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June 15, 2021 User Showcase Song - You Coulda Fooled Me

Here's a song with a bit of a mystery in it. It's never revealed 'what happened that night', although it does lead us to the consequences --and it does bring closure.

You Coulda Fooled Me on Soundcloud
You Coulda Fooled Me on YouTube

Samba in Bluegrass? That's weird, but I'm not a fan of categories, other than for organization. The 2nd verse needed something different. Enter the high-stung guitar. The banjo solo had to be done in two parts. The first part ran out of gas so I spliced in a full tank. Bill Davis, aka Zydecoal, added the harmony and a pedal steel for the bridge. I sang and played bass –'tho' never at the same time. Thanks for listening, commenting and suggesting improvement.

Style is _BANK.STY (Bank 16ths-100 Banjo Bluegrass)

RealTracks in song: ~596:Fiddle, Soloist Bluegrass Doc Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 1608:Guitar, High-Strung Acoustic, Rhythm Pop16ths Ev16 110
RealTracks in style: ~~598:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Bluegrass Doc Ev 100
Loop in Song: Percussion Loops\Loop132bpm Tambourine Quarters 4 bars.wma
RealTracks in style: ~591:Banjo, Bluegrass Doc Ev 100 (Soloist)
RealTracks in song: ~591:Banjo, Bluegrass Doc Ev 100 (Soloist)
Loop in Song: Drums\BoomChickaEv16^01-BrsTrn,RodTrn
RealDrums [in style:Samba^1-a:Sticks , b:Ride Contemporary
Utility Tracks: Mandolin #599 and Fiddle #594


Posted at 01:56 PM

June 14, 2021 Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac Bonus PAKs!

Say "hello" to Mac Bonus PAKs!

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac during our special (ending June 30th) and you'll receive a FREE BONUS PAK filled with some great new Add-ons!
-"Rediscovered" RealTracks Styles
-Instrumental Studies 15: Minor Jazz Blues Guitar Soloing
-Look Ma! More MIDI 5
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 32: Jazz, New Age and Gospel Keys
-RealCharts for all existing and new RealDrums

Upgrade that to the 2021 49-PAK for just $49 to grab even more AMAZING Add-ons, including MultiStyles PAK 1, 40 additional unreleased RealTracks, and more!
-40 Bonus Unreleased RealTracks
-Instrumental Studies 14: Country Rock Blues Shuffle Soloing
-Look Ma! More MIDI 6
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 33: More Bass
-14 Bonus RealDrums "Singles"
-Artist Performance Set 10: More Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly
-MultiStyles PAK 1

More info...

Posted at 01:39 PM

June 14, 2021 User Showcase Song - Over You - Duet with Janice Merritt

This song is loosely based on an old acquaintance of mine, who as a young man fell hopelessly in love with a girl. She initially showed interest in him, but nothing ever came of it. Both went through some withdrawals, but time is a great healer. He is now very happily married to a beautiful wife, and is a pastor of a very successful church today. RT's/RD's listed below. I played the piano parts, and the percussion. Janice did an outstanding job on vocals, and all the bgv's. Special thanks to Bud for capturing her voice.

Over You - SoundCloud
Over You - BandCamp


RealTracks/RealDrums used:
RealTracks in song: ~2317:Bass, Acoustic, JazzWaltzSlowRonHeld Sw 085
RealTracks in song: 3654:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking IndiePickingBright Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 3184:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GrungeSlowQuinn Ev16 060
RealTracks in song: 3356:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm Moody128Brent Sw 060
RealTracks in song: 3099:Organ, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsMike Ev16 060
RealDrums in song: AmericanaSlowRockFred^2-a:Sidestick ,HiHat , b:HiHat ,Snare

Posted at 01:08 PM

June 11, 2021 User Showcase Song - (Let's get) Twistin' The Virus Blues Away

haven’t been here for quite a while - hope you’re all doing fine.

Over here - like in other countries - some restrictions are being loosened, but I’m afraid we’re still not out of the woods.

