Band-in-a-Box

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows and Mac!

Users LOVE Band-in-a-Box®! Here's what they're saying...

"Band-in-a-Box® is the swiss army knife of music production tools."..."This is the BEST track backup program I have heard!"..."I just love it,and it improves how I play the different instruments that I play!"..."The new interface alone is worth the update!"..."A must-have for any songwriter on a budget."

May 18, 2018

Video - 202 NEW RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac we also released 202 NEW RealTracks (in Sets 278-300)!

Listen to all the individual demos here: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.202newrealtracks.htm, or watch our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - 202 New RealTracks Overview Video: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=7ZrfGSqjaOU

Get all 202 new RealTracks when you purchase any Band-in-a-Box® 2018 UltraPAK, Audiophile Edition, or the PlusPAK upgrade - on sale until May 31st!

May 18, 2018

Holiday Hours - Monday, May 21st

We're celebrating Victoria Day on Monday, May 21st. Our hours for the long weekend will be:

Customer Service:
Saturday, May 19: 7:00am - 5:00pm PST
Sunday, May 20: 8:00am - 4:00pm PST
Monday, May 21: 8:00am - 4:00pm PST

Technical Support:
Closed (will re-open Tues, May 22 at 10am PST)

May 17, 2018

Video - The Audio Chord Wizard in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac boasts over 50 new features and enhancements... including the Build-in Audio Chord Wizard!

The Audio Chord Wizard has been redesigned and is now built into Band-in-a-Box®. Previously, the Audio Chord Wizard was a separate app and not tightly integrated into Band-in-a-Box®. This app is still available from the [Audio Chord Wizard] toolbar button, but the improved built-in Audio Chord Wizard can be accessed from the Audio Edit window.

Watch our latest video to learn more: Video link - Audio Chord Wizard in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac

May 15, 2018

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - Everything You Need to Know in Under 5 Minutes!

Want to quickly see the new features included in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac in action?

Check out this video, Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac® ! Everything you need to know in under 5 minutes*: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=XSSQpijRyxk

*The video includes an extra 2 minutes for the 49-PAK! The first 5 minutes show you all of the great new features and content available with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac®, and it's followed by additional video showing off the 2018 49-PAK for Mac.

May 14, 2018

Xtra Styles PAKs are ON SALE until May 31st!

Xtra Styles PAK 4 was initially released with our Windows version of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, and with the release of our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac, we're having a sale!

Xtra Styles PAK 4 has over 150 RealStyles for Rock-Pop, Jazz, Country, and 'Folk and Beyond' styles, which work with the RealTracks included in any Band-in-a-Box® version 2017 or higher UltraPAK/UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition!

We've put all of our Xtra Styles PAKs on SALE until May 31st! Purchase any Xtra Styles PAK (1 - 4) for just $29 each! (reg. $49) http://www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=mac

Listen to all the demos of these new Xtra Styles here, or check out this video: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=Zl_wr47d2V0

May 14, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac - 45 Requests Fulfilled!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac is here, and there's more than 80 new features! We've answered some user requests with this release, including:

Q. I am learning guitar. The RealTracks are very helpful in that I can hear great guitar players, and most of the tracks have tab and notation as well. But there is much more to guitar, could you include some videos of some of the RealTracks Artists? Because I would learn much more from seeing a guitarist than just hearing them.

A. We have a major new feature called "Video RealTracks." These work and sound like RealTracks, but you get to see a video of the Guitarist (or whatever instrument) playing as well. The amazing thing is that this works with any chord progression you type in. So, if you want to learn to play like the great guitarist Brent Mason, for example, you can type in chords to any progression you are interested in, and then hear and see a video of Brent soloing over your progression. Now you can learn much quicker, as it helps to see how a musician is performing, as well as to hear.

Q. I use the feature to make a video of the chord sheet from a Band-in-a-Box song. I use it to make backing tracks and upload them to YouTube. But these don't include any notation for the melody and lyrics of my songs. My viewers would like to see the melody and lyrics too. Is there a way you can include the melody in the video? I've tried recording this with screen capture programs, but it's time consuming, recording in real time, and the audio quality and sync are not that good.

A. Yes, Band-in-a-Box 2018 can do this now. You can save your song as a video of the notation track. So that includes the notation, guitar tab, and lyrics. And saving the whole video and audio just takes a few seconds, much faster than real time recording. Just load in your song with chords, melody, lyrics, and/or guitar tab, and press Save-As Notation Video. Your song will be up on YouTube in no time!

Q. I am songwriter and uses Band-in-a-Box to make backing tracks for my productions. I'm starting to make videos and upload them to YouTube. Can Band-in-a-Box help with my production videos?

A. Band-in-a-Box 2018 can now make videos with Video RealTracks, of the musicians performing the RealTracks. And they are playing along to your song's chord progression. You can include these videos in your own song performance, which adds a nice visual element.

Q. I use the Audio Harmonies in Band-in-a-Box. But I find the harmonies simplistic, in that they are mainly using chord tones. The Band-in-a-Box MIDI harmonies are more sophisticated, using passing tones. Why can't my Audio Harmonies work like that?

A. We've added support for new types of Audio Harmonies in the Audio Edit Window. These do allow you to choose any Band-in-a-Box MIDI harmony that has passing tones or sophisticated jazz voicings (adding 4 parts to make a 5-part jazz voicing for example). Band-in-a-Box automatically figures out the MIDI version of your melody so it uses this to create the harmonies.

Q. The new toolbar is nice, but needs more color options. Too much grey! How about skins?

A. We've added support for skins, and you can choose color or grey scale options for toolbar, mixer etc.

And more!!!

All of the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac can be reviewed at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm

May 11, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac is Here - Up to 40% off Upgrades!

Just released: Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac with over 50 new features, 202 New RealTracks, 40 NEW Video RealTracks, 32 new MIDI SuperTracks, 108 new Instrumental Studies, 8 new Artist Performances, 52 new loops, and 40 AmpliTube presets with 37 associated styles!

We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Upgrade purchases until May 31, 2018 - save up to 40% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac Upgrade!

