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April 30, 2014 We want to hear your songs!!!!

Share the music you create with Band-in-a-Box (or other PG Music software) on our User Showcase Forum!

Everyone will enjoy listening to your creations, and you'll even get some feedback from other Forum users!
Plus, we listen to every single song that's posted and hand out User Showcase Awards at the end of the year - you could win a copy of Band-in-a-Box!!!!

Posted at 02:51 PM

April 30, 2014 here.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Quinn Bachand - Upcoming Performance

For those near PG Mucis "headquarters" - be sure to check out RealTracks Artist Quinn Bachand's performance with fiddler Shane Cook on Saturday!
Event info.

Posted at 12:47 PM

April 30, 2014 User Showcase Song - ARIZONA SONG

Serban Nichifor: ARIZONA SONG
Created with Band In A Box software!

Posted at 08:51 AM

April 29, 2014 Click here for RealTracks for Windows! Click here for RealTracks for Mac!&page=1">Add Top Musicians to your songs with RealTracks!

Build up your Band-in-a-Box collection with RealTracks! Adding RealTracks to your Band-in-a-Box songs is easy, and purchasing them is even easier! Purchase by Set, or bundle them by genre with RealPAKs!

Posted at 01:41 PM

April 29, 2014 Post Program Suggestions to our Wishlist Forum!

If there's a feature you'd like to see in an upcoming version of our software, we want to hear about it! Post your suggestion to our Wishlist Forum and you may see it in a future release!

Posted at 12:14 PM

April 29, 2014 User Showcase Song - HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL-Collab-Ian (sixchannel) with Aleck Rand

This tune is a bit of an Oddity. As originally written for the German Highland Games it is a basic major/minor chord pleasant tune. However, having heard the version played by a Scottish Bagpipe Band I wanted to work on it in BIAB as a full Orchestration. That's when my lack of musical knowledge showed up! I turned to our good BB friend Dean Clark aka Aleck Rand (or is it the other way round? lol) for help. Not only did he sort out the chords for me but even sorted out the arrangement in BB. Above and beyond the call of duty, Dean.
The snares were added (to replicate the Bagpipe massed drummers) and also the Church Organ (2 tracks). Everything, apart from the Snares and RealDrums track is BIAB midi. What a Stunning piece of software this is.
I added the Lead guitar and mixed it down.
All comments appreciated.

Posted at 09:01 AM

April 28, 2014 User Showcase - Point in Time

Here is a new song called Point in Time. The different tempos of the song represent the past, the present and the future. The slow parts I used a BIAB drum track to keep time then silenced. The second faster part is:
1008 Bass Electric EV120
689 Organ B3 Pop Even (Love this one)
Real Drums Nashville Even8
1681 Guitar 12String Acoustic
362 Guitar Acoustic Strumming.

Song was finished in RealBand. Struggled with the mixing..
This song was my first attempt to use two different tempos.

Posted at 11:17 AM

April 28, 2014 Weekly Special - GuitarStar Volume 2 for just $19!

This week you can purchase GuitarStar Volume 2: Rockin' Riffs for the Beginner for just $19! Click here for more information.

Posted at 10:45 AM

April 25, 2014 here. Jodi Proznick's RealTracks Artist Bio page can be viewed here, and includes audio demos of her RealTracks available in Set 7.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Jodi Proznick Takes the Stage in Surrey, BC

Check out RealTracks Artist Jodi Proznick this Saturday with the Jodi Proznick Quartet as they perform at the FREE Party for the Planet event in Surrey, BC. She'll be taking the stage at 1:15. This special event is family friendy - and Free!

Posted at 02:26 PM

April 25, 2014 Band-in-a-Box for Mac: Hard Drive Setup Option 1 & 3 Band-in-a-Box for Mac: Hard Drive Setup Option 2 These videos are also available on our Band-in-a-Box Tutorials for Mac video page.&page=1">Video - Setting up your Band-in-a-Box for Mac Hard Drive

Purchase a Band-in-a-Box UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK or Audiophile version lately? If you've received your hard drive and are wanting a video demonstration of how to install it, check out are YouTube Videos!

