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March 31, 2020 Welcome to the Team David!

We are thrilled to say that we've added David to our Customer Service Team here at PG Music!

You may have already noticed him - he's already made his appearance here on the Forums, chiming in with assistance and User Showcase Song Feedback.

Welcome to the team David!

Posted at 12:01 PM

March 31, 2020 User Showcase Song - That's How Much I Love You

This is a song that bluage and I collaborated on.

https://www.soundclick.com/music/songInfo.cfm?songID=14009254

I wrote the main lyrics and bluage did the rest. All I knew was that it was a Reggae song and probably mid-tempo (although I may not have conveyed that part to bluage). From there, bluage took all creative control and recorded and produced a really cool song. He'll have to tell you all the BIAB instruments, etc., that he used. He sang the vocals too, which are wonderful.

p.s. I just noticed bluage also added some fade out lyrics, so he gets some writing credit too. Lyrics

Thanks Loren for bringing my words to life! I appreciate it.

Posted at 09:24 AM

March 30, 2020 Updated Song Titles Browser in Band-in-a-Box® 2020!

If you're looking for a Band-in-a-Box® Style in the feel of a familiar/popular song title, then the Song Titles Browser option in the Band-in-a-Box® StylePicker is the perfect feature for you!

With Band-in-a-Box® 2020, we’ve added 3,400 more song titles including requests from users, so there are now 14,000 titles to search from!

Just type in a familiar song title or artist name - once you have found the song, press the [OK - Find Matching Styles] button. This will take you to the StylePicker window with styles that best match the tempo, feel, and genre of the selected song title.

Didn't find the song you were searching for? Post your title request to our Wishlist forum: Songs to add to Band-in-a-Box Titles database - we think that the 3,400 new titles added with Version 2020 is proof that we're paying attention!

Learn more about the different features of the Band-in-a-Box® StylePicker here.

Posted at 01:11 PM

March 30, 2020 User Showcase Song - Little Secrets

Hi - I started this in biab and arranged everything then brought it over to bandlab to finish me on solo realtracks and style Style is _PARANA.STY (Parana Lazy Bossa)

https://www.reverbnation.com/fmmandfriends/song/31668312-little-secrets-1

Thanks for listening!

RealTracks in style: ~712:Bass, Acoustic, Bossa Ev 085 (A:simple)
RealTracks in song: ~2189:Piano, Electric, Rhythm Bossa Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~922:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BossaFreeComp Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2419:Sax, Soprano, Soloist SmoothJazzCoolJack Sw16 075
RealDrums [in style:BossaTerryClarke^1-a,b:Brushes

Posted at 09:48 AM

March 27, 2020 SongPicker Enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac!

The Band-in-a-Box® SongPicker has been enhanced with our newest 2020 version!

The SongPicker now builds faster for large song lists (>30K and up to 60,000 songs). The [Song] button (or the [Open] button) now has 3 additional menu items to launch the SongPicker.

- Open SongPicker in Current Folder: This opens the SongPicker in the current folder of the last loaded song.
- Open SongPicker in Home Folder: This opens the SongPicker in the home folder, which is Applications/Band-in-a-Box/MySongs or as set in the SongPicker.
- Open SongPicker in Favorite Folder: This launches the Favorite Folder dialog which allows you to choose any previously used folder where a song was loaded from, and then open the SongPicker in that folder.

In the SongPicker, there is a new “Open in Home” option. If this is enabled, the SongPicker will always open in the home folder instead of the current folder when you press the default [Song] button to open the SongPicker.

Searching for songs matching a chord progression or melody has been enhanced. There are three new checkboxes: "Key must match exactly," "Chord Extension must match exactly", and "Time Signature must match."

Click here to jump to the SongPicker subject in our New Features video to learn more. (32:11)

(read more about this feature in our Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Mac Online Upgrade Manual.)

Posted at 10:55 AM

March 27, 2020 We Have a $0 Down Easy Payment Plan!

Did you know... you don't have to pay for your Band-in-a-Box® (or other PG Music Inc. products) purchase right away? We offer an Easy Payment Plan! With our $0 down payment option, purchase today and don't pay for 30 days! The total of your invoice will be split equally, and charged every 30 days for 4 months after the initial purchase date. You can enjoy your software, with four convenient monthly payments for Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, with no added interest charges or service fees!

To choose this option, add your purchase to the Shopping Cart, and begin the checkout process. Step 3 of this process allows you to choose between:
[]Pay full amount now.
[]Easy Payment Plan. Pay $0 now, and four monthly payments, starting one month from now.

If you choose the Easy Payment Plan, simply agree to the RECURRING BILLING / EASY PAYMENT PLAN TERMS AND CONDITIONS and your order will be processed right away! That's right - choosing this payment option won't delay you receiving your order - even if you choose to have your order shipped, you'll still have the download links available to you - there's no need to wait!

Posted at 09:04 AM

March 27, 2020 User Showcase Song - I Travel

I Travel https://soundcloud.com/user-98254366/i-travel

although currently not the best idea

Leon Lyric & vocal
I played slide & lead guitars & sang.

