Band-in-a-Box Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Band-in-a-Box for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Impro-Visor, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Band-in-a-Box and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Band-in-a-Box are MMA (Free, Open Source), JJazzLab (Free, Open Source), Avid Sibelius (Freemium) and Power Tab Editor (Free).

    This page was last updated Jun 26, 2021

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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.
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      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 over 3 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.
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      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 over 1 year ago

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

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

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    1. 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.
      JJazzLab vs Band-in-a-Box opinions
      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 about 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.
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      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 almost 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 over 2 years ago

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      It's for writing sheet music, not for making backing tracks
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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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.
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      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
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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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.
    5. 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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    6. The Tonelib JAM is a software for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music for guitar and other fretted instruments. You can use Tonelib JAM for regular guitar practicing, for learning songs or for advancing your performance skills to the next level.
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      iReal Pro offers an easy-to-use tool to help musicians of all levels master their art. iReal Pro simulates a real-sounding band that can accompany you as you practice, and also lets you collect chord charts of your favorite songs for reference.
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