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BIAB 2014 for Mac Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

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

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    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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    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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    Loading & Playing Songs

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

Chapter 2 : Creating Songs

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    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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    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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    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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    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.

Chapter 3 : Creating Arrangements

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    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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    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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    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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    Auto Generated Intros

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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.

Chapter 4 : Styles

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    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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    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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    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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    StylePicker General Functions

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

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

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    Bar Settings

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

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    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.

Chapter 5 : Working With Tracks

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

Product Overview

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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BIAB 2014 for Mac Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 11 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Extremely useful I use BIAB for Mac 2020 and this course has really opened my eyes to the possibilites this incredible tool offers. Some things have changed of course since 2014, but use the Search feature in the Help menu to find menu items which have moved around. I found everything with a bit of trial and error. I wish the course was based around a single project and how to develop it, but this is more a "grand tour" of the product. It is very well executed and easy to follow.
Date published: 2021-04-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect Introduction Very well explained. Would love an advanced features course that includes practical uses especially for live gigs.
Date published: 2021-04-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Terrific lessons! It was very well laid out, in videos short enough to watch moe than one at time. Very nicely done!
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Video! This is a fairly complicated program, once you start to check under the hood. This video really turned me on to some of the hidden features and gave me some songwriting ideas to boot!
Date published: 2019-10-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very nice! All the videos from Eli Krantzberg are nice. Even though I am using BIAB 2018 this video was very helpful. Some functions moved place, most from menus to buttons. Great video! Thanks, Eli!
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic Overview of BIAB for Mac... I've been using this app while "flying blind"..It sure helps to really really know what this thing can actually do..
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Course I have been away from my BIAB for a while and the course has not only refreshed my memory on how to use the program, but it has also inspired me to get back into my home studio.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from BIAB 2014 for Mac A great intro to a very interesting and useful music program! A BIAB 2017 for Mac is needed ASP!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Interesting and informative videos I'm looking forward to finally getting back up to speed with Band In A Box since changing to Mac
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from yawn, couldn't get through it Its not eli's fault, its just a boring software...
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Accurate - Title is fitting I recently purchased BIAB 2017 for Mac and was skeptical that a 2014 version would be outdated or not that helpful - I was wrong. Every section that was covered was applicable and with the exception of the periodic different symbol or placement of where to find something everything was spot on and applied. An example was this course didn't explain the new work sheet view that came out for 2017 but that info is pretty self explanatory. If you have a newer version and are looking for a course to help you navigate BIAB this is it. It covers basics, intermediate and some advanced operations. If you get this info under your fingers I would guess you'll be able to figure out the remaining advanced operations. Regarding the course being boring - its not and after all its a technical course. To that point the instructor doesn't dwell on and on about an attribute. The time spent on each topic is well balanced.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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