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November 30, 2018 Video - How To: Uninstall, Migrate, and Reinstall Band-in-a-Box® on a New Computer

If you've acquired a new (or new-to-you) computer, and want to transfer your Band-in-a-Box® license over, check out this video, which shows you how to Uninstall, Migrate, and Reinstall Band-in-a-Box®: Click here to view...

Have a request for a video you'd like to see to help you out with the program? Post a request to our "I Want a Video that Shows Me How to...." forum, and we'll make it happen!

Posted at 07:19 AM

November 30, 2018 User Showcase Song - The Wild Hounds of Passion

this is one of my fun projects that help me chase the blues away every now and then - so please dont take it seriously.

And, of course, this strange stuff didn’t come from my very brain, but I was heavily inspired by a TV conversation a couple of year ago between two of the funniest German comedians, both in their sixties, who talked about getting older, their increasing health problems and, of couse, about the physical side of love once you’ve crossed the fifties line. Although it had been extremely funny all the way the conversation became hilarious when the elder one explained that his ‘bloodhounds of carnal lust were either constantly chained up or had, even more likely, already passed away, which he claimed to make him feel superior to young folks who were still ‘slaves of their drives’.

Well, folks, forgive me, but as an affected party as regards age I simply couldn’t leave that uncommented, so here’s my modest contribution to the subject:

Audio + lyrics
Audio on Soundcloud
The (inevitable) video

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Style is _BLUESSH.STY (Blues Shuffle Quintet Swing)

RealTracks in style: 420:Bass, Electric, Blues Sw 120
RealTracks in style: ~425:Organ, B3, Background Blues Sw 120
RealTracks in style: 421:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Blues Sw 120
RealTracks in style: ~585:Guitar, Resophonic, Rhythm Blues Muddy Sw 120
RealDrums in Song: BluesShuffleHard^2-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Busy Snare, HiHat

I possibly changed the RealDrums, but, sorry, I didn’t take any note about that.

Played the guitar solos on exactly what you see in the vid: a 1977 Gibson Les Paul Custom and that amazing teeny-weeny VOX VT20 (I guess) with an Orange amp emulation.

Posted at 06:56 AM

November 29, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® Bar Settings Explained

When you're in the Chord Sheet of Band-in-a-Box®, hitting F5 on your computer keyboard within any bar of your song will bring up Bar Settings (specifically, the "Settings for Current Bar" window).

This window allows you to adjust the number of beats per bar, tempo changes, patch, style, and harmony changes for your song!

Learn more in Chapter 6: Making Songs | Settings for Current Bar of our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Online User Guide.

Posted at 09:04 AM

November 29, 2018 User Showcase Song - Midsummer Carnival

This song was written in samba rhythm for the ballroom dancing CD about 5 years ago. This time, I will post the original recording of that time without doing remix.
I wrote it in Brazilian samba style. It is the samba version of the tango song that I posted about 2 and half years ago. (here )
So, it has the same melody as the tango song.

Title: 真夏のカーニバル(Translation: Midsummer Carnival)

Vocal: Natsuki Yoshikawa, our local jazz vocalist

Link: https://soundcloud.com/animarorecords/samba

Link of the tango version: https://soundcloud.com/animarorecords/tango-wine-illusion2016

Posted at 08:02 AM

November 28, 2018 Adding Loops to your Band-in-a-Box® Song

Did you know you can add your own, or 3rd party, loops to any track in Band-in-a-Box®?

In fact – any purchase of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 includes over 1,000 Loops! Find them at /Applications/Band-in-a-Box/RealTracks/Loops – and give it a try! You'll find Loops for Drums, Bass, Dubstep, Hi-Hop, Nature Sounds, AND MORE… there's even a folder with Metronome Loops!

To add Loops to your song, select your track and click on the [Loops] button, or right-click (control+click) and choose Select a Loop for this track, and choose your loop from the list that appears. Additional information for this feature can be reviewed within Chapter 6: Making Songs - Adding Loops of the Online manual, located on our Support page.

