Masterwriter 2.0

Masterwriter 2.0

I’m a huge fan of any software that helps me get from inspiration to finally arrangement as fast as possible. Once I have my arrangement done the hard part is over and I can spend a week or two mixing and making minor changes to the lyrics. When writing lyrics I always have my browser at: http://thesaurus.reference.com/

I also have a copy of Masterwriter on my hard drive and I really love it. I don’t use it all the time but when I do it always helps me with at least two or three rhymes or ideas. I’ve been pining for them to overhaul the interface and this week Masterwriter 2.0 was released. My biggest gripe with 1.0 was the inability to resize the application’s window. This was an annoying issue because you really want to have Masterwriter sitting next to your DAW’s window on the same screen. Happily, 2.0 fixes the resize issue and adds some other nifty new features including “Word Families” and “Parts of Speech”.

“MasterWriter presents accessible information that’s powerful yet doesn’t interfere with the creative process. In fact, anyone who’s involved with writing words – authors, journalists and sub-editors, for example – would benefit from having such an easy-to-use set of searchable dictionaries to keep the creative juices flowing in times of need.” – Simon Jary, MacWorld UK

I could try an explain all the ins and outs about Masterwriter but their site is loaded with tutorial videos so just head over and take a look. Some people think it’s cheating to use software like this but I think if you sat several serious song-writers down and listened to their final songs all written with the help of Masterwriter each one’s music would ring 100% true to their own style. You don’t belive me? Trent Reznor, Clint Black, Babyface, Amy Grant, Rick Springfield are just a few of people who use this software.

More info: masterwriter.com

Liptikl is a new lyric writing tool from Intermorphic.

liptikl - screenshot

Liptikl which is pronounced “lip tickle” is a new application from a company called Intermorphic. It’s basic function is to help you create lyrics. When you launch the program the main window is separated by three sections: ideas, lyrics and verses.liptikl - logo

To start of you need to put some text snippets into the ideas section. You can use your mind and just chuck in some words or head online and grab text from Wikipedia entries, poems, song lyrics, news articles, basically anything.

After you have the text ideas in their containers you click the “Create Lyrics” button and liptikl will spit out a verse. The processing does seem a bit random but you can keep clicking the “Create Lyrics” button repeatedly to get new verses. According to the user guide liptikl is applying internal rules:

There are many internal rules used to create lyrics within liptikl. When the liptikl lyric engine is figuring-out what to do, it combines all these rules together in combination with your source material, and respects them as best it can, but ultimately liptikl makes its own choice as to exactly what to do. In other words, you can give the engine brain lots of guidance, but ultimately (like a child) you let liptikl makes the final, detailed decisions as to what to do.

The reason this all works, is that at its heart, the liptikl lyric engine uses random events in combination with a powerful set of rules. How you interpret what you read is filtered through your own internal knowledge of language. This combination of chance and logic is what allows liptikl to keep coming-up with ideas that are fresh, interesting and unpredictable.

You can apply Lyric Rules which tell liptikl how to create your verse. For example “4 5 4 5″ tells liptikl to use four words per line, the first and third and second and fourth lines ryhme, four lines total.

When you get a verse your happy with head into the last section and click “Add” which then saves your verse in that last section. Repeating that process you eventually build up a song.

I’ve been using the 30 day demo and I am undecided if liptikl is worth $99. They do offer a Masterwriter - screenshotversion for $59 but you can not use liptikl’s output in a commercial project. I would recommend that most people should buy Masterwriter first (screenshot on right). As a song writing tool its a far more comprehensive product. But liptikl is different enough to justify owning both if you have the cash and are a full time musician (is that possible?).

For those of you who have zero dollars to spend there are some free and fun online lyrics generators. For example the always dark “Random Goth Lyric Generator” or even more scary “Alanis Morissette Lyric Generator“.

One thing to keep in mind when using liptikl is if you source your original text from a news clipping, poem, other band’s lyrics, make sure the output is far different enough so that your not plagiarizing or stealing someone’s copyrighted ideas.