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October 31, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017 for Windows Patch Update 469 Available!

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows users - the latest patch update (469) is available, and can be downloaded here:

Summary of changes for Build 469 (since 468) (Oct 31, 2017):
Fixed: The splash screen was not showing.
Fixed: Possible crash while booting up.

Posted at 12:45 PM

October 31, 2017 User Showcase Song - Inspired by Django

Here's a tribute to Django Reinhardt.

RT 2125 Acoustic Bass
RT 1210 Acoustic Guitar
RT 1213 Solo Acoustic Guitar
RT 1207 Fiddle
Soni Musicae Accordion

Posted at 09:07 AM

October 30, 2017 User Showcase Song - Reflections of Hope

I dusted off my old "Sam Ash Special" $80 Ibanez acoustic guitar and decided to play the guitar solo. The piano sound is Alicia's Keys in Kontakt 5. Most of the orchestration is EastWest Hollywood Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion. All recorded in Logic Pro X with my M-Audio KeyStudio 49. The guitar is just single-mic'd with my MXL Live Series mic.

I'm calling this one Reflections Of Hope. I hope you enjoy it! (I will try to get to listen to some of the great songs I have been missing over the next few days.)

RealTrack used:
RealTracks in song: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085

To listen on SoundCloud...
Reflections Of Hope - SoundCloud

Reflections Of Hope - Video

Posted at 09:24 AM

October 27, 2017 User Showcase Song - Lost in the Middle

Feeling a little melancholy these days. With all the crazy news being posted on CNN and online in Facebook and Twitter. We have the extreme right and the extreme left posting volumes of hate at each other just seems to very little common sense.

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Lost in the Middle
File:Lost in the Middle.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 65, Length (m:s)=4:11
No intro. 32 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 32. Repeat x2 choruses
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _FPBTACS.STY (Acoustic Folk w/ 2 Fingerpicked )

RealTracks in style: ~531:Bass, Acoustic, Pop Sw 065
RealTracks in style: ~2052:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryBrent Sw 065
RealTracks in style: ~526:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Hank Sw 065

Technical Stuff
Guitar is Gretsch 6128
Amp is a Purdy
A little compression and a little delay..

Posted at 12:46 PM

October 27, 2017 New Video: Band-in-a-Box® Custom Directory Setup for Windows®

Did you know that you do not need to install your RealTracks & RealDrums to the BB folder? If you've installed your files to a different location, you just need to update your RealTracks & RealDrums preferences.

The process is fairly simple - check our our short video explaining this procedure: Band-in-a-Box® Custom Directory Setup for Windows

Posted at 12:40 PM

October 26, 2017 WOW - PowerTracks Pro Audio 6!

Take a look at the PowerTracks Pro Audio 6.0 release announcement!
Click here to see...

Released in December 1999, some of the new features included in PowerTracks Pro Audio 6.0 were:
-Multiple sound card support
-An enhanced Jukebox
-Track names added to the Bars view
-File association with Windows 95/98 (the same as we have for Band-in-a-Box, where you click on a file - in this case SEQ - and it will open in PowerTracks without asking you what program to open it in...)
-6 NEW Audio Plug-ins!
• Pitch-Shift - allows you to transpose the pitch without changing the original tempo.
• De-Ess - full-featured de-esser useful for helping to eliminate this excessive sibilance.
• AutoWah - envelope-controlled filter can add a unique "synthetic" sound to audio tracks.
• Exciter - long considered the "magic black box" used in professional recording studios.
• Enhancer - a specialized plugin that provides an extra boost to any digital audio track.
• Hum Filter - eliminate or reduce any unwanted Low AC hum (or buzz).
...and more!

Posted at 12:27 PM

October 26, 2017 User Showcase Song - Quiet Desperation

Just the audio:

Quiet Desperation © 2017
Kenny: lead guitar and harmony vocals / processing via whatever he does
Drums 1 RD N’ville Even8ths / Neutron / 140 EMT reverb sim / Ozone Imager
Drums 2 - additional snare/cymbal tracks from RD file / Neutron / 140 EMT reverb sim / Ozone Imager
Bass RT 684 Electric PopHalfNotesSync Ev 120 / Neutron
Fiddle RT 1753 Background Pop8ths Ev 110 (comped from multiple generations) / Logic Pro X overdrive sim / Neutron / 140 EMT reverb sim (held chords created from same RT for chorus)
Guitar RT 998 ElectricHardRockLACrispSync Ev 120 Direct Input / Logic Pro X amp-speaker-mic sim / Neutron
(held chords created from same RT for chorus)
Guitar RT693 Acoustic AcRockBright Ev 120 / Neutron / 140 EMT reverb sim
Mixed in Logic Pro X / Mastered via Ozone 7 Advanced
Janice: music Bud: words

