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August 29, 2014 Labor Day Weekend - We're Still Here!

It's the last long weekend of the summer, and we hope everyone enjoys it!

Don't let the long weekend fool you though - we're still going to be here for all your sales and tech needs!

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August 29, 2014 to request a quote&page=1">Purchase Site Licenses and LabPAKs for Band-in-a-Box!

Interested in purchasing Band-in-a-Box to use in your school? We offer special pricing when purchasing five or more installations! Click here to see the options available.

Posted at 08:48 AM

August 29, 2014 User Showcase Song - Be A Friend

Got the idea for this one from a newsletter entitled Hands on Faith. I receive from; an online Bible resource. I wrote a song last year using another newsletter title from there. This is my third song for the 5090 challenge, I will keep posting to this post the rest of the way so as not to take up everybody elses slots, LOL. Here is the link to my 5090 profile. The tracks are band in a box, sorry I don't have the numbers. I froze tracks and then moved to different styles to get different instruments and so it only shows the instruments from the current style. Was trying to write a singalong song for the week 1 challenge. All feedback welcomed!

Posted at 08:47 AM

August 28, 2014">Troy Brenningmeyer - Another GREAT Lap Steel Lessons with Band-in-a-Box Backing Tracks!

Band-in-a-Box is a great tool when you're learning to play ANY instrument! Watch as Troy Brenningmeyer uses Band-in-a-Box as a backing track while teaching a Lap Steel Lesson:

Posted at 09:02 AM

August 28, 2014 As an example, if you're a fan of Vince Gill you can use The Audio Chord Wizard to analyze a song and take the chord progression to make your own song! Add some Paul Franklin, Jeff Taylor, Andy Reiss and Kenny Sears RealTracks and you'll love the results! (These artists are some of the members of The Time Jumpers!)&page=1">The Audio Chord Wizard - a GREAT Band-in-a-Box Feature!

The Audio Chord Wizard is an amazing feature of Band-in-a-Box that automatically figures out the chords from an audio file! What a great way to learn a song, or create your own version of one of your favorite songs!
Watch the Audio Chord Wizard YouTube Video.

Posted at 08:51 AM

August 28, 2014 User Showcase Song - Super Moon

You are on vacation/holiday, laying on the beach watching the super moon slowly rise above the ocean horizon.

The style I used was Orchestral 9/8. I deleted the drum and French Horn parts. The string pad parts are verbatim from BiaB. The acoustic bass was changed to a double bass.

I am playing the English horn, vocal pad lead, French horn, and the string melody on my wind controller. I wrote the drum parts.

What do you think?

Posted at 08:31 AM

August 27, 2014 The Italian Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Mac is Here!

Band-in-a-Box 2014 per Macintosh è qui con più di 50 nuove funzioni interessanti.

Posted at 10:21 AM

August 27, 2014 User Showcase - Don Gaynor: My first album - Free to download

This is a work in progress and I am currently adding more BIAB original tunes. I was encouraged by several wonderful PG Music friends to include my pre-stroke vocals because they will never be recorded again. Some have warts that I can't re-dub, forgive me for the rough edges.

Posted at 08:55 AM

August 27, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Phil Woods @ The Detroit Jazz Festival!

The Phil Woods Quintet performs Saturday at The Detroit Jazz Festival!

Click here for event information.

Posted at 08:50 AM

August 26, 2014 The French Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Mac is Here!

Band-in-a-Box 2014 pour Macintosh comporte plus de 50 nouveautés cool!

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August 26, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist P.J. Perry - Performs in September!

The Yardbird Suite, Edmonton's Jazz Venue, will have P.J. Perry with Tommy Banks and other guest artists performing on September 19th & 20th!

Click here for complete event and ticket information.

Posted at 09:50 AM

August 26, 2014 User Showcase Song - Damn it's good

A love song but slightly different from the normal smile
It's been hanging around a while and I eventually finished it a few weeks ago

Posted at 09:44 AM

August 25, 2014 The German Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Mac is Here!

Band-in-a-Box 2014 für Macintosh ist hier mit über 50 coolen, neuen Funktionen!

Posted at 11:43 AM

August 25, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Paul Franklin - A Busy Man!

