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Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby The_BPP » Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:51 pm

I've never used auto accompaniment software before, but I may have call to use it soon (PC format).

I'm happy to pay for quality... What's currently the best?

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby The_BPP » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:35 am

Someone must have used some? :?
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby DoItAgain » Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:20 pm

The only one I've used was Band-In-a-Box, quite some time ago. It was great for educational and practice purposes. Whether it could be used to create live backing tracks or anything else with higher production values is a different matter.
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby steve355 » Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:29 pm

My 12 yr old niece has an auto accompaniment feature on her organ. It is terrible/brilliant depending on your mood.
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby The_BPP » Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:36 am

I looked at band in a box, but it relies on someone entering the chords prior to playing, I'd want something that could sense what chords I'm playing, and adjust on-the-fly.
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby MarkOne » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:18 am

I think you'll be looking at hardware... One of the higher end performer keyboards like the Yamaha Tyros 3, or one of the Ketron live performer keyboards.

Auto accompaniment is exactly what these things are all about. Some of the sounds on the tyros are pretty amazing too.
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby danbroad » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:34 pm

If the thought of an arranger keyboard worries you, then there are other options in hardware.

Arrangers are capable of awesome results, but if you're more used to synths and studio equipment, the Motif XS series would fit your bill.

Synthesis [albeit PCM based], decent onboard sequencer, sampling fetures and all the connectivity [MIDI and computer based firewire] that your studio might need. Plus, the arps feature is a configurable version similar to that found in the Tyros - they share some common technologies.

I don't mean to sound contentious, but having tried or owned most of the modern workstations, the Motif XS is certainly king 'o the hill at the moment..
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby Daniel Davis » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:46 pm

Have to say, when it comes to accompaniment, I'm a hardware fan.
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby jayzed » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:56 pm

Apparently Soundtrek Jammer Live can accompany you based on the chords you play. I haven't used it, however.
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby Wossname » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:48 pm

imho, the Tyros3 ain't worth half the asking price.
Try a side-by-side comparison with a Korg PA800 or an even cheaper option: Roland GW8, and you may agree.


As for software arrangers, there's a few options. None of which I tried, btw - I prefer HW.

*One Man Band
*Real-Time Style Performer
...and finally, the one that looks most promising, by style-conversion gurus EMC software
*Live-Styler Plus

These all require some VST instrument to sound right, and playing Yamaha styles - preferably an XG capable one (I don't know of any)

HW is easier :-)
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby The_BPP » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:11 am

Thanks for your assistance on this one - I'll have a look. :)
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby daposti » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:59 am

A cheap alternative might be something like Roland sound canvas and then just download the midi file for what ever song you require which are widely available online. This would give you plenty of guidlines to find the key and add stuff yourself its thats what you intend to do. Also Groove Agent works quite well for giving you auto rythems in a wide variety of genres.
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Re: Auto Accompaniment Software,,, What's the Best?

Postby The_BPP » Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:12 pm

The problem I've got is I'm working with a singer, who, after a couple of drinks will not adhere to the structure of a backing track, so I need something which recognises my chords as I follow him.

He's normally in a band (of which, I am a member), so it's not an issue.
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