Band-in-a-Box® for Mac DAW Plugin New Features

New Features in Version 3.0 (included with Band-in-a-Box® 2021)

New Features in Version 3.0 (included with Band-in-a-Box® 2021)

The Band-in-a-Box® DAW Plugin offers great new features including enhanced audio rendering, support for displaying two chord types, the ability to change audio output channels, and we've added table view buttons. Now you can import MIDI markers and tempo map, export chord markers as a MIDI file, generate all ungenerated tracks, and much more!

New Content
- 202 RealTracks
- 40 Unreleased RealTracks
- 19 MIDI SuperTracks
- 64 Rediscovered RealTracks Styles
- 30 All-MIDI Styles
- 10 Instrumental Studies
- 18 Artist Performances
- 14 Bonus RealDrums “Singles”
- RealCharts for all existing and new RealDrums
- MultiStyles PAK 1
- Xtra Styles PAK 10
- Xtra Styles PAK 11

Audio Rendering Enhanced
Rendering is faster.
The default bit depth rendering is 24 bit.
The highest quality tempo stretching setting for élastique is used when rendering. You may be using a lower quality setting for playback in order to increase performance, but this is not necessary when rendering to an audio file.

Preferences dialog reorganized with tabs
The Preferences dialog has been organized with tabs for [General], [Rendering], [Folder Locations], and [Audio/MIDI Settings].

Global chord display options
You can use the new option in the Preferences dialog to set chord display globally. (Preferences dialog > General tab > Chord Display option)

Chord Builder dialog
We've added the Chord Builder, where you can hear and enter chords by clicking on the root, extension, and other chord options. You can open the Chord Builder with the [Chord Builder] on the toolbar.

Volume sliders
You can easily change the volume for each track with the new volume sliders. When the tracks have been generated, click on a speaker icon on the track table and drag the volume slider horizontally.

Dedicated synth for MIDI playback
The Plugin now plays MIDI notes through a default synth (Apple DLS Music Device on Mac). For example, if you right-click on the chord sheet to preview chord progression, you will hear the chord played as a MIDI piano note.

Clickable MIDI and audio channel buttons to set channels
You can click on the MIDI and audio channel buttons on the track table to change the channels.

Set folder path for saved tracks for that instance
When you save the song into a new directory, the Plugin will ask if you want to move all the saved tracks into that directory.

Preview chord progression as MIDI
To preview the chord progression as MIDI, right-click on a bar on the chord sheet and select Preview Chord Progression from the menu. Stopping playback can be achieved by clicking elsewhere on the chord sheet.

Options to store and load chord progression in chord sheet context menu
The new options in the chord context menu allows you to store the chord progressions and load them later.

Hide the top of the plugin
You can hide the top of the plugin with a new arrow button to the left of the [Tracks + Chords] button. This will save space that you may not need to see.

Button in preferences to open plugin log of green/yellow messages
The [Open Plugin Log] button has been added to the Preferences dialog. Clicking on this button will show you a list of green/yellow messages. (Preferences dialog >Rendering tab > Open Plugin Log button)

Custom chord font options
You can now select the font for the chord sheet with the new option in the Preferences dialog. (Preferences dialog > General tab > Chord Font option]

Line between Generate and Custom buttons
A line is now drawn between the [Generate] and [Custom...] buttons to separate the two visually.

Style mix enabled by default
The Preferences option to include a mix of the style tracks is enabled by default. Note that when the style mix track is disabled, it will be excluded from generation. You can enable/disable the style mix track by using the "+" button or right-clicking on the track.

High-quality tempo stretching option for rendering
There is a new option in the Preferences dialog to use the high-quality tempo stretching for rendering tracks. (Preferences dialog > Render tab > Use High-quality tempo stretchin" option)

Load Chords from MIDI File option added to chord sheet context menu
We've added an option to load chords from MIDI file to the chord sheet context menu.

[C7] button to export/import chords
There is a new [C7] button at the bottom right corner. You can drag it to the DAW to export chords in a MIDI file. Right-clicking on it allows you select items to include in the file. The menu also includes an option to load chords from a MIDI file.

Click status message area to bring any open bb window to front.
If you click on the status message area at the bottom of the Plugin window, any open Band-in-a-Box window (e.g. StylePicker, RealTracks Picker, etc.) will appear in front of the Plugin window.

