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PG Music Band-in-a-Box Ultrapak (Mac)   

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Band-in-a-Box UltraPAK (Mac edition) includes Band-in-a-Box 2007.5, Style Sets 0-68, RealDrums 1-10, Soloist Sets 1-20, Melodist Sets 1-8, 12 additio...Read More

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This offers Mac musicians everything for Band-in-the-Box but the kitchen sink.

Band-in-a-Box UltraPAK (Mac edition) includes Band-in-a-Box 2007.5, Style Sets 0-68, RealDrums 1-10, Soloist Sets 1-20, Melodist Sets 1-8, 12 additional add-ons, and the Video Tutorial PAK for the most comprehensive MIDI music-making experience of this popular PG Music title.

Band-in-a-Box Version 2007.5

Whether you're a working musician wanting a simplified way to flesh out new ideas, or an aspiring songwriter who wants an affordable way to create songs but can't afford the thousands of dollars worth of gear to record music the traditional way, Band-in-a-Box for Mac computers is an affordable, fun-to-use MIDI music software solution. This award-winning series turns your computer into a ready-to-go back-up band. You choose the length of songs, the chords you want to use, placing them where you want, and then you can add your melodies, or choose ready-to-go, intuitive accompaniments from the plethora of styles found in the included Soloist, Melodist, and RealDrums Sets.

One of the bigger updates in the 2007.5 version is a major overhaul to RealDrums, which replaces the MIDI drum track with actual recordings of quality studio Jazz/Rock/Country drummers. More than samples, they are full recordings from 1 to 8 bars which perfectly sync with other Band-in-a-Box tracks, giving your song ideas a more realistic feel. They will instinctively adjust to changes in tempo/volume and you can even add third party WAV files or create styles that control fills/post-fills/pattern lengths/substyles, etc.

Other enhanced features to the Band-in-a-Box software include MP3/WVA/WMA generation; Audio Chord Wizard which can analyze an audio file and figure out the chords for you; "Reharmonist", which generates chord progressions in the genre you choose for all or part of a song; auto-memo generation; a melody influenced soloist that allows you to choose how much the melody will influence the pitch, rhythm, note density and more of the solo; and a Soundtrack Generator for producing original music that you can tweak to fit any style of film or video. You also get support for TranzPort a wireless remote control that works up to 30 feet away so you can work on a piano while cueing up your "virtual bandmates". Improvements have been made to the notation, audio dialog, practice, and chord functions, as well as better DXi features. There's loads of fun to be discovered with this product.

Style, Soloist, Melodist Sets

For those unfamiliar with the Band-in-the-Box music software, the Style, Soloist and Melodist Sets are add-on collections of pre-made sample material that can be used to generate accompaniment to your song. They cover just about every genre of music giving you even more inspiration. Say you choose a Pop style, the Soloist and Melodist features will create solos and melodies that are appropriate to that type of song for you to work with. Composing music is as easy as a push of a button.

Inside the Video Tutorial PAK

Oliver Gannon's Songwriting with Band-in-a-Box
Oliver Gannon's Secrets of the Stylemaker
The Simplifying Chord Progressions tutorial
A New Features Video outlining the newest features of the latest release
The Soloist & Melodist Tutorials for the power users
and the popular Practicing with Band-in-a-Box, great video instruction for effectively using Band-in-a-Box for soloist, improvisation, and comping skills.