Pedal Steel artist Paul Franklin will be performing with The Time Jumpers in Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Kentucky over the next month!

Click here for a full list of performance dates.

Posted at 09:08 AM

August 25, 2014 User Showcase Song - PARTY TONIGHT

I've not been writing too much through the summer but now things are getting back to normal.... so I start off with a simple remake of an older song that's been collecting dust.

Posted at 09:06 AM

August 22, 2014 Freebie Friday - Coyote ForteDXi Demo!

The Coyote ForteDXi is a sample player designed for use with DirectX-compatible host programs. Its 128 high-quality sampled instruments offer a sound quality far better than the standard Windows Midi Synthesizer.

The free 30-day demo is always available on our website! Fore more information, and to download the free demo, visit

Posted at 08:32 AM

August 22, 2014 User Showcase Song - BOTTOM LAND (Surprise Guest Artist!)

Lead Vocal: Janice
Lead Guitar: floyd jane

Guess the above says it all! Janice and I wrote this dark slow blues tune and used a very minimalist RT band for the backup -- looking for a stark arrangement. I sent it to floyd for an opinion on the song and mix, got a favorable report back and then along came a lead guitar track from him. I got over the shock, mixed it in, and voila it seemed to work extremely well with the plaintive vocal. So here ya go....comments are most welcome!

The RTs:
Drums: Blues Rock 128
Bass: 564 Set 30
Rhythm Guitar: 566 Set 30

Posted at 08:31 AM

August 21, 2014 Band-in-a-Box - Q? about part markers

Is there a setting that allows the part markers to stay where they are on the line & bar and not shift to the left and start a new line?
I am planning several part marker in close proximity and didn't want a long set of short chords, line after line.

Posted at 08:18 AM

August 21, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows - Spanish Language Patch Available!

There's a new Spanish language patch for Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows which includes the PDF of the full 2014 manual! Learn more here.

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August 21, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks artist Miles Black Jazz Duo Concert Friday!

The Miles Black Jazz Duo and Rob Cheramy will perform Friday, August 29th at Hermann's Jazz Club in Victoria, BC! Described as a Tribute to Bill Evans and Jim Hall, with Special Guest Kenneth Speller on Alto Sax - it's sure to be a great evening!
Learn more about this event here:

Posted at 08:11 AM

August 20, 2014 User Showcase Song - ERIC, WHADDAYA SAY?

Floyd (and his wife) were looking for a song that included the name Eric in the lyrics. Since he couldn't find one, he decided to write one himself! Listen to Floyd's song.

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August 20, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Ron Carter Upcoming Performance

The Ron Carter Big Band will be appearing 08/26/14 - 08/31/14 at the Jazz Standard in New York.

You can check out all his upcoming shows at:

Posted at 02:49 PM

August 20, 2014 Video - Count-in & Metronome

Did you know that you can use different count-in types such as drum fills, or turn on a silent visual metronome, to help keep you in time while recording? You can! Learn how by watching the video:

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August 19, 2014 User Showcase Song - Trip of a Lifetime

This is the first song I've posted to the showcase. It was recorded and mixed using Powertracks with my guitar teacher who is a regular user of the forum by the name of ROG. It evolved over time from a chord sequence in a backing track to the full song we have here.

Guitar and vocals is myself, bass, drums and keyboards were taken care of by ROG.

Hope you like it!

Posted at 11:58 AM

August 19, 2014 Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows - Italian Patch Available!

If you own the Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows, and are wanting the latest Italian language patch that includes a PDF of the full 2014 Italian manual, click here.

Posted at 11:17 AM

August 19, 2014 PG Music Inc. Support Page Resource

Our Support Page is a fast and easy way to access Patch Updates, Videos, Support Forms, FAQs, Tutorials and more!

Posted at 08:51 AM

August 18, 2014 User Showcase Forum!&page=1">Kick-start Your Week with a Band-in-a-Box Song!

Want to hear what others are creating with Band-in-a-Box? Head to our page - whether you're interested in Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Easy Listening and more you're sure to be inspired by the songs posted here from Band-in-a-Box users just like you!

