Band-in-a-Box Tutorial

BIAB 2015 for Windows Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

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    General Concepts

    A bird’s 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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    Installation & Setup

    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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    Deconstructing the Main Window

    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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    Working With Songs

    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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    Getting Started with Styles

    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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    Controlling Playback

    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.

Chapter 2 : Creating Songs & Arrangements

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    Starting a New song

    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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    Entering Chords

    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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    Cut, Copy, Paste, Preview, & Build

    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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    Chord Editing & Repeats

    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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    Rest, Shots, Holds, & Pushes

    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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    Part Markers, SubStyles, & Song Form

    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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    Using MIDI SuperTracks

    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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    Working with RealTracks

    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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    Working with RealDrums

    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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    Recording & Embellishing a MIDI Melody

    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 Box’s Embellish Melody feature to add ornamentation, grace notes, and more to your original melody.

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    MIDI Harmony

    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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    Using the Soloist

    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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    Intros & Medleys

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

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    Recording Audio

    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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    Using Audio Effects

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

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    Saving & Exporting

    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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    DAW Plug-In Mode

    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.

Product Overview


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!


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BIAB 2015 for Windows Explained® is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 19 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Eli Krantzberg is the absolute best teacher!! need new version...2021... Eli Krantzberg is the absolute best teacher!! Eli should do all of your tutorials! The only problem is that this product is now six years old...they just came out with a 2021 version! Please have Eli teach all of the new features in BIAB 2021!!!
Date published: 2020-12-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great instructional program I would recommend to anyone new to Band in a Box. Band in a Box is an amazing program for both amateurs and pro alike. I have been using it for many years and still was able to learn some good useful stuff!
Date published: 2020-09-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful quick start The BIAB interface is overwhelming. This course is a good intro, and got me started making arrangements in a few hours. Worth the money. As others have mentioned, it could use updating.
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Need to up upgrade to BIAB 2020 Please, update the content for BIAB 2020
Date published: 2020-07-09
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Great course but It need an update Please, Band in a Box is used for a lot of musicians around the world so this course It would need an update
Date published: 2020-07-09
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Not happy at all! How hard is it for Eli to create a Band in a Box Tutorial by creating a song from start to finish instead of going over all the overwhelming features in the application. We can learn these features while he is making the song. The mos important learning of a tutorial is to be able to create what you are learning
Date published: 2020-06-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli - is a "master" teacher/instructor I only wish I had more time to spend on Groove 3 ... I am amazed at the wealth of information and familiarity Eli shares so clearly in his videos ... thank you very much!!
Date published: 2020-01-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from BIAB 2015 for Windows Explained Very helpful videos that display parts of the program that I did not even know existed.
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli scores again! Disclaimer: I would personally listen to Eli read the phone book. I love his conversational tone, and his depth of knowledge. This is no different. There are plenty of BIAB videos to be had online. What separates Eli's is the wonderful sequential introduction to the software, that then opens out to some more complex matters. All explained in small, easily absorbed, snippets. Groove3 is my auto goto on music howto vids. Eli's are the best of the best.
Date published: 2019-04-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from helpful for beginners some tracks doesn't have midi information, so you can't export to midi for them.
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from pretty good but short Gives an overall view but not enough detail. Will end up at PG music website to watch all their tutorials.
Date published: 2018-12-08
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Happy, happy ... As usual - Groove3 delivers!
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful While I've yet to buy BIAB, Eli did a great job on his introduction to the program by PG Music. It gave me a good place from which to build a knowledge base.
Date published: 2017-05-10
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
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very good Need to run through even though I have used for years i picked up a few new tips
Date published: 1969-12-31
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