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Band in a Box 7.0

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Band-in-a-Box_7.0.sit (3.93 MB)
MD5: 1dc31ec6e337fea78b9915473af558e8
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Band_In_Box_7.0a.sit (4.65 MB)
MD5: 9b90d168ec83bd0dd0ae4f2b5123a6c9
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
Guides on emulating older applications

Band-in-a-Box is an automatic music accompaniment program that produces background tracks from your chord changes. You simply type in the chords to a song using standard chord symbols(C, Fm7, G9, etc.), pick a musical style, and click the Play button. Band-in-a-Box then generates a multi-part arrangement that plays back through your sound card or MIDI synthesizer. [...]

[...] Over the years, many people have scoffed at auto-accompaniment programs as not being creative or challenging enough for "real musicians." So when Band-in-a-Box introduced its new automatic soloing feature, I figured that PG Music had finally succeeded in removing the last remnants of creativity from electronic music-making. No longer does this program simply provide you with a backup band. Now it takes care of your leads, as well.

But there's more to this program than first meets the eye. I've found that Band-in-a-Box is excellent at forcing me to change my playing style so all my songs don't start to sound the same. And the new Soloist feature is a great tool for education and practice: when you hear something you like, you can print it out, practice it, and play it yourself! In fact, this new version of Band-in-a-Box has great potential for encouraging creativity, developing new musical ideas, and learning different playing styles. [...]

[...] The program is an excellent tool for learning and practicing, especially if you're a jazz musician. I believe that the program is worth the price simply for the anthology of solo and accompaniment Styles it provides. What's more, Band-in-a-Box never gets tired, never cops an attitude, and never tells you to turn it down.

-from a review by Allan Metts, excerpted from "Electronic Musician" (December, 1997), as originally found on PG Music's website (deadlink).

Architecture: 68k PPC

Mac: 68030 (or higher) or PowerPC CPU; System 6.0 or higher; 8 MB RAM; MIDI interface for QuickTime 2.5 (to use QuickTime Musical Instruments)

This may run under emulation - needs testing to confirm.


wazeem's picture
by wazeem - 2012, September 17 - 3:17pm

This worked perfectly for me, lots of fun to be had here. It all unpacked just fine and ran my MIDI synth with minimal setting up.
It says in the documents, there is a 68000 version available too but only upon request. I'm using PPC OS7.5.3

themacmeister's picture
by themacmeister - 2012, September 17 - 7:04am

Alternative download link

Dadly's picture
by Dadly - 2011, May 10 - 11:36pm

A Fantastic Song composing and arranging tool with a long history on the Mac, nicknamed "BB" It has been superceded by BB for IBM-PC and BB for Intel Mac but still has fantastic compatibility with the Mac OS midi music tools OMS and FreeMIDI which are still free.

jonnyboy's picture
by jonnyboy - 2010, June 27 - 2:36am

Firefox and still spam filter .... ARRRRGH

jonnyboy's picture
by jonnyboy - 2010, June 27 - 2:31am

Ok - hope this works - thx for the tip and the app - been surviving on 3.0 for entirely too long

themacmeister's picture
by themacmeister - 2010, June 26 - 3:42am

Thanks for the screenshot - if you are having trouble downloading - edit the page, and click the file link in the edit page - works every time - also, use Firefox for uploading - Chrome/Safari and other webkit browsers do not work (at all).

jonnyboy's picture
by jonnyboy - 2010, June 25 - 8:14pm

try again?

jonnyboy's picture
by jonnyboy - 2010, June 25 - 8:07pm

Success (some anyway)

jonnyboy's picture
by jonnyboy - 2010, June 25 - 7:12pm

all set with a screenshot, description and link to the update page but I keep triggering the spam filter somehow - also keep getting the infernal "NoSuchKey" message when I try to download - arrrgh - I really need this, too ...

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by themacmeister - 2010, June 25 - 10:12am

Could someone please update the description/screenshot. Enjoy!