Band-in-a-Box® 2022 for Windows® Upgrade Manual
Congratulations on your purchase of Band-in-a-Box® 2022 for Windows®!
We’ve been busy and added over 50 new features and an amazing collection of new content, including 222 RealTracks (20 more than we've released in previous versions), new RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, Artist Performances, Xtra Styles PAK 12, New “playable RealTracks” Hi-Q sounds, 2 sets of “RealDrums Stems,” and more!
We have Bonus PAKs with 60 RealTracks (20 more than we've released in previous versions!) in addition to the 222 new RealTracks, so in total an amazing 282 new RealTracks and RealDrums are available! There are over 300 “Playable RealTracks” Hi-Q sounds, which match many of our RealTracks, so you can easily switch from RealTracks parts to MIDI notes while maintaining the instrument sound! The Bonus PAKs also include 2 new Artist Performance Sets, containing over 50 original songs with vocal performances by a variety of talented singers! There are also Instrumental Studies Sets including Fusion Guitar Soloing and Classic Country Guitar Soloing. There are also new RealDrums Stems, which allow you to access the individual wave files from each different mic used to record many of our most popular RealDrums! There are also 14 new MIDI SuperTracks, including a MIDI SuperTracks first: MIDI guitar!
In addition, there are over 200 new RealStyles that use the new RealTracks. These include amazing Fusion soloing with legendary guitarist Mike Stern, as well as rhythm guitars by the great Brent Mason! We also have Brent on the requested “producer” Nashville guitar styles, which are various popular country grooves with multi-layered guitars, including “explosive guitar chords” and more! There are also requested Alt-Rock and modern pop styles with both modern electronic sounds and modern guitar effects. And if you’re a blues fan, this is the year for you! We’ve got amazing new classic blues guitar and harmonica and guitars from Nashville great Pat Bergeson, requested specialty blues like “Rumba Blues” and “Jump Blues” horn section RealTracks, as well as organ and resonator guitar soloing! There are also more electric 12-string guitar styles from the multi-talented Brent Mason, more tin whistle, and pop vibes, funk guitar, singer-songwriter DADGAD guitar, Mallets & Cajons, and Cinematic baritone guitar! There’s also New Orleans piano with Kevin McKendree, “Vintage Pop Guitar,”, and classic Doo-wop vocals! And, also by request we’ve included new Cajun and Zydeco RealTracks as well as new Classic Country Soloing from fan-favorite Johnny Hiland! In our bonus PAK we have several RealTracks firsts: Tabla & Dholak hand drums, and Sitar, even MORE BLUES, requested “Contradance” RealTracks, and Latin Rock and Metal RealDrums. There’s also another RealTracks first, separated left-hand & right-hand piano soloing, playing the requested Bossa soloing style. The bonus set includes even MORE Nashville “producer” guitars and more modern pop guitars & synths. And there’s ANOTHER vocal Doo-wop style in the bonus PAK which include a main mix as well as individual voices!
There are over 50 new features to Band-in-a-Box 2022. This includes many major new features. First off, “All Tracks are Equal.” All 24 tracks have the same capabilities, including styles generation and audio editing. There are Playable RealTracks to customize the RealTracks performances by adding your own notes, using sounds from the RealTracks recording. There’s a brand new MultiRiff feature to interactively arrange sections of RealTracks, as you build up the track by choosing from multiple versions. You can now enter MicroChords with up to 4 chords per beat (previous limit was 1). With the new Motifs, you can enter rhythmic patterns for the style instruments to follow. We’ve added node-based Volume Automation, allowing fine volume control of any track, for fades, mutes, and other volume changes. Audio Drum Stems separate tracks from the different mics in the RealDrums recording are now available for 50 of the RealDrums, with more to come. There’s a Track Settings and Actions Window, a one stop-shop to access and edit track functions from a single window (previously needed multiple visits to menus to do this). You can Remix Full Vocal Songs with over 50 full original songs (Pop, R&B, Modern Country), with high quality, great sounding vocals, harmonies, and Band-in-a-Box arrangements! Use these to remix your own new arrangements. With the new One-Click to Download and Install feature you can download and install the entire package of your order with the new One-Click Install Manager. These 2022 features give you new, powerful tools to create better arrangements and performances. And more!