Oh yes, that lockdown was and is pretty hard to bear, but sittin’ home doesn’t necessarily have to lead to severe depressions: Here's my modest suggestion, so get your butts out of those TV chairs and (Let’s get) Twistin’ The Virus Blues Away

Video on YouTube
Video & audio on our website (with lyrics)
Audio on SoundCloud

Song Info:

Music & Lyrics: Stefan Nchtsheim (2021)
Key / BPM: Bb / 160 BPM
Vocals: Stefan Nachtsheim, voc & bgv

Back Line:
Dave Francis, b (BIAB RT1731)
Brent Mason, g (BIAB RT2352)
Sandy Williams, g (BIAB RT882)
Gene Rabbai, org (BIAB RT690)
Solos (Audio): Mark Douthitt, as (BIAB RT1951)
Solos (Video Closing only)
Brent Mason, g (BIAB RT2575)
Tom Leenlyside, ts (BIAB RT715)
Paul Franklin, psg (BIAB RT2004)
Kevin McKendree, p (BIAB RT2152)

Drums: EZD2 loops -> MTPowerDrums
Handclapping: EZDrummer2

Sound & mix: Maha Nachtsheim

Song was designed in Band-in-a-box, worked out in Reaper using theterrific BIAB VST plug-in.

Maha did the mixing in Reaper using Nectar 3, Neutron 3, Ozone 9 Adv., Tonal Balance.

Posted at 10:39 AM

June 10, 2021 User Showcase Song - The Corner of Aspen and Main



C34PNSL.STY Slow Country Waltz

1121:Bass, Acoustic Country Waltz Sw 085 (Rev 40)
2118:Piano, Acoustic, Soloist CountryWaltzJohn Sw 085 (Rev 40)
RealDrums= Country Waltz (Rev 40)
824:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Country Waltz Sw 085 (Rev 40)
1126:PedalSteel, Rhythm CountryWaltz Sw 085 (Rev 40)
2117:Piano, Acoustic Rhythm CountryWaltzJohn Sw 085 (Rev 35)
980:Guitar, Electric RhythmCountryClean A-B Sw 085 (Rev 40)

Takamine GC1CE nylon string guitar
Reason 11sound samples: Chromatic Harmonica; Mandolin Tremelo Ensemble.

Posted at 02:07 PM

June 10, 2021 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac® - DAW Plugin 3.0 New Features

The Band-in-a-Box® 2021 DAW Plugin offers great new features including enhanced audio rendering, support for displaying two chord types, the ability to change audio output channels, and we've added table view buttons. Now you can Import MIDI markers and tempo map, export chord markers as a MIDI file, generate all ungenerated tracks, and much more!

Learn all about the new features added to the Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac® DAW Plugin 3.0: Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac® - DAW Plugin 3.0 New Features

Read about the new features.

Posted at 02:05 PM

June 08, 2021 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2021: New Features Video - Extended Version!

The complete Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac New Features Video is ready!!!

With 80+ new features, there's a lot to discuss - so grab a snack & something to wash it down with and watch Tobin explain everything new for version 2021: Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Video: "New Features, RealTracks, and Additional Content!"

Prefer to read?
Read the Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Upgrade Manual: Online Manual | PDF Download

Posted at 11:33 AM

June 08, 2021 User Showcase Song - San Antonio

Here's something I wrote a few years ago, but never properly recorded. Something about an old cowboy, lost love, the outskirts of San Antonio and a California dream...

BIAB Tracks:
366: Bass, Electric, Country Ev 065
362: Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
362: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
2446: Guitar, Baritone Electric, Background Ev 065
RealDrums: NashvilleEven16 Sidestick HiHat

Posted at 11:26 AM

June 07, 2021 User Showcase Song - Fifteen Feet

Feels like it's been a while since I've made my way to the board . . . now trying to play a little catch up on my listens. Some truly wonderful tunes out there, making for a fine Sunday morning of listening. I've been in a bit of rut musically, with not much coming together easy . . . but here's another collaboration with Carroll Kiphen that I'm hoping is well enough along to share.

