Band-in-a-Box adds real instrument sounds

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PG Music has announced the release of Band-in-a-Box 2009 for the Mac, a new version of its “intelligent music accompaniment” software for Mac OS X. It’s priced from $129 to $549 depending on features.

With Band-in-a-Box, you can automatically generate piano, bass, drum, guitar and string or horn arrangements by simply entering chords. The developer makes versions including a variety of styles, instrument sets and other extra content.

New to the 2009 release are features including RealDrums and RealTracks — capabilities that add a live drummer track and live session musicians, rather than relying only on MIDI-produced audio. A new Audio Chord Wizard has also been implemented — it analyzes, extracts and shows the chords from audio recordings you’ve made, on-screen, and then can write them to the Band-in-a-Box chord sheet.

Other new features include “Direct-to-Disk” audio rendering, the “Reharmonist,” which generates chords for a melody or an improved chord progression; enhancements to the software’s user interface; changes to the “StylePicker” feature; and much more.

System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later, Intel processor required. 512MB RAM, 500MB hard disk space.

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