Band in a Box

 
       
 
Jan 26, 2016, 12:36 PM

Does anyone have any experience of the Band in a Box software? I find it interesting as a possible way to turn melody ideas into decent sounding tracks. I’m particularly intrigued by its use of “real” instruments rather than midi. Some of the reviews I have read are pretty hard on the user interface, but otherwise mostly positive.

One worry I have is that I might buy the PRO version for $129 and then find it is too limited in the styles and other features it offers and have to upgrade to one of the pricier versions.

I think this program has been mentioned in a previous thread but that was several years ago and the 2016 version is probably a lot better than previous ones - at least one would hope so.

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Jan 11, 2018, 03:44 AM

I started using Band In A Box (BIAB) this last year. It has been a god send for creating music. I can play basic guitar and record vocals. I also have other good musicians that I work with but being a country musician in Florida it’s hard to find people who play certain instruments like mandolin, fiddle or pedal steel. I got a free version of BIAB from a friend. It was from 2011 and had no real tracks. I purchased one country real tracks set and was able to produce a great traditional outlaw sounding country album called Scars Of The Heart with it. You can find it here… http://sammycountry.com/audio/

A few weeks ago I upgrade to the newest full version of BIAB and the possibilities seem endless. It truely is a great tool for songwriters and independent musicians. Also the forums on the PG Music website are very helpful and have many musicians who are more than willing to help others however they can.

BTW the Brent Mason real tracks are amazing in the full version.

[ Edited: 11 January 2018 03:48 AM by Samuel Davis Jr]

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Samuel Davis Jr Joined Jan 10, 2018
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Jan 11, 2018, 05:16 PM

Hi Samuel,

I ended up buying the PRO version and then upgrading to the Everything Pak during an end-of-the-year sale during which it was available for a ridiculously low price if you were upgrading from any version from the previous year. The promotion is running now until January 15th. I’m not sure that the same offer is available this year, partly because their website is always so confusing.

Like you, I find BIAB incredibly useful.

 
     
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Jan 11, 2018, 05:55 PM

Yes they had everything discounted greatly when I upgraded in December. I now have everything that they have released at this point including the extra styles packs. I’ve been playing with it a bit but probably still haven’t scratched the surface of what is possible.

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Jan 11, 2018, 06:07 PM

I’m intrigued by the backing vocals tracks they have added. Have you tried them?

Also, the vido tracks are quite a departure. Not sure how I would use them though.

 
     
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Jan 11, 2018, 06:18 PM

I used the backing vocals on one song. They are pretty good. Haven’t tried anything with the video tracks. Dont know if i will. If i do a video for my songs its usually more like a real music video you would see on TV. I need to work on some more of those come to think of it.

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