Posted at 10:01 AM

November 28, 2018 User Showcase Song - My Little Rose

hi guys another med0list creation thanks for listening and comments eric https://www.reverbnation.com/fmmandfriends/song/30247911-my-little-rose

Style is -L_BOS_M.STY (McCoy Bossa)
Guitar Custom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic String Bass (33), Acoustic Piano (1),
RealTracks in song: 708:Guitar, Nylon-Elec, Rhythm Bossa Ev 140
RealDrums in style: BossaBrushes: a: Sidestick Brushes b: Sidestick, Ride me on solo midi and audio tracks also

Posted at 09:20 AM

November 26, 2018 User Showcase Song - Scratching and Itching

Just a fun song with no real back story.

https://soundcloud.com/ironbarkbob/scratching-and-itching

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Scratching and Itching
File:Scratching and Itching.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 120, Length (m:s)=3:24
2 bar intro, 97 bar chorus, from bar 3 to bar 99. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
Soloist track has 900 notes, Soloist harmony is < no harmony >(0)
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _SHERIFF.STY (Sheriff Honky Tonk w Harmonica)

RealTracks in style: ~684:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1718:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexasBluesRockStraightBrent Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 848:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryRockRiff Ev 120 (A:sync)
RealTracks in style: ~405:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 120
RealTracks in song: ~423:Harmonica, Background Blues Sw 120
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven8^8-a:Snare, HiHat Open , b:Snare, Ride

Mixed in Studio One all vocals myself.

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Click here for printed lyrics

Posted at 09:16 AM

November 23, 2018 User Showcase Song - A Shadow In The Dark

This is the first time I've attempted a piece like this. I've always been partial to piano-violin semi-classical pieces. I think this sits somewhere between semi-classical, symphonic and orchestral. I think it might be a decent track for either part of a film score or the theme for a film. I worked on this for about 6 hours last night and this is where I said "I ain't gonna get it much better, so go with it." I think writing a song is much like writing a novel in one way in particular: You consider it finished when you get tired of tweaking it.

https://soundcloud.com/alananddi/a-shadow-in-the-dark

I'm not real happy with the background choir on the chorus, but it'll do for now. Packed away somewhere I have a pretty nice set of choral loops and string sections. When I'm not so lazy/tired, I'll dig it out and make a few more tweaks. I also would like to add some timpanis one bar before the chorus

I redid the chord pattern from the style demo and added six more Real Tracks. The demo track only had the String Quartet and Horn Section - I'm to blame for everything else.

The nitty-gritty:

Title: A Shadow In The Dark.SGU
Key=A, Tempo 80, Length (m:s)=2:36

Style is _SYMPHON.STY (Symphonic Horns & Strings)

RealTracks in song: ~2482:Bass, Acoustic, Bowed Held Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~2291:Horn Section, Rhythm SlowPopPads Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 2457:Strings, Rhythm CelticAir Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2335:String Quartet, Rhythm PopHall Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2337:Violin, Background, PopHigh Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)
RealTracks in song: 2365:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CelticAir Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3063:Vocal Aahs, Rhythm Pop3-part Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2747:Synth, Rhythm AltHipHopHorn Ev16 085

Loop in Song: Dubstep\Dubstep - no_way_out_140_choir_f_sharp_minor.wav
Also a midi vocal choir from another program that I will replace with a better one later.

Posted at 09:22 AM

November 22, 2018 User Showcase Song - God Will Leave a Light On

Rock Ballad with a great message (IMHO!) from Chris and myself.

This one was totally written by Chris, she basically sent me a piano/vocal demo and I built the backing track based on that.

https://www.reverbnation.com/blueattitudemusic/song/30211271-god-will-leave-a-light-on
--or--
https://soundcloud.com/blue-attitude/god-will-leave-a-light-on-featuring-chris-spruit

The Band:
RealTracks in style: 1592:Bass, Electric, Pop16ths Ev 065
RealTracks in song: ~367:Guitar, Electric, Background Dreamy Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 2558:Cello, Background SlowSwing Sw 065

I used EZDrummer2 to build the drum track

Chris is playing the piano and also the pad that comes in during the last chorus
This is not really a guitar song, but I did manage to sneak a couple of licks in there

Posted at 08:50 AM

November 22, 2018 Happy Thanksgiving!

