Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Making simple backing tracks

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Posts
    25

    Default Making simple backing tracks

    Hi,
    I have been using a program called Chordpulse for making simple backing tracks for home use while practicing, nothing fancy, simple to set up and use. It’s good but I wondered if there is anything better. I dug out an old copy of band in a box, so old, it’s midi only and found it was almost impossible to set up without spending ages to get it anything close to right. So is anybody using anything that they can recommend.
    Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Location
    Redmond, WA
    Posts
    536

    Default

    I've been using iRealPro on the iPhone. It's also available for Android. Very easy, does a good job of filling in instruments, and has a huge library of community sourced tracks with chord progressions set up for many songs. You can also enter your own. As you might guess from the name this started as a Jazz tool with the Real Book, and it's extended into more other genres. IIRC it's about $10, so much less expensive than Band In A. Box

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    JoCo, NC (near Raleigh)
    Posts
    5,022

    Default

    I still use Band in a Box and I still use the MIDI features almost exclusively. In fact, my version is 2013 when they really switched over hard to "real tracks".

    I also occasionally use iRealPro and ChordBot on iPhone/iPad
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1,886

    Default

    iRealPro works well

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Honolulu
    Posts
    854

    Default

    I thought Band in a Box was easy to use: set meter, amount of measures, type in chords and select the style. A couple minutes of work for a typical pop or jazz number. If you want simple backing tracks, record yourself playing the chords in GarageBand and practice soloing over it. If it's a repeating pattern, you can loop it. You could use the automated accompaniment features—drums, bass, keyboards—but then it sounds fake. I prefer playing the percussion and bass myself. GarageBand works on the Mac, iPhone and iPad so it's pretty portable and omnipresent if your want to collaborate on tracks.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Posts
    25

    Default

    I’ve downloaded iReal pro and I’m very impressed, it seems to be the best option for me. When I tried band in a box It was very easy to put the chords in, the difficulty I found was getting a style that matched the song. Perhaps the new versions would be better but they cost far more than I’m willing to pay.
    Thanks for the info. Oldden

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •