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March 28, 2019 User Showcase Song - Piece of Cake

User Showcase Song - Piece of Cake

By forum user cubanpete

"Hi there! After watching a movie of the Great Gatsby era I thought of making a tune with the sounds of the dance halls back then... I give you: Piece of Cake"

Style is _DIXTEDY.STY (Dixieland Teddy Quartet)

RealTracks in song: ~443:Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Sw 140
RealTracks in style: ~1615:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm DixielandFast Sw 165
RealTracks in song: ~1613:Banjo, Tenor, Rhythm DixielandFastA-B Sw 165
RealTracks in song: ~1630:Trumpet, BackgroundSoloist DixielandFast Sw 165
RealTracks in song: ~1629:Trumpet, Soloist DixielandFast Sw 165
RealDrums [in Song:Dixieland^3-a:Ride & Cross-stick, b:Ride & Boisterous Backbeat

Listen on Soundcloud at

Posted at 02:38 PM

March 27, 2019 User Showcase Song - Heroes

By forum user musician17

"A new track from me. Done with_HOMESIK.STY (Homesick Soft Pop Serenade), plus the 1835:Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopModernGrooveGritty Ev16 075 solo track. Voice recorded and mixed with the BIAB track in Audacity."

Listen at:


And the heroes stand up.
And they never give up
Their faith in a better life

And the heroes defy
Expectations, and try
For a world of peace, not strife.

And we owe it to them
To avoid, once again,
The path that leads to pain

When they all, young and old,
Want a wonderful world
Where there's sunshine, where there's rain.


They stand up today
As they do, always,
Every time and place,
Smiles on their face.

They stand up, like this,
They believe in peace;
They believe, do you?
That to love is true.



And we owe it to them
To avoid, once again,
The path that leads to pain

When they all, young and old,
Want a wonderful world
Where there's sunshine, where there's rain.

Posted at 01:03 PM

March 25, 2019 Introducing the Vocals of Shane McConnell!

We introduced Male Vocals to our RealTracks Collection with Dave Wise in RealTracks Set 278, but couldn't stop there! Now we've added Shane McConnell with the 2019 release of RealTracks Set 328: Gospel Low Vocal Mmms!

RealTracks Set 328: Gospel Low Vocal Mmms is available for $29 here, and is also included in the Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, Audiophile Edition, or PlusPAK Upgrade. You can also purchase this RealTracks Set bundled with all the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 released Country RealTracks (Sets 320-328) in the RealPAK: Country 15 for $79.

Posted at 09:50 AM

March 25, 2019 User Showcase Song - You Don't Know What You're Missing

My Dad was a real character and he had a bunch of great sayings. I was thinking of some of his well worn lines and realized this was a treasure trove of song ideas. I bounced this one off Bud Merritt and he was able to point me in the right direction for the 2nd verse and the ending chorus. Against his objections he gets a writing credit because without his contribution the song would not have gone where it went. Thanks Bud, and a big thanks to Janice for her impeccable harmony.

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, Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Tom Adams Harmony Vocal, Janice Merritt
RealTracks in song: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2718:Guitar, Nylon, Fingerpicking CountryBrent Ev 085
Royalty Free Loops

Posted at 08:20 AM

March 22, 2019 Learn More About the Redesigned Band-in-a-Box® SongPicker!

Wow - how much do you LOVE the redesigned SongPicker in Band-in-a-Box® 2019?!

The SongPicker within Band-in-a-Box® accesses the folder of your choosing for easy opening of all your favorite songs, or song files purchased from a third party or shared by a friend, member of your band, etc.

Now, with this redesigned feature, you can view the chord progression for your selected song without having to open it in Band-in-a-Box® and can copy the information from this window right into a TXT file!

The new progress bar is a great visual aid when you're updating the folder - for instance, if you load the ENTIRE Band-in-a-Box® folder, that's over 15,000 songs - and it's nice to see the progress/confirmation on screen. Not that you'll be waiting long - since the SongPicker now builds lists faster!

Plus, there's so many filters added - searching for the song you want has never been easier!

Click here for a detailed write up on this redesigned feature, or watch the Video - SongPicker Overview.

Posted at 11:40 AM

March 22, 2019 User Showcase Song - Sneaky (Slow Rockabilly)

Here's a slow Rockabilly instrumental.

I used the style _RCKBLSS , but used only the Piano and the drums. The baritone guitar is a Line6 Variax James Tyler, The solo, background guitars and riffs are played on my Gretch Jet G6129TR and Gretch G5420T.

