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eMedia Music PG Music Band-in-a-Box 2016 MegaPAK - Backing Band / Accompaniment Software (Mac, Download)
PG Music Band-in-a-Box 2016 MegaPAK - Backing Band / Accompaniment Software (Mac, Download)
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MFR # BBE60708DL
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Available for download and designed primarily to aid in your practicing routine, eMedia's Band-in-a-Box 2016 MegaPAK provides a virtual band to jam along with, allowing you to shed your solo chops or practice your accompaniment skills. This downloadable piece of software provides tracks of performances by actual musicians for this purpose, though you can also utilize a veritable cornucopia of MIDI loops and phrases to bolster your practice sessions.
Band-in-a-Box is more than a means to accompany yourself in solo practice; third-party VST and AU plug-ins, loops, Hi-Q MIDI instruments, an included VST Guitar Amp Simulator in the form of the well-regarded AmpliTube, and harmony generators allow you to fashion entire arrangements of your own design—arrangements that you can then render as audio or sheet music, should you desire to share them with the world at large.
Furthermore, if you don't know the chords of a given song, you can import it into Band-in-a-Box and use their Audio Chord Wizard to detect its harmonies, tempo, and key.
New to 2016 Version
These MIDI sounds have been programmed to make MIDI tracks—both regular and MIDI SuperTracks—sound better. You can audition and choose a HiQ patch for any track by holding down the control key and clicking on the track and choosing "Select HiQ MIDI Patch".
Plug-Ins Options Dialogue
This feature includes an option to scan for VST plug-ins on booting up, as well as options for how plug-in windows are opened, closed, and arranged on the screen. Plug-ins that are essential to Band-in-a-Box (for instance, the "Apple: DLSMusicDevice" or "Sforzando") are scanned regardless of the "Scan for VST plug-ins on bootup" or "Scan for AU plug-ins on bootup" settings.
This well-renowned VST Guitar Amp Simulator can be used effectively with the Direct Input RealTracks.
Sforzando, a .sfz sample player made by Plogue, has been customized for Band-in-a-Box, and is used to play the HiQ Instrument sounds.
Enhanced Chord Sheet
"Layers" have been added. Layers are optional rows of information shown above each bar.
The Bar Lyrics layer is for all editable bar-based lyrics (up to 255 characters per bar) loaded and saved with the song.
The Section Text layer is for any editable text (up to 255 characters per bar) loaded and saved with the song.
The Section Text and Bar Lyrics layers will attempt to intelligently separate your lyrics into different bars.
You have the option to automatically open or close the Bar Lyrics/Section Text layers when opening songs.
The Bar Settings layer shows information about any changes that occur for that bar (tempo changes, key changes, etc.).
The Additional Chord Display allows you to see the root notes of chords in four kinds of notation, including Roman Numeral, Nashville Notation, Solfeggio Notation, and Fixed Do (Italy/Europe)
All layers can be customized as to font and color.
Now you see the chord where you are typing it. Previously, chords wouldn't appear until you hit the Return key, and sometimes wouldn't appear at all if you made a typo.
Mouse-over indication shows which bar or cell you are hovering your mouse over.
You can now select a region of bars by just using the keyboard.
A mouse wheel now scrolls the Chord Sheet vertically instead of moving the highlighted cell.
You can now drag a part marker to copy it to other bars.
The Display Options dialog has been added to customize Chord Sheet display.
Colors for all elements on the Chord Sheet can be customized.
Part markers can have a gradient look.
You have the option to see borders around part markers.
You can choose how often bar numbers should appear: never, always, only at part markers, or only at new rows.
A vertical line can be drawn next to each bar number.
Substyle colors can be used for optional bar lines, bar numbers, and section letters.
There is an option to “gray out” bars after the end of the song.
"9sus" chords can be displayed as "11" chords.
The "Display '2' as 'sus2'" and "Display 'sus' as 'sus4'" settings will show suspended chords more explicitly: "Sus" implies "Sus4," while "2" implies "sus2"; still, you can see the full extension name if you desire to.
The chords beyond the time signature will be grayed out.
The "superscript" option shows chord extensions with smaller raised font.
You can adjust the chord font size as a percentage.
The number of columns can be customized. Previously, there were always 4 columns.
You can now choose the number of rows on a screen. Previously, the Chord Sheet always showed 16 rows.
When a song is loaded, the number of rows can be automatically set depending on the number of bars in the song.
A new part marker can start a new line.
Space between columns or rows is selectable.
All of the settings and colors can be saved and loaded as a .csc file.
You can enter Bar Lyrics (bar-based lyrics) on the Chord Sheet.
Fake Sheet Mode
Fake Sheet mode allows display of repeats, 1st/2nd endings, DS/DC al Coda, and more. You can add your own repeats and endings by control-clicking on the Chord Sheet, Notation, or Lead Sheet window and selecting the Repeats/Codas/1st-2nd Endings option in the context menu. An auto-detect feature that analyzes the song and adds repeats and endings for you.
The window is now sizable by dragging the corner.
The font size for the styles list is selectable.
The styles list can be easily sorted by clicking on a column name.
There is a button to quickly set a style in the list as your favorite.
Quick filter: Type a text and/or select a category, time signature, feel, tempo, etc., and you will immediately see the filtered list.