Today our friends in the USA are celebrating Thanksgiving!

We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving last month, so this doesn't affect our hours - we are here until 7pm PST!
Technical Support is available until 5pm

We hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving!

Posted at 08:26 AM

November 21, 2018 User Showcase Song - Will Goes To Bollywood

I found this style "_Bollybt" while actually looking for something else, but when I listened to it I knew I had to try to work with this. So I fooled around and added a few things.

https://soundcloud.com/user-656274325/will-goes-to-bollywood

The song is in a traditional style (Mohanam Raga) of South Indian music, singing using the pentatonic scale.

The star of this track is Andy Leftwich, who I (miss-)used to give the singer some feedback (he can be found on RT2549). I am sure he didn't imagine himself playing on a track like this. :-)

Posted at 09:27 AM

November 21, 2018 The Band-in-a-Box® Jukebox

Today is National Jukebox Day! To celebrate, you could purchase a Jukebox... OR just access the JukeBox feature in Band-in-a-Box®!

What does the Band-in-a-Box® JukeBox do?

Using the directory you choose, the JukeBox will provide you with background music by continuously play the entire list of Band-in-a-Box® songs within that folder! There are many options for you to customize your JukeBox experience, including: Only Play song with melodies, Change Melody Instrument, Random order Playback, Audible Count-in, and more!

To learn more about the JukeBox feature in Band-in-a-Box®, check out Chapter 5 of our online manual, here.

Posted at 09:16 AM

November 20, 2018 Article: The History of Play-A-Long (and More)

We came across this JazzTimes article, published today, called The History of Play-A-Long (and More), which highlights how technology has "blown the options for interaction music education wide open" in the last 50 years - and they mention Band-in-a-Box®!

Check it out! Click here to read...

Posted at 01:01 PM

November 20, 2018 User Showcase Song - Mercy

https://soundcloud.com/david-snyder-gigs2/mercy

Words and Music Copyright 2018 by David Snyder, ASCAP, Day of Faith Records

David Snyder, guitar, vocals, keyboards, synths, strings, arrangement, production and engineering.

File:Mercy.SGU
Key=D , Tempo 85, Length (m:s)=3:34
RealTracks in song: 784:Bass, Electric, PopCrossover Sw16 075
RealTracks in song: ~2503:Piano, Acoustic, HeldChords 085
RealTracks in song: ~1032:Guitar, 12-String Electric, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 839:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopBalladClean Ev 085 (A:arp)
RealDrums in Song: MetalSlowBigTomGroove: a: Toms, Snare b: Busy Big Toms, Snare

Posted at 09:38 AM

November 19, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® - Freezing Tracks

Like what you hear in Band-in-a-Box®? Make sure to Freeze the track(s) or song! Once frozen, it won't be regeneraged or change when you play it again - and your choice isn't final, since you can unfreeze them just as easily:
-press the blue snowflake button within the track name of the mixer window
-press the blue snowflake button within the expanded toolbar of the program (Ctrl + T will swap between the two toolbar views), and select the track(s)

Note: If you want to force Band-in-a-Box® to generate tracks without adjusting the Freeze settings, hold down the Shift key as you press the [Generate and Play] button (the fly-by hint will remind you of that) or choose the menu command Play | Play Special | Generate (even if tracks are frozen).

To learn more about freezing your Band-in-a-Box® tracks or songs, visit Chapter 5: Playing Songs | Freezing tracks of our Online Manual.

Posted at 12:58 PM

November 19, 2018 User Showcase Song - Lately...

