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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Who uses backing tracks?


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Laurence Diehl - Posted - 06/03/2019:  16:53:18


I have always used band in a box but lately have become extremely dissatisfied with their pricing model. Are there any good sounding alternatives out there?

lbartosh - Posted - 06/03/2019:  17:34:20


Hello Laurence, I been using a web sight that someone posted about here on the hangout a while back. For my needs it’s really great and I need to make a contribution. The name is free bluegrass backing tracks and address is
Fbbts.com

kmwaters - Posted - 06/04/2019:  06:35:39


One tab says Slowdownerer. Correction needed.

Richard Hauser - Posted - 06/04/2019:  07:51:27


I think the backup tracks on website fbbts.com were created using PGMusic's "Band in a Box". The creator probably used PGMusic's "Band in Box" and PGMusic's "RealBand" to create the files.

BIAB is somewhat expensive, but is very powerful, and for people playing alone, is an excellent alternative to a jam. It lets you play whenever you want, whatever you want, the way you want it played. Doesn't make mistakes either. I am not aware of any Windows user alternative to BIAB. It is a very large complex software system. There may be an alternative for Apple system users.

kmwaters - Posted - 06/04/2019:  08:24:42


Ebay has many choices around $100.

Laurence Diehl - Posted - 06/04/2019:  09:29:21


quote:

Originally posted by Richard Hauser

I think the backup tracks on website fbbts.com were created using PGMusic's "Band in a Box". The creator probably used PGMusic's "Band in Box" and PGMusic's "RealBand" to create the files.



BIAB is somewhat expensive, but is very powerful, and for people playing alone, is an excellent alternative to a jam. It lets you play whenever you want, whatever you want, the way you want it played. Doesn't make mistakes either. I am not aware of any Windows user alternative to BIAB. It is a very large complex software system. There may be an alternative for Apple system users.






I agree about the quality of the product (despite the clunky front end) but the pricing is getting out of control. To get all the features I need would cost $500 - $800, which is a bit much for a music hobbyist!

pearcemusic - Posted - 06/09/2019:  06:34:21


Yeah Laurence ... they’re out of control. Almost all other software companies are dropping prices and offering more. 



I use this guy a lot ... mentioned above



fbbts.com/Home.html



youtu.be/rOPlChA7gi0



And Learn Jazz Standards for the jazz stuff. 



No matter what, playing with tracks sux. I need musicians !!! 

Richard Hauser - Posted - 06/09/2019:  08:04:43


BIAB may not be as good as a jam, so long as the jam has decent musicians. I have enjoyed BIAB than some of the jams I have attended. Can you say every jam -

1. Plays the tunes you want.
2. Doesn't make mistakes.
3. Gets together and plays whenever you want.

BIAB does the above. It can be hard to find decent musicians to play with. In some areas almost impossible.

pearcemusic - Posted - 06/09/2019:  17:00:10


Yeah Dick I understand ... I never attend open jams, and enjoy playing with good musicians pretty often. 



Im NOT saying I don’t use backing trax...



im just saying I basically don’t like karaoke whether it’s singing or playing.



Tho i still do it occasionally, for me it’s more about working thru a tune than about making music. 



Fwiw 

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