Posted at 10:14 AM

March 21, 2019 TBT - Band-in-a-Box® 2015 Sound Bytes Review!

Band-in-a-Box® 2015 for Windows was released on December 2014, and added GUI enhancements, support for 64-bit VST Plugins using jBridge, the ability to Load & Play videos PLUS save your song as a video... and more!

Check out the candid Sound Bytes review of Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Windows here.

Band In a Box grew up and became very mature software, offering a whole new world of possibilities – and we all just missed the progress, thinking that it is still the old toy that we used to know.
-A. Arsov

Posted at 11:07 AM

March 21, 2019 User Showcase Song - It Ain't Love

My professional duties over the past few weeks have not allowed me that much time for my songwriting hobby or for listening to a lot of the songs on the forum. I did manage this track. We sang a hymn in church in the key of Cm; I liked that key, and decided to write this song. (This song has nothing to do with the hymn, though.)

RT677 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RockBritDriving
RT996 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm HardRockLACrisp
RT381 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Syncopated Sugar
RT686 Organ, B3, Background Pop
RC1169 Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockMediumBrent
RT2688 Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockBrentSimple
RT521 Bass, Electric, Pop Syncopated
BB RealDrums-Rock90s^01-ClsdHtSn,OpnHtSn

Posted at 09:08 AM

March 20, 2019 User Showcase Song - Hubris

Got a strange one to share. I snatched lyrics from Ray (rayc on forum). Since he allowed me to follow my instincts with them, it was a fun, freestyle project. Not really sure what style of music this relates to. Please do not be shy, hard or soft critique is ALWAYS welcomed. Thank you for listening!

2 parallel arrangements Midi in vArranger / Real tracks in BIAB.
RealDrums: AmericanaRoots16th Pedal Steel: 2667
Synths of Halion Sonic. + 75 pounds of various FX
Mixed in Cakewalk.
Ray-Lyrics / Misha-Rest

Posted at 08:32 AM

March 20, 2019 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Chord Options

Learn more about the Chord Options within Band-in-a-Box® 2019: Watch the video.

Posted at 08:26 AM

March 19, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 625 Now Available

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 625 Now 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 1.13.5 is included in this patch.

Summary of changes for build 625 (March 19, 2019):

This is a cumulative update patch, which works from any 2019 build. VST DAW Plugin update to 1.13.5 (Mar 7) is included in this patch.

Improved: Faster program bootup.
Improved: The SongPicker has sorting added. Each column can be sorted in forward or reverse order by clicking on the column.
Improved: New buttons [Search] and [Search Again] in the SongPicker allow you to search for certain text.
Improved: In the SongPicker, pressing the first letter jumps to that song (using the sorted column). If you type more than one character (within 2 seconds), such as typing ba it will jump to songs beginning with "ba".
Improved: SongPicker Options window has "play when chosen" added.
Improved: SongPicker Options window has option to disable sorting (if you have a slow machine and more than 40,000 songs in a list, you might want to disable sorting).
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box might prompt user to re-activate their license. Users who are still getting a message such as "program can only used on one computer" at bootup, can repair their license with this small .exe.
Fixed: Noise and frozen playback problems when using SampleTank 3 on some computers.
Fixed: The Big Lyrics window would automatically open when opening a song that contained only section text events.
Fixed: RealDrums picker might crash if no RealDrums are selected.
Fixed: The letter R cannot be used in note based lyrics.
Fixed: Audio base tempo would not be applied until song was reopened or Audio Edit window open prior to playback.
Fixed: The SongPicker displayed a dark grey background after rebuilding.
Fixed: Various minor typos in StylePicker and Titles database as reported.
Improved: LD harmonica RealTracks will now work better over major chord progressions.
Fixed: Look Ma More MIDI .SGU demos were not loading from StylePicker.
Improved: Strings, Rhythm PopCountry Sw 120: gaps are filled more appropriately.
Fixed: RockEven16 Drums sometimes played an ending bar in the middle of the song in the B section.
Fixed: Various RealDrums transcriptions had issues with bars displaying incorrectly.
Added: RealDrums transcriptions
Fixed: Guitar, Electric, Background ModernFunkSingleNotesBob Ev16 11 transcription partially incorrect.
Fixed: _SONGBRD demo was at an incorrect tempo.
Added: RealTracks Transcriptions
Fixed: Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm FastPowerRockQuinn Ev 160 - some chords incorrectly played.
Fixed: Synth, BellPad, Rhythm 80sPopMelodic Ev 120 was not playing back properly.
Fixed: Bass, Electric, PeruFestejo68 Sw 120 now plays m7b5 chords more accurately.
Fixed: Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPicked8ths Ev 165 and Bass, Electric, PunkFuzzPickedA-B Ev 165 were playing a few incorrect chords.
Improved: Several acoustic strumming guitar audition demos.
Fixed: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernPopHardHighMurray Ev16 075 was playing incorrect chords in certain instances.
Fixed: Charango, Rhythm AndesHuayno Ev16 085 and Electric, AndesHuaynoA-B Ev16 085 were not playing all chords
Fixed: A few RealStyles (e.g. _longing.sty) previously had parts on the melody track, and would therefore delete any existing melodies.
Fixed: _Arabian demo incompatible with localized BB versions.

