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February 28, 2019 Video - the Medley Maker in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Did you know that you can make a medley of your Band-in-a-Box® songs and RealTracks? Watch this quick video to learn more: Click here...

Posted at 10:11 AM

February 28, 2019 User Showcase Song - Fate Is A Woman

I started with an idea to combine tango and funk somehow. So I ended up with this kind of little tune. The words were born quite easily from the thought of dancing tango of life with a fatal woman.

https://soundcloud.com/popfinger/fate-is-a-woman

RealDrums:
LatinFunkAlex^1-a:SdStick, b:BsySnare
RumbaFlamencaPerc^1-a:Sstick, b:Snare
RealTracks:
#3049:Bass, Acoustic, SpanishTangoNeil Ev 120
#1792:Tuba, DixielandMedium Sw 110
#3051:Accordion, Rhythm SpanishTango Ev 120
#2906 Piano, Electric Vintage
#2818:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm GospelSoul8thsBrent Ev16 110
#1637:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkBreezyChords Ev16 075
#2929:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm PopFunkyJoe Ev16 110
#3251:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm ModFunk1NoteMark Ev16 110
#3203 Acoustic Guitar Soloist

Vocals by me
Mixed with Cakewalk By Bandlab

Posted at 08:09 AM

February 26, 2019 User Showcase Song - Train of Thought

TRAIN OF THOUGHT, created in RealBand, is a lively country-flavoured song, featuring guitars, shakuhachi, fiddle and rhythm section.
https://soundcloud.com/user-952388172/train-of-thought

RealTracks:
Fiddle, Soloist Bluegrass Ev 130 (434) Andy Leftwich
Bass, Electric, ClassicFunkRootFiveAlex Ev 130 Alex Al
RealDrums:
NashvillePop16^1 (middle 8: NashvillePop16^6).

Posted at 09:14 AM

February 26, 2019 Video - RealTracks "gap filling" Feature Added with Build 622!

We recently announced build 622 for Band-in-a-Box® 2019 users - this free update includes improved RealTracks generation! Watch the video...

Review and download our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 update patches at https://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm

Posted at 07:26 AM

February 25, 2019 User Showcase Song - The Silence Gets Louder

This is a bit unusual vocal style for me - but as always, the vocal is suspect. On the chorus I've employed my attempt with falsetto. I wrote the lyric in 1996 but never found suitable music for the words. I'm not sure this is where it will end up; but it's where I have at the moment. Open to opinions and suggestions.

The Silence Gets Louder https://soundcloud.com/alananddi/the-silence-gets-louder
© March 1996, Alan D. David, BMI All Rights Reserved

One specific question: Should the drums be louder? I think so but interested in hearing your thoughts.

File: THE SILENCE GETS LOUDER
Key=Gm , Tempo 65, Length (m:s)=4:03
Style is _STALWRT.STY (Stalwart Mod Vocal Country Solo)
DrumsCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
SoloistCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
RealTracks in style: 1036:Bass, Electric, NorthernRockBallad Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 1513:Guitar, Electric, Soloist CountryBrent Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 1003:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockPicking Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: 1037:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm NorthernRockBallad Ev 065
RealTracks in song: ~688:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 2952:Strings, Rhythm JazzBalladPads Sw 060
RealDrums [in Song:ModernPopBallad16ths^03-a:SideStick, Kick, b:Open hat, Sync-kick


Posted at 08:16 AM

February 25, 2019 Video - The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 VST DAW Plugin for Windows® in Cubase® - 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 Cubase® - 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 08:12 AM

February 25, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 622 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 1.12.16 is included in this patch.