Posted at 12:55 PM

April 25, 2014 here. Read more about Troy MacGilliray on his RealTracks Artist Bio page, where you can also listen to some demos of his RealTracks available in Set 104.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Troy MacGillivray - Performance Tonight!

If you find yourself in Charlottetown, be sure to check out Troy MacGillivray performing with Andrea Beaton as part of the "Ceol Agus Cairde – Music and Friends” Concert Series held by Benevolent Irish Society of Prince Edward Island.

Posted at 12:48 PM

April 25, 2014 User Showcase Song - Morning Coffee

For those who like a 20-oz cup first thing in the morning to get the ideas going. (Instrumental)
RealTracks in song: 1396:Bass, Electric, Soul70sHeld Ev16 100
RealTracks in song: 1004:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockStrumming Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 2157:Piano, ElectricVintage, Rhythm FunkyGroove60sJohn Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 2338:Violin, Background, PopLow Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)
RealTracks in song: 1273:Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopUplift Ev16 120
RealTracks in song: 587:Sax, Tenor, 2-Beat Rock Ev 110
RealDrums in Song: NashvillePop16^1-a:Snare, Hihat , b:Snare, Ride

Posted at 08:01 AM

April 24, 2014 Throwback Thursday! More Band-in-a-Box ATARI Finds!

Check out this site, which highlights an older ATARI version of Band-in-a-Box!


Posted at 01:30 PM

April 24, 2014 here.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Stuart Duncan - Upcoming Performances!

RealTracks Artist Stuart Duncan will be performing with Noam Pikelny between May-July and again in October-November of this year... if you find yourself nearby, be sure to check out their performances!
Click here for more information.

Posted at 10:53 AM

April 24, 2014 Anyone for a bit o' good news?

I sent five original BIAB guitar tunes to Nina Gerber, Kate Wolf's guitarist of 14 years. Nina picked two for future album projects.

One was "Joanne's Smile" that I did for our very own Joanne Cooper (aka Josie C) and the other was "Ottawa Is Blue (Tonight)" which I did for the late BIABer/Songwriter, Ian Fraser.

I'll be so happy if Nina plays my tunes or adds them to a future album.

Color me beside myself but please try to stay within the lines.

Posted at 10:00 AM

April 23, 2014 Video - Band-in-a-Box: Selecting a Specific MIDI Track

Watch this video to learn how to pick specific parts of MIDI styles, such as bass or drums, and add them to your song in Band-in-a-Box.
Watch video.

Posted at 02:43 PM

April 23, 2014 Click here for complete tour information. Ron Carter's RealTracks are included in the Jazz Pollwinners Sets 196 & 197. Read his RealTracks Bio page here for more information and to listen to his RealTracks audio demos.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Ron Carter Goes on Tour!

The Golden Striker Trio Tour starts in a few days - taking Ron Carter to destinations that include Germany, Lithuania, and various cities within the USA.

Posted at 01:33 PM

April 23, 2014 User Showcase Song - In The City (w/ Janice)

Years ago, I lived south of Philly.
(Jersey, actually, but don't admit that).
Music related trips to north of the city involved the Lindenwold High Speed Line, the Philadelphia subway and buses.
It's how you get around in the city.
On one particular trip, during a garbage strike, I watched a young couple on a bus pointing out things to each other.
Wide-eyed, whispering to each other, omg look at that!, checking the schedule...
I decided to document the trip...

Janice helps me out on this (I think she had fun on this one)
Thank You, Janice and Bud, ...again!

Posted at 09:10 AM

April 22, 2014 Take A Look At What We Found!

Do you recognize one of the programs in this "Meet Jazz Sax Man - Elias Haslanger" video by Dell?!

Posted at 12:53 PM

April 22, 2014 Video - How to Search for and Replace Chords in Band-in-a-Box

Replacing chords in your Band-in-a-Box song is easy! Watch our "How to Search for and Replace Chords in Band-in-a-Box" video and you'll see!

Posted at 10:58 AM

April 22, 2014 Quick way to mute an instrument, for, say, 30 consecutive bars?

Sorry for this newbie question. I wish to mute the Strings part of my song from the start of bar 1 through to the end of bar 32. I know the long way to do it, bar by bar, e.g.

