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Songsmith is intended to generate musical accompaniment for singers. The program has an intuitive interface. A welcoming wizard-like window lets you preset some parameters, such as musical style, mood and tempo. In order to help you make your choice, these styles can be previewed. Unfortunately, there are not many styles to choose from. However, some others are available for downloading.
Once you have set initial parameters, you just need to sing the desired song into a microphone plugged into your PC and the program will automatically create background music for you. In addition, the program lets you control a mixer, so you can adjust volume levels for your voice and generated instruments. You can even experiment using other musical instruments than those suggested by the program. Chords will be saved separately and you can make modifications to them even after the recording has been made.
This program may have different uses. First, you may use it for fun, because it will allow you to record your own songs and share them with your family and friends. Second, it could be a great motivational tool for children, whose musical inclinations may be promoted this way. Third, foreign language teachers may use this application to motivate their students to write lyrics in the new language. Finally, musicians may also benefit from it as they can use it as a departure point for experimenting with new sounds.
In general, Songsmith can generate musical accompaniment with an acceptable quality. However, if the results do not please you completely, you should be aware that a machine is no match for a real human composer.
- It is relatively easy to use
- It has educational use
- It allows customizing the results
- Some musical genres are not available