I grew up listening to "popular" jazz in my household as a kid, meaning the kind of chart-topping, danceable jazz that my parents and relatives would put on their record players at parties. After wearing themselves out cuttin' the rug and gettin' down to upbeat, funky jazz numbers such as Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder", Ramsey Lewis' "The In Crowd", Jimmy Smith's "The Sermon", and others, something soft and soulful and "pretty" would be put on the turntable that would entice my parents, uncles, aunts, and their friends to put their drinks and cigarettes down and get back on the basement floor to dance to. Cheek-to-cheek, r-e-a-l slow-like, up-close and personal. Looking into each other's eyes...her arms around his neck...his hand pressed oh-so-gently on the small of her tastefully exposed back, or on her sensually swaying hip. The man whispering into the woman's ear, causing her to smile, and then give herself up to girlishly lovely laughter at whatever sweet thing he said to her...you get the picture, don't you?

Observing things like that made me want to grow up VERY fast, you dig? Why, I'm just sure you do cool !!! So this post, "Lately...", is a tribute to those memories...

Click here to listen....


Real Style is _J085GAS.STY (Vintage Jazz Ballad Quartet) with Neil Swainson on bass (#481), Terry Clarke on drums (Real Drums, Jazz Brushes #1), Oliver Gannon on electric rhythm guitar (#484), Steve Nelson on vibes (#1219), and Mike LeDonne soloing at the bridge and outro (#1248)

Posted at 09:22 AM

November 16, 2018 With Band-in-a-Box®, Making Music Has Never Been Easier!


We came across this recent post, Music Making Software: Record, Edit, Create and Share Your Own Songs, which includes Band-in-a-Box® in their list of software you'll need to record and edit your own songs!

One of our favourite products, and one that doesn’t seem to come up much in discussions about music making software, is Band-In-A-Box from PG Music. This is probably the longest established and certainly one of the most popular music making software packages of all time. Already packed with features, the latest version has added functions that in our opinion make this an essential buy for musicians in any genre, for keyboard players, guitarists, singers, in fact any musician looking for an outstanding tool to make the most of their creative ideas.
-www.musicrepo.com

Posted at 10:37 AM

November 16, 2018 User Showcase Song - Gathering Millstones

I wrote this song in August. I tried to create an underlying discomfort in the music. I progressively added piano, viola, and pedal steel to offset the repetition and to add texture and weight. Still learning the ropes in this weekend hobby.

soundcloud.com/scott-schwarz-740132899/gathering-millstones

Real Tracks:
RT1677 Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryBrent
RT896 Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm FolkRock
RT2456 Cello, Background PopSwing
RT2870 Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CelticAirDave
RT2455 Viola, Background PopSwing
RT2667 Pedal Steel, Background DreamySingleNote

Posted at 08:06 AM

November 15, 2018 The Download Manager - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

The "Download Manager" within Band-in-a-Box® for Windows is a great tool to confirm or help with the installation of your Band-in-a-Box® for Windows program!

What does the Download Manager do?
Automatically installs Band-in-a-Box® content (RealTracks, RealDrums, etc.) in the background, so you don't have to sit there the whole time! It can also confirm that you've completely installed your purchase.

How do you use it?
Within the program, go to Help | Utilities | Run Download/Install Manager now. Using your activation code, the program will analyze the installation folders, and list anything that still needs to be downloaded and installed.

Learn more about the Download Manager with this tutorial, or check out the topic within the Online Manual.

Posted at 12:29 PM

November 15, 2018 User Showcase Song - Truce

https://soundcloud.com/kfl44/truce-4

RT Bass 2421 Rockabilly Acoustic
RT Guitar 664 Acoustic Southern Rock
RT Drums NashTrainEv16
RT Guitar 839 Electric Pop Ballad Clean
RT Guitar 1765 High-Strung Acoustic
RT Pedal Steel 363 Background

Thanks for the listens and comments.

Posted at 11:36 AM

November 13, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® for Windows Online Manual - Chord List & Shortcuts

Visit the Chord List of our Online Manual, and you'll see all the chords that can be used within the program! The list includes a few Tricky Chords and Shortcut Chords that you may find useful too!

