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May 31, 2019 User Showcase Song - PM Blues

I got pretty exited a few weeks ago when I discovered that Pat Martino is a member of the BiaB-family.

I wrote a very short piece of music to showcase a little bit of his talent:

He is a very good guitar player and if you don't know his history then I urge you to read up on it. He had an illness that caused him to forget everything about how to play the guitar, but then he just started to learn it again and later received an award for "best guitar-player". Pretty amazing story!

Posted at 10:38 AM

May 31, 2019 Video - The Melody Sequencer & MIDI Channels in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows

In our latest video, Anthony explains using the Melody Sequencer to separate MIDI channels within the program - Watch now!

Read more about this feature.

Posted at 10:35 AM

May 30, 2019 User Showcase Song - Lost in My Thoughts

I was just experimenting with an orchestra and guitar combo.

BiaB style = Slow, Peaceful 3/4 Orc
Tempo = 45 BPM
Bass - I copied the bass track. One bass track I left as a double bass. The other bass track I transposed up and octave and change the bass to a cellos
The Piano track became a harp track
The guitar became an solid state orchestra track
The strings remained strings
I played the lead violin track via my wind controller.
I copied the lead violin track, lowered it an octave, and change it to a viola track.
All of the above tracks had a Presonus Pro EQ on them.
Lead guitar - my Kramer Nightrider into the Amplifkation Vermilion amp VST. I added the TRS Tape Echo to it.
The master track effects were the Presonus EQ, Presonus compression and the soft tube saturation.

Posted at 09:21 AM

May 29, 2019 User Showcase Song - Love Everyone

This is a video I created for my song "Love Everyone". I am posting in case anyone would like to see it! Thanks for the view/listen!

Drums-Country Pop Ballad
Bass-700 Pop Half Notes Push
Piano-2825 Acoustic Country Pop Mike
Guitar-365 Acoustic Fingerpicking
Guitar-896 12 String Acoustic Rhythm Folk
Guitar-798 Electric Rhythm Southern Snappy
Strings-2058 Celtic Air

Lead Guitar

Love Everyone
Words and music by
Torrey Bliss
Copyright 2019

Posted at 08:08 AM

May 28, 2019 Customers LOVE Band-in-a-Box®!

Here's some of the wonderful feedback we've received lately:

"I gotta admit Band-in-a-Box is great software. I have version 2018 and I use it for a ton of my videos i make on my YouTube channel."
"Wow this program has come a long way over the years! Great sounding audio tracks!"
"I absolutely love this product and use it everyday."
"If you want to write songs, then you should use Band-in-a-Box. I simply love it! It really produces a professional touch!"
"For an amateur songwriter like me this software is a dream come true and the fact that these musicians have been paid to create these tracks makes me happy to use this software without worrying about ripping people off. Just brilliant!"
"I've been a PG Music customer for over 20 years. Best value for music software product hands down. Create a full backing track in minutes and then experiment with styles and different instruments for a whole evening. The software is so good, it's the main component in TRIO band creator!"
"I bought the UltraPAK - wow what a revelation! There is so much that can be done to create a backing track of your own making! It took a while at first but now I feel like a pro in just a Month its good value for money..."
"I've been using Band-in-a-Box for decades and love it. Now using Reaper with Band-in-a-Box - Band-in-a-Box Rocks more than ever!"
"This is the greatest thing out, I've got it, just fantastic!"
"It's absolutely unique. No other music software can do what Band-in-a-Box does, and with such great results"
"Band-in-a-Box is an incredible product. Once you get up and running (and it doesn't take long at all) the musical possibilities are endless. The sound quality of the various styles and instruments is superb!"

Thank you everyone - we think our customers are AMAZING!

Do you love Band-in-a-Box too? Take a moment to check the Video Testimonials offer that is always available, and you could receive your next version FREE! For inspiration, check out the Video Testimonials that have already been submitted here!

Posted at 10:24 AM

May 28, 2019 User Showcase Song - Where Do You Start

The proverbial question...


