Band-in-a-Box® for Windows and Mac

Users LOVE Band-in-a-Box®! Here's what they're saying...

"Band-in-a-Box® is the swiss army knife of music production tools."..."This is the BEST track backup program I have heard!"..."I just love it,and it improves how I play the different instruments that I play!"..."The new interface alone is worth the update!"..."A must-have for any songwriter on a budget."


October 16, 2020

The Guitar & Piano Chord Dictionary Programs

Happy National Dictionary Day!*

Head to our Other Windows Software page to find programs like PowerTracks, GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country, Video Guitar Lessons, and more!

Scroll down and you'll find our Guitar Chord Dictionary & Piano Chord Dictionary programs. Each Chord Dictionary allows you to choose a root note to select the chord you want to learn, and it will be displayed on-screen with either the piano keyboard or the guitar fretboard!

In the Guitar Chord Dictionary & Piano Chord Dictionary you can change the sounds within the Settings window, whether it be the Root note or the Chord, and it doesn't even have to be a guitar or piano! Looking through the options, there's various piano choices, guitar choices, organ, etc. - but you can also choose more unique sounds like the tuba, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, and more!

*October 16th

October 15, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® Video Testimonial by C. Dan Roberts

Our latest Video Testimonial comes from C. Dan Roberts, and his enthusiasm for Band-in-a-Box® is inspiring!

Watch the video...

Do you have a video testimonial that you would like to share? Contact us at

Visit C. Dan Roberts testimonial page here.

October 13, 2020

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box®

Today* is National Train Your Brain Day!

You can definitely do that with Band-in-a-Box®

Open your Band-in-a-Box® program, and you'll find the [Practice] button in the toolbar - it's a GREAT resource!
Minimized your toolbar? Head to Window | Practice Window or ALT SHIFT L to access.

In this window, you'll find many options to help you practice, including Ear Training games (Pitch Invasion is my favorite!), access to the Chord Builder and Chord Subs, some helpful tools within the Playalong Features menu (like Trade 4s, woodshed tempo, etc.), and more!

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box® today!

Windows Online Manual: Practice Window
Mac Online Manual: Tools, Wizards, Tutors, and Fun

*October 13

October 09, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Updates for Windows & Mac!

We've just released FREE Updates for both Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows & Mac program users!

With the latest update for Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows, you can now choose the "Save Exact Chord Text" checkbox to the Save XML dialog, there are VST feature updates, Audio Chord Wizard enhancements, updated program messages, we've applied fixes to an assortment of user-reported issues, and the DAW Plugin 2.12.15 Update has been added too!

Review the complete list of updates for build 734 and download it here.

The newest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac update also includes VST feature updates, as well as RealTracks & RealDrums Picker enhancements, smoother 'tabbing' between dialog windows, and additional fixes applied to an assortment of user-reported issues. If you missed adding the DAW Plugin 2.12.15 update from September, it will be added with this update too!

Review the complete list of updates for build 420 and download it here.

October 09, 2020

Holiday Hours - Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 12th is Canadian Thanksgiving!

Our Holiday schedule that day is:
Customer Service: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PDT

We will be back to our regular schedule Tuesday, October 13th.

October 08, 2020

Video - How to Transpose a Region of a Band-in-a-Box® Song

Want to learn how to transpose just one chorus of your Band-in-a-Box® song?

Check out our latest video, shared to the I want a video that shows me how to... forum:

October 07, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® - What People Are Saying...

Wow, check out the latest feedback from Band-in-a-Box® users!

"I have one song I've been torturing over to get the sound right for quite some time and I merely keyed in the chords and what BB generated is awesome. Just what I hoped that song would sound like. What had taken me months to get right (and couldn't), the program could do in about an hour - AMAZING!"

"Great Ear Training Exercises! And I love that that you can set the tempo to whatever you choose. It's great for learning a tune!"

"A very good and easy to use musical program!"

"It's amazingly easy to use! Write a song? No problem! Add background sound track to a video? No problem! Put notes on a staff and have BB make up a chord progression and tell what key you are in? No problem! Start with a chord progression and have BB make a melody line? No problem!"

"Still the best practice tool I have found, great for running lines, improvising over and really helpful for working on song writing ideas as well! Good for beginners, and the more musical skill and knowledge you have the more you will get out of the software."

"I create demo songs with Band-in-a-Box, it helps me to get my ideas across to my engineer!"

"Been using Band-in-a-Box for years. Outstanding product from a great company!"

"It's like buying a Musical History Jukebox. It comes with probably 3000 styles and is like hiring session musicians to play rhythm with you, they even have soloists! It introduces you to so many types of rhythms that you other wise would know nothing about. "

"Paul McCartney said you gotta have a great band behind you. Well, Band-in-a-Box is my band."

