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September 17, 2020 User Showcase Song - Wobbly Fingers

My hands have been hitting 10 on the richterscale over the last year or so. I came up with this tune at midnight a couple of nights ago ROFL. Hope you enjoy wobbly fingers, a good old polka

https://youtu.be/I52JrlwIJXo

Here's the teccy bits:
RealTracks in style: 1288:Bass, Electric, TexMex2Beat Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1287:Accordion, Rhythm TexMex2Beat Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1290:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexMex2BeatMelodic Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1289:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexMex2BeatComp Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1292:Accordion, Rhythm TexMexCountry Ev 120
RealDrums [in Song:SpoonsTradPolka: a: Spoons b: SpoonsTradPolka

Posted at 11:25 AM

September 17, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® Country Music Add-ons!

Happy International Country Music Day!!!

You might not think of Band-in-a-Box® as a country music making machine, but you'd be surprised... there are OVER 850 Country RealTracks available!

See (hear?) the Country songs created by Band-in-a-Box® users when you check out the Band-in-a-Box® Radio playlists Country/EZ Listening/Folk 1 and Country/EZ Listening/Folk 2.

Feeling inspired to create your own Country song in Band-in-a-Box®? Pop into the RealTracks Picker and create your own custom country band by filtering for "Country" or choose an existing Country style within the StylePicker Window by choosing a "Country" Filter String (from the drop down menu).

Posted at 11:06 AM

September 16, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 French for Mac is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 apporte plus de 50 nouvelles fonctionnalités ! Des améliorations ont été apportées aux RealTracks (RealTracks vocales au son plus doux, Epaississement des RealTracks, fonctions RealTracks "Trouver un Subs" et Multiriffs). La majorité des RealDrums dispose maintenant de RealCharts (avec une notation Drums précise). Le nouveau navigateur d'artistes RealTracks permet la recherche d'informations/bios/liens/listes sur artistes RealTracks. Le nouveau navigateur de fonctions permet à l'utilisateur nouveau ou "tête en l'air" de trouver et d'utiliser facilement la plupart des fonctionnalités/raccourcis/documents à partir d'une seule fenêtre. L'égalisation du tempo permet de changer un morceau rubato enregistré en un tempo fixe. L'étirement audio temps/pitch a été amélioré (Elastique inclus). Il y a des améliorations un peu partout dans le SongPicker, les Intros automatiques avec Basse/drums ou drums seuls, l'extension du nombre de titres avec + 3.400 titres nouveaux, MusicXML, la guitare avec vues "gaucher" et "élève", la fonction glisser-déposer, l'affichage multi-fenêtres de l'Assistant Accord Audio et bien plus encore !

ACHAT / MISE À JOUR, & TÉLÉCHARGEMENT MAINTENANT!

Posted at 01:03 PM

September 16, 2020 User Showcase Song - Wonderful

Here's a change of pace from my last few songs: an upbeat love song. I tried to perform a light vocal instead of my usual bellowing.

https://soundcloud.com/scott-schwarz-740132899/wonderful

Band info:
RT2933 Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking SongwriterFolkSlap
RT683 Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesPush Ev
RealDrums-PopPromiseEv16
Virtual Guitarist Silk for the sections with arpeggios and the rhythm in the bridge.
Lyrics

Posted at 11:36 AM

September 15, 2020 Get Inspired with the Band-in-a-Box® Title Generator!

There can be many triggers that could inspire you to write a song... but what if you're wanting to write a song, and are having trouble finding the inspiration you need?

Jump start your creativity using the Title Generator feature in Band-in-a-Box®.

I love this feature - it delivers some beautiful results!

To access this feature:

Mac: select Edit | Chords | Auto-Generate Song Title menu command (control+shift+S). The song title will appear in the Title window! Repeat the Auto-Generate Song Title command until the program comes up with a suitable title for your song. Band-in-a-Box® will keep generating new titles for as long as it takes to get the right one.

Windows: click on the "Generate Title" button within the main screen of the program and you can choose to "auto-generate" a song title which will appear right in the Title field of your song, or for a more varied selection choose to "generate multiple titles" and you'll be taken to the Title Generator window, which can generate a list of 50 song titles for you!

