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June 30, 2020 User Showcase Song - It's A Fine Line

I was playing around with Kontakt Picked Acoustic (I recall when I bought it that it was a topic in the Off-Topic forum )and used it as the intro guitar. As is often the case I used it once and then move on to something else but but the guitar certainly sounds rich.

Leon - Lyric & Vocals
I played the acoustic solo and sang a little.
RealTracks in style: 3119:Bass, Acoustic, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 1805:Synth Pad, PopBelieve Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: ~365:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
RealTracks in song: ~1118:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2242:Piano, Electric, Rhythm CoolJazzPop Ev 085
RealDrums [in style:AmericanaRoots16th^02-a:Sidestick, b:Snare
Plus the above mentioned guitar.


Posted at 12:49 PM

June 30, 2020 DAW Plugin FAQs Resource!

We've added a new Band-in-a-Box DAW Plugin for Mac FAQ to our FAQ and Knowledge Base Forum - make sure you check it out!

This is where we'll be sharing any solutions we discover for frequent problems reported while working through our DAW Plugin tech support.

Like this post from Andrew: StylePicker does not see my styles and RealTracks, or they are showing as N/A.
Click here for the solution.

Windows user? Click here for your forum links.

Posted at 12:40 PM

June 30, 2020 Holiday Hours - Canada Day (July 1, 2020)

We are celebrating Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1st - but we're still here!

Our Customer Service hours that day are adjusted to:

Wednesday, July 1: 8am-4pm PDT

Regular Hours resume Thursday, July 2nd.

Posted at 12:16 PM

June 29, 2020 User Showcase Song - Old Ways Of Forgetting

A co-write with Bud Merritt.
Always a pleasure...

Old Ways of Forgetting


RealTracks in song: 366:Bass, Electric, Country Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 910:Piano, Electric, Rhythm SmoothBallad Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: ~2200:Guitar, Nylon, Background CountryBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2542:Pedal Steel, Background ModernBalladAtmosphere Ev16 065
RealDrums in Song: NashvilleBrushesBalladPushEv16: a: Sidestick, Brushes b: Brushes

Harmony: Janice Merritt (Thanks, Sis!!)
Album Photo: Bud Merritt (a very talented man!)


We hope you enjoy it.
Comments (of any kind) welcome.

Posted at 12:58 PM

June 29, 2020 Add-ons Special Almost Over! Xtra Styles PAK 9 & Loops-with-Style PAK 2...

There's still time to SAVE when you SUPERCHARGE your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition with 200 new RealStyles with Xtra Styles PAK 9, and 100 NEW Loops & 50 NEW Styles with Loops-with-Style PAK 2!!

Xtra Styles PAK 9 includes deep-south New Orleans gospel, a country soul groove, a psychedelic pop ballad, action-sequence cinematic metal, a Cajun jaw harp boogie, post-punk folk rock, quarter-feel jazz blues, several modern jazz styles, a modern Celtic folk reel, multiple 6/8 grooves, and so much more! There's a MultiStyle in every genre, and our biggest MultiStyle has a total of ten substyles! Add it to your collection today for just $29 (reg. $49)!

Loops-with-Style PAK 2 includes 50 new Styles & 100 new Loops to add to your Band-in-a-Box® collection! There are two new genres: gospel and funk, and we've added to the selection for electronic, hip hop, jazz, pop, R&B, rock, and world! Purchase Loops-with-Style PAK 2 on sale for only $19 (reg. $29)!

Already have a few of our Xtra Styles PAKs? Top up now - each of our 9 Xtra Styles PAKs are just $29 (reg. $49)! Don't have any, and want them ALL? Grab all during our sale for just $199 (reg. $349)!

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box and listen to demos here.

More information on Loops-with-Style PAKs can be found here.

Mac user? Click here for OS specific purchase links.

Posted at 12:51 PM

June 26, 2020 An Updated Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac is Here!

The latest Band-in-a-Box 2020 update announcement is HUGE!

With this updated version, easily find your (purchased) Xtra Styles PAK 9 RealStyles in the updated StylePicker window, [ctrl] and [shift] shortcut keys will allow you to open your RealDrums picker and preferences windows with one 'click', there are improvements to Bar Based Lyric entry, stable playback of style demos, the UPDATED DAW Plugin is included, and more!

