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Norton Music's User Style Disk #5
For Band-in-a-Box

With FREE MIDI file intros and endings

More inspired BIAB styles PLUS long MIDI file intros and endings

User Style Disks #4 and #5 are designed to be used with Band-in-a-Box, but they were inspired by the Korg i series keyboards. I repeat, for clarity: These disks are to be used with Band-in-a-Box and the sound module(s) you are now using. They will make your Band-in-a-Box emulate a Korg i3 (but with much more variety and musicality). YOU DO NOT NEED A KORG SYNTH TO USE THESE DISKS -- YOU ONLY NEED BAND IN A BOX AND THE SOUND CARD/MODULE SET-UP YOU ALREADY HAVE

For years, the owners of my User Style Disks (#1, #2, & #3) have repeatedly asked me to do two different things:

  • Write styles for Band-in-a-Box that are based on the rhythms in one of those auto-play keyboards. The names most frequently mentioned are the Korg series of interactive keyboards, the i2, i3 and i4. When I went to my local music store, I discovered why - the i (interactive) styles sound great! (Note: since the i2, i3 and i4 all have the same `brain' I will use the term i3 to represent the entire i series of interactive keyboard instruments).
  • Write a disk of MIDIfile introductions and endings you can copy and paste onto MIDIfile sequences that you have created with the Band-in-a-Box program.

I have combined both of the above ideas in these new disks. Each disk contains both:

  1. Band-in-a-Box User Styles, inspired by the i3, then improved by taking advantage of Band-in-a-Box's variety and musical enhancement features,
  2. General MIDIfile sequences that contain elaborate, pro introductions and endings (up to 12 bars long) for copying and pasting on your MIDI sequences.

I have grouped the Band-in-a-Box styles and MIDIfiles into sets. Each set contains: Three styles that are similar enough to be used with the included intro/ending MIDIfiles. This gives you the ability to play similarly styled songs and utilize those great intros and endings, without repeating the exact same background licks in each song.

Since each i3 rhythm has four variations per style and Band-in-a-Box styles only allow two, I have combined the four i3 variations in up to the following three combinations:

BIAB Style #3 (A & B) = i3 Variations 1 & 4
BIAB Style #5 (A & B) = i3 Variations 2 & 4
BIAB Style #6 (A & B) = i3 Variations 3 & 4

This is exactly what Korg does to get many different arrangements (styles) out of their individual substyle variations. There is a tiny bit of redundancy in this set up, but I have compensated for this by packing a 3½" double sided disk as full as I can. Also, in order to fit more styles on the disks, I used a short, 12 bar blues progression for the demo song for most of these styles.

It is important to note that these user styles are not identical copies to their i3 counterparts. (Since the Band-in-a-Box program and the i3 have different `brains', timing resolutions and different instrument sets, this is impossible.) As I mentioned before, they have been made even better, by taking advantage of Band-in-a-Box's variety and musical enhancement features.

Norton Music's User Style Disk #5 has been recommended in Keyboard Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine, The Micro Computer Journal, Jazz Times Magazine on the internet , the McGraw-Hill textbook, Multimedia Literacy by Dr. Fred T. Hoffstetter, and by word of mouth in over 70 different countries by musicians like you.


Norton Music's User Style Disk #5 for Band-in-a-Box

Jazz ...... from Dixieland to Fusion

The best way to describe what is on this disk is to list the styles and post the demo songs. So here we go: Click the Demo link to listen to the MP3 demo.
Note: The audio MP3 files were recorded using Band-in-a-Box and the Edirol VSC3 Virtual Sound Canvas synthesizer. They were encoded at a low bit-rate and in mono so they will download fast, even for those with a dial-up connection. The low bit-rate results in low fidelity, but you will still be able to hear all the parts, and you won't have to wait long for the music to start. In most cases the demo plays only a few bars of the A section, a few bars of the B section, and the ending. In other words, what you hear is only a fraction of what you get.

  • Bossa Nova #3 style mp3 demo
  • Bossa Nova #5 style mp3 demo
  • Bossa Nova #6 style mp3 demo (with E.Bass, Piano and 2 guitars)
  • PLUS two General MIDIfile sequences, each with a great, professional introduction, 12 bars of blues, and a great pro ending on each sequence.

These Bossas are contemporary Bossa Novas and can be used for a variety of Latin jazz tunes.

Set #2 contains:

  • Big Band #3 style mp3 demo
  • Big Band #5 style mp3 demo (with Acoustic Bass, Trumpets, Trombones and Saxes)
  • Big Band #6 style mp3 demo
  • PLUS two General MIDIfile sequences, each with a great, professional introduction, 12 bars of blues, and a great pro ending on each sequence.

Big band swing, for Ellington, Sinatra, Kenton, and others. These 3, inter-related styles produce arrangements called, The Duke, Ol Blue Eyes, Cookin', etc.

Set #3 contains:

  • Broadway #3 style mp3 demo (with Acoustic Bass, Piano, Brass section and Sax section)
  • Broadway #5 style mp3 demo
  • Broadway #6 style mp3 demo (with bass, piano, brass section and sax section)
  • PLUS two General MIDIfile sequences, each with a great, professional introduction, 12 bars of blues, and a great pro ending on each sequence.

