Latest Updates (Windows)
This is an update for the Band-in-a-Box Server program in your Windows desktop version of Band-in-a-Box. This is the program that allows the desktop version of Band-in-a-Box to communicate with the Band-in-a-Box, BB Remote, and RealBand Remote apps for iPhone and Android.
This patch will update Band-in-a-Box Server to build 188.8.131.5258 (April 13, 2015) from any previous build.
If you want to find out your version of Band-in-a-Box Server, you can right-click on the green and white musical note icon in your taskbar and select "About".
The newest build of Band-in-a-Box Server supports new features added to the latest versions of the apps, makes connection faster and more reliable, and improves stability.
You need to have Band-in-a-Box 2011 or higher for this update to work, since previous Band-in-a-Box versions did not include Band-in-a-Box Server. Install the update to your existing bb folder (usually C:\bb)
What is Band-in-a-Box?
Band-in-a-Box®is a popular music program for Windows desktop PC's. Band-in-a-Box®is so easy to use! Type in the chords to any song using standard chord symbols like C or Fm7b5; and Band-in-a-Box®does the rest, automatically generating a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, strings and more.
What is Band-in-a-Box®Remote (BB Remote)?
BB Remote is an app for your Android device - smartphone or tablet. It is used as a remote control to control your existing desktop version of Band-in-a-Box®for Windows 2011.5 or higher. The sounds will come out of the desktop program, not the Android. You must have the desktop version of Band-in-a-Box®for Windows 2011.5 to use the program at all.
Note: There is another application for Android that we make, called Band-in-a-Box®for Android that lets you generate new songs – with the sound coming from the Android - and it isn't a remote control like this one. More about Band-in-a-Box®for Android >>
Getting started with BB Remote
Make sure that Band-in-a-Box®Server is running on your desktop Windows PC
BB Remote works by connecting to your Band-in-a-Box®program on your Windows PC. You need to have a program called C:\bb\bbhelper\BandInABoxServer.exe running. If it is running, you will see a musical note icon on your Windows system tray in the right lower corner of the windows taskbar. You can run or install the server from the main Band-in-a-Box®Windows program, using the menu item Windows | BB2Go.
Running BB Remote and hooking up to the Band-in-a-Box®Server
Run the BB Remote application on your Android. Choose the File menu, and then Server. Choose "Connect to Server".
- If connecting within a home LAN (local area network) - i.e. if you have wireless: The program will locate the Band-in-a-Box®Server that is running on your Windows PC (described above). Select the server and press OK.
- If connecting from a WAN (not on the same network), see the Band-in-a-Box®for Android tutorial.
Using BB Remote
- Load in new songs using the file-menu "File-Open". You should choose a folder that you want to load songs from. For example, this could be c:\bb or e:\MySongs\. This will then show you a list of songs including subfolders within that folder.
- Use the transport buttons (play/stop) at the top of the screen.
- Swipe the screen to different views:
- Chords View: See the chords of the song, with bar highlighting as the song plays.
- Conductor: Allows you to navigate around the song as it is playing, including looping sections, or going back to first chorus etc. The Band-in-a-Box®desktop version has an extensive help topic on the conductor functions.
- Mixer: Change volumes, panning, reverb, tone.
Trouble connecting or getting the app to work?
If you get an "internal error" or "unknown error" message when you try to connect or play a song, this is probably easy to fix. There is an issue if UAC (User Account Control) is enabled on your computer, AND the Band-in-a-Box®program (bbw.exe) is set to run as an administrator, AND the Band-in-a-Box®Server program is NOT set to run as an administrator.
To fix this problem either (1) set Band-in-a-Box®Server (C:\bb\BBHelper\BandinaboxServer.exe) to run as administrator, and restart it OR (2) set Band-in-a-Box®(C:\bb\bbw.exe) to not run as an administrator. Solution 1 works because Band-in-a-Box®"inherits" the privilege level from Band-in-a-Box®Server.
To change this setting for any .EXE, right-click on the file --> Properties --> Compatibility, and uncheck the "Run As Administrator" checkbox.