Band-in-a-Box Alternatives

    Band-in-a-Box is described as 'Intelligent auto-accompaniment to help music composers create truly professional backing tracks' and is an 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 Rosegarden (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 5, 2021

    • 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. View 63 alternatives to Impro-Visor
      Most users think Impro-Visor is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Impro-Visor vs Band-in-a-Box
      pros, cons and recent comments
      better user interface. many similar facilities to BIAB.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

    • “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. View 8 alternatives to MMA
      Almost everyone thinks MMA is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      MMA vs Band-in-a-Box
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 1 year ago

      Produces backing tracks to play over.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      After trying it out, I should be able to describe it.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago



    • ChordPulse is a handy backing band software for music practice, inspiration, improvisation, and pure fun with music. Play and sing along with ChordPulse. View 10 alternatives to ChordPulse
      Most users think ChordPulse is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      ChordPulse vs Band-in-a-Box
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      I have BB but this is easier for beginners.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      Its just so much easier to use.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      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 3 years ago

      Easy and fast to create some jam-tracks, lot of styles, midi export
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

    • JJazzLab is a free Midi-based application which automatically generates backing tracks (a musical accompaniment) for any song. View 16 alternatives to JJazzLab
      Almost everyone thinks JJazzLab is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      JJazzLab vs Band-in-a-Box
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Easy to use and imports Band-in--a-Box files
      Positive comment 6 months ago

    • Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment. View 95 alternatives to Rosegarden
      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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Rosegarden vs Band-in-a-Box
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Rosegarden is a DAW, BAiB is not.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      IT's a DAW and BIAB is not.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago



    • 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. View 40 alternatives to Frescobaldi
      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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Frescobaldi vs Band-in-a-Box
      pros, cons and recent comments
      create sheet music not accompaniments
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    • Aria Maestosa is an open-source (GPL) midi tracker/editor. View 36 alternatives to Aria Maestosa
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • 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. View 49 alternatives to Power Tab Editor
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
    • GNU Denemo is a music notation editor that lets you rapidly enter notation for typesetting via the LilyPond music engraver. View 50 alternatives to Denemo
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • 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”. View 6 alternatives to LeMMA
      Most users think LeMMA is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.

      Discontinued

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

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
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