Band In a Box

What is Band in a Box?

Band-in-a-Box is a music arranger software package for Windows and MAC OS.

The software allows a solo musician to play along to a computer-generated accompaniment with adjustable tempo, adjustable key, and a choice of musical styles. Original accompaniment with custom chord progressions and melody lines can also be created. Band-in-a-Box basically provides a ‘back-up band’ for a musician to play along with. It can also be used to simulate an entire band with or without soloists.

Band-in-a-Box (BIAB) can create a background for almost any chord progression used in Western popular music. It can then play that song back using the user’s choice of one of thousands of different background styles. In addition to playing back the users’ songs with built-in, additional, or aftermarket styles, users can edit these or create their own styles from scratch or from existing MIDI files. In BIAB, styles refer to musical styles encapsulated in style files (*.STY). There are thousands of styles included with most BIAB installations. Styles can be MIDI only, a combination of MIDI and RealTracks/RealDrums or RealTrack/RealDrums only (called RealStyles). Users can create their own styles in Band-in-a-Box. The simplest method is to create a hybrid style. Another method is to import a style from a MIDI file, Finally, a user can create a style using the StyleMaker. Band-in-a-Box MultiStyles are styles that can have up to 24 substyles; original Band-in-a-Box styles had two substyles, “a” and “b.” These might be used for (a) chorus, and (b) bridge, for example. BIAB also works with programs like Finale, Sibelius and other similar packages.

Users can play the songs back and vary the key and/or the song’s speed independently or change the number of times any section of the song repeats. The program has a Melodist and Soloist feature, allowing users to choose instruments and specify other details regarding the Melodist or Soloist; Band-in-a-Box will then create these tracks based on the users selections. The Melodist and Soloist tracks can be edited note by note in the Notation window. Leadsheets can be printed for each track for a live band to play, or for learning the parts individually for practice.

Songs can be exported as either a MIDI or audio fileto a sequencer such as Mixcraft 8 for further editing or combining with other MIDI or audio tracks that have been created by the user

Songs created in Band-in-a-Box can be burned to a CD or put on to an MP3 player to share with others when saved as audio files.

New in 2021

There are over 80 new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2021! We’ve added 16 new editable Utility tracks, which can be used for audio and/or MIDI. The Mixer has been improved with many customizable display options including the embedded window, track selection to display, automatic show/hide during playback, and more. The Mute and Solo states are now saved/loaded with songs. You can now view audio on any track, not just the Audio track, and copy regions of audio to Utility tracks. Plugin control has been improved, with a direct access from the Mixer, the ability to send each MIDI track to output to another track, multiple plugins GUI windows display, and more. Audio harmonies can be generated onto individual tracks, so you can use control volume, panning, reverb, effects for each voice. Auto-Fix “sour” notes – out-of-tune notes in RealTracks will be auto corrected to match chord tones. 24-bit audio playback, recording, mixing, and rendering is now supported. The Hi-Q tempo stretching setting for élastique will be used when rendering. The Chord Sheet has been improved with new zoom buttons and time signature display on the part marker. Chords can be copied as a simple text format and then be pasted into another song or a text. 8,000 more titles have been added to the Song Titles Browser. Now, all RealDrums have RealCharts (with accurate Drum Notation and MIDI to trigger drum sounds). There are many notation enhancements, including 2/2 cut time and 2/4 display, the time signature button with a better menu, and a new visual transpose button. And more!

What are the options?

Band in a Box is available in several options: Pro, MegaPAK, UltraPAK, UltraPAK+ and Audiophile Edition.  The software in each option is the same; the difference is the number of MIDI styles, Real Tracks, RealDrums and other features.  If you are unsure whch option is most suitable for you, please call us on 0161 456 7597 and we will point you in the right direction.

If you are unsure which version will be best for you, please call or email for advice as the software cannot be returned once a license code has been issued.

Please note that you must choose either Windows PC or MAC OS

Note regarding pricing on the PG Music site.  PG Music prices are shown excluding VAT which will be added when you check out.

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