Virtual Band is an intelligent automatic accompaniment plugin for your sequencing software. If you're looking for a professional backing band to support your performance, the Virtual Band plugin has everything you could ask for. Load native Virtual Band Styles, import many different style and loop formats or build your own styles.
For a complete arrangement only 4 steps have to be performed:
We prepared a couple of demo songs that will show the potential of Virtual Band. Each song consists of one melody track (played by a real musician) and one track with Virtual Band plugged into. The styles used for the demos make extensive use of the special guitar mode.
Each song comes in two versions: a "low quality version" simply played as-it-is through Cakewalk's TTS-1 GM soft synth, a "high quality version" that was mixed individually and played through different outboard sound modules.
Key Features of Virtual Band
Style Architecture. Virtual Band has an enormous flexible style architecture. This includes:
Supported Style and Pattern Format. Virtual Band supports in addition to its own style format the loading of a wide variety of third party format:
Multiple Parallel Arrangements. A very unique feature of Virtual Band is the ability to have 32 arrangements (16 local, 16 shared, see below) available in parallel in one plugin. Imagine you want to test several different chord progressions for your melody line. Then it is very helpful if you are able to simply switch between the different chord progressions.
Style Editor. Virtual Band has a complete style editor built in.
Arpeggiator. In addition to the regular styles, Virtual Band offers a very flexible arpeggio system with fully programmable arpeggio styles and patterns.
Phrases. Within the arrangements phrases can be used to play a number of short pre-recorded rhythmic and melodic sequences that follow the songs chords. This feature is very similar to the Multi Pads known from the Yamaha arranger keyboards.
Live Input. Virtual Band can now be controlled from what you play on your external midi keyboard. This includes the live input of chords into the arrangement and (depending on the abilities of the host sequencer) the ability to play styles and arpeggios in realtime.
Apart from the included Virtual Band demo styles there are a lot of free styles available on the web:
Yamaha Style Format: Style compatible with the Yamaha style format can be found at these places.
User Styles: The following styles are provided by Virtual Band users.