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May 25, 2021 User Showcase Song - Standing Like Bono

So I had a lot of fun with this. BIAB 2021 has some INSANE stuff in it, and I used it to make a song to sound like U2 just to make myself laugh. My goal was not to make it sound kind of like U2, but EXACTLY like U2. Tell me how close I got. Dublin style baby.


David Snyder: Guitar, Vocals, Synths

Words and music copyright 2021 by David Snyder
ASCAP/Day of Faith

As usual I am mixing in my own guitars and stuff with the RTs.

Style is _KIP.STY (Kip Dublin Pop Rock)

RealTracks in style: 1008:Bass, Electric, ElecRock Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 3637:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm DublinPopChop8ths Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 3638:Guitar, Electric, Background DublinPopMagSpacey Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1840:Synth Pad, PopModernGrooveMellow Ev16 075
RealDrums [in style:PopPromiseEv16^1-a: Snare on 4, HiHat , b: Snare, Open HiHat

Posted at 11:29 AM

May 21, 2021 User Showcase Song - Rescued

Here's my latest song

The title is Rescued, although that word does not appear in the lyrics. The singer is Richko from fiverr.

RealTracks are:

1636:Bass, Electric, JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
2505:Piano, Electric, HeldChords 085
664:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm SouthernRock Ev 085
2773:Harp, Rhythm Celtic16ths Ev16 075
1949:Piano, Acoustic, Soloist PopRootsyJohn Ev16 100
RealDrums [in Song:SouthernPop16RnB^03-a:Hat, Snare, b:Ride, Snare

Posted at 10:17 AM

May 21, 2021 Holiday Hours - Monday, May 24, 2021

We are celebrating Victoria Day on Monday, May 24th! Our hours this weekend are:

Saturday, May 22: 8am-4pm PST
Sunday, May 23: Closed
Monday, May 24: 8am-4pm PST

Regular Hours resume Tuesday, May 25th.

Posted at 10:09 AM

May 20, 2021 User Showcase Song - That's My Heart

A co-write with my buddy Reid Richmond.

This was published by Millhouse Music.

They pitched it hard for a while (mid 90's). Mostly to the hat acts at the time.
It was heard by someone from Tanya Tucker's camp and they thought it would be right for her if we could rewrite the opening lines to change the gender.
Which, of course, we did... and sent it over.
They put it on hold. That lasted a few weeks and then was dropped. Typical.

I hadn't ever recorded it myself, so I thought I would.
I asked my musical-sister to join me for the harmonies (no brainer).


Style is M_RBILBC.STY (Rockabilly Billy Even 100 w/ MST)

RealTracks in style: 2421:Bass, Acoustic, RockabillySlapBoomChicka Ev16 100
MIDI SuperTracks in style: 2470:Piano, Rhythm RockabillyBoomChickaKevin Ev 100
RealDrums [in style:BoomChickaEv16^01-a: Brush, Train, b: Rods, Train

RealTracks in song: 1518:Guitar, Electric, Soloist CountryWorkinBrent Ev16 090
RealTracks in song: 2913:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryTrainBeatBrent12-key Ev16 090
RealTracks in song: 2518:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking BoomChickJoe Ev16 110 (Simple)
RealTracks in song: ~597:Guitar, Acoustic, Soloist Bluegrass Doc Ev 100

Harmonies: The Amazing Janice Merritt

Posted at 01:27 PM

May 19, 2021 User Showcase Song - Water Under The Bridge

A song that during its creation morphed from an Americana notion to a blues rock tune. Bud thanks Janice for tolerating his efforts encouraging her to belt one out a bit :)

Water Under The Bridge
© 2021 J. Merritt, B. Merritt & P. Fulham

We thank Peter for working with us on the arrangement, for the guitar tracks and the supplemental drum track ideas. And a big shoutout to Marty Straub (BabuMusic & Blue Attitude) for joining in on bass. And, as always our thanks to PG Music for making it all possible.

