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December 31, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 610

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Build 610 is available. More info

  • Fixed: Some VST plugins were silent (eg. SampleTank 3).
  • Fixed: Some ASIO drivers might not work. Note that the bug can cause the driver to remain open after using Band-in-a-Box, so this bug fix might require you to restart your computer.
  • Fixed: The drop station would not allow M4A export (highlights red) if QuickTime is not installed. This should only be necessary for Windows Vista or XP.
  • Fixed: The Find File dialog was not displaying folders, and not loading the song chosen.
  • Fixed: If there is a RealTrack on the Drums track, Band-in-a-Box might crash when rendering a region of bars.
  • Fixed: Opening a song file from Windows Explorer would not work if Band-in-a-Box was already open.
  • Fixed: Generating multi-riffs would sometimes generate an error. (tips: make sure to first select a multi-riff before generating. Also, highlight a region of the chordsheet first to generate just that section as a multi-riff)
  • Added: Shots, holds, rests, push chords now read in from BB files.

Posted at 04:19 PM

December 26, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 609 Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows users... Build 609 is now available!

Click here to download.

• Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might fail to connect to some VST plugins (eg. SampleTank 2), if not running as administrator.
• Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might fail to connect to some ASIO drivers if not running as administrator.
• Fixed: Multi-channel VST plugins (eg. SampleTank) would only output on channels 1&2.

Posted at 09:58 AM

December 26, 2018 User Showcase Song - Surfing Pete

https://soundcloud.com/user-591823512/surfing-pete

I use Band-in-a-Box very intensely in my studio. This songs starting point is the style _Surfup.Sty withe 2472 piano,rythm RocknRoll Kevin Ev 165. But normally I like to play as many parts as possible myself and in this case I played all the parts except the piano, which fit perfect. I made the drums in Toontrack Superior. My DAW is Cubase Pro 10. The main theme is played on a baritone guitar ( Line6 Variax). The solos are played on my Gretch Sparkle Jet and my Gretch Electromatic.
I use a lot of native Cubase effect, - EQ's and compressors and as reverb I use TC VVS3. Delays are Waves. I play in a Rockabilly/RocknRoll band but I enjoyed doing this song myself.

Posted at 09:56 AM

December 26, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows - 6 DAYS LEFT to SAVE up to 50%!

Time is running out! Save up to 50% on Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows upgrades, and receive Free Bonus PAK when you place your order before 11:59pm PST Monday, December 31, 2018!

That means there's LESS THAN A WEEK to take advantage of some AMAZING sale pricing: Click here to see all the upgrade options.

Posted at 09:50 AM

December 24, 2018 User Showcase Song - Season's Greetings

Our Season's Greetings for you all.
https://youtu.be/4MP4w0MPQgM
Rob and Anne-Marie

Style is _FPKD190.STY (Dreamy Fingerpicking)

545:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Dreamy Ev 190
523:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 190

Posted at 10:59 AM

December 24, 2018 Customers LOVE Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows - Thank you!

Wow - the feedback on the new Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows has been amazing! Here's what they're saying:

About Band-in-a-Box® 2019...
"I am absolutely LOVING this year's new features!"
"A huge, huge hit."
"Rocking in 64 bits!"
"Thanks for an awesome product!"
"Now I have a wonderful band to practice with, whenever I want!"
"I am absolutely floored by the improvements and enhancements in this version!"
"Did Christmas (or in my case, Hanukkah, lol) come early?"
"PG Music has outdone themselves."
"This will occupy hours of my time practicing."
"Oooh, you have my attention."
"This will be under my tree this Christmas!!"
"The Notation enhancements make things so easy and save time!!!!"
"With SO MANY CHOICES it's going to take months to really appreciate it all."
"This just keeps getting better with every update!"
"BIAB is THE best tool I have ever used....the possibilities are endless!"
"This is the best upgrade PG Music has come up with yet!!! SOLD!!!"
"The filtering features in the SongPicker are awesome!"
"Love the new StylePicker!"
"The new advanced Filter options are a real time-saver!"
"FIRST CLASS"
"Heaven, just what the doctor ordered."
"...it's educational utility and potential is awesome!!!"
"It makes such a difference having RealStyle backings linked to melodist creations!"
"The filtering capabilities available through these add-ons is a tremendous positive!!"
"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 play with the best musicians and that's great!"
"A wonderful tool for musicians & singers!"
"Band-in-a-Box is so versatile!"
"Band in a Box has attained great heights."
"Excellent"

About the new VST DAW Plugin...
"This is so darn impressive. Who would not want to take advantage of this type of capability!"
"This is one of the BEST new features!"
"This is HUGE news!"
"This is truly awesome!"
"It may be the best plugin I've known till now."
"This is a game changer! Well Done Peter and Team."
"Having a VST is really nice - that alone is reason to upgrade!"
"The ease and speed of dragging and dropping a generated wav into a Reaper track is AWESOME!!!!"
"You went and added the DAW plugin. WOW!"
"This is the biggest release ever since the advent of RealTracks & RealDrums."
"I couldn't imagine anything better."
"This is going to excite many users for sure!"
"Spectacular!"

