Using the Band-in-a-Box® Plugin with Nuendo for Mac

Last updated:  Tuesday, 16 June 2020


Plugin Type

VST3 64

Default Plugin Folders


Band-in-a-Box Plugin in Nuendo
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Quickstart Guide

You should use the VST3 (Band-in-a-Box DAW VST3 Plugin) with Nuendo. The plugin should be recognized automatically. To get started, open an empty Nuendo project, and find the "Band-in-a-Box DAW VST3 Plugin" in the VST Instruments tab by clicking on Rack and selecting the plugin. Select a style and type in some chords or open an existing Band-in-a-Box song, and then click Generate. When complete, drag the tracks onto the Nuendo tracks window by clicking and dragging the blue (all tracks) or green boxes. They will be inserted as Audio tracks. See below for more detailed info and support.


  1. Run the Band-in-a-Box® program installer
  2. The plugin should be automatically detected when you start Nuendo
  3. If it's not, make sure the plugin is located in the directory listed above
  4. Go to the right zone > Rack > and select the Band-in-a-Box® DAW VST3 Plugin

Tips & Tricks

Using the Mixer in Nuendo

Nuendo has a great mixer but it may not be easy to locate for beginners. The mixer can be viewed as a floating window or as a section of the Project Window. If you would like to view the floating mixer, go to Devices > MixConsole. If you would like the Project Window mixer, you can either go to Studio > MixConsole Lower Zone or click on the small icon of a square with a bar across the bottom, located in the top right of the program. Around it, you will see similar icons with bars on the left and right side. One great feature of the Nuendo MixConsole is the edit button which appears as a lower-case "E". clicking on this button will allow you to quickly access a gate, compressor, EQ, limiter, and more for any track.


I Can't Find the Band-in-a-Box® Plugin

First, make sure that the right zone is displaying in Nuendo. There is a small icon of a rectangle with a bar extending up the right side, located in the upper-right corner of the program. Make sure the icon is lit up. If it's not, click on it. Now you should see the VST Instruments / MediaBay browser on the right side of your screen. Go to the VST Instruments tab and click on Rack. Now select the Band-in-a-Box® DAW VST3 Plugin. If the Band-in-a-Box plugin is not listed under VST Instruments, make sure you installed the VST3, and that it was installed to the default directory.

I Can't Find My RealTracks, RealDrums, or RealStyles

From the Band-in-a-Box® plugin, go to File > Preferences and select the correct directories for your Band-in-a-Box® installation, your RealTracks folder, and your RealDrums folder. The default locations are listed for your convenience. You can either type them in or browse to them with the Select buttons.

I Can't Reopen The Band-in-a-Box® Plugin

There are two ways to reopen the Band-in-a-Box® plugin after you have closed it in Nuendo. You can go to the right zone, switch to the VST Instruments tab, and click on the lower-case "E" icon beside the Band-in-a-Box® Plugin. Alternatively, you can select the track that the plugin is on, go to the left zone, click on the Track Tab and click on the icon that looks like piano keys below the plugin name.

External Resources

Nuendo YouTube Channel

Steinberg has a great YouTube channel with lots of tutorials for Nuendo.

Nuendo 8 User Manuals

This page offers online and PDF versions of user manuals related to Nuendo 8.

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