This year we are celebrating 30 YEARS of Band-in-a-Box®! We've packed our Free Bonus PAK & 49-PAK with some amazing Add-ons: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.bonuspaks_2018.htm

If you check out http://www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.packages.htm, you'll see the new 2018 package options available. To summarize:

Band-in-a-Box® Pro $129
Upgrade from Version 2017: $59 (reg: $69)
Upgrade from Version 2016 or earlier or crossgrade: $69 (reg: $79)
Special 2018 Program Update from 2017: $49 **Requires Version 2017. Includes version 2018 program updates only. (No other Add-ons or Bonus PAK)

Band-in-a-Box® MegaPAK $269
Upgrade from Version 2017: $89 (reg: $149)
Upgrade from Version 2016: $99 (reg: $159)

Band-in-a-Box® PlusPAK
Upgrade from Version 2017: $99 (reg: $129)
(The PlusPAK is designed to upgrade 2017 UltraPlusPAK & EverythingPAK users who are downloading their upgrade or do not want to purchase a new hard drive)

NEW! Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK Formerly the UltraPlusPAK $469
Upgrade from Version 2017: $149 (reg: $279)
Upgrade from Version 2016 or earlier or crossgrade: $169 (reg: $299)

Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition $669
Upgrade from Version 2017 Audiophile: $199 - limited time offer!
Upgrade from 2017: $479
Upgrade from Version 2016 or earlier or crossgrade: $499
Upgrade from any previous Audiophile: $299

Learn more about all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac: www.pgmusic.com/bbmac.new.htm

May 08, 2018

StylePicker Enhancements in RealBand 2018!

We added some great enhancements to the StylePicker with the release of RealBand 2018 (included in all Band-in-a-Box® for Windows purchases), including:

-Mixer-like control allows style customization within the StylePicker. This shows what tracks are used in the highlighted style in the list, and color-codes them according to the track types (MIDI/RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks). There is also a menu button on each track, which allows you to change the instrument, disable/enable the track, or perform other track actions.
-A [Save as .STY] button has been added. When you have customized a style, you might want to save it so that it is added to the StylePicker list, and can be used easily.
-Recommendations of styles is improved when using the [Find Titles] button at the top right of the dialog. This also displays Subgenres.
-New user categories have been added, including Americana; Bebop and Fast Jazz; Bluegrass, Train, and Old Time; Dixieland, Gypsy, and Old Jazz; Fingerstyle Guitar; Funk, RnB, and Soul; Heavy Rock; Singer-Songwriter; and World.
-The buttons to copy the styles list to clipboard, set the dialog options, and reset the dialog to defaults have been moved to the [Action] button menu.
-The two buttons to rebuild a complete or partial styles list have been combined into a single button.
-Rebuilding the styles list also rebuilds lists in the RealTracks and RealDrums Picker dialogs.
-The option to change the font size of the text in the styles list has been moved to the StylePicker Options dialog.

May 08, 2018

Mixer-like Control within the StylePicker in Band-in-a-Box® 2018

New with Band-in-a-Box® 2018.... Mixer-like control in the StylePicker that shows what tracks and instruments are used in the currently selected style in the list, and color-codes them according to the track types (example: Green for RealTracks).

Plus, if you choose the [..] to the right of the mixer track in the StylePicker window, you can assign a different instrument to that track! The full list of options within the [..] menu includes:
-Select RealTracks
-Select a UserTrack...
-Select a Loop...
-Choose RealDrums
-Select Guitar/Bass Amp Plugin...
-Select MIDI Instrument (patch)
-Select Custom MIDI Style for this track...
-Track Settings
-Track Actions

When you customize the track, an asterisk (*) will be added to that track name, and check-mark appears next to "Custom" showing that the style will be overridden with your choices/adjustments. You can also choose to [Clear] or [Saveas .STY] if you want to use this customized style for future projects.

May 07, 2018

Ship Your Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK on a USB Flash Drive!

Order any Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK package and you can choose to have your installation files shipped to you on a USB Flash Drive !

For just $10 more, you'll receive a 32 GB USB Flash Drive that conveniently includes all the installation files for your purchase - we'll also throw in a free Band-in-a-Box® keychain with your Flash Drive order!

When placing your order online, the shopping cart will prompt you to select this option before you enter your payment information. Ordering over the phone? Just mention this preferred method for delivery type!

This offer isn't limited to just Band-in-a-Box® purchases... when you order ANY PG Music product you can choose to have it shipped on a USB Flash Drive!

May 04, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® - Tuba RealTracks!

Today is International Tuba Day!

Add some Tuba accompaniment to your song in honor of International Tuba Day!

Search for "Tuba" within the RealTracks picker window of Band-in-a-Box and you'll see that we offer 3 RealTracks Sets with Tuba:

RealTracks Set 143: Dixieland - Fast Rhythm Section (Artist: Brad Muirhead)
RealTracks Set 162: Dixieland - Medium Rhythm Section (Artist: Brad Muirhead)
RealTracks Set 248: Oberkrainer! Folk Music From the Alps (Artist: Philip Santner) these show up when you search for "Tuba" within the RealTracks picker, however they are Bariton Horn

Happy International Tuba Day!

May 03, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® Video Testimonial Offer!

Take a look at the Band-in-a-Box® video testimonials created by program users just like you that we've already received at www.pgmusic.com/videotestimonials.php

If you submit your own video testimonial, we will send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box® Hard Drive when we share it on our Website and YouTube channel!

Learn more about how to submit your own video testimonial here.

May 02, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® - Ukulele RealTracks & Features!

May 2nd is World Play Your Ukulele Day!

Our Ukulele RealTracks are found in:

RealTracks Set 101:Folk and Country Swing (Artist: Pat McGrath)
RealTracks Set 261: Sounds of Hawaii (Artist: Quinn Bachand)

Band-in-a-Box® Ukulele tips:

View the Ukulele fretboard in the Guitar Window: Within "Settings" change the fretboard to "Ukulele" from the drop-down menu.

View the Ukulele Chord Diagram by choosing "Ukulele" from the Notation Options | Guitar Chord Diagrams drop-down menu.

May 01, 2018

Video - The Audio Chord Wizard in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows boasts over 50 new features and enhancements... including the Build-in Audio Chord Wizard!

The Audio Chord Wizard has been redesigned with Band-in-a-Box® 2018, and is now built in to the program! Previously, the Audio Chord Wizard was a separate app that was not tightly integrated into Band-in-a-Box®. This app is still available from the [Audio Chord Wizard] toolbar button, but now the improved built-in Audio Chord Wizard can be accessed from the Audio Edit Window!

Watch our latest video to learn more: Video link - Audio Chord Wizard in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows

May 01, 2018

Blog Post - How to Use the Band-in-a-Box Song Titles Database for Cover Songs

Joanne Cooper is at it again! Her latest blog post, How to use the Band-in-a-Box Song Titles database for cover songs, is a great step-by-step explanation of how she uses the Song Titles Browser feature within StylePicker of Band-in-a-Box to create a cover song!

Joanne's website: https://www.joannecooper.co.za/home
Blog post link: https://www.joannecooper.co.za/blog/blog/how-to-use-the-band-in-a-box-song-titles-database-for-cover-songs

April 26, 2018

#TBT Band-in-a-Box® Version 11 for Mac!

Band-in-a-Box® Version 11 for Mac was released in the Fall of 2002! Some of the new features added at that time included:

MIDI File Chord Interpretation Wizard
Open up any MIDI file in Band-in-a-Box®, and Band-in-a-Box® will automatically figure out the chords of the song for you. It automatically analyzes the MIDI file, figures out where the Bass, Piano, Melody, and other tracks are, and then figures out the chord changes for the song. The chords are written to the Band-in-a-Box® chordsheet like any other song.

