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#351109 - 05/24/16 04:17 AM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Where to find *MGU files of famous songs?
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Where can we find MGU files of famous songs that we can use to make our own tracks or versions?

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#351110 - 05/24/16 04:39 AM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Asian Sun]
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Originally Posted By: Asian Sun
Where can we find MGU files of famous songs that we can use to make our own tracks or versions?


Some here
Biab files 1

Biab files 2

Use at your own risk!
Virus check all downloaded files first
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#351111 - 05/24/16 04:42 AM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Asian Sun]
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there is a band in a box group on YahooGroups, and they have a very large collection of files that can be downloaded. You have to join the groups individually to access the files.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Band-in-a-Box-Files/info

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Band-in-a-Box-Files2/info

The files used to contain melody and lyrics, but a few years ago whoever manages the site removed anything that is protected by copyright.

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#351238 - 05/24/16 08:22 PM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Asian Sun]
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#523490 - 02/09/19 07:36 AM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Asian Sun]
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#593030 - 04/19/20 04:18 PM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Asian Sun]
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I constantly am astonished that there is not a vibrant forum for trading BIAB files SOMEWHERE. It's SO weird. The yahoo groups above are dead.

There's the regular same links to the same pages as always.

I'm surprised that the forums here dont have a dedicated "Trade your .sgu .mgu creations" that is more vibrant.

Also I'm sure theres some folks that are brilliant in building up a song that very much represents particular recording with voicings/hits/vibe/etc... I'm pretty good at it but I'd really imaging there would be a market for such a thing from someone who was really good and fast at it.

Basically:

"Send me the track you want reproduced in BIAB and i'll create it and send you the .sgu or .mgu"

I guarantee folks would pay for that.. but i've never seen it (ps.. I don't want this job) :-)

But I'm always shocked when i'll do a search for some very VERY well known tune and somehow NO WHERE is it out there to get... when I know theres probalby been hundreds if not thousands of people that have already built it.

Am I missing some killer forum somewhere and can someone send me the link if so? :-)

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#593124 - 04/20/20 06:36 AM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Asian Sun]
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There are some on my website. They don’t have the Melody


https://www.joannecooper.co.za/guitar-backing-tracks

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#593190 - 04/20/20 12:44 PM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Yendog]
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Originally Posted By: Yendog
I constantly am astonished that there is not a vibrant forum for trading BIAB files SOMEWHERE. It's SO weird. The yahoo groups above are dead.

There's the regular same links to the same pages as always.

I'm surprised that the forums here dont have a dedicated "Trade your .sgu .mgu creations" that is more vibrant.

Also I'm sure theres some folks that are brilliant in building up a song that very much represents particular recording with voicings/hits/vibe/etc... I'm pretty good at it but I'd really imaging there would be a market for such a thing from someone who was really good and fast at it.

Basically:

"Send me the track you want reproduced in BIAB and i'll create it and send you the .sgu or .mgu"

I guarantee folks would pay for that.. but i've never seen it (ps.. I don't want this job) :-)

But I'm always shocked when i'll do a search for some very VERY well known tune and somehow NO WHERE is it out there to get... when I know theres probalby been hundreds if not thousands of people that have already built it.

Am I missing some killer forum somewhere and can someone send me the link if so? :-)



The internet use to have many websites filled with midi song interpretations. Those interpretations were deemed to be infringing on copyrights and sites were told to pay royalties, close or be sued out of existence.

Distribution of MGU or SGU song files face the same issue. It's just not worth the hassle. The websites that offer midi files pay royalties or risk being sued out of existence. Evidently there is not enough demand for Band-in-a-Box MGU or SGU song files to make creating and offering them for sale profitable.
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#593937 - 04/24/20 02:43 AM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Asian Sun]
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there are karaoke midi files available on a pay basis. here's just one
https://www.midi.com.au/genres/midi-karaoke/

for 'clones' of particualr tracks, these will open fine in RealBand with any distinctive riffs or instrumental breaks reproducd as close as midi can get them.

BIAB is not the program for 'cloning' commercial tracks. you could put in the chords for satisfaction by the rolling stones and you'd still have to record the guitar riff and the bass part wouldn't be what Bill Wyman played either.

with a karaoke track opened in RealBand you'll get as close to the recording as posible.

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#594196 - 04/25/20 10:58 AM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Bob Calver]
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#598407 - 05/21/20 12:05 PM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Pat Marr]
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Originally Posted By: Pat Marr
there is a band in a box group on YahooGroups, and they have a very large collection of files that can be downloaded. You have to join the groups individually to access the files.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Band-in-a-Box-Files/info

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Band-in-a-Box-Files2/info

The files used to contain melody and lyrics, but a few years ago whoever manages the site removed anything that is protected by copyright.


The yahoo groups no longer exist as yahoo stopped hosting groups.

You have to go to groups.io, look for the Band In A Box Independent User Group. Join and have access to a whole lot of files including mgu files of standards, pop, rock, italian, latin just about any song you want.

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#598410 - 05/21/20 12:11 PM [Woodshedding - Learning to Play!] Re: Where to find *MGU files of famous songs? [Re: Yendog]
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Originally Posted By: Yendog
I constantly am astonished that there is not a vibrant forum for trading BIAB files SOMEWHERE. It's SO weird. The yahoo groups above are dead.

There's the regular same links to the same pages as always.

I'm surprised that the forums here dont have a dedicated "Trade your .sgu .mgu creations" that is more vibrant.

Also I'm sure theres some folks that are brilliant in building up a song that very much represents particular recording with voicings/hits/vibe/etc... I'm pretty good at it but I'd really imaging there would be a market for such a thing from someone who was really good and fast at it.

Basically:

"Send me the track you want reproduced in BIAB and i'll create it and send you the .sgu or .mgu"

I guarantee folks would pay for that.. but i've never seen it (ps.. I don't want this job) :-)

But I'm always shocked when i'll do a search for some very VERY well known tune and somehow NO WHERE is it out there to get... when I know theres probalby been hundreds if not thousands of people that have already built it.

Am I missing some killer forum somewhere and can someone send me the link if so? :-)



The users group for Yahoo migrated to Groups.io when Yahoo stopped hosting groups a while back. The group is called Band In A Box Independent User Group. You have to have a Groups.io account, free, and then join the group. Plenty of files still available there.

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