Band-in-a-Box<sup>®</sup> 2018 New Features

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Band-in-a-Box 2018® for Mac® is here with over 50 new features, and much more!

We've been busy and added over 50 new features and an amazing collection of new content, including RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, Loops, Artist Performances, Amplitube presets and associated styles, 12-Key RealTracks, and Hi-Q Guitar Notation! There are 202 new RealTracks, double the 101 that we've often released in the past! Plus, we're introducing Video RealTracks (40 available in Country, Pop, and Jazz), which work just like RealTracks, but also include videos of the musician's performance! We also have an Xtra Styles PAK 4 with 160 additional Xtra Styles, which are styles based on previously released RealTracks. There are over 200 new RealStyles for our new RealTracks including Americana, Klezmer, Top-40, Jazz Strings Pads, Vocals (Oohs and Aahs), New Crooner "Shout" BigBand styles, and more! We have a Bonus 49-PAK with 40 additional new RealTracks on top of the 202 above, so in total an amazing 242 new RealTracks are available! The Bonus 49-PAK also includes Video RealTracks Set 1 & 2, 32 new MIDI SuperTracks, 108 new Instrumental Studies, 52 Loops, and 8 Artist Performances.

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Features and Additions

There are over 50 exciting new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018! We're introducing "Video RealTracks," which work like RealTracks, but also include videos of the musician's performance. You can make a video of a single musician or a band video, optionally with a chord sheet or notation, and you can even add your own videos to the final mix. The Audio Chord Wizard has been redesigned and is now built into Band-in-a-Box® . The Audio Harmonies feature has been added, including Audio Transcription, which converts a monophonic audio track to MIDI (notation), and Fix Tuning to fix an out-of-tune audio recording, and more. You can save the Notation window to a video in sync with the audio track playback. The new Piano Roll window enables precise graphic editing of MIDI data. We've added notation support for time signatures like 12/8, 9/8, and 6/8. The Toolbar has been enhanced with skins and more customization. You can open and save ABC notation files, which are very common song files on the internet with chords and melody. The popular Song Titles Browser is enhanced with more songs (now over 10,000), filters, and the ability to show titles that work with a specific style. StylePicker enhancements include a mixer-like control allowing clear display and style customization. The RealDrums Picker has been enhanced with the option to find similar RealDrums. The Audio Edit window is redesigned with a new GUI and additional features. And many more!

Additional New Content for Band-in-a-Box® 2018!

202 New RealTracks Video

Along with Band-in-a-Box® 2018, we've released 40 New Video RealTracks, 202 new RealTracks, 32 new MIDI SuperTracks, 108 new Instrumental Studies, 8 new Artist Performances, 52 new loops, 40 Amplitube prests with 37 associated styles, the 2018 Bonus 49-PAK, and new Xtra Styles PAK 4!