I've just done this, and won't bother list all 50 here - but the "top 10" I've chosen from my generated list are:
Eloquent Laugh
Statuesque Luck
Considering a Rainbow
Brief Fling, Acknowledged
Something for a Sandpiper
Happy Runaround
Cheatin' Skies
Then Came a Rose
The Mention of My Love
Eternal Raincheck

Give it a try!

The resource for this feature can also be edited, allowing you to customize the results.
(to do this, review the file TITL1.TXT within the BB Data folder.)

Posted at 11:08 AM

September 15, 2020 User Showcase Song - Fire in the Promised Land

Here is an original Southern Fried tune about the social unrest in America. Dylan is too old to do it I guess, so I will. HA.

https://soundcloud.com/cliftondykes/fire-in-the-promised-land

Using BIAB , drums, bass, piano, some rhythm guitars. I added vocals, lead guitars . Enjoy Cliff

Posted at 09:55 AM

September 14, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® - Loops-with-Style PAK Video Tutorial

Wondering how to use the Loops-with-Style PAKs in your songs?

Check out our latest video, where we explain installing Loops-with-Style PAKs, locating the content within the proram, and how to use them in either in Band-in-a-Box® or in other DAWs - Watch the video...

Learn about the Styles included, applying the Loops, how the Loops will work with your song settings, using these Loops in other DAWs, and more!

Note: this video was made using the Windows version, however the steps are the same for Mac.

Posted at 01:59 PM

September 14, 2020 User Showcase Song - Hit The Highway Again (Collaboration!)

Well, this one is special for a number of reasons, some of which I'll keep to myself, but I will tell you a couple of things about the song and recording that are big deals to me. First of all, this is a co-write with the talented Floyd Jane. And second, along with Floyd, Janice was kind enough to sing harmony on this track. Thank you, Floyd, Janice, and Bud.

Well, here goes....

https://soundcloud.com/scott-h-olson/hit-the-highway-again

This isn't a song born out of the pandemic, though it somehow seems relevant. No, it's just a song about change that's been on the shelf for several years and was suddenly ready.

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Lyrics
Style is _NAUSAMP.STY (Nausea Pop Rock w Amplitube Bass)
RealTracks in style: 995:Bass, Electric, HardRockLA Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 671:Organ, B3, Background Southern Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 632:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanMuted Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1259:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopShiningRockA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in song: ~669:Guitar, Slide, Background EasySouthern Ev 120
Drums: EZdrummer 2

Posted at 11:35 AM

September 11, 2020 Share Your Love for Band-in-a-Box®!

Want everyone to know how much you enjoy Band-in-a-Box? Submit a Video Testimonial today, and when we share it on our website and YouTube channel, we'll send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK hard drive!

Check out some of the great Video Testimonials we've already received here.

For more information on this offer, click here.

Posted at 02:19 PM

September 11, 2020 User Showcase Song - John The Revelator

John the Revelator is a traditional gospel/blues song typically heard in a call and response format. The chorus refers to "John of Patmos" writing about the opening of the seven seals (which brings about an apocalypse) while the verses contain additional biblical references.

The first written version is said to have appeared in 1880. The African-American origins seem indisputable and are (as with our recent post of Fire The Next Time), unfortunately, not always referenced. Interpretations have been done by Blind Willie Johnson, Son House and more lately by John Mellencamp, Jack White, Depeche Mode, Gov't Mule, Larkin Poe and many others. A bit apocalyptic but hey it’s 2020 smile

https://soundcloud.com/mootsman/john-the-revelator-1

Janice plays all the percussion and Peter plays all the guitars so that left only the bowed bass for a RT. But as always the song was developed in BiaB from the get go .

As an arrangement/interpretation of a traditional tune we own all rights to it per PG Music’s policy for posting.

Thanks to Pg Music, Peter and also Ray for his thoughts on the percussion. Your time to listen and comment is both welcomed and appreciated. The Lyric is on SoundCloud.

Janice: Vocals, cajon and arrangement.
Peter: Guitars, arrangement, and counsel

Bud: Arrangement, lyric tweaking, vocal/cajon engineering, mix, mastering, etc.