"It's as easy as typing in the chords, choosing your style, instruments, etc., and off you go! Learning the tune? You can slow it down while you work on it then speed it up. My favorite analogy is a good chess program, which will play at your speed and level and is eternally patient!"

"I love my Band in a box, it does so much! Besides all the RealTracks and song ideas, it's a great tool to stay sharp with your licks. Social distancing got you down? Can't jam with friends? Pick out any song and go to the mixer button, there you can mute any instrument that's playing so you can jump right in and play along!"

"I love it. I'm a drummer, and Band-in-a-Box really keeps me on my toes!"

"The DAW plugin is really great. Trust me on this. I use it with Studio One.

"This is how I've been able to gig solo for the past 20 years. Band-in-a-Box is the great equalizer for us none rhythm players."

"Wouldn't want to be without it! One of the best things I bought in my life. Simple as that."

"As a songwriter I really love to work with Band-in-a-Box. The only limitation is your own creativity."

"I've used Band-in-a-Box for 25 years and thanks to this program and the advice of PG Music staff I've written over 100 songs. It's great software and amazing help to me as a musician. CONGRATS!!!"

Thank you for all the amazing feedback!

October 05, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® - A Teaching Tool!

Did you know that we offer Band-in-a-Box® LabPAK and Site License purchase options for schools? This is an ideal option for any educational institution looking to add Band-in-a-Box® to their curriculum.

Learn more about the LabPAK purchase options here: Windows | Mac.

How would a teacher use Band-in-a-Box® in a school setting?

A few ideas:
-practice sight reading with the students by following the on-screen notation
-display the Guitar Fretboard or Big Piano Window to watch the notes being played
-Trading fours! (etc.)
-generate a song for accompaniment during practice sessions
-create a practice song and save it as an audio file to send home with the student for additional practice!

...and more!

Wondering how to add a Band-in-a-Box LabPAK to your school? Feel free to contact us directly with any questions you might have! Click here to send us an email.

October 01, 2020

Create Your Own Band-in-a-Box® Album!

Today is National CD Player Day! Have you created a CD of your Band-in-a-Box® projects? We've received a few from program users over the years... thank you to everyone who has sent us one!

With Band-in-a-Box®, you can save your songs as a WAV, MP3, WMA, MP4, M4A, etc., making it easy to create a CD of your music to play in any standard CD player!

Learn more about the different ways to save your Band-in-a-Box® song here: Windows | Mac

We also have some videos explaining how to export audio files in Band-in-a-Box®: Windows | Mac

September 30, 2020

Video Tutorial - Installing Build Updates to Band-in-a-Box® for Mac

We offer free Band-in-a-Box® patch updates throughout the year to enhance existing features and resolve any user-reported bugs.

If you're wanting to see how easy it is to update your installation of Band-in-a-Box® for Mac with one of these free updates, check out our video: Click here to watch it now.

September 29, 2020

Tips & Tricks - Entering Held Chords in Band-in-a-Box®

Ask a question here on our Forums, and you'll definitely get some helpful answers quickly!

Like this recent post, asking how to "end a bar with a slight tail off or fade" and then resume to the verse... within an hour there was a detailed and accurate response!

We love our helpful forum, packed with enthusiastic & experienced program users - it's such a great resource!

September 28, 2020

Find Your Style with the Song Titles Browser in Band-in-a-Box® 2020!

Looking for that perfect Style to start your Band-in-a-Box® project with? Don't overlook The Song Titles Browser in Band-in-a-Box®! We update this feature frequently, which allows you to search for a Style that matches a popular song based on title/artist when you type in your criteria within the StylePicker Window.

See this feature in action when you jump to the topic within our 2020 New Features video:
for Windows: 42:37
for Mac: 43:12

Didn't find the song you were searching for? Post your title request to our Wishlist forum: Songs to add to Band-in-a-Box® Titles database and alert our team to work on adding it with the next update - we think that the 3,400 new titles added with Version 2020 is proof that we're paying attention!

September 25, 2020

Rock Dojo... Top 5 Reasons Why Band-in-a-Box® Rocks!

Check out this nice review from Rock Dojo, Top Five Reasons Why Band-in-a-Box® Rocks!.

Brian, the founder of Rock Dojo, is a Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac user, and couldn't be happier with the program.

It doesn't matter whether you're a guitar teacher or a student guitarist, Band-in-a-Box (BIAB) is must-have software to take your teaching practice or your playing to the next level!
-Brian Parham

Thanks for the great feedback Brian!

September 24, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® Delivery Explained...

When you order your copy of Band-in-a-Box® for Windows or Mac directly from PG Music Inc., you can choose to download your order, ship your order, or BOTH!

Having your Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK shipped? Choose between DVD installation or flash drive installation during the checkout process. Purchasing the UltraPAK or UltraPAK+? These ship pre-installed on a USB 3.0 hard drive!

