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#534211 - 04/25/19 06:19 AM [RealBand] What is it and why did it come with the purchase of BIAB
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Dek-D Offline
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Is it a demo? It looks similar to BIAB, do they work together? Can I uninstall it without that affecting the BIAB installation? What's the benefit of keeping it?

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#534266 - 04/25/19 11:32 AM [RealBand] Re: What is it and why did it come with the purchase of BIAB [Re: Dek-D]
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Band in a Box is an audio accompaniment program and RealBand is a digital audio workstation (DAW) that has been integrated with many of Band in a Box features and expands on the functionality of Band in a Box. The expanded functionality is the main benefit to keep it installed but it is also a free product that's included with the purchase of Band in a Box for Windows and that is a benefit also if you don't currently have another DAW installed on your computer.
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#534270 - 04/25/19 11:50 AM [RealBand] Re: What is it and why did it come with the purchase of BIAB [Re: Dek-D]
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It's a Windows only digital audio workstation, or DAW, that has the unique capability to import, manipulate and export MGU and SGU song files created by Band-in-a-Box. The program also has the added capability to use PG Music content like RealTracks and RealDrums to create audio tracks that follow the song chord chart.

Band-in-a-Box "builds" a song by following a chord chart built in a intro, number of choruses and repeats and ending structure. RealBand "builds" a song along a linear timeline where the song starts at the left of the screen and ends at the right of the screen.

Band-in-a-Box has eight tracks with five tracks dedicated to accompaniment instruments, a special purpose melody tracks, a special purpose soloist track and an audio track for you to record and playback your instrument or vocal. RealBand has 48 tracks. The first eight can emulate the Band-in-a-Box tracks or become a standard track. Each RealBand standard track can hold MIDI data, mono audio or stereo audio.

Band-in-a-Box has many auxiliary applications built-in to support music education and practice. RealBand has editing and recording features more suited to a DAW.

RealBand is derived from PowerTracks Pro. Band-in-a-Box features have been added to enhance the program's compatibility and performance with Band-in-a-Box files.

Many of us on Windows use both products. We use Band-in-a-Box to compose and build the song structure and then move the song file to RealBand to enhance the song with additional tracks.
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#534271 - 04/25/19 11:51 AM [RealBand] Re: What is it and why did it come with the purchase of BIAB [Re: Dek-D]
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Ok, I understand now. It's a DAW that works with BIAB.

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#534275 - 04/25/19 12:09 PM [RealBand] Re: What is it and why did it come with the purchase of BIAB [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Sounds interesting.

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#534357 - 04/26/19 05:52 AM [RealBand] Re: What is it and why did it come with the purchase of BIAB [Re: Dek-D]
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What is Band-in-a-Box®?

Band-in-a-Box® is an intelligent automatic accompaniment program for your multimedia computer. You can hear and play along to many song ideas and go from "nothing" to "something" in a very short period of time with Band-in-a-Box® as your “on demand” backup band.
Band-in-a-Box® is so easy to use!

Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7, or C13b9), choose the style you'd like, and Band-in-a-Box® does the rest, automatically generating a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings or horns in a wide variety of popular styles plus optional live audio tracks with RealDrums and RealTracks.
And that's not all...

Band-in-a-Box® is a powerful and creative music composition tool for exploring and developing musical ideas with near-instantaneous feedback.

Over the years many features have been added to Band-in-a-Box® – Notation and Lyrics, Piano Roll, 16-channel MIDI Multitracks, Harmonization, the StyleMaker and StylePicker, a live performance Conductor window, Medley Maker, and 24 –substyle Multistyles. The Soloist and the Melodist are popular “intelligent” features that generate professional solos or even create whole new songs from scratch. RealDrums adds the human element of a live drummer while RealTracks add even more live session musicians, bringing the entire Band-in-a-Box arrangement to life. The Audio Chord Wizard has the amazing ability to analyze, extract, and show the chords from audio recordings on-screen and then write them to the Band-in-a-Box chord sheet.

The inclusion of digital audio features makes Band-in-a-Box® the perfect tool for creating, playing, and recording your music with MIDI, vocals, and acoustic instruments. Band-in-a-Box for Windows® can also record an acoustic instrument or voice to add to the composition, with processing through its own DirectX audio effects. Its built-in TC Helicon audio harmonies will turn your audio track into multiple harmony parts or adjust its pitch, with vibrato and scooping effects for realistic vocal styles and up to sixteen choral parts.

You can print out your finished creation with lyrics, chords, repeats and endings, DC markings and codas, or save it as a graphics file for web publication or to e-mail to a friend. And when you're ready to let others hear your composition, you can burn it directly to an audio CD. Or save your composition as a Windows Media File (or in any other compressed formats you have) for a file that's “Internet ready.”

You'll have even more fun making automatic medleys, playing your favorite song lists in the Band-in-a-Box Jukebox, and singing along to your Karaoke files with CDG graphics.

Learn about the newest features in Band-in-a-Box...
What is RealBand?

RealBand is a fully-featured and powerful music arranging, sequencing, and digital recording program.

It combines the most popular features from PG Music's PowerTracks Pro Audio and Band-in-a-Box programs into an all-in-one sequencing program with automatic accompaniment.

With RealBand you can create an arrangement with Band-in-a-Box tracks; type in the chords, add RealTracks and RealDrums that follow the chord changes, add your own tracks, and then edit and produce the finished song without ever leaving the program! RealBand is loaded with powerful features that make it easy to produce your own song arrangements as if you were in the recording studio with top session musicians.