--select bar 1,
--go to Chord Options,
--for Rest Type, select Rest Only,
--of the "All except" radio button choices, select Bass, Drums, Piano and Guitar (that is, all except the Strings).
-- repeat for bars 2-32.

That last step is what gets me -- seems awfully repetitive. Is there not a quicker way to specify the bar range over which this instrument will be mute?

Posted at 08:31 AM

April 21, 2014 Video - Band-in-a-Box Medley Maker

RealTracks medleys are special groups of RealTracks that play in sequence. Watch this video to learn how you can make your very own RealTracks medleys in Band-in-a-Box.

Posted at 04:37 PM

April 17, 2014 RealTracks, RealDrums & MIDI SuperTracks Patch

There is a new general maintenance patch for RealTracks, RealDrums, and MIDI SuperTracks. Not only does the patch includes all of the recent fixes and enhancements for files shipped in 2013 and 2014, we've also added "Simple" variations to hundreds more previously released RealTracks. For more information and to download the patch click here.

Posted at 08:39 AM

April 16, 2014 RealTracks Compatibility Patch

This patch is for customers who purchased RealTracks Sets that were released after their Band-in-a-Box/RealBand version was released, and are having trouble getting the new RealTracks to be recognized by the program. Download the patch here.

Posted at 12:51 PM

April 15, 2014 Video - Activating Band-in-a-Box 2014

You've bought Band-in-a-Box 2014 and you're ready to start using the program! After you install the program you will be prompted to activate Band-in-a-Box within 30 days. This can be done over the Internet or by phone. Watch how to activate your Band-in-a-Box 2014 here.

Posted at 12:46 PM

April 14, 2014 click here.&page=1">Video - RealBand: Batch File Convert

With RealBand 2014 you can save lots of time by batch converting your various audio files, RealBand SEQ files, or Band-in-a-Box song files to an audio format of your choice. Watch the video to see how fast and easy you can do this.

Posted at 01:37 PM

April 14, 2014 User To User Video Tutorials

Have you made a video tutorial about a PG Music product? Why not share it! The User to User Video Tutorials page is where you can pass along helpful information to other PG Music users.

Posted at 11:15 AM

April 11, 2014 here. &page=1">Sharing Your Band-in-a-Box Songs

You've just finished arranging your song in Band-in-a-Box and now you want to share it. Maybe you want to send it to your mom for Mother's Day; or to your band mates or students for practicing. There are a number of ways to share your Band-in-a-Box song!

Posted at 03:51 PM

April 10, 2014 Windows and Mac.&page=1">MIDI Artist Soloist Andy Laverne - Upcoming Performance

Andy Laverne & Bob Devos Quartet perform at Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant in Montclair, NJ this Fri, April 11, 2014 from 8-11:30pm. Details are available here.

Posted at 05:02 PM

April 10, 2014 Why use BB instead of RealBand for new songs?

This is an absolute Novice RB question.
I have been using BIAB for quite a while and my workflow has always been to export all tracks in BIAB as wavs to my old DAW (Cakewalk GTPro2 from 2004)and mix and mess with it in there.
Despite it always having been there I have avoided RB apart from the odd foray into it.
BUT - I think I MUST get to know it and use it. Having messed with it a bit and got to grips with the fact that things aren't where they are in BIAB I created a chord sequence, a style etc etc and it made me wonder -
WHY do we need BIAB at all if everything can be done in RB that can be done in BIAB?
Its not a trick question.

Posted at 04:10 PM

April 10, 2014 Windows and Mac.&page=1">Video: Adding RealTracks To Your Band-in-a-Box Song

Watch how you can add great sounding backing tracks to your Band-in-a-Box song here.

Posted at 09:56 AM

April 09, 2014 here.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Ron Carter - Recent Interview

Read the recent interview "Finding The Right Notes: Ron Carter, Celebrating a Living Legend" here.

Posted at 02:42 PM

April 09, 2014 Band-in-a-Box: Chord Shortcuts Video

Use the easy shortcuts in this YouTube Video to enter chords for your Band-in-a-Box song! You'll also learn how to create your own custom shortcuts!