Guitar Styles
These are styles that show strummed and picked guitar parts accurately on the guitar fretboard (and they sound great). These styles also play accurate guitar voicings, in your choice of Pop, Jazz, Country or Folk guitar chording. There's even a “walking guitar comping” style that plays guitar that emulates the famous “Basie Big Band” Jazz style. The Guitar Styles play like any regular style, and when you view them on the virtual guitar fretboard you can see exactly which strings and frets are used – so it is a great learning tool as well.

Guitar Tutor
Analyze any song! This feature will show the chords that are playing on the virtual guitar fretboard, in your choice of a Jazz, Pop, or Folk perspective. The Guitar Tutor is a fun way to learn about new guitar chords while playing along with your favorite Band-in-a-Box® tune.

...and more! For a complete list of the features added with Band-in-a-Box® Version, visit http://www.pgmusic.com/pdfs/bbmac_version_11.pdf

April 25, 2018

RealPAK 14: Jazz for Band-in-a-Box® 2018!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows we also released 202 NEW RealTracks, including 7 Sets (60 RealTracks) for Jazz!

Learn more about these and listen to demos: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=YxJLNj9Z5qE

RealPAK 14: Jazz includes:
RealTracks Set 294: Big Band "Crooner Shout" Soloist!
RealTracks Set 295: Jazz Potpourri with 12-key Guitar, Jazz-Soul Piano, Jazz Strings and Percussion
RealTracks Set 296: Modern Jazz Bass & Drums
RealTracks Set 297: More Smooth Jazz & Fusion
RealTracks Set 298: Mariachi!
RealTracks Set 299: Rootsy Blues Guitar & Piano
RealTracks Set 300: Smokin' Fast Jazz Bass

Purchasing the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 PlusPAK, UltraPAK, or Audiophile Edition Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Pro and MegaPAK customers interested in adding these to their collection can purchase RealPAK 14: Jazz for just $79 at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.realtracks.jazz.htm

April 24, 2018

#TipTuesday - Finding Your Video RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box®

If you've purchased one of the new Video RealTracks Sets released with Band-in-a-Box® 2018, finding them in the program is easy!

For the Video RealTracks, within the RealTracks Picker the "Set*" column will show "VideoFound" if the video RealTracks is installed.

For Video RealDrums, the RealDrums Picker will list this information within the "#" column.

Plus, You can easily find the video RealTracks in the StylesPicker. Just press the [Other] filter button (drop down menu) above the list and use "Show Styles with or without Video RealTracks" menu item.

Video RealTracks Sets 1-2 are included in the 49-PAK, which is available for purchase at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.49pak.htm. The 49-PAK is also included with any UltraPAK or Audiophile purchase!

All of our Video RealTracks Sets can be viewed and purchase at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.videorealtracks.htm.

April 23, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Portuguese Edition for Windows® is Here!

http://www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=pt

Nós ficamos ocupados e adicionamos mais de 50 novos recursos e uma incrível coleção de novos conteúdos, incluindo RealTracks, SuperTracks MIDI, Estudos Instrumentais, Loops, Performances de Artista, Presets de Amplitube e estilos associados, 12-Key RealTracks e Notação Hi-Q de Guitarra! Nós adicionamos 202 novos RealTracks, o dobro dos 101 que muitas vezes lançamos no passado! Agora, introduzindo o Video RealTracks (40 disponíveis entre Country, Pop e Jazz), que funcionam exatamente como o RealTracks, mas também incluem vídeos da performance do músico! Nós também fizemos um novo Xtra Styles PAK 4 com 160 novos Xtra Styles. (Xtra Styles são estilos baseados em RealTracks lançados anteriormente). Existem mais de 200 novos RealStyles para os nossos novos RealTracks, incluindo Americana, Klezmer, Top-40, Jazz Strings Pads, Vocals (oohs e aahs), New Crooner "Shout", estilos BigBand e muito mais! Nós temos um Bonus 49-PAK com 40 novos RealTracks inéditos além dos 202 acima, totalizando 242 novos RealTracks! O Bonus 49-PAK também inclui os Sets de Video RealTracks 1 e 2, 32 novos SuperTracks MIDI, 108 novos estudos instrumentais, 52 Loops e 8 Performances de artistas.

April 20, 2018

User Tip - Slowing Down and Looping Audio in Band-in-a-Box®

Forum user DeaconBlues09 created a video tutorial to help answer a fellow forum user's question:
Using the Audio Chord Wizard to tempo map, slow down, and learn the notes of an audio track - video link http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=R09Lf3bHjhQ

Forum thread: http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=467504

Thanks for sharing!

April 19, 2018

#TBT - Band-in-a-Box® 2006 for Windows Ear Training Fun!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2006 for Windows we added two great games for ear training: Pitch Invasion and Music Replay!

Pitch Invasion helps to develop perfect pitch as you shoot down "alien" notes invading from above (you hear the note sound, and click on the on-screen piano/MIDI or QWERTY keyboard to shoot them down).

Music Replay develops your pitch, rhythm, and melody recognition by replaying what the program plays, in note, rhythm, or melodic modes.

These games can still be accessed with newer versions of the program - in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 you'll find these by accessing the Practice Window or Ear Training Window, both located in the Window drop-down menu. The Practice Window can also be accessed using the Practice button within the main Band-in-a-Box screen (don't see it? CTRL+T to change the view).

Learn all about the features released with Version 2006 here.

April 18, 2018

Video: Exporting Audio Files in Band-in-a-Box® 2018

Our latest video, Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - Exporting Audio Files Tutorial walks you through the different options to export your Band-in-a-Box® songs and song tracks from Band-in-a-Box® as an audio file (WAV, MP3, etc.)!

http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=_Px958TmzhA

April 17, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Build 516 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box 2018 for Windows customer can download the latest free patch update here: http://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#516