- 60 Unreleased RealTracks
- 20 MIDI SuperTracks
- 30 All-MIDI Styles
- 12 Instrumental Studies
- 50+ Artist Performances
- 50+ RealDrums Stems
- 400+ Playable RealTracks
- RealCombos Booster PAK
- XPro Styles PAK 2
- Xtra Styles PAK 12
222 NEW RealTracks
Band-in-a-Box 2022 contains an amazing assortment of new RealTracks & RealDrums! These include amazing Fusion soloing RealTracks with legendary guitarist Mike Stern, as well as rhythm guitars by the great Brent Mason! We also have Brent on the requested “producer” Nashville guitar styles, which are various popular country grooves with multi-layered guitars, including “explosive guitar chords” and more! There are also requested Alt-Rock and modern pop styles with both modern electronic sounds and modern guitar effects. And if you're a blues fan, this is the year for you! We've got amazing new classic blues guitar, harmonica, and guitars from Nashville great Pat Bergeson, requested specialty blues like “Rumba Blues” & “Jump Blues” horn section RealTracks, as well as organ and resonator guitar soloing! There are also more electric 12-string guitar styles from the multi-talented Brent Mason, more tin whistle, and pop vibes, funk guitar, singer-songwriter DADGAD guitar, Mallets & Cajons, and Cinematic baritone guitar! There’s also New Orleans piano with Kevin McKendree, “Vintage Pop Guitar” and classic Doo-wop vocals! And, also by request we’ve included new Cajun & Zydeco RealTracks as well as new Classic Country Soloing from fan-favorite Johnny Hiland! In our bonus PAK we have several RealTracks firsts: Tabla & Dholak hand drums, and Sitar, even MORE BLUES, requested “Contradance" RealTracks, and Latin Rock and Metal RealDrums. There’s also another RealTracks first, separated left-hand & right-hand piano soloing, playing the requested Bossa soloing style. The bonus set includes even MORE Nashville “producer” guitars and more modern pop guitars & synths. And there’s ANOTHER vocal Doo-wop style in the bonus PAK which include a main mix as well as individual voices!
- 62 Jazz, Blues & Funk RealTracks (Sets 376-384)
The Jazz, Blues, Funk & Latin collection this year features a vast assortment of new RealTracks. We’ve added new fusion soloing with legendary guitarist Mike Stern (3)! These include three different grooves with smooth fusion guitar lines played with Mike’s distinct tone. And these soloists all have “Hi-Q” RealCharts, meaning you can see every bend, hammer-on, slide and more in notation and TAB as well as on the on-screen guitar fretboard. There are also new Fusion rhythm and background guitars (5) specifically recorded to accompany those soloists with Nashville great Brent Mason. And if you ‘re a blues fan, this is the year for you! We’ve got amazing new classic blues guitar and harmonica (13) from the incomparable Pat Bergeson! And we have requested specialty blues like “Rumba Blues” (5), “Jump Blues” (4), and more! There are also new Blues Horn Section styles (5), playing an ultra-hip Blues Shuffle. And there are requested blues organ (5) and blues resonator guitar soloing (7) RealTracks! There are also new Funk guitar styles (11) and New Orleans Piano (4) from virtuoso Kevin McKendree!
- 89 Pop and Rock RealTracks (Sets 385-392)
We have some amazing new pop, rock, and world styles with Band-in-a-Box 2022, with lots of requests fulfilled! We have two new sets of modern “alt” rock RealTracks (25), featuring a variety of modern rock grooves with multiple layered guitars for a full, produced sound! These two sets also include new RealDrums to go along with these alt rock guitars. There are also new requested modern pop & hip-hop RealTracks (23), featuring electronic drums, modern synth sounds, and modern guitars that can be layered in the background for an organic element among the electronic sounds. There are also new electric 12-string guitars and more (9) from RealTrack fan-favorite Brent Mason, as well as new tin whistle (4) and vibes (3). And, for fans of classic rock ‘n’ roll, there is a “Vintage Pop Guitar” set (20), as well as a RealTracks first: classic Doo-wop vocals (5)!