Posted at 01:07 PM

April 09, 2014 Looking for a straight up country stomp beat

Looking for a straight up country stomp beat and I am not even sure if I described that correctly. basically I heard a song that had a simple but powerful strong drum hit on every beat in 4/4 and the song started out with just the drumbeat and then added a rolling banjo and it was just delightful!

I spent about an hour today sampling RealDrums and found some great ones but could not find anything like this. Any ideas?

Posted at 08:34 AM

April 08, 2014 The PG Music Inc. OmniPAK Puts it All Together!

The OmniPAK includes over 40 popular music software titles on a 250GB USB hard drive! There's Band-in-a-Box, RealBand, PowerTracks Pro Audio, the entire Pianist Series, the entire Multimedia Performance Series, and much, much more! Watch the OmniPAK video here and you'll see a summary of everything included in an OmniPAK purchase.

Posted at 02:30 PM

April 08, 2014 200 Years

Just love the versatility of BiaB!
This year Norway is celebrating the 200 years anniversary for the constitution of 1814, and I was asked to make a "simple" song for the children in my region, a song to sing on the national day. So what…
…well, I opened BiaB and went looking for a "celebrating" style, and ended up with this:
200 år / 200 years
Definitly not traditional norwegian music – but with so much musical joy and fun!
And living in times of conflicts and tense – as many of you, I have people from conflict-areas from many parts of the world living in my neighborhood – is there any better way to celebrate freedom and life, than with the joyful music from New Orleans?

Thanks again PG!

Posted at 10:34 AM

April 08, 2014 Video: Using a Fretlight Guitar with Band-in-a-Box for Windows

Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows includes FretLlight Guitar support - a great way to learn how to play guitar! Watch how easy it is with our Using a Fretlight Guitar with Band-in-a-Box video.

Posted at 08:15 AM

April 07, 2014 Polish Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows is Available!

The Polish Version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 for Windows is here!
More info...

Posted at 03:06 PM

April 07, 2014 RealTracks Set 195: Jazz Pollwinners 2!&page=1">RealTracks Artist Pat Martino - Upcoming Performances!

The Pat Martino Organ Quartet takes the stage starting Tuesday, April 15th at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York!
Complete event information available here.

Posted at 02:11 PM

April 07, 2014 ***Moving to External Drive***

I just purchased a 2TB External drive to get most of the songs and junk off of my C: drive. I need to know which parts of the programs (BIAB 2012 and RB)must remain on the C: drive and what I can move to my external. Also, what paths would I have to change for the program to be able to locate my songs. I am a bit of a techno-phobe, so I thank you all for your indulgence. I am also using Sonar,---should I create different folders for each program? Thank you in advance!

Posted at 09:03 AM

April 07, 2014 Weekly Special - The Metronome Pro... only $10!

This week only - purchase the Metronome Pro for just $10!

Posted at 08:32 AM

April 04, 2014 Artist Bio page. Interested in learning more about Jodi Proznick, and listen to demos of her RealTracks? Click here.&page=1">RealTracks Artists Jodi Proznick and Miles Black - Upcoming Performance!

Head to The Roedde House Museum in Vancouver on April 10th for the "Jazz Nights at Roedde House presents: Triology, featuring Jodi Proznick, Miles Black and Bill Coon" event!
Event Info

Posted at 02:00 PM

April 04, 2014 Listen to ALL 64 UserTracks Entered in our UserTracks Contest!

All of the original UserTracks that were submitted for our recent "1-minute UserTracks Contest" are available in one easy-to-read forum thread, here.

Posted at 01:04 PM

April 04, 2014 She Kept On Driving

This is my first song on the forum, but I've played on songs for other people as part of ROG's team. I'm playing all the guitars, but I don't sing, so ROG, Jessie and Courtney are doing all the vocals. The sax is an RT from ROG's BiaB. The US place names sound so much better to us than the British ones, even though we just took them from Google maps...

Posted at 11:44 AM

April 04, 2014 Band-in-a-Box for Mac Quick Start Video

If you'd like to watch a video that goes over the first steps of using Band-in-a-Box for Mac, like making sure your MIDI and audio are working, loading a demo song, and making your own song - watch this video.

