Anyone use BIAB? Need better GM samples.

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by ToneMonkey, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. ToneMonkey macrumors member

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    I just moved over from a PC to an iMac. I paid for Band In A Box 12 for Mac.

    The default sounds are pretty cheesy.

    On the PC, I had a 60MB General MIDI soundfont that I loaded as a DX plugin so that the only time I took the memory hit was when I needed it for a BIAB session.

    Is there a parallel technique for getting better quality sounds on an iMac? I don't expect the iMac to support DX, but is there a way to install better quality GM samples? BIAB installs the Roland virtual sound canvas, but those sounds aren't what I consider to be very good at all. It's a bit of a CPU hog as well (at least under windows it was).
     
  2. ToneMonkey thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, found out how to get QT to use sf2 files

    Wish I could delete this thread but I guess we're all stuck with it.
     
  3. penter macrumors 6502a

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    Is thhere anyapp you find similar to band in a box??
     
  4. bingefeller macrumors 6502

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    Replying to this old thread because I have the exact same question 6 years later!

    Any updates on this? I use Mavericks and the default BIAB midi sounds are bad. There is a real instrument option, but I haven't messed around with that as the midi is a lot more flexible.
     
  5. penter macrumors 6502a

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    haha 5 years later, and I had to look up what BIAB is in the first place, and why I was looking for a similar app :confused:

    anyway, as to your question:
    the OP says it has something to do with getting QT to use sf2 files.
    I would start with installing Perian, and go from there.
    I did a quick search and it looks like sf2 is referring to SoundFont files:

    Check out this youtube video
     
  6. bingefeller macrumors 6502

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    Cool, thanks!
     

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