Summary of changes:
Improved: More RealTracks have HiQ transcriptions. Fixed Bass AmericanaSlow16thsByron bad chords.
Improved: The Audio Drivers dialog for WAS devices now shows Bit Depth in the device description.
Improved: WAS audio driver performance has been Improved when using 44.1 kHz sample rate.
Improved: Windows Audio Session error messages contain more specific information.
Updated: Misc. updates to StylePicker database, memos, manuals, help files.
Fixed: "BBW.LST not found" errors when using the Hybrid Style maker dialog.
Fixed: "mono" was being ignored when rendering a batch of songs to audio files.
Fixed: "normalize individual tracks" was only working for MIDI tracks.
Fixed: "One file per track" was being ignored when rendering a batch of songs to audio files.
Fixed: Access violation on bootup if using a Roland audio interface (ASIO) that is not connected.
Fixed: Adjusting Melody or Soloist tracks to fit a new number of choruses was not undo-able.
Fixed: An access violation error might occur in the RealTracks Picker if quickly scrolling and double-clicking to hear demos.
Fixed: Changing a track name using the StylePicker mixer controls might open a hidden popup window.
Fixed: Changing the number of choruses was not undo-able.
Fixed: Clicking on the far left of the Guitar window would cause a "!!!!!" flash message to show.
Fixed: If adjusting the number of choruses in your song, choosing Cancel is ignored when asked, "OK to adjust Melody track to fit new # of choruses?".
Fixed: JazzBebopDannyBrushes sometimes out of sync.
Fixed: Panning the audio track did not work.
Fixed: Some Amplitube presets/styles/demos pointed to a preset which wasn't available in some installs.
Fixed: Some typos and omissions in RealDrums Picker.
Fixed: The [.STY] button in the Hybrid Style maker dialog.
Fixed: The [Get Patch/Drum Kit Info] button in the MIDI drivers dialog would not find the synthesizer documentation.
Fixed: The About dialog was not showing the Fretlight Ready logo.
Fixed: The Audio Chord Wizard would always run in English.
Fixed: The busy mouse cursor might remain after analyzing audio with the Audio Chord Wizard.
Fixed: The PDF driver installer could not be launched from Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: The Plugins window would be too small when using plugins that have a small GUI.
Fixed: Using a Coyote DXi synthesizer (eg CoyoteWT or ForteDXi) might cause crackling/buzzing noise during playback.
Fixed: Using a multi speaker layout (eg. 4 speakers surround sound) instead of stereo might cause failure to connect to audio hardware with error -9996. This only happened when using WAS as audio driver type.
Fixed: Video rendering would fail if saved using Japanese characters in file name.
Fixed: When saving a Hybrid style for the first time, the File Save dialog should start in the Styles directory.

April 17, 2018

PG Music Inc. Newsletter - Stay In-the-Loop!

Want to be notified when a new version of Band-in-a-Box®, PowerTracks, or other PG Music Inc. products are released? Sign up for the newsletter at http://www.pgmusic.com/newsletter.htm.

If you purchased Band-in-a-Box® (or any other PG Music Inc. product) directly from us, you're already on the list!

Of course, we also announce new releases and specials on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pgmusicinc/), Twitter account (https://twitter.com/BandinaBox), and right here in our Forums!

April 12, 2018

Amazing Band-in-a-Box User Comments!

Great program with lots of support through the publisher and after-market. Use it for teaching, practicing, and gigging.
-Andrew L.

I just got my 6th film placement on a song recorded entirely in Band-in-a-Box. You guys rock!
-Terry Fernihough (Band-in-a-Box Endorsing Artist!)

I love this program. I have only had it for around a month but it has made things a lot easier for me. I no longer have to scour the internet for backing tracks. I just plug in the chords I want to use, find the style I want and done. Saving me so much time and being able to transpose into different keys is awesome too.
As the days go on I will be delving deeper into what it can do, importing some of my backing tracks into Abelton 9 to play with and writing some songs.
Best money I have spent on something in while.
-Peter S.

I started using Band-in-a-Box around 1990. It was the DOS version naturally and I used one of those old portable computers with dual floppy drives and a built in 9" monochrome display. I connected midi cables to a great sounding Yamaha keyboard and played my music using midi tracks. I did a demo for a university music class that was a lot of fun. Wow, it is almost unimaginable to see where this product has elevated to today. I have upgraded many times over the past 28 years but each time I am even more amazed. Thank you PG Music for being such a major part of my love for music all of these years!!!
-Dwayne G.

Incredible Software. Great for ignorance and experts and for anyone who wants to deal with music. If you do not have a hobby and want to have one "band in a box" is the best choice. Simple, but if you want to be an expert on it, you need to make an effort to master it perfectly for perfect use. The only disadvantage is if you do not want to become a musician, and use it, you will become a perfect musician. Therefore, be cautious. It's not a toy.
-Ilija B.

I’ve been using it for about the same time (20 years). I’m a trumpet player and just really want some backing on lead sheets. With the Real Styles - it sounds fantastic! Takes just minutes to input chord changes and find the right style. There is so much you can do and I love having the Soloist features to really add color.
-Mike B.

Read even more great feedback here.

April 11, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Danish Edition for Windows® is Here!

http://www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=da

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 til Windows er klar!

Vi har haft travlt, og har tilføjet mere end 50 nye funktioner og en fantastisk samling af nyt indhold, bl. a. RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, Loops, Artist Performances, Amplitube presets og dertil hørende stilarter, 12-tonearter RealTracks og Hi-Q Guitar Notation! Vi har tilføjet 202 nye RealTracks, hvilket er det dobbelte af de 101, vi ofte tidligere har udgivet! Vi introducerer Video RealTracks (40 i genrerne Country, Pop, and Jazz), som fungerer helt som RealTracks, men også har videoer af musikerne, mens de spiller! Vi har også lavet en ny Xtra Styles PAK 4 med 160 nye Xtra Stilarters. (Xtra stilarter er stilarter baseret på tidligere udgivne RealTracks). Der er mere end 200 nye RealStyles baseret på vores nye RealTracks bl.a. Americana, Klezmer, Top-40, Jazz stryger pads, Vokal (ooh og aah), Ny Crooner "Shout" BigBand stilart og meget mere! Vi har en Bonus 49-PAK med 40 ekstra ikke tidligere udgivne RealTracks foruden de 202 ovenfor nævnte, så alt i alt er der 242 nye RealTracks til rådighed! Bonus 49-PAK indeholder også Video RealTracks sæt 1 og 2, 32 nye MIDI SuperTracks, 108 nye Instrumental Studies, 52 Loops og 8 Artist Performances.

April 10, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Swedish Edition for Windows® is Here!

http://www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=sv

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 för Windows är här!

Vi har varit flitiga och lagt till över 50 nya funktioner och en fantastisk samling av nytt innehåll, innefattande RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, Loopar, Artist Performances, Amplitube presets och tillhörande stilar, 12-Key RealTracks, och Hi-Q Gitarr Notation! Vi har lagt till 202 nya RealTracks, dubblat de 101 som vi ofta har släppt förut! Vi introducerar nu Video RealTracks (40 tillgängliga i Country, Pop, och Jazz), vilka fungerar precis som RealTracks, men inkluderar också videos av musikers framträdande! Vi har också skapat en ny Xtra Styles PAK 4 med 160 nya Xtra Styles. (Xtra Styles är stilar baserade på tidigare utgivna RealTracks). Det finns över 200 nya RealStyles till våra nya RealTracks innefattande Americana, Klezmer, Top-40, Jazz Strings Pads, Vocals (oohs och aahs), Nytt Crooner "Shout" BigBand stilar, med mera! Vi har ett Bonus 49-PAK med 40 ytterligare nya outgivna RealTracks på toppen av 202 ovan, så totalt fantastiska 242 nya RealTracks finns tillgängliga! Bonus 49-PAK inkluderar också Video RealTracks Set 1 och 2, 32 nya MIDI SuperTracks, 108 nya Instrumental Studies, 52 Loops, och 8 Artist Performances

April 09, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Italian Edition for Windows® is Here!

http://www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=it

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 per Windows-a-Box® è arrivato!