About the new RealTracks...
"The RealTracks & RealDrums updates are exactly what I wanted - thanks!"
"Pristine recordings and overall production values through the roof!"
"My favorite artists are back!"
"The new Realtracks are simply awesome and I'm still amazed with the quality of the tracks you can get from BIAB."
"I really love the direction you guys are going with the RTs and features. Do keep 'em coming, please."
"As a huge fusion fan this is a great year for me."
"Alex Al is once again in fine form, as is Eddy Dunlap (easily one of top ten favorites), and of course Terry Clarke."
"The Alex Acuna drums and percs are a joy!"
"Robert"Sput"Searight? Really?"
"Did I mention the phenomenal Mark Lettieri baritone electric guitar funk tracks?"
"The Gospel Mmms & Cinematic electric guitars are beyond brilliant!"
"The Byron House acoustic bass tracks are beyond reproach..."
"As for the new RTs this year, I am LOVING them!"
"And the drums? BEST EVER!"
"Love the new real instrument and styles!"
"WOW! These RealTracks are fantastic!"
"What a variety - thank you PG Music!"
"Low Vocal Mmmms? Yes please!"
"What an amazing selection of new RealTracks - where do I even start?!"
"These are remarkable!"
"Love Brent's music."

Posted at 10:57 AM

December 24, 2018 Happy Holidays! Our Hours...

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Our holiday hours are:

December 24: Regular hours
Customer Service: 6:00AM to 9:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Technical Support: 10:00AM to 5:00PM PST (GMT -8)

December 25: Closed

December 26: Regular hours
Customer Service: 6:00AM to 9:00PM PST (GMT -8)
Technical Support: 10:00AM to 5:00PM PST (GMT -8)

Posted at 07:29 AM

December 23, 2018 User Showcase Song - Nothing's Easy Anymore

I wrote this song about one year ago and it refllects the way I felt then: Man, I’m getting really old and there’s not much I can do about. So, it’s not one of my fun songs, but luckily I wrote quite a few of those after that dark period. And you will soon understand who's the one who makes me appreciate every single day regardless of all health problems.

Nothing's Easy Anymore (video & lyrics): http://www.nachtsheim.de/BJN/Video_Pages/Nothing_s_Easy_Anymore.html
Nothing's Easy Anymore (MP3 & lyrics): http://www.nachtsheim.de/BJN/MP3_Pages/MP3_-_Nothing_s_Easy_Anymore.html
Nothing's Easy Anymore (MP3 on Soundcloud): https://soundcloud.com/user-676951310/nothings-easy-anymore

Now here are the musical details:

Style is _SHOUT.STY ( Big Band Shout 11-part Horns)

RealTracks in style: ~~481:Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Ballad Sw 085
RealTracks in style: ~~487:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz Ballad Sw 085
RealTracks in style: ~~557:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz Ballad Freddie Sw 085 ('B' only)
RealDrums in style: JazzBrushes: a: Brushes Swirling b: Brushes Busier

Posted at 03:10 PM

December 23, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 608 Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows users... Build 608 is now available!

Click here to download.

• Fixed: Soloing a track will cause lots of distortion on some computers (only applies to the 64 bit version). Also, the count-in will be played in the wrong tempo, sound distorted, and cause Band-in-a-Box to be visually out of sync.
• Fixed: File > Open/Save might not do anything if version 2019 was installed over a previous version of Band-in-a-Box.
• Fixed: Recording audio more than once in a song would fail with various errors such as "File not found".
• Fixed: Audio output would be silent in the 64 bit version, if using ASIO with a sample rate other than 44.1 kHz.
• Fixed: Right-clicking on a track radio might cause an access violation.
• Added: Drum notation can be saved to MusicXML. Band-in-a-Box or RealBand MusicXML files can be loaded to drum notation.
• Fixed: If drum notation contained micro-pegs, then the drum names would not display in the key signature for NON-editable mode.
• Fixed: Song Picker Rebuild might stop on corrupted file with 0 byte size.
• Fixed: Xtra Set Numbers were wrong on systems set to date formats using hyphens instead of slashes.

Posted at 03:09 PM

December 21, 2018 Advice from Peter Gannon - the Roland TTS-1

With the release of the 64 bit version of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows, you now have access to all the 64 bit synths and plugins out there.

And many of them are available for free.

For example, there is a great MIDI GM synth available, the Roland TTS-1.
This is available free from Cakewalk by BandLab. You install the free version of Cakewalk, and this installs the TTS-1, which is then available to any program that supports 64bit DXi, like Band-in-a-Box 64. After you’ve installed Cakewalk, inside Band-in-a-Box 64 bit, choose the TTS-1 from the list of available synths (accessed by pressing the DXi/VST button inside the main menu- options - midi driver dialog).

There are 3 benefits to installing and using the TTS-1 and Cakewalk.

1. Great sound with Band-in-a-Box - likely better than any MIDI sound you’ve heard before with Band-in-a-Box. The TTS-1 is from Roland and has great sounds, and based on the famous Sound Canvas sounds. That means the sounds are balanced to sound great with existing MIDI styles in Band-in-a-Box, because we’ve always made our styles using the Roland Sound Canvas.

