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February 25, 2015 User Showcase Song - I Don't Want Ya

"I Don't Want Ya" by Forum user George Nelson.

Key=A , Tempo 120, Length (m:s)=3:34

Style is _SHINUPL.STY (PopShining&UpliftElGuits [120RS])

RealTracks in style: 1255:Bass, Electric, PopShiningA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1264:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopShiningA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1850:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopShiningGrittyMuted Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1852:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopUpliftArp Ev 120
RealDrums in style: PraiseWorshipShine^05-a:Kick2 HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat Slightly Open

Posted at 05:39 PM

February 25, 2015 Video - The Melodist

Use The Melodist feature in Band-in-a-Box to compose a new song with an intro, chords, melody & arrangement in any style. The Melodist can also generate a melody over your existing chord progression.

Learn more about this intelligent song writing tool in this video.

Posted at 05:27 PM

February 24, 2015 User Showcase Song - Sweet Bossa for Joao

I've composed this bossa 30 years ago and Band-in-a-Box allows me now to find the musicians to play it!

RD BossaBrushes
RT 921 Bass
RT 708 Guit. Nyl.El.
RT 475 Sax Alto
RT 1648 Guit. El. Solo (half time)
Yamaha QY700 Orgel

Posted at 03:29 PM

February 23, 2015 Video - Freezing Tracks in Band-in-a-Box

If you have a MIDI or RealTracks track that you do not want to change or re-generate, then you'll want to freeze that track. Learn how to freeze a track in Band-in-a-Box here!

Posted at 01:21 PM

February 23, 2015 RealBand 2015 Build 7 Patch Update Available

RealBand 2015 Build 7 is now available for download.

Posted at 12:20 PM

February 19, 2015 Video - Customizing Tablature in Band-in-a-Box

With Band-in-a-Box 2014 and higher, you can choose which string (guitar or bass) each note is played on. Watch this video to learn more

Posted at 03:12 PM

February 19, 2015 Image via the The Archaeology News Network &page=1">In Music History

Listen to the “Neanderthal Flute”. These date back 42,000 to 43,000 years!

Posted at 10:46 AM

February 18, 2015 User Showcase Song - Eternity

Hi all.

Wrote this one middle of last year.
A typical love song.

Written with BB, RT mixed with reaper.
Vocals myself.

Posted at 04:34 PM

February 18, 2015 Video - Make Band-in-a-Box UserTracks in ProTools WITHOUT using Band-in-a-Box

With Band-in-a-Box 2014 and higher, you can use UserTracks. These are just like RealTracks, but you make your own. You can create UserTracks with Band-in-a-Box, RealBand or any DAW.

This video shows you how to use Pro Tools to make UserTracks. Make them for yourself as a songwriting tool, share or trade UserTracks with other Band-in-a-Box users or even sell them as a third-party product!

Posted at 01:32 PM

February 17, 2015 User Showcase Song - The Theory of Everything

A new song The Theory Of Everything finished right on the Valentine's day, although I started writing it already in 2013. Also video available at YouTube. Inspired by the quantum theory, not the movie, although I changed the title to match with it. I do not take any responsibility on the theoretical accuracy blush

The song is written by me, all those great inspiring instruments by BIAB (+Floyd's loop). The vocalist was hired from Supreme Tracks and I think his voice fits nicely into the song. Mixed in Adobe Audition, Melodyne used for some vocal modifications and vocal harmony.

Posted at 02:43 PM

February 17, 2015 Video - Generating Audio Harmonies in Band-in-a-Box

If your Band-in-a-Box song includes an audio track, you can generate a harmony for it. Watch the video to learn more.

Posted at 02:20 PM

February 16, 2015 User Showcase Song - Wiser Woman

Rob wrote this song for me (for my birthday) back in 2013.
He used the program One Man Band for it (similar to BiaB, but without real tracks). We decided to create a Biab version of it. Contrary to the original version, I did the backing vocals here.
We decided to use the original video. In 2008 4 long-eared owls were born in a tree behind my house. They got quite used to the sight of me (not afraid at all), so I got lots of chances to use my camera. The video features an almost full rotation of the mother owl's head at 1.27 m.

Posted at 02:52 PM

February 16, 2015 EricBlackmonGuitar on YouTube, Owner of EEMusic Music Creation Learning Center Greenville, South Carolina and a Professional Instructor!&page=1">Eric Blackmon Video - How I Create Guitar Solo Backing Tracks With Band-in-a-Box

Eric Blackmon shows you how he makes a backing track using Band-in-a-Box
Watch the YouTube video here.

Posted at 01:33 PM

February 13, 2015 User Showcase Song - Just Friends

New Forum user Will Rockwell shares his song "Just Friends."

Posted at 03:47 PM

February 13, 2015 Video - Custom Endings in Band-in-a-Box

Learn how you can customize your song endings by ending on different beats, using pushes, shots, holds, or different chords. Watch now.

Posted at 02:07 PM

February 12, 2015 Video - Recording Audio in Band-in-a-Box with Windows 8/7/Vista

In this video we walk you through recording audio in Band-in-a-Box using Windows 8/7/Vista.

