StarComposer was only released six days ago, and it’s already topping music app charts in 45 countries. Using an adorable animated band and simple instrument loops, the app makes writing songs easier and more fun than ever before, whether you’re a child or an experienced songwriter. And the best part: you can download it for free in the app store.
StarComposer is the first foray into the iOS app world by Pop4Schools, a music education company. Their goal is to revamp traditional music programs in schools by teaching children how to create music and role-play a simplified version of the commercial music industry.
Once you open up the app and get started, you can choose between pop, dance, rock, blues, reggae, drum & bass, dubstep, funk, metal, and R&B. If it’s your first time, you’ll be able to swipe through a quick demo that explains the mechanics of the app. If you’re familiar with the basics of recording software, this part should be intuitive.
The main songwriting screen resembles a very simplified DAW, and you tap any bar to add instruments. If you double-tap the same bar, you can cycle between three different riffs or go back to a blank bar. The coolest part is that you can use your phone’s microphone to record vocals (as a bonus, you can change the vocalist avatar’s gender to match your voice).
Hit play whenever you’re ready, and listen to your catchy creation. When you reach the last bar, the song will fade out. The design is cleverly minimalist, and you have just enough choices to create an interesting song without being overwhelmed with complexities.
If you’re happy with your song, tap the video camera button to watch your animated band perform it. You can also tap the share button to save the video to your camera roll, publish on YouTube, or share on Facebook.
The app is meant to make it easy for anybody—-musician or non-musician—-to write songs. But what they don’t tell you is that it’s also great practice for writing lyrics, if you’re already a songwriter. The app is still very new, but it will be exciting to see what kinds of songs people come up with and start publishing on YouTube.