Tricky Chords:
C5b This is "C flat 5." It is spelled this way to avoid confusion.
C2, C5, C4, C69, C7alt, Cm7#5
You can type C-7 for Cm7 (i.e. use the minus sign) or C7-9 for C7b9.

Shortcut Chords
If you enter a lot of songs, you will appreciate these shortcut keys.
J = Maj7
H = m7b5 (H stands for Half diminished)
D = dim
S = 7sus

There's even information on how to add your own chord shortcuts - check it out!

Posted at 01:34 PM

November 13, 2018 User Showcase Song - Gypsy Swing Memories

Here's a gypsy jazz piece.

https://soundcloud.com/christian-devienne/gypsy-swing-memories

RT 1616 Tuba
RT 2404 Acoustic Guitar
RT 1551 Piano
RT 1196 Fiddle
RT 1710 Solo Electric Guitar
RT 1202 Solo Acoustic Guitar
HI Q Midi Piano

Posted at 10:55 AM

November 09, 2018 Video Request Answered - Creating Intros, Bridges, and Endings in Band-in-a-Box®

Check out the newest support video created by Kent that explains how to create intros, bridges, and endings in Band-in-a-Box®! Click here to view...

Posted at 02:11 PM

November 09, 2018 Holiday Hours - Monday, November 12th

Remembrance Day is Sunday, November 11th. In recognition of this day, our hours will be:

Sunday, November 11: Technical Support closed. Sales & Customer Service will be open from 8am - 4pm PST.
Monday, November 12: Technical Support closed. Sales & Customer Service will be open from 8am - 4pm PST.

Our regular hours resume Tuesday, November 13. Review our hours and additional contact information at https://www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm

Posted at 12:58 PM

November 09, 2018 User Showcase Song - Love Gone

A little Blues number.

Love Gone: https://soundcloud.com/90-db/love-gone
©2012 Robert Randall Burke

Title: Love Gone
File:Love Gone.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 85, Length (m:s)=4:25
No intro. 90 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 90. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _MONDAY.STY (Slow Swing 8ths Blues)

RealTracks in style: 564:Bass, Electric, Blues Monday Sw 065
RealTracks in style: 565:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Blues Monday Sw 065
RealTracks in style: ~~585:Guitar, Resophonic, Rhythm Blues Muddy Sw 120
RealDrums in style: Nashville128^08-a:Snare, b:Ride

Posted at 10:25 AM

November 08, 2018 User Showcase Song - Steppin Out

Here is a new song. Hope you like it.

Steppin Out: https://soundcloud.com/scottt709/steppinout

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Steppin Out
File:Steppin Out.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 85, Length (m:s)=3:11
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 _DAYTON.STY (Dayton City Country Pop Blues)

RealTracks in style: 2915:Bass, Electric CountryPopByron12-key Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2825:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryPopMike12-key Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2911:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryPopBrent12-key Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2829:Guitar, Electric, Soloist CountryPopBrent12-key Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1757:Accordion, Rhythm Pop8ths Ev 085
RealDrums in style: PopRock8ths^03-a:Open Hat, Snare, b:Ride, Snare

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Guitar Gretsch Duojet
Amp Purdy
Lunastone TOD OD pedal

Posted at 12:17 PM

November 07, 2018 The Band-in-a-Box® SongPicker Feature

If you have a folder of songs that you'd always like easy access to within Band-in-a-Box, make sure you familiarize yourself with The SongPicker feature, which access the folder that you choose and lock it to!

Access the SongPicker by clicking on the [Song] button next to the title of the song within the main screen of Band-in-a-Box. The first time the SongPicker is opened, you can choose the folder to use to create the list by selecting [Change] and navigating to your preferred directory. Once chosen, select [OK - Make Song List], and Band-in-a-Box does the rest... the next time you click on [Song], you'll be taken directly to your preferred folder!

Learn even more about this feature within Chapter 5 of our Online Manual, here.

Posted at 12:27 PM

November 07, 2018 User Showcase Song - To World (Made the Top 10 List!)

