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PG Music Band-In-A-Box 2007 for Mac Version 12

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Band-in-a-Box is an intelligent automatic accompaniment program for your multimedia computer. You can hear and play along to many song ideas and go f...Click To Read More About This Product

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Turn your computer into your backup band!

Band-in-a-Box is an intelligent automatic accompaniment program for your multimedia computer. You can hear and play along to many song ideas and go from jamming to polishing your song ideas in a very short period of time with Band-in-a-Box as your on demand backup band. The award-winning Band-in-a-Box is so easy to use! Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7 or C13b9), choose the style you'd like, and Band-in-a-Box does the rest. Band-in-a-Box automatically generates a complete professional quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar and strings in a wide variety of popular styles. (Jazz, Pop, Country, Classical and more.)

Band-in-a-Box version 12 is fully Mac OS X carbonized. It has a huge number of improved Styles, Soloist, Harmonies, and Song Demos, making your Band-in-a-Box software sound better than ever! Program operations are much faster, including up to 3 times faster notation redraws, song, and soloing generation. Playback timing is improved and rock-solid with Mac OS X. You can export your Band-in-a-Box files and import them into Apple's GarageBand program for further processing. And we include a great QuickTime video tutorial, showing you all the newest features in version 12!

The styles have been greatly enhanced - we've edited the existing styles, and made many more styles using the newest features. This automatically makes your existing songs sound better! New Soloists, Melodists and Harmonies are now included, making this the best-sounding Band-in-a-Box ever!

The user interface has been enhanced with improved menus, and other enhancements, giving Band-in-a-Box a much better look in the OS X environment. Improved OS X 128X128 "high resolution" program and file icons are also included with this upgrade to enhance the user experience. Timing has been improved to microsecond accuracy for tighter playback.

MIDI support for Band-in-a-Box 12 for Macintosh now includes CoreMIDI (for support of external MIDI devices) as well as improved support for QuickTime Music synthesizers, making it work and sound much better in OS X. Additional MIDI driver enhancements allow users with controller keyboards such as the M-Audio Oxygen 8, or the Roland PCR-1 to play thru the QuickTime Music synthesizer from their MIDI keyboard.

Other enhanced features include: odd-time signature support (7/8, 11/8 etc.), maximum number of Soloists increased from 256 to 1024, count-in types now include choice of drum pattern or regular count-in, addition of "low root harmony" setting to Harmony Edit dialogue, "Strauss-in-a-Box" to automatically transform any 4/4 song to a Waltz 3/4 feel, "De-Strauss" to transform any song with a 3/4 time signature to a 4/4 feel, StylePicker Dialog enhancements, bass player plays better "5ths" over some Jazz chords, support for audio and video memos for songs, options to set the note density in the Soloist and much more.

New Features in Band-in-a-Box Version 12 for Macintosh...

All New 32-bit PPC Program Engine

Previous versions of Band-in-a-Box were 68K code, which required translation by the processor to operate on newer Macs. The new program is rebuilt with a 32-bit-clean carbonized PPC engine, so that it runs natively in OS X. Program operations are much faster, including up to 3 times faster notation redraws, song and soloing generation. Playback timing is improved and rock-solid with Mac OS X.

Odd-Time Signature Support

Previous versions of Band-in-a-Box supported only X/4 time signatures, but now we've added support for odd-time signatures like 9/8, 11/8, 13/16, 19/16, etc. The count-in and the style plays in the odd-time signature feel, and you can change time signatures during the song. (Note: The notation window still displays/edits these odd-time signatures in 4/4, but the styles all play/sound correctly.)

Maximum Number of Soloists increased to 1,024 (from 256), and new Soloists added

The previous limit of soloists was 256, and we had already defined 253 of them! We've now increased this limit to 1,024, and have added new soloists.
"Count-in" can be Drum Patterns instead of "1-2-1234." There is a new option in Preferences to select count-in type. You can specify to have Band-in-a-Box play 2 bars of a drum pattern instead of the count-in. You may prefer hearing the drum beat to a simple count-in, since it provides more information about the upcoming groove. If you're playing with Band-in-a-Box live on a "dance floor," this setting is a great way to avoid "dead air" between songs, and keep the drumbeat going. Includes options to have "a" or "b" drum fills or patterns play for the 2 bars.

