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#549315 - 08/14/19 04:47 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Real Tracks and Midi Tracks.... The passage of time
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mrgeeze Offline

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To create useful backing tracks Real Tracks changed the game.
For me BIAB grew from a home practice tool to something I could use for live performance.
My solo guitar career exists because of Real Tracks. Seriously.
Admittedly, its not much of a career, but that's not the fault of BIAB.

With real tracks I can quickly produce a working track with a bass, drums and one or two polyphonic instruments (keys,guitar). Normally I audition a few styles and tweak the instrument selection in BIAB.
I export the wav files to my DAW, do a little mixing and automation, set the limits.
From there I export an mp3 for use in gigging. Presto, voila, etc.
I can whip up a backing track suitable for use in live performance in an hour most of the time.
Pretty decent arrangements and very efficient use of time.
At present, I've got 75-100 tunes I can play live and another 50-100 I'm working up.

All along I've pretty much ignored midi because of my 1990's experience with it.
I know midi has come a long way since then.
I realize midi tracks give one significantly more granularity in modification
The ability to tweak a particular bass line and/or drum track at a particular bar is compelling.

I also know that with great power comes great responsibility.
Midi seems to have a not insignificant investment (some $$, more time) to get skillful at it.
I'm concerned that my track building time would expand from an hour a track to 2 days per track.
Not saying they wouldn't be better tracks, they just might not be that much better.

Perhaps where I'm at is good enough?

Would users who spent real time using both offer up some of their experiences?

What do some users think the future brings?

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#549496 - 08/14/19 06:39 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Real Tracks and Midi Tracks.... The passage of time [Re: mrgeeze]
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Jim Fogle Offline

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Band-in-a-Box is beginning to have some competition. DAWs are starting to include arrangement tools. Sample libraries called song construction kits have audio loops of individual instruments and an example mix of all the instruments mixed together.

Despite all the audio choices MIDI will continue to be a vital tool. One small piece of good news. The MIDI standard 2.0 released January, 2019 at the Winter NAMM show includes provision for two-way communication between devices. That means soon devices and programs will talk to each other and automatically figure out what to do so they work together.

Even without MIDI 2.0, current midi instruments are easier to use with more user friendly features like built in patterns, presets, strum engines and effects.

A few years ago PG Music created a video demonstrating how RealTracks and MIDI can work together. The RealTrack plays most of the time but for the two bar break the RealTrack is silenced and a midi instrument plays the two bars on another track. After the two bars the RealTracks plays again.
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PG Music News
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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.

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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!


#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".


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.


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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