What is Band in a Box?
Band-in-a-Box is a music
arranger software package
for Windows and MAC OS.
The software allows a solo musician to play along
to a computer-generated accompaniment with
adjustable tempo, adjustable key, and a choice of
musical styles. Original accompaniment with custom
chord progressions and melody lines can also be
created. Band-in-a-Box basically provides a
'back-up band' for a musician to play along with.
It can also be used to simulate an entire band
with or without soloists.
Band-in-a-Box (BIAB) can create a background for
almost any chord progression used in Western popular
music. It can then play that song back using
the user's choice of one of thousands of different
background styles. In addition to playing back the
users' songs with built-in, additional, or
aftermarket styles, users can edit these or create
their own styles from scratch or from existing
MIDI files. In BIAB, styles refer to musical
styles encapsulated in style files (*.STY). There
are thousands of styles included with most BIAB
installations. Styles can be MIDI only, a
combination of MIDI and RealTracks/RealDrums or
RealTrack/RealDrums only (called RealStyles).
Users can create their own styles in
Band-in-a-Box. The simplest method is to create a
hybrid style. Another method is to import a style
from a MIDI file, Finally, a user can create a
style using the StyleMaker. Band-in-a-Box
MultiStyles are styles that can have up to 24
substyles; original Band-in-a-Box styles had two
substyles, “a” and “b.” These might be used for
(a) chorus, and (b) bridge, for example. BIAB also
works with programs like Finale, Sibelius and other similar packages.
Users can play the songs back and vary the key
and/or the song's speed independently or change
the number of times any section of the song
repeats. The program has a Melodist and Soloist
feature, allowing users to choose instruments and
specify other details regarding the Melodist or
Soloist; Band-in-a-Box will then create these
tracks based on the users selections. The Melodist
and Soloist tracks can be edited note by note in
the Notation window. Leadsheets can be printed for
each track for a live band to play, or for
learning the parts individually for practice.
Songs can be exported as either a MIDI or audio
fileto a sequencer such as Mixcraft 8 for further
editing or combining with other MIDI or audio
tracks that have been created by the user
Songs created in Band-in-a-Box can be burned to a
CD or put on to an MP3 player
to share with others when saved as audio files.
What are the options?
Band in a
Box is available in several
options: Pro, MegaPAK, UltraPAK, UltraPAK+ and
Audiophile Edition. The software in each
option is the same; the difference is the
number of MIDI styles, Real Tracks, RealDrums and other
features. If you are unsure whch option
is most suitable for you, please call us on
0161 456 7597 and we will
point you in the right direction.
Please note that you must choose either
Windows PC or MAC OS