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."

Band-in-a-Box

March 25, 2019

Introducing the Vocals of Shane McConnell!

We introduced Male Vocals to our RealTracks Collection with Dave Wise in RealTracks Set 278, but couldn't stop there! Now we've added Shane McConnell with the 2019 release of RealTracks Set 328: Gospel Low Vocal Mmms!

RealTracks Set 328: Gospel Low Vocal Mmms is available for $29 here, and is also included in the Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, Audiophile Edition, or PlusPAK Upgrade. You can also purchase this RealTracks Set bundled with all the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 released Country RealTracks (Sets 320-328) in the RealPAK: Country 15 for $79.

March 22, 2019

Learn More About the Redesigned Band-in-a-Box® SongPicker!

Wow - how much do you LOVE the redesigned SongPicker in Band-in-a-Box® 2019?!

The SongPicker within Band-in-a-Box® accesses the folder of your choosing for easy opening of all your favorite songs, or song files purchased from a third party or shared by a friend, member of your band, etc.

Now, with this redesigned feature, you can view the chord progression for your selected song without having to open it in Band-in-a-Box® and can copy the information from this window right into a TXT file!

The new progress bar is a great visual aid when you're updating the folder - for instance, if you load the ENTIRE Band-in-a-Box® folder, that's over 15,000 songs - and it's nice to see the progress/confirmation on screen. Not that you'll be waiting long - since the SongPicker now builds lists faster!

Plus, there's so many filters added - searching for the song you want has never been easier!

Click here for a detailed write up on this redesigned feature, or watch the Video - SongPicker Overview.

March 21, 2019

TBT - Band-in-a-Box® 2015 Sound Bytes Review!

Band-in-a-Box® 2015 for Windows was released on December 2014, and added GUI enhancements, support for 64-bit VST Plugins using jBridge, the ability to Load & Play videos PLUS save your song as a video... and more!

Check out the candid Sound Bytes review of Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Windows here.

Band In a Box grew up and became very mature software, offering a whole new world of possibilities – and we all just missed the progress, thinking that it is still the old toy that we used to know.
-A. Arsov

March 20, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Chord Options

Learn more about the Chord Options within Band-in-a-Box® 2019: Watch the video.

March 19, 2019

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 625 Now Available

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 625 Now Available

An update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2019!

Learn more about this update & download it here.

This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2019 build. VST DAW Plugin update to 1.13.5 is included in this patch.

Summary of changes for build 625 (March 19, 2019):

This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2019 build. VST DAW Plugin update to 1.13.5 (Mar 7) is included in this patch.

Improved: Faster program bootup.
Improved: The SongPicker has sorting added. Each column can be sorted in forward or reverse order by clicking on the column.
Improved: New buttons [Search] and [Search Again] in the SongPicker allow you to search for certain text.
Improved: In the SongPicker, pressing the first letter jumps to that song (using the sorted column). If you type more than one character (within 2 seconds), such as typing ba it will jump to songs beginning with "ba".
Improved: SongPicker Options window has "play when chosen" added.
Improved: SongPicker Options window has option to disable sorting (if you have a slow machine and more than 40,000 songs in a list, you might want to disable sorting).
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might prompt user to re-activate their license. Users who are still getting a message such as "program can only used on one computer" at bootup, can repair their license with this small .exe.
Fixed: Noise and frozen playback problems when using SampleTank 3 on some computers.
Fixed: The Big Lyrics window would automatically open when opening a song that contained only section text events.
Fixed: RealDrums picker might crash if no RealDrums are selected.
Fixed: The letter R cannot be used in note based lyrics.
Fixed: Audio base tempo would not be applied until song was reopened or Audio Edit window open prior to playback.
Fixed: The SongPicker displayed a dark grey background after rebuilding.
Fixed: Various minor typos in StylePicker and Titles database as reported.
Improved: LD harmonica RealTracks will now work better over major chord progressions.
Fixed: Look Ma More MIDI .SGU demos were not loading from StylePicker.
Improved: Strings, Rhythm PopCountry Sw 120: gaps are filled more appropriately.
Fixed: RockEven16 Drums sometimes played an ending bar in the middle of the song in the B section.
Fixed: Various RealDrums transcriptions had issues with bars displaying incorrectly.
Added: RealDrums transcriptions
Fixed: Guitar, Electric, Background ModernFunkSingleNotesBob Ev16 11 transcription partially incorrect.
Fixed: _SONGBRD demo was at an incorrect tempo.
Added: RealTracks Transcriptions
Fixed: Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm FastPowerRockQuinn Ev 160 - some chords incorrectly played.
Fixed: Synth, BellPad, Rhythm 80sPopMelodic Ev 120 was not playing back properly.
Fixed: Bass, Electric, PeruFestejo68 Sw 120 now plays m7b5 chords more accurately.
Fixed: Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPicked8ths Ev 165 and Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPickedA-B Ev 165 were playing a few incorrect chords.
Improved: Several acoustic strumming guitar audition demos.
Fixed: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernPopHardHighMurray Ev16 075 was playing incorrect chords in certain instances.
Fixed: Charango, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085 and Electric, AndesHuaynoA-B Ev16 085 were not playing all chords
Fixed: A few RealStyles (e.g. _longing.sty) previously had parts on the melody track, and would therefore delete any existing melodies.
Fixed: _Arabian demo incompatible with localized BB versions.