Abbiamo lavorato tanto, abbiamo aggiunto 50 nuove funzioni e una sorprendente collezione di nuovi contenuti, tra cui RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, Studi Strumentali, Loops, Performance di Musicisti, Presets Amplitube e stili associati, RealTracks in 12 tonalità, Notazione di Chitarra Hi-Q!

Abbiamo aggiunto 202 nuovi RealTracks, il doppio di quelli rilasciati ogni anno in passato! Ora vi presentiamo i Video RealTracks (40 disponibili in Country, Pop e Jazz), che funzionano proprio come iRealTracks, ma includono anche i video delle performance del musicista! Abbiamo anche realizzato un nuovo Xtra Styles PAK 4 con 160 nuovi stili Xtra. (Gli stili Xtra sono basati sui RealTracks rilasciati in precedenza). Ci sono oltre 200 nuovi RealStyles per i nostri nuovi RealTracks tra cui Americana, Klezmer, Top-40, Jazz Strings Pad, Vocali (oohs e aahs), Nuovi stili Crooner "Shout" BigBand e molto altro! Abbiamo un Bonus 49-PAK con 40 nuovi RealTracks inediti in cima ai 202 di cui sopra, quindi in totale sono disponibili 242 nuovi RealTrack! Il Bonus 49-PAK include anche Video RealTracks Set 1 e 2, 32 nuovi SuperTracks MIDI, 108 nuovi Studi Strumentali, 52 Loops e 8 Performance di Musicisti.

April 06, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 French Edition for Windows® is Here!

http://www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=fr

Il y a plus de 50 nouvelles fonctionnalités étonnantes dans Band-in-a-Box 2018! Vous allez découvrir les RealTrack Vidéo; elles fonctionnent comme des RealTracks, mais avec en plus une vidéo de la prestation du musicien. Vous pouvez ainsi créer la vidéo d'un musicien, d'un groupe pour la compléter ensuite avec la Grille d'Accords ou la Partition et même, rajouter vos propres vidéos au mix final. Nous avons ajouté un nouveau Pilote audio (le WAS: Windows Audio Session) à la latence ultra faible (<25 ms sur un PC Windows typique). Cela signifie par conséquent que les opérations audio telles que la lecture ou l'envoi d'informations via MIDI se produisent sans retard notable. L'Assistant Accords Audio a été repensé, il est maintenant intégré dans Band-in-a-Box. La fonction Harmonisation Audio a été améliorée avec la transcription audio, qui permet de transcrire une piste audio monophonique en notation MIDI, Fix Tuning (correction du pitch) qui peut corriger un enregistrement audio out-of-tune, et plus encore... Nous avons repensé le dossier BB il est donc "propre" et ne contient que les fichiers nécessaires grâce à une organisation optimisée en dossiers. Il est maintenant possible de sauvegarder la fenêtre Notation dans un format Vidéo, le tout, synchronisé avec la lecture de la piste audio. Les Signatures Temporelles 12/8, 6/8 et 9/8 sont maintenant supportées. La barre d'outils a été améliorée avec un habillage et des options de personnalisation. Vous pouvez ouvrir/sauvegarder les fichiers Notation ABC. Le format ABC est très populaire parmi les musiciens, c'est un format de fichier adapté à la musique. Et plus!

April 05, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 German Edition for Windows® is Here!

http://www.bandinabox.com/bb.php?os=win&lang=de

Wir waren fleißig und haben über 50 neue Funktionen und eine erstaunliche Sammlung von neuen Inhalten, mit RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studien, Loops (Schleifen), Künstler Performances, Amplitube Presets und dazugehörenden Styles, 12-Tonarten RealTracks und Hi-Q Gitarren Notation, hinzugefügt! Wir haben 202 neue RealTracks hinzugefügt, doppelt so viele, wie wir oft in früheren Versionen in der Vergangenheit veröffentlicht haben! Nun stellen wir Video RealTracks (40 verfügbar in den Genres Country, Pop und Jazz) vor. Diese arbeiten wie RealTracks, beinhalten aber Videos, die zeigen wie die Musiker das tatsächlich auf dem Instrument spielen! Wir haben ein neues Xtra Styles PAK 4 mit 160 neuen Xtra Styles veröffentlicht (Xtra Styles sind Styles, die auf schon veröffentlichten RealTracks basieren). Es gibt über 200 neue RealStyles für unsere neuen RealTracks, diese beinhalten Americana, Klezmer, Top-40, Jazz Strings Pads, Vocals (Oohs und Aahs), New Crooner "Shout" BigBand Styles und mehr! Wir haben ein Bonus 49-PAK mit 40 neuen unveröffentlichten RealTracks, zusätzlich zu den 202 oben erwähnten RealTracks sind in Summe nun unglaubliche 242 neue RealTracks verfügbar! Das Bonus 49-PAK beinhaltet Video RealTracks Set 1 und 2, 32 neue MIDI SuperTracks, 108 neue Instrumental Studien, 52 Schleifen (Loops) und 8 Künstler Performances.

April 05, 2018

YouTube Find - "Honey!... there's a band in our house!!"

Search "Band-in-a-Box" on YouTube, and you'll see hundreds of videos posted by users just like you!

Like this video, posted by Kent Hewitt: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=8jsXbn566z4

April 03, 2018

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 - Enhancements!

The release of PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 included enhancements to the Notation Windows, Guitar Window, and Big Piano Window!

Notation Enhancements:
-X/8 time signature support. This is a special method of displaying 6/8, 9/8, or 12/8 time signatures in the Notation window.
-The Duplicate previous chord in notation right-click menu lets you quickly duplicate the previous chord (group of notes on same peg) without having to reenter it.
-Delete highlighted notes in notation right-click menu lets you delete all highlighted notes.
-Delete all notes on this peg in notation right-click menu lets you delete all notes on the nearest peg that was clicked on.
-You can now enter Section Numbers. Previously, you could enter letters (A-Z) only, but now you can also enter numbers (1-9).

Guitar Window Enhancements:
-Clicking on the black area to the left of the zero fret notes in the Guitar window will delete the notes on just the channel of that string on the current notation time line rather than all notes at that time line.
-Clicking on a note will delete the note from the Notation window if the note is currently highlighted. If no notes are highlighted in red, then clicking on a note will first delete any notes on the current notation timeline and channel before inserting a new note.

Big Piano Window Enhancements:
-Clicking on the black area to the left of the piano will delete highlighted red notes from the Notation window. If no notes are highlighted in red, then clicking to the left of the piano will delete any note on the current notation timeline.
-Clicking on a note will delete the note from the Notation window if the note is currently highlighted in red.

