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June 30, 2022 User Showcase Song - On A Dime

A new video and, hey, it’s short!

On A Dime

We thought it might be fun to show Janice in situations where you, well, can’t turn on a dime. smile The photos span 25 years (video clips are current) and yep, at nearly 65 she’s still hammering it! Thanks to PG Music, to Janice for tolerating Bud’s video idea (and this write up) and to our friend Peter for the guitar and arrangement.
Comments are always welcomed.

The tech side:
A complete remix/mastering of the audio version posted three years ago.

Janice: arrangement, melody, lead and background vocals / Rode NT1 > Scarlett 212 > Logic Pro X > Nectar 3
Peter: solo guitar/rhythm guitar tracks, arrangement and mix
Bud: lyric, arrangement, mix, mastering, videography & photos
Bass: RT 1012: BluesRock > Waves CLA Bass Rider > Neutron 3

Piano RT 1591: BluesRock > Waves CLA Unplugged (comped from multiple regens)

Rhythm Guitar RT 1585: TexasBluesRockShuffle

Drum Kit: RD BluesRockShuffle / Waves CLA Drums
Additional RD bits (kick and cymbal) tracks: Waves CLA Drums

Snare: Ludwig 600 sample / Neutron 3 eq module / Waves CLA Drums / Thanks to Hear To Learn

Mix: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Logic Channel EQ > Waves LinMB > Ozone Imager > Waves L3 Maximizer > Izotope Tonal Balance > Logic Pro Loudness Meter

Posted at 11:44 AM

June 30, 2022 Band-in-a-Box® 2022 for Mac® Bonus PAKs!

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2022 during our Mac special (ending July 15th) and you'll receive a Free Bonus PAK*!

What does the Free Bonus PAK include?
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 34: Blues Piano and Organ (9 MSTs)
-Instrumental Studies 16: Fusion Guitar Soloing (6 studies)
-Artist Performance Set 11: Songs with Vocals volume 1 (20 songs)
-RealDrums Stems Set 1 (20 RealDrums stems)
-MIDI Styles Set 84: Look Ma! More MIDI 7 (complete, 15 styles)
-Over 400 playable RealTracks (sfz sforzando files)
-RealCombos Booster PAK (30 New RealStyles, 26 Existing RealStyles, 109 RT's/RD's)

Want even more? Boost your Free Bonus PAK to the 49-PAK for $49 to add:
-60 Bonus RT/RD (20 more than in previous years)
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 35: All Guitar (5 MSTs)
-Instrumental Studies 17: Classic Country Guitar Soloing (6 studies)
-Artist Performance Set 12: Songs with Vocals volume 2 (20 songs)
-RealDrums Stems Set 2 (20 RealDrums stems)
-Look Ma! More MIDI 8 (complete, 15 styles)

Learn more...

*excluding the $49 version upgrade purchase.

Posted at 11:38 AM

June 30, 2022 Holiday Hours - Canada Day (July 1, 2022)

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

Our Customer Service hours that day are adjusted to:

Friday, July 1: 8am-4pm PDT

Regular Hours resume Saturday, July 2nd.

Happy Independence Day to our USA friends on Monday, July 4th!

Posted at 11:35 AM

June 17, 2022 User Showcase Song - Old Southbound Line

Train songs...

A co-write with Michael LeBlanc.


RealTracks in song: 1415:Bass, Electric, PopSw16RootFive Sw16 075
RealTracks in style: 607:Guitar, Nylon, Chet Train Ev 130
RealTracks in style: 600:Fiddle, Background Train Ev 130
RealTracks in song: 626:Harmonica, Background Travis Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 411:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Train Pickin' Ev 130
RealTracks in song: 378:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming DoubleTime Ev 088
RealTracks in song: 623:Banjo, Background Backporch Ev 098
RealDrums in Song: CountryEven8Reduced: a: Brushes, HiHat b: Snare, Ride

Hop aboard, pass the Ripple, sing along.
Theorize. Philosophize. Proselytize if you must.
Have at it.


Posted at 02:14 PM

June 17, 2022 New Band-in-a-Box® 2022 Add-ons are Here!