March 18, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Chord Sheet Display Options

Learn more about the Chord Sheet Display Options within Band-in-a-Box® 2019: Click here to watch the video.

You can also read all about Chord Sheet Display Options within our Online Manual.

March 15, 2019

Add Cellist Natalie Haas to Your Band with RealTracks Set 325!

New with Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows - RealTracks Set 325: Celtic Cello with Natalie Haas!

Watch the video demo of these RealTracks here.

RealTracks Set 325: Celtic Cello with Natalie Haas is available for $29 here, and is also included in the Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, Audiophile Edition, or PlusPAK Upgrade. You can also purchase this RealTracks Set bundled with all the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 released Country RealTracks (Sets 320-328) in the RealPAK: Country 15 for $79.

Learn more about Natalie Haas here.

March 13, 2019

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Review!

Visit www.gearslutz.com and you'll find a recent (and thorough!) review of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows!

Band-in-a-Box has evolved into an expansive musical tool-set, able to aid both novice and experienced musicians to produce not only new compositions and arrangements, but also perform them with excellent musical "talent". It's easy to use the basic functions, and challenging enough to keep you occupied for years. An amazing program.
-Sound-Guy

www.gearslutz.com/board/reviews/1248525-pg-music-band-box.html

Summary
Sound quality: 5/5 Stars
Ease of use: 4/5 Stars
Features: 5/5 Stars
Bang for buck: 5/5 Stars
Overall: 4.75/5 Stars!

March 12, 2019

Video - Fold & Unfold Your Song Form in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Learn how to Unfold & Fold your song within your Band-in-a-Box® song with our latest video: Fold & Unfold Your Song Form.

For more information about this feature within Chapter 6: Making Songs of our Online Manual.

March 08, 2019

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 623 Now Available

An update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2019!

Learn more about this update & download it here.

This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2019 build. VST DAW Plugin update to 1.13.5 is included in this patch.

Summary of changes for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2019 build 623 (March 7, 2019):

Fixed: The SongPicker might crash if clicking on a control when there is no song selected.
Fixed: Changing the Soloist track type to Drums did not work.
Fixed: Rendering errors with styles that had long medley & multi track names.
Fixed: The MIDI Monitor and Drums Window would not display in the language selected.
Improved: The VSTSynthFont64 performs faster when reverb is enabled.
Fixed: Holds not working properly for Piano, Electric, Rhythm Fusion styles
Fixed: PERCMARACASJOROPO68^_060 not found.


Summary of fixes for the VST DAW Plugin (1.13.5)

Fixed: Quiet right channel when testing audio in standalone plugins.
Fixed: DAW sync issue in Cakewalk.
Fixed: DAW sync issue with non 4-bar song form.
Added: Option in preferences for plugin playback in sync with DAW.
Removed: Option in preferences to Keep BBW Open (no longer needed).
Added: Audio playback through DAW driver (sync option will highlight track in red when clicked).
Fixed: Bar highlighting starting at intro after first chorus.

March 06, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: MIDI Track Picker

Learn more about using the MIDI Track Picker within Band-in-a-Box® 2019 with our latest YouTube video.

March 05, 2019

YouTube Find - EricBlackMonGuitar How-to's with Band-in-a-Box® Backing Tracks!

The EricBlackmonGuitar YouTube Channel is packed with a huge variety of music lessons from Studio Music Instructor Eric Blackmon. Eric uses Band-in-a-Box for his backing tracks - it's often easier to learn and practice with backing tracks!

Click here to watch ErickBlackmonGuitar's February videos using Band-in-a-Box®

March 04, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: Song Form Maker

Did you know there is a Song Form Maker feature within Band-in-a-Box®? It allows you to define sections of a song (A, B, C etc.), and then rearrange the song by simply typing the form you want (e.g. AABABAACA). Accessing this feature is easy! Just press the [Song Form] button and select Song Form Dialog from the menu. Watch this feature in action here.

Read more about this feature here.