The Band:
RealTracks in style: ~700:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesPush Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~689:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 085
RealTracks in song: ~703:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Spirited Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~1032:Guitar, 12-String Electric, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2535:Guitar, Electric, HeldChords Gritty
RealTracks in song: 380:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Syncopated Sugar Ev 102
RealDrums [in style:RockRootsEv8^1-a:Snare, Open HiHat , b:Snare, RideLyrics

Posted at 07:13 AM

March 26, 2020 User Tip - Band-in-a-Box Video Score (Win/Mac)

Check out a great tip Pipeline shared for creating a video score!

Have a tip of your own to share? Feel free to post it to our Tips & Tricks forum!

Thanks for sharing, Pipeline!

Posted at 12:02 PM

March 26, 2020 User Showcase Song - Still Got This Pain

Still Got This Pain

The Band:

564:Bass, Electric, Blues Monday Sw 065
689:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 085
BluesRock128^1-a:SideStick, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat

I'm playing the three guitar parts.

Mixed with Reaper, mastered with Ozone, all details available on request.

Lyrics

Posted at 08:10 AM

March 25, 2020 New "Feature Browser" in Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac

Band-in-a-Box® has so many features! We add 50 new ones with every version, so you may have forgotten all the different things that Band-in-a-Box® can do. Fortunately, with the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2020 we've solved this issue by added a Feature Browser!

How does it work? Access this feature by clicking on the [?] button on the main screen of the program or pressing the / Enter keys on the Chord Sheet. This dialog lists many features of the program and allows you to browse them, find the feature by text filter, read descriptions about the feature, find how to launch the feature, access to the online information or video about the feature, and do more.

Examples of a few situations where this feature is helpful:

-You know about a feature but don't know how to find it. Just type a part of the feature name and you'll see the hotkeys, menu, and toolbar info on how to launch it. For example, if you want to launch the Chord Builder but don’t know how to do it, type "builder" in the text filter, and you will quickly find the Chord Builder.
-You are exploring available features for Band-in-a-Box. For example, if you are a guitar player, type the word "guitar" and you'll see what's available.
-You prefer "one-stop-shopping" and would like to launch features from the same dialog.
-You are learning the program and like to browse or watch videos about topics you're interested in.
You can't remember hotkeys and want to review them.

Watch this new feature in action when you jump to the subject in our New Features video: 10:20 - New Feature - Feature Browser

(read more about this feature in our Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Mac Online Upgrade Manual.)

Posted at 11:10 AM

March 25, 2020 User Showcase Song - Hot Sand

Hi A happy little tune to take your mind away.

Hot Sand a Cool Breeze knowing that the best things in life are Free

https://soundcloud.com/ekayne/hotsand

ENJOY!

****** Song Summary *************
Title: hotsand
File:hotsand.SGU
Key=B , Tempo 140, Length (m:s)=3:27
1 bar intro, 119 bar chorus, from bar 2 to bar 120. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Time signature,Volume Changes,
Style is _CSWFDFC.STY (Old Time Reggae)
RealTracks in style: ~1137:Bass, Acoustic-Guitar, FolkSwing Sw 140
RealTracks in song: 1155:Organ, B3, Rhythm Reggae Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: ~1143:Ukulele, Strumming FolkSwing Sw 140
RealTracks in song: 850:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NashvillePopClean Ev 120
RealTracks in song: ~975:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountrySwingCleanMuted Sw 140
RealTracks in song: 2550:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking NashvilleSwingJoe Sw 090
RealDrums [in Song:SkaSlow70sWesPerc^3-a:Hat, Snare , b:Hat, Busy Snare
*******************

Posted at 08:53 AM

March 24, 2020 Videos - 202 New RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac®!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2020, we've added 202 new RealTracks! These include great Americana, Gospel Vocals, new Blues, Country Pollwinners, Bossa Flute/Horn sections, Jazz Blues and Rhythm Changes, British and Hazy '60s guitars, Modern Funk, Island Grooves with steel drum and marimba, Singer-Songwriter, and more!

Get the newest RealTracks Sets 329-352 when you purchase the PlusPAK upgrade (ideal for 2019 UltraPAK/UltraPAK+ customers) for just $99 during our special (reg. $129).

Want the entire RealTracks collection with over 2,900 RealTracks? They are included with any Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Mac UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition.

Learn more about the 202 new RealTracks with our latest video: Summary of the 202 New RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2020.

Want to watch even more RealTracks content? Check out this video, which is the "extended version" video demonstrating the newest RealTracks Sets 329-352 - click here to watch.

Posted at 10:46 AM

March 24, 2020 User Showcase Song - Trying

I have been listening to Joe Bonnamassa a lot here recently. Innovative blues to say the least. So Brandon McLean sent me an idea and this is what came out of it.

TRYING

The band is totally BB/RB

Bass 1592
B3 873
Guitars 3436 & 3437
Lead 3438
Drums Northern rock
Ohhs and ahhhs 2976 x2

One lead vocal track

Lyrics

Posted at 09:14 AM

March 23, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac Patch Update Ready! (Build 321)

Still using Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Mac? There's a new FREE patch available! Click here to read more and download this free patch update (Build 321).