Don't forget, just because you're order is shipping doesn't mean you can't download it while you wait - you can locate your online order records in your account, within the "My Products" section.

September 23, 2020

Update Your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac Today!

Update your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac to the latest build 419 to correct any improper messages for Natural Arrangements, apply VST setting improvements, experience faster customized RealTracks and RealDrums Pickers, and fix a few other user-reported issues within the program.

You'll also receive the latest DAW Plugin version 2.12.15 update, with more than 30 additions and updates, including additional options within context menus, the ability to loop a set of bars by highlighting them, and more!

Learn more about this FREE update and download it here.

September 22, 2020

Let's Hear Your Band-in-a-Box® Songs!

Working on your first song in Band-in-a-Box®? Or maybe you've built up a great collection of songs... Make sure to share them to the User Showcase Forum where other program users post their original songs too! Receive feedback, build your audience, and connect with other enthusiastic program users - you'll be happy you did!

While you're there, make sure to listen to some of the other great songs posted!

September 17, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® Country Music Add-ons!

Happy International Country Music Day!!!

You might not think of Band-in-a-Box® as a country music making machine, but you'd be surprised... there are OVER 850 Country RealTracks available!

See (hear?) the Country songs created by Band-in-a-Box® users when you check out the Band-in-a-Box® Radio playlists Country/EZ Listening/Folk 1 and Country/EZ Listening/Folk 2.

Feeling inspired to create your own Country song in Band-in-a-Box®? Pop into the RealTracks Picker and create your own custom country band by filtering for "Country" or choose an existing Country style within the StylePicker Window by choosing a "Country" Filter String (from the drop down menu).

September 16, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 French for Mac is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 apporte plus de 50 nouvelles fonctionnalités ! Des améliorations ont été apportées aux RealTracks (RealTracks vocales au son plus doux, Epaississement des RealTracks, fonctions RealTracks "Trouver un Subs" et Multiriffs). La majorité des RealDrums dispose maintenant de RealCharts (avec une notation Drums précise). Le nouveau navigateur d'artistes RealTracks permet la recherche d'informations/bios/liens/listes sur artistes RealTracks. Le nouveau navigateur de fonctions permet à l'utilisateur nouveau ou "tête en l'air" de trouver et d'utiliser facilement la plupart des fonctionnalités/raccourcis/documents à partir d'une seule fenêtre. L'égalisation du tempo permet de changer un morceau rubato enregistré en un tempo fixe. L'étirement audio temps/pitch a été amélioré (Elastique inclus). Il y a des améliorations un peu partout dans le SongPicker, les Intros automatiques avec Basse/drums ou drums seuls, l'extension du nombre de titres avec + 3.400 titres nouveaux, MusicXML, la guitare avec vues "gaucher" et "élève", la fonction glisser-déposer, l'affichage multi-fenêtres de l'Assistant Accord Audio et bien plus encore !


September 15, 2020

Get Inspired with the Band-in-a-Box® Title Generator!

There can be many triggers that could inspire you to write a song... but what if you're wanting to write a song, and are having trouble finding the inspiration you need?

Jump start your creativity using the Title Generator feature in Band-in-a-Box®.

I love this feature - it delivers some beautiful results!

To access this feature:

Mac: select Edit | Chords | Auto-Generate Song Title menu command (control+shift+S). The song title will appear in the Title window! Repeat the Auto-Generate Song Title command until the program comes up with a suitable title for your song. Band-in-a-Box® will keep generating new titles for as long as it takes to get the right one.

Windows: click on the "Generate Title" button within the main screen of the program and you can choose to "auto-generate" a song title which will appear right in the Title field of your song, or for a more varied selection choose to "generate multiple titles" and you'll be taken to the Title Generator window, which can generate a list of 50 song titles for you!

I've just done this, and won't bother list all 50 here - but the "top 10" I've chosen from my generated list are:
Eloquent Laugh
Statuesque Luck
Considering a Rainbow
Brief Fling, Acknowledged
Something for a Sandpiper
Happy Runaround
Cheatin' Skies
Then Came a Rose
The Mention of My Love
Eternal Raincheck

Give it a try!

The resource for this feature can also be edited, allowing you to customize the results.
(to do this, review the file TITL1.TXT within the BB Data folder.)

September 14, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® - Loops-with-Style PAK Video Tutorial

Wondering how to use the Loops-with-Style PAKs in your songs?

Check out our latest video, where we explain installing Loops-with-Style PAKs, locating the content within the proram, and how to use them in either in Band-in-a-Box® or in other DAWs - Watch the video...

Learn about the Styles included, applying the Loops, how the Loops will work with your song settings, using these Loops in other DAWs, and more!