March 01, 2019

Video - Copying Bars in Band-in-a-Box® 2019

Learn all about the various ways to copy bars within Band-in-a-Box® with our latest video, Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: Copying Bars.

February 28, 2019

Video - the Medley Maker in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Did you know that you can make a medley of your Band-in-a-Box® songs and RealTracks? Watch this quick video to learn more: Click here...

February 26, 2019

Video - RealTracks "gap filling" Feature Added with Build 622!

We recently announced build 622 for Band-in-a-Box® 2019 users - this free update includes improved RealTracks generation! Watch the video...

Review and download our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 update patches at https://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm

February 25, 2019

Video - The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Cubase® - Extended Version!

This video is the EXTENDED VERSION of our previous video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Cubase® - Click here to watch.

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

February 25, 2019

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 622 Available

An update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2019!

Learn more about this update & download it here.

This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2019 build. VST DAW Plugin update to 1.12.16 is included in this patch.

Summary of changes for build 622 (Feb 22, 2019):
Improved: RealTracks generation is improved. Silent gaps between riffs are now filled when necessary, giving a more legato sound to instruments that need it. This feature is on by default, but can be disabled by unchecking "Automatically fill gaps between riffs" in the RealTracks Settings window. The setting can also just be disabled for individual RealTracks by going to the Soloist window > Edit > More... and unchecking "Fill riff gaps automatically".
Improved: The RealDrums window resizing is improved. This includes loading/saving of the window's size and position, and column widths. The window is no longer forced to use a single aspect ratios.
Fixed: MaxPluginsToScan.txt was not being read on bootup.
Fixed: RealDrums RealCharts should display in the Drums Window.
Fixed: The memo did not display for many RealDrums in the RealDrums Picker window.
Fixed: Pausing playback should not disable the Juke Box.
Updated: User guide and Help.
Fixed: Possible memory leak when generating RealTracks (build 621 only)
Fixed: Errors when generating some Alex Acuna RealDrums.
Fixed: Some additional RealTracks shots and holds are added and assigned.
Fixed: Miscellaneous minor .STY and audition file errors and typos.
Fixed: Some Organs weren't tempo swapping correctly.
Improved/ transcriptions Added: Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm FolkyWaltzBrent Ev 150 Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking SongwriterAlternating8thsQuinn Ev 065 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AtmosphereWaltzHeldDarin Ev 120 Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm MariachiRanchero Ev 120 Mandola, Rhythm AmericanaFolk68Andy sw 060


Summary of fixes for the VST DAW Plugin(1.12.16):
Fixed: Tool tip for connection status icon
Fixed: Cannot open VST3 in Samplitude Pro X4
Added Favorites list now in saved settings for all plugin instances
Added Shortcuts to chord sheet to the plugin (j[Maj7], h[m7b5], s[7sus], d[dim], S[open style picker], begin[set start bar], chorusend [sets end of chorus], end [sets number of bars], t [sets tempo], tkam [sets key signature e.g. to Am], tram [sets key signature and transposes chord sheet e.g. to Am])
Fixed: Glitch where choruses will say 1/3 when stopped instead of 3
Fixed: When looping playback in a DAW, the BB Plugin still highlights bars in a linear fashion and ignores the loop
Fixed: Issues with bar highlighting
Fixed: If you change the playback location in a DAW without stopping, BB plugin ignores it with bar highlights and continues in a linear fashion.
Fixed: Move deleted files to recycle bin
Added Deletion log file
Fixed: Master not generating on _SHINING.STY
Fixed: Save preferences/filters for style picker
Fixed: RealDrums dragging as style drums
Fixed: Individual tracks not generating more than one chorus
Fixed: Options drop-down cancels generation
Fixed: If RT in 3/4 and style is in 3/4 the error message still pops up
Fixed: Double-clicking bar 1 starts from count in

February 21, 2019

Learn More About Part Markers - New Overview Video!

Adding Part Markers to your Band-in-a-Box® song is a GREAT way to create an even more unique and interesting piece!

Check out our latest video to learn more about using Part Markers with Band-in-a-Box® - Click here to watch...

Read more about this feature when you review the "Part Markers, Substyles, and Song Form" section of Chapter 6 of our online manual here.

February 20, 2019

The Band-in-a-Box® Songs & Lessons PAK - Explained

Every purchase of the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows UltraPAK+ or Audiophile Edition includes The Songs & Lessons PAK!

The Songs & Lessons PAK is loaded with all of the MIDI Essential Riffs and Phrases Series, all of our MIDI Fakebooks, 200 Folk Songs, and Instrumental Studies! It is also available for separate purchase here.

Learn more about The Songs & Lessons PAK: Video link...

