Using the Band-in-a-Box® Plugin with Pro Tools

Last updated:  Thursday, 16 February 2023


Plugin Type

AAX 64

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Band-in-a-Box Plugin in Pro Tools
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Quickstart Guide

Pro Tools 12 supports the 64-bit AAX version of the Band-in-a-Box® Plugin. Pro Tools will automatically find the plugin once it has been installed. To use it, open the Pro Tools application and start a new project. Then go to Track > New and create a stereo instrument track. Once you see the track in the Edit Window, click on one of the blank insert boxes and navigate to multichannel plugin > Instrument > Band-in-a-Box DAW AAX Plugin. Once you have your Band-in-a-Box® arrangement ready, just drag it into the blank space below your instsrument track and new audio or MIDI tracks will be created.


  1. Run the Band-in-a-Box® Plugin installer
  2. Make sure the AAX plugin is checked and complete the installation
  3. Start Pro Tools
  4. Your plugin will be found automatically
  5. Create a new stereo instrument track by going to Track > New
  6. Click on the first blank box under Inserts A-E
  7. Go to multichannel plugin > Instrument > Band-in-a-Box DAW AAX Plugin

Tips & Tricks

Easily Switch Between the Mix and Edit Windows

The mixer and edit (tracks) views in Pro Tools are in completely separate windows. You can either switch between the windows by going to the Window Menu or by using the keyboard shortcut, CTRL key + plus/equal (+/=) key.

Creating Groups in Pro Tools

Creating mix or edit groups in Pro Tools allows you to edit or mix multiple tracks at the same time. For instance, if you have a mix group that contains Track A and Track B, and you change the volume for Track A, the volume for Track B will automatically be modified by the same amount. In an edit group, you could cut part of a waveform out and other tracks in the group would also be affected. To create a new group, click on the down-arrow beside Groups in the lower column on the left side of your screen and select New Group. Alternatively, you can achieve this by holding down the CTRL key + the G key. Now enter a name for the group, choose which tracks you want in it by adding or removing them, and choose your group type. You can have a mix group, an edit group, or a mix/edit group.

Using Buses In Pro Tools

You can think of buses as virtual patch cables that allow you to send or receive audio from sources (or to destinations) aside from the main input/output of a track. This method is commonly used if you wish to link several tracks to a single reverb. Assuming you have already created multiple audio tracks, you can create a shared reverb by going to Track > New and creating a new stereo aux input track. Now go to View > Edit Window Views and make sure Sends A-E is checked. For all of your current audio tracks, click on the box labeled A under Sends A-E and go to Bus > Bus 1-2 (Stereo). Now that you've created these buses, or virtual patch cables, click on them and set their volumes to 0 decibels. Go to your aux input track and set the input to Bus 1-2, then load a reverb plugin on your aux input track and set it how you like it. Now press play and all of your tracks will be routed to one reverb!


I Don't See The Inserts A-E Column in the Edit Window

The Inserts A-E is the place where you select your (first five) plugins in Pro Tools. If you don't see it in the Edit Window, you can enable it by going to View > Edit Window Views and making sure Inserts A-E has a check mark beside it.

I Run an Older Version of Pro Tools and Can't Find the Plugin

The Band-in-a-Box® 64-bit AAX Plugin is compatible with Pro Tools 11 and higher. We also provide a 32-bit AAX plugin specifically for Pro Tools 10. The Band-in-a-Box plugin is not compatible with Pro Tools 9 and earlier, which do not use the AAX native plugin format.

I Can't Change The Tempo in Pro Tools

The tempo setting in Pro Tools is slightly harder to find than it is in some other DAWs. It is in a small black box in the upper-right portion of the screen. You can also use the tempo map in the Edit Window to dynamically change the tempo throughout the song. It is located just above the time ruler in the Edit WIndow.

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 Hear Audio When Previewing Styles in the Plugin

Some audio from the Band-in-a-Box® Plugin plays through your default Windows audio output device instead of the output device that you have selected in your DAW. For this reason, we suggest that you use the same audio output for Windows and your DAW. We also suggest that you disable exclusive mode for your audio output device. You can do this by going to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound. Then select your audio output device from the Playback tab and click on Properties. Now go to the Advanced tab and uncheck Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.

When I start Pro Tools, it says that Band-in-a-Box DAW Plugin "failed to load because it is not a valid 64 bit AAX plugin"

The most likely cause is that you need to update your iLok software. Open the iLok License Manager and go to Help | Check for Updates - download and install the most recent update, and then reboot your PC. An additional tip is that you can have Pro Tools rescan your plugins by removing (or renaming) the file C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Avid\Pro Tools\InstalledAAXPlugIns

External Resources

Avid Tutorial Library

The Avid Tutorial Library is a great place to start if you want to learn more about Pro Tools. You can search for a specific topic or browse through the latest tutorials.

Avid Pro Audio Community Forums

The Avid Pro Audio Community forums are a great resource if you want to communicate with other Pro Tools users or you have a very specific question that can't be answered anywhere else.

Pro Tools Reddit

The Reddit Pro Tools community has over 10,000 members and offers a great chance to be involved in the Pro Tools community.

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