We're excited to say that we've just released some amazing new RealStyles with XPro Styles PAKs 2 & 3 and Xtra Styles PAK 13 for Band-in-a-Box® 2022 for Windows or Mac!

XPro Styles PAK 2 includes 100 fresh new RealStyles that will up the utility and fun factor of the Band-in-a-Box® Pro version by adding 25 rock and pop styles, 25 jazz styles, 25 country styles, and 25 folk styles! XPro Styles PAK 3 goes even further - not only is it packed 100 new RealStyles, it includes 35 RealTracks that are not included with a Pro or MegaPAK purchase - adding even more versatility to what these can do! Sink your teeth into 25 rock/pop styles, 25 jazz/funk styles, 25 country/bluegrass styles, and 25 styles featuring a mix of genres ranging from high energy electro swing to ambient grooves and everything in between.

With the new Xtra Styles PAK 13, we're going to make the number thirteen lucky again! There are 200 new RealStyles for Rock/Pop, Jazz, Country, and Singer-Songwriter. Some examples of what's included: Mellow soundtrack rock, Americana country lullaby, western swing big band, coffee house jazz waltz, jazzy jump blues, songwriter gospel ballad, fast indie rock, vintage clav funk, country pop march, and much, much more!

And they're all ON SALE until July 15th! Purchase Xtra Styles PAKs or XPro Styles PAKs for only $29 per PAK (regular price $49 each)!

Purchase XPro Styles PAKs
Purchase Xtra Styles PAKs
Learn more & watch our video demonstrations

Posted at 10:48 AM

June 13, 2022 Band-in-a-Box® 2022 for Mac is here!

There are 50+ new features, 222 new RealTracks (20 more than we've released in previous versions), new RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, Artist Performances, Xtra Styles PAK 13, XPro Styles PAKs 2 & 3, New "playable RealTracks" Hi-Q sounds, 2 sets of "RealDrums Stems," and more!

We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2022 Upgrade purchases until July 15, 2022 - save up to 50% when you purchase a Band-in-a-Box® 2022 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 2022 packages! For more even more Add-ons (including 60 Unreleased RealTracks!), upgrade it to the 2022 49-PAK for only $49. You can see the full lists of items in each package, and listen to demos here.

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® 2022 for Mac.

Posted at 06:32 PM

June 13, 2022 How to: Opening Multiple Instances of Band-in-a-Box®

Did you know that you can have multiple instances of Band-in-a-Box® open on your computer? There was a conversation about this recently on our Forum, so we put together this video explaining how: Opening Multiple Instances of Band-in-a-Box®

Want to see a quick video tutorial that's not on our Tips & Tricks list? You can post your request to our I want a video that shows me how to .... forum.

Posted at 07:38 AM

June 09, 2022 User Showcase Song - The Surfers

Hi, dear friends !

I have to admit I have been down to Spain for
a long time, but I wanted to do a little
surf tune nonetheless (as soon as I got home) !
I discovered that it is possible to surf in the
mediterranean though the really big waves are
on the west coast of Portugal in the Atlantic



Instros used:

Bass: 1769
Piano: 1772
Drums: Realdrums Jazz Funk Movin
Guitar 1: 1770
Guitar 2: 1771
Guitar Dire: 1343
Synth Pad: 1265
Vocal Aahs: 3063

Recorded with Mixcraft 9 pro
Rev and comp used

Posted at 01:39 PM

June 09, 2022 How to: Replacing a MIDI Track with an Audio Track (RealBand)

Using RealBand and wondering how to replace a MIDI track with an audio track?