- 71 Country, Americana & Folk RealTracks (Sets 393-400)
The Country, Americana, and Folk collection this year has added a beautiful variety of RealTracks, including many requested styles! There are requested “explosive held chords, which are multi-layered guitars that provide a full modern-country sound, and these are just a part of our large collection of new “producer country” (24) guitar styles. These layered guitars come from Nashville first-call guitarist Brent Mason, and will make your country song radio-ready! Also, by request we’ve included new Cajun & Zydeco RealTracks (7) with drums, washboard, basses, guitars and accordion! For the singer-songwriters out there, we have 2 sets catered to you! There is a set of mallets and cajons (22), which provided a soft, subtle backdrop for your melancholy song! And, also by request we’ve added songwriter DADGAD guitar styles (8). This unique tuning lends itself to interesting, introspective voicings on the guitar, and gives your song a sophisticated but earthy vibe. And the cinematic electric baritone guitar styles (4) and lap steel (3) will give your song a polished sheen! And to top it all off, we’ve got new Country Soloing RealTracks (3) from fan-favorite Johnny Hiland!
60 Unreleased RealTracks
There are 60 amazing bonus RealTracks available with our 2022 49-PAK! This is 20 more than we've released in previous years! Our customers have been asking for more blues, and we're providing! In this bonus collection we have Memphis Blues and Chicago Blues guitar and harmonica (6) with virtuoso Pat Bergeson as well as lap steel (3) and blues guitar soloing (1) by Johnny Hiland! And as if that wasn't enough on the blues front, we've also got gritty blues-rock harmonica (3), with options for the raunchy amp tone, or the direct-from-the-microphone sound! We've introduced several RealTracks firsts: Tabla & Dholak hand drums, and Sitar (7)! The Tabla also makes use of a brand new feature in Band-in-a-Box 2022: Tuned RealDrums. The tabla has a high drone pitch that is typically tuned to the root or 5th of the key you're playing in, which Band-in-a-Box does automatically with these new RealDrums. Also on the RealDrums front we’ve added newLatin Rock (2) and Metal (2) RealDrums styles. There is also requested Contradance guitar and piano (8) RealTracks. There's ANOTHER RealTracks first: separated left-hand & right-hand piano soloing, playing the requested Bossa soloing (2) style. The bonus set includes even MORE Nashville “producer” guitars (6) with Brent Mason, for even more of that slick modern country sound. And there are more modern pop guitars & synths (14) which also includes an “enhanced” RealDrums style, where we merged electronic sounds into an existing RealDrum style to get a modern produced sound! There's also a horn section “grooves” style (1), with multiple options for very common horn section repeating patterns. And there's ANOTHER vocal Doo-wop style in the bonus pak which include a main mix as well as individual voices (5)!
MIDI SuperTracks Set 34: Blues Piano and Organ
This collection of SuperTracks provides an eclectic collection of blues keyboard MIDI SuperTracks, including 5 organ styles and 4 piano styles. The organ tracks are all striaght-ahead blues with options for soloing as well as left-hand chording, and these left-hand/right-hand tracks are meant to work together to get a full sound over the full range of the instrument. And on the piano we have New Orleans infused soul piano, as well as even more blues with jump blues as well as the latin flavor in the rumba blues style. This set also comes with Band-in-a-Box styles that use the MIDI SuperTracks in the context of a full band, by pairing them with RealTracks and RealDrums, but also by pairing them with other MIDI tracks for new ALL-MIDI styles!
MIDI SuperTracks Set 35: All Guitar
By popular request, we’ve added guitar MIDI SuperTracks for the first time ever! These tracks are very useful, and all of them work very well with acoustic, nylon, or electric guitar patches. And, using them in conjunction with plugins such as amp simulators, distortion, chorus, tremolo and more can bring these tracks to life! It includes fingerpicking, “sweep” held chords, power chords and more! And, we've made Band-in-a-Box styles that pair these MIDI SuperTracks with RealTracks and RealDrums, but we've also made ALL-MIDI styles that use these as well!
