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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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