February 19, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: Track Freezing Tutorial

Learn how to freeze your mixer track within Band-in-a-Box® 2019 when you check out our latest video: Click here to watch...

February 15, 2019

Holiday Hours - Family Day (Mon, Feb 18)

Monday, February 18th is Family Day!

Our hours on this holiday will be:
Customer Service: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST
Technical Support: Closed.

Regular hours resume Tuesday, February 19th.

www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm

February 14, 2019

Video - Setting And Organizing Your Favorite Styles in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Learn how quickly you can set up and organize your list of your favorite styles in Band-in-a-Box® with our latest video - we have more than 6,000 Styles, so you could find this feature VERY helpful to streamline your songwriting! Click here to watch the video on our YouTube channel.

Visit Chapter 6 of the Online Manual to read more about applying Styles within Band-in-a-Box®.

February 13, 2019

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 619 Available

An update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2019!

Learn more about this update & download it here.

This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2019 build. VST DAW Plugin update to 1.11.14 is included in this patch.

There is also a separate RealTracks patch available! Click here to review the updates and download this patch.

Summary of changes for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2019 build 619:
Fixed: "Pause Play until MIDI or key received" setting did not work if using WAS audio drivers.
Fixed: Some important flash messages were not displaying properly.
Fixed: The 64 bit version did not have the MIDI Monitor window.
Fixed: The drums window would not update after toggling "Display QWERTY Chars On Drums" setting.
Fixed: Saving an XML or ABC file will sometimes crash Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: Some ASIO devices would fail to start with error "Your ASIO driver uses a MAC-based data format. The program does not support MAC-basedformats."
Improved: ASIO now supports extra audio formats: 64 bit float samples, and big endian sample types (16, 18, 20, 24, & 32 bit).
Fixed: If an ASIO audio device has more than 32 input or output ports, Band-in-a-Box would crash with an access violation when leaving the ASIO Audio Drivers window.
Fixed: Silent gaps between RealTracks riffs were not being filled.
Fixed: There were undesirable gaps between riffs in RealTracks 1278: Synth Pad, PopUplift Ev 120.

Summary of fixes for the VST DAW Plugin:
Fixed: Generating a single RealDrums rendered wrong track and had wrong name sometimes.
Fixed: UserTracks not showing correct name, or not generating sometimes.
Fixed: Loops and UserTracks were sometimes ALL CAPS names.
Fixed: Drums track names showed up as "N/A" drums when style loaded from a song.
Improved: Generating only the master works better.
Improved: Master.mid and indivudal MIDI files are saved.
Improved: Names for style tracks when on melody or soloist.
Fixed: Generating a loop when the style contained a soloist track wasn't working.
Fixed: In some DAWs an error could occur while dragging tracks.
Fixed: Blue square filled up after generating only master track.
Fixed: Midi playback caused crash in some DAWs (e.g. Pro Tools, Studio One)
Fixed: Render hangs with large render wav file in some cases.

February 11, 2019

The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 49-PAK with 40 Unreleased RealTracks!

Our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 49-PAK is still available, and it's PACKED with Add-ons you'll want in your Band-in-a-Box® library!

The 2019 49-PAK includes 40 UNRELEASED RealTracks, 10 "Low Man" & Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, 6 MIDI SuperTracks in MIDI SuperTracks Set 28: Pop Basses, 6 more MIDI SuperTracks with Set 29: More Organ, Piano & Accordion, 21 RealDrums Transcriptions, 240 guitar licks and riffs in Instrumental Studies 7: Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks and Instrumental Studies 8: Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Licks, 30 new MIDI Styles, and Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly! Learn more and listen to demos: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.49pak.htm

Add this to your Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK purchase for just $49! Purchasing an UltraPAK, UltraPAK+ or Audiophile Edition? As of January 16th, the 49-PAK is included in your purchase (uncompressed RealTracks files for the Audiophile too)!

Learn more about the 49-PAK and listen to demos at https://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.49pak.htm

February 08, 2019

Video - Selecting the Best RealTracks for Your Song in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows

With over 2,700 RealTracks available for Band-in-a-Box®, you may find this "Selecting the Best RealTracks for your Song" video helpful! In this video we go over the "select best RealTracks" dialog within Band-in-a-Box® 2019: Click here to watch.

For more information on this feature, visit the Chapter 6 | Using RealTracks in Songs

February 07, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: The Soloist Overview

Get to know the Band-in-a-Box® Soloist feature with our latest video: Watch now...

Read more about this feature within our Online manual: Chapter 6 | Adding Solo - "The Soloist"

February 06, 2019

Video - The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Nuendo® - Extended Version!

This video is the EXTENDED VERSION of our previous video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Nuendo® - Click here to watch.

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

February 05, 2019

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 617 Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows users... Build 617 is available!