  • 202 NEW RealTracks in Sets 278-300!
    • 68 Pop, Rock and World RealTracks (Sets 286-293): RealTracks Sets 286-293 feature amazing new Pop, Rock, Klezmer and European styles! Five new Pop & Rock guitars from Brent Mason and Joe Robinson range from funky to folky with both acoustic rhythm and electric soloist styles. The extremely popular Band-in-a-Box® Pop Songwriter toolkit now has eleven new acoustic songwriter guitar styles from Brent Mason, Colin Linden, Quinn Bachand, and Fintan O'Brien. Seven new soulful Southern Pop Drums styles from top session drummer Land Richards have been added. Accent these new drums with eight new Pop Percussion Singles, including congas, cowbell, tambourine, shaker, woodblocks, and afuche-cabasa. The Fretless Bass, Pop Keys & Punk Drums set boasts a versatile line of fretless electric bass, acoustic piano, organ, and hard-edged drum styles. Eight Modern Dancehall RealTracks are a Modern-Pop must-have, featuring percussive synth basses, pads, and electronic drums. A set of spirited Klezmer styles feature world-champion accordionist Cory Pesaturo accompanied by Neil Swainson on acoustic bass and Quinn Bachand on guitar, with matching RealDrums by Terry Clarke. Cory also features alongside Neil and Quinn with fourteen new French, Italian, and Swedish World Styles.
    • Vocal RealTracks Video
      74 Country, Americana and Celtic RealTracks (Sets 278-285): This collection features an array of newly requested styles and additions to classic sets, as well as a Band-in-a-Box® first - Background Vocals (10 RealTracks)! Our new Vocal Oohs & Aahs RealTracks feature a 3-part vocal arrangement with 2 male voices and 1 female voice, each doubled for a total of a 6-voice ensemble. Americana has been one of the biggest user requests, and we've added twenty Americana grooves, with acoustic bass, amazing electric guitar from Brent Mason and Colin Linden, vintage electric piano, and sweet fiddle. There are also Country Singer-Songwriter RealTracks, with more acoustic guitars by Brent Mason and Colin Linden. We also have new 12-key Country guitars, pedal steel, bass, and piano. There are six new harmonica styles from "Jelly-Roll" Johnson, which sound fantastic over classic country grooves. And we have new "Canadiana" RealTracks complete with old time guitar, banjo, and footstomps. Eleven new Celtic Piano & Harp styles, featuring Scottish pianist Dave Milligan, will fit perfectly with Celtic ensembles from previous years.
    • 60 Jazz, Blues, and Latin RealTracks (Sets 294-300): We have added to our extremely popular "Crooner" Big Band styles with exciting new "Shout" Soloist RealTracks. A "Shout" Soloist is a big Band arrangement where all the instruments are playing harmonized solos! These tracks feature an 11-part arrangement of trumpets, saxophones, and flute that can be used as an ensemble or selected as groups of individual soloists. We also have other great new jazz styles in the "Jazz Potpourri" set, including new 12-key Bossa and Waltz Guitar, Jazz Ballad Strings, Soul Jazz Piano from Mike Rojas (CMA Musician of the Year), as well as a variety of Jazz Percussion Singles such as bongos, congas, and triangle. The new Modern Jazz set includes four Neil Swainson acoustic modern jazz basses and six corresponding modern jazz drum styles from the legendary Terry Clarke. New additions to our Smooth Jazz & Fusion catalogue include acoustic basses, Latin & Slow 16ths electric piano from Jeff Lorber, brushes drums, and lush mark tree fills. Building upon the traditional Latin RealTracks from last year, we have seven new Mariachi styles! The set features a 6/8 style and a waltz, with the authentic instrumentation of Guitar, Vihuela, Guitarron (7). Three new Rootsy Blues guitars and pianos are included from Brent Mason, Colin Linden, and Mike Rojas. Seven Smokin' Fast Jazz Basses allow for smooth, fluent bass tempos up to 350 bpm!
    • Video RealTracks Video
    • 40 New Video RealTracks: Introducing a new and exciting category of RealTracks - Video RealTracks! Have you ever listened to your favorite RealTracks guitar solo or RealDrums drum fill and wondered exactly how the player did it? Now, you can see actual footage of the musician playing along with your song! And that's not all. You can also stack these videos in several configurations to create a video of a full band!
      Video RealTracks are available in six sets.
      • Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band - Guitar (Brent Mason), Bass (Byron House), Drums (Shannon Forrest), Piano (Mike Rojas), and Pedal Steel (Eddy Dunlap)
      • Video RealTracks Set 2: Country TrainBeat Band - Guitar (Brent Mason), Bass (Byron House), Drums (Shannon Forrest), Piano (Mike Rojas), and Pedal Steel (Eddy Dunlap)
      • Video RealTracks Set 3: Jazz Guitar with Oliver Gannon
      • Video RealTracks Set 4: Pop, and Country Drums with Shannon Forrest
      • Video RealTracks Set 5: Gypsy Jazz Guitar, and Blues Piano with Quinn Bachand and Mike Rojas
      • Video RealTracks Set 6: Celtic Guitar with Quinn Bachand
    • Xtra Styles PAK 4
      Xtra Styles Video
      This brings you great Country, Rock/Pop, and Jazz RealStyles with the addition of the first ever "Folk and Beyond." This amazing collection encompasses everything from modern trends in music to classic reimaginings and eclectic genre combinations. Many of the great RealTracks from the 2017 release have been used in new and unique ways that are beyond their original scope. All of these styles are meticulously mixed and thoughtfully arranged to save you time! Learn more...
    • 32 New MIDI SuperTracks: We have 32 new MIDI SuperTracks with Killer Accordion (15), Country and Folk Piano (9), and Celtic Piano (8). Because these are MIDI, you can pick whatever patches or synths you want to generate the sound, giving you complete control over the final product!
    • 108 New Instrumental Studies: We introduced the idea of "Instrumental Studies" two years ago with guitar, and last year we added additional Instrumental Studies with piano, bass, guitar, and sax. This year we added new Instrumental Studies with electric guitar!
    • 8 New Artist Performances: Traditional songs sung by Béatrix Méthé: With Artist Performance Set 8, you will be delighted to hear eight well known folk songs, sung in beautiful harmony by professional singer Béatrix Méthé. These songs date back hundreds of years, and are popular all over the world. You are sure to recognize more than a few, with origins spanning America, Ireland, Canada, and France. Each song has a hand-picked Band-in-a-Box® style, with the lyrics and singing professionally transcribed, so you can use the notation window, tempo stretching, and all the other Band-in-a-Box® features to make sure you're well-versed in each song. In addition to the melody, each song has one or two harmony parts sung by Béatrix! We hope you will enjoy listening and learning each of these timeless songs.
    • 52 New Loops: Percussion FX (22), "Classic Beats" Rock/Pop (10), "Classic Beats" Jazz (10), and "Classic Beats" Country (10).
    • 40 Amplitube presets and 37 associated styles: These new Amplitube presets and styles will give you all kinds of killer guitar tones, from clean and mellow jazz sounds to screaming rock leads and even an acoustic bass enhancer. We threw in some pedal steel presets that you can use with DI pedal steel RealTracks too. You will also find some vintage tones that incorporate some of your favorite effects like spring reverb and tape delay. We've included 37 RealStyles to accompany the 40 new Amplitube presets so that you can easily hear the new sounds at work!
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