We show you how in our RealBand®: Replacing a MIDI Track with an Audio Track

Posted at 01:29 PM

June 08, 2022 User Showcase Song - They're Coming

They're Coming on Soundcloud
They're Coming on YouTube

Here's a funky one where Dave once again shines. It's a song about... well nothing really. Just wanted to do a funky one, and they don't have to make sense. All comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Style is _FUNKORG.STY (Funk Organ w/ Pulse Rhythm)

RealTracks in style: 2619:Organ, Rhythm Funk Ev 100
RealTracks in style: 2618:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Funk16thsMutedWahWah Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: 2616:Guitar, Electric, Background FunkSingleNoteWah Ev16 100
RealTracks in song: 3772:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm FunkyGroove60s Ev16 095
RealDrums in Song: JazzFunkMovin^2-HHSnr,RdSnr
RealDrums in Song: AmericanaSlowRockFred^3-Snr,Rd
RealDrums in Song: TambourineEv16
RealDrums in style:FunkHalfNotePulse: a: Snare, Kickb: Busy Kick, Snare
I played bass and sang and Dave Bell (Blue Attitude) played guitar.

Posted at 10:06 AM

June 07, 2022 User Showcase Song - Nirwana


Style is _GJBALJS.STY (Slow Gypsy Jazz w/ John Guitar)

RealTracks in style: ~1204:Bass, Acoustic, GypsyJazzBallad Sw 110
RealTracks in style: ~1210:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GypsyJazzBalladJohn Sw 110
RealTracks in style: ~1209:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GypsyJazzBalladGonzalo Sw 110
RealTracks in style: 1213:Guitar, Acoustic, Soloist GypsyJazzBalladJohn Sw 110
RealDrums in style:GypsyJazzSw: a: Brushes Light b: Brushes Heavy

I used a gospel realtrack to personate my beloved one


Posted at 11:40 AM

June 03, 2022 User Showcase Song - Alone in a Crowd

Alone in a Crowd

The lyrics for this song were written by my wife, Kathy. Lead vocal by Christiane (Chris) Spruit.

We also have a video for this song, here: Alone in a Crowd on Youtube

The Band:

2921:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm FolkSlowSw16Mike Sw16 060
3099:Organ, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsMike Ev16 060
3541:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockSlowFingerStrum Sw16 060
3542:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockSlow Sw16 060
3334:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BluesPopSlow16thsSol ev16 065
4023:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModCountryBalladPower8thsMute Ev16 075

Bassman extraordinaire, Marty Straub from BabuMusic, on Electric Bass and BGV's (last chorus)

I'm playing the lead guitar, the rhythm guitar during the chorus, and did a BGV.

I used EZDrummer3 to build the drum track.

Mixed in Reaper, mastered with Ozone.

Alone in a Crowd (2022, Kathy Bell)

Posted at 10:19 AM

June 03, 2022 How to: Setup and Record with a MIDI Keyboard in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

Do you want to record your MIDI keyboard into Band-in-a-Box®, but aren't sure where to start? This quick video is what you've been looking for! How to Setup and Record with a MIDI Keyboard in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows.

User Guide: Working with MIDI

Posted at 10:17 AM

June 02, 2022 User Showcase Song - I've Got a Feeling

Hey Guys here's my latest BiaB updated song...wrote it to be an invocation...if you do, thanks for listening and always appreciate your comments...Dan

I've Got a Feeling

BiaB components:
366 Bass
364 Acoustic guitar
368 Acoustic guitar
2650 Electric guitar

I added vocals, piano, strings, percussion and nylon guitar

Posted at 09:52 AM

June 01, 2022 User Showcase Song - Blue Lagoon

This song is another one of my exploration of different tones and sounds.

I have started to give my songs names as Marty maybe my song NumTwo did not suit the song LOL.

This one is called: Blue Lagoon

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Blue Lagoon

Key=Am , Tempo 85, Length (m:s)=3:11
No intro. 64 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 64. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _WHALES.STY (Whales Lap Steel Synth)

RealTracks in style: ~~2580:Bass, Synth, RnBModernSub Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: 1840:Synth Pad, PopModernGrooveMellow Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 3693:Guitar, Lap Steel, Background SlowAmbient Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 1543:Synth Pad, PopBelieve Ev16 065
RealDrums in style:WorldPercKeitaSlow16ths: a: WorldPercKeitaSlow16thsb: WorldPercKeitaSlow16ths


I also used created some real charts for a few of the tracks and flipped the Real Tracks to midi and added some samples from Studio One.

I also did a midi keyboard synth to play behind the guitar melody.

The guitar was record via mics and two amps.

Posted at 11:49 AM

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