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September 14, 2021 #TipTuesday Convert RealDrums to MIDI!

Did you know that you can convert RealDrums to MIDI?

VintageGibson shared this tip to our Tips & Tricks forum, which is a great place to look for program tips from other Band-in-a-Box users!

Read this handy trick.

Have a program tip or trick of your own? Share it on our Tips & Tricks forum today!

Posted at 10:14 AM

September 14, 2021 User Showcase Song - Too Many Movies

I made this song when I realized how much time I (we) spent on watching movies from Netflix, Disney, Amazon or whatever. They can do strange things to your mind, I mean my mind. I can assure you!

I used a talkbox from BiaB for my instrumental solo.
There are some female vocals involved in the song, but they are all from Realyvox 'The Ladies' and my keyboard.

I hope you like it, but don't hesitate to tell me what you think of it.
Oh, the cover was made by my son and me when fooling around making a cover for a former song. I decided to use it for this song.


Band-in-a-Box details:
[Song] [Title Too many movies]
[Key Am ] [Tempo 110]
[.Sty _MILDLY.STY] [Style Mildly-Swung Funk Pop Bari Solo]

RealTracks in song:
2157:Piano, El. Vintage,
3703:Guitar, Ac, Fingerpicking
3351:Guitar, Bariton El., Swampy Blues
3352: Guitar Solo, Swampy Blues Talk box
3492:Guitar, El., Ska
1858:Synth, Euro Dance HousePiano
RealDrums: Funk, Disco
Keyboard, Native instruments and Realivox Ladies (me)

Posted at 10:12 AM

September 13, 2021 User Showcase Song - Look What I Found In The Chicken

I started out with a bunch of recordings of chickens in a chicken house. I may have achieved some degree of musical drama.

This is another in a series of experiments turning natural sound into music, by any means available; it will take 01:18 minutes out of your future. Don’t say I didn’t warn you (but it really isn't that bad.)

In Logic, I lied to MIDI Guitar and said the chickens were guitars, and it transcribed the whole racket to MIDI, which then forked off in two directions:

(1) BIAB chord-analyzed for a guitar RealTrack, and
(2) stripped down, quantized and played on a violin

MIDI Guitar analyzed the audio from this guitar RealTrack to create a new MIDI track, which forked into parts for piano and bass. Seasoned with Logic Drummer.

RealTrack: ~522:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 120

Posted at 09:44 AM

September 10, 2021 Band-in-a-Box® 2021 Italian for Mac is Here!

Abbiamo lavorato tanto e abbiamo aggiunto 80 nuove funzionalità e una straordinaria collezione di nuovi contenuti, tra cui 202 RealTracks, nuovi RealStyles, SuperTracks MIDI, Studi Strumentali, Performance degli Artisti, Bonus RealDrums "Singoli", trascrizioni RealDrums, MultiStyles PAK 1, Xtra Styles PAKs 10 e 11, e altro ancora!

Pacchetti | Nuove Caratteristiche

Posted at 09:45 AM

September 10, 2021 User Showcase Song - Emerald

Here is a new/old song.


This song was born in 2012 when I was searching through the BIAB styles. I came across the Emerald style. I have played this song in my daily rotation since then. Robert, Ray and I were passing around ideas and I presented this as a potential for a new song with lyrics. Robert decided to take a break so Ray and I developed it into this song. Ray came up with a very cool lyric and we made some changes to the backtrack.
After the backtrack was developed we sent it to Janice and Bud and they graciously joined the project.


These were the original BIAB song tracks.
****** Song Summary *************
Title: Emerald
Key=A , Tempo 80, Length (m:s)=4:12
No intro. 40 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 40. Repeat x2 choruses
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Patches,
Style is C_FOLKY.STY (Folky Top 40 Country Ballad)

RealTracks in song: ~~532:Bass, Acoustic, Pop Sw 085
RealTracks in song: ~~689:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 085
RealTracks in song: ~~362:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks in song: ~1032:Guitar, 12-String Electric, Strumming Ev 085
RealDrums [in Song:CountryEven8: a: Brushes, HiHat b: Snare, Ride

BIAB tracks used in the song.
Ray did some tweaks to the drum track
We also used the ~~689:Organ, B3,

Janice - Vocals and Harmonies
Ray - Bass, Rhythm Guitars
Scott - Guitar melody and fills.

The mixing was pretty much a group effort and Bud did the final master.

Posted at 09:42 AM

September 08, 2021 User Showcase Song - She Doesn't Fight Fair

_HIGHWAY.STY. Highway Driving Country Rock
All RealTracks.
Instruments: El.Bass, Ac.Piano, El.Guitar, Drums
RD: NashvilleEven8^5-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride :Brian Fullen
RT1417: Bass, Electric, RootsRock Ev 100 , Craig Young
RT2763: Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryBluesRockMike Ev 110 , Mike Rojas
RT2635: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryBluesRockHigh Ev 110 , Brent Mason

Multi-riffed Guitar, Slide, Background Easy Southern Ev 120 to fill out the backing tracks

Posted at 10:06 AM

September 07, 2021 Export / Print a List of Selected Styles (Band-in-a-Box®)

Did you know that you can export a list of your Styles from Band-in-a-Box®?

Head to this forum post in our "Tips & Tricks" forum, where VideoTrack shares another handy tip for Band-in-a-Box® users!

Posted at 02:24 PM

September 07, 2021 User Showcase Song - Find My Way Back Home

This one is a re-work of an instrumental I posted 4 or 5 years ago. I really like the melody but didn't feel I did a very good job with it the first time, especially the guitar sound I had. I still struggled with the acoustic guitar sound again on this and still am looking for that sweet spot with the eq and effects on it but feel it's getting closer. I was inspired by a trip to the Southwest (Sedona, Az) when I first had the idea for this one. Thanks for having a listen!


