- Free • Open Source
- Music Production App
What is 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.
MMA is very versatile and generates excellent tracks. It comes with an extensive user-extendable library with a variety of patterns for various popular rhythms, detailed user manuals, and several demo songs.
MMA is a command line driven program. It creates MIDI files which are then played by a sequencer or MIDI file play program.
Gek S. Low has also written a nice little GUI front-end. He refers to it as a “lazy man's” program to make it easier for folks to enter simple chord progressions. It's written in python and tkinter. Get Lemma at http://xenon.stanford.edu/~geksiong/lemma.html.
See http://www.mellowood.ca/mma/helpers.html#editors for syntax coloring in editors like Emacs, Kate and SciTE.
There are scripts to convert data files from other formats like Band-in-a-box, ABC, MUP and Yamaya .sty (see http://www.mellowood.ca/mma/helpers.html#convert)
Said about MMA as an alternative
After trying it out, I should be able to describe it.
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!
Produces backing tracks to play over.
- Music Production
CategoryAudio & Music
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