Band-in-a-Box Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Band-in-a-Box for Mac if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Mac alternative is Small Impro-Visor iconImpro-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 Small MMA iconMMA (Free, Open Source), Small JJazzLab iconJJazzLab (Free, Open Source), Small Frescobaldi iconFrescobaldi (Free, Open Source) and Small Aria Maestosa iconAria Maestosa (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Sep 4, 2020

    • 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
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      better user interface. many similar facilities to BIAB.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago 5 users agree and 5 don't

    • “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.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      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 10 months ago 2 users agree

      Produces backing tracks to play over.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago 4 users agree and 4 don't

      After trying it out, I should be able to describe it.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago 2 users agree and 4 don't



    • JJazzLab is a free Midi-based application which automatically generates backing tracks (a musical accompaniment) for any song.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Band-in-a-Box.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
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      Easy to use and imports Band-in--a-Box files
      Positive comment 4 months ago 1 users agree

    • 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.
      This alternative is disputed. It's still a legitimate alternative, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
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      create sheet music not accompaniments
      Negative comment about 2 years ago 4 users agree and 1 doesn't

    • Aria Maestosa is an open-source (GPL) midi tracker/editor.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
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      • 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.
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      • Free
      • Mac
      • Windows
    • Sibelius is a scorewriter program, created by Sibelius Software (now part of Avid Technology) for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and historically RISC OS.
      This alternative is disputed. It's still a legitimate alternative, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      • Freemium
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Sibelius is a notation (Score writing) application, Band-In-A-Box is not.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago 4 users agree

      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 2 years ago 2 users agree and 1 doesn't

      It's for writing sheet music, not for making backing tracks
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago 1 users agree and 2 don't

    • GNU Denemo is a music notation editor that lets you rapidly enter notation for typesetting via the LilyPond music engraver.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
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      • Linux
    • The Tonelib JAM is a software for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music for guitar and other fretted instruments.
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    • Go PlayAlong is an interactive tab player enabling you to play along with the original recordings, perfectly synced to your tabs. Stay motivated and focus on the songs that you love.
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      • Mac
      • Windows