Janice vocals:
lead > Nectar 3
third above lead harmony > Nectar 3
third above call backs > CLA Vocals
third below call backs > CLA Vocals
Rodes NT1 mic > Scarlett 212 > Logic Pro

Piano: MidiSuperTrack 3001 Rhythm Folk Blues Shuffle > Logic Pro Grand Steinway > Logic Direction Mixer > Waves CLA Unplugged

RealDrums Blues Rock Shuffle > Waves CLA Drums
RealDrums add-ons cut from the above RD audio file
Snare > Neutron 3
Cymbals > Waves JJP Percussion/Cymbals
Toms > Neutron 3

Additionally several drum fills were comped in from a 20 year old Mick Fleetwood sample from Peter

Guitars (All Peter):
Solo 1 & Solo 2 duet
Rhythm 1 & 2

Bass: Marty Straub using, well, whatever the man uses smile

Mixed in Logic Pro X
Mastering chain: Logic EQ > Waves LinMB > Waves L3 > Izotope Tonal Balance > Logic Loudness Meter

Posted at 10:11 AM

May 18, 2021 User Showcase Song - Running

Here is my May contribution to the Showcase.


I had very limited time past few weeks for music things, so this is a bit raw. Had a nice conversation with Bud M., which made me rethink some mixing techniques, which I tried to apply here. (Thank you Bud!) Also, this was in a way interesting experience for me as I mixed in / used BIAB RD percussion and programmed some beats with Studio Drummer, which I never done before.


Tech stuff:
2578:Bass, Synth, RetroPop Ev16 085
Loop Chillout\Chillout - chilly night_80_percussion_a_minor ev16.wav
Loop- lullaby_85_drum_loop_f_minor ev16.wav
3267:Cello, Background CelticAirFlowingNatalie Ev 085
Loop bumpyride_165_d drums ev16.wav
2364:Synth, ElectroFlutes, Rhythm Pop Ev 085
RealDrums NewOrleansMardiGras16ths^01-a: Snare Groove , b: 4 and Hat
Synths/ Drums of NI + Halion
Recorded in Cakewalk.

Thank you for you listening. All comments are welcomed!

Posted at 08:21 AM

May 17, 2021 Customers LOVE Xtra Styles PAK 11 for Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Windows!

We've added 200 exciting new RealStyles with the just-released Xtra Styles PAK 11 for Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Windows - 50 each for Jazz 11, Country 11, Rock & Pop 11, and Half & Double Time 1!

We think you'll love the new RealStyles and MultiStyles added with Xtra Styles PAK 11, which includes new sounds like modern reggaeton, medieval-inspired folk pop, Americana power ballad, speakeasy vocal jazz, R&B and reggae fusion, and more! In fact, here's what people are saying...

I LOVE the double-time comping electric piano!

Everyone should have these!

These are a must have!

Half and double time styles - yes!

Love what I'm hearing! My compliments to the producer that created them.

These are AWESOME!

Nailed it!

Some really great sounding country styles here!

There are some great styles in this XtraPAK.


During our Xtra Styles PAK 11 for Windows special, all our Xtra Styles PAKs 1-11 are on sale for just $29 each (reg. $49)! Looking for more Xtra Styles PAKs? Until May 31st, you can purchase our complete library of all 1,800+ RealStyles with the Xtra Styles PAK 1-11 Bundle for only $199 (reg. $349)! Learn more and order now.

Interested in a specific genre? These can be purchased for $15 each - pick & choose here.

NOTE: Xtra Styles PAKs require the UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition version 2020 or 2021. (Xtra Styles PAK 11 requires the 2021 UltraPAK/UltraPAK+/Audiophile Edition.) Xtra Styles PAKs won't work with the Pro or MegaPAK version because they need the RealTracks from the UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition.

Learn more & listen to demos of the Xtra Styles PAK 11.

Band-in-a-Box® 2021 users should install the latest patch update, which includes support for Xtra Styles PAK 11.