Posted at 08:36 AM

August 18, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist John Jorgenson - Guest Artist!

RealTracks Artist John Jorgenson can be heard as a guest artist for John Cowan's upcoming album "Sixty" that's being released later this month!

Read more about this upcoming album release here:

Posted at 08:24 AM

August 18, 2014 User Showcase Song - Anything Can Happen

Hi everyone,

It's been a few months since I last posted a song! It's good to be back!
A little while ago, Brenda and I wrote some lyrics while we were listening to BIAB play a gentle bossanova rhythm. I set the lyrics to music. Below is the result.

All comments welcome.


Posted at 08:19 AM

August 15, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Mark Matejka - Upcoming Lynyrd Skynyrd Shows!

RealTracks Artist Mark "Sparky" Matekja is the guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, and there's a lot of concerts coming up! If you're interested in seeing them live, visit to see if there's a show near you!

Posted at 09:28 AM

August 15, 2014 Video - Making Notation for Guitar in Band-in-a-Box

If you play the guitar you might prefer to write a melody using the fretboard without having to think about notation. We have a video that goes over how to do that with Band-in-a-Box, and also how to write notation and have Band-in-a-Box make it work with the fretboard. Watch this YouTube video for an easy-to-follow tutorial:

Posted at 09:08 AM

August 15, 2014 User Showcase Song - Well, it's August!!!

Many Leo's have a birthday, so I came up with "My Birthday".

Used: _JFNKPOP.STY JazzFunkPoppyRhythmSectn [110RS]

Threw in a bit of my own stuff there as well. LOL!
Enjoy (or not) :-)

Posted at 09:06 AM

August 14, 2014 It's Been 26 Years!

Band-in-a-Box began in 1988, when Musician and program developer Dr. Peter Gannon was looking for music software that was easy to use! Now it's 2014, and Band-in-a-Box is better than ever!

Looking for a blast from the past? Here's our retail box from the 80s!
View image - you'll love it!

Posted at 03:03 PM

August 14, 2014 PG Music Headquarters is in Friendly Victoria, BC!

PG Music Inc. is located in Victoria, British Columbia - and we're excited to hear that our beautiful city was recently voted one of the friendliest cities in the world! View the list of the Top 10 Cities here.

Band-in-a-Box users agree!

Posted at 08:36 AM

August 14, 2014 User Showcase Song - New Original Song "Everyone Deserves"

I've been pretty busy over the summer with my yard business, but I did write a song last month that I just finished recording a couple of days ago.
I hope you enjoy it. All comments welcome.
Here are the RT's used + Me and my Tele "Trigger" have 3 tracks.
Drums NashvilleEven16^5
Bass RT366
Guitar 12StrAc RT1002
Guitar AcFpick RT364
Guitar AcStrum RT368
Guitar ResBckgrnd RT377
Banjo RT1035
Piano RT1725

Posted at 08:34 AM

August 13, 2014 &page=1">Band-in-a-Box 2014 - The New GUI!

Band-in-a-Box 2014 was a huge release for us, and included a brand new GUI!
Post to the forum or leave a comment telling us what you think of the new look:

Posted at 08:57 AM

August 13, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Scott Vestal - Album Release!

RealTracks Artist Scott Vestal's Banjo playing can be heard on the latest album "From the Heart" by Donna Hughes!

Click here to read more about this album release.

Posted at 08:47 AM

August 13, 2014 Off Topic - Best way to create custom 'dust covers' for gear

Rhetorical question - well, maybe not so rhetorical, but I don't want to put anybody on the spot:

I tend to have some silly habits:

1.) I cover some of my electronics and gear with ugly looking plastic bags to protect them from dust, thinking that they'll live longer. My wife hate the 'look' of the room with these stupid, ugly plastic bags all over the place.

2.) I tend to buy instruments and gear - and then not use it until several years later, almost as if I'm 'preserving and protecting it' for future use. And almost as if I feel "I don't want to play that better instrument until my musicianship improves a little more". So - I have some really good equipment that's been sitting unplayed for more years than I care to share in this post.

Is there a group out there for people like me to get over these ridiculous habits, so I can actually start enjoying and using my instruments and gear ?

