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Hello folks! I’m creating a song cover in 6/8 the original is called “All I Want” as performed by the band Kodaline.

I’m having a heck of a time getting the chord changes in the right spot! The first bar works but after that it’s all over the place!

Any suggestions?

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Thanks in advance!


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Welcome to the forum. BIAB supports time signatures of 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4. Working with songs of other time signature requires a workaround in the form of how you think about other meters. You should be able to make it sound right but not necessarily look right in notation.

First question: did you select a style that is 6/8?


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See Matt's reply (above) first.

A couple of workaround options, and which one works depends on the style you choose. First think of each BiaB numbered place in the matrix as a cell, instead of a measure or bar of music.

  • 3/4 time. Each BiaB cell becomes 1/2 of a bar
  • 2/4 time with a triplet (swinging 8th note) style. (Use F5 to change the number of beats to 2). This is especially good for 6/8 songs that are taken in 2. Each cell is now one bar of 6/8 music.
  • 4/4 time. Similar to 2/2, except each cell now becomes 2 bars of 6/8 music, or one bar of 12/8


At first this will take a lot of experimentation with styles, but as you get more familiar with the BiaB styles that you have, you will get to the desired result quicker.

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Thanks for the answers! It’s definitely a challenge! Even picking a 6/8 style and creating in 4/4 the piano likes to accent the 1 in 4/4, I’ll try some more styles. Maybe the 3-4 idea. Also noticed some 12/8 styles are close to the feel I’m after.


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It's a challenge, but once you get used to the workarounds, it becomes second nature.

I'm not part of the PG Music team, and have no insider information. BiaB started as a DOS5 app, and has been on Windows since Windows 3.1. Back then, memory was extremely limited, and the entire app could fit on a floppy disk. PG Music has always prioritized back-compatibility (bless them for that). Since 4/4, 2/4, and 3/4 were all they could do back in the dark ages of computing, in order to keep the old tunes and styles from becoming obsolete, we are saddled with workarounds to get what we need to do. Like I said, this is a guess, so I may be wrong.

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Notes, I had BiaB on Atari floppy disc and I believe that was before DOS5, IIRC.
I sure wish PGM would do other time signatures correctly. It would make my work a lot easier.


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Originally Posted by MarioD
Notes, I had BiaB on Atari floppy disc and I believe that was before DOS5, IIRC.
I sure wish PGM would do other time signatures correctly. It would make my work a lot easier.
I started on Atari also.
Regarding other time signatures, I absolutely agree. I think the embedded design architecture was developed to only handle the limited time-signatures that we still see today, which is a real shame.

(I wonder what 2024 might bring?)


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Notes, I had BiaB on Atari floppy disc and I believe that was before DOS5, IIRC.
I sure wish PGM would do other time signatures correctly. It would make my work a lot easier.

My first BiaB and my second computer was also Atari. I had a TI99 before the Atari. I remember seeing the ads in Electronic Musician magazine for BiaB, but it was for “IBM Compatible” computers only. And then one day they added Atari. Three instruments, piano, bass & drums, no endings, no user styles, no notation just bare bones. I bought it right away.

Although I play 7 instruments, my primary instrument is saxophone. To practice new improvisation ideas without boring a band, BiaB was a godsend. I had a backing band, and could try things out that were more experimental than the safe things we always use. Many failed, but the ones that worked became part of my tool kit.

Then came user styles. I particularly didn't like the Musica Latina styles in the BiaB built-ins, they might fly in Canada, but not near Cuban influenced Miami, Florida. So I wrote some, added some rock styles, and gave them to a few friends who also had Atari computers. My friends told me they liked my styles better than the PG Music styles (Aren't friends great?), so I took out an ad in EM magazine.

One day I got home and Peter Gannon was on my answering machine. I nervously gave him a call back, fearing he would tell me to stop writing styles for his app. To my delight, the complete opposite was true. Peter told me that his biggest market was IBM (now Windows) and if I sent him my Atari disks he would convert them to the IBM format, so I would have a bigger market. To this day I think of his kind response and appreciate it very much.

I bought an IBM Compatible computer, that had DOS5 and Win3.1 on it. BiaB on the PC was still DOS only. I hated DOS because my fingers have typos built in, so I continued to write on Atari, transferring to the PC, until the Win3.1 version of Band-in-a-Box came out.

As my little aftermarket cottage business grew, I bought a Mac Classic II computer and worked on all 3 platforms.

