I have been using Band in a Box for 10 years, since my Berklee days. It is the best tool for practicing over chord changes and developing improvisational skills on any instrument. The new version with the "Real Drums" and "Real Styles" is amazing. Bye-bye to cheezy MIDI rhythm sections, these are real players and they are much more inspiring to jam along with. I recommend this to EVERY musician!
For pros only!
If you want a program to make music this is not it. You need to be a pro to use it. You need to know what key to play in. Cord progressions and where to put what cord where. This program will not do this for you.you need to know what tempo you want to play at. You need to know the drum style the different rythums that goes with each song you want to learn. This program is very difficult to use and will not help you learn anything.
2014 mega pak
I realy like it , would like to see more old style country drum beats and rhythm guitar ,I think it's verry good though , For a first time user Iam finding it very good to use ,very well put together ,thank you
Band in a box
This program is amazing! I've only had it for a month but already am blown away by it's power. It has opened up a whole new area of creativity for me. Being able to take my ideas and change tempo, style, etc. in such a quick manner is a blessing.
The MegaPak for Mac is an excellent program.
The sounds are realistic and the program provides a super large library of rhythms. The edit options are great. The program requires a lot of hard disk space. I installed it on an external drive and works great.
GREAT TOOL FOR SONGWRITERS!
I've only scratched the surface but so far BIAB has proven itself to be an incredible time-saving and creativity fueling tool for the aspiring songwriter like myself. I immediately and easily sketched out a song I had written for my Mom and Dad many years ago that I had always felt would sound best as a country song and added a country ballad style with pedal steel accompaniment (something I just couldn't do without hiring professional studio players) and it sounds wonderful! I hope to surprise my Dad(Mom's since passed) with this version for Christmas ...I know he'll love it! ...thanks to BIAB! Now if PG Music would just come out with "VOX-IN-A-BOX", I'd be set!
Band in a Box OSX
Great tool for practicing and writing music with. You can try multiple different arrangements, and get a great idea of what it would sound like in multiple keys before recording your final mix. highly recommended!!!!