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April 25, 2024 User Video: Next-Level AI Music Editing with ACE Studio and Band-in-a-Box®

The Bob Doyle Media YouTube channel is known for demonstrating how you can creatively incorporate AI into your projects - from your song projects to avatar building to face swapping, and more!

His latest video, Next-Level AI Music Editing with ACE Studio and Band-in-a-Box, he explains in detail how you can use the Melodist feature in Band-in-a-Box with ACE Studio. Follow along as he goes from "nothing" to "something" with his Band-in-a-Box MIDI Melodist track, using ACE Studio to turn it into a vocal track (or tracks, you'll see) by adding lyrics for those notes that will trigger some amazing AI vocals!

Watch: Next-Level AI Music Editing with ACE Studio and Band-in-a-Box


Posted at 10:23 AM

April 25, 2024 Band-in-a-Box® 2024 German for Windows is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2024 für Windows Deutsch ist verfügbar!

Wir waren fleißig und haben über 50 neue Funktionen und eine erstaunliche Sammlung neuer Inhalte hinzugefügt, darunter 222 RealTracks, neue RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, "Songs with Vocals" Artist Performance Sets, abspielbare RealTracks Set 3, abspielbare RealDrums Set 2, zwei neue Sets von "RealDrums Stems", XPro Styles PAK 6, Xtra Styles PAK 17 und mehr!

Paket | Was ist Neu

Posted at 08:27 AM

April 25, 2024 User Showcase Song - Time Waits For No One

I've never written (2) songs back to back before so I'll throw this one against the wall too.
A song about life and how we sometimes fail to grasp it and it's unknown adventures or opportunities.
You know, the "without some risk there's no reward" thing.

Time Waits For No One

My sincere thanks to Ken (klasaine) for his time and musicianship on this new one.
He's the best and easy to work with.

Thanks also to any that give it a spin and hope you find it worthy of your time.

***I stumbled upon this salsa track and knew it could drag something out of me eventually.
60s and 70s Pop-Brazilian. 5 insts. (piano, bass, guitar, in drums, perc. & strings. 'b' is more intense w/ Timbale figure. T=102 (M-Finger Electric Bass, M-Ac.Piano, M-NylonGuitar, M-Strings, Drums=Salsa^5-HiHatOpen
60s and 70s Pop-Brazilian. 5 insts. (piano, bass, guitar, in drums, perc. & strings. 'b' is more intense w/ Timbale figure. T=102 (M-Finger Electric Bass, M-Ac.Piano, M-NylonGuitar, M-Strings, Drums=Salsa^5-HiHatOpen

BIAB: drums, bass, piano
Ken: all guitars
Me: All the vox and I also added a conga track.
Time Waits For No One (100 bpm Key: Bm 3:21) ​
Lyrics

Posted at 08:12 AM

April 24, 2024 User Showcase Song - Green Is So Much Greener Without Blue

Two-minute-something of unsophisticated cliché pop banality.
Just what the doctor ordered.
Short, so you don't have to suffer for too long.

Green Is So Much Greener Without Blue

I don't know why many of my love songs are about ended and/or failed relationships.
I'm still happily married.
I'm probably the dark side of Marty.
The Anti-Marty...

Some technical information:
Style: _FACULA.STY

The band:
Bass: 1522
Drums: PopRock8ths
Guitars: 4157, 4387, 4388, 3931
Synthesizers: me, myself and I

Vocals: Natalie + BG vocals Cong

Posted at 11:41 AM

April 23, 2024 User Showcase Song - Till The End Of Time

A couple of years ago few songwriting friends and I got together to create a small, local songwriting group. All of us had drifted away from writing songs to varying extents, and we hoped that this group would provide us all with a bit of inspiration to keep on making music. It worked. Two years later we are still all together and writing.

This song is one that I wrote back in 2022, shortly after the group started. Recently, I thought I'd take my rough draft of it and turn it into something a bit more substantial. This is the end result. I'm singing and Synth V's Hayden is helping with harmony.