Note: this video was made using the Windows version, however the steps are the same for Mac.

September 11, 2020

Share Your Love for Band-in-a-Box®!

Want everyone to know how much you enjoy Band-in-a-Box? Submit a Video Testimonial today, and when we share it on our website and YouTube channel, we'll send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK hard drive!

Check out some of the great Video Testimonials we've already received here.

For more information on this offer, click here.

September 10, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 German for Mac is Here!

Es gibt über 50 neue Funktionen in Band-in-a-Box® 2020! Es gibt Verbesserungen der RealTracks (weicher klingende Vokal RealTracks, RealTracks Verdickung, "Find-a-Sub" RealTracks und MultiRiffs). Die meisten RealDrums haben jetzt RealCharts (mit genauer Drum-Notation). Es gibt einen neuen RealTracks-Künstler-Browser, um Infos/Bios/Links/Listen von RealTracks zu allen Künstlern zu finden. Ein neuer Feature-Browser ermöglicht es dem neuen oder "vergesslichen" Benutzer, die meisten Features/Hotkeys/Dokumente von einem einzigen Fenster aus leicht zu finden und zu benutzen. Die Funktion Tempoausgleich ermöglicht es, einen aufgenommenen Rubato-Song in ein festes Tempo zu ändern. Verbesserte Audio-Zeit/Tonhöhen-Dehnung (Elastique) enthalten. Es gibt SongPicker-Verbesserungen, Auto-Intros für Bass/Drums oder nur Drums, 3.400 zusätzliche Titel, MusicXML-Verbesserungen, "Linkshänder"- und "Studentensicht"-Gitarre, Ziehen & Ablegen -Verbesserungen, Audio-Akkord-Wizard mit mehreren Fenstern und mehr!


September 09, 2020

With Band-in-a-Box® Your Band is MASSIVE!

Open Band-in-a-Box®, and you're instantly gaining access to at least 300 different RealTracks played by real live musicians!

There's more than 140 Artists that contribute to the 2,900+ RealTracks available! Our RealTracks and RealDrums Artists are top studio musicians, and the RealTracks they play will add an amazing human element to your projects!

Now is a great time to have these musicians handy!


Band-in-a-Box® Pro includes over 300 RealTracks in 100 bands! Windows | Mac
Band-in-a-Box® MegaPAK includes over 500 RealTracks in 300 bands! Windows | Mac
Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK includes over 2,900 RealTracks! Windows | Mac
Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK+ includes over 2,900 RealTracks! Windows | Mac
Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition includes the uncomplessed files for over 2,900 RealTracks! Windows | Mac

Learn more about using RealTracks in your Band-in-a-Box® projects: Windows | Mac

September 08, 2020

We've Updated Band-in-a-Box® Radio!

Discover your new favorite song and be inspired when you shuffle through the UPDATED Band-in-a-Box® Radio, with 340+ original Band-in-a-Box® songs written and recorded by program users just like you!

We've organized these songs by playlist:
-Country / EZ Listening / Folk (2 Playlists!)
-Rock / Pop / Blues (2 Playlists!)
-Jazz / Latin

Listen to Band-in-a-Box® Radio on our website at, or head directly to our Band-in-a-Box® Radio SoundCloud channel!

All of the songs you'll hear on Band-in-a-Box® Radio are songs that have been posted to SoundCloud and then shared to our User Showcase Forum.

Don't have a SoundCloud account? Click here to get started, and begin sharing your own Band-in-a-Box® projects with other users on our User Showcase Forum - we'd love to hear them!

September 04, 2020

Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Mac: No Sound with MIDI? (MIDI Plugin Settings)

Have you ever experienced a No Sound issue when you're working with MIDI in Band-in-a-Box® for Mac?

We have an online tutorial that can walk you through some troubleshooting to resolve this, but why not check out our YouTube video instead? Click here to watch.

Of course, you can always reach out to us directly if you're in need of assistance with the program!

September 04, 2020

Holiday Hours - Labor Day (September 7, 2020)

Monday, September 7th is Labor Day. Although our Customer Service Department will be open, we will have limited hours that day:

Customer Service: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)

Our hours will return to normal on Tuesday, September 8th.

September 03, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® Features Resource

Did you know... when you open Band-in-a-Box®, you're using a program with more than 30 years 'experience'! With each new version, typically released annually, there are at least 50 new features and enhancements - it can be hard to keep track of what was added when!

We've made it easy to learn about any of the features easily with our new Features Browser, where you simply select the [?] button at the top of the main screen, or press the / Enter while in the chord sheet to open the Feature Browser window, and type in your feature keyword! For example: type in "Shot" and the steps for specifying a chord as a shot will be displayed, with additional buttons to choose the online program manual topic or watch the support video explaining the feature! Read more about using this feature here.
Mac users click here for your manual.

