Songsmith

Songsmith

Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.02
  • Total Downloads:
    33,771
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 11, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try (6 hours active compilation); $29.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    98.47MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Platform:
    Windows

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4 stars

"Right Dang Cool"

July 20, 2009  |  By TheHugh

 |  Version: Songsmith 1.0.1

Pros

If you can come up with a tune in your head and sing it to a beat, you can export the 4 track MIDI accompianment to MIDI. Drop that in SONAR for example, nudge some notes around and assign synths. You can create some very useful audio.

Cons

Not enough free music types. If you want more, Garritan will sell them to you for more than SongSmith costs.

Summary

I think this same engine was in Microsofts PhotoStory. Anyway, It's a great shortcut for low talent musicians like me.

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4 stars

"It creates a band background to the tune you sing"

January 19, 2009  |  By dr_groove

 |  Version: Songsmith 1.0.1

Pros

Easy to use, it has a "wow!" factor built in, cool features to change band style, fast response times, wide selection of band styles (a total of 30, from hip hop to country, jazz, etc.), it is fun to use. For 25 euros, a lot of value for the money.

Cons

Chord recognition does not work very well for melodies that have even a bit of complexity in them, retakes of inserts are not possible, no MP3 export, some band styles have cheesy sounds and too artificial playing styles

Summary

This is a fun product. It is a great toy for anyone who wants to explore composing and singing. You just sing a tune and the software plays it back to you with a band on the background. It is really easy to use.

For really simple melodies the results are quite good and useful for sending to friends and colleagues. However, any melody that has some complexity in it will not be good without manual editing -- which is actually fairly easy and educational to do.

I found the product useful even for more serious song-writing purposes: ideas can be tried out (and tossed out) really easily with different music styles and harmonies. Variety is a great source for creativity.

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2 stars

"Won't install on Windows 7 :("

January 13, 2009  |  By larryboy01

 |  Version: Songsmith 1.0.1

Pros

Sounds really cool

Cons

Won't install on Windows 7 beta

Summary

There is a hotfix for the WPF sub-system of the .NET 3.0 framework that is too lamely written to install on Win7 (it thinks that the OS is not supported because it is > 6.x). The installer for Songsmith is also lame in that it won't install without detecting the presence of the hotfix for WPF. A veritable catch 22!

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5 stars

"Great For Guitarists!!!"

January 09, 2009  |  By w27y

 |  Version: Songsmith 1.0.1

Pros

This is a great way of seeing which chords should underline a guitar melody, and you can select how many chords per bar (1/2, 1, and 2). You can then record your songs uses the chord suggestions.

Cons

The samples aren't too bad, but still has a "Midi" feel. Excellent concept; so it is understandable that like the chord accompaniment on a keyboard, it has limitations. My suggestions is to use this as a "guide", and re-record everything later.

Summary

Although I never conducted an all-out search for this type of program, the closest I have have gotten was Guitar Pro 5's "scale finder" that suggested what key the song was in. SongSmith is great in that you can sing, or in my case, play your guitar and have chords generated based on your melody (and certain basic chords). Since I record my own music, including drums, bass, and guitar, I didn't mind the "midi" sound of the trial version (perhaps better samples if purchased?), since I knew I could rerecord using the chords suggested in SongSmith. I would highly recommend this product to anyone writing music.

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General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date September 11, 2009
Date Added September 11, 2009
Version 1.02
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 98.47MB
File Name SongsmithSetup.1.02.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 33,771
Downloads Last Week 6
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 6 hours active compilation
Price $29.95

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