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BY RODRIGO O. SÁNCHEZ

MasterWriter 3.0

At a glance

The songwriter's personal assistant
Just like in any craft, songwriting requires a good amount of
practice, discipline and dedication in order to achieve a high
level of accomplishment. It is not uncommon for songwriters to
go through periods of frustration in which several hours of work
might produce absolutely nothing worthwhile. There's also
writer's block, which can lead to days, sometimes even months
of anxiety and loss of confidence as a writer. These realities
have always been present, from the days of Cole Porter and Ira
Gershwin all the way to Paul McCartney and Max Martin.
However, as far as organization, overall management of
resources, and the songwriting process itself are concerned,
nowadays we have several tools that can help the songwriter
tremendously, and can even provide a clearer path and/or
increased focus when working. MasterWriter is arguably the
most useful and famous "songwriter helper" in the market
today. Major songwriters such as Rob Thomas, Babyface, Trent
Reznor, Kenny Loggins, and Kid Rock have used this software
to organize ideas and help spark the fire of creativity.
MasterWriter has been on the market for several years. It
has evolved over time by adding upgrades to its interface and
features, as well as constant upgrades to its extensive dictionaries. The latest version, MasterWriter 3.0, can be used on
Mac and PC as well your tablet or smart phone. It operates on
a license with three pricing options: $ 9.95 for a month, $99
for a year, or $149 for a two-year license.
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MasterWriter 3.0 is a program that
helps you manage your ideas and at the
same time provides useful tools to further
develop your song. These tools include a
dictionary, rhyme dictionary (with more than 100,000 entries
with a complete collection of perfect rhymes), synonyms,
antonyms, word families, and alliterations. With the exception
of the dictionary and synonyms, each of these allows the user
to apply filters that will help narrow the search.
For instance, when you select the dictionary, it displays a
menu with the following options (that can also be thought of as
filters): Rhymes, Phrases, Word Families, Synonyms, Definition,
Alitenations and The World (more on that below). These give
the songwriter a plethora of options to brainstorm and develop
ideas by word association. All you have to do is write a word
on the space provided on the upper left corner and apply a filter to it, such as "perfect rhyme", and then the program will
display all perfect rhymes available for that word. You could
also see your chosen word used in a variety of contexts and
examples of how it would fit in different phrases.
One of the tools that I found extremely useful and uncommon
at the same time is called "The World". It offers a collection of
11,000 entries that relate to popular culture as well as places,
people, etc. It has three sub-filters: People, Places, Things. All of
these offer several categories to search under. The user can
type a word and search for comedians, world leaders, writers,
cities, hotels, islands, mountains, cars, countries, etc., that might
rhyme or somehow be related to the chosen word. For
instance, under "People" one can find a list of actors, artists,
comedians, famous events/people, fiction/folklore, first names,
infamous people, leaders, models, musicians, newsmakers,
people of America/ World, sports, and writers-all relating to
the word typed in the on the space provided at the top left.
Once you search a word and apply "The World" and then
a subcategory, MasterWriter will display a list of entries related to your chosen word. For example, if your chosen word is
"Yesterday", you will find "Norway" listed under countries,
and "Chardonnay" listed under "things", as well as other
potential rhymes that might interest you. (See the screenshot for
some amusing options that came up!). This gives the songwriter a wide array of options that could be a great benefit
when trying to finish a line for a song.



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