For classic show tunes, some standards, and Tin Pan Alley tunes. These 3, inter-related styles produce arrangements called, Avalon, etc.

Set #4 contains

  • Dixieland #3 style mp3 demo (with Tuba, Banjo, Clarinet and Trumpet)
  • Dixieland #5 style
  • Dixieland #6 style
  • PLUS three General MIDIfile sequences, each with a great, professional introduction, 12 bars of blues, and a great pro ending on each sequence.

For classic Dixieland, New Orleans, and early Satchmo tunes. These 3, inter-related styles produce arrangements called, Bourbon St., etc.

Set #5 contains:

  • Fusion #3 style mp3 demo with Fretless Bass, Hammond Organ, Clean Guitar and Brass Section.
  • Fusion #5 style
  • Fusion #6 style
  • PLUS two General MIDIfile sequences, each with a great, professional introduction, 12 bars of blues, and a great pro ending on each sequence.

Three, hip, fusion BIAB user styles. These are contemporary, up-tempo, Samba-ish, jazz-ish, rock-ish, fusion. These 3, inter-related styles produce arrangements called, StretchOut, etc.

Set #6 contains:

  • R&B Shuffle #3 style mp3 demo with Synth Bass, Chorus Piano, Clean E. Guitar and Atmosphere patch.
  • R&B Shuffle #5 style
  • R&B Shuffle #6 style
  • PLUS two General MIDIfile sequences, each with a great, professional introduction, 12 bars of blues, and a great pro ending on each sequence.

More jazz with a hip-hop beat, than roots R&B (I've heard it called acid jazz). You can't listen to a contemporary jazz radio station for very long without hearing tunes with this beat. These 3, inter-related styles produce arrangements called, Jammin'Sax, Groovin, etc.

Set #7 contains:

  • Slow Swing #3 style mp3 demo With Bass, Piano, Guitar and Vibes
  • Slow Swing #5 style
  • Slow Swing #6 style mp3 demo with Bass, Guitar and two pianos
  • PLUS three General MIDIfile sequences, each with a great, professional introduction, 12 bars of blues, and a great pro ending on each sequence.

Cool school for slow standards, cool jazz, and jazz ballads like contemporary Shirley Horn, or classic pre bop Miles and Trane tunes. These 3, inter-related styles produce arrangements called, After Hours, etc.

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Norton Music's User Style Disk 5
for Band-in-a-Box
PLUS FREE MIDIfile Intros and Endings!!!
Requires version 7 or higher of Band-in-a-Box
Optimized for v.2004 or higher
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Norton Music's Better Band Style Disks for Band-in-a-Box
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Disk #2
(Variety)
Disk #3
(All Request)
Disk #4
(Rock - From Top40 to Hard)
Disk #5
(Jazz - From Big Band to Fusion)
Disk #6
(Country, Retro Rock & Crossover)
Disk #7
(All Request)
Disk #8
(All Request)
Disk #9
(Jazz & Blues)
Disk #10
(All Request)
Disk #11
(All Request)
Disk #12
(8 Beats, 16 Beats & Ballads)
Disk #13
(All Request)
Disk #14
(Mix & Match Mega Styles)
Disk #15
(Super-Styles of the Super-Stars)
Disk #16
(Mix & Match Mega Styles for Jazz)
Disk #17
(All Request - All EXPANDED)
Disk #18 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Styles of the Korg PA80 Vol.1 - 8Beats)
Disk #19 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Korg PA80 Vol.2 - 8Beats and 16Beats)
Disk #20 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Korg PA80 Vol.3 - Mostly Ballads)
Disk #21 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Styles of the Technics KN7000 V.1 - Variety)
Disk #22 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Technics KN7000 V.2 - Variety)
Disk #23 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Korg PA80 Vol.4 - Mostly 3/4, 6/8 & 12/8)
Disk #24 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Korg PA80 Vol.5 - Dance, Trance, Techno)
Disk #25 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Technics KN7000 V.3 - Country)
Disk #26 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Korg PA80 Vol.6 - Latin American)
Disk #27 with FREE intro/ending disk
(Korg PA80 Vol.7 - European Styles)
 
Don't want to purchase and entire style disk? SINGLE STYLES are available here
Roy Hawkesford and Sherry Mayrent Style/Arrangement Disks for Band-in-a-Box
RH Disk #1    RH Disk #2    RH Disk #3    RH Disk #4    RH Disk #5    RH Disk #6    RH Disk #7
Sherry Mayrent's Klezmer Style/Song disk for Band-in-a-Box
 

 
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...and EVERYONE WHO HAS Band-In-A-Box SHOULD ALSO HAVE THOSE THIRD PARTY, NORTON MUSIC USER STYLES!!! They make a good thing (BIAB) even better. Much better. You can even gig with these styles. I answered his ad on AOL (screen name NotesNortn) and was I glad I did. They are the icing on the cake. - semitone@[domain omitted to avoid spam]


"I was pleasantly surprised Band-In-A-Box could sound as good as your styles made it." - Aeron Carre - Vancouver, Canada

 
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