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December 2, 2003

TECH NOTE

PG Music Inc. has released the 2004 Version of its Band-in-a-Box intelligent music software for Windows. With over fifty new features, Band-in-a-Box 2004 offers a major upgrade in features and functionality. With the new 32-bit engine program operations are much faster, including up to 3 times faster notation redraws, song and soloing generation. Playback timing is improved with all versions of Windows including the newest XP and Media Center operating systems. Enhancements to the graphical user interface include floating/dockable toolbars.

With the new Audio Vocal Harmony routines the user can apply a harmony to the audio part and automatically create up to 4-part vocal harmonies. Band-in-a-Box 2004 employs TC-Helicon Vocal Technologies engine to generate the harmonies. The user simply has to record a vocal part, choose a harmony, and Band-in-a-Box will generate the vocal harmony automatically.

Band-in-a-Box 2004 can also automatically "fix" vocals to the correct pitch with Melody Pitch Tracking. The user can set the low-high harmonies range to ensure that the root played will always be at least one octave from the melody note. This is useful for a cappella harmonies where the lowest voice is playing the bass roots.

Posted by acapnews at December 2, 2003 9:55 PM

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