I'm still writing style and fakebook collections for BiaB, and have customers in over 100 different countries. (Again, thank you, Peter Gannon for giving me the initial boost).

Right now, Mrs. Notes and I are working on revising my e-disk #2, the Pop/Rock Fake Book companion. There have been so many new styles written since we did that one the 1990s, we wanted to improve it. We've been working it for almost a year now.

The update will be free for anyone who bought the e-disk. We thought about a small charge to cover our time involved, but decided that free was the right thing to do. I try to treat my customers the way I would want to be treated if I was my customer.

I still write my fake e-disks and suggest MIDI styles. Why? Two reasons:
  • If a MIDI style is assigned, the BiaB robot will usually suggest a Real Style. On the other hand if a Real style is assigned, there will be no MIDI suggestion. So to satisfy both BiaB camps, we are still submitting MIDI styles. Of course, you can always change them.
  • MIDI is thousands of times more editable than audio. Quite often, to get close to an accurate rendering of a song, it has to be done with a MIDI style. Real styles just won't make the grade there. Still, the user has the choice. You might not want it to sound close to a famous recording.


I did The Real Book in all Real Styles, and I got complaints from the MIDI folks, so from then on, I went back to MIDI.

I, too, wish PG Music would support 6/8, 6/4, 7/8, 5/4, 6/4, 9/8 and other common and uncommon time signatures, without us having to resort to a work-around, but not knowing the architecture of BiaB, I don't know if it can be done and still have the back-compatibility that I commend PG Music for keeping.

For those of us who started on Atari, DOS, and Mac OS6, we've seen BiaB grown from a cute little program, suitable for practicing, to the giant mega-music machine that it is today. You've come a long way Mr. Gannon, and there are plenty of us who appreciate that.

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For time signatures higher than 4/4, each bar will be spread out over 2 or more bars. An example would be 5/4 will be written as 3/4+2/4. For 12/8 or 6/8, use a 4/4 with a style using a triplet feel. For 9/8 use a waltz with a triplet feel.

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Originally Posted by Ember - PG Music
For time signatures higher than 4/4, each bar will be spread out over 2 or more bars. An example would be 5/4 will be written as 3/4+2/4. For 12/8 or 6/8, use a 4/4 with a style using a triplet feel. For 9/8 use a waltz with a triplet feel.

We hope this helps!
Yes, we know, but with the greatest respect, that is just a completely musically unrealistic work-around. No serious musician could properly ever read a 5/4 signature time chart produced using this method, and especially 5/4 7/4 and similar timings.

We all just wish that the company would properly integrate these other known time signatures realistically in their architecture.


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As a follow up, however as much as I wish, I doubt it will ever happen.

Perhaps AI has potential....


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Quite ... it's a 30-odd year old kludge.


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Originally Posted by AudioTrack
Originally Posted by Ember - PG Music
For time signatures higher than 4/4, each bar will be spread out over 2 or more bars. An example would be 5/4 will be written as 3/4+2/4. For 12/8 or 6/8, use a 4/4 with a style using a triplet feel. For 9/8 use a waltz with a triplet feel.

We hope this helps!
Yes, we know, but with the greatest respect, that is just a completely musically unrealistic work-around. No serious musician could properly ever read a 5/4 signature time chart produced using this method, and especially 5/4 7/4 and similar timings.

We all just wish that the company would properly integrate these other known time signatures realistically in their architecture.

I agree!


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Like so many others, I've been using multiple BiaB cells to kludge 5/4, 6/8, and other not so uncommon key signatures. It'll work with some styles, but most of them. Sometimes it's just for a bar or two like a bar of 7/8 inserted into a 4/4/ song. Tricky.

Although it's a bit of a PITA, I tend to look at all the wonderful things BiaB can do, and just put up with the inconvenience.

I once tried to write a 5/4 style that fit in the BiaB cell. I immediately saw the downfall. The BiaB cell has 4 equally spaced chords, and my 5/4 style had five equally spaced beats. It worked fine if there was only one chord per bar of music, but as soon as you put a second chord in the bar, it didn't land on a beat.

So it's 2 and 3 beats or 3 and 2 beats, whatever is more appropriate for the song.

I do a lot of jazz fake books, and sometimes I get 7/8 or 9/8 and that gets real tricky.

I'm starting "The Real Book Volume 6" now, and I notice Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo ala Turk" is in there.