MIDI Styles Set “Look Ma! More MIDI 7” (15 styles)
We’re back, MIDI users! And this time we’ve prepared a diverse collection of Pro-compatible MIDI styles that span many genres, from country gospel swing to modern jazz waltz. So, what’s in between? Here’s what you have to look forward to: millennium pop rock, hootenanny bluegrass, last-call slow shuffle blues, slow bossa with vibes, light Latin dance music, and many more great sounds! There are a total of 15 all-MIDI styles to shape into your very own arrangements with MIDI Styles Set 84: Look Ma! More MIDI 7!
MIDI Styles Set “Look Ma! More MIDI 8” (15 styles)
An energetic and vibrant collection of one-hundred-percent-MIDI styles is calling your name! It's MIDI Styles Set 85: Look Ma! More MIDI 8, and the diversity and pazazz of its 15 original styles will energize your MIDI songs! Some of the great new sounds include half-time-at-B rock, vibrant jazz funk, galloping country, slow blues rock, a smooth soul ballad, swung-sixteenths funk, new age rock, and much more! Treat your ears to this fiesta of MIDI styles - pick up MIDI Styles Set 85: Look Ma! More MIDI 8 today!
Instrumental Studies 16: Fusion Guitar Soloing
Instrumental Studies Set 16 gives you 6 smooth fusion guitar workouts! With these studies you can listen and play along with a master jazz soloist, viewing the notes in notation and TAB, with all the bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs and more notated precisely, and you can also view the notes in the on-screen guitar fretboard. There are three different grooves, with two studies in each.
Instrumental Studies 17: Classic Country Guitar Soloing
Instrumental Studies Set 17 is the perfect way to hone your country guitar chops! Learn with a master, and play along while viewing accurate notation and TAB, complete with bends, pull-offs, hammer-ons and more! And you can also view the notes in the on-screen guitar fretboard. There are three different grooves, a slow country waltz, a grooving’ shuffle, and a slow swing ballad, and each one has two different studies in two different keys.
Artist Performance Set 11: Songs with Vocals Volume 2
For the first time ever, we have original songs and vocal performances to go along with our Band-in-a-Box demos! “Songs With Vocals Volume 1” provides over 20 Band-in-a-Box MGU (song) files, each with vocal performances on the melody track, many with additional harmony vocals as well! These are great to practice your mixing skills, try your hand at “remixing” with different Band-in-a-Box styles, RealTracks & RealDrums, or just for listening and enjoying! Some of the highlights of this volume include the Americana ballad “Texas On My Mind”, the alternative pop “He's Hangin’ On”, the smooth reggae “Good Love Is Hard To Find,” and the Hip-Hop duet “Hang On”! And, with new features added in Band-in-a-Box 2022 for Windows, these songs are also accessible right in the StylePicker by pressing the “load style demo button”!
Artist Performance Set 12: Songs with Vocals Volume 2
Artist Performance Set 12 provides even MORE exciting original songs and vocal performances to go along with our Band-in-a-Box demos! “Songs With Vocals Volume 2” provides over 20 Band-in-a-Box MGU (song) files, each with vocal performances on the melody track, many with additional harmony vocals as well! These are great to practice your mixing skills, try your hand at “remixing” with different Band-in-a-Box styles, RealTracks & RealDrums, or just for listening and enjoying! Some of the highlights of this volume include slick modern pop songs like “If You Only Knew (Superman)” & “Lonely Once Again,” Country Classics in the making such as “The School Gymnasium” and “Emmaline,” and there's even a Rumba Flamenca tune written and sung in Spanish! All this and more awaits you in “Songs with Vocals Volume 2”!