Set output channels for tracks with audio
There is a new option that allows you to essentially setup "multi-channel output". That means that instead of having all audio output going to channels 1 & 2, you can route output to other channels like 3 & 4, etc. You can access this feature by clicking on the blue audio output display next to the track description which appears after you've generated it.

Copy/Paste to/from Band-in-a-Box®
Plugin now supports copy/paste special to/from Band-in-a-Box®. Paste Special from Band-in-a-Box® to the Plugin using the "Paste Special" option in the chord sheet context menu or with command+shift+V.
1. Copying from the Plugin to Band-in-a-Box®
- Highlight the bars of your song in the chord sheet and press command+C or right-click on the chord sheet and select Edit - Copy from the menu.
- In Band-in-a-Box®, go to Edit - Paste Special or press command+shift+V to paste the contents from the Plugin into Band-in-a-Box®.
2. Copying from Band-in-a-Box® to the Plugin
- In Band-in-a-Box®, go to Edit - Copy Special - Copy Song(s) to Text on clipboard or File(s). Then, in the dialog that opens, press the [OK-Copy to Clipboard] button.
- In the Plugin, press command+shift+V, or right-click on the chord sheet and select Edit - Paste Special from the menu.
Using command+shift+V to paste will paste not only the chords but the entire song. If you want just the chords then you can use command+V.
(Note: The hotkey command+shift+V in the Plugin will only work this command isn't already designated in the DAW.)

Global bar offset for sync playback
You can now set a bar offset value to delaly playback in the DAW by a certain amount. Press the [Sync] button and enter a value for Bar Offset. For example, a value of 10 means that when you play through the DAW, the Plugin will not begin to play until bar 10, which helps if you have your whole music project delayed by 10 bars.

Export Chords option added to chord sheet contextual menu
You can use the new Save Chords to MIDI File menu option to export chords.

Part markers included in Copy/Paste
When you copy and paste chords, part markers will be included.

Display two chord types
The Plugin can display two chord types in the chord sheet. Click on the chord sheet, go to Chord Display > Also show..., and select a chord type.

Set action for new session
You can now set the action to perform when starting a new session. (Preferences dialog > General tab > Action for New Session option)

Set default style
There is a new option to set the default style to use when starting a new session or saving a song with no style. (Preferences dialog > General tab > Set Default Style option)

Save with default style
Saving song with no style will save with the selected default style.

Generate all ungenerated tracks
The Plugin can generate all ungenerated tracks. Press the [Custom...] button and select All Pages (Ungenerated tracks only).

Table view buttons
Table view buttons [Tracks + Chords], [Track Table] and [Chord Sheet] have been added so you can switch to display both the track table and the chord sheet, the track table only, or the chord sheet only.

Change audio output channels
You can now change audio output channels for an audio track. To do this, click on the light-blue audio channel button next to the track description on the track table.

Select MIDI channel
You can now select a MIDI channel for a MIDI track. To do this, press the [+] button on the track table and go to Set MIDI Channel.

User friendly file names
There is a new option for "User friendly file names" of rendered tracks. (Preferences dialog > Rendering tab> Simplify File Names option)

Export chord markers as a MIDI file
You can now export chord markers as a MIDI file. Hold the shift key while dragging from the chord sheet. There is also an option to include a click track or block chords. You can select this option with the General > Chord Export Option in the Preferences dialog. Block chord voicings can be changed by editing bbpluginchords.txt.

Import MIDI markers and tempo map
You can now import MIDI markers and tempo map to the chord sheet. Just drag a MIDI file onto the chord sheet.

Yellow flash for status messages
The Plugin will show a yellow flash for status messages to highlight actions.

Tempo and time signature info
Tempo and time signature info are now included in the fold/unfold feature.

Highlight bar during playback
The option is added in Preferences dialog to highlight bar only during playback. [Preferences dialog> Rendering tab> Highlight Bar From DAW option]