I been really busy, I'm not a big fan of Vocoloid vocal effects: except for on-the-fly improv. Which this is:

https://soundcloud.com/lazypianoman/to-world

BIAB 2018 - _LONESON.STY
Vocals - me on phone tablet (using free Voloco app)

UPDATE - I just wanted to give a heads-up, that the song I wrote using Band-in-a Box 2018 is on the Top 10 song list on the Voloco App . I'm thanking everyone here in the forum for their support, and the Band-in-a Box folks for making this possible!

Posted at 07:28 AM

November 06, 2018 Just Launched - The FAQ and Knowledge Base Forum!

If you have a question (or questions!) about Band-in-a-Box®, PowerTracks, RealBand®, or any other PG Music Inc. product - whether it be technical support or pre-sales, there's now an easy one-stop spot to find the answer - our FAQ and Knowledge Base Forum!

Don't want to read through the 600+ posts? Use the Search FAQ option, and you can choose your key search terms to locate the topic and answer you're looking for!

Common pre-sales questions about our products, ordering, and delivery:
Pre-Sales

Technical support & troubleshooting by product:
Band-in-a-Box® for Windows
Band-in-a-Box® for Mac
RealBand® for Windows
PowerTracks Pro® Audio for Windows
Other Products

There's even a Request New FAQs forum, if you didn't see your question answered anywhere!

Posted at 02:04 PM

November 06, 2018 User Showcase Song - Tropical Frogs

I submitted this track to a contest with some strict rules. I had to use 3 of 8 provided sounds. One of the sounds were called "bubble"... the sound reminded me of frogs... hence the title of this track.

Tropical Frogs: https://soundcloud.com/user-656274325/tropical-frogs
(Friendly warning: house music)

I combined the 3 sounds I had to use with the following RealTracks:

RT2696: Bass
RT2700: Synth
RealDrum: TropicalHouse
RT2701:Synth, TropicalhouseSaw

Posted at 01:18 PM

November 06, 2018 Over 190 Saxophone RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box®!

Today's the day we say "Happy Birthday" to Adolphe Sax, the creator of the Saxophone!
(Adolphe was born November 6, 1814 - 32 years later he patended his saxophone creation!)

We have more than 190 Saxophone RealTracks available for Band-in-a-Box with the following RealTracks Sets - review the complete list here.

Check our our Saxophonist programs for Windows:
The Jazz Saxophonist
The Rock Saxophonist

Posted at 07:26 AM

November 05, 2018 Customers LOVE Band-in-a-Box®!

Here's some of the amazing feedback we've received lately, from program users just like you!

Arthritic fingers means I find it very difficult to play anything. This program is amazing - and it does use real musicians!
-Bob E.

The power of this program is just unbelievable! It's been a best kept secret for a couple of decades now. A song writer's dream!
-Mike D

This band can practice any time of day ...LOL
-William G

Band-in-a-Box works so simple you could teach a child to do it within minutes - the RealTracks are amazing. Doing an album as we speak. I challenge you to give it a try. I am 60 years old and even though I've played 50 years, I am no engineer. But as a song writer I needed some effective tools to create quality production of my work. This is IT! It's as easy as typing and filling in the blanks. The instructional videos allow you to change settings while watching the pro. I myself purchased every "RealTrack" I could get... Take it from me, don't let this overwhelm you. It is absolutely a writer and solo artist dream!
-John S

Best part of Band-in-a-Box is that it saves me having to program drums, the Real Drummer part of the software is brilliant and natural sounding. I then layer real instruments with guys from my band. As a songwriter, Band-in-a-Box has saved me so much time it's ridiculous.
-Andy B

Incredible Software. Great for ignorance and experts and for anyone who wants to deal with music. If you do not have a hobby and want to have one "Band-in-a-Box" is the best choice. Simple, but if you want to be an expert on it, you need to make an effort to master it perfectly for perfect use. The only disadvantage is if you do not want to become a musician, and use it, you will become a perfect musician. Therefore, be cautious. It's not a toy. ;)
-Ilija B.