Thanks to:

- Kenny for the vocals and letting his lead guitar “dance with the fiddle;”
- David for his inspiring quote;
- floyd jane for putting the golden ears on the mix and counsel;
- Noel for early on bridge structure advice; and,
- as always to PG Music for enabling fun and fellowship.

Posted at 09:09 AM

October 25, 2017 RealTracks Artist Paul Franklin CMA 2017 Musician of the Year Nomination!

Congratulations to RealTracks Artist Paul Franklin, who has been nominated for the 2017 CMA Award: Musician of the Year! We will all find out if he is a winner on Wednesday, November 8th.

You can add Paul Franklin's Pedal Steel playing to your own songs when you use one of his RealTracks Sets:
RealTracks Set 132: Paul Franklin - Pedal Steel Country Soloing
RealTracks Set 149: Pedal Steel Country with Paul Franklin
RealTracks Set 182: More Pedal Steel Country with Paul Franklin

Learn more about Paul Franklin when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

All the CMA Awards nominees list at

Posted at 11:54 AM

October 25, 2017 User Showcase Song - Bossa Nothing

Another track awaiting lyrics and melody.

Created completely in Realband and Reaper. To my ears, Soundcloud has torn out some of its punch.....
RT2607 Bass Electric Slap funk Ev 16 110
RealDrums BossaBrushes
RT706 Guitar Electric Soloist Bossa Nova Ev 140
RT1104 Guitar Nylon Rhythm Bossa Nova Ev 140
RT2781 Horn Section Background Crooner Bossa 10 part Ev 110
RT2507 String Quartet, Rhythm Pop Even Chamber Ev 120
RT470 Piano Acoustic Rhythm Bossa Ev 140
RT475 Sax, Alto Bossa Ev 140

Posted at 09:01 AM

October 24, 2017 User Tip - Modern Sound #TipTuesday

If you're looking for a tutorial from a fellow user of Band-in-a-Box to help create "modern sounds" with Band-in-a-Box, check out David Snyder's post, Modern Sound_Very Quick Tutorial.

Follow along, then share your results to our User Showcase Forum!

Posted at 01:00 PM

October 24, 2017 User Showcase Song - One Two Three Bop

Hi all. Tried to do a hybrid between Bill Haley and Eddy Cochran.
The chorus may sound a little modern.
Any way let me know if you think I succeeded.
All comments welcome Rob.

****** Song Summary *************
Title: A one two three bop
File:A one two three bop.SGU
Key=E , Tempo 170, Length (m:s)=2:15
4 bar intro, 88 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 92. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _RBILYSW.STY (Rockabilly Swing w/ FX 2)

RealTracks in style: 2351:Bass, Acoustic, RockabillyRockNRoll Ev 165
RealTracks in style: ~2498:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm RockabillySwingKevin Sw 165
RealTracks in style: 2496:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RockabillySwingBrent Sw 165
RealDrums in style: BoomChickaSw^01-a: Blue Rods, b: Blue Sticks


Posted at 09:11 AM

October 23, 2017 YouTube Find - RealTracks Artists Live Performance!

Look at this... a live performance including RealTracks Artists Oliver Gannon, Cory Pesaturo, and Quinn Bachand!
YouTube Video: After You've Gone - Quinn Bachand's Brishen featuring Cory Pesaturo and Oliver Gannon

(Recorded at the West Coast Django & Jazz Festival in Nanaimo, BC, May 16, 2015.)

Posted at 10:44 AM

October 23, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® Apps for iTunes! #iPodDay

With Band-in-a-Box® Version 2011 for Windows we introduced the Band-in-a-Box® App for iTunes, which worked by connecting your Windows desktop version to your iPhone®, iPod touch®, or iPad™ - giving you the ability to generate, play, and save songs to your device with the same high quality RealTracks sound that you get with the desktop version of Band-in-a-Box! A great way to work on a song idea from ANYWHERE!

