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Type: Lyric Writing Software
Item: Masterwriter 2
UK: £136 (approx.)
Note: this tool can also be purchased as a yearly or monthly licence. You can download a demo version and try out Masterwriter 2 for free for ten days.
At a Glance: Masterwriter 2 is a collection of software tools for lyricists and poets that claims to help you “unlock all the English language has to offer and express yourself in a more unique and meaningful way”.
High Notes: Masterwriter contains a massive database of rhymes, phrases, and word information, that aims to aid lyric writing and help you get past writers-block. Its phrase feature sets it apart from just a simple rhyming dictionary, allowing you find phrases taken from a wide range of literary sources that rhyme or are related with your previous lines. It also has a section for organising your song collections and notes, which can be very useful for prolific songwriters.
Off Pitch: Although the software is well designed and contains many useful tools, some may find that writing songs entirely on a computer does not have quite the same inspiring atmosphere as sitting at a piano with a pen and paper. Also, some may find the very thought of using a computer program that could potentially write half of your lyrics for you, goes entirely against the notion of song-writing being art.
VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Now in its second incarnation, Masterwriter offers an impressive set of tools for songwriters and poets. If you find that writing lyrics rapidly on a computer suits your work-style, then Masterwriter will no doubt become an invaluable piece of software for you. On the other hand, if you like to find inspiration sitting in the sunshine, strumming an acoustic guitar, you may still find the some of the software’s features useful – in particular its ability to catalogue and keep all your finished songs safe together (as long as you remember to keep a backup file!).
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