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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:01 PM

I'm a huge fan of ProTools, it's dead easy to get great results when recording. I also write a lot in Sibelius, which is nowhere near the cheapest software, but it mans that when I've finished writing a guitar line I can TAB it (I Know!) for the guitarists in the band, and print it out, so that they can lose it. It'll also convert scores to MIDI files, which means that they can be imported into your DAW of choice (with all the tempo, time signature and key(s)) to form a fairly detailed guide track for recording later on.

Not really bass specific though...
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:50 PM

Chord progression app for Android/iPhone: http://chordbot.com/

There's a free and paid version. I think the paid one has more comping styles and the automatic "random" generator.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 07:31 PM

I bought Mixcraft 5 last month, love it! Great feature for slowing down tracks, without adjusting the pitch. If you've used Garageband, Logic etc, it's pretty similar, easy to get used to! Full feature 30-day free trial too!
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Posted 27 May 2011 - 12:56 PM

View PostBigBeatNut, on Mar 26 2011, 04:12 PM, said:

I'd really like to know of some drum software that accepts midi-in and has a good selection of built in patterns and kits. Preferably free of course. Tried Hydrogen, but the mac version was so flakey I gave up on it.

Andy, I use EZdrummer which is around £80 and is usually packaged as a bundle with an extra drum kit (check dv247.com). It comes with pop/rock drums (the default, sounds pretty decent) and a cocktail kit (not all that great). I got the one with the two funk drumkits. You get a good selection of midi loops with it and it can accept any other midi drum tracks. I got some from Groove Monkee for $20 - $30 a pack (but Google for some vouchers or sign up for their newsletter for discount codes, I think june20 is their latest, giving 20% off). They do a sample pack of free loops from all their ranges too: http://www.groovemon...om/en/free-midi.

The drums on my track here were done in EZdrummer: http://basschat.co.u...howtopic=134193.

I use it on a Mac within GarageBand and haven't had any problems. Just shout if you want to know more about it...

Here's a link to it on DV247. They have the funkmasters one plus Drumkit From Hell which is more suited to rock/metal: http://www.dv247.com/search/0/0/ProductQua...ng/ezdrummer/1/

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:53 AM

I've been using reaper, Riff works (amazing for arranging song structures) but most recently downloaded a few apps for my andriod phone:
The guitar pro tabs app, which is about £1.99 and they have an upgrade to read guitar pro tabs for $4.99, dunno what that is in £s
and for recording on the fly; Four Track Pro, litterally lets you record up to 4 tracks on the go when you may be in a rehesal room or at a mates house jamming and dont have anything else spare. This is free if you upgrade it has limited editing options and a metronome.
Jam Box- is pretty much a scale and chord library. in the free version it has guitar positions but if you upgrade it has 5&4 string bass positions. (not sure about 6).

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:10 AM

Another bump for Reaper. I'm having a few issues regarding installing PT on my new mac, so I'm back on Reaper for now. I can usde my Pro Tools Hardware, so the AD conversion is still great, and does everything I need it to.

I don't have anything on my phone, as it's old and wretched. For everything else I use 'Basschat'. :)
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:48 PM

After coming and looking here i found an andriod app called audio speed changer, does what it says on the tin, for audio files fom your phone loaded and adjusted in seconds!
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 12:45 PM

View Postpaul_5, on 28 April 2011 - 08:01 PM, said:

I also write a lot in Sibelius, which is nowhere near the cheapest software, but it mans that when I've finished writing a guitar line I can TAB it (I Know!) for the guitarists in the band, and print it out, so that they can lose it.
I use Sibelius First. The cheapest way to get the genuine full version of First is to buy it bundled with M-Audio Keystation 32, then sell the titchy keyboard on eBay! You can print to pdf and email the results to your band mates. They will still play it wrong though...
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

I bought this to play along with Christian stuff that I can only find on youtube:

http://www.pitch-switch.com/

I can adjust the pitch in semitones to what we play the song in. Does tempo too.
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Posted 08 December 2013 - 08:01 PM

Hi mates now I am kinda not good at music software but is there anything that will let me play along to my music but drop the bass out so I can play bass along to the song? Cheers :)

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 04:14 PM

Amazed there's little or no mention of BestPractice yet- you can slow tracks down, transpose them however you like, save the tracks once they're in the right key/speed if you like, and best of all it's free...
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:40 AM

As well as BestPractice, there's a Winamp plugin called PaceMaker which does the same thing. Or, if you want to play music on an Android phone and change speed or pitch, there's the Maple MP3 player.
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:06 AM

 Thunderbird, on 08 December 2013 - 08:01 PM, said:

Hi mates now I am kinda not good at music software but is there anything that will let me play along to my music but drop the bass out so I can play bass along to the song? Cheers :)

My original post mentioned that the Amazing Slow Downer has an EQ section which allows you to drop out pretty much all of the bass.
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:14 AM

 tauzero, on 03 January 2014 - 08:40 AM, said:

As well as BestPractice, there's a Winamp plugin called PaceMaker which does the same thing. Or, if you want to play music on an Android phone and change speed or pitch, there's the Maple MP3 player.

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