Plus, if you read through the "Features" contents within the program help file you'll be able to look over each new release all the way back to version 7!

September 02, 2020

Video - Downloading, Registering, and Installing Your Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Purchase

Have you recently purchased a download-delivery copy of Band-in-a-Box® for Mac?

In this video, Simon walks you through registering, downloading, and installing your Band-in-a-Box® purchase!

Click here to watch...

September 01, 2020

Changing Chord Fonts in Band-in-a-Box®

Did you know that there are different built-in chord fonts you can choose in Band-in-a-Box®?

From the Chord Display menu, you can choose from:
Small Font (System)
PG Text
Jazz Chord Symbols
Comic Sans
BeStPlain Chord Symbols

From Options | Preferences, within Display select "Chord Display Layer (text)" and you can choose these same built in fonts from the drop down menu, or select the [Choose Font] button to choose a font that's installed to your computer - give it a try!

To learn more about customizing your Band-in-a-Box® view, review the Display section of our online manual subject: Options Menu

Mac user? Click here for your online manual.

August 31, 2020

Tip: Opening RealTracks & RealDrums DMG Files

The RealTracks and RealDrums installation files a Mac customer receives are DMG files. If you're having difficulties getting these files to run, check out this "Quick Tip" video prepared by Simon: Video - Opening RealTracks & RealDrums DMG Files

August 27, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows Improved!

We've updated Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows to remove uninvited high pitch noises when using mixer controls, applied faster opening of the drums window/MIDI monitor/Tuner when using the 64-bit version, fixed a few other user-reported issues, and updated the DAW Plugin with added bar markers for bar changes, resolved issues with running the plugin as a modal window in Reaper, and more!

Learn all about the latest free Band-in-a-Box® update and download it here.

August 26, 2020

Using Band-in-a-Box® Songs to Enhance Your Projects

Have you ever been working on a non-music project and thought to yourself, "This would be better with music."? I mean, I'm sure you have - we're all lovers of music here!

But with the legal issues that can arise when sharing a video that includes a song (for instance), it can be hard to find the "right" song!

That's where Band-in-a-Box® comes in!

You could use the SoundTrack feature in Band-in-a-Box® to 'produce' the accompaniment, choosing your genre, length of time, and fade-in/fade-out options. To use the SoundTrack feature, choose the Melody | Generate Soundtrack menu item. More information can be found here.
*Windows only

Know the chord progression of the song you'd like to use? Enter it into the Chord Sheet, and choose a style using the StylePicker "Song Titles Browser" feature (search the name of that song, and the program will update the Style lists to show the Styles that fit the elements of that song).

Don't know the chord progression for that song? Use the Audio Chord Wizard to analyze that song, send the chords to Band-in-a-Box, then use the "Song Titles Browser" feature in the StylePicker window!

Windows SoundTrack feature
Windows Audio Chord Wizard
Windows StylePicker

Mac Audio Chord Wizard
Mac StylePicker

August 25, 2020

Using Keystrokes & Hot Keys in Band-in-a-Box®

If you're like me, you use keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys to simplify (or speed up) the common and repetative steps taking while creating projects.

Did you know Band-in-a-Box® is PACKED with shortcuts?

Keystroke commands (or "Hot Keys") can be used to access and apply song settings, quickly load songs and Styles, quickly open different dialog windows, mute or select tracks, loop, transpose, and more!

A few of my favorite shortcuts include:
CTRL T - toggle between the different main screen views
F1 - opens the Help Index
/ [Enter] - launch the new Feature Browser
S [Enter] - immediately opens up the StylePicker window.

View all the different Keystroke Commands for Band-in-a-Box for Windows here. Mac users can review their Keystroke list here.

August 24, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® - Fun with Guitar Gear YouTube Video

Check out the CoolGuitarGear YouTube channel - you'll hear Band-in-a-Box® in their videos! Like this one, where they use Band-in-a-Box® accompaniment to 'beef up' the sound on their video: watch video...

Or this one, where they actually show off using Band-in-a-Box®, including how they imported the files into Cakewalk!

Have you stumbled on Band-in-a-Box in a YouTube video? Share it here!

August 21, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® Endorsing Artist Mel Brown!

We're thrilled to tell you a little about the latest Band-in-a-Box® Endorsing Artist, Mel Brown!

Bass player Mel Brown has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards (and he won two of them!), with many appearances on #1 Billboard albums and singles - you may have heard of him and listened to his playing in the past. On top of performing, he's also an author, educator, and musical director! He's been using Band-in-a-Box for about 10 years, and has this to say:

"Band-in-a-Box is my 'go-to' solution for creating accompanying tracks. I've always used it for my in-person teaching activities, but now that so much of activity in this area is 'on-demand' video content online, the need for audio quality, musicality, and ease of use in my production workflow are much more important. The RealTracks have solidified Band-in-a-Box as my primary composing tool as well. As an independent musician, Band-in-a-Box makes it possible to take full advantage of opportunities with full confidence in my final product - for a price that completely makes sense. If you haven't tried it, you're truly missing out"

Learn more about Mel Brown here.