Tech Stuff:
Vocals > Rodes NT1 > Scarlett 212 > Logic Pro X > Nectar 2
Bass: RT 2482 Acoustic Held > Neutron 3
Cajon > Rodes NT1 & MXL mics > Logic Pro X > CLA Drums
Handclap: One sample track and one J&B > EMT 140 Plate Reverb sim
Mastering: Logic Pro EQ > Ozone Dynamics > Ozone Imager > Ozone Maximizer > Ozone Tonal Balance > Ozone Loudness Meter
Lyric is on SC.

Posted at 09:28 AM

September 10, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® 2020 German for Mac is Here!

Es gibt über 50 neue Funktionen in Band-in-a-Box® 2020! Es gibt Verbesserungen der RealTracks (weicher klingende Vokal RealTracks, RealTracks Verdickung, "Find-a-Sub" RealTracks und MultiRiffs). Die meisten RealDrums haben jetzt RealCharts (mit genauer Drum-Notation). Es gibt einen neuen RealTracks-Künstler-Browser, um Infos/Bios/Links/Listen von RealTracks zu allen Künstlern zu finden. Ein neuer Feature-Browser ermöglicht es dem neuen oder "vergesslichen" Benutzer, die meisten Features/Hotkeys/Dokumente von einem einzigen Fenster aus leicht zu finden und zu benutzen. Die Funktion Tempoausgleich ermöglicht es, einen aufgenommenen Rubato-Song in ein festes Tempo zu ändern. Verbesserte Audio-Zeit/Tonhöhen-Dehnung (Elastique) enthalten. Es gibt SongPicker-Verbesserungen, Auto-Intros für Bass/Drums oder nur Drums, 3.400 zusätzliche Titel, MusicXML-Verbesserungen, "Linkshänder"- und "Studentensicht"-Gitarre, Ziehen & Ablegen -Verbesserungen, Audio-Akkord-Wizard mit mehreren Fenstern und mehr!

KAUF/UPGRADE, & DOWNLOAD JETZT!

Posted at 11:24 AM

September 10, 2020 User Showcase Song - In There

I like to give other people presents on days when people might be tempted to give them to me. This one is for my daughter on my birthday. It features some snippets best understood in-family, and features the only toy she's had since toddlerhood--a stuffed doll she named after one of my oldest friends, to whom she took an immediate and unexpected shine.

In There

****** Song Summary *************
Title: In There
Lyrics

Key=D , Tempo 90, Length (m:s)=2:23
2 bar intro, 16 bar chorus, from bar 3 to bar 18. Repeat x3 choruses
Style is _LONESON.STY (Lone Son Acoustic Guitar Ballad)
RealTracks in style: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~2505:Piano, Electric, HeldChords 085
RealTracks in style: 2914:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Folky16thsBrent Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 2914:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Folky16thsBrent Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 3196:Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopBalladBrent Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 3057:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking SongwriterFolkAltBassQuinn Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 1766:Mandolin, Rhythm Pop16Sync Ev 085
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Started as a chord progression that sat for months without much else until I got busy with this. Vocals recorded in RB, and the project was mixed in Reaper. I usually spend a bit more time, but this is what I had when the deadline hit. Happy Birthday to me.

Melodyne didn't seem to do much pitch correction. Perhaps it didn't recognize what I was doing as actually musical. Perhaps I didn't use it correctly. Perhaps the demo expired mid-way.

I used two instances of compression on the vocals along with some EQ work and (hopefully) just a smidgeon of reverb. Basic effects on the other tracks and mastered with Ozone 8 Elements.

Posted at 10:45 AM

September 09, 2020 With Band-in-a-Box® Your Band is MASSIVE!

Open Band-in-a-Box®, and you're instantly gaining access to at least 300 different RealTracks played by real live musicians!

There's more than 140 Artists that contribute to the 2,900+ RealTracks available! Our RealTracks and RealDrums Artists are top studio musicians, and the RealTracks they play will add an amazing human element to your projects!

Now is a great time to have these musicians handy!

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Band-in-a-Box® Pro includes over 300 RealTracks in 100 bands! Windows | Mac
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Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition includes the uncomplessed files for over 2,900 RealTracks! Windows | Mac

Learn more about using RealTracks in your Band-in-a-Box® projects: Windows | Mac

Posted at 02:33 PM

September 09, 2020 User Showcase Song - Bass GROOVE w/ BIAB 70's TV theme style

Bass GROOVE w/ BIAB 70's TV theme style - Ernie Ball Bongo 6 Demo song. 70's style, TV Theme Groove.

https://youtu.be/CMao2J_ZZsM

Hey PGM friends!

