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BIAB 2014 for Mac Explained®

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Chapter 1: The Basics

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    Terminology (5:00)


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    MIDI Setup (5:56)


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    Main Screen Overview (9:08)


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    Loading & Playing Songs (8:20)


Chapter 2: Creating Songs

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    Starting a New Song (6:04)


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    Framing the Song (3:12)


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    Entering & Displaying Chords (7:18)


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    Alternate Chord Entry (8:10)


Chapter 3: Creating Arrangements

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    Rests, Shots & Holds (4:48)


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    Pushes (2:16)


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    Chord Settings Dialog (5:26)


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    Auto Generated Intros (3:24)


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    Part Markers & SubStyles (5:21)


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    Song Settings (8:04)


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    Song Form Maker (2:45)


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    Editing the Chordsheet (7:43)


Chapter 4: Styles

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    Working With Styles (5:40)


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    StylePicker - Prototype & Columns (5:45)


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    StylePicker Filters (4:29)


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    StylePicker General Functions (4:40)


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    MultiStyles, Style Aliases & Forced Styles (5:07)


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    MIDI SuperTracks (3:34)


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    RealTracks (7:46)


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    Bar Settings (3:43)


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    Editing & Creating Styles (3:31)


Chapter 5: Working With Tracks

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    Track & Thru Settings (8:07)


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    Melodies & Solos (7:30)


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    The Melodist (5:37)


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    Notation Basics (4:56)


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    Band Outside the Box (6:38)


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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Vanishing Tiger
Submitted 2 months ago

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..

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Digital Performer, Logic Pro

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Craig35
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Studio One

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Rick5749
Submitted 6 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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Mr. Mucho
Submitted 8 months ago

BIAB 2014 for Mac

A great intro to a very interesting and useful music program! A BIAB 2017 for Mac is needed ASP!

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Mastering Facility, Logic Pro

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Getting Up to Speed
Submitted 9 months ago

Interesting and informative videos

I'm looking forward to finally getting back up to speed with Band In A Box since changing to Mac

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Studio One

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jim ligon
Submitted 2 years ago

yawn, couldn't get through it

Its not eli's fault, its just a boring software...


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 2014 for Mac Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6.
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.
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