Summary of changes for build 321 (Mar 23, 2020):
Fixed: Song title will be changed to ? when re-saving if it previously contained international characters like é or ©.
Fixed: Event List window is using wrong colors.
Fixed: Some song titles are blank in the Song Titles dialog.
Fixed: Clicking on Print Chords from the chord sheet context menu causes application to crash.
Fixed: On some computers the application will crash when opening the Piano Roll window.
Fixed: Gender Param. setting was ignored in the Generate Synthetic Vocal dialog.
Fixed: Vibrato Intensity setting was ignored in the Generate Synthetic Vocal dialog.
Fixed: Pitch shifting setting was ignored in the Generate Synthetic Vocal dialog.
Fixed: There is no option to cancel when generating a synthetic vocal.
Fixed: The Vocal Synth feature would freeze for various operating systems.
Fixed: Language selection for the Vocal Synth generator was wrong.
Fixed: Possible crash when using the Audio Chord Wizard.
Fixed: Jazz Up or Jazz Down was not undoable.
Fixed: Dropping video files onto the Video RealTracks dialog failed, displaying flash message reporting that the video format was not compatible.
Fixed: The copyright button in the Print Options dialog did not do anything.
Fixed: Soloist > Edit Soloist Track > Remove Harmony would display popup message "not implemented".
Fixed: Soloist > Edit Soloist Track > Convert Harmony to Soloist Track would also launch the Generate Chords and/or Melody dialog.
Fixed: Soloist > Edit Soloist Track > Auto-Rechannel to Guitar Display would also toggle Embellish Melody.
Fixed: Possible crash when opening Song Picker dialog.
Fixed: Edit > Song Form > Unfold does not remove the tag ending.
Fixed: Application crash when using Edit > Song Form > Unfold if song contains tag ending.
Fixed: Tracks are listed twice in the Load XML File dialog.
Fixed: The note name indicator in the Notation window was not displaying.
Fixed: "...NOT rendered successfully to disk” error when using "Export Song as M4A" or "Export Song as AIFF".
Fixed: "invalid integer" error when loading some ABC files.
Fixed: "There was an error converting” error when attempting to import compressed audio files (.m4a, .mp3, etc.)
Fixed: User is not asked to save their song after applying a harmony to Melody or Soloist track.
Fixed: The demo player might fail to play a local file.
Fixed: There should be a warning message when opening the Notation window if the notation fonts are not installed.
Fixed: If opening a song from an version 2017 or earlier, any Audio Chord Wizard bar lines might be offset.
Fixed: The Guitar window did not display the capo.
Improved: Guitar capo setting can be changed by right-clicking the fret position bar.
Fixed: The Chord Builder did not update position when clicking on a different bar in the chord sheet.
Fixed: Changing a custom track label had not option to Undo, and did not prompt user to save song.
Fixed: Importing an ABCNotation file would not include the key signature.
Fixed: ABC files only opening some chords.
Fixed: Problem storing minor keys.
Fixed: MusicXML files created by Band-in-a-Box cannot be loaded by Band-in-a-Box if song title contains & (ampersand).
Improved: More detailed bootup log.

Posted at 12:55 PM

March 23, 2020 User Showcase Song - Let's Stay In

Because it's the right thing to do...

LET'S STAY IN: https://soundcloud.com/fjsongs/lets-stay-in-a-covid-19-song

The BAND...
RealTracks in song: ~387:Bass, Electric, Metal Ev 085
RealTracks in song: ~2505:Piano, Electric, HeldChords 085
RealTracks in song: ~365:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3437:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BritPsycPopBalladHighDelay Ev 065
(with a S1 groove delay added)
RealTracks in song: 2745:Synth, Rhythm AltHipHopPadHeld Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: ~2267:Synth, BellPad, Rhythm 80sPopPads Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3201:Guitar, Electric, Soloist LaidBackBluesyBrent Ev 100
Royalty Free Loops
MIDI tracks Created in Studio One Professional
I played an acoustic guitar track
Some harmonies are created using RealBand
lyrics

You might as well comment. What else ya got to do?

Stay safe, y'all
Stay well.
-fj

Posted at 09:57 AM

March 20, 2020 Shipping Status Report - Updated Daily!

As you will note, there are some countries that have temporarily suspended delivery or longer than normal delivery times.

Our list for you based on Courier vs Mail service can be viewed here.

We will be updating this list daily.

Posted at 01:28 PM

March 20, 2020 User Showcase Song - One Night Away (Melodist)

Man, this song is WAY out of my vocal comfort range. It was written in A and I brought it down to F, but still... Did you ever use Melodist to create tunes?

https://soundcloud.com/marty-straub/one-night-away
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qBsxMkQfRM

HISTORY: I first got BiaB in the early 90s because I wanted to make some jazz tunes to practice. It was great for that –still is. I bought my last upgrade in 2005. I'd often use the Melodist feature to create songs so I could practice sight reading and follow unfamiliar chord charts. This song was originally named something else by Biab, and I liked the melody. One night when my wife was away, the first verse kep running through my lonesome head. I was playing bass in some musicals back then, and this one seemed to fit that genre, although with a female voice. Fast forward to 2019 when I finally came back to BiaB. The first things I played with were the old ones, of course. For this one I changed all of the players, but kept the nylon guitar that played the melody. I finished the lyrics and brought it all into Cakewalk.

