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Sep 19, 2019 - 9:42:17 AM
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335 posts since 12/13/2016

I’ve had a couple of days to play around with it, and can already see it as a valuable learning tool. Over 1,000 tracks ready to jam with (or modify), and the selling point for me, the ability to create a backing track from scratch. Much simpler than Band in a Box.

I took Lady of Spain and added an into and outro to it easily. I then created one from scratch for Ruby’s Song. I had just a few minutes before work this morning and recorded the following vids just using my phone and the computer speakers...I should think those with better recording devices would be able to produce top quality tracks.

I think Luke has developed a fine product.


Edited by - stratovarious520 on 09/19/2019 10:59:49

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:54:29 AM
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USAF PJ

USA

150 posts since 9/19/2014

Greg you are so good man! I am in between classes right now and this was a good way to lead me into the next class. I am not a super tech guy, can you point me in direction of the strum machine.

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:58:11 AM

335 posts since 12/13/2016

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Originally posted by USAF PJ

Greg you are so good man! I am in between classes right now and this was a good way to lead me into the next class. I am not a super tech guy, can you point me in direction of the strum machine.

Sure thing Alex!  https://strummachine.com/

And thanks!

Edited by - stratovarious520 on 09/19/2019 10:05:02

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:02:40 AM
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DC5

USA

7169 posts since 6/30/2015

That was really good, but haven't you violated some law by not playing Lady of Spain on the Accordion?

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:07:10 AM
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335 posts since 12/13/2016

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Originally posted by DC5

That was really good, but haven't you violated some law by not playing Lady of Spain on the Accordion?


Quite possibly... but hopefully, if so, the statute of limitations is quite short!

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:16:49 AM

Fathand

Canada

11457 posts since 2/7/2008

quote:
Originally posted by DC5

That was really good, but haven't you violated some law by not playing Lady of Spain on the Accordion?


Lady of Spain is an Allen Shelton. classic.

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:25:11 AM
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5148 posts since 12/20/2005

I have used it for close to 2 years.
It's been an immense help.
I've added about 50 songs.
One thing I would wish for, is to expand the
types of chords to what it currently has.
I don't know if that's not feasible, but add that, maybe another instrument or two, and that would be awesome.

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:31:17 AM

335 posts since 12/13/2016

I traded a couple of emails with Luke, and he seemed receptive to adding some chords like augmented and such. Maybe soon!

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:23:45 PM
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2 posts since 9/18/2019

Wow, as a beginner to Banjo, this looks really awesome! Thank you for posting it!!

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:55:24 PM
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NealR

USA

187 posts since 8/14/2009

I use too. Big fan

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:25:23 PM
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219 posts since 10/23/2010

Looks and sounds like a pretty cool program.

Have any of you who use Strum Machine also used Band in a Box?

If so, how would you compare the two? .... Do you like the strum machine better?

It definitely looks more user friendly as a basic backing track.

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:36:58 PM
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335 posts since 12/13/2016

Jeff, I can only say it’s much easier for me. Some folks have the expertise and time to delve through all the sub menus in BIAB...I just find Strum more user friendly to me!

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:46:15 PM
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52323 posts since 12/14/2005

it puts the OH! in OHmazing!!

Since I'm basically a 3-chord folky hacker, left over from the Great Sixties Folk Scare, it always seemed to me that Band in a Box was waaayyyy too complicated for MY needs.
This looks like something I can handle.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:49:39 AM
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2326 posts since 9/12/2016

Do you have any effects on that rig Greg?
You are going to have to run it on those hour long endings of yours. ha ha
being a track stacker, I am curious at the concept,but time puts it on a back burner

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:17:32 AM

335 posts since 12/13/2016

You can build any kind of crazy ending you want Tom, as long as it doesn’t involve any augmented or otherwise altered chord (diminished works tho). But those may be available as well in the future. I don’t even own an acoustic guitar right now, so it’s great for me!

