How to Write Songs With Songwriter’s Pad for Mac & Windows

Video Tutorials

Installing Songwriter’s Pad

How to download and install Songwriter’s Pad for Mac & PC

You can download the latest version here

Editor Tutorial

See how easy it to create a new song, edit re-arrange it

Tools Tutorial

Learn how to use these essential tools in Songwriter’s Pad

  • Rhymes
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Idea Generator

Chord Tutorial

See how easy it is to add chord notation to your lyric

Audio Recorder Tutorial

See how easy it is to capture vocal and melody ideas with one click!

Recording with Backing Tracks Tutorial

Learn how to import instrumental beats as backing tracks to record your lyrics with!

Song Management Tutorial

See how to keep your song organized with folders and learn how to export and print your songs.


  • Quincy J. Reed November 23, 2014 at 7:59 am

    This Is A Great Application. I Have Some Suggestions For This App. When You Use The Chord Notation
    Feature Is This App, You Should Be Able To “HEAR” The Chord That You Are Using When You Assign It To
    A Word Or Phrase. And Also In The Song Info Area, Your Name, Author, Publisher Should Default, So You
    Won’t Have To Enter It In Everytime You Create A New Song. It Needs A Settings Menu So You Can Customize Your Preferences For Writings Songs…..Quincy J. Reed (Grandson Of The Legendary Blues Singer

    • Dante November 25, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Quincy, thanks for the great suggestions. I’ll add them to the list of features to be considered in the future.

  • John Maar December 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I am so glad to have found Songwriter’s Pad! No way do I want to pay an expensive annual subscription for a single tool. SP does what I want, simply and cleanly, without having a bunch of bloatware built in to it.

    Now, all I need is the upcoming Android version for my Nexus 10 tablet!

    Then, I’ll be good to go. Literally!

    • Dante December 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks John! I’m really happy that you find the app useful. I’m working on an Android version and hope to release it in Jan 2015.

  • Glen Gutjahr February 12, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Just got Songwriter’s Pad and I love it. All my songwriting tools in one spot. If you have to create lead sheets for a backing band, it pays for itself in time savings. The ease of use is also very important to us non-tekkies and I appreciate it. Good work.

    • Dante February 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Hey Glen,

      That’s Awesome! I’m so happy that you find SP useful and easy to use. Feedback like this let’s us know that we hit the mark.
      Let me know when you have songs available to share. We’d love to promote them on our website.


  • Clive Law May 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Great app been using it for sometime…
    Dante any chance of extending the chord section with some more chords plus extensions, 13th’s, add9’s etc. You can never have to many……Or is there a file somewhere within that we can add our own?

  • Sal July 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm


    Thank for making this product available for desktop. It is very helpful and easier to type things out rather than using an ipad or iphone.

    I do have a couple of suggestion for you hopefully consider. I apologize if these have been mentioned already.

    1. Under the Chords section, maybe in addition to having all the chords, having the option to select the Key and select the scale you want the song in and have the corresponding chords populate would be pretty useful so we don’t have to click each chord and then select the type of chord. if not both is not possible, then just being able select the Key would help.

    2. Add numbers to the Chords section (Nashville Numeric System) I may not know what key to play a song in yet.

    3. If there is a way to place the chord over a specific syllable would be beneficial as well.

    4. When I try to space words out (by hitting the spacebar a few times) to either emphasis a break in-between phrases or adding numbers above words (in place of chords), once I click to a different section it resorts back to single space in-between words and I have to use a different document to write the song out.

    Thank you for making this product. It has helped me out tremendously as well as plenty of others. Looking forward to seeing what new things will be coming out.

  • Carl Hose August 8, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I do love this program. I use to on my PC and on my Android phone. I agree with Quincy that we need more control over settings. For instance, it would be nice not to have to enter our name each time. What we could really use, however, is the ability to work offline and an “undo” feature. I feel the “undo” feature should be a basic action incorporated into the system. Also, and this is a little thing, I would like to be able to delete the “welcome” example. The option is there, but it always returns when you open the program. There is no deleting it, even if you delete its actual folder. Again, though, great software an Dante really is in tune with his customers.

