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November 15, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® Drum Features!

Today is National Drummer Day!
(not to be confused with National Hug a Drummer Day, which is October 10th)

Band-in-a-Box® is a great resource for drummers! Practice with an on-demand back-up band, learn from the Pro's with RealDrums notation (RealCharts, new with version 2019), MIDI drums notation, or play in the Drum Kit Window!

Not a drummer? Add drums to your Band-in-a-Box® project with RealDrums! Whether you're looking for Bluegrass, Blues, Bossa, Country, Dance, Dixieland, Folk, Funk, HipHop, Jazz, Latin, Metal, Pop, RnB, Rock, Soul, Techno, Traditional, Waltz, or World (and variations within) - you'll definitely find what you're looking for in our RealDrums library - there are over 500 available!

Posted at 12:54 PM

November 15, 2019 User Showcase Song - Get Me Back To You

Hi all wrote this a little while back. All comments welcome.

A fast rockabilly folk style that features a classic rockabilly electric guitar
playing blues and rock 'n' roll licks.
Two acoustic guitars strum similar patterns
but one has six strings and the other has twelve.
The acoustic bass plays "in 2", often alternating between the root and fifth.
RockabillySwing^ RealDrums play in their first variation,
which includes simple toms in the A section and tom 8ths in the B section.
This song is in the key of A and uses pop and dominant chords that change every 2 to 8 beats.

****** Song Summary *************
Title: _4THGEAR Demo - 4th Gear Rockabilly Folk Swing
File:Get Me Back To You.SGU
Key=D , Tempo 165, Length (m:s)=3:00
4 bar intro, 116 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 120. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
Soloist track has 741 notes, Soloist harmony is < no harmony >(0)
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Volume Changes,
Style is _4THGEAR.STY (4th Gear Rockabilly Folk Swing)

RealTracks in style: 401:Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Ray Sw 160 ('2' only)
RealTracks in style: 2496:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RockabillySwingBrent Sw 165
RealTracks in style: ~373:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Hank Sw 165
RealTracks in style: 3220:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm CampfireFastSwing Sw 165
RealTracks in song: 2559:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockabillyJiveBrent Sw 190
RealDrums [in style:RockabillySwing^01-a:Tom, b:Tom 8th

Posted at 09:23 AM

November 14, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac Build 315 Update Available!

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac users - a new FREE patch update (build 315) is available!
Review details and download here

Summary of changes for build 315 (Nov 15, 2019):

Fixed: Exporting MusicXML files was not working.
Fixed: When using "Auto-Hand split Piano track" feature, exported MIDI files contain wrong note durations on the Piano track.
Fixed: Note-based lyrics were not included when exporting MIDI files.
Fixed: User should be prompted to save their song when exiting, if they had added or removed plugins.
Fixed: The Record Audio dialog always says “Track type is Stereo” even if the track type is mono.
Fixed: The [Audio Options…] button in the Record Audio dialog was launching the Audio Devices dialog instead of the Audio Settings dialog.
Fixed: Loops dialog title bar displays wrong track name.
Fixed: Large patch map files are not completely loaded (were limited to 1985 patches).
Fixed: Notation context menu > Edit Section Text… did not do anything.
Fixed: Notation context menu > Insert Section Text… did not do anything.

Posted at 11:28 AM

November 14, 2019 User Showcase Song - Secret Surf

Seeing that I was such a ____ surfer, broke my nose, nearly drowned, ended up in hospital for stitches I thought I would write a "surf tune" in the safety of my home studio!!

Using the Bass and Drums from BIAB really gave it the surf feel.

Style is SURFTIDE.STY (Surfin Tide - 60s Rock Style)
RealTracks in song: 1731:Bass, Electric, TexasBluesRockNRoll Ev 165
RealDrums in Song: RockClassicBritEv^5-a:Snare, Loose HiHat , b:Snare, Ride Bell

Posted at 09:12 AM

November 13, 2019 My Favorite Things - Nudge Chords in Band-in-a-Box®

Love this time saving feature.

Ever fill in the chordsheet fully or for part of song, and then discover you want to add or take away an extra beat or more somewhere in the chordsheet.

Nudge chords (melody) from the Edit Menu is your friend here, the dialog will give you all the options either to remove or add beats where its needed.

Love it.

To learn more about this feature, read the "Advanced Chord Entry and Editing Features" topic when you click here.

Posted at 10:42 AM

November 13, 2019 User Showcase Song - For Connie - Guitar instrumental - Telecaster

First time on the forum in quite a while. I did this tune on Sunday. I came up with some chord changes and plugged them into BIAB.

MOVIEST - String Quartet w/ Piano

Native Instruments Guitar Rig

I only used the piano part. The guitar and bass parts are pretty much improvised.
Here you go.

Posted at 10:29 AM

November 12, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® Video Testimonial & Demo - Rodney Gene Junior

Band-in-a-Box® endorsing artist Rodney Gene Junior has shared his latest User Testimonial and Demo with us, and we LOVE it! Not only does Rodney share with the viewer his enthusiasm for our program, he also shares a few examples of how he uses Band-in-a-Box® too - make sure you check it out!