2. Better CPU Performance. The TTS-1 has lower overhead than many synths. It is especially useful if you have lots of programs and processes running, because it doesn’t use much CPU.

3. Cakewalk is a fabulous DAW, considered by many to be the best DAW available. Getting it for free is a no-brainer.

Read more here...

Posted at 02:13 PM

December 21, 2018 User Showcase Song - Stronger Than a Hurricane

I'd written this last year after hurricane Harvey. I sent it to Janice and Bud because I thought Janice could do a killer vocal on it(as she does on everything) They had a hurricane song in the works already (Maria Blues) so I set this on the shelf. Later I put more vocals and my guitar part on but the tracks were all pulled over into my DAW onto one track for a quick demo so there's no real mixing on this.
I kind of re-discovered it and decided that it should see the light of day, warts and all. Thanks for the listen and comments.

https://soundcloud.com/kfl44/stronger_hurricane

Dedicated to the resilience of the people in Texas from my old stomping grounds after hurricane Harvey

Bass 1717 Texas Blues Rock
Drums Rock Sync Kick
Guitar 1718 Electric Rhythm Texas Blues Rock
Guitar 1719 Electric Rhythm Texas Blues Rock

Posted at 10:40 AM

December 21, 2018 Introducing the New Band-in-a-Box® DAW VST Plugin Forum for Windows!

We've created a forum for discussions specifically for the brand-new Band-in-a-Box® VST DAW Plugin! If you've got questions about this new feature, or want to report any issues, feel free to post to the forum - it's packed full of people that would love to help and join in the discussion.

There's also a new Band-in-a-Box® Plugin support page - click here to view.

A note from our development team: We are currently working on additional tutorials and videos that are specific to each DAW. We plan to cover Reaper, Cakewalk, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio, Studio One, Pro Tools, Ableton, Reason, Audition, and more if there are other ones that people are using.

Posted at 10:20 AM

December 19, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 607 Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows users... Build 607 is now available!

Click here to download.

This small update patch is packed with updates and changes to your 2019 installation, including:
• Updated/Added: Dozens of new RealStyles and demos added. Various RealTracks and style fixes and improvements.
• Fixed: Track menu > Track Actions > Save track as WAV file... would choose "W" as the file extension.
• Fixed: Audio import to middle of song would fail with "File Not Found" error.
• Fixed: Importing or opening audio files (MP3, WMA, M4A) might fail in the 64 bit version.

There is also an included DAW Plugin update to 1.11.7:
• Added: Band-in-a-Box® DAW Plugin Folder Locations and Settings are saved between sessions. Settings are saved in C:\users\public\ticket]
• Added: FX versions of the VST2 and VST3 Plugins for programs that don't recognize VST instruments, such as Audition. Installed to bb\BBPlugins\Files\. If you need these files, copy them from here to your VST folder.
• Added: Stand-alone version of the DAW Plugin. This is installed to bb\BBPlugins\Files\. This exe is useful if a DAW doesn't support drag and drop, for troubleshooting, and for people who want a very simple Band-in-a-Box® program just with Chordsheet and file generation, with drag and drop to Explorer.
• Added: VST3 version of the Band-in-a-Box® DAW Plugin, installed to C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3. Recommended for most DAWs, unless they only support VST2.
• Improved: Check for bb installs is more thorough, on external drives (UltraPAK, etc.)
• Fixed: Bar Highlighting during plugin playback.
• Fixed: Better handling for manually inputting folder paths in Preferences.
• Fixed: Issue with AAX version not being recognized in Pro Tools.
• Fixed: Plugin may not be found due to a system file missing on some computers.
• Fixed: Problem with resizing on startup.
• Fixed: Some chords cannot be entered with shot, hold or rests.

Posted at 10:56 AM

December 19, 2018 User Showcase Song - Micaber

This is one of my first attempts at a song about 6 years ago when I started playing again after about a 40 year hiatus.

Micawber https://soundcloud.com/scottt709/micaber

The song is named after Keith Richards Telecaster. I traded of my telecasters for different guitars so used a Gibson SG and a Marshall amp. Only effect is a bit of delay.

The Band
Real Piano 686 - B3
RealGuitar 362: Guitar Acoustic
RT572: BassElectric BluesBB
RT2879GuitarElectric, Rhytym

Tempo 86
JimmyR SlowBluesShuffle

Posted at 10:53 AM

December 18, 2018 Drum Notation Support in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows!

One of the newest features added to Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows is Drum Notation Support!
•All the MIDI Drums have drum notation. Play the MIDI Drums and open the Notation window. Then, select the Drums track and you will see drum notation.
•Drum notation can be entered by a user on the Melody/Soloist track.

Learn how to enter MIDI Drums notation when you jump to this topic in our New Features video:
35:18 - New Features: New Track Type - Drum Notation

Posted at 12:38 PM

December 18, 2018 Customers LOVE the NEW Xtra Styles PAK 6!

Here's what they're saying:
"I can't get enough of the Xtra Styles!"
"These RealStyles are phenomenal!!"
"These are AWESOME!"
"Gypsy Jazz? Yippee!"
"I want them ALL!"
"The Country Xtra Styles are perfect for my songs!"
"Everyone should have these!"

