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August 31, 2022 User Showcase Song - TV Show

This is a short one.

TV Show

Before coming to BIAB world I utilized MIDI for most of my tunes, so this was a good exercise. Initial arrangement is still done on BIAB including a couple of RTs. All comments are welcomed and thank you for giving this time.

Tech stuff
Me: Arrangement, vocals mix, midi programming.
RT:1154:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Reggae Ev16 100
PopAmericanEv^1-a:SS 1/2 BB, b:Snare Half BB
Synths of Halion & Kontakt. Recorded in Cakewalk.

Posted at 02:02 PM

August 29, 2022 Band-in-a-Box® 2022 Deutsch für Macintosh ist verfügbar!

Band-in-a-Box® 2022 Deutsch für Macintosh
Wir waren fleißig und haben über 50 neue Funktionen und eine erstaunliche Sammlung neuer Inhalte hinzugefügt, darunter 222 RealTracks (20 mehr als in früheren Versionen), neue RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studien, Künstler Performances, Xtra Styles PAK 12, neue "wiedergebbare RealTracks" Hi-Q Sounds, 2 Sets von "RealDrums Stems" und mehr!

Paket | Was ist neu?

Posted at 01:16 PM

August 29, 2022 User Showcase Song - Angel's Falling

Hi, all—

I spent a few weeks traveling in July and early August and came back thoroughly unmotivated with regards to music making. Here’s hoping this song (that I largely recorded this weekend) gets me kick-started a bit. A solo effort I penned recently (darker and different thematically than my usual fare), but it took a bit to find the right BIAB sound. This seems pretty close. Not sure I nailed the mix, so as always looking forward to your feedback and suggestions. Hope you are all doing well—


Here's the song: Angel's Falling


And here’s the band:

RealTracks 2755: Bass, Electric, RockHeavy16thsDoug Ev16 090
RealTracks 3182: Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GrungeUnpluggedQuinn Ev16 090
RealTracks 703: Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Spirited Ev 085
RealTracks 3738: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm GrungeSlowCleanArp Ev 080
RealTracks 2688: Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockBrentSimple Ev 120
RealTracks 2748: Piano, Acoustic Rhythm Alt Hip Hop
RealTracks 2509: Cello, Background PopEven Ev 120 (1TrackStringQuartet)
RealTracks 1757: Accordion, Rhythm Pop8ths
RealDrums: RetroPop^05-a:Bass, SharpeSnare, b:Bass, Snare

Posted at 01:14 PM

August 26, 2022 User Showcase Song - How Can I Begin

How Can I Begin on Soundcloud
How Can I Begin on YouTube

Key=A , Tempo 86, Length (m:s)=3:26
74 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 74. Repeat x1 chorus
Style is _HARTBRK.STY (Heartbreak Mellow Nashville Pop)

RealTracks in style: 1839:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 3520:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Americana16thsDelayBrent Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 1831:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopModernGrooveBrightA-B Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 2820:Harp, Rhythm ClassicalSlow8ths Ev 085
Loop in Song: AcousticDrumFullKit\Funk Rock - 44rides100a ev16.wav
RealTracks in song: ~~1056:Sax, Alto, Soloist SmoothJazzCool Sw16 075
RealDrums in style:RockBritDrivingEv16^4-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Open HiHat

Of course, I can't ask Dave to do all the solos, although I've bugged him on a few I knew he'd rather not do, and he came through brilliantly. This one was only 8 bars AND the last two slowed down. Man, it took a long time and many re-generations of multitracks to get something where the timber of the sax was semi consistent. I played bass and sang.
Please let me know how the song can be improved (besides the obvious of getting a better singer).

Posted at 09:55 AM

August 25, 2022 User Showcase Song - Parisian Funk

So you are romantically strolling arm in arm with the love of your life back to your hotel room with the Eiffel Tower beautifully lit not far away and you hear a band playing outside a small café. As you get closer, you both notice that there are a dozen or so people dancing on the sidewalk. It’s a local French band playing their version of Funk on a stage under an awning. You don’t even need to discuss the matter, immediately the two of you are shaking, twisting and stepping to the groove with the others.

Parisian Funk

Style: _FUNLS16.STY
Key: E
BPM: 85
Me: Strings and Bells via my Korg Keyboard and my Fender Bass
BiaB: Everything else
Mixed in Studio One

PS> Not sure why, but this one was particularly challenging for me to reach satisfaction with, it was a stretch. And there’s not very many places for the bass to “hide” especially in verse 5. Anyway, comments for improvement are much appreciated. Thanks for listening.

