RealBand® 2023 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® 2023 for Windows includes version 2023 of RealBand, your All-in-One Audio Workstation and Accompaniment program!
RealBand® 2023 is Here!
There are over 30 new features to RealBand 2023, including RealChart generation for RealDrums, MIDI Vocoder and Fix Tuning modes for Audio Harmonies, MicroChords (up to 4 chords per beat), RealDrum Stems support, Playable RealTracks to customize the RealTracks performances by adding your own notes, Reverse Audio Effects, easy Tab key navigation on the Chords Window, smoother mouse wheel operation on the Tracks Window, the EZ RealTracks/RealDrums folder locations dialog, and much more!
Summary of New Features
RealChart for RealDrums
RealBand can now generate a RealChart for RealDrums. Previously, it could only do so for RealTracks.
Correct Alignment for RealTracks with Different Time Signature
If generating a RealTrack with a different time signature than the current time signature, the start of the audio at bar 1 will be aligned correctly.
MIDI Vocoder Mode Available for Audio Harmonies
Audio harmonies now support MIDI vocoder mode. You can enter notes in a MIDI source track to change the pitch of notes on the original melody track (such as vocals) to match the MIDI notes.
Fix Tuning Mode Available for Audio Harmonies
Audio harmonies now support fix tuning mode, which will correct the tuning of the original melody track and place it on the target track (Voice 1).
MicroChords (Up to 4 Chords per Beat)
You can now enter up to 4 chords per beat. Previously, limit was 1 chord per beat, but now you can have chords on 8th notes, triplets, or 16ths notes. This is especially useful on slow songs. You can select which tracks will play the MicroChords, allowing some tracks to play fast moving chord progressions and others to play the main chords.
RealDrum Stems Support
RealBand now supports RealDrum stems. Stems are separate tracks from the different microphones used during the actual recording sessions. If you can select drum stems in the RealDrums Picker and the stem tracks will be generated and loaded into RealBand.
Playable RealTrack/RealDrum Instruments Listed in Hi-Q MIDI Selection Dialog
The Hi-Q MIDI instrument selection dialog (accessed from the right click menu in the Tracks Window) now includes Playable RealTrack/RealDrum instruments.
Playable RealTracks are now supported by linking a RealChart track (or any MIDI track) with an audio track containing a RealTrack.
Reverse Audio Effects
In the Edit | Audio Effects menu, there is an item to reverse a highlighted section of audio to create backwards effects in your song. This can be used for backwards soloing effects or for transitions to a new section of a song.
Better Mouse Wheel Operation
Mouse wheel operation was too fast in the Tracks Window and could easily overshoot. Now, it is smoother.
Chords Window Navigation with Tab and Shift+Tab
You can now navigate the Chords Window with the Tab and Shift+Tab keys.
Always Launchable Notation Window
Pressing the Notation button now always launches the Notation Window even if the current track is audio. It will still ask if you want to change the current track to MIDI if the current track is a blank audio track. If you do open the Notation Window with the current track being an audio track, you will see a flash message indicating this.
Always Launchable Audio Edit Window
Pressing the Audio Edit button now always launches the Audio Edit Window even if the current track is MIDI. It will still ask if you want to change the current track to audio if it's a blank MIDI track. If you do open the Audio Edit Window with the current track being a MIDI Track you will see a flash message indicating this.
Folder Location Remembered for Audio Effect Plugin Group
The folder of most recently saved or loaded Group in the audio effect plugins dialog will now be remembered even after exiting the program.
Folder Location Remembered for Recently Added VST/VSTi Plugin
The folder of the most recently added VST/VSTi plugin will now be remembered even after exiting the program.
New Menu Item to Erase All Lyrics
There is a new menu item to easily delete all lyrics on a track.
New Dialog to Increase/Decrease Audio Trim Decibel
There is a dialog box to easily increase/decrease the audio trim db for all tracks at the same time or set them all to the same specific value.
RealTracks on Utility Track in SGU/MGU Loadable into RealBand
The Utility tracks that were set to use specific RealTracks in an SGU/MGU can now be loaded into RealBand. For example, if you set Utility track #1 to a guitar RealTrack, RealBand will generate a guitar RealTracks when the SGU/MGU is loaded into RealBand.
EZ RealTracks/RealDrums Folder Location Dialog
When you rebuild a style list, you can confirm and set the correct locations of your RealTracks and RealDrums folders. Previously, setting these folders took time as they were set in different locations and not incorporated into the style rebuild. Now, there is a dialog that shows the current locations (e.g., C:\bb\RealTracks and C:\bb\Drums) and the number of RealTracks and RealDrums present in these locations. This allows you to confirm that you are using the correct locations as you see the expected numbers of RealTracks and RealDrums found in the folder.
