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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000009.txt from 1996/04

From: Lisa Clayton <clayton@-----.EDU>
Subj: computer programs
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 1996 11:28:44 -0500

> The music department in our high school is considering a program called
> "Vivace".
> It plays an accompanyment with a soloist. Has anyone every used it? What
> did you think? Did you use the one with piano or orchestral accompanyment?
> Did you use it on a Macintosh or PC computer.
>
> Are there any other programs available like this for either the Mac or PC?
>
> Thanks for your help.
>
> Nancy E.

Vivace is great fun, if very pricey. It'll be great for the students
who want to work with an accompanist but can't afford to do it a lot.
Vivace actually "listens" to the instrumentalist and will slow down or
speed up as the instrumentalist shapes the music. And, although I'm a
computer science minor here at State, don't ask me how they did it.

Another decent product for Mac/PC is Band-in-a-Box, although it works
best for jazz players who are in the same boat with combos as
classical players are with accompanists. It doesn't follow the
music the Vivace does, but it runs far cheaper-- about $60.00 retail
as opposed to $2000.00.

Good luck with your search.

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