“Songwriters have been getting the short end of the stick in the
music industry for a long time. And the reason for that, for many of
them, is that they’re not able to produce.”
-El All, founder Soundful
No matter what kind of music you’re making, technology is now able to give you better tools than ever before to get the job done .Keeping ideas new, fresh and exciting is just one reason the asset of collaborating is a much-needed feature in music software.
Even if you’re not flush with cash or particularly savvy when it comes to navigating technology and music, companies are making it user-friendly and inexpensive to better your music through tech.
A dizzying offering of powerful tools designed to help you write, record and master professional-grade music has come out in recent years. Here are 5 Tech Tools to help you create the production to showcase your song in the best light.
Imagine being able to tell an app exactly the type of music you’d like to create – the key, the tempo, the genre, the sub-genre – and then that app just… making it for you.
Imagine recording yourself singing a verse and a chorus into your phone, uploading this vocal to a platform, and that platform wrapping an entire professional musical production around it, all in the style of your choosing. And imagine the result sounding so polished, it could comfortably sit within Spotify‘s Today’s Top Hits.
Welcome to Soundful.
Soundful’s mission is to empower every creator out there. Soundful is a tool for everybody to listen and create.
What can you do with your song idea in Soundful?
- you can record it without any instrumentation
- you can upload it to Soundful
- it will wrap sonics, an entire musical production around your vocal
Soundful users can:
- create AI-constructed tracks at a click of a button
- download the stems of these tracks and import them into external production software
- songwriters write something, then upload it to Soundful – building a track around his/her vocals
- they can download the full stem files and send them to the producer.
Any Soundful user, even a free subscriber, has the rights to use the music royalty-free for personal use.
If the user wants to actually own the copyright, they’re able to enter an exclusive deal with Soundful to take it a step further.
(a paid subscription is $8/month). For a very minimal fee purchase the copyright for the track Users can then monetize it.
Roland Cloud gives songwriters access to a vast library of synth instruments ,everything from ’80s and ’90s synth patches to lifelike guitar and orchestral sounds.
These are provided through a subscription-based model. You can have full access to their entire sound library, connective services and production software for about $20 USD a month.
Soundtrap specializes in giving musicians their own online recording studio, chock-full of over:
- 4000 loops and presets
- automation features
- its own Patterns Beatmaker drum machine.
Soundtrap’s collaboration software lets musicians collaborate together over computers, tablets and smartphones.Soundtrap’s monthly subscription models will only run you from $4 to $15 USD a month.
Splice gives songwriters and producers impressive tools like collaboration software and production plugins through a rent-to-own system that even the brokest of musicians won’t mind paying for. Their plugins will run you anywhere from $8 to $15 USD a month.
Splice’s biggest selling point is its impressive ability to help multiple parties work on the same piece of music with ease through notifications, messaging and and easy-to-navigate platform.
Splice also makes it easy to retrieve old versions of sessions without taking up hard drive space.
Provides mastering tech and digital distribution reach. LANDR’s pricing options range from $1 to $25 USD a month, with steep yearly discounts.
They’ve got some impressive new collaboration features you won’t want to miss. New features let you share and comment on tracks to help you get the most out of working with other songwriters and producers.
LANDR’s mastering tech is incredibly useful for everything from checking out the mastered mixes of demos to getting a professional-grade master.
Tech is doing some pretty incredible things for musicians. But none of this works without your ideas and creative input. Check out each of these tools to see if they’re right for you and your project. You can click on the name of each to visit their websites and learn more.
Information in this post edited from MusicBusiness Worldwide and the LANDR blog.