For a complete list of new features, visit http://www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.features.htm

April 03, 2018

The RealTracks Picker Window in Band-in-a-Box®

The RealTracks Picker window within Band-in-a-Box® will list every single RealTrack that was available for that version.

If you're working with the 2018 UltraPlusPAK or Audiophile Edition, this means that your RealTracks Picker will list everything available to you (since your purchase includes all 300 RealTracks Sets).

But what if you have the Pro or MegaPAK version? These each come with "RealCombos" rather that complete Sets. If you'd rather this window just show you your installed RealTracks, simply uncheck "Show RealTracks that are N/A" within this window (bottom left).

More information on RealCombos:

The Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Pro includes over 300 RealTracks in 100+ Bands. Review these at: http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.pro.htm#procombos

The Band-in-a-Box® 2018 MegaPAK includes over 500 RealTracks in 300 Bands. Review these at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.mega.htm#megacombos

April 02, 2018

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows® - Installing from an External Hard Drive (Option 3) Tutorial

If you've purchased a Band-in-a-Box® 2018 UltraPAK, there are a few different options for installing the program for you. In this video, we go through the process of installing Band-in-a-Box® using "Option 3" for installing Band-in-a-Box® AND RealTracks on your computer hard drive: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=XV9BTF4nskE

For more detailed information, visit http://www.pgmusic.com/techfaq51.htm#163

No matter how you install and use your Band-in-a-Box® hard drive, make sure you're saving your songs (or a copy of them) to your own folder not on the hard drive - that way you'll have a back-up copy if your hard drive isn't available to you!

March 29, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - International Versions!

It's that time of year... our translations for the new 2018 version are here! Visit www.bandinabox.com to see all the different languages available for Band-in-a-Box®!

So far, our Band-in-a-Bo® 2018 German version has been released, but you'll see more translated versions released within the next few weeks!

March 29, 2018

Holiday Hours - Happy Easter!

Our Easter Weekend hours are:

Customer Service:
March 30th - Good Friday: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8)
March 31 - Saturday: 8:00AM to 5:00PM PST (GMT -8)
April 1 - Easter Sunday: 8:00AM to 4:00PM PST (GMT -8) (Also... April Fools Day - but our hours are no joke!)
April 2 - Easter Monday: 6:00AM to 7:00PM PST (GMT -8) (regular hours of operation)

Technical Service:
Closed. (Will re-open Monday, April 2 at 10:00AM PST)

All of our hours and contact information list here.

March 28, 2018

My Favorite Things: Band-in-a-Box Manual and Features - Blown Away!

Forum user DeaconBlues09 shared his thoughts to our "My Favorite Things" forum, which includes:

While I use BiaB for instructional purposes pretty much exclusively, I love messing around with various settings, tracks, styles, and functions, and have found myself blown away time and again at the sheer genius of this program and its algorithms.

Read his full post, and listen to his song created to demonstrate how adaptive Band-in-a-Box can be when you visit the Forum post.
http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=464481

Thank you for your great feedback DeaconBlues09!

Join the conversation today... create your own Forum Account at http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=newuser.

March 27, 2018

TIP: Saving Your Band-in-a-Box® Songs

Did you know... Band-in-a-Box® defaults to the "BB" folder when you first save your songs. It's a great idea to create your own custom folder for your projects, whether it be on your C drive, desktop, or as a subfolder within "My Documents" (to name a few) - that way you can always find your songs!

Tip: When running Band-in-a-Box® from your portable hard drive (UltraPAK, UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, and Audiophile users), make sure you're saving your songs (or a copy of them) to your own folder not on the hard drive - that way you'll have a back-up copy if your hard drive isn't available to you!

March 26, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® Delivery, Explained.

When you order Band-in-a-Box® directly from us, there is more than one way to receive your order!

For any Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK purchase:
Download-only: $0
Installation DVD shipped: Canada & USA: $5 mail | $15 courier express or International: $10 mail | $20 courier express
Flash Drive: $10 + shipping fee (Canada & USA: $5 mail | $15 courier express or International: $10 mail | $20 courier express)

For any Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK purchase:
Download-only: $0
Pre-installed portable hard drive shipped: Canada & USA: $15 courier express or International: $25 courier express

The Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition is HUGE, and only fits on a portable hard drive. When ordered, this courier express option is chosen automatically. When you order your Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile edition, you'll still receive the download links for Band-in-a-Box®, and any Add-ons that are NOT the RealTracks that shipped uncompressed on the hard drive.

March 23, 2018

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows® - Installing from an External Hard Drive (Option 2) Tutorial

If you've purchased a Band-in-a-Box® 2018 UltraPAK, there are a few different options for installing the program for you. In this video, we go through the process of installing Band-in-a-Box® using "Option 2" for running Band-in-a-Box® from your computer hard drive, leaving the RealTracks and RealDrums on the USB drive: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=rChQCoa0TQY

For more detailed information, visit http://www.pgmusic.com/techfaq51.htm#163

No matter how you install and use your Band-in-a-Box® hard drive, make sure you're saving your songs (or a copy of them) to your own folder not on the hard drive - that way you'll have a back-up copy if your hard drive isn't available to you!

March 22, 2018

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows® - Installing from an External Hard Drive (Option 1) Tutorial

Have you purchased a Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK, which ships on a portable USB hard drive? Once received, there are a few different options for you: Run Band-in-a-Box® directly from the USB drive only, Install Band-in-a-Box® on your computer hard drive (but leave the RealTracks and RealDrums on the USB hard drive), Install Band-in-a-Box® AND RealTracks on your computer hard drive, or choose a Custom Installation!

In this video, we go through the process of installing Band-in-a-Box using "Option 1" for running Band-in-a-Box® directly from the USB drive: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=IgfnhQPM6F0

For more detailed information, visit http://www.pgmusic.com/techfaq51.htm#163

No matter how you install and use your Band-in-a-Box® hard drive, make sure you're saving your songs (or a copy of them) to your own folder not on the hard drive - that way you'll have a back-up copy if your hard drive isn't available to you!

