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#641124 - 02/09/21 06:04 AM [Songs to add to Band-in-a-Box Titles database] Is there a database specifically matching songs to RealStyles?
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Mike02392 Offline

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I am finding that this feature, whilst much appreciated in concept, very rarely leads me to any styles that seem appropriate.

I think this is because the box is simply used to set the filters, rather than through any kind of song-matching exercise carried out by a human. This is perhaps fair enough, given there are over 21,000 songs in the list, but it means that I pretty much never use it. I also find that it sometimes sets the parameters too narrowly, so it will actually filter out some styles that might have been appropriate.

I've seen people asking on these forums for particular RealStyles to match [x] song, and the replies to these requests tend to be helpful with good approximations. I wondered if there is any kind of database keeping track of these?

#641475 - 02/11/21 01:34 AM [Songs to add to Band-in-a-Box Titles database] Re: Is there a database specifically matching songs to RealStyles? [Re: Mike02392]
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Your Ear is the best tool, I think you just end up picking individual instruments and drums to to create it yourself.
With most instruments and drums now having RealCharts midi notation they should be able to create beat finders like EZDrummer and EZBass have where you can key in the pattern or drop a midi file in.
This could be done with Biab as I have suggested in the wishlist before.
If you download the midi file of the song style you need and drop the midi drums into the RealDrum picker window it will show you comparable RealDrums. Also a GUI where you can enter particular beats for each drum/cymbal on a grid then Biab will search it's RealDrumChart database for a comparable RD.
You could do the same in the RealTrack instrument picker window.
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#641569 - 02/11/21 12:56 PM [Songs to add to Band-in-a-Box Titles database] Re: Is there a database specifically matching songs to RealStyles? [Re: Mike02392]
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Mike02392 Offline

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Hi Pipeline

I agree fully that your ears are the best tool, and the method you describe would ultimately be the best way to get as close as possible to matching an existing song's style! But it can be very time consuming and it'd be great if there was a place where we could pool together our efforts on this front. I keep track of what styles/realtracks I think sound like particular songs and I'm sure many other users do too.

It'd be a real time-saver if I could see what someone else has done to match, say, "Isn't She Lovely?" (just the first example I could think of) rather than going through dozens of trial and errors.


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