I’ve been considering BIAB for lazy guitar practice and sight reading, seems to have come a long way since last time I eyeballed it: https://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.htm
https://keypirinha.com/ for launching software…I wanted to clear my taskbar and desktop of shortcuts, it learns your preferences or you can tweak/train it eg I type chr to start chrome, ter to start windows terminal etc
That’s all I can think of, someone might find something useful there
plus some program that runs at startup and shows everything that auto starts on my system,
but I can’t remember the name, so I’d need to restart my pc
I’ll drop it here whenever I do, along with anything else worth listing
FInally had to restart
This is the program, autoruns
Yeah, I thought it was some midi toy at first, someone on Reaper was always banging on about it back in the day when it was midi sounds only.
Looks perfect for improvising over different chord progressions now that I’ve checked it out, also sight reading some standards and tuition. The developer is a musician, apparently his brother is a decent jazz guitarist so it’s guitar-friendly.
Might also be good for throwing some quick drums down for writing as well, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to programming drums.
Or just having fun with some virtual band, it looks pretty deep.
I saw a video where you can import a song and it works out the chords for them too
I ended up using Opera as my main browser for a few reasons, after using them all on my laptop
Workspaces - it has a workspace bar, 5 by default but expandable, which I divided up into Search, Youtube, Facebook, Spreadsheets, Email, etc
I set ccleaner to clean automatically upon close but not my cookies/cache,
so I can close the browser or restart the pc and my pages are still there logged in, but the RAM/temp has been freed up.
My Flow - Sharing files between devices, install Opera Touch on your phones and other devices and you can easily transfer or share files between them and your pc.
Built-In Ad blocker - works on youtube, vimeo etc (I hate ads)
Built-In Screenshot - no extension required, hit Ctrl-Shift 5 and capture a selection, lets you annotate /edit before saving etc.
Built-In FB Messenger + Twitter - located on the workspace bar beneath the workspaces (also Instagram/Whatsapp /VK/others that I don’t use)
Built-In Music Player - located on the workspace bar, uses youtube, spotify, apple etc
Pop-Out Video Player - you can pop out a YT video screen and have that run on top of your other windows as a resizable PIP
Built-in VPN - I use my own, Surfshark, but a decent feature
It also adds your new bookmarks to the top of the folder list by default, which always suited me better for finding recent shit,
and is generally pretty user-friendly and customizable all round
Can’t fault it so far for what I do.
Available on Win/Mac/Linux…
I also use Brave for fast, private, disposable browsing…
At this point Reaper is the only proprietary software that I’m still using. And for the things I’m doing with it these days, I could very likely use non-proprietary software. I’m really still using Reaper mostly out of habit and some amount of convenience. I have even lost my hate for Gimp since the unified transform tool was implemented.
Manjaro, Firefox and plugins (ublock origin, vimium…), youtube-dl, Inkscape, Gimp, and other Linux desktop and command line default install stuffs. Nothing too exciting I guess. Forgot another proprietary one, LTSpice.
BIAB raised some interesting musical questions- I tried out the program some years ago, with real tracks, and was pretty impressed with the drum track. Anyways, I put in some chords to a new song, interested in how BIAB would arrange the piece. Apparently, I did something wrong when putting in the chords, as BIAB’s finished arrangement had a different structure. Nevertheless, the result was pretty exciting. A normal, common musician wouldn’t play it like that. It was obvious that BIAB tried to avoid the usual musical logic, so to speak, probably to sound more “authentic”.
I listened to the music many times, then tried the whole thing again, with another song, with a different set of chords. This time I wasn’t too enthusiastic, because I could hear a pattern. Yes, BIAB wanted to do things differently but did “differently” in the same way. Suddenly BIAB had a “style” it wouldn’t deviate from.
I suspect this would be the case for AI music in general. It will have a “sound” or/and a musical logic that gives it away eventually. “Anti-sound” and “anti-logic” will also be telling. The programming can’t hide.