A style chosen as a prototype always shows in the list, even with a filter applied.
A progress bar will show at the top of the StylePicker during style rebuild.
Style rebuild shows a dialog to confirm RealTracks/RealDrums folder locations.
[Action] - "Reset Dialog to Default" sets both the StylePicker main screen and StylePicker Options dialog to default
RealTracks Picker Enhancements
A right-click menu is added with commonly used functions (e.g., clear filter, set or edit favorites, show similar RealTracks, etc.)
You can set favorites by choosing Toggle Favorite for RealTracks from the right-click menu.
Choosing Select/Edit Favorites & Recents from the right-click menu opens the dialog that favorites followed by recently used RealTracks. The list can be filtered with text string. For example, type banjo to find the ones with banjo in the name.
The [Edit Favorites] button in the Choose RealTracks from Favorites and Recently Used dialog opens the Favorite RealTracks Editor that allows you to re-arrange/add/remove your favorites. You can also add comments, which are searchable in the Choose RealTracks from Favorites and Recently Used dialog.
Choosing Show similar RealTracks to from the right-click menu shows you RealTracks that are similar to the currently selected one.
RealDrums Picker Enhancements
A right-click menu is added with commonly used functions (e.g., clear filter, set or edit favorites, show similar or compatible RealDrums, etc.)
You can set favorites by using the right-click menu or clicking on the [*] column.
The dialog that opens with the [Choose from Favorites] button or Select/Edit Favorites and Recent menu item shows favorites followed by recently used RealDrums. The list can be filtered with text string. For example, type fusion to find the ones with fusion in the name.
There is a Favorite RealTracks Editor that allows you to re-arrange/add/remove your favorites and add comments, which are searchable in the filter.
Pressing the new [Similar] button or choosing Select Similar RealDrums to current selection from the right-click menu shows RealDrums that are similar to the currently selected one.
Fixes since 2022 Release:
Fixed: When dragging a section of audio, the From/Thru display wasn't updated while dragging.
Fixed: In the Tracks Window and Audio Edit Window, pressing the Alt or Shift key along with the Ctrl control to copy or move a section of audio in the without showing any dialog wasn't working correctly.
Fixed: Slash key in the number section of keyboard wasn't working in the Chords Window.
Fixed: When saving to a .SEQ file, stereo audio tracks that didn't have any audio data but had info such as a track name could show up as mono tracks when the .SEQ loaded back into RealBand.
Fixed: The DAW plugin mode button didn't work in the Tracks Window.
Fixed: In the Key Signature dialog, changing the semitones setting itself would not result in any transposition of the tracks.
Fixed: MIDI tracks could not be saved to utility tracks when saving to an MGU or SGU file.
Fixed: When loading an .SEQ file to Scrap (File | Scrap | Load Scrap) and the audio in the .SEQ is a different sampling rate than the existing song, MIDI tracks in the SEQ would not be loaded into the scrap buffer.
Fixed: RealBand could not load in a .TGS file that was saved by Band-in-a-Box if it was a version 2 format.
Fixed: When loading using Load Scrap or Import and selecting a .SEQ file, a File Has Invalid Data error could occur.
Fixed: When generating a song that had a mixture of 4/4 and 3/4 styles, the music would be misaligned even if the appropriate time signature changes existed in the correct locations.
Fixed: If a section of a 3/4 RealTrack is generated in the middle of a song, then the first beat would be blank and the music misaligned.
Fixed: If the 2 Bar Ending checkbox wasn't checked, and a section of music was being generated in the middle of a song (even during generation of whole song, because sometimes that needs to be done in sections), then the last bar of that section might have silence after the 1st beat.
Fixed: The CPU meter would incorrectly indicate that RealBand was using 100% of the CPU time when certain dialogs like the StylePicker or RealTracks Picker was launched.
Fixed: When the Notation Window is displaying in the Staff Roll mode, accidentals were not being displayed.
Fixed: The built-in Audio Chord Wizard routines (Reinterpret Chords button in Chords Window) would still revert to the old chord detection routines.
Fixed: When using the Audio Chord Wizard (Audio Chord Wizard button on the main toolbar), there could be a loop of popup message boxes asking if you want to stretch/reduce audio.
Fixed: Foreign language localization issues were resolved.
Fixed: Adding a repeat in the Chords Window Bar Settings dialog could cause the program to crash during playback.
Fixed: tuner not loading.
… and more!