RealBand offers powerful features for musicians, students, and songwriters. With intelligent automatic arrangements, RealTracks live instrument tracks, RealDrums live drum tracks, the amazing Audio Chord Wizard, seamlessly integrated digital audio/MIDI recording, built-in DirectX effects, and notation, RealBand turns a typical PC into a music production powerhouse.
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#534358 - 04/26/19 05:55 AM [RealBand] Re: What is it and why did it come with the purchase of BIAB [Re: Dek-D]
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What is RealBand?

RealBand is a fully-featured and powerful music arranging, sequencing, and digital recording program.

It combines the most popular features from PG Music's PowerTracks Pro Audio and Band-in-a-Box programs into an all-in-one sequencing program with automatic accompaniment.

With RealBand you can create an arrangement with Band-in-a-Box tracks; type in the chords, add RealTracks and RealDrums that follow the chord changes, add your own tracks, and then edit and produce the finished song without ever leaving the program! RealBand is loaded with powerful features that make it easy to produce your own song arrangements as if you were in the recording studio with top session musicians.

RealBand offers powerful features for musicians, students, and songwriters. With intelligent automatic arrangements, RealTracks live instrument tracks, RealDrums live drum tracks, the amazing Audio Chord Wizard, seamlessly integrated digital audio/MIDI recording, built-in DirectX effects, and notation, RealBand turns a typical PC into a music production powerhouse.
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PG Music News
Just Released: Xtra Styles PAK 7 for Band-in-a-Box for Windows!

164 amazing new RealStyles await you in Xtra Styles PAK 7! We've dreamed up some great new arrangements for your songwriting, production, and teaching needs in four volumes: Jazz 7, Country 7, Rock/Pop 7, and Americana 2.

Get all 164 new RealStyles in the All Xtra Styles PAK 7 for only $29 until September 15, 2019! (Reg. $49)

Specific genre packages are also available for $15 each!

For more information and to listen to demos, click here!

Band-in-a-Box® Features List!

Every version release of Band-in-a-Box® adds loads of new features and enhancements to the program, which we're sure can sometimes get "lost" in your knowledge of the program's capabilities.

Looking to learn about new features with a specific release? It's actually really easy to locate this information!

Learn tips on the new version (2019) by visiting Help | Tip of the Day and placing a check mark next to "Only Show Tips for Version 2019" (you'll also need to select "Show Tips at Startup", if it's not already).

Access the new features list for older versions in the Help Index of the program - from the left-menu, choose Contents | Features and a list of New Features will show - all the way back to Version 7!

#FeatureFriday

#TBT Band-in-a-Box® Goes to NAMM

As we get ready to head to Summer NAMM this year, we're remembering our time their last year - we had so many visitors stop by our booth!

Click here to take a peak!

Special thanks to Mike and all the RealTracks Artists and PG Endorsers who stopped by. Stay tuned for our Booth Visitors and other happenings from Summer NAMM on July 18-20, 2019! If you find yourself at the event, come say "Hi!" to us at booth 234.

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows StylePicker Feature - Finding RealTracks & MIDI SuperTracks

Did you know... Within Band-in-a-Box®, quickly find styles that use RealTracks (or MIDI SuperTracks!) in a certain range by pressing the [Other] filter button in the StylePicker window and select "Styles that contain RealTracks or MIDI SuperTracks in a number range".

#WisdomWednesday

Band-in-a-Box® Tip of the Day!

Did you know that Band-in-a-Box® will show you some helpful "Tips" when you start the program? What a great way for new program users to learn all the features of the program! Want to know Tips on just the latest version? This feature can be adjusted to just show the Tips for that too.

Maybe you're a long-time user of the program, and have this feature turned off? To access Tip of the Day (450+ available!), head to Help | Tip of the Day. Your Tip will appear right away - and you'll have the option of reading the Next Tip if you wanted too! Within this window is where you would also choose to "Show Tips at Startup" (if this is unchecked, you won't see them), or "Only Show Tips for Version 2019".

Here's a few Tips the program informed me of the last time I opened Band-in-a-Box®:

In the Piano Roll window, the 'Ghost Note' function allows you to view a single-channel, and see notes on all other channels display in light grey. This is useful when working with multi-channel tracks.

Want a bigger guitar display? Drag the bottom end of the Guitar Window to change its size, or press the SETTINGS button to set a custom size.

The Printout can use left and right MARGINS. This is useful to make printouts for small paper size or 3 hole paper that requires margins.

Edit | Nudge Chords/Melody. Let's say that you have entered a complete song chord progression, and you then realize that all of the chords starting at bar 23 are 1 beat to late. You can use this feature to slide your chords over by 1 beat.

#TipTuesday

Video - Using the Band-in-a-Box® Vocal Wizard

Check out this incredibly thorough video created by Dennis Wilkins, which explains how he uses the Band-in-a-Box® Vocal Wizard! Click here to watch..

YouTube Find - Ballad for a Travelling Lady

We did a search for Band-in-a-Box on YouTube, and look at what we found!

Video - "Ballad for a Travelling Lady" by Stefan Leipziger

What a great use of Band-in-a-Box! Check out Stefan's YouTube Channel for even more of songs he's created with the help of Band-in-a-Box.

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