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Microsoft Songsmith: Helping You To Write Songs!

Published: Wed January 21, 2009  News Feed

Introducing Songsmith by Microsoft Research! Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer's voice or solo instrument using Garritan instrument sounds. Songsmith users can also download additional sounds.

What is Songsmith?
Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.

Where can I get it?
A free trial download is available on our download page.

What if I don’t know how to write music?
Songsmith is for you. Get your first taste of songwriting just by singing into a microphone, then explore different styles and arrangements, even if you don't know the first thing about music theory.

What if I do know how to write music?
Songsmith is for you too. Songwriters can use Songsmith as an “intelligent scratchpad” to work with new melodies, quickly turning your scratch recordings of new ideas into richer, deeper explorations. Musicians can also play instruments right into Songsmith, instead of singing.

How it works:

Just pick a style for your song...

 

Choose a tempo...

 
And sing! Immediately, Songsmith will create music to back up your voice.

 

And if you want to dig deeper, you can customize your music, even if you don't know anything about chords or music theory. You can adjust the “happy” and “jazzy” sliders, change styles even after you sing, or set up your own custom band.

And, if you are a musician, there are other features just for you. Edit chords directly, play your instrument into Songsmith instead of singing, or just open up Songsmith and type your own chords to make jam tracks or quick arrangements.

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