Have you ever had the experience of just not finding the right words? I know what it’s like to sit in front of my computer and just can’t think of the right word for the song I’m writing. What makes this even more difficult is there are few songwriting programs available. One that’s been talked about is MasterWriter 2.0, but can it really help with your songwriting? I decided to investigate and this is what I learned.
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What is the MasterWriter 2.0?
MasterWriter 2.0 was created by Barry DeVorzon and presented on Brett Manning‘s site Singing Success to help songwriters who just can’t seem to find the right word and deal with those “tip of the tongue” moments. DeVorzon’s career has spanned 50 years and he has won Emmy and Grammy awards and written songs for the Eagles, the Carpenters, the SWAT theme, and scores for numerous movies.
With MasterWriter 2.0, all his knowledge and experience have been assembled. Version 2.0 has the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary with 225,000 definitions and 165,000 entries, and it also has the
Merriam-Webster Collegiate Thesaurus with over 340,000 antonyms, synonyms, idioms, contrasted words and more.
MasterWriter 2.0 also has a very useful pop culture dictionary that has more than 10,000 American and world icons, and a Rhyming Dictionary with more than 36,000 rhymed-phrases and more than 100,000 entries. The program also the following:
- Phrases: a collection of more than 33,000 word combos, idioms, sayings and phrases.
- Word Families: this feature is a special kind of dictionary that makes it easy to find just the right word or phrase and get the right words to describe your ideas.
- Parts of a Speech: this is a database of descriptive words with numerous alliterations and filters, making it easier for you to be more precise when it comes to the meaning of your words.
I also like its Songs feature, a place where you can arrange all the data about your songs. There is also a Songuard and Audio page to help manage the creation of your songs.
The Benefits of MasterWriter 2.0
For me the largest benefit of this software is it can really help you find the right words literally. There are really times when you just can’t seem to find the right word to express what you want, and that’s where MasterWriter’s numerous dictionaries really come in handy.
I also find the thesaurus very useful. Sometimes the problem isn’t the lack of words, but finding a substitute. I really find this valuable particularly for those times when you just want to find a different phrase or add a layer of complexity to your songs.
The program itself is very easy to use, so writing and creating projects is straightforward. The auto save feature is great, and the fact that you can look up words in your own projects is a time saver. There’s also an audio recorder so you can pronounce words correctly.
While it does have dictionaries, the emphasis is still on the creative writing process, which is what sets it apart from others.
Most of the features are self explanatory so it won’t take long to master it. Another benefit is that you can get results by simply typing a word, and then just click the rhymes, thesaurus or dictionary to get results.
The list of benefits that MasterWriter 2.0 offers is impressive, but I still had to check what real songwriters had to say, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
Reviews of MasterWriter 2.0
David Foster, a songwriter and producer who has been awarded the Grammy 14 times, has this to say:
“MasterWriter will not only help you write great songs, it will make you a better songwriter in the process.”
Foster’s sentiments were echoed by Grammy award winner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds who says the program “has become necessary for my songwriting…streamlining the creative process…and a great tool for all…songwriters.”
MasterWriter 2.0 is also used by Jim Bessman of Billboard magazine who stated the software has the “vast assemblage of features that will overcome writer’s block.” Other songwriters who use the program are Trent Reznor, Nikki Sixx, LeAnn Rimes, Gwen Stefani, Clint Black and more, and they all say the software helps with the songwriting process.
After reading all the reviews from some of the most successful songwriters and their experience with MasterWriter 2.0, it seems obvious to me that a lot of people have benefited and that it does work. If it helps professional songwriters come up with good songs, what more those who are just starting out.
As good as MasterWriter 2.0 is, it isn’t perfect. While I find the interface very intuitive, those who are used to reading and using physical dictionaries will need some time to adjust. Also, there are so many features here that if you’re not used to using a digital dictionary, it seem slightly overwhelming.
However, those two issues have been offset by the very good help support, and installation won’t be a problem either.
Advice for Buyers
If you are interested in ordering a copy of MasterWriter 2.0 you can get it at the official website at the link I have provided at the end of this review. It costs $189.95 and after you make the payment you will have immediate access to it.
I have to warn you that you should only buy from Singing Success, the official website. There are websites out there that sell pirated versions of MasterWriter 2.0. You should also be wary of those sites that let you download this software “free”, as those programs re fake and have viruses.
MasterWriter 2.0 is a very good piece of software, and there are few like it around, and it can really help a songwriter get over that mental block. It’s very easy to use, there is excellent help and support and the collection of songwriting tools available here simply can’t be found anywhere else. If you’re a songwriter you’ll want this around.
If you want more information about MasterWriter 2.0 here is the official website: http://singingsuccess.com/products/songwriting-program-masterwriter.