Then came the BB Remote App for Band-in-a-Box 2011.5 or higher, allowing you to control your desktop version of Band-in-a-Box from anywhere in the room! With BB Remote, you see the chords of the song (with current bar highlighted as the song plays on the Windows desktop program), and can control the mix (volumes, muting, reverb), load in new songs, and use the conductor to loop and move around the song.

Our Apps don't stop there... we also offer a RealBand Remote app, and the Pitch Invasion App!

Check out all the PG Music Inc. Apps available on iTunes here.

(Today, October 23rd, is National iPod Day.)

Posted at 10:28 AM

October 23, 2017 User Showcase Song - Lonely Night

This song was inspired by another forum conversation about wether BIAB can create modern sounding music. I created this to prove that it is possible with the right combination of real tracks, MIDI and VST instuments. I used 3 real tracks on this song for bass, acoustic guitar and resonator guitar. I exported those to my primary DAW (Cubase). I also exported the MIDI drum track from BIAB to use with Groove Agent (a VST Drum instrument). I then added 3 diferent synths using Xpand 2. After recording vocals I doubled the track twice and added different reverb effects to each one before cutting and mixing together to get different effect in the verse and chorus sections.

RealTracks Used
388 Bass, Electric, Metal
362 Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming
408 Guitar, Resonator, Background

Tempo 94 bpm
Key of Em

Posted at 09:43 AM

October 20, 2017 RealBand 2017 Patch Update Available! (Build 8)

Attention RealBand 2017 users - the latest patch update (build 8) is available, and can be downloaded here.

Summary of Changes for Version 2017 Build 8:
Fixed: Empty MIDI SuperTracks and Best Soloist dialogs.
Fixed: After the end of a song, it would continue to play silence if Always On MME was enabled.
Fixed: CPU meter would say "PT" during bootup.

Posted at 11:59 AM

October 20, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® Version 2017 for Windows Patch Update 468 Available!

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2017 for Windows users - the latest patch update (468) is available, and can be downloaded here.

Summary of Changes for Version 2017 Build 468:
Fixed: Various popup dialogs (eg editing volume on mixer) might appear partially off screen.
Fixed: Setting "Audio Master (Base) Tempo" does not take effect until reloading the song.
Fixed: If importing audio while launching the Audio Chord Wizard, the wrong audio master tempo is set, causing the audio track to never be in sync with the style.
Fixed: Dragging to the WAV quadrant of the drop station would ignore the "Drag Master as separate tracks" setting.
Fixed: The [Edit Soloist] and [Edit Melody] buttons in the Event List Editor dialog did not work.
Fixed: Disabling "Draw interpolation" would cause random lines between sample points in the Audio Edit window.
Fixed: If a THRU harmony is selected, then Band-in-a-Box would freeze when soloing the Soloist or Thru tracks.
Fixed: Changing the color setting for "Window background" in the Audio Edit window had no effect.
Fixed: Hitting [Cancel] in the Audio Edit Settings dialog would cause a random zoom to occur.
Fixed: The [Sample] button in the Audio Edit window would zoom in to the far left of the screen, rather than to the cursor.
Fixed: If opening a song that was saved in the Mac version, a random character would be inserted at the beginning of these lead sheet fields: "Style", "Tempo", "Copyright", "Composer", and "Composer2".
Fixed: When exporting a video of the chord sheet, the the resulting video might be cropped.
Fixed: The drop station would take a few seconds to respond during the first attempt to drag and drop.

Posted at 11:57 AM

October 20, 2017 User Showcase Song - Triplets

The use of different tempos in Marietta's Song gave me the idea to experiment with different measures. So this time I created two songs: 4/4 and 3/4 (three times faster) and mixed them together in Reaper.

Kontakt 5 Choir m
Vox Aah Zero-G Classical Voices
Vocaloid Prima
Vocaloid Avanna
5 Tracks of vocals were used + 2 for soloist.
The RTs are:
RT1460_Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GypsyJazzWaltzGonzalo Sw
RT943_Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment JazzStrideBallad Sw
RT770_Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Sw 110 (B_walking)
RT758_Sax, Tenor, Soloist Jazz BeBop Sw

I hope you enjoy.

Posted at 08:26 AM

October 19, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® Video Tutorial VHS - #TBT

WOW - Look at what we came across! The Inside Band-in-a-Box Instructional Video Series for Band-in-a-Box Version 7!

Take a look...