March 22, 2018

Bach Chorales - Article: “Musical Perfection”: Reflecting on the Contemporary and Timeless Bach Chorales

In his recent article, "Musical Perfection": Reflecting on the Contemporary and Timeless Bach Chorales, Frank Fortunato describes our Bach Chorales software as "a fun, interactive exposure to the Bach chorales, or to introduce the chorales to students in a more interactive way...": http://www.artsandchristianfaith.org/index.php/journal/article/view/47/45

Learn more about Johann Sebastian Bach and listen to choral ensemble sing some of Bach's most enchanting compositions with our multimedia software The Bach Chorales Volume 1 & 2, which includes a detailed history of the life and times of Johann Sebastian Bach and inspiring performances of his famous Chorales! www.pgmusic.com/bachchorales.htm

"...hours of personal entertainment using resources from one of the most timeless collections in the history of music."
-Frank Fortunato, http://www.artsandchristianfaith.org

March 21, 2018

Video - Installing Band-in-a-Box® from the Flash Drive Tutorial

When you order directly from us, there's an option to have your Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK installation files sent to you on a flash drive (instead of DVD).
(this option appears during the check-out process)

We've created this handy tutorial video to walk you through the installation process: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=6JF7fZS0iNQ

March 21, 2018

Guitar Riffs Solo Lesson - YouTube Find (EricBlackmonGuitar)

Check out EricBlackmonGuitar's latest video, QUIK LICKS #14 Guitar Riffs Solo Lesson EricBlackmonGuitar HQ, where he not only teached a great guitar riff, but he also repeats that lick over a Band-in-a-Box backing track... what a great way to show how Band-in-a-Box is ideal for backing tracks!

Video link: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=FXujDKmsKSw

Thank you Eric!

March 20, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - Cleaned-up BB folder!

It's the first day of spring today, which means it's time to start spring cleaning!

We cleaned up the BB folder with our release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018. Over the years, this folder has been growing - there were up to 10,000 files in there! We've fixed this and put the files into various folders. This is done with a cleanup routine. The cleanup normally happens automatically during installation, but you can run it manually by selecting the main menu Help | Utilities | Run Cleanup routine.

The cleanup routine does the following:
-Moves Styles files (.STY/.STX) from C:\bb to C:\bb\Styles.
-Moves Soloists files (.ST2/.XT2) from C:\bb to C:\bb\Soloists.
-Moves various Demo folders to C:\Demos.
-Moves various songs and lessons folders to C:\bb\Songs and Lessons.
-Moves various files essential for running Band-in-a-Box to C:\bb\Data and C:\bb\Data\Lib.
-Moves various preferences files to C:\bb\Preferences.
-Moves tutorial demo songs, program manuals (.pdf), and the help file (.chm) to C:\bb\Documentation.

March 20, 2018

Oliver Gannon Interview - Appointed to the Order of Canada!

Oliver Gannon (Peter Gannon's brother), was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition for "his achievements as a musician" on December 29, 2017!

Oliver recently sat for an interview with CBC's Hot Air host Margaret Gallagher - read a summary and listen to the interview at
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/oliver-gannon-hot-air-1.4571326

'I don't know ... why they chose me. But I'm very glad and I'm not giving it back'
-Oliver Gannon

To be clear, and avoid any confusion, there are two brothers: Peter Gannon is the "Band-in-a-Box" PG Music guy, and Oliver Gannon is the jazz guitarist who just won the Order of Canada.

March 19, 2018

#Monday Motivation - Free Band-in-a-Box® Hard Drive!

Want to snag yourself a free Band-in-a-Box® hard drive? Tell everyone how much you love Band-in-a-Box® with your very own Band-in-a-Box® Testimonial video!

Submit your video, and when we use it on our website (and YouTube page) we will send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box® Hard Drive!

Learn more about how to submit your video testimonial here.

Take a look at the video testimonials we've already received at www.pgmusic.com/videotestimonials.php

March 16, 2018

User Tip - Custom Drum Shots

Have you ever wanted more control of the RealDrums generated within Band-in-a-Box? (example: with the same consecutive shot/hold/push)

Forum user Pipeline shared their steps in an incredibly detailed forum post to our Tips & Tricks forum - check it out: Custom Drum Shots.

March 16, 2018

#FunFactFriday - Team PG!

Did you know... Within Band-in-a-Box®, choose Help | About Band-in-a-Box, and you'll see more than just information on the program - you'll also see a complete list of Team PG - we're currently at 35 team members!

March 15, 2018

#TBT - Automatic Soloing in Band-in-a-Box® 7!

Band-in-a-Box® 7 included some great new features - like Automatic Soloing! This introduced program users to the powerful Soloist capabilities of Band-in-a-Box®, which also includes the Soloist Maker.

Automatic Soloing!
Pick any song or chords in any style, and choose a "soloist." Band-in-a-Box® then creates and plays a professional quality solo in the style of your choice. Previous versions of Band-in-a-Box created great accompaniment. Now you can hear sensational solos as well - showing you exactly what notes are played. Choose from "soloists" in the style similar to great Jazz musicians such as Django Reinhardt, John Coltrane, or Country/Pop soloists and others, or create your own soloists using the "Soloist Maker."

Soloist Maker
This module allows you to define your own soloists. For example, let's say you want to create a soloist in a style similar to the style of "John Coltrane" - the great Jazz saxophonist. The Soloist Maker allows you to define the parameters essential to Coltrane's playing, such as instrument range (i.e. tenor saxophone), extra legato playing, playing more on top of the beat than typical Jazz musicians, and playing straighter 8th notes than usual Swing 8th notes. Also, you can set phrasing options, such as how long the phrase should be and how much "space" to leave between phrases. You can also set how "outside" the playing should be. In the case of a John Coltrane style - you set that to the maximum! Then "turn him loose" and hear the soloist play over any song!

Review all of the features added with Band-in-a-Box® 7: http://www.pgmusic.com/pdfs/bbwin_version_7.pdf

March 13, 2018

#TechTipTuesday - Opening MIDI Tracks in PowerTracks Pro Audio

Open your MIDI file in PowerTracks Pro Audio (or RealBand), and you'll see the instruments separated onto their own track - an excellent way to hear all the instruments individually for that song, and a great way to learn!

There's no trick to it either - just use the File | Open dialog, locate the MIDI file, and click [Open].

Note: Type 0 MIDI files have all channels on one track, and should ask whether you want to separate them. If you accidentally chooses no, hit Edit - MIDI - Extract Channels to Tracks. Typically, Type 1 MIDI files have the instruments automatically separated.

March 13, 2018

Introducing RealPAK 14: Rock-Pop (RealTracks Sets 286-293)

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows we also released 202 NEW RealTracks, including 8 Sets (68 RealTracks) for Rock-Pop!

Learn more about these and listen to demos: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=oNi4pMA9ijc

RealPAK 14: Rock-Pop includes:
RealTracks Set 286: Pop & Rock Guitars with Brent & Joe
RealTracks Set 287: Pop Songwriter - Acoustic Guitar
RealTracks Set 288: Southern Pop Drums with Land Richards
RealTracks Set 289: Fretless Bass, Pop Keys, and Punk Drums
RealTracks Set 290: More Pop Percussion Singles
RealTracks Set 291: Modern Dancehall
RealTracks Set 292: Klezmer!
RealTracks Set 293: A Taste of Europe - France, Italy, and Sweden

Purchasing the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 PlusPAK, UltraPAK, or Audiophile Edition? These new Rock-PopRealTracks are already included!
Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Pro and MegaPAK customers interested in adding these to their collection can purchase RealPAK 14: Rock-Pop for just $79 at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.realtracks.rock.htm

March 12, 2018

Audio Edit Window Enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

With Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, the Audio Edit Window GUI has been updated to include a dedicated settings button and a Marker Mode button. Plus, editing features can now be applied to the entire track (if no specific region is highlighted).