Check out all of the Band-in-a-Box® Endorsing Artists:

August 20, 2020

Refresh Your RealBand 2020 Today!

The latest version of RealBand 2020 allows you to save lyrics with your MGU file, improves XML features, corrects reported issues when looping a song with ASIO or Windows Audio, and applies additional improvements to the program!

Learn more about this free RealBand 2020 update here.

August 20, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac Update!

Update your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac today and you'll see a cleaner RealTracks Picker Window, hear the optional metronome while recording audio, and apply a few other 'fixes' for customer reported program issues.

This free patch is available here.

August 19, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac Improvements!

Still using Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac? Download the latest update today to add a metronome when recording audio, smooth out the appearance of the RealTracks Picker window, fix a few reported possible crash issues, and apply many other improvements added with this free patch update.

Click here to learn more and download this patch.

August 18, 2020

Freshen Up Your Intros with Band-in-a-Box® 2020!

With the Band-in-a-Box® 2020 new feature Bass/Drums or Drums only Auto-Intros you can now choose between the "whole band" playing, or you can choose "drums only" or "bass and drums only" - what a great way to freshen up the intro of your song!

Give it a try today... Open the Generate Chords for Intro dialog and make your selection - when you click the [(Re)-Generate Intro Chords] button, you'll see (and hear!) the updated intro!

See this new feature in action: 37:59 - New Feature - Drum-only & Bass-only Intros

Click here to read about this feature in the Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Online Upgrade Manual for Mac.

August 14, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows Update Announcement!

Download the latest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows update to resolve possible issues when playing demos from the StylePicker or other dialogs, enhance the included VST Plugin, display chord pushes in the Audio Edit window, and more!

Learn more about this free Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows update and download it here.

August 13, 2020

A Look Back - Xtra Styles PAK 1 for Band-in-a-Box®

We were so excited to release the very first Xtra Styles PAK 1 for Band-in-a-Box® just four years ago, and we're thrilled that they have been such a hit!

Xtra Styles PAK 1 was released in August 2016, starting with: Country, Jazz, Rock-Pop, and Singer-Songwriter! Check out our first Xtra Styles PAK video highlighting these newer Add-ons:

We've been releasing Xtra Styles PAKs a couple times a year ever since! We now have 9 Xtra Styles PAKs packed with 1,400+ RealStyles, so there's definitely something you'll love - check out our complete Xtra Styles PAKs selection here.

Mac user? Click here for your OS specific links

August 12, 2020

Accessing Your Band-in-a-Box® Order Online

If you've ordered Band-in-a-Box® on our website, you can access your download links (even if you selected a shipping option) from your Account | My Products page.

Band-in-a-Box® users who purchased their copy elsewhere can also add their purchase to their Account | My Products page. This is a convenient way to register your purchase and access the installation files if you ever need them for future re-installation reasons. To do this, visit and create your account, then click on My Products and enter your 24-digit Band-in-a-Box® serial number.

August 11, 2020

Learning with Band-in-a-Box® - Chords & Games

Want to hear what a chord sounds like? Type the chord, then press SHIFT enter. The chord will play as it is entered on to the chord sheet!

You can also familiarize yourself with how different chords sound using the Chord Builder feature of the program, which will audition different chords for you, based on your input.

Want more? Challenge yourself with some ear training with the included Pitch Invasion and Music Replay programs, accessible in the Practice Window!

Pitch Invasion helps to develop perfect pitch as you shoot down "alien" notes invading from above, and Music Replay develops your pitch, rhythm, and melody recognition by replaying what the program plays, in note, rhythm, or melodic modes.

Pitch Invasion & Music Replay can also be accessed within the bb\Songs and Lessons\Ear Training folder for the program.

August 10, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Russian for Windows is Here!

Мы хорошо потрудились и добавили в "Band-in-a-Box®" 50 новых функций и изумительную коллекцию нового контента, включая 202 новых стиля RealTracks (что в два раза больше 101 стиля, которые мы часто выпускали в прошлом), новые стили RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, инструментальные этюды (Instrumental Studies), транскрипции для стилей RealDrums и др.!


August 07, 2020

Listen to the Band-in-a-Box® User Showcase Radio Today!

You may know about our User Showcase Forum, but have you heard about our Band-in-a-Box® User Showcase Radio?

What a great way to listen to all of the Band-in-a-Box® creations from program users just-like-you! It's as easy as choosing a playlist and pressing play!

