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March 31, 2015 Dutch Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Windows is here!

The Dutch version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2015 for Windows are here!
More info...

Posted at 04:31 PM

March 31, 2015 User Showcase Song - remembered

'remembered' by F.M.M.

"hi guys trying on another all real tracks except guitar solo thanks for listening and comments.

Style is _SJAZZC3.STY (Smooth Jazz Cool Sw 16)

RealTracks in style: ~903:Bass, Electric, SmoothCool Sw16 100
RealTracks in style: ~906:Piano, Electric, Rhythm SmoothCool Sw16 100 RealTracks in song: ~1068:Trumpet, Soloist SmoothJazzCool Sw16 100
RealDrums in style: SmoothJazzCoolSw16^1-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

On SoundCloud here.

Posted at 02:53 PM

March 30, 2015 User Showcase Song - Moonlight Embers

'Moonlight Embers' by gruverider

"It's all BIAB.

RealTracks in song: 1825:Bass, Electric, PopModernGrooveHeld Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 1757:Accordion, Rhythm Pop8ths Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1766:Mandolin, Rhythm Pop16Sync Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1856:Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1765:Guitar, High-Strung Acoustic, Fingerpicking Pop16ths Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 1606:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Pop16ths Ev16 110
RealDrums in Song: PraiseWorshipSlow16ths^1-a:H24, b:SRC"

If you would like to listen to this on SoundCloud, click here.

Posted at 01:42 PM

March 30, 2015 SoundBytes Magazine Reviews Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Windows

Read the latest Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Windows review in SoundBytes Magazine by A. Arsov.

Posted at 08:45 AM

March 27, 2015 User Showcase Song - Willadeen

'Willadeen' by Forum user Sundance

"Hey y'all,

This is a country bluegrass song about history repeating itself - a teenage girl runs off and gets married - much to her parents chagrin and then her own daughter does the same. Wrote it with Charlene over twenty years ago. I redid the music in BIAB/RB and posted it once back before we got the new forums. It's always been a fav of mine so I spent the last week making a video for it.

Thank you for watching!"

Watch the video on YouTube.

Posted at 03:35 PM

March 26, 2015 User Showcase Song - Hideaway

'Hideaway' by Forum user GOFBY

"Hi all,

Here is one I created recently using all RealTracks/Drums:

The BIAB style was _CSWINGBA.STY

The RealTracks Drums were:

532 Bass
530 Acoustic Guitar
Nashville RealDrums Snare,Ride
968 Electric Guitars, Clean
971 Electric Guitar, Gritty"

Posted at 10:40 AM

March 25, 2015 Italian Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Windows is here!

The Italian version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2015 for Windows are here!
More info...

Posted at 03:41 PM

March 25, 2015 User Showcase Song - Intimate Approach

'Intimate Approach' by Forum user cubanpete

"Hi fellows; I went to a Jazz concert the past Friday featuring the Dan Miller-Lew DelGatto quintet and had a great time, all good musicians. I got inspired by their repertoire of mostly standards with Carla Cook on vocals. So even though the choice of instruments are not exactly the same I came up with this tune: Intimate Approach
Stats are:Style is _J085_AS.STY (Night Jazz Ballad Quartet(85 RS))
SoloistCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded, Addictive Keys piano.

RealTracks in style: ~~732:Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Ballad Sw 060
RealTracks in style: ~~742:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz Ballad Sw 060
RealTracks in style: ~~937:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm JazzBalladFreddie Sw 060
RealTracks in song: ~1502:Guitar, Electric, Soloist JazzSwing Sw 060
RealDrums in Song: JazzSwingLewis^02-a:Brushes, Snare , b:RdHiHat

Hope you all like it. Comments welcomed as usual."

Posted at 03:26 PM

March 24, 2015 Danish Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Windows is here!

The Danish Version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2015 for Windows is here!
More info...

Posted at 02:58 PM

March 24, 2015 User Showcase Song - Between Strings

'Between Strings' by Chris 37

"This composition is played with string instruments.
The melody is played with the ehru which is a two strings chinese instrument.

RT 916 Acoustic Bass
RT 1903 Guitar
RT 1902 Background Guitar
RT 2336 Viola
RT 2337 Violin
RT 1856 Cello
Mini Ehru Vst"

This song is also available on SoundCloud. Listen now.

Posted at 11:07 AM

March 23, 2015 User Showcase Song - A Fading Love Song

'A Fading Love Song" by Forum user jannesan

"A Fading Love Song is the first new song I have written entirely during this new year. And naturally I have used new BIAB real tracks quite extensively :-) Those background guitars are simply amazing, especially when used together making intro and solo sound really beautiful. Unfortunately the string quartet real tracks could not play my chords nicely, so I had to use some midi strings. Sorry for the gloomy lyrics, it is this dark winter that has inspired me. Vocals are made again with Vocaloids, Avanna singing the lead, Yohioloid and Oliver backing (until a real singer volunteers ;-)

Instruments used:

Couple of string tracks from the style HRPORK44 played through GPO VSTi
Real Drums: NashPopBallad
Real Tracks:
Acoustic Bass Bowed HeldSimple #2489
Electric Bass #1759
Acoustic Guitar CelticAir Fingerpicking #1814
Acoustic Guitar Strumming #362
Acoustic Piano Rhythm NewAgeAlbertiPretty #2461
Cello #1856
Electric Guitar Background PopDreamyBrent #2448
Nylon Guitar Background CountryBrent #2200
Electric Guitar HeldChords Gritty #2535

Mixed in Adobe Audition with the usual effects."

