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Hi,

1. Can I install Band-in-a-Box *entirely* on an external SSD?

2. How do I get my new Band-in-a-Box Pro 2024 to see all the content from my old Band-in-a-Box Ultra 2017?

I should mention that l'll be installing to a Windows 10 laptop from the 23 individual files I downloaded manually.

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Hi Tony,

The best way to to keep a previous version of BIAB is to install the newer version directly over the top of the older version. For example, if everything to do with 2017 was installed on c:\bb then install install your 2024 version into that same directory/folder.

When you have everything installed, you could then copy the whole c:\bb folder onto a SSD and run the program from there. Once you are satisfied that everything copied over okay, you could delete c:\bb. After you've done this, you might need to add paths for Realdrums and Realtracks, but that's very straightforward.

I hope this helps.
--Noel


★ a recent song of mine: Rise And Shine


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Hi Noel,

I followed your advice and it worked spectacularly well. Thank you so much! As a result I freed-up nearly 24GB of space on my system drive. And everything works just great.

On a separate note, I listened to your track "Rise And Shine" and while hearing the chorus I thought it would benefit from some backing vocals; particularly female. You can create remarkably good vocals (lead and background) with Synthesizer V. A free/trial version of the editor can be downloaded from here. You can also get a few free 'lite' versions of several SynthV voicebanks. Solaria is quite versatile so you might want to start with her (which you can get here ).

Cheers...

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Hi Tony,

I'm glad it all worked out for you. Freeing up 24 GB is great smile Thanks for listening to my song, too. I haven't tried putting any background vocals in it. When I revisit it, I'll give it a shot! Just recently I started playing around with Synth V. It's an incredible vocal synthesiser. I've been super impressed with what I've managed to do. If you're interested, below are two song I wrote and used vocaloids with. "The Best Gift Of All" is Natalie singing against a guitar accompaniment, and "Every Single Day" is a Natalie/Kevin arrangement modelled on Kenny Rogers' and Dolly Parton's approach to duets.

All the best,
--Noel


★ my latest song: The Best Gift Of All (Thank You, Mama) – vocals by Synthesizer V
★ a recent song of mine: Every Single Day (a duet using Synthesizer V’s vocaloids, Kevin & Natalie)


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Hi Noel,

I really like The Best Gift Of All; it's very sweet. Natalie's voice is almost unrecognizable. It sounds like you either lowered her formants or shifted her gender a bit to the male side. That makes sense given the nature of the song. It sounds more 'genuine' and heartfelt the way you have it.

As for Every Single Day, I like the song and Natalie's voice, but don't really care for Kevin's voice; it's too 'stiff' and artificial. I recently bought Saros and am glad I did because he's the female analog of Solaria in that he's very versatile. If you have that voicebank you might want to try him instead of Kevin.

Cheers...

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