There are 162 more RealStyles now available with Xtra Styles PAK 6 for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 or newer - that means there are more than 900 RealStyles available with Xtra Styles PAKs 1-6!

We're having a SALE! During the month of December, purchase Xtra Styles PAK 6 for just $29! (reg. $49) In fact, each Volume (6 total) is available for just $29 each - we're also offering a special price for a purchase of ALL Volumes 1-6 - for just $159 you can receive ALL 900+ RealStyles!

Review all the different Xtra Styles PAKs for Windows here. Mac user? Click here.

Posted at 10:53 AM

December 18, 2018 User Showcase Song - Head Game

This is an homage to one of my all-time favorite late-60's TV series, Mission Impossible.

https://soundcloud.com/tanomusic/head-game

For anyone of my age, the first few trilling notes of Lalo Shiffrin's theme immediately perk up your ears, and maybe hair stand up on the back of your neck!

Peter Graves, the star of the show, once said that "well, each mission was all just a big head game.."

I used a 9/8 time sig, to pay tribute to Shiffrin's 5/4 scheme, and then tried to use both music and lyric to create a mysterioso, covert, espionage feel.

Style = TURK.STY (9/8 Turkish - World Styles 2)
Midi Elements: Fretless Bass, Celesta, Shamisen, Sitar, kalimba, Piano, Pad, Muted Trumpet, Udu Drum, Conga, Triangle
Audio Live: Shaker
RT: 1286 Guitar Solo, Country Waltz Brent

Posted at 09:35 AM

December 17, 2018 User Showcase Song - Ghosts That Never Lived

This is my latest composition about a person struggling with the choices she made. I used the Style FPBTSSW (Two Swing Fingerpicked Guitars Slow) and added some other instrumentation.

https://soundcloud.com/scott-schwarz-740132899/ghosts-that-never-lived

Real Tracks:
BB RealGuitar 1678 Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Country
BB RealStrings 527 Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Hank
BB RealBass 535 Bass, Electric, Pop
BB RealDrums-NashvilleSwing8^2-SideStck,Ride
RT2505 Piano, Electric, HeldChords
RC1705 Guitar, Electric, Soloist CountryBrent
RT2337 Violin, Background, PopHigh Ev 085

Posted at 01:05 PM

December 17, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 - Order in Time for Christmas!

Looking to put Band-in-a-Box® under the tree? It's not too late!

USA/Canada: Order before 12:30 pm Pacific time December 21st for Express delivery
Outside of North America: Order before 12:30 pm Pacific time December 19th.

Order online anytime at www.pgmusic.com and be downloading most products within minutes!

Until December 31, 2018 - save over 40% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows, we've packed our Free Bonus PAK & 49-PAK with some amazing Add-ons! The Free Bonus PAK is automatically included with most Band-in-a-Box® for Windows 2019 packages, but for more even more Add-ons (including 40 Unreleased RealTracks) upgrade it to the 2019 49-PAK for only $49. You can see the full lists of items in each package, and listen to demos here.

Check out our Band-in-a-Box® packages page for all the purchase options available.

Posted at 01:02 PM

December 14, 2018 Notation Enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows!

There are Notation Enhancements in the NEW Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows! These include:
•A new button in the Print Options dialog which lets you quickly print a "chords only" fake sheet. You can also access this from the right-click menu on the chord sheet.
•A new track type (Drums) is now available for The Melody and Soloist tracks.
•Clicking close to a stave line will put a note on the stave line instead of between stave lines. (Previously, you had to click extremely close to a stave line to insert a note on The line.)
•Double-clicking on the Standard mode Notation window (or on the time line in Editable or Staff Roll mode) plays the song from the current time location. Previously, it played the song from the beginning of the current bar.
•Holding down the [Ctrl] key and pressing the zoom in/out buttons results in finest possible incremental adjustment in size.
•In The Notation Windows Options dialog, The clefs split point asterisk indicates that C5* is middle C.
•Pressing The space bar plays the song from the current time location, not the current bar.
•The clefs split point can be set by the spin controls.
•The right-click menu in the Editable or Staff Roll mode Notation window has an option to change the current beat resolution. Previously, the only way to do this was to right-click on the time line.
•There's a keystroke entry notation mode - the 'N' mode, which lets you enter a melody entirely using keystrokes. The keystrokes are N to enter a note, up/down cursor to change its pitch, and left/right cursor to move the time line.
•You can now edit any track in the Event List Editor. When The dialog opens, it will show you the MIDI data in the current Notation track.
•You can quickly enter forced accidentals from the right-click menu.

