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    What are the best Band-in-a-Box alternatives?

    Band-in-a-Box is described as 'intelligent automatic accompaniment program. You can hear and play along to many song ideas and go from "nothing" to "something" in a very short period of time with Band-in-a-Box as your "on demand" backup band' and is a Music Production App in the Audio & Music category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Band-in-a-Box for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Impro-Visor, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Band-in-a-Box are MMA (Free, Open Source), ChordPulse (Freemium), JJazzLab (Free, Open Source) and Avid Sibelius (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jul 21, 2021
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    Band-in-a-Box is an intelligent automatic accompaniment program. You can hear and play along to many song ideas and go from...
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      Impro-Visor (short for “Improvisation Advisor”) is a music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised. The objective is to improve understanding of solo construction and tune chord changes.
      Impro-Visor vs Band-in-a-Box opinions
      Most users think Impro-Visor is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
      better user interface. many similar facilities to BIAB.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      “MMA—Musical MIDI Accompaniment” is an accompaniment generator. It creates MIDI tracks for a soloist to perform over from a user supplied file containing chords and MMA directives.
      MMA vs Band-in-a-Box opinions
      Almost everyone thinks MMA is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
      MMA is free. It runs on (among other platforms) linux. I have it running on my $35 Raspberrry Pi. The data file of chords (and, optionally, melodies, and song structure (repeats!), is text but pretty easy to follow. Type in the chords, the repeats, some melody or solo licks, choose styles (and substyles) and a quick run will generate a MIDI file. A free Biab alternative!
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Produces backing tracks to play over.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      After trying it out, I should be able to describe it.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    1. ChordPulse is a handy backing band software for music practice, inspiration, improvisation, and pure fun with music. Play and sing along with ChordPulse. Use it as a full accompaniment, a drum machine with bass, a metronome with chords, and more.
      ChordPulse vs Band-in-a-Box opinions
      Most users think ChordPulse is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
      it's cheap. incredibly easy to use, it's very complete in its chord options and many styles which all sound great. Also, having a mixer built-in for the separate tracks like drums of bass helps me a lot. I also use it to create chord progressions which you can export to text and MIDI which I will then import into my recording software
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      Easy to use, simple interface that even beats I-Real Pro.
      Top positive comment  10 months ago

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      I have BB but this is easier for beginners.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      Its just so much easier to use.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      better designed user interface, you won't need a manual. It has lots of styles embedded, which all sound perfect for practicing soloing. Also, it exports to midi so you can load your jam track to a DAW and start recording your song. ChordPulse does not do automatic soloing but who uses that, really?
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Easy and fast to create some jam-tracks, lot of styles, midi export
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

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      JJazzLab is a free Midi-based application which automatically generates backing tracks (a musical accompaniment) for any song. It’s a jam buddy to have fun improvising, learn new stuff or just practice your instrument. It’s also a great tool for teachers.
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      Almost everyone thinks JJazzLab is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
      Easy to use and imports Band-in--a-Box files
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    2. Sibelius is a scorewriter program, created by Sibelius Software (now part of Avid Technology) for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and historically RISC OS.
      Avid Sibelius vs Band-in-a-Box opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Avid Sibelius is still a legitimate alternative to Band-in-a-Box, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Sibelius is a notation (Score writing) application, Band-In-A-Box is not.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      Sibelius is music notation software. You would have to create the accompaniment yourself in the notation. There is little similarity between this and BIAB.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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      It's for writing sheet music, not for making backing tracks
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    3. Power Tab Editor is a free tablature authoring tool created by Brad Larsen for Windows. It is used to create guitar, bass and ukulele tablature scores, among many others. The current version uses the *.ptb file format.
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      Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free Software, freely available under the General Public License.
      Frescobaldi vs Band-in-a-Box opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Frescobaldi is still a legitimate alternative to Band-in-a-Box, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      create sheet music not accompaniments
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    4. Aria Maestosa is an open-source (GPL) midi tracker/editor. It lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in a user-friendly interface offering keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.
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      LeMMA is a simple GUI “front-end” written in Python for MMA (Musical MIDI Accompaniment – also written in Python). Just enter the chords, select the grooves and press “Play”.

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      The project looks abandoned. Last version, 0.9 alpha, released in August 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      Most users think LeMMA is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
    5. Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
      Rosegarden vs Band-in-a-Box opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Rosegarden is still a legitimate alternative to Band-in-a-Box, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Rosegarden is a DAW, BAiB is not.
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      IT's a DAW and BIAB is not.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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