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

Last updated:  Friday, 06 May 2022


Plugin Type

AU (64-bit)

Default Plugin Folders


Band-in-a-Box Plugin in Studio One
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Quickstart Guide

You can use the AU plugin in Studio One as an AUi (instrument plugin). The plugin will be installed automatically when you install Band-in-a-Box® for Mac. Studio One will automatically detect and add the plugin when you start the program. You can load the plugin to generate tracks, then drag the tracks into the Tracks window as a stereo mix from the green rectangle or as separate tracks from the blue rectangle. See below for more information.


  1. Run the Band-in-a-Box® program installer
  2. Run Studio One
  3. Browse the AU instruments (in the browser) and drag the Band-in-a-Box® plugin on a new track or anywhere on the timeline to load it

Tips & Tricks

Drag Instruments to Separate Tracks

First, make sure you have generated all of your tracks in the Band-in-a-Box® Plugin. You can tell if they have been generated because the green and blue rectangles beside the track names will be filled with color instead of outlined in color. Now, drag from the blue rectangle on the Master track to any blank space in your Studio One project tracks window. You should now see all of your Band-in-a-Box® instruments on separate tracks.


I Can't Find The Plugin

The Band-in-a-Box® Plugin is listed as an instrument plugin. Instrument plugins are catalogued in Studio One’s browser in the "Instruments" tab.

Studio One is Out Of Sync with The Plugin

Please adjust the BPM (beats per minute) of your Studio One project before dragging tracks from the Band-in-a-Box® plugin. If you adjust the tempo after dragging audio from the plugin to Studio One tracks, Studio One may automatically stretch or compress the audio time to match the new tempo(if you have "Stretch audio files to Song tempo" enabled in song settings, Time Stretch turned on per track). If your Band-in-a-Box® style has a time signature like 3/4, make sure you have changed the time signature in your Studio One project too.

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.

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