Summary of changes for build 622 (Feb 22, 2019):
Improved: RealTracks generation is improved. Silent gaps between riffs are now filled when necessary, giving a more legato sound to instruments that need it. This feature is on by default, but can be disabled by unchecking "Automatically fill gaps between riffs" in the RealTracks Settings window. The setting can also just be disabled for individual RealTracks by going to the Soloist window > Edit > More... and unchecking "Fill riff gaps automatically".
Improved: The RealDrums window resizing is improved. This includes loading/saving of the window's size and position, and column widths. The window is no longer forced to use a single aspect ratios.
Fixed: MaxPluginsToScan.txt was not being read on bootup.
Fixed: RealDrums RealCharts should display in the Drums Window.
Fixed: The memo did not display for many RealDrums in the RealDrums Picker window.
Fixed: Pausing playback should not disable the Juke Box.
Updated: User guide and Help.
Fixed: Possible memory leak when generating RealTracks (build 621 only)
Fixed: Errors when generating some Alex Acuna RealDrums.
Fixed: Some additional RealTracks shots and holds are added and assigned.
Fixed: Miscellaneous minor .STY and audition file errors and typos.
Fixed: Some Organs weren't tempo swapping correctly.
Improved/ transcriptions Added: Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm FolkyWaltzBrent Ev 150 Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking SongwriterAlternating8thsQuinn Ev 065 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AtmosphereWaltzHeldDarin Ev 120 Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm MariachiRanchero Ev 120 Mandola, Rhythm AmericanaFolk68Andy sw 060


Summary of fixes for the VST DAW Plugin(1.12.16):
Fixed: Tool tip for connection status icon
Fixed: Cannot open VST3 in Samplitude Pro X4
Added Favorites list now in saved settings for all plugin instances
Added Shortcuts to chord sheet to the plugin (j[Maj7], h[m7b5], s[7sus], d[dim], S[open style picker], begin[set start bar], chorusend [sets end of chorus], end [sets number of bars], t [sets tempo], tkam [sets key signature e.g. to Am], tram [sets key signature and transposes chord sheet e.g. to Am])
Fixed: Glitch where choruses will say 1/3 when stopped instead of 3
Fixed: When looping playback in a DAW, the BB Plugin still highlights bars in a linear fashion and ignores the loop
Fixed: Issues with bar highlighting
Fixed: If you change the playback location in a DAW without stopping, BB plugin ignores it with bar highlights and continues in a linear fashion.
Fixed: Move deleted files to recycle bin
Added Deletion log file
Fixed: Master not generating on _SHINING.STY
Fixed: Save preferences/filters for style picker
Fixed: RealDrums dragging as style drums
Fixed: Individual tracks not generating more than one chorus
Fixed: Options drop-down cancels generation
Fixed: If RT in 3/4 and style is in 3/4 the error message still pops up
Fixed: Double-clicking bar 1 starts from count in

Posted at 07:33 AM

February 22, 2019 User Showcase Song - Crazy for You

Janice kindly agreed to sing another one of our songs and provides a gorgeous vocal.


https://soundcloud.com/user-98254366/crazy-for-you

Janice - Vocals
Leon - Lyrics
I played most of the guitars (except the L channel acoustic RT)
Bud – invaluable mix assistance, recording Janice and working on the RT Bass.

The Band
RealTracks in style: ~1394:Bass, Acoustic-Guitar, Jazz VerySimple Sw 110
RealTracks in style: 2440:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking FolkySwing Sw 110
RealTracks in song: 2729:Organ, Rhythm BluesShuffleMike Sw 130
RealDrums [in Song:NashvilleSwing8^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
Also a tambourine and a different organ in there as well.

Posted at 08:34 AM

February 21, 2019 User Showcase Song - Words

A remix with Band in a Box. Quite a bit more fleshed out than it has been in the past. Virtual Studio Musicians make a difference.

https://soundcloud.com/phil-leith/words-2019

This new version I kept my original riff and the drums, swallowed my pride a bit and dropped my pattern picking track in favor of one from BIAB (1526:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPowerPushA-B Ev 120 - seriously, I can barely call myself a guitar player). I also added a bass track(1523:Bass, Electric, PopPowerA-B Ev 120), and a piano track(1535:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopPowerPushA-B Ev 120), which I think adds a bit of a spiritual aspect while keeping the energy up. Re-did all the vocals, adding some backing vocals. It's a very repetitive song so I needed to break it up a bit. I looked and looked in BIAB Real Tracks Solo Guitar options for something that fit the feel.