I changed the original lyrics to third person (singing about her rather than to her), which then required a change to the first two lines of the second verse. And then, together, Carroll and I rewrote the bridge. But the rest of the lyrics are true to the original.

I hope you enjoy the listen!

And here's the band:
RealTracks 2665: Bass, Electric, RockNRollBritSwing
RealTracks 1985: Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm EZListening
RealTracks 1016: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BluesRockFuzzy
RealTracks 1013: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BluesRockCrisp
RealTracks 3359: Guitar, Electric, Soloist, Blues Brit Rock
RealDrums: RockNRollBritSwing: a: Snare, HiHatb: Snare, Tambo

Posted at 11:15 AM

June 07, 2021 Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac: Everything you need to know in less than 6 minutes!

Take a few minutes to learn about the 80+ new features and content added to Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac with our latest video: Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac® - Everything you need to know in under 6 minutes!* (plus the 49-PAK!)

To celebrate this new version, we're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac Upgrade purchases until June 30, 2021 - save up to 50% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac Upgrade!

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 08:39 AM

June 02, 2021 Introducing XPro Styles PAK 1 for Band-in-a-Box® 2021!

Introducing XPro Styles PAK 1 for Band-in-a-Box® 2021!

Great news! We've created a collection of 100 styles that work with the Band-in-a-Box Pro package contents! In fact, these will work with ANY Band-in-a-Box package!

The brand-new XPro Styles PAK 1 greatly expands your Band-in-a-Box® style library with 100 fully-produced arrangements including 25 rock and pop styles, 25 jazz styles, 25 country styles, and 25 folk styles.

AND IT IS ON SALE UNTIL JUNE 30TH! Add XPro Styles PAK 1 to your collection for only $29... that's 40% off our regular price of $49!

Watch our Demos video, or pick and choose the demos you want to listen to when you visit our XPro Styles PAKs page.

Note: XPro Styles PAK 1 requires RealTracks from Band-in-a-Box® 2021 or higher and is compatible with any package, including Pro, MegaPAK, UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, and Audiophile Edition.

Using Windows? Click here for your XPro Styles PAK 1 page.

Posted at 08:24 AM

June 02, 2021 Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac is Here!

Just released: Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac with over 50 new features, 202 RealTracks, new RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, Artist Performances, Bonus RealDrums "Singles," RealDrums transcriptions, MultiStyles PAK 1, Xtra Styles PAK 11, and more!

We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Upgrade purchases until June 30, 2021 - save up to 50% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2021 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 2021 packages, but for more even more Add-ons (including 40 Unreleased RealTracks and MultiStyles PAK 1) upgrade it to the 2021 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!

Learn more about all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2021 for Mac

Read the Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Upgrade Manual: Online Manual | PDF Download
Read the Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Users Guide: Online Manual | PDF Download

Posted at 06:42 AM

June 01, 2021 User Showcase Song - Walk in the Park

This is a song I did up in 2011 when I first purchased Band in a Box. I only had about two or three songs to play so my wife banned me from playing it in the house because she heard it continually all day. I eventually forgot about it. When going through my old folders I found it and decided to give it a make over. This is the 2021 version

Walk in the Park

As I was new with BIAB quite a few of the styles had midi instruments. I kept the midi instruments and got some very nice sounds using the Presonus instruments and BBC Symphony instruments.

This was the original squ.

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Walk in the Park
Key=G , Tempo 115, Length (m:s)=3:26
No intro. 32 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 32. Repeat x3 choruses
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is FOLK.STY (Folk Style)
Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic String Bass (33), Electric Piano (5), Nylon String Guitar (25), Strings (49),
MIDI Drums :1 Standard Drum Kit (1)

RealDrums will be substituted :CountryEven8: a: Brushes, HiHat b: Snare, Ride

Posted at 01:17 PM

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