Lyrics
RealTracks in style: ~~921:Bass, Acoustic, Bossa Ev 110
RealTracks in song: ~~1215:Vibes, Rhythm Bossa Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~~923:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BossaFreeComp Ev 110
RealTracks in song: ~1103:Guitar, Nylon, Rhythm BossaGrooveComp Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 479:Trumpet, Bossa Ev 140
RealDrums [in style:BossaBrushes: a: Sidestick Brushes b: Sidestick, Ride

I just sang. Band in a Box doesn't want writing credit, so I make all the money from it. So far that's zero, but I'm hoping for at least 10 times that much.
_________________________

Posted at 12:31 PM

March 20, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac® Bonus PAKs!!!!

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac® during our special (which ends on April 30, 2020) and you'll receive a FREE BONUS PAK filled with some great new Add-ons!

-MIDI SuperTracks Set 31: All Bass
-Instrumental Studies 9: Western Swing Country Guitar Licks
-Instrumental Studies 12: Rhythm Changes Jazz Guitar Soloing
-Look Ma! More MIDI 3 (15 styles)
-RealCharts for RealDrums (Over 400 Transcriptions)

Want even more??? Add the 2020 49-PAK to your purchase for just $49, and you'll also receive:

-40 Bonus RealTracks
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 30: Jazz, Funk, and Gospel Keyboards
-Instrumental Studies 10: Train-Beat Country Guitar Licks
-Instrumental Studies 11: Workin' Country Guitar Licks
-Instrumental Studies 13: Jazz Blues Guitar Soloing
-Look Ma! More MIDI 4 (15 styles)

WOW!!!

Read more and listen to demos of the RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, and "More MIDI" 3 & 4 here.

Posted at 10:26 AM

March 19, 2020 Great New Content in Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac®!

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac is here!

Limited Time Special Offers Until April 30, 2020 - SAVE up to 50% on most Band-in-a-Box® version 2020 for Mac Upgrade packages... and that's not all! When you buy version 2020 for Mac during our special, we'll include a Bonus PAK full of great new Add-ons FREE!

Band-in-a-Box® 2020, Band-in-a-Box® VST DAW Plugin 2020 - Over 50 new features!
- We have information about the program here.
- Specific information about the new features is here.
- Ordering and info about the packages and pricing is available here.

Plus, there is a HUGE amount of new content...
- 202 new RealTracks, description and audio demos: click here.
- Bonus PAK full of great new Add-ons FREE! Learn more...
- Bonus 49 Pak (with 40 RealTracks)! Learn more...
- 2 new MIDI SuperTracks Sets - Learn more...
- 280 Drums RealCharts (previously had only 22, now have transcriptions for half of all of the 600 audio RealDrums)
- 5 Instrumental Studies Sets - Learn more...
- Two new all MIDI styles sets "Look-Ma! More MIDI" Sets 3 and 4 (30 MIDI styles) audio demos: Learn more...

The Online (or PDF) manual for the full program, or just the new features, are available here.

Posted at 09:48 AM

March 19, 2020 User Showcase Song - The Way Things Are

Times are tough and this is not upbeat song but it was an enjoyable production and collaboration. Regardless of that caveat we hope you find it of interest and comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

https://soundcloud.com/mootsman/the-way-things-are

Big thanks to PeterF all the guitar parts and, as always, to PG Music for their products, support and this forum community.

Lyrics are on SoundCloud.
Janice: lead vocal, harmony vocal, melody & arrangement
Peter: guitar solos / fills / rhythm & arrangement
Bud: lyric, arrangement, mix & mastering
Drums: RD AmericanaRoots16th-04-SdStk,Tms
Bass: RT 2877 Acoustic, AmericanaSlow16thsByron Ev16 060
Piano: MidiSuperTrack / Logic Pro Grand Steinway sound
RT/RD tracks comped from multiple generations
Track Effects: Logic Pro X EQ / Nectar 2 / Waves CLA Drums / Neutron 2 / Waves CLA Unplugged / Waves Bass Rider

Mastering: Logic Pro X EQ > Ozone Dynamics > Ozone Maximizer > Ozone Tonal Balance > YouLean Loudness Meter

Posted at 08:57 AM

March 18, 2020 User Showcase Song - New Times, New Rules

I know its crowdy on the forum, but I had to place this new song about New Times and New Rules. Its a kind of House and Rock, so it has a heavy beat. It deals with the changing times and the -negative- aspects were dealing with. I don't mean the Corona virus, although that is awful too, but selfishness and autocracy and all what comes with that. The lyrics aren't so heavy though.

