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Bob - I was going to put this in your thread but since I can't really answer your question, thought I probably shouldn't hijack your thread.

My son's teacher has a program called Garage Band on her Mac that looks pretty cool. I don't have a Mac and they don't do a PC version so does anyone know if Band in a Box is a similiar type of program?? I'm not familiar with with either of the ones that Bob mentioned in his thread but BIAB sounds like it might be something similiar.

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There are several differences, but the main ones are:

1) BIAB is a midi-based 'auto composer' program - you put the chords and styles you want into the program, and it will generate MIDI tracks for you, with fairly generic drums, bass piano and guitar. Once you've got your chords entered in, you can change styles to what ever you want...print, notate, add melody and harmony, and export it to any other MIDI app - it's a great worksheet to build things from, especially if you don't want to use a lot of time building percussion and bass/chord tracks...

2) GB is a much slicker program (hey, it's Apple, right?) but it's more of a audio loop-based program, with riffs that you can stack on top of each other to form songs - if you've used MIDI a lot, it's a bit of a leap, but if you've used ACID or one of the other looping programs, it's very similar....but it doesn't have the functionality that BIAB does.


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Thanks I think that answers my question. Do you know if there is a PC based program more like Garage Band. I haven't really used MIDI before but was looking for something the kids (and myself) could play with in putting together different bits and pieces to build songs like you can do in GB.

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From another forum....

"Another product that may fit the bill while taking a slightly different approach is Cakewalk Sonar Home Studio 4.0. Descriptions of Sonar Home Studio 4.0 talk more about incorporating ACID-format audio loops which is one of the main features of Garage Band. There's also Screenblast ACID 4.0, a product from Sony Pictures Entertainment that is even more oriented to loop-based music creation. This may not be powerful enough for your son, because it doesn't look like you can integrate your own performances as much."

I have Sonar Producer, which is very powerful, but the interface is MUCH more complex than GB...and it's pretty pricey. You might look at other products from Cakewalk (maker of Sonar) like Music Creator or Sonar Home Studio. Sonic Foundry's ACID family is the other big name for loop-based construction. I tend to like MIDI because it's my playing, not a pre-recorded loop...but I'd see if you could download sample versions to find out which you like best...


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thanks for the advice I think I'll check out the sample versions like you've recommended.

Cathy


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