Band Minus One is an interesting and easy to understand software solution developed to help you create your own music accompaniment with minimal effort, allowing you to choose the preferred style from the various STY files provided for you, yet you can resort to your own just as easily.
The installation process is quite brief and uneventful, enabling you to launch it right away and start working with it, since it truly requires little to no prior experience with similar tools, thanks to its straightforwardness.
From the ‘File’ menu, you can open a new song or an existing one, in SNG format, its lyrics being displayed in the main window, along with the ‘Measure’, ‘Chord’ and ‘Part’ for the currently playing bit. Optionally, you can ‘Record Wave Audio’, later being able to listen to the captured file.
The main window features a set of basic text editing functions, allowing you to cut, delete, copy or paste words into the lyrics, or simply type new lines into the song.
The ‘Style’ button lets you choose one of the STY files from the download package, such as ‘Ballad’, ‘Fiesta’, ‘Country’, ‘Reggae’, ‘Soul’, ‘Techno’, ‘Waltz’ and several others. Nonetheless, you also have the option of using your own STY files.
Moreover, by checking the corresponding boxes, you can ‘Add Strings’, ‘Add Organ’ or ‘Add Synth’, being able to adjust the volume of the instruments by increasing or decreasing the default value. Band Minus One enables you to change the pitch of the audio with up to 12 semitones lower or higher. Similarly, you can change a song’s tempo, ranging from 10 to 250 beats per minute.