These covered so many different topics... we needed 2 VHS tapes! From the basics of entering a song, chords, transposing, notation, recording a melody, etc. to advanced features like working with harmonies, secrets to the StyleMaker, drum patters, recording patterns and more, these videos were a hit!

Posted at 12:14 PM

October 19, 2017 User Showcase Song - Ain't Giving Up

As always thanks for the listen and comments

Drums Blues Rock EV
Drums Retro Rock - Logan
Bass 579 Roadhouse EV
Slide 382 Background Blues
Guitar 1762 Pop16ths Arp
Guitar 381 Syncopated Sugar

Posted at 08:09 AM

October 18, 2017 Video - Band-in-a-Box® and Pro Tools

Are you a Pro Tools user? Have you seen our video, Using Band-in-a-Box to Supercharge Pro Tools?

Watch it now to learn how the powerful combination of Band-in-a-Box® and Pro Tools can boost your music creativity: Video - Using Band-in-a-Box to Supercharge Pro Tools

Posted at 01:22 PM

October 18, 2017 YouTube Find - My First Backing Track, First YouTube Video

We love that YouTube user Rick Mccann posted a video playing along with his first backing track using Band-in-a-Box!

Watch - First YouTube Video

What a great job - hopefully we see more from Rick!

Posted at 12:04 PM

October 18, 2017 User Showcase Song - Oh My Where Will We Go

Some of you may still remember a Dutch song contest we participated in, one or two years back.
Those may also remember that we did not win frown well.....

Anyway, that was not the original version. Anne-Marie adjusted the lyrics for the contest's theme.

This however, is the original version, with the original video. Shot at Anne-Marie's place. (Which is now my place too ;-))

Hope you'll like it, as always any comments are welcome.

Song link - YouTube

Style is ALBERTI.STY (Alberti Classical Piano)
BassCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
PianoCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
MelodyCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic Piano (1), Acoustic Piano (1),
RealTracks in song: 1680:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
MIDI Drums :1 Standard Drum Kit (1)
Oboe/Flute sequence played by Rob

Posted at 09:28 AM

October 17, 2017 User Tip - Differences Between the 'Regular' and Audiophile Version... #TipTuesday

Long time program user and forum member Matt Finley had shared his tip regarding the Audiophile version of Band-in-a-Box earlier this year, and it's still valid today!

If you've ever wondered what the difference between the 'regular version' of Band-in-a-Box and the Audiophile version, make sure you read through his forum post: Tip: differences between the 'regular' and audiophile version - it's well written, and always great to hear about the program from fellow users!

The Audiophile Version includes the entire contents of the EverythingPAK and adds the uncompressed WAV or AIFF files for all the included RealTracks & RealDrums! Learn more about the Audiophile version:

Posted at 11:43 AM

October 17, 2017 User Showcase Song - Tribute to Tom Petty

What a terrible day that was. I have been busy lately but try to "come by" as often as I can to listen to many wonderful contributions to the forum. I was so sad to lose Tom Petty (after waking to hear about the Vegas massacre). I loved his music and his energy. Only recently have I watched the documentary Running Down a Dream and realized that he was such a cool guy as well. We've lost so many great ones lately. It's truly heartbreaking. I'd love to get your feedback on the song (you are my only audience). Hope you enjoy. I'll post the lyrics soon. Take care all! Greg

Posted at 09:38 AM

October 16, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® User Feedback - Wow!

There are so many ways to get in touch with people these days... phone, email, social networking, etc.... so of course we hear more feedback from program users these days!
...and here's what they're saying:

"I discovered Band in a Box about a year ago. I hesitated several times before purchasing it as I couldn't quite believe it was going to be as good as the hype. I eventually relented and I can honestly say, it's an incredible program and does some amazing things. As a songwriter, it's an indispensable tool and I can't imagine not having it."
-Vince C.

"I bought the first band in a box for my Atari 1040 ST and I used it for at least 10 years before upgrading to a Windows computer. After real drums, and then real tracks, came out I have upgraded every December since. The program is absolutely inspired and inspirational."
-Kirk O.

"Not everyone can find or afford real musicians to assist them when writing songs - and if working from home, as many songwriters do, there might not be room for them. Band In A Box does the next best thing and takes recordings of real musicians performing, then makes the material available pretty much in real time, in a form that adapts to your own composition by following the chord sequences. Hard to explain simply, but fairly amazing in practice."
-Steve C.

