Band-in-a-Box® for Windows DAW Plugin New Features
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!
- 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
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.
Display two chord types
The Plugin can display two chord types in the chord sheet. Press the [Chord Display] button, go to 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 > General > Action for New Session]
Set default style
There is an option to set the default style to use when starting a new session or saving a song with no style. [Preferences > General > Set Default Style]
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).
Global bar offset for sync playback
There is a global bar offset for sync playback in the DAW. Press the [Sync] button and enter a value for Bar Offset.
Table view buttons
Table view buttons [Tracks + Chords] [Track Table] [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, press the [+] button on the track table and go to Set Audio Channel(s).
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 an option for "User friendly file names" of rendered tracks. [Preferences > Rendering > Simplify File Names]
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.
Export chord markers as a MIDI file
You can now export chord markers as a MIDI file [Hold SHIFT while dragging from the chord sheet] with options to include a click track or block chords [Preferences > General > Chord Export Option]. Block chord voicings can be changed by editing bbpluginchords.txt.
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 is now included in the fold/unfold feature.
Highlight bar during playback
The option is added in Preferences to highlight bar only during playback. [Preferences > Rendering > Highlight Bar From DAW]
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 Ctrl+Shift+V.
1. Copying from the Plugin to Band-in-a-Box®
- Highlight the bars of your song in the chord sheet and press Ctrl+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 Ctrl+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 Ctrl+Shift+V, or right-click on the chord sheet and select Edit - Paste Special from the menu.
Using Ctrl+V to paste will paste not only the chords but the entire song. If you want just the chords then you can use Ctrl+V.
High-quality tempo stretching option for rendering
There is now an option to use the high-quality tempo stretching for rendering tracks. [Preferences > Render > Use High-quality tempo stretching]
[C7] button for export/import chords
There is a [C7] button at the bottom right corner. You can drag the button to the DAW to export chords in a MIDI file. Right-clicking on the button allows you select items to include in the file. The menu also includes an option to load chords from a MIDI file.
Bring a Band-in-a-Box window to front
You can click the status message area to bring any open Band-in-a-Box window to front.
Option to enable/disable style mix track by default
There is now an option to enable/disable the style mix track by default. [Preferences > Render > Enable Style Mix for all new projects] 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.
- All part markers should start on new line.
- Solfege display doubled last letter of note.
- Cannot drag rendered files in some DAWs.
- “Generate Entire Song” does not work if bars are highlighted in the chord sheet.
- K command replaces 3 with #.
- Unfolding removes chords after ending bar.
- Visual transpose key resizing incorrectly.
- Muting track with count-in (master/drums) still includes first beat of count-in when playing.
- Clicking mute area of empty track triggers mute.
- Drag-from track table should temporarily disable drag-to.
- VST2 produces no audio in some cases.
- Pasting in new session, then starting new session doesn't prompt to save.
- Starting new plugin should start with "new" action (i.e.: default style should open zzjazz when opening a new plugin).
DAW Plugin 2.0 New Features!
DAW Plugin 2.0
DAW Plugin 2.0 - improvements to GUI, Sync to Host, and more!
DAW Plugin 2.8 and higher
There are over 40 enhancements to the Band-in-a-Box DAW Plugin, including Audio Harmonies (apply to any DAW audio track, 1-4 voices, using intelligent BIAB harmonies with passing tones). New features allow Customizing Tracks, Bar and Song settings. RealTracks, RealDrums sound improvements (gap filling, thickening), enhancements or reading/writing more data types to/from BIAB song files and much more!
The Plugin now displays Mono/Stereo indicators next to each audio track after generating.
Load wav file as Master
Now you can replace the original Master track with any audio file of your choice. This can be done by selecting a file from the “+” menu or by simply dragging a wav file over the master track.
Support for style track replacements
The Plugin now supports replacing style tracks just like Band-in-a-Box. You can customize your style or open a saved song with a customized style in it.
Generate Audio Harmony from wav
This great new feature allows you to generate an accompaniment harmony for any audio track in the Plugin.
Drag-n-Drop song files
The Plugin now supports drag-n-drop of song files (SGU, etc.) right onto the Plugin. This makes loading songs quick and easy.
The Plugin now supports up to 25 tracks (8 style tracks, 1 audio track, 9 special tracks, and 7 multi-riff tracks)!
Now you can load any pre-recorded audio file to the audio track by using the “+” menu or simply dragging the audio file over the Audio track (track 9).
The Plugin now launches the Band-in-a-Box Song Settings dialog so that global settings can be changed.