There is an automatic intelligent sorting of "best style" for the current song.
4-bar preview allows you to hear the first four bars of the current song using the selected style.
There are buttons to find all style files and rebuild the list.
The style list can be exported to a spreadsheet.
The StylePicker Options dialog has been added for additional display options for the StylePicker.
Intelligent Style Suggestion
Type a familiar song title, and the StylePicker will list styles whose genre, feel, and tempo are similar to that song.
Vocal Synth Generation
Band in the Box 2016 includes built-in support for the popular online vocal synth "Sinsy".
You can now open a MusicXML file from notation programs such as Finale, Sibelius, and Guitar Pro.
Guitar Capo Support
Guitar capo support has been added to the on-screen Guitar Window and the Notation Window. You can set a capo value, and a capo gets drawn and guitar display reflects the capo setting.
The tablature in the Notation Window will adjust the fret numbers based on the capo setting in the transpose menu.
Lists in various dialogs can be copied to a spreadsheet. This includes the StylePicker, the RealTracks Picker, and the RealDrums Picker dialogs.
Improved Melody Functions
Improved legato: You can increase legato of the notes in the Melody or the Soloist track by a selectable number of ticks, or avoid next note by degrees of ticks as well. Also, a Staccato Melody function has been added, reducing the length of notes by a selectable number of ticks, and preserving a minimum number of ticks for duration of notes.
The Lead Sheet Window can display Bar Lyrics.
Log of flash messages have been enhanced, with an ability to record more message types.
Changing a dB value in the StyleMaker for a track with loops is now an option.
A "No Loop" button has been added to the Loops dialog.
Options (no transpose, no slash chords) have been added to RealTracks.
A new mode has been added to the woodshed feature: When the tempo reaches max, it stays there.
Option for relative note says b3, b5, b7—instead of 3b, 5b, 7b.
Clicking on a piano on the Mixer now adds a note to the notation at the current time in Editable mode.
New UserTracks templates have been added to the Band-in-a Box/RealTracks/UserTracks/UserTracks Templates folder (also in Band-in-a-Box/data/TemplatesForUserTracks folder).
The style demos have been redone with even volumes. Previously, the demos varied in volume from MIDI to RealTracks.
RealTracks pushes now happen a little later, sounding more musical, and the timing is tempo dependent.
1,000 Loops have been improved to sound better with styles.
C7+ is not in holds, C+ is, so it should remap them.
Stereo UserTracks is now supported.
Key Features at a Glance
Automatic Music Accompaniment
Type in the chords over you'd like to solo over, choose the genre of music you want to explore, and you're good to go for a realistic accompaniment experience in the comfort of your own private space.
Automatic Solo and Melody Generating
Further your accompaniment skills by automatically generating melodies and solos to which you may react in a chordal, harmonic fashion, thus improving your "comping" skills. You can also study these solos if you choose, seeing how a computer algorithm might handle rhythm changes and other assorted standards.
Real Recordings from Real Studio Pros
Utilizing Band-in-a-Box's RealTracks and RealDrums, you can import the actual, recorded playing of a multitude of studio musicians.
Scores of Suitable Styles for Soloing
Band-in-a-Box provides RealCombos—preset arrangements of RealTracks playing in a wide array of genres. You can select from jazz, blues, funk, rock, pop, country, folk, and more. Now you can get that samba to feel just right as you blast your trumpet, or you can swing along to the jazz comping of some serious hep-cats.
In addition to utilizing preset RealCombos, you can mix and match instruments from up to five bands to create your own genre. Want to jam over some bluegrass jazz-metal? Why not! Go ahead and save the combo afterwards as your own preset to access at any time.
Automatic Vocal Harmonies
If you sport the ability to record your own vocals, simply import any such voice part, select this feature, choose a style of harmony, and Band-in-a-Box will create up to four harmonies in seconds flat utilizing the TC-Helicon Vocal Technologies engine. Furthermore, using the Melody Track feature, you can tune your original lead vocal part, should you be off-key for any reason.
Rendering and Export Options
Like what you recorded? Want to print it as sheet music for the band to play? Want to export your recording for other programs? You can go ahead and do that with Band-in-a-Box's rendering, printing, and exporting options. You can even export an audio track for internet purposes (posting on YouTube, for example). AIFF, M4A, and WAV audio formats are all supported.
VST & AU Support
Utilize third-party plug-ins and software-instruments with VST and AU support. Furthermore, each track allows you to use multiple instruments in order to layer sounds, if that's what you wish to do.
Other Notable Features
User interface with time-saving features, including a display window for piano notation / guitar tablature
Import audio files and record audio tracks
Over 460 RealTracks instruments, and 60 different bands
Over 2,000 styles of MIDI, as well as 74 MIDI SuperTracks, allows you to customize MIDI sounds, as well as edit individual MIDI notes.
Over 300 MIDI soloists
Over 200 individual MIDI Melodists
21 Nature Sounds and Percussion Loops
Over 62 different artist performances
1,000 dubstep, modern, and top 40 loops over which you can play
Included Bonus 8-PAK
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Mac OS X 10.5 or later
2 GB of free hard drive space for Band-in-a-Box
Approximately 20 GB of free hard drive space for MegaPAK extras
512 MB RAM (2 GB recommended)
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