We talk about these new features within our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows®! New Features, RealTracks, and other content! video:
25:45 - New Features: Easy Entering of Notation with the 'N' Key
36:48 - Change Beat Resolution From the Right-Click Menu
37:15 - Easier Entry of Notes on Lines
37:42 - Asterisk to Indicate Middle C on & Spin Controls
37:53 - Force Accidental from the Right-Click Menu
38:01 - Edit Any Track in the Event List
38:09 - Keystroke Note Entry Mode 'N' for Faster Note Entry
38:28 - Print Chords Only Fake Sheet
38:32 - More Control of Notation Size

Rather read about it?
-Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows® Upgrade Manual
-New Feature Summary - Notation Enhancements

Posted at 12:27 PM

December 14, 2018 User Showcase Song - Ave Maria

This one is initially one of my entries in last fall's "Xtra" contest, which I've been intending to start posting in here too where there may be more ears to reach, so to speak, but am only first now finding the time to get around to it

https://soundcloud.com/eddie-icelander/ave-maria
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W8eSzJfuyU

Anyway, I'm gonna start this off with my treatment of a well known classical piece, just the fit for an advent sunday - Enjoy!
formalities:

Style is _EARLYHR
RealTracks in style: 366:Bass, Electric, Country Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 2542:Pedal Steel, Background ModernBalladAtmosphere Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: 2879:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AmericanaSparseSlow16thsColin Ev16 060
RealTracks in style: 2878:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsBrent Ev16 060
RealDrums in Style: AmericanaRoots16th^

Topped off with a couple of organ tracks (melody and backing), provided by yours truly.

Posted at 10:50 AM

December 13, 2018 The New Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows SongPicker!

With Band-in-a-Box® 2019, the SongPicker has been redesigned!
-The completely redesigned window shows information for up to 50,000 songs.
-The song list build is much faster. Approximately 150 songs get added per second.
-A progress bar will appear if the song list build takes longer than 3 seconds.
-You can see the chord progression for the selected song in the list. You can copy and paste it to a text file.
-Many filters are available. You can filter the list by subfolders, genre, feel, time signature, style, songs with melody, soloist, lyrics, key signature, tempo range, and the year of file dates.
-You can search songs that have similar chord progressions and/or melody fragments.
-Hotkey! ss+enter opens the SongPicker, ss2+enter opens the Recently Played Songs, etc.

Learn more about the updates with our New Features Video - we've made it easy to find the section you'll need:
2:55 - New Feature: Redesigned SongPicker
21:58 - New Features: SongPicker Enhancements
41:10 - Now Over 10,600 Titles in SongPicker

You can also read all about the new SongPicker within our Online Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows® Upgrade Manual.

Posted at 02:00 PM

December 13, 2018 User Showcase Song - Coolum Sunrise

COOLUM SUNRISE

https://soundcloud.com/user-952388172/coolum-sunrisewav

MIDI SuperTrack: 2066: Piano, Rhythm NewAgeAnswers Ev16 110
RealTracks in song:
RT1437:Piano, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkGroovin Ev16 110
RT1640:Piano, Electric, Soloist JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
RT701:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 085
RT509:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Dire Ev 120
RT1642:Sax, Tenor, Soloist JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
RealDrums in Song: JazzFunkGroovin - Ricky Lawson

This instrumental track has a reflective intro followed by the song and a great sax solo from Eric Marienthal (RealBand).

Posted at 12:49 PM

December 12, 2018 User Showcase Song - A New Noel

This is a rebuild of the classic Christmas carol.

https://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=6006138

I used BiaB to renovate a track I had from 2010 by adding (368 Guitar,Acoustic strumming) (1167 Guitar, Electric, Soloist), (2033 Mandolin, Soloist, Country) and (366 Bass, Electric,Country).
They really dressed up an old recording.

Posted at 08:42 AM

December 12, 2018 RealBand 2019 Online and PDF Manuals Available!

Visit our Online Manuals support page for access to the latest RealBand 2019 for Windows program manuals!

RealBand 2019 for Windows User's Guide: Online Manual | PDF Download
RealBand 2019 for Windows New Features Guide: Online Manual | PDF Download

RealBand 2019 is included in every purchase of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows! We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Upgrade purchases until December 31, 2018 - save over 40% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade! Check out our Band-in-a-Box® packages page for all the purchase options available

Posted at 08:36 AM

December 12, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Online and PDF Manuals Available!

Visit our Online Manuals support page for access to the latest Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows program manuals!

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows User's Guide: Online Manual | PDF Download
Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade Manual: Online Manual | PDF Download

Don't forget.... We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Upgrade purchases until December 31, 2018 - save over 40% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade! Check out our Band-in-a-Box® packages page for all the purchase options available

Posted at 08:26 AM

December 11, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 on a USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Speed Thrills!

We're excited to say that all Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows UltraPAK and UltraPAK+ orders now ship on a USB 3.0 hard drive!

What does this mean? Faster hard drive transfer rates will enhance the program operations (faster time to generate tracks, reduced audio artifacts) and offer faster transfer speeds (typically up to 3x faster)!

It's a great time to order your UltraPAK or UltraPAK+ Upgrade... they're ON SALE until December 31st!

Posted at 12:16 PM

December 11, 2018 User Showcase Song - Nothin's Workin' Yet

Sometimes darkness is all you find...

https://soundcloud.com/fjsongs/nothins-workin-yet

Well... I did manage to find the BAND I was looking for...

RealTracks in style: ~700:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesPush Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1945:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GroovinFolk Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3059:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Muted16thsFintan Ev16 080
RealTracks in song: 2667:Pedal Steel, Background DreamySingleNote Ev 075
RealDrums in Song: BossaBrushesPerc^1-a:Congas, No Kit , b:Congas, Shaker, Triangle, No Kit

Thanks for listening.