"Great tool for musicians - and the drummer keeps a steady beat!!"
-Maurice A.

"Great for learning new songs. I was weak on country rock songs and with the combination of using Riffstation and BIAB I am able to creat my own backup track for live performance and practicing songs with easier chording... Thanks PG!"
-Laurent C.

"I have it since 2001, use it all the time, great program!"
-John F.

"Thank you Band in a Box. I am a songwriter, and don't play several instruments, so I love being able to wear 2 hats and write and produce, and then later record vocals... You have probably saved me months/years on my project. Excellent tool. Thanks again!"
-Randy A.

"Didn't think I would ever go down that road but got roped into it by another muso friend, bought it and now loving it!"
-Fred P.

Let us know what you think! Post a review on our Band-in-a-Box Comments page, visit our Facebook page, or contact us directly.

Posted at 01:49 PM

October 16, 2017 User Blog - How I Am Using Band-in-a-Box to Learn to Play by Ear

Check out Joanne Cooper's October blog post: How I am using Band-in-a-Box to learn to play by ear!

Thank you for sharing this Joanne!

Posted at 10:13 AM

October 16, 2017 User Showcase Song - Kali Sleeps Anywhere

I have to dig to see what realtrack I used. The vocal is synthesized if it sounds a little weird that's why.
It's a minor blues progression. wrote the song for the cat we had to give away due to serious allergy.

hope you like it.

Guitar, Electric Rhythm Dire Ev085 #508
Guitar, Electric, Background Dreamy Ev 065

The vocal is synthesized using Yamaha Vocaloid, the soundbank is Sweet Anne.

Posted at 10:07 AM

October 13, 2017 Woodshedding with Band-in-a-Box® #TrainYourBrainDay

Don't let the Woodshedding feature in Band-in-a-Box® pass you by - it's a great way to hone your musical skills! The Woodshedding feature within Band-in-a-Box is easily accessed within the Practice toolbar of the program. Change the settings to fit your needs... the idea is that you start off with a slow tempo, playing the part perfectly, and keep this up as the song tempo increases - what a great way to learn!

We added 12-Key "Woodshedding" RealTracks with Band-in-a-Box 2017! These have been recording in all 12 keys, so you can see what a pro would play over an Ab chord, and you won't see them play on a G transposed up to an Ab, and carefully transcribed notation, with correct bend/hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides...

We have made some of these for country guitar (Brent Mason), piano (Mike Rojas), and pedal steel (Eddy Dunlap) with RealTracks Set 254!

We even have a Woodshedding - Learning to Play! Forum where you can post anything to do with learning to play any musical instrument (including vocals)!

Posted at 11:18 AM

October 13, 2017 User Showcase Song - A Little Bit Of Me

Recently, after I got rather boisterous during a discussion, my wife quietly told me "to chill".
...that I was getting a little "overbearing"
and then, said...
"Sometimes a little bit of you goes a long way"

Well, heck. There's a song.


RealTracks in song: ~1846:Bass, Electric, CountryBoogieRootFive Sw 140
RealTracks in song: 384:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Rock Southern Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 2625:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm BluesBoogieBassAndLicks Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 1718:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexasBluesRockStraightBrent Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 848:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryRockRiff Ev 120 (A:sync)
RealTracks in song: 2688:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockBrentSimple Ev 120
RealDrums in style: BluesRockSlowEv^4-a:Snare , b:Snare, HiHat

I played some electric guitar... (there just wasn't enough already)

Harmonies: The Amazing Janice Merritt
(recorded and processed by the amazing Mr. Merritt - THANKS y'all!!)

Posted at 10:41 AM

October 12, 2017 #TBT - YouTube Find: Band-in-a-Box, Complex Numbers (Math with Marty!)

Learn a little history about Band-in-a-Box and Peter Gannon when you check out this blast-from-the-past YouTube video: Band-in-a-Box, Complex Numbers.

What a great find!

Posted at 01:05 PM

October 12, 2017 User Showcase Song - E-Z Funk

Please forgive me for posting this so soon after my previous post. But I saw over in the Shout Box that this is National Funk Day. So, I wanted to get this one in. I'm leaving town for the rest of the day and didn't want to miss this opportunity.

