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Automatically generate complete arrangements with recordings of professional musicians.

PG Music 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 “nothing” to “something” in a very short period of time with Band-in-a-Box as your “on demand” backup band.

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, automatically generating a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings or horns in a wide variety of popular styles plus optional live audio tracks with RealDrums and RealTracks.

And that’s not all
Band-in-a-Box is a powerful and creative music composition tool for exploring and developing musical ideas with near-instantaneous feedback. Over the years many features have been added to Band-in-a-Box – Notation and Lyrics, Piano Roll, 16-channel MIDI Multitracks, Harmonization, the StyleMaker and StylePicker, a live performance Conductor window, Medley Maker, and 24 –substyle Multistyles. The Soloist and the Melodist are popular “intelligent” features that generate professional solos or even create whole new songs from scratch. RealDrums adds the human element of a live drummer while RealTracks add even more live session musicians, bringing the entire Band-in-a-Box arrangement to life. The Audio Chord Wizard has the amazing ability to analyze, extract, and show the chords from audio recordings on-screen and then write them to the Band-in-a-Box chord sheet.

The inclusion of digital audio features makes Band-in-a-Box the perfect tool for creating, playing, and recording your music with MIDI, vocals, and acoustic instruments. Band-in-a-Box for Windows can also record an acoustic instrument or voice to add to the composition, with processing through its own DirectX audio effects. Its built-in TC Helicon audio harmonies will turn your audio track into multiple harmony parts or adjust its pitch, with vibrato and scooping effects for realistic vocal styles and up to sixteen choral parts.

You can print out your finished creation with lyrics, chords, repeats and endings, DC markings and codas, or save it as a graphics file for web publication or to e-mail to a friend. And when you're ready to let others hear your composition, you can burn it directly to an audio CD. Or save your composition as a Windows Media File (or in any other compressed formats you have) for a file that’s “Internet ready.”

Plus, add REAL accompaniment to your song with RealTracks and RealDrums. These are actual recordings of top studio musicians that replace the MIDI track with audio instruments. They sound like real musicians, because they are recordings of real musicians.

New features in Band-in-a-Box 2011 for Windows:
PG Music has made big improvements to the sounds of the RealTracks, so that they sound more natural over a much wider range of tempos with the élastique Pro V2 time stretching engine by zplane.development. These improvements are built-in, so there′s nothing you need to do to get them working. Your existing songs will just "sound better" over a much wider range of tempos. Please watch the demo videos for audio examples of the improvements.

The size of the RealTracks much smaller so that they now only take up 30% of the space that they used to. After you install the program, you can run the feature in the RealTracks Settings dialog (Preferences), which will shrink the size of your RealTracks folders. The previous Band-in-a-Box 2010.5 "Everything Pak" had 100GB of RealTracks; this now shrinks to 30GB. The Audiophile version also shrinks by 70%, so that it is only 30% of the previous size. And the audio fidelity is improved, since it sounds better over a much wider range of tempos with the élastique Pro V2 time stretching engine!

PG Music has made an iPhone version of Band-in-a-Box, available from the Apple App Store. The Band-in-a-Box iPhone version works by connecting to your Windows desktop version of Band-in-a-Box 2011 and allows you to generate, play, and save songs on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. And your iPhone generated songs have the same high quality RealTracks sound.
If you have a copy of Band-in-a-Box 2011 for Windows, then with the Band-in-a-Box iPhone version you can:

Quickly transfer your existing library of songs from BB Desktop to BB iPhone, including chordsheets and audio (M4A). See the chordsheets and play the songs anytime on your iPhone, without re-connecting to the Band-in-a-Box desktop.
Enter songs from scratch on your BB iPhone by typing in chord symbols to the song.

Generate audio on your BB iPhone for the songs by pressing play. The songs play on the iPhone and are stored on the iPhone as M4A files. This connects across your home network (LAN) or the Internet (from anywhere) to your desktop version of Band-in-a-Box.

