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February 15, 2019 Holiday Hours - Family Day (Mon, Feb 18)

Monday, February 18th is Family Day!

Our hours on this holiday will be:
Customer Service: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST
Technical Support: Closed.

Regular hours resume Tuesday, February 19th.

Posted at 11:26 AM

February 15, 2019 User Showcase Song - Funky Church

Been creating lots of different kinds of music lately. My newest obsession in Lo-Fi Hip Hop. Its more of a relaxing instrumental form of hip hop usually with some vocal or instrumental samples. I started this song out as a typical Lo-Fi song but it started getting a little funky. So I used BIAB to add in some funk guitar and an extra electric piano part.

2157:Piano, Electric Vintage, Rhythm Funky Groove
2617:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Funk

Other Instruments
Serum - Synth
Groove Agent - Drums
Sampletank - Bass

Posted at 09:37 AM

February 14, 2019 Video - Setting And Organizing Your Favorite Styles in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Learn how quickly you can set up and organize your list of your favorite styles in Band-in-a-Box® with our latest video - we have more than 6,000 Styles, so you could find this feature VERY helpful to streamline your songwriting! Click here to watch the video on our YouTube channel.

Visit Chapter 6 of the Online Manual to read more about applying Styles within Band-in-a-Box®.

Posted at 11:51 AM

February 14, 2019 User Showcase Song - ガールでGo! (Translation: Let’s go, Girls!)

This song is re-arranged for our latest recording session in this winter.
I wrote it with Japanese girls' rock band style.
I would like to introduce you two versions with the same score, which are the RealTrack version and the live band version.
Any comments encouraged. Always welcome.

Title: ガールでGo! (Translation: Let’s go, Girls!)

Vocal: TAKAKO, our local female jazz vocalist

Link of RealTracks Version:

Link of Live Band Version by Yamaha Teachers and students:

Style is _ROKAMER.STY Pop American Guitar Style
RealTracks in style: ~388:Bass, Electric, Metal Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 629:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanDirty Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 632:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanMuted Ev 120
RealTracks in style: ~405:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1171:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockUpbeatBrent Ev 140
RealDrums in Style: NashvilleEven8^6-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat Open

Posted at 09:38 AM

February 13, 2019 User Showcase Song - Little Mover

hi guys work a little on vst plugin on the sax part in this tune me on solo guitar created this medley maker then to bandlab Style is _JPLMBOS.STY (Medium Bossa Pollwinners 2)

RealTracks in style: 2284:Bass, Acoustic, BossaRon Ev 140
RealTracks in style: ~2288:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm BossaKenny Ev 140
RealTracks in song: 2606:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzRock8thsJon Ev 120
RealDrums [in Song:ModJazz^01-a:Snare, HiHat, b:Ride, Quarter SS, vst plugin,2779 sax tenor bossa ev 140

Posted at 09:07 AM

February 13, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 619 Available

An update is available for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2019!

Learn more about this update & download it here.

This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2019 build. VST DAW Plugin update to 1.11.14 is included in this patch.

There is also a separate RealTracks patch available! Click here to review the updates and download this patch.

Summary of changes for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2019 build 619:
Fixed: "Pause Play until MIDI or key received" setting did not work if using WAS audio drivers.
Fixed: Some important flash messages were not displaying properly.
Fixed: The 64 bit version did not have the MIDI Monitor window.
Fixed: The drums window would not update after toggling "Display QWERTY Chars On Drums" setting.
Fixed: Saving an XML or ABC file will sometimes crash Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: Some ASIO devices would fail to start with error "Your ASIO driver uses a MAC-based data format. The program does not support MAC-basedformats."
Improved: ASIO now supports extra audio formats: 64 bit float samples, and big endian sample types (16, 18, 20, 24, & 32 bit).
Fixed: If an ASIO audio device has more than 32 input or output ports, Band-in-a-Box would crash with an access violation when leaving the ASIO Audio Drivers window.
Fixed: Silent gaps between RealTracks riffs were not being filled.
Fixed: There were undesirable gaps between riffs in RealTracks 1278: Synth Pad, PopUplift Ev 120.

