This week’s post is written by guest poster, Sandra Larson, a writer with a passion for music. Sandra brings us some awesome apps for you to try out!
If you are a beginner songwriter, you’re probably finding yourself in need of some really great software to record and organize your ideas.
We’ve gathered up an awesome round up of some of the best songwriting apps and programs on the market. Grab one (or all) of these programs and start using them today – pick your favorites and see what works the best for you and your songwriting process. So let’s dive in!
5 Awesome Recording Apps and Programs for Beginning Songwriters
If you are a music geek, who dreams of rocking the world with your own masterpieces, you will be excited to learn that it is actually not that hard to write music. You will need to spend some time to study the basics of this craft. But add to it a bit of motivation, creativity, and talent, and you will nail it!
Most important – our age of technological progress has made it possible to create beautiful music right from the comfort of your own home with a help of a variety of programs that make this process even more fun and simple! There are many tools that help young talents discover the world of songwriting and music, and in this article, I will tell you about the top five software tools that, in my opinion, should come in handy to all beginners.
Songspace is a reliable and trusted app that has gained millions of fans including some world-famous compositors, labels, artists, and publishers. This is an award-winning tool that allows you to manage everything related to your career in music. Like, seriously, everything. From lyrics and ideas to contracts and splits, Songspace keeps it all organized, and is truly an app that will grow with you.
What features does it have? The biggest benefit of Songspace is that you can use it on the go – just download the app and release your creative potential wherever and whenever you are. Here is a list of other features to enjoy:
- Create tracks and songs
- Store all your ideas in one place and access them anytime
- Manage your songs
- Save melodies, ideas, and lyrics for future use
- Collaborate with producers, co-writers, and bandmates in real time
- Store multiple notes, versions, lyrics, sessions, stems, and more in the cloud
- Create your own catalog and share any files
- Syncs with Google Drive, Dropbox, and more
Pricing is $8 a month for writers or $50 a year.
Another great tool is Hum. It gives you unlimited opportunities for taking notes, recording songs, writing lyrics, and organizing your files – all available at any time right from your phone. Another great feature allows you to make a synchronization with Dropbox and make a backup of your files in order not to lose anything. What other features are available? Hum allows you to share files via messages and e-mail, tag and sort all files in a convenient way, import audio files from other apps, use an in-built tuner, have a separate page for notes for each song, and play files right from your personal library.
This app is a convenient, simple but effective solution for creating your songs on the go – it has never been that simple and intuitive to note down all your ideas, chords, and lyrics. The app is available for phones, tablets, and computers. Here are a few things available for you with Songwriter Lite:
- Over 1000 of chords for different instruments
- An option to set a password to protect your files
- Restore and backup features
- Simple search for synonyms or rhymes
- Separate record for every section
- A convenient “Chord Picker” feature for easier songwriting
- Add guitar tablature feature
Calling all melody and lyric writers – this app is for you! You’ll find Melody Miner extremely useful and inspiring if you write lyrics and sing melodies, but don’t play any instruments. This tool allows you to transform your ideas into full songs easily and within just a few seconds – just sing the melody and this great tool will create several variations of song in different tempos, with backing chords and all. You can adjust it to your style. Experiment with different combinations, switch instruments, change chords and tempo – everything is intuitive and easy. This little app is SO cool!
This is definitely the most advanced item of all presented on this list, but don’t let that deter you. FL Studio is a fantastic DAW (digital audio workstation) that allows users to fully produce tracks from top to bottom. It’s not an app, this bad boy is for your computer. If you’ve ever wanted to get into music production, FL Studio is a great place to start learning.
This is a multi-function, simple, and user-friendly software features a professional mixer and piano roll, and a great library of sounds. It has over 80 great plugins ready to go. Also, you can enjoy the following advantages:
- Special effects and mixing
- Advanced audio
- Support of a multi-track mixer automation control VST plugin
- Pitch shifting, time-stretching, and multi-track audio recording
Give yourself time to learn and experiment with these apps
Keep in mind that mastering any program or app takes some time and practice, which is why it is important to be consistent, devote your time and energy to practice your skills. Consistency is a key to success in any matter!
Let your creativity out!
When you write music, you should let it flow from within, right from your heart because only this way you can create something really awesome – thus, don’t be afraid to make a mistake and just let your creativity do everything for you!
Do something crazy
Experiment with these apps. Play around. Press all the buttons. Try different methods of putting things together. You’re bound to stumble upon some new and interesting ways to write songs that you never would have known if you hadn’t tried the app!
Have fun! Have you downloaded any of these apps? Got a favorite? Let us know about your songwriting apps in the comments!
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