Send songs from BB iPhone to BB Desktop.

The iPhone version communicates with Band-in-a-Box for Windows using a utility program called Band-in-a-Box Server
(c:\bb\bbhelper\BandinaBoxServer.exe). This program runs in the system tray (lower right of Windows taskbar).

The iPhone version will see the "BB2Go" folder (c:\bb\BB2Go). Any Band-in-a-Box songs that you put in this folder are visible to the BB iPhone. You can send files back and forth from BB iPhone to Band-in-a-Box for Windows, and the files go to the BB2Go folder.

You can add audio to the Band-in-a-Box files in the BB2Go folder from the Band-in-a-Box Windows menu with the BB2Go command, and select the files that you want to have MP4/M4A audio added. You can also generate the audio from the iPhone version.

Note: These features require QuickTime for Windows to be installed.

Important: You need to also have a copy of Band-in-a-Box 2011 (or higher) for Windows to use this app fully! Band-in-a-Box for iPhone (BB iPhone) is an app for iOS devices including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The BB iPhone version is meant to function as a client to the regular Band-in-a-Box desktop version. If you don't own a copy of the Band-in-a-Box Desktop software, the usefulness of the BB iPhone version will be quite limited.

PG Music has added a huge number of new RealTracks (101), with great new Jazz, Pop, and Country Styles.

33 New Jazz RealTracks including:

Jazz Swing Piano comping and soloing with NY Jazz great Mike LeDonne
Vibes Swing/Bossa comping and soloing with Steve Nelson
Gypsy Jazz: John Jorgenson (guitar), Gonzalo Bergara (guitar), Tim Kliphuis (violin), Simon Planting (bass), and Rick Reed (drums)
Smooth Jazz Piano Soloing from Jeff Lorber
Smooth Jazz Guitar with Dwight Sills
Swing Jazz Guitar with Oliver Gannon


... and existing Jazz RealTracks have been enhanced with more natural phrasing (more pushes), better playing over non-Jazz chords (triads), RealCharts notation for some Acoustic Bass parts, and options for "simpler" playing in some RealTracks.

35 New Pop/Rock/Folk RealTracks including:

Celtic (Irish) Jigs and Reels: Guitar, Piano, Bass, Bodhran (percussion)
Reggae: Guitar, Organ, Bass, Drums
Calypso: Guitars (2), Accordion, Bass, Drums
Pop Waltz, Hard Rock Waltz, and more
Brent Mason Pop/Rock Guitar Soloing (3 styles)


33 New Country RealTracks including:

Praise and Worship: Styles: "Shining" and "Uplifting" - 14 RealTracks (Piano, Synth, Bass, Guitar, Drums)
Brent Mason Pop/Rock Guitar Soloing (4 styles)
Tex Mex Styles: "2-beat" and "Country" (Accordion, Bass, Guitar, Drums)

Existing Jazz RealTracks are enhanced

Phrasing is improved, with more pushes to sound more natural
Playing over non-Jazz chords (triads) is improved

RealCharts notation, bass tab, and on-screen bass fretboard now displays for some of the Jazz Swing Acoustic Bass RealTracks
Some styles have better playing over m6 and 6th chords (e.g. the new Gypsy Jazz styles)
Some RealTracks have a "simpler" variation with less complex playing (e.g. Acoustic Bass Jazz Swing)

Change of RealTracks Styles at any Bar—With previous versions of Band-in-a-Box, you were limited to one RealTracks style per song. Now you can change styles with RealTracks at any bar. Just select the style in the Edit | Edit Settings for Current Bar dialog. For example, switch from Jazz Swing to Bossa style at any bar.

MultiStyles (with up to 16 sub-styles) can now be made with RealTracks.

Change of individual RealTracks instrument can be added to any track at any bar. You can insert a specific RealTracks instrument at any bar to create a customized performance.