We've also added the following items to the Edit button within the Audio Edit Window:

Paste (Mix) - This will mix the audio from the clipboard with the existing audio instead of overwriting it. You will be given the option to set the percentage of the existing audio to keep and the pasted audio to mix in.
Paste (Insert) - This will insert the audio from the clipboard to the current location, instead of overwriting the existing audio. The audio to the right of the insertion point will be shifted to make room for the new audio.
Delete - This will delete the selected region of audio.
Insert Silence - This will insert silence at the cursor. The duration of the silence inserted will be equal to the duration of the selected region.
Convert Channels - If the audio is stereo, this will convert it to mono. If it’s mono, this will convert it to stereo. You will be given the option to set the percentage of the left and right channels to include.
Harmonize - This will launch the Audio Harmony dialog, which can be used to harmonize the selected region of audio.
Transcribe - This will transcribe the audio to the Melody or Soloist track.
Fix Tuning - This will automatically correct the tuning of the selected region according to the key of your song. For example, in the key of C, if a C# is detected then it will be transposed down to C or up to D depending on which one is closer.

March 12, 2018

YouTube Find - Tools to Improve Your Music Composition

My secret weapon is Band-in-a-Box...
Brian Johnston

Brian explains why we're his secret weapon in this great article: Improving Music Composition Diversity

And he even created the following video: Tools to Improve Your Music Composition
http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=m3dDn-xlJTU

March 09, 2018

Get to Know RealPAK 14: Country (RealTracks Sets 278-285)


With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows we also released 202 NEW RealTracks, including 8 Sets (74 RealTracks) for Country!

Learn more about these and listen to demos: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=-zpa0BBoWYw

RealPAK 14: Country includes:
RealTracks Set 278: Shiny Vocal Oohs & Aahs!
RealTracks Set 279: Americana - Slow Groovin' 12-8 & 16ths
RealTracks Set 280: Americana - Gritty Blues & Rockabilly Swing
RealTracks Set 281: More 12-key Hi-Q-Tab Brent Guitar, 12-key Eddy Pedal Steel, 12-key Mike Piano, and 12-key Byron Bass
RealTracks Set 282: Country Songwriter - Guitar & Keys
RealTracks Set 283: Jelly-Roll Country Hamonica
RealTracks Set 284: "Canadiana" Old Time Guitar, Banjo, and Foot Stompin'
RealTracks Set 285: Celtic Piano & Harp

Purchasing the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 PlusPAK, UltraPAK, or Audiophile Edition? These new Country RealTracks are already included!
Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Pro and MegaPAK customers interested in adding these to their collection can purchase RealPAK 14: Country for just $79 at www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.realtracks.country.htm

March 06, 2018

Artist Performance Set 8: Traditional Songs Sung by Béatrix Méthé

Add eight well known folk songs to your Band-in-a-Box® library with Artist Performance Set 8: Traditional Songs Sung by Béatrix Méthé. Songs include:
"À la claire fontaine" - Traditional French
"Amazing Grace" with an even 8ths feel - Traditional / "Amazing Grace" with a swing 8th feel - Traditional
"Danny Boy" - Traditional Irish
"Down by the Salley Gardens" - Traditional Irish
"Oh My Darling, Clementine" - Traditional American
"Oh Shenandoah" - Traditional American
"Star of the County Down" - Traditional Irish
"The Cherry Tree Carol" - Traditional Christmas Carol

Listen to demos of these songs here.

Artist Performance tracks use the Melody track to showcase Band-in-a-Box® RealTracks demos accompanying a live recording of a top artist performing the melody. These are great for listening or learning-from-the-Pros (since notation/tab shows for the performances)!

Artist Performace Set 8 is included in the 2018 49-PAK, and the Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK or Audiophile Edition (both of which also include the 2018 49-PAK!)

Learn more about Béatrix Méthé: http://www.pgmusic.com/realtracks.artists.php?a=158

March 05, 2018

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - Guitar Window Enhancements

New with Band-in-a-Box® 2018... within the Guitar Window, clicking on the black area to the left of the zero fret notes will delete the notes on just the channel of that string on the current notation time line rather than all notes at that time line.

Clicking on a note will delete the note from the Notation window if the note is currently highlighted. If no notes are highlighted in red, then clicking on a note will first delete any notes on the current notation timeline and channel before inserting a new note.

Learn more about Band-in-a-Box® 2018:

New features list: http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows in less than 6 minutes: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=3Z8BM5_xpbk

March 02, 2018

Audio Harmonies Feature Enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

With Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, you can now harmonize the Audio track with up to 4 voices with the new Audio Harmony dialog!

Choose one of the 4 harmonizing modes:
-The "Chords" mode will harmonize the audio based on the chords in your song. Choose a type of harmony from the "Harmony type" option. Choose either the intelligent mode, which allows you to select the number of voices, or one of the Band-in-a-Box harmony presets.
-The "Melody track" mode will add voices (up to 4 voices) to the audio, based on melodies in the Melody track.
-The "Soloist track" mode will add voices (up to 4 voices) to the audio, based on melodies in the Soloist track.
-The "Fix Tuning" mode will analyze the Audio track and correct out-of-tune notes according to the key of your song.
The Fix Tuning feature analyzes the Audio track and correct out-of-tune notes according to the key of your song. For example, in the key of C, if a C# is detected, then it will be transposed down to C or up to D depending on which one is closer. You can use the Auto-Transcribe feature to transcribe the Audio track to the Melody or Soloist track as MIDI data.

To access this feature, first open an audio file (WAV/WMA/MP3/M4A) or a Band-in-a-Box song file with audio. Then, go to the menu Audio or Harmony, and select Audio Harmonies, Pitch Tracking, Fix Tuning (Audio Edit).

http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm

March 02, 2018

User Album - "Out of the Box" with the Boydstun Brothers!

An entire album made with the help of Band-in-a-Box®? IT CAN BE DONE!

Jeff & Paul Boydstun, of the The Boydstun Brothers Band, have done just that with their latest album, Out of The Box!

Listen to the album at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/boydstunbrothers3 - I couldn't pick just one favorite song, however I really like "Girl from the Rodeo", "You Want Me to Stay", and I found "Stranger Things Have Happened" a surprise on the album, but not in a bad way - you'll see!

Jeff & Paul had submitted their Video Testimonial to us last summer - learn more about them and watch their video at http://www.pgmusic.com/videotestimonials.php?t=36

Have you created an album with the help of Band-in-a-Box®? Tell us about it - post to the forum, or share your release information with marketing@pgmusic.com

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