Posted at 11:27 AM

October 10, 2017 Saving Your Band-in-a-Box Projects #TipTuesday

When working within Band-in-a-Box, saving the file can be done by clicking on the [Save] button, or choose Save or Save Special from the File menu, or press F2, or Ctrl+S etc... when you open this dialog, you'll notice that the "Save in" location is usually the location of the file you opened last. We often recommend to program users to create their own Projects folder for their own creations, outside of the "BB" folder that Band-in-a-Box (and its files) reside in.

If you're running a hard drive version of Band-in-a-Box, you can still create your own Projects folder... that way you don't lose these projects if your hard drive is lost or damaged.

What's your Band-in-a-Box setup? Join the conversation...

Posted at 01:09 PM

October 10, 2017 YouTube Find - Learning Music with Ray (and Band-in-a-Box!)

Visit the YouTube Channel Learning Music with Ray, and you'll hear Band-in-a-Box within a lot of the different lessons posted!

Like this one... Band-in-a-Box makes an appearance around the 17:35 mark: Video - Learning Music With Ray: Worship Piano Rhythmic Patterns introduction, with a great example of playing along with the program!

...or this one: Video - Learning Music With Ray: Slow Worship Piano Techniques using the add 9 or add 2

Check out the rest of the videos on this channel for even more lessons using Band-in-a-Box!

Posted at 11:13 AM

October 10, 2017 User Showcase Song - What A Crazy Thing...

In 2012, floyd and I wrote a song called "What A Crazy Thing". I put the mix together and we posted it on the forum.

In the 5 years since then, I've gained quite a bit more experience in mixing. I've also moved from the UltraPlus Pak version of BIAB with compressed audio files to the Audiophile edition with wav files. Because of these things, I thought it would be a fun exercise to re-visit the song and create a mix worthy of 2017.

Here it is...

Posted at 09:03 AM

October 06, 2017 Holiday Hours - Monday, October 9th

Monday, October 9th is Canadian Thanksgiving!

-Our Sales & Customer Service department will be open from 8am - 4pm PST.
-Our Technical Support department will be closed, but will re-open Tuesday morning at 10am PST.

The Marketing Department will not be available on Monday.

All of our available hours and contact information lists here.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Posted at 08:43 AM

October 06, 2017 User Showcase Song - It Doesn't Matter

This is written in honor of National Funk Day. Well, the style is funk but it feels more like smooth jazz with a little kick.

I hope you like:

It Doesn't Matter

Posted at 08:35 AM

October 05, 2017 #TBT - PowerTracks Pro Audio 12 Review

Check out this review of PowerTracks Pro Audio 12 from the 2007 November-December issue of Canadian Musician magazine!
Review: PowerTracks Pro Audio 12

"Clearly the program has features you would normally expect to find in the higher-priced echelon of sequencers. I must say for beginners, intermediates, and possibly even some pro users this program has a lot to offer. It is not overly complicated to use and you can work very quickly in it and, of course,
it’s pretty hard to beat the price"

-Eric Price

Some of the features added with Version 12 included:
-Audio Chord Wixard (version 2.1)
-Floating-point tempos
-Split MIDI drums
-Tranzport® Support
-Auto Rewind
...and more!

Watch the PowerTracks Pro Audio 12 New Features video: Click here...

Posted at 11:55 AM

October 05, 2017 User Showcase Song - Polulu Valley Swing

My latest tune for the lapsteel.
Polulu Valley Swing - YouTube Video.

Simplest of backing again...
RealTracks in style: ~536:Bass, Acoustic, Pop Sw 120
RealTracks in song: 2721:Guitar, Nylon, Fingerpicking SwingBrent Sw 110
RealTracks in song: ~1139:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountrySwingCleanA-B Sw 110

Comments welcome as always

Posted at 10:48 AM

October 05, 2017 Get Funky with Band-in-a-Box® - National Get Funky Day

Search the StylePicker within Band-in-a-Box and you will find more than 60 Styles for the Funk genre, with more than 600 styles when you filter for "funk"!

Search the RealTracks Genre field, you'll find more than 15; filter and there are more than 90! RealDrums? More than 30!

That means there's definitely more than enough Funk in Band-in-a-Box to create your own Funky Masterpiece in celebration of National Get Funky Day!

Posted at 09:58 AM

October 04, 2017 The Band-in-a-Box® Wishlist Forum

Have you ever been working within Band-in-a-Box and thought to yourself, "I'd sure love it if the program did **this**..."?

