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Open Source Band-in-a-Box Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Band-in-a-Box is Impro-Visor. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Band-in-a-Box and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Band-in-a-Box are MMA, JJazzLab, Rosegarden and Aria Maestosa.

Band-in-a-Box alternatives are mainly Music Production Apps but may also be Digital Audio Workstations. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Band-in-a-Box.
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  1. Impro-Visor icon

    Impro-Visor

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    65 alternatives to 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 improvised. The objective is to improve understanding of solo construction and tune chord changes.

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    better user interface. many similar facilities to BIAB.

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    MMA

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    8 alternatives to 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 directives.

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    1.  Support for MIDIMMA includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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      Almost everyone thinks MMA is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
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      Produces backing tracks to play over.

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      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!

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      After trying it out, I should be able to describe it.

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      JJazzLab

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      17 alternatives to 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, learn new stuff or just practice your instrument. It’s also a great tool for teachers.

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      Easy to use and imports Band-in--a-Box files

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      Rosegarden

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      99 alternatives to Rosegarden 

      Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.

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      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.
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      IT's a DAW and BIAB is not.

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      Rosegarden is a DAW, BAiB is not.

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      Aria Maestosa

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      36 alternatives to Aria Maestosa 

      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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      1.  Support for MIDIAria Maestosa includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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        Denemo

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        49 alternatives to Denemo 

        GNU Denemo is a music notation editor that lets you rapidly enter notation for typesetting via the LilyPond music engraver. You can compose, transcribe, arrange, listen to the music and much more.

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        1.  Support for MIDIDenemo includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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          Frescobaldi

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          40 alternatives to 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 General Public License.

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          create sheet music not accompaniments

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        • musagi

          11 alternatives to musagi 

          Musagi is a complex music authoring and synthesizer similar to trackers.

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          LeMMA

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          6 alternatives to 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 “Play”.

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          1.  Support for MIDILeMMA includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
            Discontinued

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

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            DGuitar

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            36 alternatives to DGuitar 

            DGuitar is a Guitar Pro (GP4, GP3, GTP) viewer/player that works on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, Solaris, and any other operating system that has Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or later installed.

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            1.  Support for MIDIDGuitar includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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              The last software release was published on February 20th, 2006.

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