Alternatives to Band-in-a-Box for all platforms with any license

  • Impro-Visor

    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...

    • better user interface. many similar facilities to BIAB. Guest • Jun 2018 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • MMA

    “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...

    • 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! Guest • Apr 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • After trying it out, I should be able to describe it. Guest • Feb 2019 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Produces backing tracks to play over. Guest • Mar 2017 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • ChordPulse

    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...

    • I have BB but this is easier for beginners. Guest • Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 Guest • Jan 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its just so much easier to use. Guest • Mar 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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? Guest • Dec 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy and fast to create some jam-tracks, lot of styles, midi export Guest • Oct 2015 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Windows

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  • Frescobaldi

    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...

    • create sheet music not accompaniments Guest • Dec 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Sibelius

    Sibelius is a scorewriter program, created by Sibelius Software (now part of Avid Technology) for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and historically RISC OS.

    • Sibelius is music notation software. You would have to create the accompaniment yourself in the notation. There is little similarity between this and BIAB. Guest • May 2019 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's for writing sheet music, not for making backing tracks Guest • May 2018 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Sibelius is a notation (Score writing) application, Band-In-A-Box is not. Guest • Dec 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • JJazzLab

    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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • LeMMA

    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...

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

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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