Summary of fixes for the VST DAW Plugin:
Fixed: Generating a single RealDrums rendered wrong track and had wrong name sometimes.
Fixed: UserTracks not showing correct name, or not generating sometimes.
Fixed: Loops and UserTracks were sometimes ALL CAPS names.
Fixed: Drums track names showed up as "N/A" drums when style loaded from a song.
Improved: Generating only the master works better.
Improved: Master.mid and indivudal MIDI files are saved.
Improved: Names for style tracks when on melody or soloist.
Fixed: Generating a loop when the style contained a soloist track wasn't working.
Fixed: In some DAWs an error could occur while dragging tracks.
Fixed: Blue square filled up after generating only master track.
Fixed: Midi playback caused crash in some DAWs (e.g. Pro Tools, Studio One)
Fixed: Render hangs with large render wav file in some cases.

Posted at 08:59 AM

February 11, 2019 The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 49-PAK with 40 Unreleased RealTracks!

Our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 49-PAK is still available, and it's PACKED with Add-ons you'll want in your Band-in-a-Box® library!

The 2019 49-PAK includes 40 UNRELEASED RealTracks, 10 "Low Man" & Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, 6 MIDI SuperTracks in MIDI SuperTracks Set 28: Pop Basses, 6 more MIDI SuperTracks with Set 29: More Organ, Piano & Accordion, 21 RealDrums Transcriptions, 240 guitar licks and riffs in Instrumental Studies 7: Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks and Instrumental Studies 8: Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Licks, 30 new MIDI Styles, and Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly! Learn more and listen to demos:

Add this to your Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK purchase for just $49! Purchasing an UltraPAK, UltraPAK+ or Audiophile Edition? As of January 16th, the 49-PAK is included in your purchase (uncompressed RealTracks files for the Audiophile too)!

Learn more about the 49-PAK and listen to demos at

Posted at 11:55 AM

February 11, 2019 User Showcase Song - Dark Days

In 2016 I had a dream about a grunge band which split before they got a record deal, but I heard one of their demo song called Dark Days, and I thought in the dream that the song was worth recording. When I woke up, I thought I had to write down that song, although I had only the title and the mood of the song left in my mind. This is what I managed to reconstruct from that dream. This is one of my favorite songs, I'm really satisified with the story, the melody and lyrics especially in the bridge and the outro part, but I think the chorus might still need some rethinking, some issues with rhyming. You may need to study what "great attractor" and "eternal return" mean

Anyway, BIAB was a big help to create the right style for the song, the drums and solo guitarists fit perfectly my vision.

RealDrums: MetalHalfTime, MetalSlowBigTomGroove
Accordion #1292
Acoustic guitar #2051
Acoustic piano #1690
Electric bass #387
Electric guitar #1000, #1689, #390, #2584, #2585
Electric guitar solo #1530, #2586
Synth pad #1840

Sound effects: rumble, wood warbler

Vocals: Janne (+BIAB audio harmonies in the bridge)

Posted at 08:49 AM

February 08, 2019 User Showcase Song - Life Keeps Getting Shorter

I was at the funeral of a family member recently and was looking at some of the old family photos. What a different time it was for me growing up. My world was a piece of Beech Nut chewing gum that was handed to me by my Grandpa while he sang the Mail Pouch Tobacco song. In life as in just about everything else, simpler is better. As I told a cousin, a little hillbilly blood helps to keep you humble.

Recorded in Logic Pro X
Plug Ins : Nectar 2, Neutron 2, Ozone 8, Tonal Balance, Waves LinMB, Waves, L3-LL Multi Limiter, CLA Acoustic, Waves Vocal Rider, Waves Bass Rider

Vocals, Flat Pick Acoustic Guitar, Tom Adams
RealTracks in style: ~~592:Bass, Acoustic Bluegrass Doc Ev 100
RealTracks in style: ~~589:Banjo, Bluegrass Doc Ev 100 (Rhythm)
RealTracks in style: ~~598:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Bluegrass Doc Ev 100
RealTracks in style: ~~599:Mandolin, Rhythm Bluegrass Doc Ev 100
RealTracks in song: ~591:Banjo, Bluegrass Doc Ev 100 (Soloist)
RealTracks in song: ~820:Mandolin Soloist Bluegrass Ev 100
Royalty Free Loops

Posted at 09:47 AM

February 08, 2019 Video - Selecting the Best RealTracks for Your Song in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows

With over 2,700 RealTracks available for Band-in-a-Box®, you may find this "Selecting the Best RealTracks for your Song" video helpful! In this video we go over the "select best RealTracks" dialog within Band-in-a-Box® 2019: Click here to watch.