RealTracks in song: ~701:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 910:Piano, Electric, Rhythm SmoothBallad Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: ~364:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 2337:Violin, Background, PopHigh Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)
RealTracks in song: 2510:Viola, Background PopEven Ev 120 (1TrackStringQuartet)
RealTracks in song: 1856:Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2060:Strings, Rhythm PopCountry Ev 120
RealDrums in style: PopCountry16ths^01-a:Closed Hat, Sync-kick, b:Closed Hat, Rock-kick
Beat track created in Studio One

Harmonies: the janettes (a little bit of me, a whole lot of Janice Merritt)

Thanks for listening.
Comments always welcome.
Have at it.


Posted at 09:48 AM

May 27, 2019 User Showcase Song - Rust On The Rails

A lifetime love of trains lead me (Bud) to attempt the writing of my first autobiographical song. It’s unconventional in many ways but, hey, it’s all about having fun.

Rust On The Rails

Thank you Janice for your support in my tedious efforts to jam four vignettes over many years into a three minute song smile Thanks to floyd for the thoughtful and helpful mix counsel and to Noel for our song structure discussions. And as always to PG Music and this community.

Oh, and pardon me but I couldn’t resist the SC photo of me smile at eight years old. We always appreciate your time to listen and comment.

Vocal: Janice > Rodes NT1 > Scarlett 212 > Logic Pro X
Bass: RT 518 Electric, Pop HalfNotes (multiple comps)
Drums: RD Nashville EV 8ths
Guitar: RT 538 Electric, Rhythm PopBelieveHeld Direct Input (multiple comps)
Piano: MST 1809: Acoustic, Rhythm CountryBalladJohn
Piano: MST 1887: Acoustic, Solo-acc CountryPopJohn
Harmonica: RT 2857 Background CountryPopJellyRoll (multiple comps)
Harmonica: RT 2854 Background CountryPopJellyRoll (multiple comps)

Effects: Nectar 2, CLA Drums, CLA Bass, CLA Guitar, CLA Unplugged, Neutron 2 and Logic Pro X Grand Steinway sound
Mix: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Logic Channel EQ > Waves LinMB > Ozone 8 Imager > Ozone 8 Maximizer > Ozone Tonal Balance

Posted at 08:56 AM

May 27, 2019 Portuguese Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows is Here!

Band-in-a-Box 2019® em Português!

Novas Funções

Posted at 08:47 AM

May 23, 2019 User Showcase Song - The House Of Long Tomorrows

My wife`s 50th birthday approaches - I thought she might enjoy a song about beginnings.Raised ( like so many Thai kids) by her grandmother, she likes to tell tales about their nighttime food foraging and all the tough love.The last verse is a little cryptic, but hopefully she`ll get it.
I`ve listened some to the recent forum songs as a welcome refresher from the full-on fun of doing up a CD;good to hear there`s no reduction in the quality on display!

Band-in-a-Box song info:
Style is _HOMESIK.STY (Homesick Soft Pop Serenade)
RealTracks in style: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2195:Piano, ElectricVintage, Rhythm CoolJazzPopHeld Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 3059:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Muted16thsFintan Ev16 080
RealTracks in song: 2667:Pedal Steel, Background DreamySingleNote Ev 075
RealTracks in song: 1601:Mandolin, Rhythm Pop16Melodic Ev 065
RealDrums [in style:CongasEv16[single] [Multi]

Posted at 11:14 AM

May 22, 2019 User Showcase Song - Cloudy Day

Farfetched Tangmo Band embraces the world, even if the world does not embrace Farfetched Tangmo Band. This vocalist is from Houston. The Saxophonist is from Spain. I also have a different vocalist not featured in this mix from Nigeria. All three came from Message me for contact info. In time, I'll post more in Off-Topics about how all this came about, but for now I'll tell you it is for an amateur theatrical production--something of a romantic comedy.