Till The End Of Time

Instruments
RT366: Bass, Electric, Country Ev 065
RT1602: Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Pop16 Ev16 065
RT3344: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm HazyBallad ev16 070
RT1002: Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockA-B Ev16 065
RT1601:Mandolin, Rhythm Pop16Melodic Ev 065
Drums: NashvilleEven16^2-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat

MIDI Organ: VST3i: HaNonB70 (Lostin70s)
MIDI Chimes: Miroslav VST3i: Philharmonik 2
MIDI Arpeggios (final chorus): SynthMaster2, SynthPad, 108 ARP LightSpark ARK
Vocal Harmony: Synthesizer V with vocaloid "Hayden"
Lyrics

Posted at 12:19 PM

April 22, 2024 User Showcase Song - Square Peg

Posting a song is super scary but if I guess I gotta put up or shut up.

Square Peg

I am still learning my way around HipHop so any constructive criticism or suggestions are welcome.

I scoured the pg miliue for HipHop related tracks and I used these:
HOLDBAK.STY (Hold Back Muted Alt Hip Hop)
SLOHA_F.STY (Urban Pop, Fingerpicked Guitar)
SLOHAR+.STY (Slow Hardness Urban Pop +)
RealDrums [in style:AltHipHop^01-a:muted,no whips, b:heavy snare, ride, whips
RealTracks in style: 2742:Bass, Synth, AltHipHopHeld Ev16 085
RealTracks in style: 2748:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm AltHipHop Ev16 085
RealTracks in style: 2745:Synth, Rhythm AltHipHopPadHeld Ev16 085
2503 Piano Held Chords
2747 Synth
2482 bass bowed held
2155 Piano Electric Clav
Real Drums Alt HipHop
912 Piano SmoothPoppy

Chords Em C G D tempo 95 Lyrics are on Soundcloud.

Posted at 11:05 AM

April 19, 2024 User Showcase Song - At The Fair

A somewhat unsettling visit to the county fair...

At The Fair

Lyrics: R.W. Davis
Vocals, harmony arrangement: D.A. Hughes
Manning the Midway: Me

Style is FUNNY1.STY (Funny1 - Goofy 3/4 Circus Music)
MIDI Instruments are : Tuba (59), Music Box (11), Ocarina (80), Trombone (58)
(I changed the FUNNY1.STY bassoon to tuba)
RealDrums: EthnicWaltz^2-a:Brushes, , b:Snare, Ride
All MIDI instruments rendered by Roland TTS-1

Posted at 01:34 PM

April 18, 2024 User Showcase Song - Tonight In Every Honky Tonk In Texas

Tonight In Every Honky Tonk In Texas

BIAB BAND1.STY WESTERN SWING
DAW Reaper
Classic Western Swing
Written, Sung, Arranged, Mixed, and Recorded By
George McAllister (gmaque@aol..com)
THANKS FOR LISTENING

Posted at 11:07 AM

April 17, 2024 User Showcase Song - SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

I was going for a 80's Rock Hit ... inspired by Pat Benatar, Heart.

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

This song is 100% BIAB expect for the lead break ... that's me.
V Synth Vocals: Sheena, Soros, Nine Zero ... I used vocal doubling to get a fuller sound.
DAW: Cubase with Waves plug-ins

Lyrics

****** Song Summary *************
Title: survival of the fittest
File:survival of the fittest.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 130, Length (m:s)=3:41
4 bar intro, 113 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 117. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
Soloist track has 37 notes, Soloist harmony is < no harmony >(0)
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Volume Changes,
Style is _METALMD.STY (Medium Metal)

RealTracks in style: ~388:Bass, Electric, Metal Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 1257:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopShiningRock8ths Ev 120
RealTracks in style: ~391:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Metal Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 632:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanMuted Ev 120
RealTracks in song: ~686:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 629:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanDirty Ev 120
RealDrums in Song:RockHardModernEv8^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:4 beat Snare, HiHat

Posted at 08:18 AM

April 15, 2024 User Showcase Song - In The Evening (feat. PeterF)

Our first J&B tune in quite a while is different in style and length - hey it’s less than three minutes!

In The Evening

Every evening just before bedtime Janice takes a short walk to enjoy the night birds, sky, tree frogs, fire flies and more. Recently while we were mountain biking the words to this tune sorta popped into Bud’s ole head. Peter worked closely with us on the production and played some fun and different parts. We were surprised and very pleased that it was accepted for a popular Spotify user playlist. As always we much appreciate your time to listen and hopefully comment. Many thanks to PeterF and PG Music.