Posted at 01:45 PM

November 12, 2019 User Showcase Song - Drive Time - guitar instrumental

Ever wanted to get in your car and just GO? Here's some guitar music to do it to. I hope you like it - Song Link - Drive Time

This Country Rock style guitar Intro came out of experimenting with some BandInABox styles.
I'm not very conversant with American country music but thought that _CDRIVIN.STY was superb so put this tune to the Style. I hope you like it.
One of the inspirational Floyd Jane's writing concepts is used here - A-B-A-B-C-B, to break up the run of the tune.
Guitar is my hand-built Strat, Kinman FV pickups, with a touch of Boss CS-3 compressor, Behringer US600 Shifter pedal, echo via an ancient Alesis Q2 unit, Joyo ACTone amp sim.

1693:Bass, Electric, CountryDrivin8thsA-B Ev 150
2950:Bass, Electric, pumping
1697:Pedal Steel, Rhythm CountryDrivin8ths Ev 150
1696:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryDrivin8ths Ev 150
406:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 136
RealDrums :NashvilleEven8^6-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat Open
oh yes – and a midi Peeanner track that appeared by magic when I opened it in RB. Its not on the Style at all afaik, but it works well.

Posted at 10:24 AM

November 08, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac Build 314 Update Available!

Attention Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac users!!! A new free patch update is available, and can be downloaded here!

Summary of Changes for build 314:
Fixed: Video RealTracks would fail to render if using macOS Catalina.
Fixed: Command+Return should be the hot-key for Options | MIDI Patch Maps, etc. | Insert current MIDI chord.
Fixed: Window | Audio Chord Wizard menu item should say "Audio Chord Wizard (Legacy Standalone)", and should not be available for macOS Catalina 10.15 or higher.
Improved: Auditioning styles, RealTracks, and RealDrums will start demo playback faster for online demos.
Improved: Help video button added to the Audio Chord Wizard toolbar in the Audio Edit window.
Fixed: In the Audio Chord Wizard toolbar, the "Auto Marking" and "Auto Analysis" checkboxes did not update after undoing.
Fixed: Clicking the [Analyze] button in the Audio Chord Wizard toolbar should warn the user if no bar lines are set.
Fixed: Launching he Audio Chord Wizard causes button hints to not show in the Audio Edit window, and it is not possible to return to the chord sheet.
Fixed: When using the Audio Chord Wizard, sometimes the hour-glass mouse cursor does not go away after analyzing chords.
Fixed: Double-clicking on a song file in the Finder to open it while Band-in-a-Box is running might cause a "Save before closing?" dialog to get stuck behind the main window.

Posted at 12:01 PM

November 08, 2019 User Showcase Song - VINGESLAG (Wing Stroke)

The first full production with the new version of BiaB 2019.
Really love the new styles and the up-tp-date musicality. Blending, tweaking and adding what's needed to find the perfect vibe.

Thanks to Norwegian singer Birgith Røe for permission to share the result in this great forum.

VINGESLAG (Wing Stroke):


RealTracks in song: ~903:Bass, Electric, SmoothCool Sw16 100
RealTracks in style: 2852:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm RnBSoulSw16Mike Sw16 085
RealTracks in style: 2682:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernPopSwing16HighZane Sw16 075
RealDrums in song: SouthernPopNeoSoulSw16^02-a:Hat, Sidestick, b:Ride, Snare

Posted at 10:04 AM

November 08, 2019 Holiday Hours - Monday, November 11th

Remembrance Day is Monday, November 11th. In recognition of this day, our hours will be:

Monday, November 11: Technical Support closed. Sales & Customer Service will be open from 8am - 4pm PST.

Our regular hours resume Tuesday, November 12. Review our hours and additional contact information at

Posted at 09:59 AM

November 07, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Testimonial Video - Peter Torpey

Check out our latest Band-in-a-Box video testimonial, which takes using the program to a whole new level! Peter Torpey is a long time program user who has developed a way to work with the program, even though he's visually impaired - and he wants to make sure that others can too!
Click here to watch!

Learn more about Peter here.

View all our video testimonials here.

Want to make your own Testimonial? We'd love to see it! There's information on our Video Testimonials offer here.

Posted at 09:55 AM

November 07, 2019 User Showcase Song - Not Today, Blues

This song I made in 2018, but never brought it to this forum. The recording wasn't too well then and it was hidden somewhere between other songs. At that time I didn't know how to deal with Soundcloud. But I liked the song very much so I re-recorded it these days. I believe it's improved now, but you have to judge if I'm right at that.

Not Today

It is Blues, so it is sad. But I think you might like the sologuitar the most.
I made it after sitting in a car for hours (as a passenger) with aweful music on the radio. At home, making this song was the first thing I did. I don't make Bluessongs so often, but sometimes I have to make one. Like that carride...

