Just wondering if anyone has tried it..?

I've been using Session Mode in Rocksmith 2014 to jam along with, it's pretty reasonable but could be better. You don't have any control over chord progressions and the 'musicians' tend to stop whenever you pause playing for a bit.

So I've been looking at alternatives and have been thinking about getting Band In A Box. It looks pretty overwhelming at first but after watching a few tutorials it looks pretty straightforward.

As far as I can see it's going to be very useful for making backing tracks and maybe even help with songwriting.

So I'm just wondering if any of you have tried it out, what it's like to use and what other alternatives there are..?

Many thanks in advance for any help, ta!
Honestly, these "shortcut" apps will just hold you back and give you a reason not to learn theory. And after all, MT stands for Music Theory.

It would be useful, but these kind of apps are also very limiting in their potential to give you what you want. For example, you could fill in all the boxes and pick what style you want etc, but you won't get to choose much else. You'll be left with very "cookie-cutter" backing tracks.

If you plan to use it as an educational segway into learning how to use harmony and stuff like that, then I think it's a great idea. Otherwise I think it will get boring pretty quickly.

What I would recommend for making backing tracks, is using a keyboard and recording through MIDI/XLR output. I make all my backing tracks I've ever made for work or pleasure on my Korg. It gives me a lot of variety, I can add/take away instruments at will, full control the harmony to the point of any crazy embellishments, etc, creating a much more unique backing track.

Just my advice. It's really all up to whether this is more of an educational tool for you, or your main goal is just to make backing tracks. And I'm sure it's a great tool anyways, just saying, these things have limited potential and get played out pretty quickly.

Also, just a thought, but if you need something to jam along with for the sake of improvising, you can make some chord progressions and loop them on GuitarPro. Or you can find countless backing tracks on youtube in any key and for literally any song.

Also for this reason, I'm out.

Last edited by one vision at Apr 23, 2015,
^^^ Yeah, you don't need an app to play with backing track. You don't need to pay someone to create them either.
And no, Guitar Hero will not help. Even on expert. Really.
Band-in-a-Box is really good for jazz.

If you don't play jazz I wouldn't get it.
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Band-in-a-Box is really good for jazz.

If you don't play jazz I wouldn't get it.

But aren't there loads of different styles available..? Rock, Pop, Blues, Reggae, Funk etc..?
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But aren't there loads of different styles available..? Rock, Pop, Blues, Reggae, Funk etc..?

Yes it does. For quickly putting together chords to play against, it's fine.

If you want mainly jazz tunes to play against, check out iReal Pro also (not for Windows).
In my opinion if you want to learn jazz an app is pretty much the most counter productive thing out there. For rock or blues it might work, but I can't imagine anything replacing a person in jazz music.

If you ask me, you should just buy a looper and learn to write some basic progressions yourself (which should take you no more than an afternoon if you have any common sense). Or even better, get a band.
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