And for the sake of my wife - please give me some ideas on how to make some custom dust covers so my music room doesn't look like a sanitation pickup station : )
...or convince me that dust isn't really going to decrease the life (of the equipment I don't use lol) because the chasis and pots are sealed adequately.

Posted at 08:47 AM

August 12, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Paul Franklin Upcoming Performance - Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers

RealTracks Pedal Steel Artist Paul Franklin will perform with Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers on August 30th as part of a closing performance for the Park City Institute Concert Series at the Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Amphitheater in Park City, UT!

For event information and tickets, click here.

Posted at 11:14 AM

August 12, 2014 User Showcase Song - YesterYear

You're sitting underneath a large oak tree over looking a slow moving river and reminiscing all of the good things that have happened in your past. Hopefully you can just sit back and relax.
I used BiaB style Visions1 - Dreamy New Age. However I deleted the drum track, changed the bass to cellos, and changed the guitar to carillon. I keep the strings but added harmonies and modified the lines to better fit the mood.
I am playing my tele guitar, my keyboard (Mellotron Flutes) and my wind controller (pan flute and trumpet).

Let me know what you think.

Posted at 08:33 AM

August 12, 2014 Video - Rendering Your Band-in-a-Box Song

If you've finished creating your song in Band-in-a-Box for Windows and you want to save it as an audio file to share with your friends, all you have to do is render!

Want to see just how easy it is to render to WAV, WMA, MP3, etc.? Watch the YouTube video.

Posted at 08:24 AM

August 11, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Miles Black Performance

Pianist Miles Black joins Roger Baird and Scott White for a "The Baird, Black and White Trio" evening of music at Studio Live in Cumberland British Columbia on August 23rd! Learn more...

Posted at 08:41 AM

August 11, 2014 Enhance your Band-in-a-Box experience with Apps for your iPhone, iPad and Android!

Create your Band-in-a-Box songs even when you're away from the computer with the Band-in-a-Box App for iPhone, iPad and Android!

We also have a Remote App for Band-in-a-Box, allowing you to control the program from anywhere in the room!

Learn more about PG Music Inc. Apps here:
Google Play

Posted at 08:35 AM

August 11, 2014 User Showcase Song - You're Evil

Blues Rock-Turn it up! I hope everyone enjoys it. Comments/Suggestions encouraged as always.

RealTracks in style: 1717:Bass, Electric, TexasBluesRockStraight Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1718:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexasBluesRockStraightBrent Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1719:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexasBluesRockStraightSol Ev 120
RealDrums: RealDrums in Style: BluesRockEv^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Open HiHat

Posted at 08:33 AM

August 08, 2014 Our Website Has Been Updated!

We have updated our website shopping area with a new "My Account" page. You can access this by clicking on the "My Account" link in the page header. We will be adding features to the "My Account" area that allow you to download your orders and manage serial numbers.

Note: The User Forums account is not currently connected to this – rather, it is your "shopping cart" login. We're working on merging the accounts for a future update.

Posted at 01:05 PM

August 08, 2014 Band-in-a-Box for Windows Includes RealBand!

Did you know that Band-in-a-Box for Windows also includes RealBand? RealBand is your All-in-One Audio Workstation and Accompaniment program!
Click here to learn more about RealBand 2014 for Windows.

Watch the RealBand 2014 videos on our Support page here:

Posted at 09:01 AM

August 08, 2014 PowerTracks Pro Audio 2014!

PowerTracks Pro Audio is a full-featured, multi-track music sequencing and digital audio recording program packed with powerful and unique features!

Learn more about PowerTracks here:

Watch the YouTube videos:

Posted at 08:58 AM

August 08, 2014 New CD - 99% BIAB

I have put together a new CD.

The tracks are all BIAB RealTracks with the exception of some acoustic guitars which I play, and some incredible picking by Rodney (TexasHeartRush) on "Wrong Mailbox" and a piano track (midi) played by Garland Craft in "Up To No Good Again". And, of course, Janice Merritt helps me out on a bunch of harmonies, most notably on "Written".

Posted at 08:57 AM

August 07, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Jeff Lorber @ Harbor Park Jazz & Blues Festival August 16th!

