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Band-in-a-Box Tutorial

BIAB 2015 for Windows Explained

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The Basics

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    Tutorial 1

    General Concepts

    2:27

    A birds eye view of what Band in a Box is and does, and some the general concepts and nomenclature used throughout the application.

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    Tutorial 2

    Installation & Setup

    5:09

    Learn about the different ways of installing Band in a Box, and how to set it to use your MIDI and Audio hardware.

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    Tutorial 3

    Deconstructing the Main Window

    7:06

    Explore the six main areas of the Main Screen; the Status Bar, the Main Tool Bar, the Song Panel, the Function Tool Bars, the Mixer, and the Chordsheet area.

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    Tutorial 4

    Working With Songs

    5:38

    Explore some of the various ways of searching, sorting, and loading songs either from the Open button or Song button, including using the custom file dialog, the SongPicker, and Song Finder.

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    Tutorial 5

    Getting Started with Styles

    5:38

    Get started using the StylePicker to search, audition, and load various RealStyles and MIDI Styles, and learn how to create a customized MultiStyle using the ChordSheet Part Markers.

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    Tutorial 6

    Controlling Playback

    5:51

    Learn to use the various transport functions, how to customize count in and metronome settings, and ways of controlling relative and absolute instrument volumes using the mixer and the floating mixer window.

Creating Songs & Arrangements

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    Tutorial 7

    Starting a New song

    5:21

    Learn how to clear the chord sheet, set key signature, transposition, and tempo values, and how to frame the song by setting the first and last bars for each chorus, and the number of choruses.

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    Tutorial 8

    Entering Chords

    4:21

    Learn how to enter chords by either typing them in on a qwerty keyboard or playing them on a MIDI keyboard.

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    Tutorial 9

    Cut, Copy, Paste, Preview, & Build

    6:26

    Explore various ways of copying sections of a chorus, how to preview chords either after or as they are being entered, and how to use the Chord Builder to simultaneously audition and edit or create chords.

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    Tutorial 10

    Chord Editing & Repeats

    6:16

    See how to change the look of the chord sheet, how to make global changes to either chord placement or chord qualities using the Nudge Chords and Search/Replace functions, and how to modify the song form using repeats and other related notation markings.

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    Tutorial 11

    Rest, Shots, Holds, & Pushes

    7:39

    Discover how to create and edit breaks; points in a song when one or more of the instruments, rests, plays a shot, or holds a chord. Also, learn how to enter pushes (or anticipations,) where chords are played either an eighth note or sixteenth note before the beat.

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    Tutorial 12

    Part Markers, SubStyles, & Song Form

    5:59

    Explore ways to expand the variety in your musical arrangement by using Part Markers to add drum fills and change sub styles. See how to use filters to search the StylePicker window for additional related styles; and how to use the Song form Maker to re-arrange the sections of your song.

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    Tutorial 13

    Using MIDI SuperTracks

    3:20

    Learn how to customize a style by using MIDI SuperTracks, MIDI performances of live musicians, and how to customize the sound of the MIDI SuperTracks using third party VSTi instruments.

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    Tutorial 14

    Working with RealTracks

    4:09

    See how to change the RealTrack instrument for the entire song, as well as how to use the Bar Settings window to change instruments or styles at specific bar locations.

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    Tutorial 15

    Working with RealDrums

    4:35

    Learn to use the RealDrum Picker, the RealDrum settings, how to force MIDI drums to RealDrums, and RealDrums to MIDI drums, how to save specific RealDrum styles with a song, and how to change between RealDrum groove variations at specific locations in your song.

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    Tutorial 16

    Recording & Embellishing a MIDI Melody

    4:23

    See how to record a MIDI melody in real time using the Thru instrument, assign a sound to the melody track, and use Band in a Boxs Embellish Melody feature to add ornamentation, grace notes, and more to your original melody.

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    Tutorial 17

    MIDI Harmony

    3:43

    See how the harmonize function is used to generate multiple voice harmony parts for MIDI melodies, and learn how to customize the ranges, instruments used, and start times of the generated notes.

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    Tutorial 18

    Using the Soloist

    5:32

    Explore the Best Soloist and Select Soloist features and see how to generate either MIDI or RealTracks solos at different locations in the song form.