Let your voice be heard! Share any feature requests to our Band-in-a-Box® Wishlist Forum. This forum is an ideal place to share your ideas, as it allows for other program users to join in with their opinions on that new feature request! The Wishlist Forum is one of the resources the PG Music Team utilizes when working on the development of new versions - you never know... you could see your request added with the next version release!

Posted at 10:54 AM

October 04, 2017 User Showcase Song - Thank You Everyone

I wanted to try a Bakersfield style country tune. It's hard to keep to a style and not be derivative. Here's the info and lyrics. Hope you like it.

Style is _LAWLESS.STY (Lawless Country Boogie Swing)

RealTracks in style: ~1547:Bass, Electric, CountrySwing Sw 110
RealTracks in song: 1504:Pedal Steel, Soloist, CountryShufflePaul Sw 120
RealTracks in style: ~954:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryBoogieCleanSync Sw 110
RealTracks in song: 2806:Accordion, Rhythm GypsyJazzCompCory Sw 220
RealTracks in style: ~950:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryBoogieA-B Sw 110
RealDrums in style: BluesRockShuffle^2-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

Posted at 09:56 AM

October 03, 2017 User Tutorial - Transfer Band-in-a-Box Songs to RealBand

Forum user Pipeline shared another great tip to the Tips and Tricks forum! If you want to see how they get their Band-in-a-Box tracks into RealBand, be sure to check it out!

Forum Post: Transfer Biab Songs to RealBand

If you've created a Band-in-a-Box tutorials that you'd like to share, feel free to post it to our Tips and Tricks Forum! You can also send an email to and we will post and share them here and on Twitter & Facebook!

Posted at 12:53 PM

October 03, 2017 User Showcase Song - Jazz - Just Fall in Love With the Music

Been workin with Magix & BIAB

Biab - ZZBOSSA.STY Bossa Nova style _ snippets of piano
Magix- Jazz- Late in the bar

Creative Commons Licence

I was trying to get some counter-point harmony going...
Ended up making a simple list of chords that resolve the piano chords en-harmonically to this song. Hope you like it

Posted at 08:01 AM

October 02, 2017 Band-in-a-Box® 2017... 2018 SOS Awards Nomination!

Band-in-a-Box® 2017 has been nominated as one of the Music Software products for the 2018 SOS Awards!

The polls are open until 23:59 PST on November 30th - Vote here...

Winners will be announced at the Winter NAMM show in January, 2018.

What are the SOS awards? Held annually by Sound On Sound, these awards celebrate a number of products launched within the last year, including categories like Audio Interface, DAW, Guitar Technology, Music Software, and more - the winners are chosen by the readers, and people just like you! To learn more about the SOS awards, click here.

Sound On Sound Awards - a list of 2017 Winners.

Posted at 11:18 AM

October 02, 2017 My Favorite Things... Music Inspiration with Band-in-a-Box®

If there's something you absolutely LOVE about Band-in-a-Box®, be sure to share it to our My Favorite Things forum!

For instance, forum user MusicStudent recently shared this great feedback:

Just finished a project for an entry to a on-line contest solely using IK-Multimedia's Syntronic. Used nothing but the free demo version of the new release. It was fun and a great learning experience.

But now what. I need a new project. So I open up BIAB and start to Audition styles. BAMM! the very first one I click on and "where has that been hidding?" I didn't expect that...

That is MY FAVORITE THING about BIAB. The ready source of Music Inspiration.

Thank you for the great feedback!

Click here to view the original forum post.

Posted at 10:50 AM

October 02, 2017 User Showcase Song - The Myrmidons of Fanatica (with guitar by ScottC)

I thought Scott`s guitar was sounding beautifully mellow on his instrumentals lately and mentioned that when I sent him this doom-rock concoction.
Don`t ask me about the lyrics...but as the Borg say on Star Trek- resistance is futile!

Style is _VORTEX.STY (Vortex '80s Rock w Pedal Steel)

RealTracks in style: 2743:Bass, Synth, AltHipHop8ths Ev16 085
RealTracks in style: 2644:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernPopHardMurray Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 2643:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernPopHardHighMurray Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 1004:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockStrumming Ev16 065
RealDrums in style: RetroPop^08-a:Bass, LoudSnare, b:Bass, HardSnare
RT 2457 Strings Celtic Air

Scott C`s Telecaster & Les Paul
The Myrmidon Choir

Posted at 09:42 AM

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