The updated DAW Plugin 2.9.41 adds additional and redesigned action buttons, refined DAW syncing, Chord Sheet enhancements, improvements to MultiRiffs, RealTracks, RealDrums, and MIDI features, and so much more!

We've made a video that highlights all the changes to the DAW Plugin with build 2.9.41: Watch it...

Learn more about the newest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac b412 and download here.

Posted at 11:26 AM

June 26, 2020 User Showcase Song - The Maiden's Tale

A new original song which is influenced by many traditional folk ditties which tell of tragedy at sea.

Apart from the vocals, guitar solo & the waves at the end, everything else is a Realtrack. Enjoy.

778 - Ac Bass
861 - Elec Guitar
858 - Elec Guitar
856 - 12st Guitar

1188 - Ac Piano
1179 - Fiddle

860 - Elec Guitar

RT2214 - Bouzouki

Posted at 10:25 AM

June 25, 2020 User Showcase Song - Saturdays Medley

Hi guys its been a while, I did a fresh install win 10 forgot how much work that is it can put you over the edge and while doing that late one night I trip and fell on my 185 guitar now that was the most stupid thing I have done in a long time I crack the headstock!!! however I was able to glue it back and plays better then it did thank God Anyway hope you like the tune thanks eric

realtracks Style is _ARISE.STY (Arise Americana Smooth Ballad)

RealTracks in style: 908:Bass, Electric, SmoothBallad Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: 3101:Piano, ElectricVintage, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsMike Ev16 060
RealTracks in style: 871:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernRnBRockWarmStrum Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 910:Piano, Electric, Rhythm SmoothBallad Ev16 065 RealDrums [in Song:SmoothJazzBallad^1-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

Posted at 12:53 PM

June 24, 2020 User Showcase Song - På Söder

New song by Johan Hammarström, who kindly let me share the final result in this wonderful forum.

På Söder

Once again BiaB delivered tracks we kept through the production.
Thanks a lot to PG Music for making music come true!

Lead vox, backing vox and rhytm guitar: Johan Hammarström
Backing vox: Birgith Røe
Intro, backing vox, lead guitar, additional instruments, programming, arranger and producer: Einar Olsen (aka molsenhouse)

BiaB tracks:

Style is _CRATO.STY

RealTracks in style: ~719:Bass, Acoustic, Samba Ev 190 (B:energetic)
RealTracks in style: 2892:Piano, Electric, Rhythm FusionFastLatinJeff Ev 190
RealDrums in Style: SambaBrazilBrushAlex: a: SambaBrazilBrushAlexb: SambaBrazilBrushAlex

Soon summer holiday up north – wish you all a healthy and happy Summer. Take care, be safe – make more music!

Posted at 01:50 PM

June 24, 2020 Updated Band-in-a-Box® 2020 and VST DAW Plugin for Windows!

Did you see the latest build update announcement for Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows?

It’s PACKED with powerful updates, including additional RealCharts, improved RealStyles demos, language support, and significant additions and improvements to the DAW Plugin!

The updated DAW Plugin 2.9.41 adds additional and redesigned action buttons, refined DAW syncing, Chord Sheet enhancements, improvements to MultiRiffs, RealTracks, RealDrums, and MIDI features, and so much more! In fact, we’ve made a video that highlights all the changes to the DAW Plugin with build 2.9.41: Click here to check it out.

Learn more about the newest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 b724 for Windows and download it here.

Posted at 01:35 PM

June 23, 2020 #TipTuesday Band-in-a-Box® Online Manuals - An Excellent Resource!

The Band-in-a-Box® program manuals are available on our Support page - what an excellent online resource to help you get the most out of the program!

Head to our Support | Online Manuals page and you'll have access to both a PDF and an online program manual for Band-in-a-Box® 2018-2020 and RealBand 2018-2020!

Bookmark today!

Posted at 01:42 PM

June 23, 2020 User Showcase Song - Micawber

This is a song I did 10 years ago. This is the third iteration of the song. It was a tribute to Keith Richards telecaster.

This is a new mix with rerecorded tracks. This one has bits and piece of quite a few real tracks.