Posted at 08:55 AM

December 10, 2018 Video: Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows® New Features!

Our "Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows®! New Features, RealTracks, and other content!" video is now ready! Get to know all about the newest features in Band-in-a-Box® 2019: Click here to watch...

We have listed a table of contents for this video, you'll see it within the YouTube video description, or by visiting this forum post.

Posted at 12:36 PM

December 10, 2018 User Showcase Song - Heartbroke in LA

An edgy guitar rock ballad with a hint of dubstep in the percussion, particularly in the chorus. The style description says "Dreamy Guitar Pop" - I changed that from "Dreamy" to "Edgy" by bringing in a few replacement tracks. Hope you enjoy my first effort with BIAB 2019.

https://soundcloud.com/alananddi/heartbroke-in-la

****** Song Summary - Heartbroke In LA *************

File:Heartbroke In La.SGU
Key=Am , Tempo 70, Length (m:s)=3:18

Style is _WILLFUL.STY (Willful Modern Dreamy Guitar Pop)

RealTracks in style: 1827:Bass, Electric, PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: ~367:Guitar, Electric, Background Dreamy Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 1004:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockStrumming Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: 1828:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGroove Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 1167:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockBalladBrent Ev 065
Loop in Song: Dubstep\Dubstep - no_way_out_140_choir_f_sharp_minor.wav
RealDrums [in style:RetroPop^05-a:Bass, SharpeSnare, b:Bass, Snare

Posted at 10:55 AM

December 07, 2018 RealBand 2019 - A New Look!

Have you opened up your RealBand 2019 yet? You may notice that we've given it a fresh new look! In fact, there are now 3 different looks to RealBand.

See for yourself! Within the program, visit Options | Icon Set and choose from: Classic, Modern 1, or Modern 2.

Posted at 12:48 PM

December 07, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows - Choosing to Run 64-bit or 32-bit

We heard you! With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows we've included the BRAND NEW 64-bit version of Band-in-a-Box®, which works well with the latest plugins and 64-bit OS features! Because not everyone has a 64-bit computer, we include both the 64-bit and 32-bit versions with your purchase - you choose which one to use!

By default, when you install your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows the 32-bit version will run.

The steps to run the 64-bit version are simple! Just head to your "bb" folder and choose the "bbw64" icon - you'll notice that the Band-in-a-Box® "splash screen" will state "64-bit" as the program opens.
(and if you open the 32-bit version, the "splash screen" will state "32-bit")

Still not certain which version you're running? Within the program, go to Help | About Band-in-a-Box - it'll either state:

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows
Version 2019 (604)
<--- the number in brackets is the build number - this will change as new patch updates are released
64 bit application

or:

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows
Version 2019 (604)
<--- the number in brackets is the build number - this will change as new patch updates are released
32 bit application

We hope everyone who can is enjoying their Band-in-a-Box® 2019 64-bit version for Windows!

Posted at 09:01 AM

December 07, 2018 User Showcase Song - Albatros

ALBATROS: soundcloud.com/sergio-guarneri/albatros


Style is _HVYDANC.STY (Modern Pop Ballad)

Tracks:
RealTracks in style: 1009:Bass, Electric, HardRockThrash Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1859:Synth, Rhythm, EuroDance HousePianoOffBeat Ev16 120
RealTracks in style: 1265:Synth Pad, PopShiningSoft Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 2300:Bass, Synth, DanceRockBuzzBassWhole Ev 120

Posted at 08:11 AM

December 06, 2018 NEW! Style-style-style Additions and Enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows!

With 64 new features and enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2019, we've made sure to add to, enhance, and update some of the Style features within the program: StylePicker, StyleMaker, and Song Titles browser within the StylePicker!

StylePicker Enhancements:
-If the style list needs rebuild, it tells you that within the StylePicker, instead of a message that requires a response.
-The rebuild is faster than before by 75%. It takes 1/4 of the time now.
-While the style list is being rebuilt, you can see the progress inside the StylePicker.
-The style list can be filtered by a specific RealTracks/RealDrums/MIDI SuperTracks or RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks in a certain number range.
-You can filter the style list by a specific Xtra Styles PAK.
-The dialog to select an Xtra Styles PAK has a button to take you to the PG Music website that shows information about Xtra Styles PAKs.
-The StylePicker can list all styles (including N/A styles) in the default display.
-The Set number display is improved, including sort by type and Xtra styles.

StyleMaker Improvements:

-The new MIDI velocity offset allows you to make styles with altered loudness for MIDI tracks.
-Styles can be saved with information like a memo, examples, genres, and more, which will be displayed in the StylePicker.
-You can import information from another style. This is useful when you are making a similar style.
-A style can have a huge number of RealTracks (up to 70!) because the StyleMaker now supports RealTracks multi/medley feature, which allows a single track to have up to 10 simultaneous playing of RealTracks.

Song Titles Browser Enhancement

-We’ve added 300 more song titles including requests from users, so there are now over 10,600 titles.
-The chord density filter is available, and it’s also displayed in the memo.
-The chord complexity filter is available.

