RealBand® 2022 for Windows®

Welcome to RealBand, your all-in-one audio workstation and accompaniment program!

RealBand is a program that combines the most popular features from PG Music’s PowerTracks Pro Audio DAW and the award-winning Band-in-a-Box into an all-in-one sequencing program with automatic accompaniment.

RealBand offers powerful features for musicians, students, and songwriters. With intelligent automatic arrangements, RealTracks live instrument tracks, RealDrums live drum tracks, the amazing Audio Chord Wizard, seamlessly integrated digital audio/MIDI recording, built-in DirectX effects, and notation, RealBand turns a typical PC into a music production powerhouse. This documentation will provide you with information on how to get the most out of the great features that RealBand has to offer.

RealBand is a fully-featured and powerful music arranging, sequencing, and digital recording program. RealBand is the perfect tool for musicians, students, and songwriters alike!

Note: Band-in-a-Box® 2022 for Windows includes version 2022 of RealBand, your All-in-One Audio Workstation and Accompaniment program!

RealBand® 2022 New Features

There are over 30 new features to RealBand 2022, including the ability to install multiple VST plugins from a folder at a time, improved Audio Chord Wizard detection routines, the ability to record mixer movement for the masters/subgroups, a new Transpose/Stretch All Tracks dialog lets you transpose/stretch/reduce all tracks and then conveniently save to a new file, there's new settings to save selected tracks only and exclude muted tracks when saving all tracks to individual files, an option to save all tracks to a compressed format, and much more.

Install Multiple VSTs

RealBand can install multiple VST plugins from a folder rather than one at a time. When you press the [Scan Folder for VST Plugins] button in the DX/VST Options dialog (DX/VST Window – [Options]) and select a folder, RealBand will automatically scan the VST/VSTi plugins in that folder and its subfolders. (Note: It’s not advisable to let RealBand scan the entire hard drive. Select folders where you think plugins exist.)

Audio Chord Wizard Enhancements

The built-in Audio Chord Wizard routines have better chord detection routines.

Record Mixer Movement

RealBand can record mixer movement for the masters/subgroups if you move one of the 16 audio output sliders in the lower right section of the Mixer (which normally function as master audio outputs).

Time Stretch And/Or Transpose Entire Song

The new Time Stretch and/or Transpose Entire Song dialog lets you transpose/stretch/reduce all tracks and then conveniently save to a new file. You can access this dialog from the Edit menu.

Save Selected Tracks Only

The Render - Save all tracks to individual files command now has settings to save selected tracks only and to exclude muted tracks.

Save to Compressed Format

The Render - Save all tracks to WAV files command lets you save to a compressed format such as M4A, WMA, etc.

New Acid Functionality

The Render - Export Acid Loop command can now export a section of a MIDI track or the entire MIDI track to an acid loop. Previously it only allowed this for an audio track.

When using the Render - Save all tracks to WAV command, you now have the option to acidize all the .WAV files. The “Acidize WAV?” message will pop up once and the settings will be applied to all tracks except drums which will be auto-detected based on either the track name or the MIDI note channels in the case of a MIDI track.

When auto-converting a MIDI track to a .WAV file, you now have the option of acidizing the .WAV file.

Enhanced Batch File Conversion

The Batch File Conversion dialog now lets you select Auto/Mono/Stereo when converting to audio files, as well as select the bit rate when converting to compressed audio.

New Record, Mute, and Solo Features

- The new Mute submenu on the right-click menu in the Tracks and Mixer windows lets you mute all track, un-mute all tracks, mute selected tracks, or un-mute selected tracks.
- The new Solo submenu on the right-click menu in the Tracks and Mixer windows lets you solo selected tracks, un-solo selected tracks, solo rhythm section, or un-solo all tracks.
- When you start recording, a message will display to the right of the record button for several seconds to indicate which track is being recorded.

New Preferences for Backup and Audio Volume

The General Preferences dialog has new settings to set the default volume for tracks and the default gain offset in dB for audio tracks.

In the File Preferences dialog, you can now choose a custom folder where backup files are automatically saved.

Highlight Played Notes

The Lead Sheet Options dialog now has a “Highlight played notes” checkbox that lets you enable or disable the highlighting of played notes independently of the regular Notation window.

Improved Track Titles

In the Tracks window, in the situation where a long track name wraps to the line immediately below the track name (the track name is displayed using two lines), the font size and color of the lower area will match the font size/color of track name field itself to make it more obvious that the track name wraps to the lower field.

Hide Display of Nodes

There is now an option to hide the display of nodes in the overview section of the Tracks window. This will display the overviews at the full height when tracks are expanded in size vertically.

Bar Settings Meter Changes

The Bar Settings dialog in the Chords window now allows you to enter Meter changes.

Stretch Audio with Tempo Change

When inserting or deleting a tempo in the Tempo Map, you now have the option of stretching any audio that exists in the section of the song that is affected by the change in tempo.

Insert Trills

You can now insert/remove a trill (tr symbol) for a note with the Notation window right-click menu. RealBand can also read trills from XML files.

Improved MGU/SGU RealTracks Detection

RealBand can now recognize if a track within an MGU/SGU file is set to a custom RealTracks instead of just the default. Previously, if you opened the file, selected a different RealTracks, saved the song, and reopened into RealBand, the custom RealTracks was ignored.

Enhanced StylePicker

- The mixer area has an additional row for the Utility tracks to show which instruments are included in the Utility tracks.
- The Other filter button has more menu items.
- The Set # column shows HalfDouble for Half-time/Double-time variation styles.
- We’ve added more user categories (e.g., Xtra12 All Styles, XPro Styles, Style Demos with Vocals, etc.)

Improved RealTracks Medley Dialog

- It now opens instantly.
- The arrow buttons have been removed. You can now just click on the list to select RealTracks.

And more!

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