Making accompaniments from MIDI files

The right accompaniment can enhance your vocal, instrumental or keyboard performance. Accompaniments are also a great way to practice. You can create accompaniments for any song with our Accompaniment Machine program using style loops. On the other hand, sometimes you may want to use a full MIDI file to accompany an iconic song, complete with its introduction, riffs and other performance features.  For this application, we’ve created a new software system, Pancho.

There are thousands of MIDI files available for download on the Internet, covering almost every popular song and classical work. If you wanted to perform a song, imagine you could grab it from the Internet and do the following:

  • Separate the musical data into solo and accompaniment files.
  • Change the range and key to match your instrument.
  • Modify the accompaniment instrumentation to achieve a special sound.
  • Create a printed score for your solo part.
  • Play the accompaniment on your computer or keyboard with measure synchronization for practice or performance.

Sound amazing? With the Pancho program and procedures described in the instruction manual, you can do it all. Rather than simply playing audio recordings, Pancho is a digital MIDI-based program. There are significant advantages:

  • You can make tempo changes without affecting the pitch.
  • You can store settings for accompaniments and run through an entire performance set automatically.
  • Most important, with the myriad of MIDI files available on the Internet, you can create scores and accompaniments with little effort and at no cost.

There are three components of the Pancho system:

  • MIDI Doctor, a utility for dividing and customizing MIDI files.
  • Step-by-step instructions in this manual for making printed scores of solo parts in your songs.
  • The Pancho program itself, an advanced MIDI player with a metronome, measure and beat counters and other features for practice and performance.

Pancho runs on any Windows computer.

Use this link to get more information on Panchohttp://kbd-infinity.com/pancho.html. You can also download the Pancho instruction manual: http://kbd-infinity.com/documents/Pancho.pdf. Two freeware programs are needed to perform all the tasks described in the manual:

Speedy MIDI for quick editing of MIDI files: http://sourceforge.net/projects/speedymidi/

MuseScore for creating and editing printed scores from MIDI files: https://musescore.org/

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