Cloudy Day:

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Cloudy Day
Key=Bb , Tempo 110, Length (m:s)=4:34
Style is _DAWNING.STY (Dawning Tamb Americana Soul)

RealTracks in style: 2524:Bass, Electric, FunkHalfNotePulseSync Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: 2906:Piano, ElectricVintage, Rhythm BluesyPopMike Ev 100
RealTracks in style: 2905:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BrightBluesyPopColin Ev 100
RealTracks in style: 2904:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm GrittyBluesyPopBrent Ev 100
RealTracks in song: ~686:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 120
RealTracks in song: ~1794:Tuba, DixielandMedium Sw 110 (B: 'walking')
RealDrums [in style:FunkyGroove60s-5 and Tamb [Multi]
RealTracks in song: 2970:Synth, Rhythm DancehallOctaveAB Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 2110:Horn Section, Background, R&B Ev16 110
RealDrums [in Song:WorldPercKeitaFast16ths: a: WorldPercKeitaFast16thsb: WorldPercKeitaFast16ths

Mixed in Acid Pro. This mix is essentially a demo mix. I won't be doing the final mix.

I wrote the song, and arranged the band, and tried to sing it, and failed, and fired myself, and went to fiverr.

Posted at 10:58 AM

May 22, 2019 Polish Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows is Here!

Istnieje wiele ekscytujących nowych funkcji w Band-in-a-Box 2019!

Band-in-a-Box® z RealBand 2019: Pakiety
Band-in-a-Box® z RealBand 2019 dla Windows : Nowych Funkcji

Posted at 10:54 AM

May 21, 2019 User Showcase Song - The One

Here's something new - this is called The One.

All BIAB Tracks:
2474: Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
1765: Guitar, High-Strung Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
378: Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming DoubleTime Ev 088
1943: Synth, Rhythm, EuroDance Strings Ev 120
2541: Pedal Steel, Background Ev 110
RealDrums: NashTrainEv16 Blastix 16th
Loop: House-Techno-Trance/House Ev16

Posted at 09:35 AM

May 21, 2019 Spanish Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 para Windows® está aquí!

Nuevas características
Todos los Paquetes

Posted at 09:31 AM

May 17, 2019 Video - Repeats & Endings Dialog Overview for Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows

In our latest video, video we go over the Repeats & Endings Dialog within Band-in-a-Box® 2019 - Learn more...

This video includes information on repeats, 1st/2nd endings, dc al coda, ds al coda, dc al fine, ds al fine, and Fake Sheet Mode.

Posted at 11:01 AM

May 17, 2019 User Showcase Song - The Atlas of Remote

This song started out as a Instrumental. When I finished I sent the song to Robert and he felt the song was right for some lyrics.

He made some changes to the arrangement to make it more suitable for his lyrics and the song became.
© Robert Cordrey April,2019

Here is the band.

****** Song Summary *************
Title: the atlas of remote
File:the atlas of remote.SGU
Key=E , Tempo 82, Length (m:s)=6:05
8 bar intro, 113 bar chorus, from bar 9 to bar 121. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _DOOMED.STY (Doomsday Rock Cello Ballad)

RealTracks in style: ~387:Bass, Electric, Metal Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 3267:Cello, Background CelticAirFlowingNatalie Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3304:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm HardRockThrashHollow12-key Ev 085 (B:sync)
RealTracks in style: 3302:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm HardRockThrashHollow12-key Ev 085
RealDrums [in style:RockThrashHalfTimeEv16^1-a:Snare, Bell Ride , b:Snare, Crash Ride

Posted at 09:22 AM

May 17, 2019 Holiday Hours - Monday, May 20, 2019

We are celebrating Victoria Day on Monday, May 20th! Our hours this weekend are:

Saturday, May 18: 8am-4pm PST (Technical Support closed)
Sunday, May 19: Closed
Monday, May 20: 8am-4pm PST (Technical Support closed)

Regular Hours resume Tuesday, May 21st.

Posted at 09:18 AM

May 16, 2019 Testimonial - Woody Piano Shack's Thoughts on Band-in-a-Box®

Check out our latest Video Testimonial from Woody of Woody Piano Shack! Woody uses Band-in-a-Box primarily as a training tool within his YouTube channel and private lessons. He's been a Band-in-a-Box user since the Atari ST days, and is very impressed with the evolution of our program - watch and you'll see! Click here...

Posted at 12:05 PM

May 16, 2019 User Showcase Song - Welcome in the World of Sleep

Here's a lullaby!