Review all the new features of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 here.

Posted at 12:20 PM

December 06, 2018 User Showcase Song - Circus, City, Sewer

This is a project I've almost completed. I'm still mixing and listening to/applying suggestions, ideas and commentary. I hope to have it sorted fairly soon so that I can sent it to the UK for mastering.
This track has BIAB Real Drums - Brit pop A narrow EQ boost for snare snap, a little cut in the high hat region and a small boost for the click in the kick.

https://soundcloud.com/rayc/circus-city-sewer-pygmy-beat-extended-featuring-anthony-andrulonis

Anthony Andrulonis wrote this with me and he provides vocals which he recorded in his home studio in the US.
I recorded the guitars using a Squire HH Bullet Mustang into a Marshall Superlead 100 - sometimes with a clean boost pedal in front.
The Vantage bass was recorded through a BDI21.
Foscusrite 2i2 into a rather new W10 computer.
The cabinet was mic'ed with a Shure 57 and a Sennheiser e609.
Tracked into and mixed in REAPER.

Posted at 08:07 AM

December 05, 2018 NEW! Traditional Celtic Tunes with Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows during our special (which ends December 31st), and you can add the 49-PAK to your order for just $49!

Among the great Add-ons included in the 49-PAK is our Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly, which includes 18 traditional Celtic tunes! You'll find beautifully performed songs like Boys of Bluehill, The Cliffs of Moher, Harvest Home, Rolling in the Rye Glass, and more!

The Celtic RealTracks backing up performances by Geoff Kelly sound amazing, and so do the duets with previous Artist Performance musician Daniel Lapp (on fiddle)! Listen to all the demos for these Artists Performances near the bottom of our Bonus PAKs page, here.

Here's a taste: Demo: Rolling in the Rye Grass

Posted at 01:39 PM

December 05, 2018 The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Bonus PAKs!

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows during our special (which ends December 31st), and you'll receive a FREE Bonus PAK overflowing with great Add-ons, including MIDI SuperTracks Set 28: Pop Basses with 6 MIDI SuperTracks, 21 RealDrums Transcriptions, 120 guitar licks and riffs in Instrumental Studies 7: Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks, and 15 new MIDI Styles!

Or, upgrade it to the 49-PAK for just $49 and you'll add 40 UNRELEASED RealTracks, 10 "Low Man" & Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, 6 more MIDI SuperTracks with Set 29: More Organ, Piano & Accordion, 120 more guitar licks and riffs with Instrumental Studies 8: Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Licks, 15 more MIDI Styles, and Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly!

Watch the video highlighting our 49-PAK here, or listen to demos and learn more here.

Free Bonus PAK Contents:
-Look Ma! More MIDI 1
-21 RealDrums Transcriptions
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 28: Pop Basses
-Instrumental Studies 7: Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks

2019 49-PAK Contents:
-40 Bonus RealTracks!
-10 "Low Man" and Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks
-Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly
-Instrumental Studies 8: Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Licks
-Look Ma! More MIDI 2
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 29: More Organ, Piano & Accordion

Posted at 12:27 PM

December 05, 2018 User Showcase Song - Blue Stew

One of the most fun things to do as a guitarist is to jam with other players, I used to do that quite often back in the day. Nothing too serious, just having fun with the music.

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/blue-attitude/blue-stew
Reverb Nation: https://www.reverbnation.com/blueattitudemusic/song/30273568-blue-stew

Peter and I did a jam together about a year ago and thought it was time we did another. Last time we jammed over an Albert King type groove, this time up we were shooting for a Statesboro Blues (ABB) feel.

I start things off and do the first 12, and we swap back and forth after that.

The rest of the band:

RealTracks in song: 1583:Bass, Electric, TexasBluesRockShuffle Sw 130
RealTracks in style: ~425:Organ, B3, Background Blues Sw 120
RealTracks in style: 2436:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NewOrleansShuffle Sw 130
RealDrums in Song: BluesRockShuffle^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Open HiHat

Posted at 12:05 PM

December 04, 2018 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 - Everything You Need to Know in Under 6 Minutes!

Get to know the new Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows with our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 - Everything You Need to Know in Under 6 Minutes! video: Click here to watch...

Posted at 02:17 PM

December 04, 2018 User Showcase Song - Tell Me When

https://soundcloud.com/kfl44/tell-me-when-2

RT Bass 1759 Electric, Pop 16ths
RT Piano 1837 Pop Modern Groove Held
RT Drums Pop Rock 16ths
RT Guitar, Acoustic 3057 Fingerpicking
RT Guitar, Electric 542 Rhythm Dreamy
all vocals by me

Posted at 08:28 AM

December 04, 2018 RealBand 2019 is Here!

We've added over 30 new features to RealBand 2019, including Notation Window enhancements, Tracks Window enhancements, StylePicker enhancements - and more! Learn all about this new version here.

Snag your copy of RealBand 2019 with your Band-in-a-Box® for Windows purchase - upgrades on SALE until December 31st - save up to 40%! View all Band-in-a-Box® for Windows purchase options here.

