Song writing software?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Sethiroth, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Sethiroth

    Sethiroth Guest

    Hello, I was curious if anyone knows of any good song writing software?

    Im looking for something that I can set a specific key signature, and then place the notes on the bars, and it be able to play it back to me with different sound effects.

    I used to have this one called Finale WAAAAY back over ten years ago. It was pretty cool, but it only had a piano for play back.

    Do you all use anything like this?
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    It gets way better than what you are describing.

    You must be familiar with midi, different software like cubase, etc, modules and so on yes?
  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Finale and Sibelius are the two big ones right now. Each comes with a full orchestra of midi instruments, and you can buy better collections of sound samples and increase the quality of the playback.
  4. basilbowman

    basilbowman Guest

    I'm a big fan of "Muziktime", which I don't know if they even still make. However, if you can find a copy, it's phenomenal. I used the version that came out in 1992 15 years after it came out and it was still exactly what I needed. However, it's only what I need, dunno if it'll work for you guys, it's not exactly the most jam packed full of options, but it's flexible as hell...
  5. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Some of my song writing software.
  6. malika

    malika Guest

    Hi i suggest you for master writer,MasterWriter is a very powerful tool which is easy to use, easy to navigate, and fast. It was our goal to utilize the technologies of today in a manner that would not complicate or get in the way of the creative process.
  7. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    In addition to Finale and Sibelius - both great by the way - you may want to check out Band-in-a-box to speed up the process or take you in different directions.

    Type in chord changes, pick a style (hundreds available) and hit play - instant rhythm section. You can even have it create a melody and/or soloist over the changes you input.

    Sounds are MIDI so are dependant upon your sound module or sound card, but then can be dumped into recording software or notation software individually for replacement or editing as well.

    I use it as a basis for my students. Its far from ideal for finished products, but really works well as a starting point or for improvisation practice - which can be an even better compositional tool.

    Good luck


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