Bass 1253 Pop Shining Held Ev 120
Bass 1418 Electric Southern Rock Ev16 85
Drums Pop Country 16ths
Guitar 1164 Acoustic Rhythm Celtic Reel Ev16 110
Guitar 1305 Acoustic Rhythm Celtic Reel Ev16 110 (Drones only)
Strings 2060 Strings Rhythm Pop Country Ev 120
Guitar 851 Electric Rhythm Nashville Pop Clean Ev 120

Acoustic Guitar Lead Taylor 812ce ran through a TRex Soulmate Acoustic effects processor
Background Vocal

Posted at 01:48 PM

September 03, 2021 User Showcase Song - A Melody For Our Souls

I sadly have less and less time to write, let alone listen, these days. That said, I just wanted to share this little song here ... hope you like it. Hopefully, my schedule will lighten up soon, and inspiration and the mood to write will come back soon. Anyway, all feedback welcome - thanks for taking the time to listen.

****** Song Summary *************
Title: A Melody for Our Souls
File:A Melody for Our Souls.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 100, Length (m:s)=3:57
No intro. 128 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 128. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Key Signature,
Style is _WHIMSY.STY (Whimsical Piano Country Waltz)

RealTracks in style: ~1122:Bass, Acoustic, CountryWaltz Sw 110
RealTracks in style: ~2049:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment CountryWaltzJohn Sw 085
RealTracks in style: 829:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Country Waltz Sw 110 (A:held)
RealTracks in style: ~~689:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 085
RealDrums [in style:NashClassicWaltzSw^4-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

Posted at 01:16 PM

September 03, 2021 Holiday Hours - Labor Day (September 6, 2021)

Monday, September 6th is Labor Day. Our Customer Service Department will be open, however we will have limited hours that day:

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

Our hours will return to normal on Tuesday, September 7th.

Posted at 08:00 AM

September 02, 2021 Band-in-a-Box® Chord List Resource

Ever wonder which chords are supported in Band-in-a-Box®? Access the information from the Help file in the program, or read through the list with our Online Manual!

Chord List - Mac Online Manual
Chord List - Windows Online Manual

Review the other Reference topcs while you're there - with explanations of the different menus and the Keystroke Commands (Hot Keys), you'll definitely learn something new!

Posted at 01:21 PM

September 02, 2021 User Showcase Song - Hoodoo Woman

Hoodoo Woman
© 2021 Trad Arr (Bessie Brown, 1923) J. Merritt, B. Merritt & P. Fulham

We thought we were knowledgeable about the public domain blues catalog until we discovered this song by Bessie Brown written nearly 100 years ago (originally as Louisiana Hoodoo Blues). Although she was a Bessie Smith contemporary we had not heard of her. A heckuva lyric in our opinion for the time (or any time) and we are thrilled to have found it. Thank you Ms Brown! And Peter and PG Music.
Listens and comments are appreciated. Lyrics on SC.


Hoodoo - not voodoo but a well defined spiritual belief system that was brought over during slavery times and survives to this day in parts of the South - in Louisiana in particular.
Dumplings - a notable southern US dough based dish but popular in many forms around the world.
Graveyard Dust or Goofer Dust - used to cast a harmful spell
Black Cat Bone - used for romantic success
Gris Gris - a packet of material to bring the wearer good luck
Conjure (noun) - a potent form of magic

Janice: vocal, melody & arrangement
Bud: very minor lyric tweaks, arrangement, progression, mix and Janice photo
Peter: guitar solos, fills, rhythm and arrangement

Bass: RealTrack 2435 NewOrleansShuffle Sw 130
Rendered DI > Logic Pro X bass amp/cabinet/mic > Waves Bass Rider

Piano: MidiSuperTrack 1800 Rhythm Texas Blues Rock Shuffle Sw 130
Logic Grand Steinway > Waves CLA Unplugged

Drums: RealDrums Blues Rock Shuffle > Waves CLA Drums
Snare double from from RD file sample > Waves CLA Drums
Kick double from RD file sample > Waves CLA Drums
Cymbal from RD file sample > Waves JJP Cymbals

Mastering: Ozone 9 EQ > Ozone 9 multi-band compressor > Ozone 9 Imager > Ozone 9 Maximizer > Ozone Tonal Balance 2 > Logic Pro Loudness Meter

Posted at 12:59 PM

September 01, 2021 Band-in-a-Box® 2021 French for Mac is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2021 contient quelques 80 fonctionnalités inédites!

Nous avons beaucoup travaillé pour offrir à Band-in-a-Box® 2021® cette étonnante panoplie de quelques 80 fonctions inédites et sa collection de contenus originaux à savoir : 202 RealTracks, des RealStyles inédits, des SuperTracks MIDI, des Etudes Instrument, des Performances Artiste, un Bonus RealDrums "Solo", des transcriptions RealDrums, les MultiStyles PAK 1, les Xtra Styles PAKs 10 et 11, et bien plus encore!

Achat | Nouvelles Fonctionnalités

Posted at 01:10 PM

September 01, 2021 User Showcase Song - Realized

A love song.



The BAND bits...
RealTracks in song: 1190:Bass, Electric, ModernRnBRock Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 1828:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGroove Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 1830:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopModernGrooveBrightDist Ev16 075
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2099:Piano, Rhythm PopModernGrooveHeld Ev16 075
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 1801:Synth Pad, PopShiningSoft Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 2585:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PunkHeldPlus Ev 165
RealTracks in song: 2690 Guitar, Electric, Soloist Slow16thsPopBrentSimple Ev16 075
RealDrums in Song:Rock16ths^01-a:Closed Hat, Snare, b:Open Hat, Snare
Royalty Free Loops

Posted at 12:34 PM

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