FEATURES
Includes:
  • Band-in-a-Box 2007.5,
  • Style Sets 0-68
  • RealDrums Sets 1-10
  • Soloist Sets 1-20
  • Melodist Sets 1-8
  • Video Tutorial PAK
  • 101 Essential Phrases & Riffs
  • 50 Country Guitar Solos
  • 200 Folk Songs
  • 50 Novelty Piano Riffs
  • Classical MIDI FakeBooks 1-3
  • Bluegrass MIDI-Fakebook
  • CopyMe
  • Duets
  • Master Swingin' Jazz Piano Solos
  • Master Blues Piano Solos
  • Master Jazz Guitar Solos Vol. 1-4
  • Master Flatpick Guitar Solos
Features
  • Fully integrated RealDrums replaces the MIDI Drum track with tons of real recordings of top studio Jazz/Rock/Country drummers, lasting from 1 to 8 bars, that play in perfect sync with the other Band-in-a-Box tracks
  • Change tempos or volumes during playback, using the same tempo/volume controls as MIDI
  • PG Audio Wizard automatically figures out the chords, tempo, bar lines, and key from any MP3, WAV, or WMA (Windows Media) audio file and displays them, and can even stretch the file to different tempos while preserving pitch
  • Audio Piano Roll displays notes from imported files so you can hear the original MP3 playing in sync with the bar lines in Band-in-a-Box and add your own parts to it, (i.e. Strings, RealDrums)
  • Soundtrack Generator lets you create style, depth, length, and instruments used to create original soundtrack music
  • Generate chords for a melody, or an improved chord progression for a melody, with the new "Reharmonist" feature
  • New "Melody Influenced" Soloist lets you choose a strength (%) setting allows to control how much the solo will be influenced by the melody or choose melody influence (%) and one of several presets to control the type of influence (pitches/rhythms/note density, etc.)
  • TranzPort Wireless Remote Control support
  • Audio Settings dialog makes it easy to mute, solo, or change the volume of the audio track
  • Punch-in audio recording
  • Hear existing audio parts when overdubbing
  • New Audio-Offset feature allows you to synchronize any point of an imported audio file with bar 1 of the Band-in-a-Box song
  • Audio settings dialog accessible from the MIDI Drivers dialog or Audio menu
  • Batch-convert a folder of songs to Audio files (MP3, WAV, or WMA)
  • Chord "Breaks" feature for practicing tempo control
  • The Keyboard "QWERTY" Wizard now works with MIDI keyboard input
  • Automatic Memo-Generation
  • New "Practicing Window" allows "1-click" access to Ear Training dialog, games (Pitch Invasion etc.), Metronome, CopyMe, Sight Reading, 101 Riffs series, and more
  • Expanded "Trade 4's" feature lets you do "Trade 2's" or "Trade 8's."
  • Soloists can be filtered by Genre to show only melodists in that genre or filtered to show/not show soloists from sets you don't have
  • QWERTY Input is now compatible with international keyboards
  • Large text block can now be appended to the Lead Sheet window and printout
  • Fakesheets can now optionally include 2-bar song ending
  • Auto Piano Hand-Splitting with left/right hands displayed in red/blue on the piano and on bass/treble clefs on notation, and even provides a display and printout on imported piano MIDI files
  • Notation enhancements including smoother summary information, lyric entry, guitar chord diagrams, Event List Editor filter and Hot Key support
  • Several DXi features have been enhanced
  • Panic button feature enhanced to reset a "hung" DXi/VSTi driver
  • Simplified Latency selection
  • Better ASIO4All support
  • Patch list (.PAT) now provided for the Roland VSC DXi synth, and the list of available synth DK/PAT files is enhanced to support newer sound cards
  • MIDI Latency Calibration
  • Function to auto-determine correct keys of a song using only the melody
  • Yellow "Fly-By Help Hints" expanded throughout
  • Enhanced Chord Entry and Editing
  • A "Fold" routine converts a song with a single large chorus to multiple smaller choruses, with optional tag ending
  • Search/Replace Chords feature added
  • Chord deletion over a range of bars can be done by selecting the range and pressing DELETE, with no confirmation dialog is required
  • Stylemaker displays current patch numbers for the parts on the main window.
  • Melodists can be filtered by Genre to show only melodists in that genre or filtered to show/not show melodists from sets you don't have
  • Direct Render to MP3 button: Renders Band-in-a-Box song to MP3 in a single step, using your Roland VSC DXi (or other DXi/VSTi synth)
  • Feature on program boot-up detects and prevents conflicts with the THRU channel and other Band-in-a-Box instruments
  • Convenient buttons for setting "no-harmony" in harmony dialogs, loading "song demo" on Style menu and more
  • Jukebox option stops Jukebox when set is completed
  • StylePicker auto-rebuilds when new styles have been added
SPECIFICATIONS

Band-in-a-Box Ultrapak (Mac)

  • Memory (RAM): Minimum 128MB
  • Hard Disk space: 300MB minimum for MegaPAK (3GB including RealDrums)
  • PC Sound Card or MIDI module
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