This is the 2012 UltraPlusPAK HD Windows Band-in-a-Box upgrade from any version of Band-in-a-Box. If you own any version of Band-in-a-Box, you can upgrade and take advantage of the more than 50 new fe... Read More
This is the 2012 UltraPlusPAK HD Windows Band-in-a-Box upgrade from any version of Band-in-a-Box. If you own any version of Band-in-a-Box, you can upgrade and take advantage of the more than 50 new features that have been released in the new version, along with all of the extra libraries and feaures listed here. Additionally, there are more than 100 new RealTracks for you to work with. If you never upgraded from 2011 to 2011.5, all of those upgrades are included as well. That's more than 100 new features and more than 200 new RealTracks for you to work with. This upgrade ships preinstalled and ready to use on a 160GB hard drive.
Band-in-a-Box is an intelligent automatic accompaniment program for your multimedia computer. You can hear and play along to many song ideas and go from ânothingâ to âsomethingâ in a very short period of time with Band-in-a-Box as your âon demandâ backup band.
Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7, or C13b9), choose the style youâd like, and Band-in-a-Box does the rest, automatically generating a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings or horns in a wide variety of popular styles plus optional live audio tracks with RealDrums and RealTracks.
Band-in-a-Box is a powerful and creative music composition tool for exploring and developing musical ideas with near-instantaneous feedback.
Over the years many features have been added to Band-in-a-Box â Notation and Lyrics, Piano Roll, 16-channel MIDI Multitracks, Harmonization, the StyleMaker and StylePicker, a live performance Conductor window, Medley Maker, and 24 âsubstyle Multistyles. The Soloist and the Melodist are popular âintelligentâ features that generate professional solos or even create whole new songs from scratch. RealDrums adds the human element of a live drummer while RealTracks add even more live session musicians, bringing the entire Band-in-a-Box arrangement to life. The Audio Chord Wizard has the amazing ability to analyze, extract, and show the chords from audio recordings on-screen and then write them to the Band-in-a-Box chord sheet.
The inclusion of digital audio features makes Band-in-a-Box the perfect tool for creating, playing, and recording your music with MIDI, vocals, and acoustic instruments. Band-in-a-Box for WindowsÂ® can also record an acoustic instrument or voice to add to the composition, with processing through its own DirectX audio effects. Its built-in TC Helicon audio harmonies will turn your audio track into multiple harmony parts or adjust its pitch, with vibrato and scooping effects for realistic vocal styles and up to sixteen choral parts.
You can print out your finished creation with lyrics, chords, repeats and endings, DC markings and codas, or save it as a graphics file for web publication or to e-mail to a friend. And when you're ready to let others hear your composition, you can burn it directly to an audio CD. Or save your composition as a Windows Media File (or in any other compressed formats you have) for a file thatâs âInternet ready.â
You'll have even more fun making automatic medleys, playing your favorite song lists in the Band-in-a-Box Jukebox, and singing along to your Karaoke files with CDG graphics.
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OK, I know purists will think this kind of thing is way to weenie. I mean really, automated music tracks? Where's the talent there? Well, the talent resides with PG Music. This program allows someone like me with abysmal keyboard chops, to create rehearsal tracks or even (with some judicious tweaking) backing tracks suitable for public consumption. The combination of generated midi tracks plus some pretty nice sounding sampled instruments produces some very nice results right out of the box (no pun intended). If you have even rudimentary skills with your DAW, you have all you need to get nice results even if your chops are not ready for Carnegie Hall. As a learning tool, it is incredible. Ear training, producing charts, trying out different styles using the same changes. It's worth the price of admission. As I said, some tweaking is necessary here and there but, overall, this is well worth checking out. I suggest going to the PG Music site and listening to the demos. They accurately portray what the product does. I took off one star only because I couldn't get the program to send out for snacks when working late into the night, and because the sampled sounds are OK but not mind blowing. There is a lot of stuff there. The program actually comes loaded on it's own hard drive. You can run everything from there. Don't dismiss it without a listen. It has made getting orders for last minute projects far less stressful.
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