Band-In-A-Box on Linux; BIAB

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GordonS
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Band-In-A-Box on Linux; BIAB

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Hi all,

Having recently installed Win7 in a VirtualBox on Linux and found most things working reasonably to well, I thought I'd rake out my old copy of Band-In-A-Box (2013) and give it a try. I did this partly because my bandmates sometimes send me the BIAB files of proposed songs, and I just don't really 'do' Windows unless I have to.

I have to say that I was surprised that it seems to work pretty reasonably like that. The only problem I've noticed so far was that I had horribly jumpy sound for a short while until I'd done "Generate and play". There's loads I haven't yet tried, mind.

I wondered if anyone else has tried this.
I wondered if newer versions worked.
I wondered if the VST worked directly on Linux under vestige, or whatever.

Gordon.
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Re: Band-In-A-Box on Linux; BIAB

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Well, now I want to retrieve a copy of Band-in-a-box from 1991 for my old Atari ST. :lol:
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Re: Band-In-A-Box on Linux; BIAB

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:D -- Well, yes, it's very old because I don't use it. I tend at present to use either iRealPro or BackUpBand, and will likely continue to use both as they have advantages over BIAB (IMHO), but there are aspects of BIAB that definitely are useful, hence the question.

I have no desire to spend probably $/£1000 on a Windows machine if it's realistic to run BIAB on Linux, whether in VirtualBox or as a VST.

I might get an update just to try, though.

FWIW, I started with Unix at around the same time Win1.0 was released (1981-ish), but found Unix more suited to my working style than either DOS, DR-DOS, Gem, Windows or Lisa. From about Win3.1 I've used both regularly, but Unix/Linux has always better suited my work style. I could do things 20 years agon on Linux that Windows still can't do natively.
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Post by merlyn »

There's also JJazzLab :

https://www.jjazzlab.com/en/

I've been using it for practicing and it's good. I haven't dug in deeply yet. One advantage over iRealPro is that you can put in kicks or anticipations which helps with some heads e.g. Sidewinder.
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