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:31:30 AM
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2326 posts since 9/12/2016

looking forward to it,it may be more useful than a guitar sometimes

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:57:42 PM
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5452 posts since 3/6/2006

Sounds great Greg! I have used BIAB for years but I must admit that I'm starting to sour on it. All those darn menus are a pain in the butt, the opposite of user friendly. Also, the pricing structure seems like they are aiming at the 'wealthy musician' - that's an oxymoron,right?

Sep 20, 2019 - 4:00:27 PM
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3036 posts since 9/13/2018

That sounded really awesome Greg. Good job man

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:38:32 PM

335 posts since 12/13/2016

Hey Laurence, thanks buddy! Yeah, BIAB is too much tech for me. And as far as the wealthy musicians, ain’t too awful many bluegrassers in that pile!

Bruce, glad you enjoyed it! It’s a fun app to mess with for sure.

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:46:41 PM

219 posts since 10/23/2010

quote:
Originally posted by stratovarious520

Jeff, I can only say it’s much easier for me. Some folks have the expertise and time to delve through all the sub menus in BIAB...I just find Strum more user friendly to me!


@stratovarious520

Greg, thanks for the input.

I signed up for the trial and played around with it a little this evening.

I could tell immediately that I preferred it leaps and bounds over BIAB, and to my ears the sound was also better quality and more realistic. Very simple and easy to use, and I liked being able to create a personal list for my favorites etc.

I've had BIAB for a long time, but very seldom used it, simply because it got to the point that it felt like more hassle than it was worth.

Time will tell, but my first impression is I can see myself using this Strum Machine often, if the price stays reasonable.

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:33:56 AM
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9 posts since 3/21/2007

Hey everyone! Developer of Strum Machine here. Greg told me about this post; nice to read all your feedback! It makes me so happy to know that my product is helping so many folks with their music practice.

I wanted to respond to a few things that came up:

Leslie, you mentioned "maybe another instrument or two" so I wanted to make sure you knew there were standup bass and mandolin chop instruments available as well. You can toggle them on or off from the "Instruments" menu on the right side of a song page.

To folks who want augmented and other chords: yes, I'm planning to add them! Just can't say when, exactly. It's a long story, actually, but the shortened version is that adding new chords is extremely difficult, because not only do I have to record new audio samples for the additional chords (a long, tedious process), but those samples have to acoustically match the existing strumming. I've tried and failed at this before. But I will try again in the future, and sooner or later I'll get it! (Hopefully more strumming patterns will be coming as well.)

And Jeff, just want to assure you that under no circumstances will I raise the price of a user's subscription after they subscribe. Even if I someday raise the price from $5/month or $49/year (which I don't see happening for a looong time, if ever), existing users will stay at the old price.

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:23:53 PM

219 posts since 10/23/2010

Luke,
Thanks for developing such a user friendly program, at a reasonable price point.

I'm sure there are many folks like myself who simply want an easy to use, realistic sounding backing track to play along with while practicing etc.

For me, Strum Machine fits the bill extremely well.

Great job!

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:30:58 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

43497 posts since 10/5/2013

Wow Greg,, nice pickin’! Not too many, me included, are ruff & ready to play before work in the morning.

oh, and furthermore..... https://youtu.be/A65QFlXHyBw


 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 09/21/2019 21:34:10

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:35:12 PM
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335 posts since 12/13/2016

quote:Originally posted by chuckv97Wow Greg,, nice pickin’! Not too many, me included, are ruff & ready to play before work in the morning.

oh, and furthermore..... https://youtu.be/A65QFlXHyBw Chuck, you have my solemn promise ; )

Edited by - stratovarious520 on 09/23/2019 13:37:21

Oct 3, 2019 - 5:53:14 PM

335 posts since 12/13/2016

I’m still plugging along with it...enjoying it very much. I like the ability to modify stock arrangements to suit me. I took another stab at Alan Munde’s version of Farewell Blues (The Banjo Kid Picks Again)...altering the background to approximate the jazzy Munde version made a huge difference. I can also detect my timing is improving.


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