The style is Soultry, the tempo 95. The key C#.
I haven't change one instrument, only added the sologuitar: 576 RealTracks.

Posted at 09:54 AM

November 06, 2019 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac Upgrade & Full Manuals Available!

The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac Upgrade & Full program manuals are available to view as an Online Manual or PDF download!

Choose from this list:
Online Manual - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac
PDF Download - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac
Online Manual - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac New Features Guide
PDF Download - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac New Features Guide
All available online manuals

Posted at 11:46 AM

November 06, 2019 User Showcase Song - Ice Cream

hi guys and galm,

Started this in biab plugin which is working very well these days using mixcraft then to bandlab for final mixing real tracks style is velvet jazz with sax 1434 bass jazz funky popy,realdrums southern pop ev 16,2277 synth,rhythm discoelpianolow ev 120,1236 guitar,electric,rhythm smoothjazzpoppy ev 090,1776 sax,tenor,soloist jazzfunkmovin ev 130 thanks for taking time to listen eric

Posted at 11:37 AM

November 06, 2019 Happy National Saxophone Day!

Today's the day we say "Happy Birthday" to Adolphe Sax, the creator of the Saxophone!
(Adolphe was born November 6, 1814 - 32 years later he patended his saxophone creation!)

We have 35 different RealTracks Sets available for Band-in-a-Box® that include Saxophone RealTracks !

RealTracks Set 304: Blues Shuffle Horn Section
RealTracks Set 294: Big Band "Crooner Shout" Soloist!
RealTracks Set 266: Jazz & Funk Potpourri
RealTracks Set 265: Crooner Ballad Big Band!
RealTracks Set 264: Crooner Bossa Big Band!
RealTracks Set 244: Jazz Background Horns with Jack Stafford
RealTracks Set 236: Cocktail Jazz Horns!
RealTracks Set 220: Flute and Saxes with Jack Stafford
RealTracks Set 217: Jazz Pollwinners 8 – Jazz Waltz Sax Solos
RealTracks Set 216: Jazz Pollwinners 7 – Swingin' Sax & Guitar Soloing
RealTracks Set 215: Jazz Pollwinners 6 – Sax & Guitar Soloing, Ballads & Bossas
RealTracks Set 209: Rockin' Blues Baritone Sax with Gary Smulyan
RealTracks Set 207: Funky Horns
RealTracks Set 194: Jazz Pollwinners 1: Great Saxes: Phil Woods & Gary
RealTracks Set 189: Blues Baritone Sax with Gary Smulyan
RealTracks Set 188: Slow Background Pop Horn Section
RealTracks Set 183: Country Soloists: Sax and More!
RealTracks Set 176: R&B Horns
RealTracks Set 175: Texas Blues-Rock: Smokin' Blues Sax
RealTracks Set 160: Jazz-Funk Movin'
RealTracks Set 145: Jazz-Funk Breezy
RealTracks Set 127: Groovin' Jazz Funk
RealTracks Set 91: Smooth Jazz - Sax Soloing
RealTracks Set 58: Jazz and Pop Waltzes
RealTracks Set 57: Jazz Swing, Laid Back
RealTracks Set 55: Fast Bebop Jazz
RealTracks Set 54: Slow Jazz Ballad
RealTracks Set 52: Fast Samba
RealTracks Set 51: Slow Bossas and More
RealTracks Set 32: Blues
RealTracks Set 19: Jazz Ballad
RealTracks Set 17: Bossa
RealTracks Set 15: Mainstream Swing
RealTracks Set 13: Older Jazz Swing Soloists
RealTracks Set 7: Acoustic Jazz Bass and Rock Sax

Which one is your favorite?

Check our our Saxophonist programs for Windows:
The Jazz Saxophonist
The Rock Saxophonist

Posted at 10:44 AM

November 05, 2019 User Showcase Song - この次の恋 (Translation: My Next Love)

Sometimes I would like to make a sad song with French Chanson feel and I tried to make it. Any comments encouraged. Always welcome.
Best regards.
Shigeki Adachi

Title: この次の恋 (Translation: My Next Love)
Vocal: Yoko K., my friend

RealTracks in style: ~481:Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Ballad Sw 085
RealTracks in style: ~487:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz Ballad Sw 085
RealTracks in style: ~555:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz Ballad Freddie Sw 085
RealDrums in Style: JazzBrushesSticks#1: a: JazzBrushesSticks#1b: JazzBrushesSticks#1
Additional Accordion played with Ethnophere
Additional 4 part Strings played with EastWest symphonic orchestra,
Additional Elec. Guitar played by Yamaha teacher
Scored by me

Posted at 08:42 AM

November 04, 2019 User Showcase Song - Small Town Boy

Hey guys, On this song I used: Style: Railway.sty Railway songwriter Train Beat

I added a piano part with my Genos and the vocals
The song is fairly auto biographical...hope you enjoy, all comments are welcome...Dan

Posted at 12:08 PM

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