I haven't got to it yet, but it's going to be a huge challenge. The 9/8 section is grouped in 2-2-2-3 for a few bars then 3-3-3 for more. Then it goes into 4/4 time and back. I suspect it'll take a few days of experimentation to get that one out. But if I get it to work, it'll be splendid.

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I love Blue Rondo a la Turk. I remember when the LP came out.

That one will be tedious for you, Notes, but at least it’s a combination of measure lengths that BIAB supports. Anything over 4 beats requires more of a workaround as you (more than most of us) know. Further, there are two issues here for many of us: how does it sound, and how does it look. In my case, there’s one more: how does it export?

We do need a fix for this.


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Originally Posted by AudioTrack
Originally Posted by Ember - PG Music
For time signatures higher than 4/4, each bar will be spread out over 2 or more bars. An example would be 5/4 will be written as 3/4+2/4. For 12/8 or 6/8, use a 4/4 with a style using a triplet feel. For 9/8 use a waltz with a triplet feel.

We hope this helps!
Yes, we know, but with the greatest respect, that is just a completely musically unrealistic work-around. No serious musician could properly ever read a 5/4 signature time chart produced using this method, and especially 5/4 7/4 and similar timings.

We all just wish that the company would properly integrate these other known time signatures realistically in their architecture.

Us mere musicians haven't got the brain power to start adding bits of different time signatures to make a simple 6/8 feel smile
Like a broken record I wish PGMusic would just be honest and say no never, ever can it be done in BIAB rather than teasing around with fixes.


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Originally Posted by Matt Finley
I love Blue Rondo a la Turk. I remember when the LP came out.

That one will be tedious for you, Notes, but at least it’s a combination of measure lengths that BIAB supports. <...snip...>
It will be quite a challenge.

I, too, love the song. When it goes into the 4/4/ swing with Paul Desmond on the alto sax, the relief from the tension is almost orgasmic.

Many of the great pleasures in life come from tension and relief. You are hungry (tension) and get a great meal (relief). Same for thirst and drink, tonic key and release, mystery and solving it, desire and fulfillment (it's a family forum), etc., etc.

Personal aside: I was just a kid in a rock band, and we played before the Dave Brubeck Quartet in a telethon. Paul Desmond, told me he liked how I played and told me to keep at it. That was very kind of him. I wasn't very good at the time, but I guess my passion showed.

I suspect I'll be working at Blue Rondo for a while, that in itself will increase tension, and if I get it fairly right in BiaB, it will be a great relief.


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Closest I get to Brubeck is playing with drummer Alan Dawson. Remarkable melodic drummer. And I've worked often with guitarist Mike DeMicco who tours with the Brubeck Brothers Band (has two Brubeck sons). I love Paul Desmond's playing!!


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Originally Posted by Matt Finley
I love Blue Rondo a la Turk. I remember when the LP came out.
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Some years ago we often used to play this at the end of a gig. It was a lot of fun, and kept everyone on their toes wink


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<...snip...> I love Paul Desmond's playing!!
He is one of my favorite alto sax players. When I think 'cool school' alto sax, I think of Desmond, for tenor it's Getz.


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Hola. Tengo una melodía en compás de 6/8 que quiero poner en el estilo YAMMER.STY que también está en compás de 6/8 pero el BB sólo acepta 4/4 y lo convierte en 6/8. El problema es que no consigo que vayan a la misma velocidad y no sé que hago mal. No sé a qué BPM tengo que poner uno y otro para que vayan sincronizados. Tengo BB2023 para Mac ¿Me podríais ayudar? Saludos y muchas gracias.

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Hola. Tengo una melodía en compás de 6/8 que quiero poner en el estilo YAMMER.STY que también está en compás de 6/8 pero el BB sólo acepta 4/4 y lo convierte en 6/8. El problema es que no consigo que vayan a la misma velocidad y no sé que hago mal. No sé a qué BPM tengo que poner uno y otro para que vayan sincronizados. Tengo BB2023 para Mac ¿Me podríais ayudar? Saludos y muchas gracias.
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Hello. I have a melody in 6/8 time that I want to put in the YAMMER.STY style that is also in 6/8 time but the BB only accepts 4/4 and converts it to 6/8. The problem is that I can't get them to go at the same speed and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I don't know what BPM I have to set one and the other to make them synchronized. I have BB2023 for Mac. Could you help me? Greetings and thank you very much.


