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What software do you need to become a ‘home music composer’

You wake up in the morning and a tune is playing over and over in your head. Could this be your very first hit? You quickly write it down on a piece paper feeling proud of your brilliant composition. I wish it were that easy. Inspiration alone will not get you very far. This is where music composer software comes in to help with the things that right now seem impossible to you. There are many programs out there with various features and capabilities that will actually do the work for composer

But how does one choose the best music composer software? Most of these programs offer free trials and there are several that are completely free. I suggest you start with the latter, since it gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with such programs and determine which features are more important to you.

The next thing you should consider is the ease of use of each software. Whether you are a computer expert or a complete novice, such programs could sometimes be confusing. Watch the program’s tutorial prior to downloading it. This way you can get a feel of its use and capabilities. Be sure to check out the program’s help and support options. There should be many “how to” and FAQ sections, e-mail and online support on both user and technical issues.

A good music writing program should offer tools such as a virtual keyboard, wide MIDI instrument selection, guitar chord and lyric entry. It should be compatible with most music file types.

The program should also provide adequate editing options, input/output capabilities. Whether you want to export your music as a MIDI file or merely print it as sheet music, the interface should be easy and straightforward.

Finally keep in mind that even the best music composition software will not work without your creativity and imagination. So go ahead and write your masterpiece.