Learn more and download here.
The VST DAW Plugin update to 1.11.11 is included in this patch.

Summary of changes for build 617:
Fixed: After stopping playback the first time in a session, MIDI out to plugins will not work until song starts playing again. This only applies to WAS audio drivers when using "output always on".
Fixed: If switching from WAS to MME audio drivers, playback would be very distorted.
Fixed: The 64 bit version did not have the Drums window.

This patch update will also include Build 615-616...
Summary of changes for build 616
Fixed: Soloist track menu > Track Actions > Erase Track, would cause all menu items (eg. TimeShift Melody) to be applied to the Soloist track.
Fixed: Leaving the Leadsheet memo dialog will crash Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: [Copy to Lyric Document Window] copies gibberish text to Lyric Document Window.
Fixed: [Copy to Lyric Document Window] does not work if the Lyric Document Window has not been opened yet.
Fixed: The Choose MultiDrums dialog will crash with error "List index out of bounds" if there are no MultiDrums available.
Improved: Windows Audio Session error -9996 should report a more informative error message on Windows 10.

Summary of changes for build 615
Added: 64-bit versions of the PG DirectX Plugins.
Added: Support has been added for the 64 bit PG Music DirectX Plugins. If opening a .TGS or a song file that assigns the 32 bit versions of these plugins, Band-in-a-Box will automatically load the 64 bit version. Song files will also save backwards compatible .TGS data so 32 bit versions of Band-in-a-Box will load the 32 bit version of these plugins.
Fixed: If using WAS audio drivers and "output always on" is disabled, MIDI notes will keep playing when song stops and Panic will not turn them off.

All of our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 patch updates are cumulative updates, which works from any 2019 build. You do NOT need to install each individual patch update - just the latest one!

February 04, 2019

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2019 is Here!

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2019 is here, with many new features and enhancements!
-A new toolbar background color and icon set
-Notation Window Enhancements
-Tracks Window Enhancements
-Drum Notation Support
...and more! Read more about the new features here.

Get started with PowerTracks Pro Audio today for as little as $49 - upgrades start at just $29! Purchase options...

February 04, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: The Melodist Overview

Get to know the Band-in-a-Box® Melodist feature with our latest video: click here...

Read more about The Melodist in Chapter 6 of our Online Manual.

February 01, 2019

Video - The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Tracktion® - Extended Version!

This video is the EXTENDED VERSION of our previous video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Tracktion® - Watch now...

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

February 01, 2019

The 2018 User Showcase Awards!

Over the past year (2018), we've had over 1,200 new original compositions posted to the User Showcase. Wow! Now there are over 7,000 songs in the User Showcase Forum!

Compared with the previous year, there were 12% more songs posted (1,200), 24% more posts in total (26,880), and 16% more people who posted songs (164)! There were contributions from 25 countries... Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey Channel Is, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA.

We'd like to thank and recognize these amazing contributions that people have made. So, we have announced the "Top 40" User Showcase Awards... to the top 43 contributors of 2018 – and each of them will receive a free Band-in-a-Box® 2019 UltraPAK for Windows (including the 2019 49-PAK!).

Click here to review the winners list.

Thank you to all the creative people who create, produce and share these wonderful songs!

January 31, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows®: Bar Settings Overview

Did you know... The number of beats per bar, tempo changes, patch, style, and harmony changes can be made by selecting the Settings For Current Bar option on the Edit menu, or by pressing F5 after you have selected a bar to edit.

In this video we go over some the Bar Settings dialog within Band-in-a-Box® 2019: Watch now...

Learn more about this feature using the Online Program Manual, or give it a try... press F5 and see for yourself!

January 30, 2019

RealBand 2019 Build Update 3 Available!

RealBand 2019 users can download the latest free patch update here.

Summary of Changes since 2019 Build 3:
Added: Ability to save a drum track as drum notation to XML. Will also be able to reload drum notation tracks from XML if they were saved by BBW or RealBand.
Fixed: Notation Window would show a large part of an extra bar when the screen is redrawn.
Fixed: Drum names would not show up properly in non-editable notation mode when the screen had micropegs anywhere in it.
Fixed: recording MIDI notes might result in forced accidentals being set for some notes.
Fixed: If the Bars Per Line in the Notation Window was previously set to 4, and you boot up RealBand and load in a song, then it could temporarily revert to 2 bars per line the first time that the song is played.

January 30, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 AAX DAW Plugin for Windows®, demonstrated in Pro Tools® Extended Version

This video is the EXTENDED VERSION of our previous video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 AAX DAW Plugin for Windows® Pro Tools® - Click here to watch.

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos YouTube Playlist.