903 Bass Electric Smooth
RT572 Bass Electric Blues
Drums Country Shuffle
Drums BluesRock128^1SdStick.Snr
365 Guitar Acoustic Finger Picking
382 Guitar Acoustic Strumming
RT2879 Guitar Electric Rhythm AmericanaSparseSlow
686 Organ B3 Background Pop

Mixed with Studio One
Guitar - Stratocaster
Amp -Marshall
Eventide H9 Delay
JCRockett Lenny Boost pedal

Posted at 01:32 PM

June 22, 2020 Review - Xtra Styles PAK 9 for Band-in-a-Box® 2020

Remember that wonderful review of Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac we received last month from "Dr. Dave" Walker, Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Mac … WOW!?

Well, Dr. Dave is at it again! He's had a chance to work with the newest Xtra Styles PAK 9, and shares his thoughts in his recent Xtra Styles PAK 9 for Band-in-a-Box 2020 – Worth It? post at Dr. Dave On Music - make sure you check it out!

Sneak peak...
...PG Music has gone deeper into several styles, using more or fewer instruments, adding unexpected ones, and giving some surprising make-overs. Others are more focused versions of particular styles with more extreme attention to the best of that genre. Other ones combine styles that sound great, such as adding a banjo to a rock or blues track, or a jazz sax to a folk style. There are many wonderful combinations to try out that will expand any songwriter or arranger’s palette. These are the things that make certain songs stand out, and experimenting with them is not just fun (a lot of fun!) but it will expand your horizons on what is possible and even excellent. For instance, my light jazz arrangement worked very well as a country song, which floored me, and also as a folk-alt-jazz fusion. One sax solo was worth the price of admission alone, as it sounds terrific in any of the arrangements.
-"Dr. Dave" Walker

Again we say, "Thank you for the review Dr. Dave!" - we really enjoyed reading this enthusiastic review!

Posted at 01:17 PM

June 22, 2020 User Showcase Song - Twist of Blue

This is what happens when you work with chord substitutions on the standard 12-bar blues. Sometimes you have parts left over. This tune has 13 bars, what's not to like?

Twist of Blue:

I'm playing the guitars. It's an ES-335 recorded direct into Studio One.
Most of the piano is from the MIDI parts of the RealTracks; some of it is me. The piano is from Arturia Analog Lab.

The band is:
RealTracks in style: 3476:Bass, Acoustic, JazzBluesNeilAB Sw 140
RealTracks in style: 3484:Piano, Acoustic, Soloist JazzBluesMiles Sw 140
RealTracks in song: 1773:Piano, Electric, Soloist JazzFunkMovin Ev16 130
RealDrums in Style: JazzBrushes: a: Brushes Swirling b: Brushes Busier

Posted at 11:30 AM

June 19, 2020 User Showcase Song - Revisiting Old Shores

I actually ventured a long way from the BIAB style with this track - hope it still qualifies to be posted here!
Note - it does... Band-in-a-Box was part of the writing process!

I started out with the midi style 'Karma' and loaded the song demo 'Chantala'. That sounded pretty good so I took all the tracks into Logic and started assigning different instruments. Then I got a bit carried away on guitar and the backing all sounded too pretty. I started replacing tracks and all I really ended up with was the 'warm pad' and 'strings' which I used synths to change their feel. So not much left of the original BIAB although I stuck with the chord progression.

- Warm Pad and Strings from 'Chantala' in 'Karma Style'. Synthmaster sounds.
- Rhythm and lead guitars are a strat through Amplitube.
- Bass is IKM Modo Bass VST played on keyboard.
- Drums are processed using Logic Drummer with EZDrummer drum sounds.

Posted at 10:23 AM

June 18, 2020 User Showcase Song - There's Something Going On

Hi all, thought I’d put this up, it’s a song I wrote prior to discovering BIAB, but I have lightly enhanced with some BIAB saxophones (2294 & 2295) and even though it’s quite rocky I used the _PBALLAD.STY. I really like the added touch to the initial recording, which was recorded in a studio and is not me singing.

Lyrically, it might seem to be especially relevant now, depending on your views!

Lyric video:

Posted at 10:09 AM

June 18, 2020 The Band-in-a-Box® Panic "Button"

Today is International Panic Day... did you know that Band-in-a-Box® has a "Panic Button"?

What does it do?

Accessible from the Play Menu (or by selecting F12), you would choose this if your MIDI notes are stuck ON and it’s driving you crazy! Also within the Band-in-a-Box® Play Menu is the "Panic should also Reset DXi synth" option, which will clear hung DXi/VSTi notes.

