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Re: Band in a Box
3/6/2009 2:39 AM
Dan Gable (1603) wrote:
Long time no chat. hope you are well.
For starters, BIAB is a good program, especially for jazz.
If you've ever checked out how the program mixes up parts depending how long the chord is and whether you're in the A or B parts, There are all of these small recordings appointed by a number. Most are a 5, meaning that the program will choose it randomly the same as others. If you change the number it changes the frequency. There are also bar and beat masks, but I do not like this part. As a Bass player The walking bass parts can be a good tool not because of their harmonic power , but the fact that so many rhythm drops (8ths) are added to push the groove. However, if you understand the bass role in jazz, there are all kinds of hidden flaws. For instance, let's say a bass line is leading from an F# note on the 4th beat to a chord change and a G note on the 1st beat of the next bar. BIAB will often go for the lower octave, something I would never do. But many will never hear that due to a good rhythm factor. Well I am picky about those things and rarely will use a BIAB walk "as is" without serious editing and you can easily do that by exporting it as a MIDI file and then editing it in a notation program, like my Finale.
You can also disabl the keys on the JCS tracks, plus download the MIDIs like BIAB and see the music in a notation program. My bass lines are definitely stronger due to my experience.