January 28, 2019

Video - Popular Hot Keys: Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Learn more about the different Hot Keys you can use with Band-in-a-Box® for Windows with our latest video:
Click here to view...

Review them all in Chapter 15: Reference of the program manual! Online Manual | PDF

January 25, 2019

Video - the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Tracktion®

This video demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Tracktion® - Watch now...

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

January 24, 2019

Band-in-a-Box Interview & Explanation with Tobin and Geekazine!

Day One of The NAMM Show is off to a GREAT Start! Tobin met with Jeffrey from Geekazine to talk about Band-in-a-Box - Click here to watch the video!

January 24, 2019

The NAMM Show - Come Say Hi!

If you're in Anaheim attending The NAMM Show, be sure to pop by and say "HI!" - we're demoing the new Band-in-a-Box® 2019 64-Bit version and the new VST DAW Plugin! Both 1015, Hall E.

Can't make it? See the booth & NAMM crew here...

January 24, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows® - SongPicker Overview

The Band-in-a-Box® SongPicker feature has recently been redesigned with some great new features, including:

-The completely redesigned window shows information for up to 50,000 songs.
-The song list build is much faster. Approximately 150 songs get added per second.
-A progress bar will appear if the song list build takes longer than 3 seconds.
-You can see the chord progression for the selected song in the list. You can copy and paste it to a text file.
-Many filters are available. You can filter the list by subfolders, genre, feel, time signature, style, songs with melody, soloist, lyrics, key signature, tempo range, and the year of file dates.
-You can search songs that have similar chord progressions and/or melody fragments.

See this feature in action with our latest Band-in-a-Box® video - SongPicker Overview: Watch now...

January 23, 2019

Video - the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Cubase®

This video demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Cubase® - Watch now...

NOTE: This video will be expanded soon, with more material that goes through the installation and setup of the plugin, as well as more advanced uses of it.

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

January 22, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows: Installing Build Updates

In this video we go over the process of downloading and installing the Band in-a-Box® build updates: click here to watch

Build updates are available at: www.pgmusic.com/support.updates.win.htm

Band-in-a-Box® can also check for updates automatically - head to Help | Check for Updates and check-mark "Automatically check for updates every..." - then choose your days!

January 22, 2019

Video - the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Nuendo®

Check out our latest video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Nuendo® - Watch now...

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

January 21, 2019

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 614 Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows users... Build 614 is available!

Learn more and download now...

Summary of changes for build 614:
Fixed: Songs would not save plugins on tracks that had a Hi-Q patch selected previously.
Fixed: Hi-Q Patches would not load if the Sforzando VSTi was not in the VSTi plugin list.
Fixed: The Sforzando VSTi was not automatically being added to the VSTi plugin list during bootup (64 bit only).
Fixed: Loading the Hi-Q patch "Hi-Q 040 01 Synth, Analog, FatBass Sforzando" would cause an access violation error.
Fixed: Track Settings > Set Track offset [0] was not working properly.
Fixed: Importing MusicXML files was failing to include melody notes and lyrics.

VST DAW Plugin 1.10.4 fixes:
Improved: Generation is much faster, at least 4X.
Added: Notification dialog when generation is complete, and a setting to toggle this on/off.
Added: 32-Bit AAX plugin for Pro Tools 10.
Fixed: Soloist not generating on first attempt.
Fixed: MIDI tracks could be rendered at wrong tempo in the Master.
Fixed: Multiriff playback and bar highlighting
Added: Much faster MIDI renders: "No MIDI Renders" option in Custom Generate menu. If this is selected, any MIDI tracks will be left as MIDI and not rendered to wave which takes time.

January 16, 2019

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 613 Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows users... Build 613 is available!

Learn more and download now...

Summary of changes:
Fixed: Exporting MP3 files would fail if using the 64 bit version of Band-in-a-Box®, and Windows 7 or earlier.
Fixed: Some audio export error messages were blank.
Fixed: The 64 bit version of Band-in-a-Box was not working with jBridge for loading 32 bit VST plugins.
Fixed: If using the Lyric Document window, there will be an access violation when saving the song (64 bit only).
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box would freeze when rendering to audio if there was no default synth selected, and "Use DXi/VSTi Snth" was enabled.
Fixed: The 64 bit version should use "MaxPluginsToScan64.txt" instead of sharing "MaxPluginsToScan.txt" with the 32 bit version

This patch will update Band-in-a-Box® 2019 to Build 613 from any previous 2019 build.

January 16, 2019

Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows® Download and Installation Tutorial

If you've purchased Band-in-a-Box® and want to download it to get started right away - make sure you check out our latest video for assistance! Click here to watch...

January 16, 2019

RealBand® 2019 New Features Video!