A video is also available on YouTube: here.

Posted at 03:27 PM

March 19, 2015 User Showcase Song - Don't Give Up

'Don't Give Up' by Forum user ROG:

"Hi Everyone.

Listening to Alyn always makes me think I should try to write something a bit different, so here goes.

Thanks to PG Music for the Realdrums and the acoustic rhythm and also for the Powertracks mixer, without which I couldn't have done this. I ended up with three sub-mixes each with eight backing vox tracks, each assigned to sub-groups and each with a separate EQ, compressor and reverb. The drums, lead guitar, bass and main vox all had their own effects patched into the channel inserts. The main output buss had a balancing amp inserted. I have copies of all the major DAWs, but the Powertracks mixer is still my first choice. It's brilliant.

Thanks also to William Shakespeare for helping with the lyrics.

You may find the guitar solo a little disturbing and indisciplined. I was about to record it when I got an email asking me to renew my TV licence. I've seen at first hand how much money the TV companies waste and I don't watch much anyway, so I really hate paying out for the licence. I think it maybe shows in what I played."

Posted at 01:57 PM

March 13, 2015 French Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Windows is here!

The French Version of Band-in-a-Box and RealBand 2015 for Windows is here!
More info...

Posted at 03:14 PM

March 13, 2015 User Showcase Song - Nobody Cares (with Janice Merritt)

'Nobody Cares' by Thomas Adams (with Janice Merritt)

"Question; What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?
Answer; I don’t know and I don’t care.
All the complex problems we face in the world can be solved with education and participation. If we continue to kick the can down the road it will only get worse. Don’t just stand there. Stand for something! Like we are doing with this song, start small and think big. Thanks to Janice and Bud Merritt once again. All comments/suggestions are welcome. ( If anyone shows any interest LOL! )"

Posted at 06:28 AM

March 11, 2015 User Showcase Song - 2 Sexy 4 Me

'2 Sexy 4 Me' by Forum user gibson.

"This song is about a member of a welsh "spice girls" wannabe group I met when I was recording an album for them and then there was their dancing phew.......................err where was I oh yeh. Her name was Rashelle so she was the rash I didn't want penicillin to cure,blond and always dressed to kill, my cat wore more than she did. she was 19 and I wasn't anywhere near! so she became the daughter I was glad I didn't have. The group soon broke up so she decided to move in for a year or two and I soon had more visitors than a stately home every day.including a troupe of male strippers/dancers who once tried to show us the tricks.*shudder* egged on by the girls. hmmph!"

Posted at 12:43 PM

March 11, 2015 Video - Recording MIDI in Band-in-a-Box

There are several ways to record MIDI into Band-in-a-Box. Watch this video to learn more.

Posted at 09:06 AM

March 10, 2015 User Showcase Song - Believe

"This is a song I wrote about 3 1/2 years ago. I just got the new version of Sonar X3 (I usually do most of my work in Logic Pro X) and thought I would re-record this song, as it fits where I am in my life today. Had fun re-learning Sonar. All the instruments are Realtracks/Realdrums. Hope you enjoy it!"

'Believe' by Forum user Steve Young.

Posted at 02:18 PM

March 09, 2015 Band-in-a-Box, RealBand, and PowerTracks Patch Maps

To access patches on your synthesizer that are higher than the basic 128 General MIDI (GM) patches, you may need a patch map. A number of our customers have generously shared their patch maps. Click here for a list of the available patch maps for Band-in-a-Box, RealBand or PowerTracks.

If you have a patch map you would like to share, please forward this to our support department.

Posted at 11:16 AM

March 06, 2015 User Showcase Song - Don't Blame Me

This is a cynical song distantly related to George Harrison's "If I Needed Someone". In this case, the guy is setting his girl straight ("I know it's fun, but you're not the one") The only overdubs aside from vocals are the arpeggio guitars.

Posted at 12:02 PM

March 05, 2015 User Showcase Song - Echo

Here's something new - this is called Echo.

All BIAB - mixed in GarageBand.

Thanks for listening!


Posted at 05:10 PM

March 05, 2015 Video - Entering Lyrics in Band-in-a-Box

You can enter lyrics into Band-in-a-Box several different ways. In this video, we look at entering Note-based Lyrics, Line-based Lyrics and the Big Lyrics (Karaoke) window.

Posted at 03:51 PM

March 04, 2015 User Showcase Song - She Doesn't Care

One of the truly amazing things about BIAB is how versatile it is.
If you can imagine it, you can create it....
I often do full-band productions of song. But now and again, I want something simple...subtle..sedate...

This is one of those. And, BIAB comes through (I think).

by floyd jane

Posted at 12:52 PM

March 03, 2015 User Showcase Song - Heaven and Hell

FredM shared his song ‘Heaven and Hell’ on our User Showcase Forum.

Posted at 04:32 PM

March 03, 2015 Video - Specific Chord Options in Band-in-a-Box

In this video you'll learn how to use rests, holds, shots, or pedal bass on specific chords in your song.

Posted at 12:31 PM

March 02, 2015 User Showcase Song - Ebb and Flow

I've been busy lately mixing tracks for my 2nd CD with BIAB. This is the 10th and last tune for the CD. I love songs that are deep and heavy but this is not one. Once I heard that New Orleans piano style real track, I just had to have some fun with it. It's great to write the serious songs but, as a wise man named Floyd Jane once said "Sometimes you gotta go fishin'". Comments encouraged!!

Posted at 01:16 PM

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