Posted at 01:42 PM

March 19, 2019 User Showcase Song - Angelas' Theme

Composed this for my daughter recently. She loves it fortunately...

Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic Piano (1), Strings (49),
RealTracks in song: ~534:Bass, Electric, Pop Sw 065
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 3010:Piano, Rhythm CelticAirDave Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3267:Cello, Background CelticAirFlowingNatalie Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2058:Strings, Rhythm CelticAir Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 1805:Synth Pad, PopBelieve Ev16 065

Posted at 10:13 AM

March 18, 2019 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Chord Sheet Display Options

Learn more about the Chord Sheet Display Options within Band-in-a-Box® 2019: Click here to watch the video.

You can also read all about Chord Sheet Display Options within our Online Manual.

Posted at 09:40 AM

March 18, 2019 User Showcase Song - Lonesome Tonight

I wrote this song 15 years ago, now I revisited it by re-arranging and singing the vocals. Basically a reggae song, but, because BIAB is such an inspirational tool, I have added elements from other genres as well, hopefully it doesn't sound a mess. I would call this a humoristic break-up song, because of the name-dropping - references to song titles of certain artists, flowers and places in Europe.

MIDI Instruments: Rock Organ (style: MARLEY.STY - SampleTank 3)
RealDrums: Reggae
536:Bass, Acoustic, Pop Sw 120
1142:Ukulele, Strumming FolkSwing Sw 110
1141:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountrySwingCleanPicked Sw 110
943:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment JazzStrideBallad Sw 085
1207:Fiddle, Soloist GypsyJazzBallad Sw 110
2672:Pedal Steel, Rhythm HawaiianSwing Sw 110
Vocals: by me
Mixed in Cakewalk by BandLab.

Posted at 09:07 AM

March 15, 2019 Add Cellist Natalie Haas to Your Band with RealTracks Set 325!

New with Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows - RealTracks Set 325: Celtic Cello with Natalie Haas!

Watch the video demo of these RealTracks here.

RealTracks Set 325: Celtic Cello with Natalie Haas is available for $29 here, and is also included in the Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, Audiophile Edition, or PlusPAK Upgrade. You can also purchase this RealTracks Set bundled with all the Band-in-a-Box® 2019 released Country RealTracks (Sets 320-328) in the RealPAK: Country 15 for $79.

Learn more about Natalie Haas here.

Posted at 10:33 AM

March 15, 2019 User Showcase Song - Composition of Happiness (幸せの構図)

Several years ago, I produced an original CD album which title is “Escargot” with 10 songs for our local vocalist, Natsuki Yoshikawa.
This song is the last song of the album and written with full orchestration.
The lyrics were written by Hazuki Morino, a female lyricist belonging to our local lyricist group named "Escargot" with deep interaction with the music circle I belong to.
Our music circle is constantly making a lot of works jointly with the group “Escargot”.
Title: 幸せの構図 (Translation: Composition of Happiness)
Vocal: Natsuki Yoshikawa, our local female jazz vocalist

Style is HRPORK44.STY (MIDI)
Bass (49) assigned to Contrabasses,
Strings (50) assigned to 4 French Horns,

Style is alberti.STY (MIDI)
Acoustic Piano (1) assigned to Concert Piano,

Additional instruments (1st violins, 2nd violins, Violas, Cellos, Oboe, English horn, Bassoon & Harp) scored by me.
All instruments played with EastWest symphonic orchestra except Concert Piano played with Steingberg The Grand.

Posted at 09:23 AM

March 14, 2019 User Showcase Song - Just In Time For Easter

Here is my political song. Just in Time for Easter.