Posted at 10:08 AM

June 17, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Danish for Windows is Here!

Der er mere end 50 nye funktioner i Band-in-a-Box® 2020! Der er forbedringer af RealTracks (Lækrere lydende vokal RealTracks, RealTracks Tykning, "Find-en-Sub" RealTracks og MultiRiffs). De fleste RealDrums har nu RealCharts (med præcis tromme notation). Der er en ny RealTracks kunstner browser, hvor man kan finde info/bio/links/lister med RealTracks til alle kunstnere. En ny Funktions browser gør det let for nye (eller glemsomme) brugere at finde og bruge de fleste funktioner/hotkeys/dokumenter samlet i et enkelt vindue. Equalize tempo gør det muligt at ændre en sang, som er indspillet rubato, til at have fast tempo. Forbedret audio tids/tonehøjde stræk (Elastique). Der er Sangvælger forbedringer, bas/trommer eller kun trommer Auto-introer, 3,400 titler er tilføjet, MusicXML forbedringer, "venstre hånd" og "Studerendes synsvinkel" guitar, Drag and Drop forbedringer, Audioakkord troldmand multi-vindue visning, Og meget mere.


Posted at 01:19 PM

June 17, 2020 User Showcase Song - Praying for Something

I am praying for something y'all. But I do not know it's name.

Words and Music copyright 2020, David Snyder
ASCAP/Day of Faith Records
Produced and Engineered by David Snyder
RealTracks in style: ~2476:Bass, Acoustic, Held Sw 085
RealTracks in style: 2779:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm SongwriterSwingBalladBrent Sw16 065
RT Viola, RT Cello, Piano (held)

Posted at 10:15 AM

June 16, 2020 #TipTuesday - Entering Note-Based Lyrics Without Notation Being Present

Our User-to-User Tips & Tricks Forum is a GREAT resource! Check out the latest post from Noel96, HOW TO: Enter note-based lyrics without notation being present (BIAB 2020), where he explains how he enters note-based lyrics on a bar-by-bay basis without any notation being present.

Thanks for the tip Noel96!

Do you have a tip to share? Feel free to post it here: User-to-User | Tips & Tricks

Posted at 11:45 AM

June 16, 2020 User Showcase Song - Lifeline

All tracks generated using Band in a Box and mixed using Mixcraft

Custom style: _SJABLU1.STY
RealTracks in style: ~520:Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 165
RealTracks in style: ~525:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 190
RealTracks in style: ~1120:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Strumming Ev 165
RealTracks in style: ~524:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 165
RealTracks in style: ~690:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 165
RealTracks in style: 1682:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 165
Solist: Soloist PopBalladMellowBrent Ev 130
RealDrums:RockabillySwing^01-a:Tom, b:Tom 8th

Written and recorded by Steve Andrews

Posted at 08:50 AM

June 15, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac on a USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Speed Thrills!

Did you know... all Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac UltraPAK and UltraPAK+ orders ship preinstalled on a USB 3.0 hard drive!

What does this mean? Faster hard drive transfer rates will enhance the program operations (faster time to generate tracks, reduced audio artifacts) and offer faster transfer speeds (typically up to 3x faster)!

Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK $469
Upgrade from Version 2019: $279
Upgrade from Version 2018 or earlier or crossgrade: $299

Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK+ $569
Upgrade from Version 2019: $379
Upgrade from Version 2018 or earlier or crossgrade: $399

Note: The difference between the UltraPAK and the UltraPAK+ is that the Songs & Lessons PAK is included in the UltraPAK+ package.

Our Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition ships preinstalled on a USB 3.0 hard drive too!
Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition $669
Upgrade from Version 2019: $479
Upgrade from Version 2018 or earlier or crossgrade: $499
Upgrade from ANY previous Audiophile Edition: $299

There's plenty of room left on these hard drives for additional files - like the latest Xtra Styles PAK 9 and Loops-with-Style PAK 2, which are on sale until June 30th!

Click for more information on these Add-ons:
Xtra Styles PAKs for Mac.
Loops-with-Style PAKs for Mac.

Xtra Styles PAKs for Windows.
Loops-with-Style PAKs for Windows.

Posted at 02:02 PM

June 15, 2020 User Showcase Song - When A Heart Cries

Wrote this for a film opportunity. It's just a musical bed with a mostly undefined melody. It will play as a family is en route to the funeral of a loved one lost in a tragic auto accident.