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What are you trying to synchronize? Do you mean that you are trying to enter a melody track in the notation window? You can think of the YAMMER style either as 6/8, or 4/4 in a triplet feel. The notation window lets you view it either way - to the right of the "Clean" checkbox in the notation window toolbar there is a drop-down menu where you can select 4/4 or 6/8. Note that with 6/8, each cell in the chord sheet represents two bars. Each beat is a group of three 8th notes; this is either an 8th note triplet in 4/4, or three regular 8th notes (one dotted quarter) in 6/8. If you toggle into editable notation mode, you'll see groups of dotted lines - each group represents one beat. In 6/8 time the divisions are actually 16th notes so there are six of them per beat.


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And (thanks to Google Translate) back to Spanish which hopefully assists the O/P:

¿Qué estás intentando sincronizar? ¿Quiere decir que está intentando introducir una pista de melodía en la ventana de notación? Puedes pensar en el estilo YAMMER como 6/8 o 4/4 en una sensación de triplete. La ventana de notación le permite verlo de cualquier manera: a la derecha de la casilla de verificación "Limpiar" en la barra de herramientas de la ventana de notación hay un menú desplegable donde puede seleccionar 4/4 o 6/8. Tenga en cuenta que con 6/8, cada celda de la hoja de acordes representa dos compases. Cada tiempo es un grupo de tres corcheas; se trata de un tresillo de corcheas en 4/4 o de tres corcheas normales (una negra con puntillo) en 6/8. Si cambia al modo de notación editable, verá grupos de líneas de puntos: cada grupo representa un tiempo. En 6/8 las divisiones son en realidad semicorcheas, por lo que hay seis por tiempo.


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No. Yo quiero poner un audio con la melodía y no sé a qué BMP grabarlo para que se sincronice con el estilo YAMMER. He hecho muchas pruebas y no acierto. Mi duda es: si en el YAMMER pongo 100 BPM ¿qué BPM tengo que poner en la partitura de donde voy a sacar el audio para que vayan sincronizados? ¿Pongo negra a 100 o negra con puntillo a 100?
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No. I want to play an audio with the melody and I don't know what BMP to record it to so that it synchronizes with the YAMMER style. I have done many tests and I am not successful. My question is: if I put 100 BPM in YAMMER, what BPM do I have to put in the score where I am going to get the audio from so that they are synchronized? Do I put quarter note at 100 or dotted quarter note at 100?
Greetings and thank you very much.

Il peut être très difficile et parfois impossible de synchroniser les tempos de deux sources différentes dans BiaB. Avez-vous enregistré votre audio ? Si c'est le cas, réenregistrez-le simplement dans BiaB avec votre style Yammer, vous n'aurez donc rien à synchroniser.

Notez que dans ma DAW, je n'ai eu aucun succès à synchroniser quoi que ce soit avec un style BiaB 6/8 qui n'était pas généré dans 6/8 BiaB. A noter que cela inclut d'autres pistes MIDI et audio 6/8. YMMV

It can be very difficult to synchronize tempos from two different sources in BiaB and sometimes impossible. Did you record your audio? If so just re-record it in BiaB with your Yammer style, thus you don't have to synchronize anything.

Note that In my DAW I have had zero success synchronizing anything to a 6/8 BiaB style that wasn't generated in 6/8 BiaB. Note that includes other 6/8 MIDI and audio tracks. YMMV


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So you are recording your audio in a DAW outside of Band-in-a-Box, and then importing it later? Ideally you should set the DAW to 100 BPM, and set the beat to be a dotted quarter. This is a setting in some programs like Pro Tools. In Reaper, look for a "BPM basis" setting. I've found that by default some DAWs treat a quarter note as the beat in 12/8 and 6/8 time, which doesn't make sense musically and means that the tempo would need to be 1.5x faster. But as I said there should be a setting...

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Entonces, ¿estás grabando tu audio en una DAW fuera de Band-in-a-Box y luego lo estás importando? Lo ideal sería configurar el DAW a 100 BPM y configurar el ritmo para que sea un cuarto punteado. Esta es una configuración en algunos programas como Pro Tools. En Reaper, busque una configuración "base BPM". Descubrí que, de forma predeterminada, algunos DAW tratan una negra como el ritmo en 12/8 y 6/8, lo que no tiene sentido musicalmente y significa que el tempo tendría que ser 1,5 veces más rápido. Pero como dije, debería haber una configuración...


Andrew
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