The award-winning Band-in-a-Box is so easy to use! The 2008 version has many new features and disk saving file types. Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7 or C13b9), choose the style you’d like, and Band-in-a-Box does the rest. Band-in-a-Box automatically generates a complete professional quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar and strings in a wide variety of popular styles. (Jazz, Pop, Country, Classical and more.) The “MIDI-file to Style Wizard”, automatically converts a MIDI file (.MID) to a Band-in-a-Box Style (.STY). Version 12 provides for General MIDI 2 standard (GM2). This GM2 support adds 128 new instruments to Band-in-a-Box styles and songs, including ukulele, mandolin, 12-string guitar plus many new and improved piano, organ, guitar, brass and string sounds. We’ve made many new styles using the new instruments, and include updated versions of previous styles. You’ll be hearing the new instruments with many of your new and existing styles. (Note: The included Roland VSC3 synth supports the new GM2 instruments, as do most newer modules/sound cards. If yours doesn’t, a similar instrument from the existing 128 General MIDI sounds will be substituted.)The Guitar Window has been enhanced by adding fret display support for other instruments, including mandolin, ukulele and banjo. You’ll see authentic chord voicings and melody display on the fretboard for all of these new instruments. The StyleMaker has been enhanced with support for GM2 instruments, so you can make styles that use the new instruments and have correct instrument voicings displayed on the fretboard. We’ve also added an option for standard guitar chord diagrams to be included in the notation display, leadsheet, and printout. Choose from Folk, Pop or Jazz Guitar Chord Diagrams.Bass players will now see bass tablature and correctly displayed bass parts on the new bass fretboard.The program’s user interface has been enhanced, with a single dialog for all program options and song settings, right mouse support, simplified menu, additional hot keys and more.