Click here to access our Band-in-a-Box® Radio, and don't forget to bookmark your new favorite page!

August 05, 2020

Review - Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows

Make sure to check out the latest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows review from Sound-Guy (Dennis) at click here.

Sound-Guy has been using Band-in-a-Box® for many, many, many, many, many years - and we still managed to surprise him with some great new features! Read his latest review to learn more about his favorite additions for 2020!

"Band-in-a-Box continues to evolve as an expansive musical tool-set for both novice and experienced musicians to produce not only new compositions and arrangements, but also perform them with excellent musical “talent”. It also provides educational and training tools for keyboardists and guitarists. It’s easy to use the basic functions, and challenging enough to keep you occupied for years. BIAB provides education, inspiration, a “live” band to aid in practicing, and anything from backing tracks to full performances for recording."

August 04, 2020

How I Use Band-in-a-Box® to Create Shots/Chops

Band-in-a-Box® user Henry Clarke creates a lot of great songs with Band-in-a-Box®, and he's shared his steps for creating the shots/chops within his recent song Lonely in a Crowd.

To watch Henry's video, click here.

Have your own program tip to share? Feel free to post it to our Tips & Tricks forum.


July 31, 2020

Uncommon RealTracks Instruments for Band-in-a-Box®

Today is Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day.

Examples of "uncommon instruments" include anything from Spoons to the Wheelharp to the Singing Ringing Tree, and more!
(there's probably more instruments out there that we DON'T know than we DO know)

Although our RealTracks collection doesn't include many 'uncommon instruments', we do offer some pretty unique choices!

On top of the usual varieties we offer for Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Bass, Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, and more - our RealTracks library also offers a nice selection of Shakuhachi and Kalimba - there's even a Koto RealTrack included in Set 212!

Kalimba: RealTracks Set 271
Koto: RealTracks Set 212
Shakuhachi: RealTracks Sets 193 & 212

What's the most surprising RealTrack Instrument that you've come across?

July 31, 2020

Holiday Hours - Monday, August 3 (British Columbia Day)

Monday, August 3 is British Columbia Day!

Since we are located in British Columbia (Victoria, on Vancouver Island), that means it's a holiday for us! Don't worry, some of our team will still be available - our hours on Monday are 8AM-4PM PST.

Regular hours resume Tuesday, August 4.

July 30, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Portuguese for Windows is Here!

Existem mais de 50 novos recursos no Band-in-a-Box® 2020! Existem aprimoramentos no RealTracks (RealTracks vocais com som mais suave, RealTracks Engrossados, Substitutos de RealTracks e MultiFrases). A maioria dos RealDrums agora possui RealCharts (com notação de bateria precisa). Há um novo navegador de artistas do RealTracks para encontrar informações/biografias/links/listas de RealTracks em todos os artistas. Um novo Navegador de recursos permite que o usuário novo ou "esquecido" encontre e use facilmente a maioria dos recursos/teclas de atalho/documentos em uma única janela. Equalizar Tempoaprimoramentos na Seleção de Músicas, baixo/bateria ou apenas bateria nas introduções automáticas, 3.400 títulos adicionados, aprimoramentos no MusicXML, visualização de guitarra para "Canhotos" e "Estudantes", aprimoramentos de arrastar e soltar, exibição de várias janelas do Interpretador de Acordes de Áudio e muito mais!


July 29, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Mac Update Ready!

Just because Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac is here doesn't mean we've forgotten our 2019 users!

If you're still using Band-in-a-Box® 2019, make sure you download the latest patch update (b324) for an updated splash screen (macOS 10.12 and 10.13 users), smoother Song Titles dialog, access to your (purchased) RealTracks Set 328, and we've corrected the reported issue with opening songs from older versions of Band-in-a-Box in the 2019 version.

Learn more about this patch and download it here.

July 28, 2020

Review - Loops-with-Style PAK 2 for Band-in-a-Box® 2020

"Dr. Dave" Walker is at it again! You may remember his recent reviews of both Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Mac and Xtra Styles PAK 9 - now he has something to say about our Loops-with-Style PAK 2 - check it out: Click here to read...

With money being tight for most musicians, this is a wonderful gift for those on a limited budget. At $29, it offers months and years of fun and experimentation, bringing many ideas to fruition as songs with enough variation so that your audience doesn’t jump to "aw, that's a computer!" while still keeping the power of the software in your hands.
-"Dr. Dave" Walker

Thank you again Dr. Dave for the great review!

Learn more about Loops-with-Style PAKs: Windows | Mac

July 27, 2020

Band-in-a-Box® - My New Favorite Thing

Did you know we have a My Favorite Things forum? We encourage you to share your favorite features in Band-in-a-Box and RealBand there, along with what features you use the most and why - we LOVE getting feedback!

