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Songwriting with Band-in-a-Box

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    Creating a Melody

    In this first video, use the Band-in-a-Box Melodist function to create a melodic idea for a chord progression and arrangement in a DAW.

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    Exploring the Melodist Maker

    Learn to use the Melodist Maker to create a custom Melodist and hear how it interacts with different styles. Three separate melodies are generated and brought into the DAW, where they're edited together to create a single, unified melody that matches the chords and arrangement.

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    Using the Chord Wizard

    Next, discover the Band-in-a-Box Audio Chord Wizard and hear how it's used to generate chords and tracks supporting a melodic vocal idea for a song chorus.

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    Creating Harmonies

    Explore Band-in-a-Box's ability to generate doubling and harmony parts from existing audio. Hear examples on vocals and guitar!

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    Creating a Guitar Part

    Learn how the Band-in-a-Box MultiRiff feature is used to create multiple variations of a guitar part - based on your chord progression and rhythms - with custom shots and pushes.

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    Creating Better Harmonies

    In this video, discover Band-in-a-Box's advanced harmonizing options, including the ability to export MIDI conversions alongside the generated audio.

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    Creating a Piano Part

    Learn how to have Band-in-a-Box create a fully fleshed out piano part based on your original simple chords, in your choice of musical styles, using RealTracks.

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    Creating an Arrangement

    See how the Auto Generate Chord Substitutions and Auto Generate Chord Reharmonization functions can be used to reinvigorate a simple melody, with examples in various styles.

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    Creating a Solo

    Next, explore the Band-in-a-Box Soloist Maker and its ability to custom design solos and fill lines.

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    Creating an Intro

    Hear the Band-in-a-Box's intro generating feature in action as it's used to create inspiring intros to match specific styles and chord progressions.

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    Creating a Chorus

    In this video, see the Band-in-a-Box automatic generation feature in action, creating a chorus that harmonically and stylistically matches the preceding verses.

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    Generating Random Ideas

    Finally, learn how Band-in-a-Box is used to generate random ideas based on your user input. Individual parts from multiple ideas can be used either independently or in combination as the basis for songwriting inspiration!

Product Overview


Studio wiz Eli Krantzberg presents a comprehensive set of Band-in-the-Box video tutorials! If you're looking for a one-stop shop to turn your raw song ideas into complete, fleshed out arrangements, this is the video series for you. Eli takes you through the software's extensive feature set, concentrating on the key elements geared toward songwriters, and demonstrates how to build a finished song from even the humblest beginnings. These videos are for new Band-in-a-Box users. (Note that Band-in-a-Box can be used as a stand-alone product or a plugin within your favorite DAW.)

Eli welcomes you and then begins with melody, explaining how the Melodist function can create melodic ideas based on any chord progression. You'll learn how to vary the style of the melodies generated and edit several different pieces into one unified melody that perfectly complements your song's harmony. Then Eli demonstrates the Chord Wizard, which automatically generates chords and backing tracks that seamlessly support your melodic ideas.

Next, explore how to add specific elements to your song that give it an authentic and polished sound, as well as how to generate doubling and harmonies from existing audio sources, add guitar parts with the MultiRiff feature, create piano parts, and more!

Throughout the rest of the course, Eli focuses on the powerful arrangement features of the software, showcasing how you can generate different song sections like intros, choruses, and even instrument solos. Learn how to use chord substitutions and reharmonizations to make previously heard ideas sound fresh and exciting. Then explore how Band-in-a-Box can even generate random ideas - based on your input - that can spark entirely new directions in your writing!

To see what these in-depth Band-in-a-Box tutorials contain, and how they'll make your songwriting process easier, more fun, and more productive, check out the individual songwriting with Band-in-a-Box video tutorial descriptions on this page. Get ready to supercharge your songwriting process... Watch “Songwriting with Band-in-a-Box” now.


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Songwriting with Band-in-a-Box is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from really very helpful did not know half of this even existed--well done Eli
Date published: 2021-07-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Useful Additional Info! I already have the initial BIAB tutorial from Groove3 but this offers more information on getting the most out of it.
Date published: 2021-07-24
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Nice Addition To The Groove3 Band-in-a-Box Video Tutorial Collection This tutorial series is based on the 2020 BiaB for Mac program. There are some differences as how each feature is accessed . Songwriting with Band-in-a-Box, or BiaB for short, is a welcome addition to Groove3 and Eli Krantzberg's series of BiaB tutorials. This tutorial series demonstrates several BiaB features that user may have overlooked. Eli explains his method of using the Melodist, Melodist Maker (which is separate and distinct from the Melodist), one of two available Audio Chord Wizards and other BiaB features to create interesting song intros, song arrangements, guitar and piano parts, solos and harmonies. The overall goal of the tutorial appears to suggest ways the small studio producer can use BiaB to improve their productions by integrating BiaB features into their production workflow. Learning to use some of the tools and practices in this tutorial series can elevate any audio production.
Date published: 2021-07-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Learnt a lot more about BIAB As is usual Eli demonstrated another different way of using a product. Learnt more here than in most other BIAB tutorials. Thanks again Eli.
Date published: 2021-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great overview of some creative uses of Band in a Box As a new comer to Band in a Box, I thought this series was pretty nice in laying out how to use some of b.i.a.b functionality to assist your creative process. It covered both starting with a melody and coming up with chords for it, or having chords and using b.i.a.b to help flesh out a melody to work with, along with other topics.
Date published: 2021-07-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really Good Tips and Ideas! Eli does a great job as always and I really enjoyed this series! I've used BIAB for years for tracks, now my curiosity is peaked about using it more as a creative resource. Thanks Eli!
Date published: 2021-07-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Spot on Been waiting for video like this for a while huge potential biab but not many tutorials this is really helpful thanks Eli
Date published: 2021-07-18
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