Janice: vocals, chords, melody, arrangement and mix
Peter: guitar solos/fills, sitar, horns, arrangement and mix
Bud: lyrics, arrangement, mix and mastering.

Tech stuff and lyrics:

Vocals: Rodes NT1 Mic, Nectar light EQ/reverb/compression — nothing else.
Piano: MIDI SuperTrack 2835 Rhythm 70sBritPopMike > Logic Pro Punchy Grand Steinway > Waves CLA Unplugged
Comped from multiple generations
Bass: RealTrack 700 Electric, PopHalfNotesPush DI > Logic Pro Direct Power Bass Amp Sim
Rhythm Guitar: RealTrack 637 Electric, Rhythm RootsRockDirty DI > Logic Pro Designer Tweed Guitar Amp Sim
Drums: RealDrums RockRoots > Waves CLA Drums
Fills comped and cymbals doubled
Izotope Ozone Mastering modules: EQ > Stabilizer > Impact > Imager > Dynamic EQ > Maximizer

Posted at 10:48 AM

April 12, 2024 Update Your PowerTracks Pro Audio 2024 Today!

Add updated printing options, enhanced tracks settings, smoother use of MGU and SGU (BB files) within PowerTracks, and more with the latest PowerTracks Pro Audio 2024 update!

Learn more about this free update for PowerTracks Pro Audio & download it at www.pgmusic.com/support_windows_pt.htm#2024_5

Posted at 11:21 AM

April 12, 2024 User Showcase Song - Pending Questions

...Great to see that the User Showcase is active and people are doing creative things. I am dedicating this tune to my musical friend Ray (rayc). I think this would be inline with tunes that we did in the past. I hope he forgives me for some structure / incorrect word usage and we can still be friends :) In my defense, I had very little time to track vocals.

Pending Questions

Tech stuff:
Lyrics, vocals, composition - Me
BIAB:3877: Tin Whistle
2976: Vocal Ooohs
404:Sax
EZkeys/EzBass - custom midi.
Synths: Triton, NI, Synthmaster, Drums programmed with NI Studio Drummer + Ujam.Recorded in Cakewalk
Lyrics

Posted at 11:08 AM

April 11, 2024 User Showcase Song - Temperature Rising

Temperature Rising is just a little quick and dirty fun song I did for the heck of it. A flashback to the 1950s? Some of you "old timers like me" will know where I got the idea for the song and the song title!

BiaB style - Night Rain MIDI Noir Jazz Swing
Tempo - 90 BPM

I deleted the bass and string tracks and modified the remaining tracks so they better fit the song.
Drums - Steven Slate's SSD-5 = Jazz Brushes.
Percussion - Kontakt - =Brio Ensemble
Piano - Arturia = B3 - Jazz Organ
Guitar - UVI Workstation = Plug Sound Pro - Jazz Guitar Full

I am playing my Squire P-Bass and via my breath and keyboard controllers the Swam alto flute. The finger snaps are wavs.

Posted at 09:22 AM

April 10, 2024 User Showcase Song - April Showers

Here's a new little song called APRIL SHOWERS.

BIAB Tracks:
3786: Bass, Synth, MinimalHipHopHeld 095
3784: Synth, Rhythm, GhostPads 095
3785: Synth, Background, HipHopDistVoice 095
RealDrums: ElecHipHop
Lyrics


Posted at 09:41 AM

April 09, 2024 The Newest RealBand 2024 Update is Here!

The newest RealBand 2024 Build 5 update is now available!

Download and install this to your RealBand 2024 for updated print options, streamlined loading and saving of .SGU & MGU (BB) files, and to add a number of program adjustments that address user-reported bugs and concerns.

This free update is available to all RealBand 2024 users. To learn more about this update and download it, head to www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#20245

Posted at 09:29 AM

April 09, 2024 User Showcase Song - "Peerless Blues" - (featuring Peerless Cremona)

A tune I did a couple years ago - remixed/remastered in Ozone!