As a bassist natively, my bass collection is far greater than than my guitar collection. I did get this EB Bongo 6 a few months back but struggle with the tighter string spacing, though enjoy the light weight. I made a demo for a sale ad.

This is a GREAT example (in my opinion) of using BIAB with your own tracks to write and create some killer music. Wishing ya'll a FANTASTIC weekend! RG

This groove breaks down like this

RG Tracks
- Drums
- Bass
- Vintage Analog Strings

BIAB Real Tracks
Acoustic Piano
Electric Piano
Clav 1
Clav 2
Wah Guitar

Posted at 10:01 AM

September 08, 2020 We've Updated Band-in-a-Box® Radio!

Discover your new favorite song and be inspired when you shuffle through the UPDATED Band-in-a-Box® Radio, with 340+ original Band-in-a-Box® songs written and recorded by program users just like you!

We've organized these songs by playlist:
-Country / EZ Listening / Folk (2 Playlists!)
-Rock / Pop / Blues (2 Playlists!)
-Jazz / Latin

Listen to Band-in-a-Box® Radio on our website at www.pgmusic.com/bbradio.htm, or head directly to our Band-in-a-Box® Radio SoundCloud channel!

All of the songs you'll hear on Band-in-a-Box® Radio are songs that have been posted to SoundCloud and then shared to our User Showcase Forum.

Don't have a SoundCloud account? Click here to get started, and begin sharing your own Band-in-a-Box® projects with other users on our User Showcase Forum - we'd love to hear them!

Posted at 12:15 PM

September 08, 2020 User Showcase Song - Together Again

You've all been so welcoming and encouragin when I posted my 1st song ("Light worker") that you made me feel more comfortable sharing this 2nd song I have composed and just published on Soundcloud.

Together Again

I used BIAB for the backing track:
Styles : Icepop.sty and a bit of Sputter.sty & Stutter.sty

I used MTT drums to give some more colors and variations for some fills.

I play all the guitars (funky rythms, lead & solo).

It starts as a jazz funk tune and then goes more into fusion when the solo comes.

Programs used :
- Reaper + Valallah reverb + OTT + Ozone 9
- THU for the guitar sounds

Hope you will like it.

Posted at 12:09 PM

September 04, 2020 User Showcase Song - Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life)

Since I'm good for about one song a year, whether it's needed or not, here goes. Feedback is welcome and appreciated - Scott

https://soundcloud.com/scott-h-olson/joie-de-vivre-joy-of-life

Near the Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana there was a cafe known as the Joie de Vivre. One day a few years ago some friends and I wandered inside. I asked for the translation and eventually a song developed. And since our friends grew up in that area - one on his parents' farm nearby - they're all part of the story.

Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life)

Vocals are Nectar 2 and me
Ozone 8 for mastering

Style is M_SWWLZS.STY (Country Waltz Swing w/ MST Strin)

1122:Bass, Acoustic, CountryWaltz Sw 110
827:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Country Waltz Sw 110
2119:Fiddle, Soloist CountryWaltzAndy Sw 085
RealDrums [in style:NashClassicWaltzSw^4-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
Lyrics

Posted at 01:34 PM

September 04, 2020 Video - Band-in-a-Box® for Mac: No Sound with MIDI? (MIDI Plugin Settings)

Have you ever experienced a No Sound issue when you're working with MIDI in Band-in-a-Box® for Mac?

We have an online tutorial that can walk you through some troubleshooting to resolve this, but why not check out our YouTube video instead? Click here to watch.

Of course, you can always reach out to us directly if you're in need of assistance with the program!

Posted at 01:26 PM

September 04, 2020 Holiday Hours - Labor Day (September 7, 2020)

Monday, September 7th is Labor Day. Although our Customer Service Department will be open, we will have limited hours that day:

Customer Service: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)

Our hours will return to normal on Tuesday, September 8th.

www.pgmusic.com/contact.htm

Posted at 11:14 AM

September 03, 2020 Band-in-a-Box® Features Resource

Did you know... when you open Band-in-a-Box®, you're using a program with more than 30 years 'experience'! With each new version, typically released annually, there are at least 50 new features and enhancements - it can be hard to keep track of what was added when!