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    Tutorial 19

    Intros & Medleys

    5:23

    See how the Song Form function is used to generate customized song introductions, and medleys with automatically generated transitions.

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    Tutorial 20

    Recording Audio

    2:53

    Learn how to add a live audio track to your song; including how to set the input and levels, and how to punch in or overdub.

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    Tutorial 21

    Using Audio Effects

    2:13

    See how to add either built in or third party plug-ins to your Band in a Box tracks.

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    Tutorial 22

    Saving & Exporting

    6:03

    See how to save songs with tracks either disabled or frozen, how to unfold an arrangement into one big chorus so it can be exported as a MIDI file, how to email song files and rendered audio recordings, how to export as video to YouTube, and how to export individual tracks as audio files.

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    Tutorial 23

    DAW Plug-In Mode

    5:48

    Learn how to transfer either complete or partial tracks from Band in a Box into Sonar Platinum, and see how RealTracks can easily be converted to MIDI, and MIDI tracks to audio.

PG Music's Band-in-a-Box accompaniment software suite for Windows just got better, and music studio master Eli Krantzberg shows you why! Get up and running fast and start making ultra-realistic backing tracks easily for your songs today.

Eli starts with the general concepts of what this unique software package does, and then walks you through Installation and Setup. From there, Eli starts exploring the Application, the Main Window, and How to Search, Sort, and Load Songs.

The next group of videos dives deep into Creating Your Own Songs and Arrangements. Eli covers How to Start a Song; Enter and Edit Chords and Repeats; Rests, Shots, Holds, Pushes, Part Markers, SubStyles, and much more.

Eli now discusses how to Customize a Song and Style. You'll learn all about the StylePicker, MultiStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, RealTracks and more. Eli now goes deeper with videos on Working with Tracks, featuring Track & Thru Settings, Melodies & Solos, The Melodist and Notation Basics. Eli concludes the series with videos on How to Save and Export Your Songs, and How to use BIAB in DAW Plug-In Mode.

If you're new to Band-in-a-Box or just want to master it, this series is a must see... Watch "BIAB 2015 for Windows Explained" today!

Virgil1945
Submitted 2 months ago

Excellent

Well done, very clear and useful. It is so. Smettetela di rompere. Con queste cagate non sono ancora riuscito a vedere il video. Che complicazione inutile. Mai più

I am a: Semi-Pro

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Cyber Gyber
Submitted 5 months ago

Band In A Box

So far much better than reading the less than well done manual.

I am a: Musician

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victorius
Submitted 5 months ago

BIAB 2015 EXPLAINED

I like these videos very much. BIAB can be a bit complicated and these videos remind me of the many different features of BIAB, and the lessons (videos) are visible and carefully explained. Very good product that will make things simpler. Victor

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Leobe
Submitted 5 months ago

Essential Lesson

Now I wished I had seen this a long while back. BIAB does much more than I realised. I have always thought it to be obscure, but now having been directed to specific functions with examples in this video it is going to make working with BIAB so much more interesting and useful.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Mr G
Submitted 10 months ago

Great Tutorial!

Anytime I see Eli Krantzberg's name on a video, I know I will learn a great deal! He has a non-stop way of explaining everything in detail. He is the Master!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer

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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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BIAB 2015 for Windows Explained is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Well done, very clear and useful. It is so. Smettetela di rompere. Con queste cagate non sono ancora riuscito a vedere il video. Che complicazione inutile. Mai più
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Band In A Box So far much better than reading the less than well done manual.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from BIAB 2015 EXPLAINED I like these videos very much. BIAB can be a bit complicated and these videos remind me of the many different features of BIAB, and the lessons (videos) are visible and carefully explained. Very good product that will make things simpler. Victor
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Essential Lesson Now I wished I had seen this a long while back. BIAB does much more than I realised. I have always thought it to be obscure, but now having been directed to specific functions with examples in this video it is going to make working with BIAB so much more interesting and useful.
Date published: 2016-10-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial! Anytime I see Eli Krantzberg's name on a video, I know I will learn a great deal! He has a non-stop way of explaining everything in detail. He is the Master!
Date published: 2016-05-28