Posted at 11:23 AM

May 17, 2021 User Showcase Song - Lucky Tale

Hi guys created in bandlab and biab Style is _CELAIRP.STY (Celtic Air w/ Piano,

Lucky Tale

RealTracks in style: 2365:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CelticAir Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1814:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CelticAir Ev 085

RealTracks in song: 2549:Fiddle, Soloist CelticReelAndy Ev16 110

Posted at 10:18 AM

May 13, 2021 User Showcase Song - Celtic Country Worship

I love Celtic music and I love country music and I love Praise and Worship music...this was my attempt to combine those three loves into one song...I hope you like the Spirit of this features a fantastic fiddle part played by the great Glen's called "Worship Him Now"

Style: M16SFID Worship Pop w/Fiddle
1603 Bass
1608 High strung acoustic
1606 Acoustic strumming
2549 Fiddle
1604 Fiddle Background
669 Slide Guitar
Drums=Nashville Even 16's

Posted at 08:36 AM

May 13, 2021 Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Windows is Xtra Ready!

The latest free patch update for Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Windows readies the program for the just-launched Xtra Styles PAK 11 for Windows (on sale until May 31st - learn more here)!

We've also updated the Song Titles database, resolved user-reported issues for various drum features, and more.

Learn more & download the latest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 build 833 for Windows.

Posted at 08:34 AM

May 11, 2021 User Showcase Song - Stranger In A Strange Land

Just finished a new one and had the opportunity to employ Ken (klasaine) again to make the song come to life.
Stranger In A Strange Land:

Song about change...."Aging eyes find it hard to embrace it".
I'm really out of my comfort zone on this one.
Sort of a smooth jazz vibe requiring an almost micro-crooning vocal....which is not my strong point. smile (which I'm still trying to figure out)
I have to work with what I have.

"_ELPJZHS.STY Horn Sec.Funk 2Part wband[110RS]
This 2-piece Horn section RealTrack features the Tenor and Alto Sax playing in perfect harmony together. Other RealTracks in this style include El.Guitar Pop16th, ElPiano, El.Bass and RealDrums."
I used bass/drums/sax from the 'funk' styles.

Posted at 08:53 AM

May 07, 2021 User Showcase Song - Lord Have Mercy

Lord Have Mercy:

Real 368 acoustic strumming ev 065
Real 364 acoustic fingerpicking ev 065
real drums soloist bluesBBE snare hi hat
Piano 3101 electric vintage rhytm 16 ths Mike ev 16060

Other instruments from our band

Posted at 07:57 AM

May 06, 2021 User Showcase Song - Love You Some

Here's a short folky slow jam - this is called Love You Some.

BIAB Tracks:
2474: Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
2505: Piano, Electric, HeldChords 085
2914: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Folky16thsBrent Ev16 085
832: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm, AltCountryMoody Ev 075
Loop: Chillout/Chillout_dimensions_145
RealDrums: PopPromiseEv16 a:Snare on 4, HiHat, b: Snare

As always - thanks for listening!

Posted at 09:49 AM

May 06, 2021 Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Russian for Windows is Here!

Мы хорошо потрудились и добавили 80 новых функций и изумительную коллекцию нового контента, включая 202 стиля RealTracks, новые стили RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, инструментальные этюды (Instrumental Studies), записи профессионального живого исполнения (Artist Performances), поставляемые в качестве бонуса отдельные инструменты RealDrums (RealDrums "Singles"), транскрипции стилей RealDrums, набор мультистилей MultiStyles PAK 1, набор экстра-стилей Xtra Styles PAK 10 и др.!

новых | Пакеты

Posted at 09:48 AM

May 05, 2021 User Showcase Song - Fool Who Fell In Love

A pop/rock song about a a guy & a girl......

Leon - Lyric & Vocal
Janice Merritt - Backing vocal
Me - Lead Guitars

RealTracks in style: 995:Bass, Electric, HardRockLA Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 3399:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm FolkRockSync Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 999:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm HardRockLAFuzzyA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 996:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm HardRockLACrispA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in song: ~686:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1681:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 120
RealDrums [in style:RockHardLA^7-a:Snare, Bell Ride , b:Snare, Crash Ride
Synth - Native Instruments Massive

Posted at 10:38 AM

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