Songwriting takes a lot of time and careful planning, even for the best musicians. However, you cannot argue the fact that inspiration for songwriting often hits you when you least expect it, as with all great ideas.
It is, therefore, vital that you be prepared whenever it hits, as to not lose golden sparks that could ignite a future song hit. This means you doing songwriting on-the-go, equipped and fortified with modern technology – made easy and convenient. You don’t need to be limited to only remember bits and pieces of the song, be it a melody, title, or lyrics.
Songwriters, with the use of smartphones, now have the capacity to write a song from beginning to the end. Here are five apps for songwriter’s handpicked as your essentials:
Soundcloud app is one of the simplest but intuitive apps for creating audio recordings. These are automatically saved to your Soundcloud account online. Having a Soundcloud account is required, but the good news is that this part is completely free. This app also lets you connect with other users, interact with their recordings, and discover new music. Soundcloud also lets you record demo quality recording of your music, and encourages you to publicly share it to your network.
Nanostudio is a full recording studio squeezed into an app. It caters more to electronic-focused composers and songwriters. It features sample trigger pads, analogue synths, a mixer with multiple effects, a comprehensive sequencer, and a sample editor. This app, however, only works for iOS.
Rhymer’s Block offers a unique feature, perfect for musicians stuck with lyrics they can’t rhyme. This app provides you with basic rhymes, along with slant and near rhymes. While going over a standard rhyming dictionary is an option, this app will track your rhythmic inspiration for you. It also highlights and color-codes.
An homage to its namesake, FourTrack is one of the most powerful apps out there, boasting a fully-functional four track recorders. It has functions like multitrack recording, calibrated faders and meters, input monitoring, and even allows you to record at 16 bit 44.1kHz. More than this, it’s user-friendly, as it allows you to import and share your files with other users.
Similar to Evernote, Songwriter’s Pad should be installed in every songwriter’s gadget. This was designed specifically for songwriters and musicians, but made convenient for those who are work-hustling and travelling. It features functions such as creating and editing songs by section, re-ordering songs, changing font styles and sizes, exporting lyrics, and keeping “extra” sections within a song for ideas and edits. The downside is that this app does not work in the cloud, but you have the option to export and email your compositions, which allows you to store your files in a separate cloud.
I know that there are other apps for songwriting. Maybe your favorite one is not listed. Go ahead and comment below and share your favorite. Also, if you have used any of these apps for songwriting let the group know you thoughts.