Every song needs a good harmonic base. Once you have the chords going, set up a bassline and added some nice background melodies you surely know whether it's going to be great - or just meeeh.
But here's the catch...
Finding that song core is like digging for gold. It's a lot of work and oftentimes needlessly repetitive and annoying. Does the following sound familiar to you?
Wouldn't it be great if you could skip the stuff that holds you back to experiment more? I know for sure that this was true for me. This is why I sat down to write a software that could help me reduce the friction - and that boosted my songwriting in more ways than I thought was possible.
Sundog is designed to work with all major DAWs. All note output happens via MIDI (so you may also call it a MIDI performer, or MIDI sequencer). As long as you set up a virtual MIDI cable between Sundog and your DAW you are ready to go. And even without a virtual MIDI cable you can create new songs and phrases, as Sundog can export MIDI files directly to other programs.
The first thing you do is choosing a scale and a basenote. Take C Major for example if you want to compose a happy song, or E Minor if you write a sad ballad. Just choose a scale and play some notes. You will quickly get a feeling for the mood of the scale.
In a second step you switch over to a special chords view. You can listen to chords by just clicking buttons - and they will all fit your chosen scale!
Once you have found some nice chords you can create a chord progression. This will be the harmonic base of your song.
Back in the main view the real magic starts. You can use your MIDI keyboard, computer keyboard, or your mouse to create new melodies. All your input can either be mapped to scale notes - great for leads! - or to the current chord notes.
This way your melodies will always sound harmonic! Now if you go back to the chords view and change some chords all your melodies will get updated at once.
I'm about to test Sundog and think that the program is outstandig. I tested a bunch of chord- and song-tools, and for me Sundog is top class (I work with chords intuitively most of the time). Rainer S.
Just passing by to say a big thank you. I has a wonderfull evening yesterday. I didn't had so much fun since years with a music software. Benoit R.
I'm just a hobbyist with permanent lack of free time for creating music, so I hope it increase my "productivity :-). I also think that it can give me some basic knowledge about harmony. Thank you and best regards. Jacek S.
Awesome update! Love this. Matt B.
Insiders' tip! Working with Sundog is a real pleasure and leads to appealing results incredibly fast. Thumbs up for the clear user interface!
9.5 out of 10 points. Beat, #106, German issue
Producers starting out will find this a fantastic learning tool that will increase workflow. Seasoned producers may benefit from the sketchpad nature of this tool and come up with parts that they might not have come up with elsewhere. Lynda Arnold, AskAudio Magazine
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