All the tech stuff:
File:When A Heart Cries.SGU
Key=C#m, Tempo 65, Length (m:s)=3:11
Style is _NEBULA.STY (Nebula Modern Country Pop Ballad)
RealTracks in style: 1592:Bass, Electric, Pop16ths Ev 065
RealTracks in song: ~1639:Piano, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 3160:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsBrent Ev16 060
RealTracks in song: 2542:Pedal Steel, Background ModernBalladAtmosphere Ev16 065
Loop in Song: Drums\MarkTreeFills[single]
RealTracks in song: 1543:Synth Pad, PopBelieve Ev16 065
RealDrums [in Song:PopRock8ths^01-a:Closed Hat, Snare, b:Open Hat, Snare

** I replaced the style's original drum, piano and loop tracks with ones that gave me the "feel" I was looking for.

Posted at 10:31 AM

June 12, 2020 User Showcase Song - No Notion

I made several 'sad' songs the last months, so it was time to make a song with a nice beat and no problems to sing about. There are more than enough of them lately in the real world. So I decided to post a song about my other cat:

(For those who don't know what I am writing about; some months ago I made a song about called No answers.)

The instruments:
Style: GIMLET.STY (Gimlet Phaser Bariton Lichte Rock)

RealTracks: 2613:Bass, Funk, Offbeat
RealTracks: 2157:Piano, Vintage, Funky Groove
RealTracks: 2623:Piano, Vintage, Funky Groove
RealTracks: 2930:Guitar, Folk Rock
RealTracks: 3161:Guitar, Bariton, Bluesy Pop
RealTracks: 2158:Guitar, Funky Groove
RealTracks: 3141: Fiddle, 5 strings
Loop in Song: House-Techno-Trance\Trance - crinklystabs_d_135_c_sh ev16.wav
RealDrums:Heavy4x4RockWithTamb [Multi]
Keyboard: Analog Strings for some extra rhythm and violinchops, in DAW Logic Pro

Posted at 10:39 AM

June 11, 2020 #TBT Band-in-a-Box® 7 for Windows!

When you've been in business for more than 30 years, there sure is a lot of throw-back resources to be had!

Like this New Features video for Band-in-a-Box® 7! Watch it here...

Some of the New Features added with Band-in-a-Box® 7 included:
Automatic Soloing
Solist Maker
Style Changes and Any Bar
MIDI Chord recognition
Loop Notation Screen
Installable color schemes
Favorite Songs Window
..and more!

Tip: Within the Band-in-a-Box® Help window, choose Features and you will see a separate list of new features released with every version of Band-in-a-Box from 7-2020!

Posted at 02:15 PM

June 11, 2020 User Showcase Song - The Slide

floyd and I (Bud) wrote the lyric while floyd alone developed the melody, chord progression and arrangement. As always floyd took what I thought was a decent idea and transformed it into IMO a fine song. Thanks!

Peter joined in with an intro lead and fills. He sent us a cornucopia of riches to choose from - Thanks!

OK, it’s not about the “current situation(s);” rather, it’s a broken relationship tune told by a lady - perhaps a little twist on the old theme. Lyrics

Your time to listen and comment is always appreciated. Thanks. Be safe.

Janice: lead & harmony vocals / vocal arrangement
Rodes NT1 > Scarlett 212 > Logic Pro > Nectar 2 or CLA Vocals
Peter: guitar lead and fills
Drums: RD NashvilleEven16^3
Logic Pro EQ > Waves CLA Drums
Bass RT: 1036 Electric, NorthernRockBallad Ev 065
Waves Bass Rider > Neutron 3
Piano MIDI SuperTrack: 2101 PopModernGroove
Logic Pro Grand Steinway > Logic Pro Direction Mixer >
Waves ClA Unplugged
Guitar: RT 829: Electric, Rhythm PopModernGroove
EMT 140 Plate Reverb sim
DAW: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Logic EQ > Waves LinMB > Waves L2 > Ozone Tonal Balance > Logic Pro Loudness Meter

Posted at 12:10 PM

June 10, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Dutch for Windows is Here!

