Band-in-a-Box is a free piece of software used to create music. Simply input chords and notes then choose an instrument to create your own song. The program can also generate complete tunes from a preset.
Compared to similar program, Band-in-a-Box offers a simplicity which is great for a number of uses. By doing lots of the behind the scenes work automatically, the software is useful for rough song sketches, creating a backing track or simply generating ideas. The program has a straightforward interface which can be easily modified and changed without a large amount of musical understanding. While this means that more experienced musicians may find it lacking in editing aspects, overall Band-in-a-Box is a solid free product offering lots of educational and experimental potential especially with the music and tab notations. A wide range of additional free add-ons are also available for download, offering instrument sounds and more to the budding composer.
Learning made fun
Band-in-a-Box is a fun to use program with a surprising amount of depth for a free product. Anyone with an interest in improving their music, instrument or understanding will find a lot to like here. Those used to using more complicated software may find themselves frustrated by the lack of advanced options, however.