Learn more about the new RealBand® 2019 features with our RealBand® 2019 New Features Overview Video: Click here...

RealBand® is included in all Band-in-a-Box® for Windows purchases!

January 15, 2019

Hurry.... Our Xtra Styles PAK Sale Ends January 15th!

JANUARY 15TH is the last day of our Xtra Styles PAK Sale!

There are 162 more RealStyles now available with Xtra Styles PAK 6 for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - that means there are more than 900 RealStyles available with Xtra Styles PAKs 1-6!

We're having a SALE... and it ends January 15th! Purchase Xtra Styles PAK 6 for just $29! (reg. $49) In fact, each Volume (6 total) is available for just $29 each - we're also offering a special price for a purchase of ALL Volumes 1-6 - for just $159 you can receive ALL 900+ RealStyles!

Review all the different Xtra Styles PAKs at:
Mac: www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=mac
Windows: www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

January 15, 2019

This is it! It's the last day to Save Up To 50% on Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrades!

JANUARY 15TH IS THE LAST DAY TO SAVE UP TO 50% OFF BAND-IN-A-BOX UPGRADES!

We recently released Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows with 64 new features (and a few more), 202 New RealTracks, 40 Unreleased RealTracks, 10 "Low Man" and Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, "Look Ma! More MIDI!" – 30 MIDI Styles, 12 new MIDI SuperTracks, 240 new Instrumental Studies, 18 new Artist Performances, and a new Xtra Styles PAK 6!

We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Upgrade purchases until January 15th - save up to 50% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade!

We've packed our Free Bonus PAK & 49-PAK with some amazing Add-ons! The Free Bonus PAK is automatically included with most Band-in-a-Box® for Windows 2019 packages, but for more even more Add-ons (including 40 Unreleased RealTracks) upgrade it to the 2019 49-PAK for only $49. You can see the full lists of items in each package, and listen to demos here.

Check out our Band-in-a-Box® packages page for all the purchase options available

January 13, 2019

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 612 Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows users... Build 612 is available!

It includes the VST DAW Plugin patch too!!!

Learn more and download now...

Summary of changes:
Fixed: Songs would not load or save VST data if larger than 1 megabyte, displaying flash message error "VST/FX data is too large to save".
Fixed: It was not possible to use the N key while entering note based lyrics in the Notation window.
Fixed: Recorded MIDI would be erased if also recording audio.
Fixed: The MIDI Driver dialog would not show the selected VSTi or DXi synth after choosing one in the Plugins window.
Updated: PDF and help file documentation.

Band-in-a-Box VST DAW Plugin 1.9.28 fixes:
There are lots of significant fixes and additions in this patch, especially related to some single track operations not working.

Fixed: Right-clicking generate bass track generated all individual tracks
Fixed: StylePicker, RealTracks Picker, and other style and instrument selection windows would sometimes open behind the main window, requiring you to alt+tab to see them.
Fixed: Loading demo from StylePicker or loading a song when a special track was already present sometimes added an extra RealTracks (special track) to page 2
Fixed: Output directory error.
Fixed: BBW sometimes not receiving message when run as administrator. This would cause some actions to hang or not work at all.
Fixed: Skip grey bars when moving selector through chordsheet.
Fixed: Dragging tracks into Reason would sometimes give a 'Not found' error message.
Fixed: AAX Plugin was not being recognized by Pro Tools.
Fixed: Problem scrolling chord table when crossing PartMarker during highlight.
Fixed: Repaint problem in Reason (possibly other DAWs).
Fixed: Some opened BB songs with realcharts on a frozen track would cause an access violation.
Added: Detailed log file written in BB Data folder bbw4exe_pluginLog.txt.
Fixed: Generation of single tracks would hang the program if the bb folder contained the file MaxPluginsToScan.txt containing Max=0. This file should not normally be present except in rare cases where a DX plugin scan failed.
Added: VST2 FX 32-bit version.
Improved: Installer has options for installing all plugin types. All files are now digitally signed.

January 13, 2019

Video - the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Pro Tools®

Check out our latest video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Pro Tools® - Watch now...

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

January 13, 2019

Video - the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in PreSonus® Studio One®

Check out our latest video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in PreSonus® Studio One® - Watch now...

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

January 11, 2019

Video - the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Reason®

Check out our latest video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Reason® - Watch now...

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

January 10, 2019

Video - the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Ableton Live®

Check out our latest video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Ableton Live® - Watch now...

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

January 09, 2019

Video - the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in FL Studio®

Check out our latest video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in FL Studio® - Watch now...

This is just the first half - more to come!

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here.

January 08, 2019

49 of Your Problems Solved with Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows!

