What are the best plug­ins avail­able for help­ing me to write songs?

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In an ideal world, we’d all have the song­writ­ing prow­ess of Lennon and McCart­ney com­bined, but as we all know, we don’t live in that kind of cre­ative utopia. So, soft­ware de­vel­op­ers have stepped up, creat­ing a range of tools that are de­signed to help you with your tune-craft­ing.

We’ve seen plenty of plug­ins of this type re­leased over the past year or so; take Mixed In Key’s Cap­tain suite, for ex­am­ple. This con­tains three plug­ins: Chords and Melody

help you to come up with – get this – chord pro­gres­sions and melodies, while Deep han­dles basslines. The clever trick is that changes you make in the ‘mas­ter’ Chords plugin are re­flected in the oth­ers, so when you use them all to­gether, you’ve got a very useful vir­tual song­writ­ing team at your dis­posal. Cap­tain Plug­ins costs $79.

Next up there’s Plugin Bou­tique’s Scaler, which analy­ses an in­com­ing MIDI note se­quence and sug­gests chords that will fit it. You can choose spe­cific genre and artist pre­sets, and ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent chord voic­ings. Ver­sion 1.5, which was re­leased re­cently, adds a Fret­board dis­play and a strum­ming fea­ture for gui­tar fans, and of­fers more flex­i­ble chord edit­ing and cre­ation fea­tures. Scaler can be yours for £40/$49.

Another one to keep an eye on is I2C8, a com­pos­ing plugin from Re-Com­pose, who pre­vi­ously came up with the pow­er­ful Liq­uid Notes song­writ­ing as­sis­tant. This por­trays chords as sym­bols, and en­ables you to ar­range them into se­quences. You get sug­ges­tions on se­quences, and you can tweak the sound of your chords in var­i­ous ways.

Check out this is­sue’s plugin round-up on page 92 for more!

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