A portion of my pre-college years were spent dreaming of becoming a world famous graphic artist or designer. My teachers had other ideas, loosely based upon my lack of artistic talent, and said guidance counselors recommended I visit the music department.
That was a bust, too, as it seems carrying a tune in a bucket isn’t enough to get an instructor’s attention for more than the moment when they ask a student to try something else. Still, the Mac is a great tool for the artistically and musically inclined and challenged. If art isn’t your thing, maybe music and songwriting is.
Enter TuneSmith. The Mac way to write a song. Think of it as Garageband for songwriting. It’s got a lot of power to spark your creativity and it’s free.
TuneSmith is a companion app for Rhyme Genie, uses a style menu and a text ruler for lyric sheets. I like to think of it as a word processor for songs. There is so much going on here that it can be intimidating unless you can read music and you’re Mac savvy.
This is the app to use if you’re a budding songwriter or a pro because not only does it have a built-in lyrics editor, it has tools to track copyrights, and enough presentation savvy to use to pitch your music. The creation process is tracked from revision to revision so as you change a lyric it’s easy to change back to a version that was better.
The feature list is extensive considering the price tag (none), including chord sheets, audio file imports, unlimited lyric revisions (it keeps them; good for those of us who change our minds often), and a whole lot more.
I found TuneSmith to work better with Rhyme Genie (not free, but not expensive considering the feature list), and there’s a Windows version for songwriters and musicians who live on the dark side. It’s a good way to write and keep track of your music, protect your creation from others, and it’s free. What’s not to like?
Talent not included.