Listen to it: click here

The style is CARRYON.STY
RealTracks in song: ~683:Basguitar, Electric, PopHalfNotesPush Gel 120
RealTracks in song: 2625:Guitar, Bariton Electric
RealTracks in song: 3539:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm MetalCinematicLowTuneSteadyDarin Ev16 110
Loop in Song: House-Techno-Trance\House - helluva_night_128_drum_loop_a_minor ev16.wav
Loop in Song: World\Arabian - forever_85_string_section_staccato_c_sharp_minor.wav
Loop in Song: House-Techno-Trance\Trance - bassline4_135_c ev16.wav
RealDrums [in Song:FunkHalfNotePulseTambo: a: Snare, Kickb: Busy Kick, Snare

You notice there are 3 loops in the song. But beside these instruments I also included 3 keyboardtracks from Output / Native Instruments, analog strings, Substance bassline and Exhale vocals.
So altogether a lot of noise, but in a in a responsible manner (I hope).

Posted at 01:56 PM

March 18, 2020 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac New Features

Learn all about the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac with our New Features Video!

Read all about the new features:
New features website
Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Upgrade Manual

Don't forget... We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Upgrade purchases until April 30th - you can save up to 50% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac Upgrade!

We've packed our Free Bonus PAK & 49-PAK with some amazing Add-ons! The Free Bonus PAK is automatically included with most Band-in-a-Box® for Mac 2020 packages, but for more even more Add-ons (including 40 Unreleased RealTracks) upgrade it to the 2020 49-PAK for only $49. You can see the full lists of items in each package, and listen to demos here.

Check out our Band-in-a-Box® packages page for all the purchase options available. If you need any help deciding which package is the best option for you, just let us know. We are here to help!

Posted at 01:50 PM

March 17, 2020 User Showcase Song - Where The River Bends

Where The River Bends

BIAB STYLE: POPC-190.STY
Real Drums Nashville Even 8^1
520:Bass Electric PopHalfNotes 165
1120:Guitar 12-string Acoustic Strumming Ev 165
525:Guitar, Acoustic Strumming Ev 190
523:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 190
410:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Country Cowboy Ev 165
412:Guitar, Electric, Soloist Cowboy Ev 165 (reverb 85)

Vocals recorded through Shure PG 58, Behringer Xenyx 1202 mixer, Scarlett 2i2 USB interface, Reaper DAW + NoiseAsh Vocal Finalizer.

Lyrics

Posted at 07:54 AM

March 17, 2020 Video - 202 New RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac®!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2020, we've added 202 new RealTracks! These include great Americana, Gospel Vocals, new Blues, Country Pollwinners, Bossa Flute/Horn sections, Jazz Blues and Rhythm Changes, British and Hazy '60s guitars, Modern Funk, Island Grooves with steel drum and marimba, Singer-Songwriter, and more!

Get the newest RealTracks Sets 329-352 when you purchase the PlusPAK upgrade (ideal for 2019 UltraPAK/UltraPAK+ customers) for just $99 during our special (reg. $129).

Want the entire RealTracks collection with over 2,900 RealTracks? They are included with any Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Mac UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition.

Check out this video, which demonstrates the newest RealTracks Sets 329-352 - click here to watch.

Posted at 07:52 AM

March 16, 2020 Xtra Styles PAK 8 and Loops-with-Style PAK 1 on SALE!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows in December we also released Xtra Styles PAK 8 & Loops-with-Style PAK 1 and added them to the savings with the special we ran celebrating the release of Version 2020.

Now that we JUST released Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac, it just makes sense to put the Windows versions of these on SALE again!

Xtra Styles PAK 8 adds 164 fantastic new RealStyles to your collection! These are imaginative new combinations of our existing RealTracks library that fall into four categories: Rock/Pop 8, Jazz 8, Country 8, and Celtic 1. ALL of our Xtra Styles PAKs 1-8 are on sale for just $29 each! Learn more.

Loops-with-Style PAK 1 for Band-in-a-Box® 2019 (and higher) expands your loops collection with 100 new loops! We've taken the RealDrums and RealTracks source audio and remixed, remastered, and combined it to create these original loops. All of your favorite genres are covered, like jazz, funk, rock, pop, electronic, hip-hop, and more! To show them in action, we've created 50 new RealStyles that each include two of the loops. Plus, if you use the loops in Band-in-a-Box, we've included intelligent versions of the loops that automatically switch at A and B part markers. Each loop has a matching sister loop that works perfectly for another substyle!

Save over 30% when you purchase Loops-with-Style PAK 1 during our special - add it to your collection today for just $19! Learn more.

Mac user?
Xtra Styles PAKs
Loops-with-Style PAK 1

Posted at 12:49 PM

March 16, 2020 User Showcase Song - Bobblehead

A submission opportunity for a film. The desired effect should include at least four or five of the following emotions: Exotic, Mysterious, Casual, Provocative, Quirky, Subdued Energy, and Happy. Also, it might be something appropriate for a lighter James Bond scene.There was no reference track provided, so I put this together with those thoughts in mind. I didn't get it finished in time to submit.