Peerless Blues (Instrumental)

Original tune - I play el/ac/slide guitars, wurly/rhodes/hammond/bass on the keys (featuring my Peerless Cremona guitar & Strat).
Drums from BB 2022 Mac Style: Coffret Funk Blues.

Posted at 09:19 AM

April 08, 2024 User Showcase Song - So Brittle Blue Planet

I am posting music and a video on this forum dedicated to our little blue planet.

So Brittle Blue Planet

It's an old composition that I reworked, and I created the video with the magix video premium tool

Our beautiful blue planet that we must preserve for future generations.

Biab tracks
365 Acoustic Guitar Fingerpicking Ev 085
1681 Guitar 12 String Acoustic Finger Ev 120
366 Bass Electric Country Ev 085
1856 Cello Background Pop Country Ev 085

Other tracks
Piano: Felt piano Spitfire VST
Freya Choir Strevo sampling VST
Bell vibraphone Goliath Eastwes VST
Flute, clarinet, bassoon cello sonokinetic vst
Drums, snare files sound wav

Daw Studio one
Tempo 80 4/4

Posted at 11:28 AM

April 05, 2024 User Showcase Song - Why Isn't Love Always Fair?

Well...this song is really different for me...not the style or tempo...these I've used a lot but the subject...a sad unrequited love song...

Why Isn't Love Always Fair?

This was my first song with Hayden and Natalie (Synthesizer V) so I wanted something brand new so I started writing and you know how it goes...the song sort of wrote itself...I used a melody I had composed a couple of weeks earlier (Melody in A) ...I wanted a trio since I write for three part harmony (mostly)...well I have a lot to learn yet about manipulating the AI voices but here we go! ...so if you do...thanks for listening and I always appreciate your comments...Dan

Vocals: Hayden and Natalie (Synthesizer V)

RealTracks in style: 2915:Bass, Electric CountryPopByron12-key Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 1003:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockPicking Ev16 065
Drums: Genos Drum Kit

Posted at 10:15 AM

April 05, 2024 The Band-in-a-Box® Flash Drive Backup Option

Today (April 5) is National Flash Drive Day!

Did you know... not only can you download your Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK purchase - you can also choose to add a flash drive backup copy with the installation files for only $15? It even comes with a Band-in-a-Box® keychain!

For the larger Band-in-a-Box® packages (UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, Audiophile Edition), the hard drive backup copy is available for only $25. This will include a preinstalled and ready to use program, along with your installation files.

Backup copies are offered during the checkout process on our website.

Already purchased your e-delivery version, and now you wish you had a backup copy? It's not too late! If your purchase was for the current version of Band-in-a-Box®, you can still reach out to our team directly to place your backup copy order!

Note: the Band-in-a-Box® keychain is only included with flash drive backup copies, and cannot be purchased separately.

Handy flash drive tip: Always try plugging in a USB device the wrong way first? If your flash drive (or other USB plug) doesn't have a symbol to indicate which way is up, look for the side with a seam on the metal connector (it only has a line across one side) - that's the side that either faces down or to the left, depending on your port placement.

Posted at 10:00 AM

April 04, 2024 Update your Band-in-a-Box® 2024 for Windows® Today!

Update your Band-in-a-Box® 2024 for Windows for free with build 1111!

With this update, there's more control when saving images from the Print Preview window, we've added defaults to the MultiPicker for sorting and font size, updated printing options, updated RealTracks and other content, and addressed user-reported issues with the StylePicker, MIDI Soloists, key signature changes, and more!

Learn more about this free update for Band-in-a-Box® 2024 for Windows at www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#1111

Posted at 10:03 AM

April 04, 2024 User Showcase Song - Black & Blue

Black & Blue

"Black and Blue" is a 1929 jazz standard composed by Fats Waller with lyrics by Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf.

I approached this song with a fair degree of trepidation because It is one of my ten all-time favourite songs and Louis Armstrong's monumental version in 1964 in Berlin.

Vocals: Nigel Spiers

Pianists: 489, 4475 Miles Black, Nigel Spiers
Drums: JazzBrushes Craig Scott
Bass: 1391 Neil Swainson
Guitar: 937 Oliver Gannon
Trumpet: 494 Don Clark

Posted at 09:47 AM

April 03, 2024 User Showcase Song - Trouble Or Fun

Band-in-a-Box allows us to go places that otherwise we would not.
What a miracle.

