Converting AMac songs to accompaniments

Users of AMac Versions 1.0 and 2.0 with a library of song files (ASG) probably want to convert some of them to AutoSequence files (ASQ) to use the new capabilities of AMac 3.0. This article describes the conversion process along with some tips on sequences.

To begin, load the song file in the AMac Performance window. Then, switch to the AutoSequence window. Much useful information is automatically transferred:

  • The style and its settings (tempo, volume).
  • The song title.
  • The sequence of style sections used.
  • Primary and alternate voice definitions.
  • Program settings like the chord transposition method.

If the song starts with an Intro section, go to Style Organizer window to find its length in measures. Click SaveAcc to make a reference accompaniment file. Then click SaveSeq to make a reference sequence file.

At this point, you can fill out chords in the sequence using a text editor or the program sequence editing commands. Figure 1 shows a compressed view of the display in the ConText editor for an appropriate accompaniment for the song They Want to Be Close to You by Burt Bacharach. Here are some tips:

  • IntroC was four measures long. I started it at measure -3 so that the pickup occurred at measure 0.
  • Lead sheets are not inviolate. Sometimes, chord specifications just don’t work with the unpredictable combinations of notes in the style. The ear is the final arbiter. Accordingly, I started IntroC in EbMaj and changed EbMaj6 to EbMaj in measure 7.
  • The song ends with an extended fade (15.0 seconds), repeating an ending phrase for as long as is necessary. Accordingly, the sequence of Fig. 1 includes three copies of the phrase. The fade starts at the beginning of the second.
  • Although the FadeOut operation will terminate the style, I added a StopStyle operation at the end for good form and to avoid a warning from AMac.


Sequence example

Figure 1. Sequence example.


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