As I listened to this countless times, I found my head bobbing much like a bobblehead doll might ... thus, the title.

https://soundcloud.com/alananddi/bobblehead

Song Info & Band

Title: _SNEAKY Demo - Sneaky Fast Muted-Guitar Pop

File:Bobblehead.SGU

Key=Am , Tempo 130, Length (m:s)=3:19

Style is _SNEAKY.STY (Sneaky Fast Muted-Guitar Pop)

BassCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
DrumsCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
PianoCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
GuitarCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
StringsCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
MelodyCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
SoloistCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded

RealTracks in style: 1717:Bass, Electric, TexasBluesRockStraight Ev 120
Loop in Song: House-Techno-Trance\Trance - doitnow_135_d drums ev8.wav
RealTracks in style: 633:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanMuted Ev 120 (A:sync)
RealTracks in style: 2943:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm KlezmerPolkaQuinn Ev 140
Loop in Song: Chillout\Chillout - dimensions_145_choir_a_minor.wav
RealTracks in song: 3452:Flute, Background BossaLounge 140 (1TrackHornSection)
RealDrums [in style:PopPepSquad^01-a:Clap, Quiet Hihat Snare, b:Cheers, Ride, Loud Hihat

Posted at 12:32 PM

March 16, 2020 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac - Everything you need to know in under 6 minutes!* (plus the 49-PAK)

It's HERE! Take a quick tour of the just-released Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac when you check out our latest video: Band-in-a-Box® 2020 - Everything you need to know in under 6 minutes!* (plus the 49-PAK!)

Read more about the new Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Mac here.

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac Upgrades are on SALE until April 30th - up to 50% off!

Posted at 12:30 PM

March 13, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac® is Here! Upgrade Today to Save Up to 50%!

Just released: Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac with over 50 new features, 202 New RealTracks, new RealStyles, 15 new MIDI SuperTracks, 170 new Instrumental Studies, 30 new MIDI Styles, 280 RealDrums Transcriptions, the 2020 Free Bonus PAK, 2020 49-PAK, and new Xtra Styles PAK 8!

We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Upgrade purchases until April 30, 2020 - save up to 50% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac Upgrade!

We've packed our Free Bonus PAK & 49-PAK with some amazing Add-ons! The Free Bonus PAK is automatically included with most Band-in-a-Box® for Mac 2020 packages, but for more even more Add-ons (including 40 Unreleased RealTracks) upgrade it to the 2020 49-PAK for only $49. You can see the full lists of items in each package, and listen to demos here.

Check out our Band-in-a-Box® packages page for all the purchase options available.

Learn more about all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac at: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm

If you need any help deciding which package is the best option for you, just let us know. We are here to help!

Posted at 10:18 AM

March 11, 2020 User Showcase Song - Soul Searching

You are lying on a grassy knoll staring at the star-studded sky. Your subconscious mind wonders in and out of your conscious mind slowly searching for your soul.

https://soundcloud.com/mario_guitar/soul-searching

BiaB style = Dreamy New Age, Tempo 65 BPM

Deleted the drums
Double bass and strings = Kontakt - preset Solid State Strings
Piano - Structure and Keystone Classic (two separate VSTis)
Guitar - Synthmaster 2 - preset - key Piano String GC

I am playing the flute via my wind controller and the guitar.

Effects - all but the double bass = Raum reverb
Flute = Wave's Vocal Rider and Blue Cats Chorus
Master = Presonus Dynamic Compression

Posted at 09:26 AM

March 10, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows - A Demonstration (and Battle!) Courtesy of Woody Piano Shack

If you ever visit the Woody Piano Shack YouTube Channel, you know it's packed with fun and informative videos!

Check out this recent video, BATTLE of the VIRTUAL BANDS! In this video, Band-in-a-Box is demonstrated, and then they attempt to play something similar using the Yamaha PSR SX900 - what fun!

Posted at 10:45 AM

March 10, 2020 User Showcase Song - Set of Scottish Reels

Here's a set of reels I composed a few years ago and decided to give them a new lease of life. The melody on all tunes was played on my Scandalli Super V1 accordion, and the 2nd accordion was played using my Roland FR4-X accordion. I think most musicians should spot the difference in the tones. The tunes then.

https://soundcloud.com/graham-wilson-1/set-of-reels

Master Scott Wilson after my son ( now in his 30s for cryin out loud ), Jim Halcrows' reel after my great friend from Shetland who died a few years ago. Jim was my inspiration and I never tired of listening to his expertise. Jim was an amazing musician who had a photographic memory for tunes and he was such a modest guy and I was proud to have known him personally. Lastly a tune called Reelig house which sits in a beautiful estate near Inverness, owned by my old friend Malcolm Fraser.

RealTracks in song: ~~541:Bass, Electric, Pop Sw 190
RealTracks in song: 1551:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm MemphisSwing Sw 190
RealTracks in style: 2710:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm CelticPolkaFastReelQuinn Ev16 140
RealDrums [in Song:Tango: a: Kick, Snare b: 4x Kick, Snare

The tango drums are perfect for Scottish music !

Posted at 10:33 AM

March 09, 2020 Video Request - Changing Time Signatures in Band-in-a-Box® (or RealBand®)

Our technical support team recently received a request to explain changing the time signature within Band-in-a-Box as well as RealBand.

Here they are! How to change time signatures in...