Harmony - Low Root Feature

The Harmony Edit dialog now has settings for "low root harmony" which adds a voice that plays the root of the chord. This is useful for a cappella or baritone sax harmonies, where the lowest voice is playing the bass roots. You can set the low-high range. The root played will always be at least one octave from the melody note (assuming it can still be inside the set low/high range). We include many harmonies that are preset to use this low root harmony feature.

Transform 4/4 Melody to a Waltz 3/4 ("Strauss-in-a-Box")
You can now automatically transform any 4/4 song/melody to a Waltz 3/4 feel. Simply load in any 4/4 song and change the style to a Waltz style. The program will offer to transform the melody so that it works as a Waltz (or choose the added menu item Melody-Edit-Utilities-Transform to 3/4). This function is referred to as "Strauss" in honor of Johann Strauss, the famous Waltz composer. It's fun and educational to hear and play familiar songs in a Waltz feel. Band-in-a-Box uses intelligent algorithms to transform the melody to the new time signature.

Transform "Waltz" Melody to 4/4 ("De-Strauss" the Melody). If you have a song with a 3/4 time signature, you can now instantly hear it as a 4/4 feel. Simply load the Waltz song and then change the style to a 4/4 style. Band-in-a-Box will prompt you to transform the melody to a 4/4 feel and will then change the melody. There's also a dedicated menu item for this, Melody-Edit-Utilities-Transform to 4/4. Band in a Box uses intelligent algorithms to transform the melody to the new time signature. (Note: If loading from the StylePicker window, you need to have "Prompt w/preview" selected for the prompt option to appear.)

Bass player plays better "5ths" over some Jazz chords

Band-in-a-Box's bass player was playing some natural 5ths over some chords like C7 altered or others. Now, after a discussion with some bass players, we've improved Band-in-a-Box music software so that the bass part plays the #5 or b5 correctly on these Jazz chords.

Load Previous Style, Load Next Style

This function, (analogous to the Load Next Song function) loads in the previous (or next) style in alphabetical order of the file name.

"Chase Volumes" added for playback
For files that include volume change events (Controller 7). Band-in-a-Box will locate the most recent volume control information that is prior to the current location in the song. Band-in-a-Box software will then send this volume control information at the start of playback.

Count-in Option
Count-in Option to hear the drum count-in even if the drums are muted or disabled. This feature is great for drummers who play along with Band in a Box and mute the drum track.

StylePicker Enhancements
There is a new filter to display only the styles of a certain styles set number, as well as displaying the full descriptive name of the styles set. The limit of number of styles has been increased (to 4,800) to accommodate the large number of third party styles developed for Band-in-a-Box music composition software. The window size has been increased, providing more space for the category descriptions. A new "Show All" button removes any filter set.

Mono/Stereo menu options are available to easily switch all parts to mono or stereo. Also, if your current settings are mono, the program will offer to convert to stereo when you exit the MIDI Driver selection dialog.

Video and Audio Memo support

You can add an audio (MP3) or video (QuickTime) memo to your Band-in-a-Box song. These are prepared outside of the program, but can be associated with the song by using a similar filename to the song. Several of PG Music's new "101 series" include these audio and video memos. For example, there are video guitar memos that demonstrate "advanced Jazz guitar comping" showing video examples corresponding to the MIDI guitar examples in the Band-in-a-Box song.

Soloist "Note-Density" option
Now you can control the maximum number of notes per quarter note that the soloist will use. For example, you can set a "Rock Guitar" Soloist to use nothing shorter than 16th notes. This will produce less "guitar hero" solos with bursts of 32nd notes, etc. Or you could create a jazz solo that uses only quarter notes or longer to help with your sight-reading or student study. We've already modified many of the soloists using this new setting, so your solos will already sound better without you having to change this setting.

Dedicated menu items
added on GM Menu for "Turn Local On", "Turn Local Off" and "When program quits, turn local on".

...and many more!

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Version 12 of Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh is built for OS X. NOTE: This version is OS X-ONLY. It will not run in Mac Classic Mode (OS 9.x and earlier).
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