Enjoy an evening of Jazz Funk Soul with RealTracks Artist Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr. on August 16th in Kenosha, WI!

Click here for event info.

Posted at 08:31 AM

August 07, 2014 Band-in-a-Box for Windows - My Band

My "band" is Band in a Box (BB)
Here are 12 reasons why I like BB....

Posted at 08:28 AM

August 07, 2014 YouTube Video: Making a Video of Your Band-in-a-Box Song .&page=1">Band-in-a-Box... User-to-User Videos!

Interested in adding to our Video tutorials: User to User page?
If you've made video tutorials for any PG Music products that you would like to share with other users, send an email to or post a message in the Tips and Tricks Forum, and we'll add a link to your video!

Posted at 08:18 AM

August 06, 2014 Mac users can purchase their Band-in-a-Box bundle here:">Bundle Your Purchase with Finale PrintMusic 2014!

There's an option to bundle your Band-in-a-Box or PowerTracks Pro Audio purchase with the latest PrintMusic 2014!

Posted at 08:22 AM

August 06, 2014 User Showcase Song - New song: "Over and Over"

Hello all!

I'm a newbie here and a BiaB novice, so go easy! Here is a tune I put together using some of the real tracks that came with the 2013 version. Here are the tracks:

Bass: 518 Electric Pop Ev 085
Acoustic Guitars: 693 and 405 - Ev 120
Electric Guitar: 695
Drums: Nashville Ev 8ths
Piano (Midi): 1888 CountryPopJohn Ev 120
The alto saxes are me.

Posted at 08:19 AM

August 06, 2014 Video - Using a Fretlight Guitar with Band-in-a-Box

Band-in-a-Box 2014 for Windows supports the Fretlight Guitar - and it's easy to set this up! Click here to watch our Using a Fretlight Guitar with Band-in-a-Box video.

Posted at 08:12 AM

August 05, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Phil Woods - Free Performance!

RealTracks Artist Phil Woods will be performing with The Greg Caputo Big Band on August 9th at 2pm during the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival!
For more information about this event, including the full schedule, visit:

Posted at 08:53 AM

August 05, 2014 User Showcase Song - sweet lady

hi guys this is a combination of some tunes I did a while back thanks for listening and feed back eric Style is _JBREEZE.STY (JazzFunkBreezy Rhythm Sect[75RS])
MelodyCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded

RealTracks in style: ~1636:Bass, Electric, JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: ~1639:Piano, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: ~1637:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkBreezyChords Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: ~1638:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkBreezyMuted Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: ~1054:Sax, Alto, Soloist SmoothJazzCool Sw16 075
RealTracks in song: ~675:Organ, B3, Background Blues Monday Sw 065
RealDrums in style: JazzFunkGroovin^1-a:HHSdStk, b:HHSnr

Posted at 08:52 AM

August 05, 2014 Video - Woodshedding with Band-in-a-Box

When practicing (or "woodshedding") a tune, it is useful for the tempo to speed up every time the section loops or the song restarts from the beginning. This video will show you how to practice songs or parts of a song at automatically increasing tempos within Band-in-a-Box.

Posted at 07:40 AM

August 01, 2014 RealTracks Artist Bio page.&page=1">RealTracks Artist Quinn Bachand - Performing all Weekend!

RealTracks Artist Quinn Bachand will be performing at the Blue Skies Music Festival in Clarendon, Quebec all weekend!

Click here to review all of Quinn's upcoming performance dates.

Posted at 08:32 AM

August 01, 2014 Band-in-a-Box for Windows - MIDI Questions

1) when I load a style that has a MIDI track where does that MIDI data come from?
2) is the MIDI data loaded from presets/files or generated somewhat randomly?
3) is different MIDI data loaded depending on what MIDI patch is chosen? so, a violin would (hopefully) load different data than a piano, right?
4) when you press the Generate and Play button is the MIDI data regenerated?

Posted at 08:30 AM

August 01, 2014 Video - Making a Song in Band-in-a-Box

New to Band-in-a-Box? Creating your first song is as easy as pressing play! To watch a step-by-step video tutorial on creating your own song, watch this YouTube video:

Posted at 08:27 AM

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