Been a BIAB man since '92, such a comprehensive source for music making! So much more to offer than "loops", it allows actual music composition to be realized. Evolve from harmonic ignorance and find out what REAL music is made of!
-Don D.

A must for any musician who wants to improve on his own, or to share his musical ideas in a professional high quality rendition.. You just play with the best musicians and that's great ♪ :)
-Jean-Marie D.

I use Band in a Box all the time. I couldn't be more pleased. It's easy to use and it sounds super-big time!
-Max R.

An excellent tool for generating backing tracks. Saves me hours of MIDI programming. Combines the best of MIDI and live audio samples.
-Steve A.

Posted at 01:11 PM

November 05, 2018 User Showcase Song - When The Impact Has Worn Off

Here is something bit funkier this time, I tried to catch the mood of Prince's more rock oriented hits. Unfortunately my voice is not strong enough for this song and some parts were too challenging for my tongue, but I hope you can overlook these small issues

https://soundcloud.com/popfinger/when-the-impact-has-worn-off

On a local musician forum there was a contest for songs related to mental health. I actually won that competition, but not with this song. The subject gave me ideas for other songs, and this one was also inspired by that subject. The message of this song could be that woman is a drug you can't be weaned off, after you have mistakenly tasted it.

RealDrums: BluesRockEv
Loop: Funk16ths_SyncSnareRide
RealTracks:
Electric bass #2607
Electric piano #2526
Electric guitar #1718, #1719, #2158, #2757, #1651 (solo)
Acoustic guitar #3060
Horn Section #2348
Organ #2619

Vocals: Janne S

Mixed in Cakewalk for Bandlab

Posted at 10:38 AM

November 02, 2018 Video Help - My Band-in-a-Box® Won't Open!

Our NEW I want a video that shows me how to .... forum is off to a GREAT start! We've answered the common question/issue of "My program won't open!" with the following video: How To: Return to Factory Settings outside Band-in-a-Box (Win).

Want to see a video about a particular issue your having with the program? Post your request here, we're happy to help!!

Posted at 01:02 PM

November 02, 2018 User Showcase Song - A Good Enough Reason

The 90's Nashville sound was a big part of my life and a big part of my music.
It was a real "golden age" of Country music. The writers were down-to-earth people. The artists were immediately identifiable - by their voice and their sound. The songs were solid. Well written (for the most part) and catchy, memorable (for the most part).

https://soundcloud.com/fjsongs/a-good-enough-reason

So dipping back into that time, that sound....

Get that BAND together...

RealTracks in style: ~684:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 2030:Fiddle, Soloist CountryAndy Ev 165
RealTracks in song: 410:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Country Cowboy Ev 165
RealTracks in style: 2499:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm PopCountryBrent Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1707:Guitar, Electric, Soloist CountryBrent Ev 165
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven8^8-a:Snare, HiHat Open , b:Snare, Ride

...and find a reason to write one.

Posted at 10:28 AM

November 01, 2018 User Showcase Song - Baby Get Gone

Here's something new - simple and lowfi...

This is called Baby Get Gone.

https://soundcloud.com/user-157357144/baby-get-gone

All BIAB Tracks:
2474: Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
2505: Piano, Electric, HeldChords 085
2914: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Folky16thsBrent Ev16 085
832: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm, AltCountryMoody Ev 075
Loop: Chillout/Chillout_dimensions_145
RealDrums: PopPromiseEv16 a:Snare on 4, HiHat, b: Snare

Posted at 08:49 AM

November 01, 2018 NEW FORUM! "I want a video that shows me how to ...."

If you're looking for a quick video answering your Band-in-a-Box®, RealBand®, or PowerTracks questions - you can now request one! That's right - just post your request to our "I want a video that shows me how to ...." forum, and one of our Customer Service Representatives will prepare one and upload it!

We'll also be using this forum to upload any videos we've created when offering support over the phone, email, or through our Live Help option. Check it out!

Our first video answers the plea "Help my Band-in-a-Box® chord sheet is all black!" Check it out!

Each video will also be available on our "PG Music Support Videos" YouTube Channel

Posted at 06:57 AM

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