Fixes
- MIDI tracks were playing during demo playback.
- Plugin crashed when closing the Preferences dialog while the StylePicker was open. (The Preferences dialog now stays open until BB window is closed.)
- A bug was preventing file browser from opening when the Preferences dialog was open.
- Folder search is more intelligent.
- Bugs related to chord display in chord sheet have been fixed.
- Lag in plugin when using secondary chord display.
- Retrieving localized style after changing language should preserve generated tracks.
- Extra tracks were lost after changing language.
- Bar Settings only showed 1 chorus when there are multiple choruses.
- Organized track menu: Removed mute/solo, MISI/audio channels, and more from + menu in track sheet.
- Playback should pause if bbw4 dialog is opened.
- Loading default style when plugin first starts showed the incorrect style and description.
- Chord sheet now recognizes "min" chord (Dmin as Dm).
- "Play from bar at chorus" played 1 chorus later than expected.
- Plugin did not play the tag correctly.
- Bar highlighting should not go past song length.
- Opening a song file asked to save when there have not been edits.
- Changing tag should enable "generate is needed" blinking light.
- Localization bugs (UserTracks not always working, Localized strings).
- RealDrums' RealCharts were not working (bbw4).
- Out-of-sync bar were highlighting when there were tempo changes.
- Generating with disabled style mix left blinking light on.
- Transport buttons stayed greyed out after stopping sync playback in DAW.
- Chords in MIDI marker file should hold past bar to next chord.
- Generate single track from track table was not working.
- Generating single style tracks did not activate transport buttons.
- Generating individual tracks rendered single tracks.
- Plugin did not always mute style tracks correctly after generation.
- Update colours for playback controls to match and correspond to generation status and DAW playback.
- Plugin did not support '11' chords (ex: C11, etc.).
- 'TE' and "TI" chords did not work.
- 'Faug' chords did not work.
- C7 button should open menu on right-click and drag with left-click.
- "End" in chord sheet overlapped with tempo change.
- Changing render setting should notify that regeneration is needed.
- Right-click play from chord sheet while a section is highlighted should loop that section.
- Opening plugin window while DAW is playing showed warning message.
- Replaced 'highlight bars' with 'HQ tempo stretching' in Render Settings button and removed 'send MIDI data' because it was not a render setting.
- MIDI SuperTracks were not generating correctly on extra page.
- There were problems unfolding the song.
- Changing audio output channels of audio RC on MIDI track did not work.
- Audio did not play in sync mode with DAW running.
- Plugin crashed when trying to load a song demo.
- Make MIDI note length equal length of note in chord sheet.
- Update colours for play buttons.
- Chord display settings in chord sheet context menu was not working properly.
- Icons for play and stop should be highlighted when available.
- Audio output channels should not be reset if regenerating the same track.
- Plugin crashed when DAW timeline passed 256 bars.
- Shift-drag chord markers was not working for certain song titles..
- The Preferences button has been moved to be first in line.
- Bar highlighting freezed when looping in DAW.
- Plugin freezed when bar highlighting passed 255 bars.
- Bar highlighting was not working for multiple choruses.
- 'NEW' actions did not work.
- Block chords should be quarter note lengths.
- Block chords have included C in the chord.
- Deleting highlighted bars did not always work.
- Changing part marker should resize chord sheet to fit the song.
- Defaults button in the Preferences dialog did not work.
- DAW tempo in plugin was inaccurate.
- Bar highlighting was not working.
- Bug when dragging to highlight a section of chords in the chord sheet.
- Chord Marker file exported chord labels in default chord display type.
- Standalone did not save properly when closing.
- Multi-channel output did not work.
- Plugin asked to save when first opening project with plugin already loaded.
- Handle renamed if it failed.
- Entering chords put them on top.
- Generate all ungenerated tracks should be disabled if all is generated.
- Bar offset stoped playback early.
- Generate all ungenerated did not work on the style page.
- User friendly file names crashed DAW while generating.
- Right-click the chord sheet while bars were highlighted did not work (should work for copy, paste, insert, etc.).
- Shift-click to highlight region in chord sheet did not work.
- Pasting in new session and starting a new session did not prompt to save.
- Starting new plugin should start with the "new" action. (i.e: The default style should open zzjazz when opening a new plugin.)
- All part markers should start on a new line.
- Solfege display doubled last letter of note.
- Could not drag rendered files in some DAWs.
- 'Generate Entire Song' did not work if bars were highlighted in the chord sheet.
- K command replaced 3 with #.
- Unfolding removed chords after ending bar.
- Visual transpose key was resizing incorrectly.
- Muting track with count-in (master/drums) still included first beat of count-in when playing.
- Clicking mute area of empty track triggered mute.
- Drag-from track table should temporarily disable drag-to.
- VST2 produced no audio in some cases.
- Allow Riffs to start early/end starts playback one bar late.
- Plugin was not setting folder paths in the Preferences dialog.
- Some DAWs (e.g. Mixcraft) moved the highlighted bar when there was no playback. (Option has been added in Preferences to highlight bar only during playback).
- Removed support for dim7 chords.

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