Er zijn meer dan 50 nieuwe functies in Band-in-a-Box® 2020! Er zijn verbeteringen voor RealTracks (Vloeiender Klinkende Vocal RealTracks, RealTracks Verdikking, "Vind-een-Sub" RealTracks en MultiRiffs). De meeste RealDrums hebben nu RealCharts (met accurate Drum Notatie). Er is een nieuw RealTracks Artiest Bladervenster om info/bios/links/lijsten te vinden van RealTracks over alle artiesten. Een nieuw Functie Bladervenster laat de nieuwe of "vergeetachtige" gebruiker gemakkelijk de meeste functies/sneltoetsen/docs vinden en gebruiken via een enkel venster. Egaliseren Tempo laat je een opgenomen rubato song wijzigen naar een vast tempo. Verbeterd audio tijd/toonhoogte uitrekken (Elastique) meegeleverd. Er zijn SongKeuze verbeteringen, Bas/Drums of Drums alleen Auto-Intro's, 3,400 titels toegevoegd, MusicXML verbeteringen, "Links-Handige" en "Student Weergave" gitaar, Slepen en Neerzetten verbeteringen, Audio Akkoord Wizard Multi-Venster Display en meer!


Posted at 10:39 AM

June 10, 2020 User Showcase Song - Not So Smooth Operator

After listening to a few styles I came across this style that caught my ears, so I came up with this tune after almost totally modifying it.
What do you think?

Style is POP_SADE.STY (Pop_Sade - 90s Cool Pop/Jazz)
DrumsCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
PianoCustom Synth is Synth/Plugin Loaded
Style MIDI Instruments are : Electric Piano (5),
RealTracks in song: 2325:Bass, Synth, Rhythm JazzFunkFat Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 2826:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BossaCompOlly12-key Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 3026:Vocal Oohs, Background Pop3-partFemale2 Ev 085 (1TrackVocalSection)
RealTracks in song: 2379:Sax, Tenor, Soloist BossaEric Ev 140
Loop in Song: Percussion Loops\Loop124bpm Conga 8ths 4 bars fill at end.wma
MIDI Drums :1 Standard Drum Kit (1)

Thanks for listening!

Posted at 10:21 AM

June 09, 2020 Video Testimonial - James Gale Talks Band-in-a-Box

"Band-in-a-Box is a program that is so profound and yet so simple even I can do it."
-James Gale

Definitely watch this video! Not only does James tell us how much he loves the program, he also shows us how he works with the program! Maybe you're thinking "I know how people use the program" however, James adds a twist - as a blind user!

To learn more about James, check out his testimonial page here.

You can create your own video testimonial letting people know how you use the program too! Learn how here.

Posted at 02:22 PM

June 09, 2020 User Showcase Song - I Fall for a Dream

This is a song written by Chris, she sent us the vocal and piano part and we developed it from there:

I Fall for a Dream on REVERBNATION

I Fall for a Dream on SoundCloud

The band:
I'm playing the lead guitar parts and built the drum track using EZDrummer2
Piano: Chris Spruit
Bass: Marty Straub
RealTracks in song: 869:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernRnBRockWarmA-B Ev 065 (*2)
RealTracks in song: 2875:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AmericanaTremoloSlow128Colin Sw 040
Mixed in Reaper, mastered with Ozone 9, all details available on request.


Posted at 09:59 AM

June 09, 2020 #TipTuesday - SampleTank 4 with PowerTracks Pro Audio & RealBand

Forum user MountainSide has shared their tip on getting SampleTank 4 to work with RealBand or PowerTracks Pro Audio - if you use these programs, make sure you check it out!

Do you have a tip to share? We have a forum for that! User-to-User | Tips & Tricks

Posted at 09:52 AM

June 08, 2020 Customers LOVE Xtra Styles PAK 9 and Loops-with-Style PAK 2!

Customers LOVE Xtra Styles PAK 9 and Loops-with-Style PAK 2! Save up to 50% until June 30, 2020!

" Really useful range of new styles here - great work!" ... " I'm loving these new RealStyles! " ... " The Celtic Xtra Styles are exactly what I need! " ... " I am so thrilled with all of the new Xtra Styles - I am a songwriter and I love these! " ... " New Country Styles? YEEHAW! " ... " What a variety - thank you PG Music! " ... " Fantastic performances!! " ... " MultiStyles too? Awesome! " ... " Very nice! " ... " The new Folk Xtra Styles are perfect for my songs! " ... " Brilliant! Thanks PG! " ... " Holy Frijoles! " ... " PG Music did it again! " ... " These are remarkable! " ... " Thrilled with all the added Jazz choices! " ... " I want them all! " ... " Everyone should have these. " ... " A sensational variety, really good styles! "

SUPERCHARGE your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition with 200 Groundbreaking NEW RealStyles in Xtra Styles PAK 9!