We've made it easy to learn about any of the features easily with our new Features Browser, where you simply select the [?] button at the top of the main screen, or press the / Enter while in the chord sheet to open the Feature Browser window, and type in your feature keyword! For example: type in "Shot" and the steps for specifying a chord as a shot will be displayed, with additional buttons to choose the online program manual topic or watch the support video explaining the feature! Read more about using this feature here.
Mac users click here for your manual.

Plus, if you read through the "Features" contents within the program help file you'll be able to look over each new release all the way back to version 7!

Posted at 01:17 PM

September 03, 2020 User Showcase Song - Whimsical Road

Whimsical Road started off as a new age song but ended up as a smooth jazz song. Since BiaB chose the title I just kept it; well actually I was just too lazy to change it. BiaB has so many styles to choose from and sometimes I just get lost in it and come up with something that I didn't intend when I started.

soundcloud.com/mario_guitar/whimsical-road

BiaB style = Lilacs MIDI Smooth Jazz Ballad
Tempo = 60 BPM
I deleted the bass, drums, and guitar tracks

Piano = Keyzone Classic - Basic EP
Strings = Synthmaster2 - pad - Entombed
Drums = Groovemonkee Jazz Funk MIDI drum loops through Addictive Drums 2 - funk kit-FX - Waves CLA Drums
Percussion = Kontakt - Brio Ensemble

I am playing the following:
Frettless Bass - straight into the computer - FX - Waves JJP Bass & Bass Rider
Lead Guitar - Harley Benton Jazz box straight into the computer - FX - Raum reverb
Rhythm guitar - Harley Benton Jazz box straight into the computer - FX - Presonous Pro EQ & compressor.
I am also playing the tenor sax via my wind controller, Swam tenor - FX - Raum reverb

Posted at 09:41 AM

September 02, 2020 Video - Downloading, Registering, and Installing Your Band-in-a-Box® for Mac Purchase

Have you recently purchased a download-delivery copy of Band-in-a-Box® for Mac?

In this video, Simon walks you through registering, downloading, and installing your Band-in-a-Box® purchase!

Click here to watch...

Posted at 11:45 AM

September 02, 2020 User Showcase Song - Breakfast With The Blues

I haven’t posted a blues tune for a while, so here’s a short one….

soundcloud.com/tommyad/breakfast-with-the-blues

tommyadamsmusic.com/track/2448939/breakfast-with-the-blues

RealTracks: 2692:Organ, Rhythm ModernPopSlowMike Ev 075 Neutron2 Dirty B3
RealTracks: ~689:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 085 Neutron2 Dirty B3

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, Waves Bass Rider
Royalty Free Loops

Vocals, Electric Guitars, Tom Adams

Lyrics

Posted at 10:37 AM

September 01, 2020 Changing Chord Fonts in Band-in-a-Box®

Did you know that there are different built-in chord fonts you can choose in Band-in-a-Box®?

From the Chord Display menu, you can choose from:
Small Font (System)
PG Text
Times
Arial
BigBand
Jazz Chord Symbols
Comic Sans
RealScore
BeStPlain Chord Symbols

From Options | Preferences, within Display select "Chord Display Layer (text)" and you can choose these same built in fonts from the drop down menu, or select the [Choose Font] button to choose a font that's installed to your computer - give it a try!

To learn more about customizing your Band-in-a-Box® view, review the Display section of our online manual subject: Options Menu

Mac user? Click here for your online manual.


Posted at 01:49 PM

September 01, 2020 User Showcase Song - A Girl Like That

Not your grampa's Country.
:)

A Girl Like That

The BAND:
RealTracks in song: ~700:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesPush Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2444:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Background PopCountryBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3435:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BritPsycPopBalladArpVibChorus Ev 065 (Held)
RealTracks in song: 873:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernRnBRockFunkyOffbeat Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 1841:Synth Pad, PopModernGrooveHigh Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 3441:Guitar, Electric, Soloist BritPsycRockMarch Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 3203:Guitar, Acoustic, Soloist RnBPopBrent Ev 110
Royalty Free Loops

Some harmonies generated using the Helicon TC plugin in RealBand
Me: vocals, additional harmonies, art work

Lyrics

Posted at 11:13 AM

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