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Band-in-a-Box Tutorial

BIAB 2014 for Mac Explained

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The Basics

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    Tutorial 1



    Learn abut the various components BIAB uses to generate accompaniments in various musical styles.

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    Tutorial 2

    MIDI Setup


    BIAB sends MIDI output to either the computer's built in synthesizer, or to physical or virtual MIDI devices outside the program. Learn where to set the destination ports, channels, and playback parameters for each of the BIAB instruments.

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    Tutorial 3

    Main Screen Overview


    See how the six main sections of the Man Screen are used to to set and control various BIAB parameters and sounds.

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    Tutorial 4

    Loading & Playing Songs


    Explore the various ways of loading in songs and controlling playback with both the mouse and keyboard shortcuts.

Creating Songs

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    Tutorial 5

    Starting a New Song


    See how to clear the chordsheet, name the new song, set the key signature and tempo, and how to set up key signature or tempo changes at specific bars.

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    Tutorial 6

    Framing the Song


    Learn how to designate a desired number of bars as an introduction, and then set which part of the song BIAB will repeat, and how many times it will repeat it.

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    Tutorial 7

    Entering & Displaying Chords


    Learn how to type in chords using various short cuts, and how to control the background color and display of chords in the chord sheet.

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    Tutorial 8

    Alternate Chord Entry


    Discover four other methods to get chords into BIAB. Using a MIDI controller, using the ChordBuilder window, using the MIDI Chord Wizard, and finally with the Audio Chord Wizard.

Creating Arrangements

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    Tutorial 9

    Rests, Shots & Holds


    Learn how to type instructions in the Chordsheet to have either all or some of instruments rest, or play shots, or hold chords, at any position in the song.

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    Tutorial 10



    Learn now to type instructions in the Chordsheet to create anticipations and have chords play either and eighth note or sixteenth note in advance of their indicated position.

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    Tutorial 11

    Chord Settings Dialog


    See how this dialog box is used for alternate entry or editing of pushes, rests, shots, and holds.

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    Tutorial 12

    Auto Generated Intros


    See how introductions are generated automatically by BIAB based on customized instructions.

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    Tutorial 13

    Part Markers & SubStyles


    See how Part Markers are placed on the ChordSheet to indicate new sections of a song, change substyles, and generate drum fills.

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    Tutorial 14

    Song Settings


    Explore various ways to turn your song into an arrangement, including controlling rests, pushes, shots, and holds separately in first, last, and middle choruses, the use of tags, endings, fade-outs, and more.

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    Tutorial 15

    Song Form Maker


    See how the Song Form Maker function is used to define sections of a song, and then rearrange the song by typing the form you want.

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    Tutorial 16

    Editing the Chordsheet


    Learn how to insert, delete, copy, paste, move, shrink, expand, unfold, and alter chords, melodies, soloists, and rests, once they have already been created.


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    Tutorial 17

    Working With Styles


    Learn about Built-In styles, User MIDI styles, Real Styles, Style Aliases, as well as auditioning and replacing styles.

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    Tutorial 18

    StylePicker - Prototype & Columns


    Discover the inner working of the StylePicker window; how to set the default prototype style and how to decode the column heading symbols used to identify various qualities of each style.

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    Tutorial 19

    StylePicker Filters


    Discover how to search for styles by keyword, and how to use the Filter window to search styles based on multiple criteria simultaneously.

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    Tutorial 20

    StylePicker General Functions


    Explore additional StylePicker functions and how they are used in conjunction with the currently loaded song.

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    Tutorial 21

    MultiStyles, Style Aliases & Forced Styles


    Discover some style management workflows that allow adding substyles to existing styles, replacing existing styles with aliases, and forcing BIAB to keep a style loaded in memory when loading new songs.

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    Tutorial 22

    MIDI SuperTracks


    MIDI SuperTracks are based on performances of live musicians instead of patterns. See how to change MIDI tracks in an existing style to MIDI SuperTracks, as well as how to access them directly from the StylePicker.

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    Tutorial 23



    Learn how to work with the RealTracks picker, and how the various RealTracks settings affect their usage.

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    Tutorial 24

    Bar Settings


    See how to change RealTracks, styles, meter, and more, at specific locations within your song.

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    Tutorial 25

    Editing & Creating Styles


    Learn how to use the Patch button in the StyleMaker window to edit a current style of assemble a custom group of RealTracks and settings to form a new Style.

Working With Tracks

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    Tutorial 26

    Track & Thru Settings


    Learn about freezing tracks, sliding them in time, offsetting sound shaping parameters together with the Combo slider, and playing the thru track in real time with and without auto generated harmonies using either a MIDI or a QWERTY keyboard.

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    Tutorial 27

    Melodies & Solos


    See how to record melodies, how to have BIAB generate harmonies; and how to generate solos based on various criteria and choices.

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    Tutorial 28

    The Melodist


    Learn how to use BIAB to generate either partial or complete original songs either including or excluding melodies, chords, solos, intro, and style changes.

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    Tutorial 29

    Notation Basics


    Explore some of basic BIAB notation functions, including selecting tracks to display, switching between the three different notation views, editing notes, velocities, and durations, switching to lead sheet view, and working with lyrics.

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    Tutorial 30

    Band Outside the Box


    Discover various ways of getting your tracks and performances out of BIAB and as either audio or MIDI files. And see how the new DAW Plug-in mode is used to easily and quickly transfer individual or combined tracks into your DAW of choice.

Music studio master Eli Krantzberg brings you a series all about the awesome PG Music Band-in-a-Box accompaniment software suite! Get up and running fast and start making ultra-realistic backing tracks easily for your songs today!

Eli starts with the basics covering Terminology, MIDI Setup, Main Screen Overview and How to Load & Play Songs. Next, Eli goes deeper into Creating Songs with videos on Starting a Song, Framing Your Song, Entering & Displaying Chords, as well as Alternate Chord Entry Methods.

Creating Arrangements is then explained and Eli covers Rests, Shots & Holds, Pushes, the Chord Settings Dialog, Auto Generated Intros, Part Markers & SubStyles, Song Settings, Chordsheets and much more!

Eli then reveals the numerous Styles available in Band-in-a-Box and how to use them. You'll learn all about the StylePicker, MultiStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, RealTracks and more. Eli wraps up this super series with videos on Working with Tracks, featuring Track & Thru Settings, Melodies & Solos, The Melodist and Notation Basics.

As a bonus, Eli gives you a video entitled "Band Outside The Box" which covers the various ways of getting your tracks and performances out of BIAB as either Audio or MIDI files! If you're new to Band-in-a-Box or just want to go a little deeper into it, this series is a must see... Get "BIAB 2014 for Mac Explained" today!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Date published: 2016-10-09