PPS> There is a lively and educational discussion (for me) called “Circle of 5ths” happening in the Woodshedding forum. I tried to apply some of this theory to this song.

Posted at 10:04 AM

August 24, 2022 User Showcase Song - No Words Left To Say (brass instrumental)

If you need a little easy listening today...maybe this will suffice...I'm not really into brass sections but I do appreciate solo brass instruments...this little song features solos with the muted trumpet, trumpet and trombone from the fabulous Yamaha if you do...thanks for listening...Dan

No Words Left To Say
(Key A 74BPM)

BiaB components:
366 Bass
364 Acoustic fingerpicking
2650 Guitar Electric Dreamy Pop Ballad

I added: an acoustic fingerpicked guitar, muted trumpet, trumpet, trombone, strings and drums via the Genos

Posted at 09:27 AM

August 24, 2022 !Band-in-a-Box® 2022 para Windows en Español!

Hemos estado muy ocupados y hemos añadido más de 50 nuevas funciones y una increíble colección de nuevos contenidos, entre los que se incluyen 222 RealTracks (20 más de los que habíamos publicado en versiones anteriores), nuevos RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Estudios Instrumentales, Interpretaciones de Artistas, Xtra Styles PAK 13, nuevos sonidos Hi-Q "RealTracks reproducibles", 2 conjuntos de "RealDrums Stems", ¡y mucho más!

Posted at 09:23 AM

August 15, 2022 User Showcase Song - So Many Roads

This is another co-write with my wife, Kathy. Marty Straub (BabuMusic) is on the bass guitar and Christiane (Chris) Spruit did the vocals.

So Many Roads

The Band:
RealTracks in song: 2368:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment Bluesy12-8John Sw 060
RealTracks in song: 1924:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexasBluesRockSlow12-8Sol Sw 060
RealTracks in song: 1923:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexasBluesRockSlow12-8Brent Sw 060

Marty Straub from BabuMusic is on the bass, and I'm playing the guitar leads.

I used EZDrummer3 for the drums and percussion.

Mixed in Reaper, mastered with Ozone.


So Many Roads (2022, Dave and Kathy Bell)

Posted at 10:52 AM

August 12, 2022 User Showcase Song - Moonshine Blues

Here's my latest blues, nothing special, just having fun.
Moonshine Blues

Have fun

Mike B.

Style is DEEPFRY1.STY (DeepFry1 - Slow Southern Blues S)
Style MIDI Instruments are : Finger Electric Bass (34), Draw Bar Organ (17),
RealTracks in song: 1924:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm TexasBluesRockSlow12-8Sol Sw 060
RealTracks in song: 3365:Guitar, Electric, Soloist BritBluesRockSlowShuffle Sw 085
RealDrums in Song:Nashville128^08-a:Snare, Hihat , b:Snare, Ride

Posted at 09:40 AM

August 12, 2022 How to: Using the Copy/Paste Functions and Copy Multiple Tracks in RealBand

Here is a video on a customer requested topic that goes over how to copy and paste both a single track as well as multiple tracks at once, in RealBand.

Video: How to use the Copy/Paste Functions and Copy Multiple Tracks

Posted at 09:36 AM

August 11, 2022 User Showcase Song - Gentle Lady

Hi guys I use biab, ezkeys, ezbass, ezdrummer and came up with this tune a more positive song for my special Lady Helene miss her very much your comments welcome another mix which one is better!!!!!!

Gentle Lady - SoundCloud
Gentle Lady - BandLab

Style is _PROMISE.STY (Pop Promise w/ Electric & Acoust) RealTracks in style: 1689:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPromiseGrittyA-B Ev16 100
RealDrums in style:PopPromiseEv16^1-a: Snare on 4, HiHat , b: Snare, Open HiHat

Posted at 02:04 PM

August 10, 2022 User Showcase Song - Heatwave

We are experiencing a bit of a heat wave here in Canada again this summer. After a wet July the heat has been hovering in the 30C and the forest fires are becoming more frequent. BC is getting hit again after a terrible summer of fires and flood last year.

Heat Wave

Key=E , Tempo 95, Length (m:s)=2:51
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 _SHOO.STY (Shoo Doo-Wop 8-Part Vocals)

RealTracks in style: ~2475:Bass, Acoustic, HeldSimple Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1837:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGrooveHeld Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 3777:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm VintagePopArp Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 4104:Vocal, Rhythm Doo-WopPop8ths Ev 085
RealDrums [in style:ClapOffbeat: a: ClapOffbeatb: ClapOffbeat
Define e substyle WAG Rock and Rock


Added some synth and guitar tracks.
Mixed and Mastered in Studio One 5.

