6/8 time signature

Posted by: ChicagoBob

6/8 time signature - 11/21/20 06:39 AM

I created a piano solo in 6/8 and want to build as backing track for it but that time signature isn't an option. Advice on how to accomplish it?
Posted by: MarioD

Re: 6/8 time signature - 11/21/20 06:54 AM

I have been wishing for years for time signatures other than 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4. BiaB is way behind the times on time signatures, no pun intended.

I believe your only option is to try 3/4.
Posted by: ChicagoBob

Re: 6/8 time signature - 11/21/20 07:42 AM

I thought so on the 3/4 but not the right feel but i will continue to experiment-- Orb Producer is another AI plugin that has 6/8 which I will try too...Thanks.....

I agree BTW that BIAB needs a Time Sig strategy update.
Posted by: Matt Finley

Re: 6/8 time signature - 11/21/20 07:50 AM

Mario is correct; your alternatives are that the song is based in 4/4 or 3/4. However, BIAB has styles that subdivide those two time signatures into various emulations. Have you tried selecting a 6/8 style?
Posted by: eddie1261

Re: 6/8 time signature - 11/21/20 10:03 AM

Do 3/4 and double the tempo. Or halve it. Whichever way that works.
Posted by: VideoTrack

Re: 6/8 time signature - 11/21/20 10:21 AM

My system shows about 50 styles are available if I choose a 6/8 time signature, but I agree that these are not genuine 6/8 styles, they are more like 4/4 played with triplets, usually at double-tempo.
Posted by: Noel96

Re: 6/8 time signature - 11/21/20 04:35 PM


When I work in 6/8 or 12/8, I always use swing style and a 4/4 style. Doing this, half a bar in 4/4 equals one bar of 6/8.

This works because in swing style the notes are based around groups of triplets. The only difference is notation is in 1/4-note triplets rather than dotted quarter notes. The effect is the same, though.

Also, this might be worth trying...

1. Open style picker.

2. Click on "Tempo" to sort by the "Tempo" column in ascending order.

3. Scroll to the top and have a listen to the demos of the 12-8 styles at 40 bpm. Some of these have a fantastic 6-8 feel.

Below is an example MGU file I created using a swing style. The link to the MGU is beneath the images.

Even though I entered the notes in 4/4, I can change the view to 6/8 by clicking on the option I've labeled #1/#2 on the image of music as displayed in Notation Mode.

Posted by: Notes Norton

Re: 6/8 time signature - 11/22/20 05:33 AM

I'm with Noel on this one. I choose a swing 8th 4/4 style and each 4/4 measure becomes two 6/8 measures or one 12/8 measure.

The trick is finding a compatible swing style to work for your song.

I also have a few EXPANDED styles that work to make a 3/4 measure half of a 6/8 measure at nortonmusic.com