For more information on this feature, visit the Chapter 6 | Using RealTracks in Songs

Posted at 09:18 AM

February 07, 2019 Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: The Soloist Overview

Get to know the Band-in-a-Box® Soloist feature with our latest video: Watch now...

Read more about this feature within our Online manual: Chapter 6 | Adding Solo - "The Soloist"

Posted at 11:14 AM

February 07, 2019 User Showcase Song - Mottagrossa Beach

Here's a song I made some times ago, after a beautiful holidaly in Vasto (Italy).
I went in Mottagrossa Beach and I was impressed so much that I made this music.

For the clean classic style:

For rock&latin style:

the band & the style:
Style is _RDHO_LS.STY (Mid Tempo Latin Blues)
RealTracks in style: ~519:Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 120
RealTracks in song: ~~405:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 888:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment PopBronx Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 587:Sax, Tenor, 2-Beat Rock Ev 110
RealDrums [in style:BossaBrushesFull^1-a:Sidestick, Brushes , b:Sidestick, Ride

Posted at 11:07 AM

February 06, 2019 User Showcase Song - Blow Like The Wind

Here's a demo of a song I've recently written. Hope you'll like it!
©2019 FGVillegas

Style is _PMODGR+.STY

RealTracks in style: 1827:Bass, Electric, PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 1828:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGroove Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 1831:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopModernGrooveBrightA-B Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 1842:Synth Pad, PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 2975:Vocal Oohs-Aahs, Rhythm Pop3-part Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 624:Fiddle, Soloist George Ev 085
RealDrums in Style: PopModernGrooveSync16^5-a:Snare on 4, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat

Mixed using Logic Pro X

Posted at 07:45 AM

February 06, 2019 Video - The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Nuendo® - Extended Version!

This video is the EXTENDED VERSION of our previous video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Nuendo® - Click here to watch.

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

Posted at 07:39 AM

February 05, 2019 User Showcase Song - There Is A Cello In My Soup

I found this new style in the 2019-version: _Doomed and wanted to try it out. Was intrigued by the Cello meet heavy rock. It's a bit like the beauty meet the beast...

There Is A Cello In My Soup:

I included a soloist too from RT3232.

Posted at 12:01 PM

February 05, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 617 Available

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows users... Build 617 is available!

Learn more and download here.
The VST DAW Plugin update to 1.11.11 is included in this patch.

Summary of changes for build 617:
Fixed: After stopping playback the first time in a session, MIDI out to plugins will not work until song starts playing again. This only applies to WAS audio drivers when using "output always on".
Fixed: If switching from WAS to MME audio drivers, playback would be very distorted.
Fixed: The 64 bit version did not have the Drums window.

This patch update will also include Build 615-616...
Summary of changes for build 616
Fixed: Soloist track menu > Track Actions > Erase Track, would cause all menu items (eg. TimeShift Melody) to be applied to the Soloist track.
Fixed: Leaving the Leadsheet memo dialog will crash Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: [Copy to Lyric Document Window] copies gibberish text to Lyric Document Window.
Fixed: [Copy to Lyric Document Window] does not work if the Lyric Document Window has not been opened yet.
Fixed: The Choose MultiDrums dialog will crash with error "List index out of bounds" if there are no MultiDrums available.
Improved: Windows Audio Session error -9996 should report a more informative error message on Windows 10.

Summary of changes for build 615
Added: 64-bit versions of the PG DirectX Plugins.
Added: Support has been added for the 64 bit PG Music DirectX Plugins. If opening a .TGS or a song file that assigns the 32 bit versions of these plugins, Band-in-a-Box will automatically load the 64 bit version. Song files will also save backwards compatible .TGS data so 32 bit versions of Band-in-a-Box will load the 32 bit version of these plugins.
Fixed: If using WAS audio drivers and "output always on" is disabled, MIDI notes will keep playing when song stops and Panic will not turn them off.