All words and music copyright 2019 by David Snyder, ASCAP/Day of Faith Records

David Snyder, Taylor Acoustic and Fender Telecaster Electric Guitars, Vocals, Production, Engineering, Mastering.

RealTracks in style: ~388:Bass, Electric, Metal Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 645:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopRockBritEdgy Ev 120
RealDrums [in style:RockClassicBritEv^2-a:Snare, Closed HiHat , b:Snare, Open HiHat

Posted at 01:03 PM

March 13, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Review!

Visit and you'll find a recent (and thorough!) review of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows!

Band-in-a-Box has evolved into an expansive musical tool-set, able to aid both novice and experienced musicians to produce not only new compositions and arrangements, but also perform them with excellent musical "talent". It's easy to use the basic functions, and challenging enough to keep you occupied for years. An amazing program.

Sound quality: 5/5 Stars
Ease of use: 4/5 Stars
Features: 5/5 Stars
Bang for buck: 5/5 Stars
Overall: 4.75/5 Stars!

Posted at 12:11 PM

March 13, 2019 User Showcase Song - I've Got the Moon

This is another collaboration with John Vaughan. It’s a song John started writing that I stumbled upon, then started messing with (as I tend to do), and ended up going in a quirkier, offbeat direction both lyrically and musically than I’m sure either of us quite expected. I guess you just go where the muse leads you. Anyway, this is the result, and I hope it’s worth the listen.
©2019 DJ Lekich/John Vaughan

The Band:
Drums: RealDrumss JazzBrushes
Bass: Real 398, Acoustic, Jazz Paul
Guitar: Real 952, Acoustic, Rhythm Country Boogie
Ukulele: Real 1142 Strumming Folk Swing
Clarinet: Real 764 Soloist, Older Swing
Piano: Real 772, Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz

Posted at 08:17 AM

March 12, 2019 User Showcase Song - What We Lost

Hey, thanks for listening and commenting

What We Lost:
© 2019 Kenny Leverett

Drums Folk16ths Slow Brushes
Bass 2877 Americana Slow 16ths
Mandola 3148 Americana Folk
Mandola 3150 Background Americana Folk
Guitar 3109 Electric Rhythm Americana Folk
Fiddle 3141 5 String Background Folk

Posted at 11:07 AM

March 12, 2019 Video - Fold & Unfold Your Song Form in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Learn how to Unfold & Fold your song within your Band-in-a-Box® song with our latest video: Fold & Unfold Your Song Form.

For more information about this feature within Chapter 6: Making Songs of our Online Manual.

Posted at 10:55 AM

March 08, 2019 User Showcase Song - Don't Wait Till Tomorrow

"Don't Wait Till Tomorrow" by forum user Rustyspoon#

"Hi Folks!
For some reason I thought February would be slow...Was I wrong! With all the work and snow storm clean ups it left virtually no time for my hobby of writing tunes. :) Thankfully some days were more kind to me than others and I managed to write a tune that I dedicate to my wife.

Initial midi arrangement was done in vArranger. Then moved to BIAB to make a rough sketch with RealTracks. Synths of Halion Sonic. Mixed in Cakewalk.
2783: Sax Alto
2415: Sax. Soprano, Soloist BossaJack

Posted at 11:00 AM

March 08, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 623 Now 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 1.13.5 is included in this patch.

Summary of changes for Band-in-a-Box® Version 2019 build 623 (March 7, 2019):

Fixed: The SongPicker might crash if clicking on a control when there is no song selected.
Fixed: Changing the Soloist track type to Drums did not work.
Fixed: Rendering errors with styles that had long medley & multi track names.
Fixed: The MIDI Monitor and Drums Window would not display in the language selected.
Improved: The VSTSynthFont64 performs faster when reverb is enabled.
Fixed: Holds not working properly for Piano, Electric, Rhythm Fusion styles
Fixed: PERCMARACASJOROPO68^_060 not found.

Summary of fixes for the VST DAW Plugin (1.13.5)

Fixed: Quiet right channel when testing audio in standalone plugins.
Fixed: DAW sync issue in Cakewalk.
Fixed: DAW sync issue with non 4-bar song form.
Added: Option in preferences for plugin playback in sync with DAW.
Removed: Option in preferences to Keep BBW Open (no longer needed).
Added: Audio playback through DAW driver (sync option will highlight track in red when clicked).
Fixed: Bar highlighting starting at intro after first chorus.

