Band-in-a-Box Tutorial

Band-in-a-Box: Getting Started

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Chapter 1 : Band-in-a-Box: Getting Started

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    Get Started with Band-in-a-Box

    Learn about what Band-in-a-Box is and does, and learn to get up and running with its underlying core workflow.

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    Main Window Overview

    Take a quick tour of the different areas on the main screen that provide access to all the major features and settings.

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    Starting a New Song

    Explore additional workflows for naming a new song, setting tempo and key changes, section start end points, and the song ending.

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    Chord Entry Tips & Shortcuts

    Learn some handy shortcuts and workflows for entering, previewing, transposing, and displaying chords in different formats.

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    Rests, Shots, Holds, & Pushes

    See how to specify rests, shots, and holds for any, some, or all instruments, and how to add 1/8th and 1/6th note pushes (anticipations) to the chord rhythms.

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    Part Markers & SubStyles

    Part Markers are placed on the Chord Sheet to indicate a new part of the song, and are used to change substyles or insert drum fills. Explore how they are used to customize the choice of substyles used with your song.

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    Arranging Your Music

    Discover the Song Form Maker and see how it allows you to define sections of a song (A, B, C etc.), and then rearrange the song by simply typing the form you want.

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    Creating Repeats with 1st & 2nd Endings

    Learn how to enter repeats with first and second endings.

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    Working with the Stye Picker

    Explore the various search criteria, and see how to audition the style with the chords from your chord sheet rather than the pre made style demo, how to assign and recall a style to your favorites list, how to search for styles similar to well known songs and artists, and how to assign style changes at specific locations in your song.

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    Controlling Playback

    Learn how to regenerate the arrangement, start playback without regenerating, start from a specific bar in a specific chorus, loop a range of bars, play back unembellished parts, freeze tracks in an arrangement, and slide the timing of individual tracks for more natural humanized timing.

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    Getting Started with RealTracks

    Explore the Assign RealTracks to Track window, and how it is used to reassign RealTracks to existing tracks within your song.

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    Introduction to MIDI SuperTracks

    Discover a few different ways of accessing and changing individual tracks to MIDI SuperTracks, containing live performances converted to MIDI.

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    Playing Along with Band-in-a-Box

    Learn how to assign sounds, add harmonization, and play along with either your MIDI keyboard, or your computer's QWERTY keyboard.

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    xplore filter and sort options in the RealDrum Picker, how to set RealDrum changes at specific bars in your song, how to use the RealDrum quick list, and more.

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    Viewing Notation

    Discover the basic functions of Band-in-a-Box notation view.

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    Creating Solos

    Explore the Select Soloist window, and see how solos are further customized using the Soloist Maker.

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    The Melodist

    Explore how this tool is used to auto generate different parts of a song, including melody, chords, intro, solos, and more, all based on user defined criteria.

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    DAW Plug-in Mode

    Learn how to export any or all tracks, via drag and drop, as either wav, aiff, m4a, or MIDI files.

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    Using Band-in-a-Box Inside Your DAW

    See how the plug-in version of Band-in-a-Box is loaded and used inside of Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Studio One.

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    Audio Chord Analysis

    See how Band-in-a-Box is used to analyze chords from an existing audio file.

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    New in Band-in-a-Box 2020

    Take a look at some of the main new features in the 2020 version of Band-in-a-Box for Mac.

Chapter 2 : 2021 Update

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    Utility Tracks

    Explore the multiple uses of the new Utility Tracks feature available in Band In A Box 2021.

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    Auto Fix Sour Notes

    See how this new feature is used to auto-fix out-of-tune notes in polyphonic audio, either for the generated RealTracks or any audio track.

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    Ten New Mixer Improvements

    Discover useful new functionality in the updated Band-in-a-Box Mixer.

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    Other Improvements

    Learn about a selection of small but useful enhancements to audio editing, navigating the chord sheet, copy/paste functions, auto generated intros, and more!

Product Overview

Studio expert Eli Krantzberg delivers comprehensive Band-in-a-Box video tutorials! Learn everything you need to know to get started making music with Band-in-a-Box, and then go further into Band-in-a-Box's advanced features and functions. These videos are shot with the Mac version of Band-in-a-Box, but are also compatible with the PC version of Band-in-a-Box. You also get the support files created in the videos so you can follow along on your system. These videos are designed for those who are new to Band-in-a-Box.

Eli welcomes you and then hits the ground running, giving you a video that will get you up and running with Band-in-a-Box in 7 minutes flat! Next you'll get a detailed look at the Main Window that provides access to all the major features and settings, followed by what you need to know to start your first new song, including naming a new song, setting the tempo and key changes, section start and end points, and the song ending. Then you'll learn some handy shortcuts and workflows for entering, previewing, transposing, and displaying chords in different formats.

