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BIAB 2014 for Mac Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

  • Terminology 5:00


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

  • MIDI Setup 5:56

    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.

  • Main Screen Overview 9:08

    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.

  • Loading & Playing Songs 8:20

    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

  • Starting a New Song 6:04

    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.

  • Framing the Song 3:12

    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.

  • Entering & Displaying Chords 7:18

    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.

  • Alternate Chord Entry 8:10

    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

  • Rests, Shots & Holds 4:48

    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.

  • Pushes 2:16


    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.

  • Chord Settings Dialog 5:26

    Chord Settings Dialog

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

  • Auto Generated Intros 3:24

    Auto Generated Intros

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

  • Part Markers & SubStyles 5:21

    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.

  • Song Settings 8:04

    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.

  • Song Form Maker 2:45

    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.

  • Editing the Chordsheet 7:43

    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

  • Working With Styles 5:40

    Working With Styles

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

  • StylePicker - Prototype & Columns 5:45

    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.

  • StylePicker Filters 4:29

    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.

  • StylePicker General Functions 4:40

    StylePicker General Functions

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

  • MultiStyles, Style Aliases & Forced Styles 5:07

    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.

  • MIDI SuperTracks 3:34

    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.

  • RealTracks 7:46


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

  • Bar Settings 3:43

    Bar Settings

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

  • Editing & Creating Styles 3:31

    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

  • Track & Thru Settings 8:07

    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.

  • Melodies & Solos 7:30

    Melodies & Solos

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

  • The Melodist 5:37

    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.

  • Notation Basics 4:56

    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.

  • Band Outside the Box 6:38

    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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