The Plugin now launches the Band-in-a-Box Bar Settings dialog and allows you to set bar specific settings.
+ button has been added next to each track as a context menu to select, generate, and set track settings.
The Plugin now supports visual transpose in the Chord sheet (this feature is in the key menu)
3 pages available
The Plugin has always had 3 pages (Style, Special, and MultiRiff) but now these 3 pages are visible and available all the time so that you can easily select and place tracks on whichever page you’d like.
Sync Tempo button
Now you can easily sync tempo with your DAW by simply clicking the small blue button next to the Plugin tempo. If it’s flashing it means that your Plugin tempo is out-of-sync with the DAW tempo.
Alternate chord chart display
The Plugin now supports alternate chord chart displays such as Roman Numeral, Nashville Notation, Solfege, and Fixed “DO.”
A spinning wheel has been added to the bottom left corner of the Plugin to visually indicate if the Plugin is in the middle of communication with bbw4.
Chord sheet shortcuts
The Plugin now supports all kinds of chord sheet shortcuts just like in Band-in-a-Box. Some of these are (j, f, h, s, d, l, n).
Message if user selects N/A style
Now the Plugin will display a message if a user tries to select a style that is not available.
Moving in chord sheet
You can now use TAB/ENTER to move forward or SHIFT-TAB/SHIFT-ENTER to move back a bar in the chord sheet.
Support for all BB File types
A user can now open all types of bb song files (sgu, mgu, sg1, etc.).
Right-click mute for tracks
Right-clicking on the track icon will mute that track from playback. Right-clicking again will unmute the track.
The blue icon in Master track will now sync all individual tracks with DAW when double clicked.
Auto generate songs
This feature in the Plugin Preferences dialog can now be turned on so that opening a song file in the Plugin will automatically generate it.
The chord sheet now shows repeat symbols if the number of choruses is greater than 1.
Song tags can now be added by using the Song settings dialog, or simply typing in shortcuts (TAGSTART, TAGJUMP, TAGEND) right into the chord sheet.
Scrolling status message
The status message at the bottom of the Plugin now scrolls for easier viewing of all the text.
The Plugin now has support for languages other than English. The language can be changed in the Preferences dialog.
The chord sheet now supports shortcuts (INSERT, REMOVE) to insert or remove a bar in the chord sheet. (Note: this only shifts the chords, and does not actually add or remove bars to the chord sheet.)
Now you can open or save the Plugin state as any file type (preferably xml) which can then be loaded by any instance of the Plugin.
The Plugin now supports selecting more then one track at a time. Multi-selected tracks can be played, dragged, generated or removed at the same time.
Master mix playback
Double clicking on the blue icon in the Master track will now play all the individual tracks together as a mix.
Double clicking on any track icon will turn that icon light blue which means that it can now be played back in sync with the DAW whenever the DAW is playing. (Sync playback option has been removed from Preferences dialog.)
The Plugin will now highlight the bar corresponding to the position in the DAW. This can help a user quickly understand where in their song they are by simply looking at which bar is highlighted in the Plugin. (The setting can be turned off in Preferences dialog.)
Updated track icon colours
RealChart icons in the Plugin are now orange midi icons.
StylePicker window size and position
The StylePicker window size and position is saved between sessions
Clicking on the RealTracks Picker or RealDrums Picker, or pressing the new [Artist Bio] button opens the Artist Browser. This dialog lists all artists and the instruments they play, shows the biography of the artist, and has an ability to list all the RealTracks that the selected artist plays.
More filter option in RealTracks Picker
Three filters have been added for Instrument (e.g. acoustic guitar), Instrument Family (e.g. any guitar), and Custom Instrument Range.
300 RealDrums Transcriptions
Now most RealDrums have RealCharts (transcriptions) with Drum Notation, which can be viewed by filtering “RealDrums with RealCharts” in the RealDrums Picker.
Latest version of Elastique and Harmony
The latest version 3.3.0 of Elastique and 1.04 of Harmony from zplane.de included.
RealTracks Thickening and Panning
When you select multiple RealTracks on the same track and have them play simultaneously, you can set the stereo panning (-64 to +64) for each sub-track.
Panning added for Multiple RealTracks on a Track for Songs, Styles, and RealTracks
Some demo songs, styles, and RealTracks have multiple RealTracks on the same track with the stereo panning set for each sub-track.
MultiRiff from this RealTrack
A menu item has been added to the track context menus to use the selected RealTrack as a MultiRiff.
The Plugin now supports undo (Ctrl+Z) and redo (Ctrl+Y or Ctrl+Shift+Z). This is currently only available for the chord sheet.