BB Info:
RT 2647 Acoustic Bass
RT 1815 Acoustic Guitar
RT 3195 Solo Acoustic Guitar
Yamaha QY700 Music Bo

Posted at 09:05 AM

May 15, 2019 User Showcase Song - Fight Like A Girl

This is a new song called Fight Like A Girl:

As always - thanks for listening!

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

Posted at 09:31 AM

May 14, 2019 Video - Audio Harmony Overview in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows

We've updated our Audio Harmony Overview video using the latest Band-in-a-Box 2019 for Windows program! Watch now...

Learn even more about Audio Harmonies using the Online Manual, here.

Posted at 11:26 AM

May 14, 2019 User Showcase Song - Leave Your Blues At Home

This one just kinda flew together - trust me, it doesn't usually come together this easily!

I had a thought to do a Western Swing style song Saturday night, so I just grabbed my pen and started writing the first things that came to my head. In about 20 minutes, I had the words, so I jumped over to Band In A Box, and threw together a quick arrangement to go with the words. This program is so awesome, it only took a few minutes to identify what instruments I wanted, and then after a few regenerations, I had the arrangement ready. Dropped the renderings over into Studio One, and added vocals, and here we go! (I'm sure I probably overestimated your interest in how I wrote the song, but anyway... Here is Leave Your Blues At Home.) Hope you enjoy it...

Here are the RT's/RD's used...
RealTracks in song: ~541:Bass, Electric, Pop Sw 190
RealTracks in style: ~1131:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm WesternSwingWarmA-B Sw 190
RealTracks in style: ~815:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Western Swing Sw 190
RealTracks in song: ~1135:Pedal Steel, Rhythm WesternSwing Sw 190
RealTracks in song: ~1544:Fiddle, Background WesternSwing Sw 190
RealTracks in song: 818:Guitar, Electric, Soloist CountryClassicSwing Sw 190
RealDrums [in Song:BoomChickaSw^01-a: Blue Rods, b: Blue Sticks

Posted at 09:56 AM

May 13, 2019 User Showcase Song - Everything Comes in Threes

Here is my latest contribution to the forum:

The song is in 3/4 (and 6/8) but I wanted it to sound unlike a traditional waltz. It features guitar, accordion, piano, strings, bass and RealDrums (a mixture of 'Nashville' RealDrums).

Posted at 01:17 PM

May 09, 2019 Danish Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 til Windows® er klar!

Nye funktioner

Posted at 09:53 AM

May 09, 2019 User Showcase Song - Dubeck and Benji

The allergy season in Virginia has wreaked havoc on my voice, so I am posting a ditty that I wrote and recorded last August but haven't posted here. I wrote this song to be reminiscent of what you would hear on American AM radio during yesteryear. "Dubeck and Benji" has a two-fold symbolism for me. It represents the bands we used to listen to when we were teens, but the bands didn't always stay around. Secondly, Dubeck and Benji were the nicknames my musically adroit German grandfather bestowed upon my brother and me, respectively. We used to sing in a band together in the early 80s--my brother's tenor harmonizing with my baritone made for a sweet mix.

This song is a family favorite now. It is even a favorite of some of my 15-year-old students (go figure).

Tracks:(I think the first five tracks are a style, but I don't have that info anymore.)

RealBass 388 Bass, Electric, Metal Ev 120
RealPiano 686 Organ, B3, Background Pop
RealGuitar 405 Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming
RealStrings 1030 Guitar, 12-String Electric, Fingerpick
RT794 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernCountrySync
RT1730 Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopRootsyJohn

Posted at 09:45 AM

May 08, 2019 User Showcase Song - Okay

Here's a new song, tried to do one like Marshall Crenshaw.

Vocals for my songs are almost always by a collaborator, usually from fiverr. I only sing on novelty songs and maybe a blues tune but it usually ain't real good.

bass: 683 guitars: 997, 1259, 2685

Posted at 10:03 AM

May 07, 2019 Dutch Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 voor Windows® is hier!

Nieuwe Functies

Posted at 08:07 AM

May 07, 2019 User Showcase Song - Invisible Man

Here's a new song and video, after a bit of a dry spell!

The lyrics came fairly quickly which is often a good sign I find. I used some old loops that had been sitting around on my hard drive for ten years, plus electric piano from BIAB. I added more guitar parts and the vocal. More technical details can be found here.