Posted at 10:19 AM

April 03, 2014 Russian Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows is Available!

The Russian version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2014 is here!
Click here for more information.

Posted at 12:51 PM

April 03, 2014 I must say I had a ton of fun making UserTracks!!!

It was much easier than you'd think. Now I have tons of feature requests brewing in my tiny brain!!!

Posted at 11:33 AM

April 03, 2014 Free Online Reggae Bass Lesson!

George Urbaszek has been a bass player and music educator for over 35 years, and offers online lessons on his website: and his YouTube channel:

Take a look at his recent video which also uses Band-in-a-Box: Free Reggae Bass Guitar Lesson Video.

Posted at 11:27 AM

April 03, 2014 here. Thank you to everyone who entered - in total, there were over 60 original UserTracks submitted! View the complete forum announcement here.&page=1">The winners of our UserTracks Contest Have Been Announced!

A big CONGRATULATIONS to our UserTracks Contest Winners!
Best Pop UserTracks Winner(it was a tie!): levy63
Best Pop UserTracks Winner(it was a tie!): LJDavid
Best Jazz UserTracks Winner: Cerio
Best "Unique" UserTracks Winner: bradbush

Posted at 11:05 AM

April 03, 2014 Band-in-a-Box Includes Amplitube - Listen to Demos!

The Amplitube features was added to Band-in-a-Box with Version 2012. This Guitar Amp Simulator is an excellent way to enhance your songs! Check out the AmpliTube Band-in-a-Box Demos page to hear the difference!

Posted at 09:42 AM

April 02, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page. Click here for a full list of his tour dates.&page=1">RealTracks Artist John Jorgenson - Tour Dates

RealTracks Artist John Jorgenson is going on tour! Over the next few months he has dates in the USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Scotland - just to name a few places! Click here for a list of all locations.

Posted at 02:30 PM

April 02, 2014 Wildwood Flower (vocal synthesis)

Here's another demo of my synSinger program singing the first verse of "Wildwood Flower", a traditional folk song. (I'm not sure people could take several verses of the synthetic voice wink ).
The lyrics were entered into BiaB, and the Sound.XML file that was generated for Sinsy was used to create a .wav file, which was loaded back into BiaB.
Backing tracks are the Country Brent Solo Guitar and an added String Quartet track. It's all done in BiaB without any real correction, so it can be heard warts and all.
As usual, comments are welcome!

Posted at 02:23 PM

April 02, 2014 Macintosh Features List.&page=1">Video: Downloading songs from a Mac to your iPhone

Want to learn how to put your Mac Band-in-a-Box song onto your iPhone? Watch this YouTube Video which shows you how to do this using your WiFi connection!

Posted at 01:33 PM

April 02, 2014 Register here.&page=1">Tips & Tricks Forum - A Great Resource!

Do you have any tips or tricks with our software that you'd like to share? Visit our Tips & Tricks Forum to share your technical tips and tricks related to PG Music software, or to write your own tutorials!

Posted at 09:39 AM

April 01, 2014 here. You can find Jeff Lorber's Add-ons within the MIDI Artist Soloist Series and RealTracks Sets 72, 73, 93, 113, 114, 127, 146 & 160. Read more about Jeff Lorber here.&page=1">Upcoming Berks Jazz Fest - A Few Friendly Faces!

This year, the Berks Jazz Fest will have a Be-Bop Night featuring Chuck Loeb, with Jeff Lorber, bassist Brian Bromberg, trumpeters Randy Brecker and Till Bronner, saxophonists Gerald Albright and Eric Marienthal, and drummer Lionel Cordew.

Event Info

Posted at 02:56 PM

April 01, 2014 UserTracks Contest Forum UserTracks are an exciting feature of the new Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows! &page=1">The UserTracks Contest has Ended - Thank you!

We'd like to thank everyone who worked hard and submitted their original UserTrack! We'll be reviewing all of the submissions, and will announce the winners as soon as we can!

Posted at 01:14 PM

April 01, 2014 RealBand Tips & Tricks Videos!

Looking to do more with RealBand?
Learn how to use RealBand whenever you want by visiting the RealBand Tips & Tricks video page on our website!

Posted at 10:45 AM

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