RealDrums Stems Set 1
Band-in-a-Box 2022 for Windows has introduced a new feature “RealDrums Stems,” and this set of audio files gives you some great Country and Americana RealDrum stems to utilize this feature! The “RealDrums Stems” feature allows you to select a RealDrum that has this feature enabled, and then when you generated it, it ALSO generates the SAME drum part, but putting each of the microphones used to record the session on its own track! So, rather than just a stereo mix of the drums, you’re ALSO getting, for example, the mics on both sides of the kick drum, the hi-hat mic, the room mics, etc. This allows you to mix the drums yourself, so you can get your own distinct sound for the drum kit! This first RealDrums Stems set contains some of our most popular Country and Americana RealDrums. The Americana RealDrums in this collection feature 10 different grooves, and use both brushes and sticks. Because the intention for these RealDrums was to get a really rootsy feel, it was recorded with only 7 mics, and so there are 7 stems for each of these RealDrums styles. This set ALSO includes our very popular “Nashville Radio” RealDrums, with 7 slick radio-ready grooves! Since the intention with these was a much more full, “produced” sound, there were more mics used in this session, so there are 10 stems available with each groove.
RealDrums Stems Set 2
RealDrums Stems Set 2 gives you even more RealDrums to utilize the new Band-in-a-Box 2022 for Windows feature “RealDrums Stems”! And this set gives you an amazing 36 RealDrums styles each with 5 to 16 stems, including PERCUSSION stems! The stems give you access to the individual mics that made up the recording of the drum kit, and generate in sync with the main RealDrums style, allowing you FULL control to mix the drums into your song as you like, with different amounts of reverb focusing on the different drums, or using gates, compression, etc. on the different stems. These stems are not isolated, for example the snare mic will certainly pick up the cymbals and toms around it, but they give you the ability to blend the different parts of the drum kit as you like. With many of these RealDrums however, there are ALSO stems of the PERCUSSION that make up the RealDrums, and those ARE isolated, since they were recorded as overdubs. This gives you even MORE control, as these CAN be used to mix and match with OTHER RealDrums.!
Over 300 Playable RealTracks (sfz sforzando files)
Band-in-a-Box 2022 for Windows has introduced a new feature: “Playable RealTracks,” and this set of new “Hi-Q” sforzando sounds gives you the tools you need to use it! This cool feature allows you to add MIDI notes to the same RealTrack that is playing, either at the same time, or alternating back and forth. And these sounds were all made to correspond with specific RealTracks, and in most cases were created using the same instrument, and by the same RealTracks artist. This means you can get the RealTracks to play the notes you want at key parts of the performance, either augmenting or replacing what the RealTracks is playing, for the section you want to change. This set adds over 300 new sounds to your collection, giving you more control over your music than ever before!
RealCombos Booster PAKS styles
Our Pro version customers are very important to us, and this year we want to show you how thankful we are by expanding the collection of RealTracks that are included with the Band-in-a-Box 2022 Pro version with a whopping 110 RealTracks! And, to put all of these RealTracks to use, we've created 38 brand-new RealStyles that include every single RealTrack that we've added. These include a visceral piano pop ballad, gentle indie folk pop, '70s soul with horns, a ukulele folk jig, quarter-comp fast jazz, multiple jazz waltzes, 6/8 jazz, cowboy country swing with brushes, several classic country styles, and much more!
XPro Styles PAK 2
In response to the popularity of the first XPro Styles PAK, we've created XPro Styles PAK 2! Just like last time, we're coming at you with 100 fresh new RealStyles that will up the utility and fun factor of the Band-in-a-Box Pro version. But these styles aren't just for Pro users, there's something unique for every Band-in-a-Box user - even Audiophile customers! Dig in to 25 rock and pop styles, 25 jazz styles, 25 country styles, and 25 folk styles. That's right, these can be used with ANY Band-in-a-Box® 2022 package! Here's an example of what we've created for you: hushed-up jazz bands, thumping folk swing, a slow electric bossa, Latin soul with horns, fast and funky modern pop, gospel blues rock, a floating country ballad, pedal-steel honky-tonk, French accordion folk, disco jazz soul, and so much more! Do yourself a favor and spice up your RealStyle library today!
Xtra Styles PAK 12
Fear not, music lovers, we’ve got another exhilarating collection of original and fully-produced styles - 200 to be exact! You'll find 50 styles in each of the usual genres: rock/pop, jazz, and country. And, for the first time ever, we've made a collection of 50 blues styles! Solo over your favorite blues rhythm-section arrangement or learn from some of the greatest blues soloists of all time! We're confident that you'll thoroughly enjoy what awaits you in Xtra Styles PAK 12!