With Band-in-a-Box® 2019, we have a lot of new features, 202 RealTracks and more!

We get the ideas for the new features and new RealTracks from our users. There are several sources, our Wishlist and general forum, support phone calls, trade shows, etc. In most cases, customers are not describing a new feature – they are describing a problem they have that they would like to have solved.

This is a list of our features and additions in Band-in-a-Box® 2019, presented from a unique perspective. It is from this customer list of "problems they would like solved." These are not exact quotes, they are paraphrased from our discussions with our customers. They explain what problems and requests they discussed with us, that resulted in the various new features and RealTracks. Hopefully this answers the question "why did you add this feature/content?"

So, without further ado, here are the 49 requests/problems that we (hopefully) have solved with the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2019: 49 of your Problems solved? List of 49 Requests fulfilled in Band-in-a-Box® 2019.

We hope that many of them are relevant to you as well. And please keep suggesting new ones, we appreciate that.

January 02, 2019

The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows® special is EXTENDED until January 15th!!!

The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows® special is EXTENDED until January 15th!!! Save up to 50% on your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade when you order before then!

The brand-new 64 bit version of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows includes 64 new features, 202 new RealTracks, new RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, "Low Man" and Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, RealDrums transcriptions, MIDI Styles, 40 additional "Bonus" RealTracks, and the new Xtra Styles PAK 6!

We've also packed our Free Bonus PAK & 49-PAK with some amazing Add-ons - check it out at: https://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2019.htm. The Free Bonus PAK is included with most* Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows purchases during our special!

Visit http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm to review the different purchase options. To summarize:

Band-in-a-Box® Pro with RealBand $129
Upgrade from Version 2018: $59 (reg: $69)
Upgrade from Version 2017 or earlier or crossgrade: $69 (reg: $79)
Special 2018 Program Update from 2017: $49
**Requires Version 2018. Includes version 2018 program updates only. (No other Add-ons or Bonus PAK)

Band-in-a-Box® MegaPAK with RealBand $269
Upgrade from Version 2018: $89 (reg: $149)
Upgrade from Version 2017: $99 (reg: $159)

Band-in-a-Box® PlusPAK
Upgrade from Version 2018: $99 (reg: $129)
(The PlusPAK is designed to upgrade 2018 UltraPAK & UltraPAK+ users who are downloading their upgrade or do not want to purchase a new hard drive.)

Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK with RealBand $469
Upgrade from Version 2018: $149 (reg: $279)
Upgrade from Version 2017 or earlier or crossgrade: $169 (reg: $299)

Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK+ with RealBand $569
Upgrade from Version 2018: $179 (reg: $379)
Upgrade from Version 2017 or earlier or crossgrade: $199 (reg: $399)
**Note - the difference between the UltraPAK and the UltraPAK+ is the Songs & Lessons PAK. The UltraPAK+ includes the Songs & Lessons PAK that has a ton of additional add-ons for Band-in-a-Box® like the MIDI Essential Riffs and Phrases Series, All of our MIDI Fakebooks, 200 Folk Songs, Instrumental Studies & much more! Learn more about the Songs & Lessons PAK at: https://www.pgmusic.com/addons.songsandlessons.php?os=win

Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition $669
Upgrade from Version 2018 Audiophile: $199
Upgrade from 2018: $479
Upgrade from Version 2017 or earlier or crossgrade: $499
Upgrade from any previous Audiophile: $299

Learn more about all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows: https://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm

*The $49 purchase option for the Pro "2019 Program Update from Version 2018" includes the version 2019 program updates only. It does not include the Free Bonus PAK, any RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks or other Add-ons.*

January 01, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at PG Music!

We would like to thank you for all your support and wish you a very happy 2019!

From all the PG Team!

December 31, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 610

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Build 610 is available. More info

  • Fixed: Some VST plugins were silent (eg. SampleTank 3).
  • Fixed: Some ASIO drivers might not work. Note that the bug can cause the driver to remain open after using Band-in-a-Box, so this bug fix might require you to restart your computer.
  • Fixed: The drop station would not allow M4A export (highlights red) if QuickTime is not installed. This should only be necessary for Windows Vista or XP.
  • Fixed: The Find File dialog was not displaying folders, and not loading the song chosen.
  • Fixed: If there is a RealTrack on the Drums track, Band-in-a-Box might crash when rendering a region of bars.
  • Fixed: Opening a song file from Windows Explorer would not work if Band-in-a-Box was already open.
  • Fixed: Generating multi-riffs would sometimes generate an error. (tips: make sure to first select a multi-riff before generating. Also, highlight a region of the chordsheet first to generate just that section as a multi-riff)
  • Added: Shots, holds, rests, push chords now read in from BB files.

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