Like the latest post from Tangmo:

My New Favorite Thing - Extra Style PAK #9 with Loop Pack #2

I set up an eight bar progression with some simple pushes, shots, holds, and rests for reference. Then I started auditioning styles--Three hours later, I am invigorated, inspired, and just plain smiling big. Really CHOICE! From "down to earth" to eclectic, this is a really fun pak.

Great job, folks!

Thanks Tangmo!

Learn more about Loops-with-Style PAKs: Windows | Mac

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs: Windows | Mac

July 24, 2020

Refresh Your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows Today!

Update your Band-in-a-Box 2020 to the latest build 725 for Windows today! This free update acknowledges song memo edits when saving your work, resolves step-advance within the Big Piano window, revives a killed audio track, and more!

Just like our recent Mac patch, the DAW Plugin has been updated too! We've added "insert" and "delete" options into the chord sheet context menu and addressed 20+ reported 'bugs'!

Learn more & update today!

July 23, 2020

Update Your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac Today!

The newest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Mac update, build 415, corrects bar based lyrics placement in the leadsheet window, allows for smoother notation scroll-ahead, applies DAW Plugin improvements, and more!

This free patch also includes the recently released build 414, which addresses Chord Sheet videos syncing issues, the "Kill Audio" track is now recovered if the song changes are not saved, StylePicker demo improvements, and more!

The DAW Plugin has been updated too! We’ve added "insert" and "delete" options into the chord sheet context menu and addressed 20+ reported 'bugs'! Learn more & update today!

July 21, 2020

Refresh Your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac with Build 414!

Add the latest update, build 414, to your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Mac installation today! The Chord Sheet videos syncing issues have been addressed, "Kill Audio" track is now recovered if the song changes are not saved, StylePicker demo improvements have been applied, and more!

The DAW Plugin has been updated too! We’ve added "insert" and "delete" options into the chord sheet context menu and addressed 20+ reported 'bugs'! Learn more & update today!

July 20, 2020

Dragging Band-in-a-Box® Tracks Into Cakewalk

If you receive the message "Selected files are not compatible with this operation" when you try to drag tracks into Cakewalk using the VST DAW Plugin for Band-in-a-Box®, it's likely because on of the tracks is a MIDI file. Cakewalk does not accept multiple files simultaneously if one of the files is a MIDI file.

The solution is to drag each track individually, rather than dragging all tracks using the blue [ALL] button in the Style Mix track. This applies if your song has one or more MIDI tracks.

This error and its solution were recently posted to our Band-in-a-Box® DAW Plugin for Windows FAQ Forum, here. Check back on this Forum if you run into any issues with the Band-in-a-Box® VST DAW Plugin, it's a great resource!

July 17, 2020

NEW Band-in-a-Box® Video Testimonial: Henry Clarke

We LOVE to hear what people think about Band-in-a-Box®, which is why it's so exciting to receive another Video Testimonial!

Henry's video will make anyone and everyone excited about Band-in-a-Box®! Don't believe us? Watch it now:

Band-in-a-Box is my choice for creating and producing great music … With the DAW Integration and Loops I can create songs that fit my Genre to a "T" ...Also Background Vocals make it a valuable tool for my songwriting. WELL DONE PG MUSIC!!
-Henry Clarke
Independent Artist, Songwriter, Producer, and more

Learn more about Henry when you visit his bio page.

Share your own testimonial with us too! There are details on this option here.

July 15, 2020

The Xtra Styles PAK & Loops-with-Style PAK Special ENDS TODAY!

It's the last day to SAVE when you SUPERCHARGE your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition with 200 new RealStyles with Xtra Styles PAK 9, and 100 NEW Loops & 50 NEW Styles with Loops-with-Style PAK 2!!


Save more than 50% when you order Xtra Styles PAKs & Loops-with-Style PAKs for Band-in-a-Box®!

Add 200 Groundbreaking NEW RealStyles with Xtra Styles PAK 9 for $29 (reg. $49) and 100 NEW Loops & 50 NEW Styles with Loops-with-Style PAK 2 for just $19 (reg. $29)! Or, add all 1,400+ RealStyles with Xtra Styles PAK 1-9 for only $199 (reg. $349)!

Learn more:
Xtra Styles PAKs
Loops-with-Style PAKs

Mac user? Click here for OS specific purchase links.

July 14, 2020

Changing Languages in Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows #TipTuesday

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows translations are now available in 8 different languages!

Adding a "language patch" is easy - simply head to the language forum of your choice, and look for a pinned post announcing the new version. Requests can also be sent to

Once you've installed the language patch, simply open the program and voilà - translated!

To switch back to the English version of Band-in-a-Box, in the program you would select Options | Language Selection... choose USA English, then restart the program.

Learn more about the Options menu in Band-in-a-Box® here.

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows translated versions currently available:

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