Posted at 03:27 PM

February 12, 2015 User Showcase Song - WTG

A few weeks ago I pondering all the social media/texting short cuts, e.g., LOL, OMG, WTG, etc and ended up writing what I felt was a decent verse, chorus and hook....but the muse, who rarely visits, abruptly left. I revisited it a couple of times and remained stonewalled. Still thinking I might have something going I ask floyd if he'd help out. And he did, big time. In short order he added another verse, the bridge and came up with a great melody. A while back we co-wrote "Tryin'" and it resulted in us posting a guy and a gal version. So look for the guy version of this from floyd!

It's all just for fun but we do welcome and appreciate your comments!

Posted at 02:23 PM

February 11, 2015 User Showcase Song - Who's gonna Light My Cigarettes

I had a girlfriend in 2010 who loved movies. She claimed to be a cinephile. And in one of her favorite movies Cary Grant had two cigarettes in his mouth and he'd light them, then hand one to the leading lady.

So my girlfriend would light two cigarettes and give one to me.

Never mind that the last night we were together she punched me in my face and broke my jaw and I know this because I could not fit so much as a tooth brush in my mouth for two weeks. Still I have fond memories of her. Don’t ask me why.

After we went our separate ways, I wrote this song from an Americana point of view but the rhythm in my right hand … (I’m left-handed but I play a right-handed guitar) … the rhythm in my right hand was always syncopated like jazz. So when I tried to record this song with BIAB it just never worked. After months of searching I stumbled upon …


Posted at 04:11 PM

February 11, 2015 Video - Making A Song In Band-in-a-Box

Making a song in Band-in-a-Box really is easy. Enter the chords, choose a style and press Play. Watch how quickly you can enter a song in Band-in-a-Box here.

Posted at 02:06 PM

February 10, 2015 User Showcase Song - 5 More Reasons Why Don't You Save Me (Remix)

In my latest remix contest I processed two songs. This is the second one.
I only used vocals and drums from the original.
After playing the chords in 6/8 measure I had problems importing them into BiaB. So I changed the tempo and the measure to 3/4.
I used following RTs:
RT1192_ Bass, Electric, PopRockWaltz Ev 140
RT855_ Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm RockWa
RT863_ Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopRockWaltzPulsi
866_ Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopRockWaltzSte
RT1168_Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockBalladBrent Ev 065 (Bluesy)
RT1209_Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GypsyJazzBalladGonzalo Sw 11
Here is what came out:

I hope you enjoy.

Posted at 11:27 AM

February 06, 2015 Video - How to Use Part Markers

Part Markers are used on the Chord Sheet to indicate a new part of the song, to insert a substyle change or to insert drum fills. Watch this video to learn more about using Part Markers to change up your Band-in-a-Box songs.

Posted at 01:42 PM

February 06, 2015 User Showcase Song - From You To Me (Josie with Pat on Guitar

This is my version of Charlie's (Forum User c_fogle) song with Pat on lead guitar and cello. It's more of a pop rock version so the vocal is heard but not as out front as some other genres. The mandolin and piano alternate in focus (volume)to add a bit of movement to the track. I tried to make it my own going for an ethereal feel with a slow dance make out vibe while staying true to the soul of Charlie's song. Special thanks to Pat for the guitar and cello.

Posted at 12:15 PM

February 03, 2015 User Showcase Song - Speechless Blues

Okay back to jazz. First recording with BIAB 2015 and new Focusrite 6i6.

JAZZ NYC-Slow Ballad w/NY Piano
12 bar blues chords
Acoustic NY Piano
Acoustic Bass
Terry Clarke sticks

Posted at 03:10 PM

February 02, 2015 Video - Band-in-a-Box: Jazzing Down for RealTracks

Watch this video to learn all about how to get the best RealTracks musical performance with Band-in-a-Box, by using common chord types.

Posted at 12:30 PM

February 02, 2015 Announcing PowerTracks Pro Audio 2015

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2015 is here with great new features and enhancements including an enhanced GUI with improved functionality and time-saving features like automatic track color for the Tracks window. We’ve added direct support for 64-bit VST plugins (using jBridge available from us for only $10 - jBridge information and purchasing here). Load, play, view and slow down videos that you have already downloaded from YouTube or elsewhere into the PowerTracks Video Window. The audio is extracted from the video to the audio track, and you can slow down video and audio to help with learning and transcription, with Hi-Quality audio preserved at extreme tempo slowdowns. There's Live Transpose for audio tracks and live control of output Tempo and Transpose, and much more...

For a detailed look at the new features in PowerTracks Pro Audio 2015 for Windows, click here.

Posted at 12:18 PM

February 02, 2015 User Showcase Song - Hard Times, Come No More

Hard Times, Come No More was written by Stephen Foster in 1853 (obviously putting it in the Public Domain smile ) He wrote it as a plea to the more fortunate to be more understanding of those less fortunate. A plea that continues to resonate through the years.

It has been recorded by countless artists with the first wax cylinder version appearing in 1905. We did a version years ago with our bluegrass band and have often thought of it after becoming introduced to BiaB. Since the vast majority of interpretations have been folk versions we decided to try something a bit edgier while attempting to maintain the melancholy feel. Toward that end we also placed it in a minor key. We slightly tweaked the lyrics here and there to make it a bit less Victorian in style.

Posted at 11:11 AM

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