Posted at 08:01 AM

May 06, 2019 Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows: Simple Arrangement

Head into the RealTracks Picker window, and you'll see a [ ] Simpler option - but what does that mean? Anthony explains in our latest video, here.

Posted at 08:14 AM

May 06, 2019 User Showcase Song - Can You Imagine?

I wrote this song in 2015 and posted the original version on Users Showcase in early 2016.

Since then, I've learnt a lot more about mixing and production. I now also have some better music finishing software than I had back in 2015. It was thinking about these tools and techniques that inspired me to revisit this song.

Here's where my journey took me...

The BIAB Ensemble
Bass Guitar 1759
Electric Guitar 1764
Acoustic Guitar 1596
Piano 1767
Cello 1856
Drums - RockBritDrivingEv16^1-SnCH,RdCym

Tracks were generated using the Audiophile version of BIAB. To polish the production, I used...
Ozone 8 -- 'Greg Calbi Presets' on the overall final mix
Nectar 2 -- vocals
Waves Renaissance Bass VST -- bass guitar
MAutopan VST -- electric guitar
Waves CLA Guitars VST -- electric guitar
Waves CLA Uplugged VST -- cello
Waves CLA Drums VST -- drums
MIDI Choir -- Miroslav Philharmonik

Posted at 08:00 AM

May 03, 2019 User Showcase Song - Forlorn

Band-in-a-Box definitely meets a need, that's for sure! But... I'm not only posting a compliment to BB, I'm posting a new song I made in the time I was 'offline'.
It's called Forlorn. The link:

That title sounds nearly the same as the Dutch word 'Verloren', and they have the same meaning: you can feel forlorn if a sad event happens and you're not getting a grip on it.
This song is quite the opposite of my former song which was Metal ('We are'). But to me that's perfectly normal.

The style is HOWCOME, but I used some other instruments, e.g. the sologuitar is realtracknr. 2603, and in the DAW I worked with my keyboard as well.
I hesitated a bit about adding the backgroundchoir, so I made two versions of the song. But the majority of people who listened to these versions prefered the choirversion, so that's what you'll hear.

Posted at 08:04 AM

May 03, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Build 628 Available

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows customers can download the latest patch update here.

Summary of changes for build 628:

Fixed: "Could Not Create Wave File" error message when trying to record audio.
Fixed: Switching to the Audio Edit window during playback would reset the audio track play position to zero.
Fixed: Fretlight Guitar was not supported in the x64 bit version.

Posted at 08:01 AM

May 02, 2019 User Showcase Song - On Sunlit Shores

Just an instrumental Band-in-a-Box and I put together tonight :-) Thanks so much for listening!

Style: _OUSTED.STY (Ousted Nylon Country Folk Waltz)

Posted at 07:07 AM

May 02, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Build 267 Available

An Update Patch is available to all Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac users - Build 267! Learn more here.

Summary of changes:
Fixed: Warnings about unusual audio device settings (eg. bluetooth headphones with a very low sample rate) should only happen once per session, if at all.

Posted at 07:04 AM

May 01, 2019 User Showcase Song - If You Stay

Something new . . . this time a solo effort. I try to space out my postings, and normally that’s an easy thing as I’m far from prolific. But this one’s been around a bit and thought I’d finally share here. Hope you enjoy the listen.

Here's the band:
Drums: RealDrums Country Even 8
Bass: Real 2488, Bowed Held
Guitar: Real 522, Acoustic Fingerpick
Guitar: Real 841, Electric, Pop Ballad Slow Gritty
Guitar: Real 543, Electric, Rhythm Dreamy
Guitar: Real 1119, 12 String Acoustic, Strumming
Piano: Real 2494, Held Chords
String Quartet: Real 2508
© 2019 DJ Lekich

Posted at 08:33 AM

May 01, 2019 Video - Piano Roll Overview in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows

Learn more about the Piano Roll within Band-in-a-Box® for Windows with our latest video! View it here.

Rather read about it? Visit Chapter 10: Working with MIDI of our online manual, located on our Support Page.

Posted at 08:30 AM

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