Band in a Box is an extremely easy and efficient program that allows
a musician to quickly create a backup group for singing or playing.
It has a huge variety of styles from which to choose, so no matter
what genre the music, you will likely find something that fits very
It is a program that has been developing for many years, very mature
and laden with features. That is its virtue and its problem. The user
interface may seem daunting to the beginner. Like pretty much all
high-level programs, it is a box of tools, and you need only learn
the ones that fit your needs. One does NOT have to learn the WHOLE
program to be extremely productive.
While this application will do a lot of things, the one thing it
does above all others, is accompany you. It is not a great notation
program. It is not a great sequencer program. It is not a great sound
recording and editing program, though it has elements of all of these.
If you want a band awaiting your pleasure, this is the program to
Band in a Box is not a sound creation program either. It is based
upon MIDI and sends commands to either a software synthesizer that
your computer sound-card plays, or an external synthesizer or module.
I makes no sound whatever, itself. A software synth is installed with
The quality of sound produced depends totally on the quality of
the source and the sound-system it plays over. A good external synth
played over a good sound-system can be magnificent, while the very
same file on a low-end computer sound-card and poor computer speakers
can be really dismal. Band in a Box has no control of this.
Please understand that this is just a tutorial to get you started.
There are excellent help files included with Band in a Box, and you
should make good use of them.