Soloist "Medleys," where the RealTracks is made to switch instruments every "N" bars or every chorus. For example, you can add a Bluegrass Medley Soloist that switches between solos from Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, and Fiddle every 4 bars. Or a Jazz Medley Soloist that switches between Alto Sax, Trumpet, Piano, and Guitar solos every chorus. Or insert "Silence" as one of the instruments, which allows you to play your own instrument. Use the pre-existing Soloist Medleys that we make by simply choosing a RealTracks, or create a custom one yourself on any track.

Multiple RealTracks at the same time on the same track—You can add up to 10 RealTracks to play simultaneously on the same track. This is useful if you want to generate a lot of RealTracks, the theoretical limit would be 7 tracks x 10 per track = 70 RealTracks instruments playing at the same time.

Re-Generate part of a Soloist track, without erasing the existing part—This allows you to customize your Soloist track by regenerating parts of the solo with the same or different RealTracks. For example, generate a 4-bar clarinet solo at bar 9. Then generate an 8-bar flute solo at bar 49. The file plays back with both solos intact.

Options to auto-replace MIDI styles with RealTracks styles—If you have made a lot of songs using older MIDI styles, and would prefer that they play with RealTracks, you can now do this easily by selecting the menu option Styles | Auto Replace MIDI styles with RealTracks. Then, if you have the needed RealTracks installed, your MIDI style will be intelligently replaced with a RealTracks style. There is also a manual option to do this on as-needed basis, disable the feature for a certain song, or to reverse it if you prefer the MIDI style.
"Triple-Time" RealTracks have been added—these allow you to use fast waltz RealTracks as slow 4/4 RealTracks (with a 12/8 feel). We have made some new 12/8 RealStyles that use this feature.

RealTracks can be made as Half-Time/Double-Time/Triple-Time, so it is easier to select them, and they show up in the RealTracks Picker with tempos indicating when they can be used. For example, Alto Sax, tempo 140 will also show up in the RealTracks picker as Alto Sax, tempo 70 [Double-Time] so you can easily choose it.

Any RealTracks can be made as a "Bluesy" RealTracks by selecting this checkbox in the RealTracks Picker. "Bluesy" RealTracks will play more using blues scales (e.g. Bb note on a C chord).

RealTracks sound more "musical" when stretched to extreme tempos. In addition to the major audio improvements when tempo is stretched by élastique Pro V2, the RealTracks soloists sound more musical when stretched to extreme tempos. This is because musicians tend to play more ahead/behind the beat at slower/faster tempos. This is a done automatically.

New "Practicing" Feature: Change tempo of all loaded songs by X. When this is set, song tempo will be increased (or decreased) by the specified amount, allowing you to "bump up" all of your tempos easily when practicing lots of songs, or in a jukebox mode.

Option to change all songs in a folder to your Default Mix. This would insure that all of your songs have the same mix of Volume, Reverb, and Pan settings.

MP4 and M4A files are now supported—MP4 and M4A files are the popular high-quality format used by Apple in iTunes. These MP4/M4A features require QuickTime for Windows.

You can open MP4/M4A files in Band-in-a-Box using File | Open
You can save (render) files as MP4/M4A using Drag-and-drop (DAW) from the Combo button to the Windows desktop (or to the Drop button at the top left of the Band-in-a-Box main screen)
You can also save from the SoundTrack window, or the Render to Audio dialog (.WAV button)

Scales Wizard added—When students are practicing Jazz tunes, it is helpful to see the scales that are used for each chord. The Scale Wizard allows you to easily generate these scales, which appear as notation on the Soloist track. Options include Instrument Range, Patch Selection, Jazzy Mode (will use Lydian dominant scales for some 7th chords), and Diatonic Mode (keeps scales relative to the song key). Menu items on the Soloist menu allow you to generate scales for a certain song, or generate them for all loaded songs. View the scales in the notation or the on-screen guitar and piano.

