Entering chords, key transposition, choosing playback style, playback, export to .MID - basically everything needed to create and play midi files in different musical styles. Detects and plays through external midi devices via USB.Â
What does not
Cannot print, view, add, or edit melody notes. This crashes the program immediately. So melodies cannot be entered by hand, and BIAB 12 cannot be used to generate lead-sheets
Can't have too long a path to the application, or it fails to launch. (This was a bug in Windows as well, and may not be Wine-related. This issue was somewhat improved running under the Win2k compatibility layer in Win7, fwiw.
What was not tested
Did not test export to .WAV, WAV editing functions, importing midi files, generating a style from a midi file, using a software synth for midi output, or any of the style editing functions. Did not test solo-generating or melody-generating functions. Â Did not test entering melody from the keyboard.
Useful for generating backing tracks / play-alongs for musical practice, or for generating chord accompaniment in different styles. The crash on printing/note edit-entry/sheet music display may be a memory error (according to my son the Linux guy; I am a total Linux noob.) We did not find a work-around for this problem. I run the sound through a Casio CTK-611; and it's worth noting that inexpensive USB soundcard dongles are abundant on ebay, although I can't vouch for the sound quality.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 16 2015||1.6.2||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Barry Levine|