum of 64MB of available RAM. Please see the individual product pages for the specific requirements of each product.


Our most recent version of Band-in-a-Box is designed for Intel-based computers, which should all exceed the minimum requirements. We also have older versions of the program available for PowerPC based OSX systems, and even OS9 systems. The system requirements for the latest version of Band-in-a-Box are:

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Intel Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • About 400 MB free hard disk space to install the Band-in-a-Box program, MIDI styles, Soloists, Melodists, and Lessons.
  • Additional hard disk space is required for RealTracks (about 1 GB per set) and RealDrums (about 100-400 MB per set), unless you get the hard drive version of the program.
  • 1024x768 minimum screen resolution strongly recommended.
  • DVD-ROM drive (if installing from disc)
  • Available USB port (if using Band-in-a-Box on an external USB hard drive).
  • An external MIDI sound source is not required, since Band-in-a-Box can use the Mac's built-in sounds automatically. However you can also use an external MIDI keyboard or sound module if you wish.

There are a few older legacy programs such as the Pianist series and Master Solos that only run in Classic (OS 9 or earlier). Please see the individual product pages for the specific requirements.

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