Posted at 10:53 AM

August 09, 2022 User Showcase Song - New World

"He went out for a pack of cigarettes, and never came back"

New World

I remember someone saying that, way back in my youth.
It sounded bizarre...

Once again I used Brent's Dreamy Soloist. The most versatile soloist (but then again all Brent Mason RTs are top-notch).

Comments encouraged!


RealTracks in song: 1162:Bass, Acoustic, CelticReel Ev16 110
RealTracks in style: 887:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment FolkPopPrairie Ev 100
RealTracks in style: ~896:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm FolkRock Ev 100
RealTracks in style: 1903:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Bolero Ev 090
RealTracks in song: 1681:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 2449:Guitar, Electric, Background, PopDreamyBrent Ev 085 (CustomFX)
RealDrums [in style:BrushesPop8thsSwirl: a: Swirl Tap b: BrushesPop8thsSwirl


Posted at 09:25 AM

August 08, 2022 User Showcase Song - What If... (Walk On Water)

Follow your dream...
but have a strong partner along to keep you on track.

Walk On Water

Lyrics on song page.

RealTracks in style: 521:Bass, Electric, Pop Syncopated Ev 136
RealTracks in song: ~~365:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2021:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryBalladJohn Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1564:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm IslandJohn Ev 110
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 1888:Piano, Solo-Accompaniment CountryPopJohn Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1856:Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2060:Strings, Rhythm PopCountry Ev 120
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven8^2-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat

I played an acoustic guitar track.

Comments of any kind welcome.
Thanks for listening.

Posted at 01:19 PM

August 08, 2022 How to: Select Styles, RealTracks, and MIDI SuperTracks in Band-in-a-Box®

Here's a brief overview video explaining how Styles, RealTracks, MIDI tracks, and MIDI SuperTracks function in Band-in-a-Box®, and how to select them in your project. Please let us know if you have any questions!

How to Select Styles, RealTracks, and MIDI SuperTracks in Band-in-a-Box®

Posted at 01:16 PM

August 04, 2022 User Showcase Song - Blue Moon You

Here's another one of those "in the draw" songs that I have revisited over the years for lyric changes, etc. Happy to have finally and properly recorded it.

This is called Blue Moon You.

BIAB Tracks:
2474: Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
1765: Guitar, High-Strung Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev16 085
1856: Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085
378: Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming DoubleTime Ev 088
796: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm, ModernCountrySync Ev 100
RealDrums: NashTrainEv16 Blastix 16th
Loop: House-Techno-Trance/House 120 Drums

Thanks for listening!

Posted at 01:52 PM

August 03, 2022 How to: Associating Song Files with Band-in-a-Box® for Mac

Our Tips & Tricks videos are great for quickly learning a feature within Band-in-a-Box®!

Did you know you can you can associate song files so that they open up directly in Band-in-a-Box®? Chantelle explains how in one of our latest videos, Associating Song Files with Band-in-a-Box® for Mac

Posted at 02:00 PM

August 03, 2022 User Showcase Song - Handyman (feat. Peter on guitar)

A little happy ditty.


Janice sings and plays the percussion (no drums on the tune - all her on cajon and shaker). Bud played acoustic bass and our music partner Peter played all the guitars (acoustic, electric and slide).

The shaker is a gourd that Bud’s mother used to darn (repair) socks on years ago.

Comments are welcomed and thanks to Peter and PG Music.

vocals > Rodes NT1 > Nectar 2
cajon & shaker > MXL mic > Waves JJP Percussion

Bud: acoustic bass > Wave Bass Rider > Neutron 3

Peter: guitar solos — acoustic & electric & slide

Piano fills: MIDI SuperTrack 1800 TexasBluesRockShuffle > Logic Grand Steinway > Waves Unplugged

Piano rhythm: RT 1591 TexasBluesRockShuffle > Waves Unplugged

Harmonica: RT 2855 CountrySwing > Logic ChromaVerb

Mastering Ozone Dynamic EQ > Ozone Vintage EQ > Ozone Imager > Ozone Limiter > Ozone Tonal Balance > Logic Loudness Meter

© 2022 J. Merritt, B. Merritt & P. Fulham
Bud: progression & lyric / Janice: melody

Posted at 01:57 PM

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