Band-in-a-Box®: Click here to watch.
Video was made using Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows

RealBand®: Click here to watch.
Video was made using RealBand® 2020 for Windows

Posted at 02:12 PM

March 09, 2020 User Showcase Song - Lone Rider (a single chord song)

This song has a single C chord in it, so it's a bit of an experiment. From the moment I heard that first C chord in the Northern Rock Swing 8ths style, I just got hooked and I couldn't get free of that darn chord, and this melody was stuck on it, so I just let it go.

It's about being an outsider, with the idea of it being like a lone rider out on a trail, so the country theme fit well.

https://soundcloud.com/user-415064494/lone-rider/s-IptiM

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Style is _NRTRKSW.STY (Northern Rock Swing 8ths)
RealTracks in style: ~~540:Bass, Electric, Pop Sw 165
RealTracks in style: ~~373:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Hank Sw 165
RealTracks in style: 875:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NorthernRockFuzzyA-B Sw16 075
RealTracks in style: 878:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NorthernRockGrittyA-B Sw16 075
RealDrums [in style:NashvilleSwing8^3-a:Snare, OpenHat , b:Snare, Ride

Key of C
Lyrics
Vocals recorded on iPad Mini 4 w/ built in mic (no autotune), Mixed in Audacity

Posted at 09:24 AM

March 06, 2020 New Endorsing Artist: Brian Parham, Founder of Rock Dojo!

Rock Dojo founder Brian Parham is our latest Endorsing Artist!

Band-in-a-Box is an evolutionary step forward for music education. My students love it because they get to play and perform with the best musicians around the world. I love it because it cuts my lesson preparation time in half and its audio quality is superior to anything else on the market today.
Whether you're a new guitar instructor or a seasoned professional, Band-in-a-Box will make your lessons better!"

-Brian Parham

Learn more about Brian and Rock Dojo: https://rockdojo.org/

To view all of our current endorsers, visit www.pgmusic.com/endorsers.htm

Posted at 10:59 AM

March 06, 2020 User Showcase Song - To Write A Love Song

Really curious to see what you think of this one. Personally, I must say I'm happier with it than some of my other latest efforts ... but see what you think? :-) As always, thank you SO much for listening and for any feedback!

https://soundcloud.com/jamesdelsono/to-write-a-love-song

Voice recorded with Audacity and compressed, normalised, etc. etc. etc. until I was relatively and reasonably happy with it, for now at least :-) ... open to suggestions on levels, mix, etc., as indeed on everything else :-)

****** Song Summary *************
Title: To Write A Love Song - 5 March 2020
File:To Write A Love Song - B - 5 March 2020.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 85, Length (m:s)=3:11
No intro. 64 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 64. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _HAZIEST.STY (Haziest Rocking Guitar Soloist)

RealTracks in style: 1759:Bass, Electric, Pop16ths Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 875:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NorthernRockFuzzyA-B Sw16 075
RealTracks in style: 3343:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm HazyBalladChorus ev16 070
RealTracks in style: 3348:Guitar, Electric, Soloist HazyBallad ev16 070
RealDrums [in style:DrivingPop8ths^01-a:HiHat, Snare, b:Open Hat, Snare
Lyrics
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Posted at 09:06 AM

March 05, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® Version 10 for Windows - 20 Years Ago! #TBT


Band-in-a-Box® is more than 30 years old! We never stop developing the program, with 50+ new features and enhancements added with every release.

Let's take a jump back in time and glimpse at what we were doing 20 years ago with Band-in-a-Box® 10 for Windows:

New Guitar Styles with accurate MIDI guitar, including strumming, picking, and accurate fret fingering!

A Guitar Tutor, that analyzes any song and shows the chords that are playing on the virtual guitar fretboard, in a Jazz, Pop, or Folk perspective.

The Chord Substitution Wizard brought a fun and educational way to perform or practice a familiar song in a brand new way!

Our Ear Training Window allowed the user to practice their ear training with help from Band-in-a-Box®!

The option to Save as Windows Media for Internet Streaming arrived - Band-in-a-Box® songs could now be converted to a .WMA file.

...and more! To continue our walk down memory lane with Band-in-a-Box® 10 for Windows, read the full New Features list here.

Posted at 08:33 AM

March 05, 2020 Tips & Tricks - PowerTracks & UserTracks

If you've ever visited the PG Music Inc. Forums, you've probably noticed how helpful all the Forum Members are!

So, we had created our Tips & Tricks Forum, which is a great place to post any tech tips you've discovered while working with PG Music Inc. products!

Like the latest tutorial post from Pipeline, How to use UserTracks in PowerTracks - if you're a PowerTracks Pro Audio user, make sure you check it out!