Xtra Styles PAKs are on SALE until June 30th!
Purchase the complete Xtra Styles PAKs library with over 1,400 RealStyles for the special price of $199 (reg. $349)

Already have a few of our Xtra Styles PAKs? Top up now - each of our 9 Xtra Styles PAKs are just $29 (reg. $49)!

Loops-with-Style PAK 2 is on sale for $19 (reg. $29), or get BOTH Sets 1-2 for $29 if you order before June 30th!

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box and listen to demos here. Loops-with-Style PAK 2 details can be found here.

Windows user? Click here for Windows purchase and demo links

Posted at 02:16 PM

June 08, 2020 User Showcase Song - Singing to Sea (Sailing to Shore)

I used BIAB to sketch out this song. In this mix, I've kept the bass (but used ToonTracks EZBass to convert the realtrack bass to midi), autoharp, drums (but used ToonTracks superior drums to add extra drums), guitar 1, and guitar 2. I've recorded 2 more guitar tracks using my acoustic guitar.

Here is the BIAB realtracks info:

Bass - 1121 Bass, Acoustic, CountryWaltz 085
AutoHarp - 2709 Autoharp, Rhythm OldTimeSlowWaltz 085
Drums - RealDrums=GypsyJazzWaltzSW
Guitar1: 3176:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm CampfireSlowWaltz Sw085
Guitar2: 2053:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryWaltzBrent Sw085

I exported the audio and then imported into Studio One 4. I added various plugins and occasionally manually manipulated some of the audio tracks.

More song details and lyrics

Posted at 12:12 PM

June 05, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows Updated!

If you're using Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows along with the DAW Plugin, you're going to love the latest free patch update, which resolves any issues had with multiple instances of program files running that resulted in the DAW Plugin closing.

Learn more about this free update patch (which also includes VST DAW Plugin 2.6.8) and download it here.

Posted at 12:05 PM

June 05, 2020 User Showcase Song - She'll Have To Be The One

A break-up ballad.

She'll Have To Be The One

RealTracks in style: ~701:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~2051:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 365 Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 912:Piano, Electric, Rhythm SmoothPoppy Ev16 090
RealDrums in style: NashvillePop16^4-a:SideStick, HiHat , b:Snare, Hihat
ME: Vocals, harmonies, acoustic guitar, strings, words & music, production, mixing, mastering, a bottle of red, a bottle of white...

The strings are from Spitfire's BBC Symphony Orchestra
(played using my old Yamaha SY-55 synth for the MIDI controller).
Recently, there was a thread in the Recording section of the forum about them.

Posted at 12:02 PM

June 04, 2020 #TBT - The Introduction of Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box!

We've just released Xtra Styles PAK 9 for Band-in-a-Box® 2020, and to celebrate we've put ALL of our Xtra Styles PAKs on SALE until June 30, 2020!

Xtra Styles PAKs were first introduced in August 2016, and required the Band-in-a-Box® 2016 and higher UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition.

You may notice that all of our Xtra Styles PAKs require the 'latest' UltraPAK or higher - this is because they utilize our complete (and at the time current) library of RealTracks and RealDrums.

What are Xtra Styles?
Xtra Styles are RealStyles created by our development team. They've taken our existing RealTracks and RealDrums collection and remixed them to make the new and unique arrangements heard with every new Xtra Styles PAK released.

These RealStyles are Band-in-a-Box® styles that only use RealTracks and RealDrums - the result: an incredible band to back you up and perform your songs

Xtra Styles PAKs are on SALE until June 30th!
Purchase the complete Xtra Styles PAKs library with over 1,400 RealStyles for the special price of $199 (reg. $349)

Already have a few of our Xtra Styles PAKs? Top up now - each of our 9 Xtra Styles PAKs are just $29 (reg. $49)!

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box and listen to demos here.

Mac user? Click here for demo and purchase links.