I settled on this (2203:Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopPromiseBrent Ev16 100), though at first I thought it a bit over-the-top. But it's always been a high-energy song, and with a little slicing and dicing and re-arranging of bits and pieces, I have an arrangement I think works.

Posted at 11:48 AM

February 21, 2019 Learn More About Part Markers - New Overview Video!

Adding Part Markers to your Band-in-a-Box® song is a GREAT way to create an even more unique and interesting piece!

Check out our latest video to learn more about using Part Markers with Band-in-a-Box® - Click here to watch...

Read more about this feature when you review the "Part Markers, Substyles, and Song Form" section of Chapter 6 of our online manual here.

Posted at 11:41 AM

February 20, 2019 The Band-in-a-Box® Songs & Lessons PAK - Explained

Every purchase of the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows UltraPAK+ or Audiophile Edition includes The Songs & Lessons PAK!

The Songs & Lessons PAK is loaded with all of the MIDI Essential Riffs and Phrases Series, all of our MIDI Fakebooks, 200 Folk Songs, and Instrumental Studies! It is also available for separate purchase here.

Learn more about The Songs & Lessons PAK: Video link...

Posted at 09:46 AM

February 20, 2019 User Showcase Song - Kingston Blues

I love reggae music, so wanted to try to produce a track in that style. It's not in the style of Bob Marley, but still I tried to capture the laid back Jamaican living style (with a modern twist to the sounds). Build it layer by layer... I think it sounds quite good on headphones or if you have good speakers.

Kingston Blues: https://soundcloud.com/user-656274325/kingston-blues

RealTracks used:
Bass: RT2702
Drums: CloudRap & ReggaeTambo
Piano RT1160
Horns: RT2290

Posted at 09:35 AM

February 19, 2019 User Showcase Song - Time for a Change

About a year ago I put up a song that was a dedication to all the forum members and this one is sort of a continuation of that theme! A lot of us (me) here (certainly not all) are what most folks would say are past our prime LOL....but we still got something to offer! This tune is meant to be an encouragement to all of you to keep sharing your music with the world! Some of you may think your work doesn't have much effect on people but believe it or not it does! Thanks to all of you who have been such an encouragement to me! Lets be bold and keep on rockin'!! Thanks for the listen! Torrey

https://soundcloud.com/torrey-bliss/time-for-a-change

BIAB
Drums - FolkPop8ths MultiStyle
Bass - 686 PopHalfNotesPush
Guitar - 692 AcRockBright Ev
Guitar - 2933 Fingerpicking SongwriterfolkSlapQuinn
Synth - 2704 CloudRapLowOrgan
Accordian - 1752 Rhythm Pop8ths

Me
Vocals
Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Piano
Synths

Posted at 12:24 PM

February 19, 2019 Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: Track Freezing Tutorial

Learn how to freeze your mixer track within Band-in-a-Box® 2019 when you check out our latest video: Click here to watch...

Posted at 12:20 PM

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.

www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm

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.

https://soundcloud.com/user-742389722/funky-church

RealTracks
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: https://soundcloud.com/animarorecords/let-us-go-girls-rt

Link of Live Band Version by Yamaha Teachers and students: https://soundcloud.com/animarorecords/let-us-go-girls

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)

https://www.reverbnation.com/fmmandfriends/song/30472314-little-mover

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: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.49pak.htm

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 https://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.49pak.htm

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

https://soundcloud.com/popfinger/dark-days-1

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
RealTracks:
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.

https://soundcloud.com/tommyad/life-keeps-getting-shorter

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: https://soundcloud.com/sergio-guarneri/mottagrossa-beach

For rock&latin style: https://soundcloud.com/sergio-guarneri/mottagrossa-beach-1

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!

https://soundcloud.com/froilan-g-villegas/blow-like-the-wind
©2019 FGVillegas

BIAB DETAILS:
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: https://soundcloud.com/user-656274325/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. https://soundcloud.com/user-913316932/ashes

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!

soundcloud.com/mootsman/scat

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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