Posted at 08:28 AM

March 05, 2020 User Showcase Song - Drink With Me

Here’s another collaboration with John Vaughan. When John sent me the original lyrics I think he had a ballad in mind . . . and I think I surprised him a bit going in a little different direction--something new for both of us! I did say I wanted to focus on some more upbeat tunes in 2020, so . . . here goes. Not sure I’ve quite nailed it, but hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

https://soundcloud.com/user-913316932/drink-with-me

Lyrics

And here’s the band:
RealTracks: 2939 Bass, Fretless Electric Rock8thsRene Ev 120
RealTracks: 2023 Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryRockJohn Ev 120
RealTracks: 847 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryRockRiff Ev 120
RealTracks: 844 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryRockPopping Ev 120
RealTracks: 593 Fiddle, Rhythm Bluegrass Doc Ev 100
RealTracks: 669 Guitar, Slide, Background EasySouthern Ev 120
RealDrums: DrivingPop8ths^01-a:HiHat, Snare, b:Open Hat, Snare

Posted at 08:24 AM

March 04, 2020 User Showcase Song - Only The Good Die Young

I loved this style the minuet I heard it. (bonus pack 2020)
I just had to write something for it.

The song is a typical break up song. The main character is so sad
he wants to die. I added a sax to help with the mood.

Only The Good Die Young https://soundcloud.com/ironbarkbob/only-the-good-die-young

Memo: A slow jazz stride ballad with a solo accompaniment
piano and thickened vocal mmms with 16 vocal parts in total.
Bass and drums join in. -Examples: Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You,
If I Had You, Genre "Intensity" Score=30/100
_TRAMCAR.STY. Tram Car Thickened Mmms Stride
All RealTracks. Quartet. Tempo=65 (60-75)
Instruments: Ac.Bass, Ac.Piano, Vocal Mmms, Drums
RD: JazzOlder^3-a:Brushes , b:Sidestick, Ride :Craig Scott
RT732: Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Ballad Sw 060 , Neil Swainson
RT942: Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment JazzStrideBallad Sw 060 , Miles Black
RT3278: Vocal Mmms, Rhythm RockNRollGospel12-8 4-part Sw 065 ,
David Wise and Shane McConnell

****** Song Summary *************
Title: _DERRY Demo - Derry Docile Celtic Air
File:Only The Good Die Young.SGU
Key=D , Tempo 65, Length (m:s)=3:26
2 bar intro, 50 bar chorus, from bar 3 to bar 52. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Volume Changes,
Style is _TRAMCAR.STY (Tram Car Thickened Mmms Stride)

RealTracks in style: ~732:Bass, Acoustic, Jazz Ballad Sw 060
RealTracks in style: ~942:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment JazzStrideBallad Sw 060
RealTracks in style: 3278:Vocal Mmms, Rhythm RockNRollGospel12-8 4-part Sw 065
RealTracks in song: ~750:Sax, Tenor, Soloist Jazz Ballad Sw 060
RealDrums [in style:JazzOlder^3-a:Brushes , b:Sidestick, Ride
Lyrics...
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Posted at 09:15 AM

March 03, 2020 RealBand 2020 Build 3 Update

A Build 3 Update is available for RealBand Version 2020!

Learn more and download the build 3 update here

Summary of Changes in Build 2 (Feb 28)
Fixed: Range check if changing order in jukebox after first launching it.
Fixed: Some .xml files would not load.
Fixed: If a Music XML file contained transposed tracks, the notes would sound incorrect when loaded into RB.
Fixed: If editing a track name in the Tracks Window, the left/right arrows would still affect time location of the song.
Fixed: Right-click Paste in the Chords Window did not work.
Fixed: Language string issues.

Posted at 09:05 AM

March 03, 2020 Automatic Intro Generation with Band-in-a-Box®

Did you know that with the Automatic Intro Generation feature, you can specify the "whole band" or "drums only" or "bass and drums only" to play the intro?

Access this feature by choosing the [Song Form] toolbar button and select Generate Intro from the pull-down menu. (You can also select menu Edit | Song Form | Intro Bars.) There, you'll see all the different options available:

[(Re)-Generate Intro Chords] - Pressing this button will insert or replace an intro in the song, with the given settings.

Chord Types - You can choose between Jazz and Pop styles of chords.

Intro Length (bars) - This sets the duration of the intro to 2, 4, or 8 bars.

Starting chord (after intro) is - This setting assures the generated intro smoothly transitions into the song.

[Remove Intro] - Pressing this button removes the intro.

Pedal Bass - Inserts a pedal bass figure throughout the intro.

Use Maj7 instead of Maj6 - Choose between using Maj7 or Maj6 chords.

Instruments - You can have the intro be played by the whole band, drum only, or bass and drum only.

Read more about this feature in Chapter 9 of our Online Program Manual, here.

Posted at 08:48 AM

March 03, 2020 User Showcase Song - Black Crack in the Wall

Black Crack in the Wall

Watch the video...

Black Crack in the Wall (2020, Christiane Spruit)
The Band:

1827:Bass, Electric, PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
1839:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
1831:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopModernGrooveBrightA-B Ev16 075
1831:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopModernGrooveBrightA-B Ev16 075
PopModernGrooveSync16^1-a:Snare on 4, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

I used EZDrummer2 for the Shaker, tambourine, and cymbals.

I'm playing the acoustic, an electric rhythm guitar track and the lead guitar.

Mixed with Reaper using native plugins, also plugins from Waves and iZotope, mastered with Ozone 9.

Posted at 08:40 AM

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