July 15, 2004
PG Music Inc. has released Version 12 of its Band-in-a-Box intelligent
music software for use with Macintosh OS X. New features include an all new
32-bit PPC program engine, enhanced user interface, faster program operation,
improved playback timing, improved support for CoreMIDI, QuickTime Music synthesizer
and controller keyboards, plus odd time signature support, new count in
types, increased maximum number of soloists, the ability to intelligently transform
a 4/4 melody to a 3/4 time signature and much more.
Band-in-a-Box 12 for Mac has an all new 32-bit PPC program engine that allows
it to run “Native” in OS X Jaguar or Panther (version 10.2 or higher recommended)
and is fully Mac OS X carbonized. The user interface has been enhanced with
improved menus and more, giving Band-in-a-Box 12 a much better look in the
OS X environment. Improved OS X 128X128 “high resolution” program and file
icons are also included to enhance the user experience.
Program operations are much faster, with up to 3 times faster notation redraws,
song, and soloing generation. Playback timing is improved and rock-solid with
OS X. Timing has been improved for tighter playback.
Band-in-a-Box 12 for Mac now includes CoreMIDI support (for external MIDI
devices) as well as improved support for QuickTime Music synthesizers, making
it work and sound much better in OS X. Additional MIDI driver enhancements
allow users with controller keyboards such as M-Audio Oxygen8, or Edirol PCR-1
to play thru the QuickTime Music synthesizer from their MIDI keyboard.
Added odd-time signature support in Band-in-a-Box 12 for Mac OS X provides
the ability to play odd-time signatures like 9/8, 11/8, 13/16, 19/16, etc.
Count-in and the styles play correctly in the odd-time signature feel. Users
can change time signatures during the song.
A new option in Preferences allows users to specify that Band-in-a-Box play
2 bars of a drum pattern instead of the standard count-in. Users may prefer
to hear the drum beat as it may provide more information about the upcoming
groove. This feature is useful when playing with Band-in-a-Box live. Includes
options to have “a” or “b” drum fills or patterns play for the 2 bars.
The maximum number of soloists supported by Band-in-a-Box has been increased
and new soloists added. The previous limit of 256 soloists is now increased
to 1,024, and new Soloists Sets are now available. New Soloist Sets include
Ballads and Guitar Soloing, Trumpet Soloing and the new “Artist” Soloist Series.
Users can now automatically transform any 4/4 Melody to a 3/4 Waltz (“Strauss-in-a-Box”)
or transform “Waltz” Melody to 4/4 (“De-Strauss” the Melody). Users need to
simply load in any 4/4 song and change the style to a Waltz style or load any
Waltz and change to a 4/4 style. The program will offer to transform the melody
so that it works with the newly selected time signature. Band-in-a-Box uses
intelligent algorithms to transform the melody to the new time signature.
Customers can download Band-in-a-Box 12 for Mac OS X immediately or order
via mail, phone, fax or e-mail directly from PG Music Inc.
For more information, visit their web site at www.pgmusic.com