Posted at 10:32 AM

March 07, 2019 User Showcase Song - February Moon

A tribute to the new funky BiaB 2019

"If you don't like Funk music, please skip this post."

I love that the management of this fine company got artists like Mark Lettieri, Sput Searight, Keita Ogawa and many others included in the 2019 version of BiaB. I really like some of the new funky styles. This is a tribute to those styles (especially the percussion).

Posted at 07:58 AM

March 06, 2019 Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: MIDI Track Picker

Learn more about using the MIDI Track Picker within Band-in-a-Box® 2019 with our latest YouTube video.

Posted at 12:19 PM

March 05, 2019 YouTube Find - EricBlackMonGuitar How-to's with Band-in-a-Box® Backing Tracks!

The EricBlackmonGuitar YouTube Channel is packed with a huge variety of music lessons from Studio Music Instructor Eric Blackmon. Eric uses Band-in-a-Box for his backing tracks - it's often easier to learn and practice with backing tracks!

Click here to watch ErickBlackmonGuitar's February videos using Band-in-a-Box®

Posted at 01:20 PM

March 05, 2019 User Showcase Song - I Want You To Know Me

6 years ago, Tom and I did our first co-write.
By pure coincidence, it was posted on March 4th - which it turns out is our birthday. BOTH of us! We have done a "birthday song" every year since.

So, now... a little more (of our) history...

©2019 floyd jane and Tom Adams.

floyd jane: vocals, harmony, production, mix
Tom Adams: vocals, harmony, tele (rhythm and licks), pedal steel
Janice Merritt: harmony (engineered by Bud Merritt)

RealTracks in style: ~~519:Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1771:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkMovinMuted Ev16 130
RealTracks in song: 1770:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkMovinChords Ev16 130
RealTracks in song: 2933:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking SongwriterFolkSlapQuinn Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 2635:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryBluesRockHigh Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 671:Organ, B3, Background Southern Ev 120
RealDrums in style: NashvilleSkip^03-a:SideStick, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat

As always, a HUGE thanks to Janice & Bud!! Hopefully, this will continue for many years to come...

Happy Birthday, bro!

Posted at 09:56 AM

March 04, 2019 Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: Song Form Maker

Did you know there is a Song Form Maker feature within Band-in-a-Box®? It allows you to define sections of a song (A, B, C etc.), and then rearrange the song by simply typing the form you want (e.g. AABABAACA). Accessing this feature is easy! Just press the [Song Form] button and select Song Form Dialog from the menu. Watch this feature in action here.

Read more about this feature here.

Posted at 10:26 AM

March 04, 2019 User Showcase Song - Maybe

Some months ago I posted a song here and got very nice reactions. This should have encouraged me to send more numbers, but I did not post more songs. Why that was, I don't know. Yes, wait... I do know. I did not know what I can ask from you, beside listening to that song.
And here I am again. With another song I recently made. It's called Maybe.

And I still want you to listen to it, but I have question as well.
I made the song in BiaB and the style is called Wounded, although I changed some of the instruments.
What I noticed is that all instruments stop where you want them too (luckily), but if you want them to play just a little longer to avoid 'hard cuts' I can't see how to do that other than in a DAW. Although not a really tough point, I do hope one of you can tell if that can be avoided. The chord-options button does noy do this job.
Let me know if you know.

Posted at 09:24 AM

March 01, 2019 Video - Copying Bars in Band-in-a-Box® 2019

Learn all about the various ways to copy bars within Band-in-a-Box® with our latest video, Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: Copying Bars.

Posted at 11:34 AM

March 01, 2019 User Showcase Song - In a Gypsy Jazz Cafe

I recently re-strung my trusty old Yammy APX3 with some 'gypsy jazz' strings to see if I liked the tone.
This resulted in this little tune, like you might hear in a little wayside continental Cafe. A bit GJ, a bit Latin - a lot of Fun.

Style is _GYPSLAT.STY (Latin Gypsy Jazz w/ Drums) with mods as below -
RealTracks in style: 1445:Bass, Acoustic, GypsyJazzLatin Ev 165
RealTracks in style: 1450:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GypsyJazzLatinJohn Ev 165
RealTracks in style: 1449:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GypsyJazzLatinGonzalo Ev 165
RealTracks in song: 1173:Accordion, Rhythm PopCalypso Ev 100
RealDrums [in style:GypsyJazzLatinEv: a: GypsyJazzLatinEvb: GypsyJazzLatinEv
Footnote - the strings are now gone, replaced by my usual Elixir PBs.

Posted at 11:26 AM

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