Sure. I also don't/wouldn't use BackupBand for session recording.42low wrote:make my own backup track and play guitar myself
BackupBand is algorithmic software, which means that it composes/arranges parts based upon some music theory rules. And it does this in real-time, meaning that a human can play along while the software is composing/arranging. (Some software force you wait until the software finishes time-consuming calculations before you can hear the results. That's not real-time). But two of the drawbacks to algorithmic software are:
1). You typically get less of a "human feel" since a machine is rendering the performance. The effort required to "tweak" the settings to get around this is usually greater than if you just compose/arrange/play the part yourself (assuming you have the skill to do that. And if you don't, you should acquire it).
2). Since the software is all about "following rules", it works well for very formuliac music such as "pop music". It's not as good for experimental (unless you like boring drones) or "odd" music (like progressive rock or sophisticated jazz).
But where algorithmic software excels is:
1). Live performance. It's easier to setup/use backupband than something like ardour playing audio backing tracks. The track is ending, but the folks on the dance floor don't want to stop. Are you going to rewind/cue the track while everyone wonders what's happening? With backupband, you simply don't press the "stop play" button.
2). Practice/improvize. You don't want to waste time setting up the accompaniment. You want to play. The faster/easier your software does the former, the more you'll do the latter.