That can get ya into Trouble.

Or Fun.

TROUBLE OR FUN

The BAND:
RealTracks in style: 4446:Bass, Electric, BroCountryPulsingAB Ev 110
RealDrums in style:BroCountryPop8ths^1-a:Snare,Hat , b:Snare,OpenHat
RealTracks in song: 4054:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernCountryStraightPowerRiff Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 3540 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm MetalCinematicLowTuneChopDarin Ev16 110
RealTracks in song: 3438:Guitar, Electric, Soloist BritPsycPopBallad Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 3441:Guitar, Electric, Soloist BritPsycRockMarch Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 688 Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 3993 Organ, Soloist BluesFunkyEvenCharles Ev 120

Lyrics

Posted at 01:07 PM

April 02, 2024 User Showcase Song - Old Memories

Old Memories

As far as I know, Tom Adams is the only pedal steel guitar player active on the Users Forum - and a damn good one! He has opened for, and played with, some of the country music greats over the years. Most of you probably don't know that Ronnie Fields' uncle, Gene Fields, founded GFI back in the 1960s. They quickly became one of the premiere makers of pedal steel guitars. Several of the A-list Nashville steel players used a GFI.

I, too, am a huge fan of the pedal steel.

This is the type of backing track you would have heard on country songs from early George Strait, Gene Watson, and many others in the '60s, 70s, and early 80s.

So, I put this together, hoping they might enjoy it. This is my way of saying thanks to them for their contributions to the country music industry for the past several decades. Thanks, gentlemen!

Ronnie: my youngest brother used to live just down the road from GFI. He lived in Niangua, MO. Several members of my family live in the Springfield - Branson area.

Song Summary - Old Memories
File:Old Memories.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 80, Length (m:s)=3:36
Style is _DAKOTA.STY (Dakota Plains Country Ballad)
RealTracks in style: 1536:Bass, Electric, PopBelieve Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 3159:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsBrentFX Ev16 060
RealTracks in song: 2930:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm FolkRock8thsBrent Ev 100
RealTracks in song: ~362:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2001:Pedal Steel, Soloist CountryPaul Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 624:Fiddle, Soloist George Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 3160:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsBrent Ev16 060
RealDrums in style:Modern Pop Ballad Drums with Shaker [Multi]

Paul Franklin, one of the very best pedal steel players to ever record in Nashville, is playing the pedal steel track.on this song.

Posted at 11:04 AM

April 01, 2024 User Showcase Song - Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park

Background
Those living across "the pond" in Europe I'm guessing are very familiar with the English country house, Bletchley Park. For those less familiar with Station X, it was the principal center for Allied code-breaking during the Second World War. Its main objective was to break enemy codes and decipher their communications; which through much hard work they accomplished. At its peak in 1945, nearly 10,000 personnel worked there, about three quarters of these were women. These people had a variety of backgrounds including math, linguistics, chess champions and crossword puzzle enthusiasts; many had formidable lateral thinking skills. The famous mathematician, computer scientist and crypto-analyst Alan Turing was one of many brilliant minds that worked there. I wonder how many musicians were among their ranks; after all, we think laterally smile

What I would give if time, circumstance, skill and geography gave me the opportunity to work alongside those at Bletchley Park. I would love to have worked on the automatic decryption machinery developed there. As Tom Brokaw coined it, they truly were the greatest generation.

WWII should teach us many lessons, yet authoritarianism is on the rise around the world; how quickly we forget. And many young people I speak to have little interest in "ho-hum ancient history" despite the fact that if we had lost the war, and their parents, grandparents or they themselves were born with a defect or had "undesirable" family backgrounds that they wouldn’t be here today.

This song is a tribute to the men AND women who did their part to help win victory at Bletchley Park. I hope you find this song enjoyable and the theme reflective.

Technicals
90 BPM

BiaB:
RealTracks in style: 680:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RockBritSoulful Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3765:Vibes, Rhythm PopBallad Ev 085
RealDrums in style:RockBritDrivingEv16^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

Me:
Korg Keyboard: Synths, Piano
Roland Drumpad: Ride Cymbal
Fender Bass

Posted at 11:26 AM

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