JmSoftware - One Man Band v10.0 (Pc)

From the homepage:
Turns any (piano, synthesizer) keyboard into an arranger keyboard with real time chord recognition!
Create complete MIDI arrangements with simple drag and drop operations!
Utilise, modify and create styles in Yamaha format!

One Man Band is a combination of a virtual arranger keyboard, a style based sequencer/arranger and a style editor. It utilises standard style files compatible with the styles used in Yamaha PSR, DGX and Tyros arranger keyboards. It can play the thousands of Yamaha styles that are available on internet and it can create styles that can be played on a Yamaha keyboard. How One Man Band sounds depends largely on the quality of the synthesizers that you use with it, do a quick start to check it out.

Professional performing artists use OMB to build a high quality arranger setup with features that are not available in the best arranger keyboards. Connect a master keyboard with 88 keys. Plug-in DXi and VSTi softsynths with incredible real sounding instruments. Have the presets of up to 3600 songs at your fingertips including text with chords and lyrics or even a scrolling display of the score. When a new style is loaded the current style will continue to play until the load is complete and then switches without a glitch. The song presets may also include a wave/mp3 intro or play a multimedia file as backing track instead of a style. Karaoke files will be displayed with scrolling tekst in large font. An editor to create Karaoke files is included. A large number of chord recognition methods is available, also for MIDI guitars, MIDI accordions and MIDI Pedals. In full keyboard mode you can play the entire keyboard and use a footswitch for chordfixation to indicate when chords should be recognised from the keyboard for the auto-accompaniment and when not.

Studio musicians use OMB as a preproduction tool. In the arranger and song window they can quickly try ideas with a lot of different styles, variations and chord sequences. OMB is both DXi and VSTi host and supports ASIO drivers. A complete sequencer to operate on any MIDI file is included too. All detailed event editing is done in easy eventslists and pianorolls. The result can be saved in a MIDI-file for further operations elsewhere. Listen to a compostion made mainly with OMB by Philippe Perelman: Elle t'emporte.

Home musicians use OMB to upgrade their arranger keyboards or to provide their digital piano or synthesizer with real-time auto-accompaniment. Load styles directly from the hard drive of your PC. Use the style maker to "tweak" styles and make them sound better. Make a style from a MIDI file. Make a collection of exported style tracks and use them in uniquely blended styles.

Absolute beginners use the "PC Keyboard 1" user-interface in OMB to play melody and chords live without a MIDI keyboard controller. Play "quatre mains": one plays the auto-accompaniment chords and variation changes with the mouse and the other one plays the melody on the PC keyboard.

Download a demo version of One Man Band for free,or buy the full version for only $49.95. An upgrade costs $10.00 - $40.00 depending on your current version. One Man Band requires Windows 98/2000/ME/NT/XP/Vista.

What's new in version 10

VSTi and DXi hosting with support for ASIO drivers. This has been the most requested feature in the last 4 years. So now you can plug in your softsynths. In the MIDI-out settings DXi's and VSTi's can be added to the MIDI-out list and then selected for each separate channel.

Load the next style without interrupting the currently playing style in live mode (switch-without-a-glitch). When the new style is loaded it will take over at the start of the next measure.

Reduced latency version of the Microsoft synthesizer. The default MIDI Out is now the JM synthesizer. It uses the same wavetables as the Microsoft synthesizer but hasn't got the quarter second delay before you hear a pressed key.

Style loudness correction to compensate for the loudness differences between styles from different origins. Available in menu settings/Style-loudness-correction.

Control all the different volumes with the sliders of a MIDI keyboard controller in live mode. Define the controllers you want to use for this in menu settings/keyboard-control-functions. In the same window you can define MIDI triggers for each function, by specifying MIDI port/channel/messagetype.

A new function is Block Tempo. If on it will ignore the tempo of a new loaded style and play the new style in the same tempo as the previous one.

Use wave sound effects in live mode. Wave files can be loaded in the SFX panel in PC keyboard 2 and MIDI keyboard window.

Improved user interface. Arranger, eventslist and pianoroll window will show more measures/events/notes when the window is enlarged. The Window will scroll while playing in eventslist, pianoroll and arranger window. OMB will start in the window that was last used.

Note for current users:
There is no longer a need to begin in the voices window and then press the start button to proceed to one of the three interface windows for live play. In fact the start button is no longer there. You go directly to PC-keyboard 1, 2 or the MIDI-keyboard window (select in menu windows) and stay there. Some may have previously used the voices window to play without auto-accompaniment. You can prevent the auto-accompaniment to start when a chord is hit by using the function "pause and restart". While paused you can play chords without starting the accompaniment.