All of our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 patch updates are cumulative updates, which works from any 2019 build. You do NOT need to install each individual patch update - just the latest one!

Posted at 11:56 AM

February 04, 2019 PowerTracks Pro Audio 2019 is Here!

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2019 is here, with many new features and enhancements!
-A new toolbar background color and icon set
-Notation Window Enhancements
-Tracks Window Enhancements
-Drum Notation Support
...and more! Read more about the new features here.

Get started with PowerTracks Pro Audio today for as little as $49 - upgrades start at just $29! Purchase options...

Posted at 01:52 PM

February 04, 2019 Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: The Melodist Overview

Get to know the Band-in-a-Box® Melodist feature with our latest video: click here...

Read more about The Melodist in Chapter 6 of our Online Manual.

Posted at 01:38 PM

February 04, 2019 User Showcase Song - Ashes

Here's another co-write with John Vaughn. Seemed fitting to go with a harder rock style with these lyrics . . . but I hadn't quite gone there before with BIAB, and certainly not quite vocally. John was especially patient with me as I seemingly took forever to come up with something somewhat listenable (at least I hope).

For better or worse, here's the result.

Feedback is always welcome and appreciated (my mix, as always, is ever a work in progress). Thanks in advance for taking the time to listen.

Drums: Real Drums Rock Classic Brit Ev^2
Bass: Real 388 Bass, Electric, Metal Ev 120
Lead Guitar: Real 395 Soloist Metal
Guitar 1: Real 1026 Electric Strumming Dirty Open
Guitar 2: Real 496 Guitar, Electric Rhythm StoneZ
Guitar (Backup): Real 391 Electric Rhythm Metal Ev 120
Guitar (Backup) Real 659 Electric Rhythm Texas Rock Chop

Posted at 01:32 PM

February 01, 2019 User Showcase Song - Scat!

Another silly little ditty that gives Janice a chance to “play” a solo. Thanks to Peter for joining in and to PG Music for enabling us to have so much fun!

Vocal: Janice > Rodes NT1 > Scarlett 212 > Logic Pro X > Nectar 2
Guitar Solo: Peter
Guitar Electric Rhythm: Peter

Guitar Acoustic Rhythm: RT 2676 Blues Shuffle / Waves CLA Unplugged
Drums: RD Blues Rock Shuffle / Waves CLA Drums
Drums: RD Blues Rock Shuffle / Snare only / Neutron 2
Congas: RD Conga Shuffle / Neutron 2 / EMT 140 Reverb sim
Tambourine: RD Tambourine Shuffle / EMT 140 Reverb sim
Bass Acoustic: Comped from RT 931 Jazz Waltz (walking) and RT 1206 Gypsy Jazz Ballad / Waves Bass Rider / Neutron 2
Piano: MidiSuperTrack 1800 Texas Blues Rock / Logic Pro X Grand Steinway sound / Ozone Imager / Neutron 2 / EMT 140 Reverb sim

Mix: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Ozone EQ > Waves LinMB > Ozone Maximizer > Ozone Tonal Balance

Posted at 08:16 AM

February 01, 2019 Video - The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Tracktion® - Extended Version!

This video is the EXTENDED VERSION of our previous video that demonstrates the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Tracktion® - Watch now...

View all of our the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin videos here, or check out the YouTube Playlist.

Posted at 08:09 AM

February 01, 2019 The 2018 User Showcase Awards!

Over the past year (2018), we've had over 1,200 new original compositions posted to the User Showcase. Wow! Now there are over 7,000 songs in the User Showcase Forum!

Compared with the previous year, there were 12% more songs posted (1,200), 24% more posts in total (26,880), and 16% more people who posted songs (164)! There were contributions from 25 countries... Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey Channel Is, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA.

We'd like to thank and recognize these amazing contributions that people have made. So, we have announced the "Top 40" User Showcase Awards... to the top 43 contributors of 2018 – and each of them will receive a free Band-in-a-Box® 2019 UltraPAK for Windows (including the 2019 49-PAK!).

Click here to review the winners list.

Thank you to all the creative people who create, produce and share these wonderful songs!

Posted at 07:48 AM

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