Posted at 11:39 AM

June 04, 2020 User Showcase Song - Rondo of Love

I am fan of Biab. It's the first time that i deposed a song made with biab and studio one 4. I presume that it is the good section.

This song( style ballad or easy listening) was, first, created with bab, I used realtracks like quarted strings and fingerpicked guitar. After imported the tracks in studio one 4, some vst were added (mandolin, bass etc. The thema is love for everyone (in the covid19's time).

The link to Rondo of love is:

You can discover my song and my other songs( some other created also with biab) on soundcloud under the name janijackflash.

Posted at 11:37 AM

June 03, 2020 How-to Video: Section Text labels and Lyrics

Check out our special YouTube Channel, PG Music Inc. Support Videos, which is where we share videos our support team makes at the request of a customer, or to help out an existing customer issue.

The latest video, Band-in-a-Box How to: Section Text labels and Lyrics quickly walks you through section text labels and lyrics in Band-in-a-Box for Windows! Watch now...

Want to see a specific video? Share your request here.

Posted at 01:34 PM

June 03, 2020 User Showcase Song - Hand On A Rock

I almost sold the Dobro. Now I’m glad I kept it. Thanks to everyone who listens. All comments are welcome.

Recorded in Logic Pro X
Plug Ins : Nectar 2, Neutron 2, Ozone 8, Tonal Balance, Waves LinMB, Waves, L3-LL Multi Limiter, Scuffam Amps S-Gear, Waves Vocal Rider

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Tom Adams

RealTracks : 2406:Synth, Rhythm JazzFunkPad Simple Ev 110
RealTracks : 2934:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm FolkySync8thsFintan Ev 140
RealTracks : ~524:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Held Ev 165
RealTracks : ~407:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 165
Royalty Free Loops


Posted at 01:29 PM

June 02, 2020 #TipTuesday - Band-in-a-Box® Patch Updates

We never stop here at PG Music, so make sure that you check in on your installation of Band-in-a-Box® occasionally - we frequently release free patch updates to enhance existing versions, and fix 'bugs' reported by program users.

Windows program updates can be found here. We have a separate page for Mac updates, here.

You can also setup Band-in-a-Box® to check for updates automatically! Head to the Preferences window in the program, and select "Automatically check for updates every [__] days" (choose your number).

Not sure which "build" you have? Help | About... will bring up a window that will show your exact version number!

Posted at 02:08 PM

June 02, 2020 User Showcase Song - Castaway

The following is not really what the song is about- just a trivia test for those interested.

In my old trade there's something called "borrowed landscape"- incorporating a distant landscape into the design. In songwriting you'd likely call it plagiarism, but I think it can work... you can let me know; if you don't get the reference to a famous song in this sad ballad you must have been a...


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: 2542:Pedal Steel, Background ModernBalladAtmosphere Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 3230:Guitar, Electric, Background CinemaHeldLowDarin Ev16 090
RealDrums [in style:CongasEv16[single] [Multi]

Posted at 02:04 PM

June 01, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 - Xtra Styles PAK 9 & Loops-with-Style PAK 2 Bundle!

Have you heard? We have NEW Band-in-a-Box Add-ons!

Xtra Styles PAK 9 and Loops-with-Style PAK 2 will SUPERCHARGE your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition!

200 NEW RealStyles have been added with Xtra Styles PAK 9 - 50 Rock-Pop, 50 Jazz, 50 Country, and 50 Folk & Beyond 2!

Loops-with-Style PAK 2 includes 100 NEW Loops and 50 NEW styles, and adds 2 new genres to our Loops-with-Style collection: gospel and funk!

Bundle both the Xtra Styles PAK 9 and Loops-with-Style PAK 2 into one convenient purchase, only $48 until June 30th! Click here to choose your purchase.

Mac user? Click here for your order links.

Posted at 01:10 PM

June 01, 2020 User Showcase Song - Pollen 8

I played and recorded all acoustic, slide and electric guitars.

Mixed and mastered it using Cubase 10,5 pro.

Style is _TEAROSE.STY (Tea Rose Psyc Pop Piano Ballad)

RealTracks in style: 1592:Bass, Electric, Pop16ths Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 890:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment PopLite Ev 140
RealDrums [in style:Americana16thsSyncFred^1-a:QuarterHiHat,Snare , b:QuarterRide,Snare

70 bpm, key of g major?

Posted at 12:39 PM

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