There's so much in store that this bundle of Xtra Styles is bursting from the seams! Check out arrangements like chillout folktronica, indie country folk, rumba lounge ballad, Appalachian jaw-harp blues, lo-fi R&B, lap-steel country rock, several slack-key-and-pedal-steel styles, Nashville folky jazz, several jazz blues shuffles, a retro 12/8 pop ballad, and so much more!
- Rock-Pop 12: Rock and Pop Volume 12 offers a focused approach to modern pop music with layered MultiDrum beats and minimal instrumentation that leaves room for vocalists. You'll also find some soothing indie folk and indie rock styles. In total, there are 50 groundbreaking new styles for you to explore! Lo-fi R&B, a retro 12/8 pop ballad, fast indie rock, chillout folktronica, an emotive piano ballad, and indie folk pop are just some of the sounds that you have to look forward to. And, for your pop masterpiece, we've included an indie funk pop MultiStyle with a total of eight substyles! Add this forward-looking and fully-produced bundle of pop styles to your collection today!
- Jazz 12: We've carefully woven funk, soul, and Latin influences into the fabric of jazz for this wonderful collection of jazz styles! Examples of these original arrangements include a cha-cha tango quartet, chillout jazz soul, samba with marimba, smooth funky bebop, Flamenca island fusion, Nashville folky jazz, and a rumba lounge ballad. And to top things off, we're also including an eight-part modern jazz waltz MultiStyle! Stitch together your perfect jazz song or practice regimen with this amazing new collection of original styles!
- Country 12: We've put together a sparkling bundle of modern country styles influenced by chart-topping hits in Xtra Styles PAK 12: Country Volume 12! Plus, you'll be treated to an assortment of Hawaiian slack-key and country blues styles. Examples of the country offerings include big-brushes-beat country pop, indie country folk, bluesy country boogie eighths, jaw-harp country blues, lap-steel country rock, and many more! And in case that wasn’t enough, we've also prepared a gentle country ballad MultiStyle with a total of six substyles! Don't miss out on this amazing collection of country gems!
- Blues 12: For the first time ever, we've created a collection of Xtra Styles that is dedicated to blues! We've approached the genre from all angles, creating new and original takes on age-old blues sounds. Many of these styles include soloists so that you can learn great blues soloing on a variety of instruments! Here are some of the included soundscapes: slide solo Southern blues, rural lonely blues, several jazz blues shuffles, rockabluesy swing, Appalachian jaw-harp blues, Memphis blues swing, and many more! Plus, don't miss out on the eight-part honky-tonk blues MultiStyles! And that’s just a small example of what’s in store. No matter what kind of blues you're looking for, there's something for you in Xtra Styles PAK 12: Blues Volume 1!
Xtra Styles PAK 11 (Released May 2021) - 200 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, and Half & Double-Time 1
Xtra Styles PAK 10 (Released December 2020) - 200 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, and Folk Celebration
Xtra Styles PAK 10 (Released December 2020) - 200 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, and Folk
Xtra Styles PAK 9 (Released May 2020) - 200 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, and Folk
Xtra Styles PAK 8 (Released December 2019) - 164 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, and Celtic
Xtra Styles PAK 7 (Released August 2019) - 164 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, Americana.
Xtra Styles PAK 6 (Released Dec 2018) - 162 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, and Trad Folk & Jazz.
Xtra Styles PAK 5 (Released July 2018) - 160 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, and MIDI Styles.
Xtra Styles PAK 4 (Released November 2017) - 150 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, and Folk & Beyond.
Xtra Styles PAK 3 (Released June 2017) - 160 RealStyles for Jazz, Rock-Pop, Country, and Americana.
Xtra Styles PAK 2 (Released December 2016) - 161 RealStyles for Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, and Bluegrass & World.
Xtra Styles PAK 1 (Released August 2016) - 164 RealStyles for Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter.
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