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Unread 10-03-2008, 03:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Software for creating your own backing tracks???

I'd like to create some backing tracks to practice scales, solos etc over.

Simple key changes (bluesy type stuff) - tracks with drums and say a bassline (which the software creates for you).

I've tried Band In Box but didn't like that - it didn't seem very flexible.

Is there a particular package that's considered the best?
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Unread 10-03-2008, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

I like band in a box. You just type in the chords and go - it generates the bass, drums, etc. You can change tempo and keys for practice. Now it has real instruments, I only have the real drums but it works very well.
What did you want it to do that it didn't do for you?
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Unread 10-03-2008, 10:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

perhaps I didnt give it a full go. i'll have to have another look.
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Unread 10-03-2008, 12:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

I used Band In a Box while I was at school.

The sounds are like a 70's porno B movie but it's good enough for practice
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

haha

they have real instruments now so it's starting to sound better.

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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

BIAB confuses the hell out of me. I'm a "computer geek" and I can't make sense of that program. I wanted to put in some simple progressions and have it repeat that progression...I spent 20 minutes perusing the manual trying to find a way to do that and couldn't find it, so I gave up. And that wasn't the first time i gave it a go. The other times I decide to dig into it, I had the same issue. When you have to spend 20 minutes just to figure out how to repeat a few measures infinitely, you lose your focus on what you were setting out to do in the first place.

If anybody can tell me an easy way to create, say a I-IV-V progression and have it repeat, I'd be grateful.
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

i got hold of band in a box 2006 and the tracks you make sound like crap midi-files.

i'd feel a prat playing along to them.

is there a better version that creates more realistic sounding tracks??
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

I have band in a box and have to admit it doesn't sound amazing but if you just want to use it to improve your playing it's ok. I haven't researched for a while but I find it hard to believe theres not something online.


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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

I'm okay with the sound of the MIDI instruments...I can live with that. I would find it useful for throwing quick progressions together for studying modes, scales and that sort of thing. I just can find a quick, easy way to throw together a quick progression.
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

I use Chord Pad -a chord sequencer (which means you enter your chords and play them in 300+ great sounding styles,change tempo,key,instruments...)

Chord sequencer-backing tracks creator-auto accompaniment- chord progressions generator-backing tracks maker
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

The latest version of band in a box has many real instruments and drums, much more so than a couple of years ago. It does have a bit of a learning curve but it can do so much. The trick is finding the right style and selecting the right "real tracks" (those that use actual recordings from studio musicians.)

Looping is also easy for whomever asked how to do it. There's a section next to the style description that let's you pick a key. Next to that you select tempo, the next three edit boxes let you specify starting bar, ending bar, and number of loops. I'm running version 2012 but I know this feature was present in 2010 and probably before.

My only complaint is that it's pricey. But if you use "real tracks" you can get some great sounds out of it.

EDIT: I'll also add that they have a set of blues instructional tools (101 blues riffs - vol 1) and then vol 2 which contain quite a few complete songs. You get to see a video of it being played along with the tab scrolling right underneath. Those can be ordered apart from BIAB. I don't use their provided player. Transcribe! will play the videos and is much better at slowing things down, including the video. I think they are around $30.00 each. I'd go with Vol1, the riffs. That has given me the most bang for the buck. It covers a lot of technique. One caveat, they are based in Canada and every time I order from them, even though their prices are in US dollars I get charged a fee either by paypal or my bank from purchasing internationally. Just FYI.

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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

Garageband?
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

I use 'Guitar Pro' to do this as well as set up lessons or learn / rehearse songs.

You can download files or programme your own.
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

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i got hold of band in a box 2006 and the tracks you make sound like crap midi-files.

i'd feel a prat playing along to them.

is there a better version that creates more realistic sounding tracks??
Anything from 2010 on has REALTRACKS.
Real musicians, not midi files.
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

+1 for Guitar Pro, I use Guitar Pro 6.
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

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Garageband?
Mac only.


OP - Really it depends on your own dedication. Something like Propellerhead's Reason 5 is what you can use to make music but its not simple at all. To make things sound more organic and real takes an aweful lot of practice and learning.

But to produce a mildy ok chord progression and a drumbeat then its great. Only take a few days of learning.

Oh, it aint cheap either!
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True, but if you own a Mac it's already installed on your computer.
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True, but if you own a Mac it's already installed on your computer.
But in all fairness most people wont buy a Mac for Garageband
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

Personally, I just use a loop pedal and build what I want that way. The Boss RC-20XL is fine for this sort of thing. You can add all sorts of complex beats if you want by doing some sort of programmy whatschamacallit, but I either use the basic ones already onboard or create percussive rhythm loops by slapping the guitar in real time. Alternatively, just plug in a mic. It's also easy to record several different parts of the loop and switch between them with a pair of footswitches.

Also, being a Mac guy, I have Garageband and it's really simple and intuitive to use. It more than meets my needs, anyway. You can either use a premade bassline (there are a bunch with the program and tons more online, I'm sure) or add one by playing it on the guitar and simply dropping the pitch an octave.
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Re: Software for creating your own backing tracks???

Guitarbackingtrack.com. Real songs. Decent backing tracks. Free.
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