Posted at 07:48 AM

December 03, 2018 NEW! Xtra Styles PAK 6 with 162 RealStyles!

There are 162 more RealStyles now available with Xtra Styles PAK 6 for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - that means there are more than 900 RealStyles available with Xtra Styles PAKs 1-6!

We're having a SALE! During the month of December, purchase Xtra Styles PAK 6 for just $29! (reg. $49) In fact, each Volume (6 total) is available for just $29 each - we're also offering a special price for a purchase of ALL Volumes 1-6 - for just $159 you can receive ALL 900+ RealStyles!

Click here to watch our Xtra Styles PAK 6 Demo video.

Review all the different Xtra Styles PAKs for Mac here. | Review all the different Xtra Styles PAKs for Windows here.

Posted at 12:15 PM

December 03, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows - Upgrade Today to Save Over 40%!

Just released: Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows with 64 new features (and a few more), 202 New RealTracks, 40 Unreleased RealTracks, 10 "Low Man" and Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, "Look Ma! More MIDI!" – 30 MIDI Styles, 12 new MIDI SuperTracks, 240 new Instrumental Studies, 18 new Artist Performances, and a new Xtra Styles PAK 6!

We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Upgrade purchases until December 31, 2018 - save over 40% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade!

We've packed our Free Bonus PAK & 49-PAK with some amazing Add-ons! The Free Bonus PAK is automatically included with most Band-in-a-Box® for Windows 2019 packages, but for more even more Add-ons (including 40 Unreleased RealTracks) upgrade it to the 2019 49-PAK for only $49. You can see the full lists of items in each package, and listen to demos here.

Check out our Band-in-a-Box® packages page for all the purchase options available, but here's a summary for you:

Band-in-a-Box® Pro $129
Upgrade from Version 2018: $59 (reg: $69)
Upgrade from Version 2017 or earlier or crossgrade: $69 (reg: $79)
Special 2019 Program Only Update from 2018: $49
*Requires Version 2018. Includes version 2019 program updates only. (No other Add-ons or Bonus PAKs.)

Band-in-a-Box® MegaPAK $269
Upgrade from Version 2018: $89 (reg: $149)
Upgrade from Version 2017: $99 (reg: $159)

Band-in-a-Box® PlusPAK
Upgrade from Version 2018: $99 (reg: $129)
(The PlusPAK is designed to upgrade 2018 UltraPAK & UltraPAK+ users who are downloading their upgrade or do not want to purchase a new hard drive.)

Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK $469
Upgrade from Version 2018: $149 (reg: $279)
Upgrade from Version 2017 or earlier or crossgrade: $169 (reg: $299)

Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK+ $569
Upgrade from Version 2018: $179 (reg: $379)
Upgrade from Version 2017 or earlier or crossgrade: $199 (reg: $399)
Note: The difference between the UltraPAK and the UltraPAK+ is that the MIDI Songs & Lessons PAK is included in the UltraPAK+ package.

Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition $669
Upgrade from Version 2018: $479
Upgrade from Version 2017 or earlier or crossgrade: $499
Upgrade from any previous Audiophile: $299 (*Requires any previous Audiophile Edition.)
Upgrade from Version 2018 Audiophile: $199 (*Requires the 2018 Audiophile Edition.)

Learn more about all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows at: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm

If you need any help deciding which package is the best option for you, just let us know. We are here to help!

Posted at 11:57 AM

December 03, 2018 User Showcase Song - That's The Way Life Goes

A new one - bit of a duet with us both doing some singing.
https://soundcloud.com/user-98254366/thats-the-way-life-goes

Leon - Lyrics and vocal
I sing and play the guitar.

The Band:
RealTracks in song: ~2475:Bass, Acoustic, HeldSimple Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1543:Synth Pad, PopBelieve Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: ~364:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 1537:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopBelieveArp Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: ~368:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 065
RealDrums in Song: CountryEven16: a: Brushes b: Snare, HiHat

Posted at 11:27 AM

December 03, 2018 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows is Here!

Attention all Band-in-a-Box® for Windows users... our 2019 version is now available!

There are 64 new features, including our brand-new 64-bit version of Band-in-a-Box®, which works well with the latest plugins and 64-bit OS features! There's also a new 64-bit VST Plugin of Band-in-a-Box®, which you can use inside your favorite DAW (Cakewalk, Reaper, ProTools, etc.) to generate styles, RealTracks, RealDrums, Multi-Riffs, etc. With version 2019 we include a 64-bit GM MIDI synth VSTSynthFont64 with default GM soundfonts, allowing you to specify any GM soundfont even larger ones (up to 2 GB)... AND SO MUCH MORE!

Watch our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 - Everything you need to know in under 6 minutes! video to see the new version in action! Click here to view.

PLUS... During our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows release, we're offering some AMAZING upgrade pricing - save over 40% on most upgrades! Plus, we have a Bonus PAK full of great new Add-ons FREE! You can upgrade it to the 2019 49-PAK to receive even more NEW Add-ons including up 40 additional RealTracks... that's 242 NEW RealTracks!

Band-in-a-Box® packages: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm

Bonus PAKs: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.bonuspaks_2019.htm

Posted at 11:13 AM

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