Moving on, Eli shows you how to specify rests, shots, and holds for any, some, or all instruments, and how to add 1/8th and 1/6th note pushes (anticipations) to the chord rhythms. Part Markers are then explained and explored, and you'll see how they are placed on the Chord Sheet to indicate a new part of the song, as well as used to change substyles or insert drum fills, and customize the choice of substyles in your song.

Throughout the rest of the videos you'll learn how to arrange your music, create repeats with 1st & 2nd endings, work with the Stye Picker, control playback, use RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, RealDrums, view notation, create solos, use the Melodist tool, the DAW plug-in mode, use Band-in-a-Box inside your DAW, and so much more!

To see exactly what's covered in these detailed Band-in-a-Box video tutorials and how they'll get you going using Band-in-a-Box from square one fast and easy, see the individual Band-in-a-Box tutorial descriptions on this page. Start making your own music with this powerful software and share it with the world today... Watch "Band-in-a-Box: Getting Started" now.

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Band-in-a-Box: Getting Started is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wow! The best! Eli is very knowledgeable about the inner & outer working of BIAB! I have watched other tutorials but no one can touch what he knows. Thank you for opening the doors to what this amazing software can do.
Date published: 2021-08-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A mind-blower I've had Band-in-a-Box for years... and I can't believe how much I'm learning, just from this basics video. Eli is an outstanding teacher, and this is just a fabulous course. Can't wait to take some of his other courses.
Date published: 2021-08-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful I find the tutorials very useful in kickstarting the learning process for a particular topic. However, tutor Eli can be a bit fast sometimes!
Date published: 2021-07-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good info methodical explanation. Thanks
Date published: 2021-07-28
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good effort but more structure required I'm grateful for the tutorials. However they could be better structured given the complexity and range of the program. A better appreciation of the differences between BIAB and its RealBand alternative would have helped. The BIAB program is overdue for an interface upgrade and this getting started tutorial struggles to paper over this issue.
Date published: 2021-07-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A fine primer It would take 70 hours to go through every feature in detail. But Eli gives you a great guide to the things you can study on your own. BIAB has been around for more than 30 years and it is amazing how it has grown. It no longer needs to sound like a mechanical band. Thanks Groove3.
Date published: 2021-06-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from As usual Eli is on it! This is a great refresher for even long time users of BIAB!
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Top Instruction! Always great instruction from Groove3!
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Always more to learn. Thanks Eli Once again Eli has done a brilliant job explaining a product. I thought I knew BIAB reasonably well. Whilst a lot here won’t change how I use BIAB some other things I learnt here will really help. Thanks once again.
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great overview/review! I had BIAB *many* years ago but never used it much. Wanted to purchase it again and since I was already familiar with what it does in general, I was hoping to find a course that would help me get up to speed quickly just focusing on the fundamentals. This is just what I was looking for!
Date published: 2021-06-08
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Disappointing I wish Groove 3 would learn something from other educational services such as Linkedin Learning, for instance. There, courses are carefully crafted, generally starting with an overview of the software being taught, explaining about system requirements, different versions and options, general set up, as well as offering practice files with exercises explained in the video lessons. None of this is available here. In this course, Eli is just rushing through the program; his presentation is not well-prepared, as it clearly is in his older courses. Please, Eli, do take a few more hours to prepare and offer subscribers a more friendly-paced and in-depth content. And please, Groove 3, take off the site your 10-year old courses that have lost most of their educational value.
Date published: 2021-06-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good introduction I've been using BiaB for a while, but this series showed me a lot of things I had forgotten. Very useful and well explained.
Date published: 2021-06-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good series I always like series by Eli Krantzberg. The crispness of the video is the best I've run across on Groove3. I've been using BIAB since the 1990s and discovered things I didn't know (or had forgotten). For example, the meaning of the "=" sign in the track names was new to me. Since the product was originally written for the PC it would have been nice to see the PC version used as it is always released about six months ahead of the Mac version. I'd like to see a series on creating one's own real tracks, real drums and other more advanced features.
Date published: 2021-06-05
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from 2020 BIAB for MAC Eli Krantzberg (instructor) said this was, "2020 BIAB for MAC" as the last line in the video series. I think this should have been made clear in the Groove3 title. The features may be the same between MAC and PC versions of BIAB, but the terminology of the short cut keys gets confusing. The layout is also different enough to make it challenging to follow along at times, and I had to use the help menu in BIAB to translate some of the short cuts. You should have an intermediate level of understanding of BIAB and your DAW. It may be too confusing for absolute beginners. However, there are enough nuggets of tips and tricks to make the purchase worthwhile. Also, as of now, June 2021, the series is already out of date, but still very useful.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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