StylePicker Enhancements
New StylePicker Filters show you only the styles that match your search terms.
These help you to select the style that you want, by allowing you to specify:
Even/Swing feel
8ths/16ths
tempo range
number of instruments
specific instruments (e.g. styles with "Banjo")
specific RealTracks Artists
RealDrums Artists
Real styles or MIDI styles


For example, if you are searching for a Jazz Ballad style that is all RealTracks, has bass, drums, and guitar, works for a tempo of 60, with Swing 8ths you can set this filter and then only see styles that match these criteria, instead of a list of thousands of styles.

New StylePicker Columns added

number of instruments in style, e.g. 4
Whether any required RealTracks, RealDrums are not installed, e.g. NA
Whether a RealTracks substitute for a MIDI style is available, e.g. sub


The StylePicker display is wider on bigger monitors.

Auto-Generated style memo added for each style. This lists names of all instruments, # of instruments, RealTracks/RealDrums used, whether any required RealTracks or RealDrums are missing, and more.

Example Memo:
BOSAMDF.STY. Bossa Med slow FreeComp Gt (110RS)
All RealTracks. Trio.
RD: BossaTerryClarke^1-Brushes , Terry Clarke
RT921: Bass, Acoustic, Bossa Ev 110, Neil Swainson
RT923: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BossaFreeComp Ev 110, Oliver Gannon

Other New Features include:
Easier Entry of Guitar Notation on Notation Window—if you hold down the number keys 1-6 as you click on a note, then the note will get inserted on MIDI channels 11 to 16, which are the guitar strings from high E to low E. If you also hold down the Q key, the note gets inserted as a bend. You can also click on notes on the guitar to insert guitar notation when in Editable Notation mode.

RealCharts Notation and the Guitar fretboard are improved for some guitar styles (e.g. Brent Mason). Now you can see bends in blue on the guitar fretboard.

RealDrums pushes are quieter, and RealDrums pushes and shots velocities are now adjustable in the RealDrums Settings dialog.

You can now get a list printed out of current contents of the RealTracks Picker dialog. Hold the Shift key and press the [Update] button.

Playing from a certain bar in a certain chorus is faster, as the right-click menu now shows the chorus options without a submenu.

The Select Soloist dialog has a [Show All] button that removes any filters.

The Soloist Editor dialog now allows editing of many RealTracks parameters.

On the first run of Band-in-a-Box, the program will auto-hook up to Coyote Wavetable, without requiring the user to visit the MIDI Drivers dialog.

Audio-related "BT0" files are no longer generated (which was a time consuming procedure when using the audio track, or Audio Chord Wizard). Now "BT1" files get generated, which are generated very quickly.

Render options for individual wave files. Instead of always making stereo files, there is an option to match the stereo/mono type of the original RealTracks file.

. . . and more.


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Band in a Box

By James Lowry

from Washington

I am totally satisfied with this product and have previewed the other software upgrades on-line. I definitely will be ordering the other add-on packages. Do yourself a favor and order the whole she-bang off the bat. It's well worth it.
Even with the basic software, you can make all sorts of music. Beats, change it up with all the instrument sounds available. Literally up and making music in 5 minutes.
Some of the sounds and styles are better than others. The real sounds are much better.
To be able to make backing tracks and do a one man show is awesome. This really makes you a much better and more versitle musician.

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from NW Ohio

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Many years ago I purchased an old version (circa 1994) of Band In A Box. I wanted to do some midi recording and song creation. At first the old learning curve got me and I was only able to achieve some basic song structures and I let BIB do a lot of the structuring. After a few short weeks of play around I found it easy to divide measures, change styles and even add my own playing. After getting it al down close I could export the song as a midi file and open it in their supplied Power Tracks Pro midi multi-trac mixer and add anything I wanted in real time. WOW!Over the yers I got busy with other music stuff and I am now going to upgrade to the latest 2011 pak. Although I haven't ordered it yet, I am more then confident it will be everything I enjoyed and more. If you desire working out originals and even printing out sheet music this does it easier and better than anything on the market.

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