  • SeriusNtentions September 12, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I second what quincy stated.”When You Use The Chord Notation
    Feature Is This App, You Should Be Able To “HEAR” The Chord That You Are Using When You Assign It To
    A Word Or Phrase. And Also In The Song Info Area, Your Name, Author, Publisher Should Default, So You
    Won’t Have To Enter It In Everytime You Create A New Song”

    I just downloaded the trial version and I am already bonding it very well. I used more expensive subscription based Songwriting tools but this software is economical and efficient. I especially love the blocks ”Intro, Verse etc.”


  • Geni758 September 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I just finished a songwriting course and thought, “I need to create an app that has all of the tools I need in one place.” Luckily for me you’ve already taken care of it! I downloaded Songwriter’s Pad along with a few other apps on my cell phone last week and this one is the only one that has everything I need.

    I just downloaded the PC version and I was going over the Chords tutorial. You state that you have to place the Chords over a word and I find it problematic on two levels. If we have an instrumental introduction there are no words to attach the chords to. Also, can you stack multiple chords on the same word?

    The other thing I was thinking about is at the end of a line, there are sometimes multiple chords and again, no words associated with them. I’m wondering if there is a way to do this or if anyone has figured out a work around?


    • Dante September 25, 2015 at 2:58 am

      Hi Glen,

      First off, thanks for your support and I’m glad you find SP useful! Regarding the current implementation of Chords in the PC version it does require attaching notation to a word for formatting purposes. A simple work around is to add word descriptors like “intro”, “chord change” or “guitar strummin” for example and assign notation to them.

      I hope this helps.

      Thanks for your feedback.


  • Brain December 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This is the best app ever

    • Dante December 4, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks so much. We’re glad that you find the app useful!


      • wizard May 25, 2016 at 11:42 am

        Awsome work bro

  • Bryonna December 4, 2015 at 2:45 am

    The app is awsome can u do a tutorial on the android version thank u

    • Dante December 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Bryonna,

      Yes, I’ll create one and get it published soon.


  • Tone December 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

    This app is amazing I am a hip hop/ R&B songwriter and this app makes my job much easier thnx
    I’m interested in sharing some music with you at a later time hopefully put something up on your website

  • Diana January 29, 2016 at 12:54 am

    I wanted to join in to sing the praises of this app. I am enjoying the freedom it gives me to keep me in the zone when I am writing. I agree that the chords should make the sounds. Love this app, thanks for creating it! I look forward to the upgrades that are sure to come in the long life of this software.

  • antoria February 24, 2016 at 4:47 am

    this is awesome although i think if like you want a video with your song you could have one please try my idea i really like the app otherwise

  • TieajA June 27, 2016 at 2:37 am

    I love it

  • J July 12, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Love this app. Been transferring my notepad songs and I love the ideas bar. Has helped my writing evolve immensely! Thank you for creating this!

  • Lebron Obias July 23, 2016 at 10:40 am I can write songs.
    Much easier.Perfectly compiled.

  • Danny August 11, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Hey how do you post chords in a song. I like the feature but don’t know how to use it.

    • Dante August 11, 2016 at 12:38 pm


      To place a chord you select one from the right pane and drag-n-drop it above a word where you what place it in the lyric. There is a chord tutorial video towards the bottom of this page.


  • Justin September 20, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Love the app man

  • Don Tucker October 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I’ve been using SP for about 3-4 years. I’ve owned Masterwriter, and like SP better. I like the portability, I have it on my phone, Ipad and laptop. I can write wherever I am with it. It’s also awesome for keep my songs organized and sharing with co-writers. I am a chapter coordinator for NSAI, and I regularly talk up the virtues of SP to my songwriter friends. It’s a must have tool for any writer!

    Don Tucker

  • Chad December 27, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    How do I place chords in an instrumental section such as the Intro?

    • Dante December 28, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Currently chord notation has to be attached to a lyric. So, in the instrumental section of your song you could add words like ‘intro’ and ‘chord change’, then assign the notation to those words or phrases accordingly.


  • DILIGENCE February 15, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Fantastic software! I have one recommendation, spell check please 😀


  • Ramos May 14, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Hi Dante… what a great tool, man…
    This tool does everything I can think of when writing new songs and more…!
    It’s simply brilliant.
    Any chance you could consider upgrading the dictionary, thesaurus, and alike to accommodate other languages ? (like Portuguese, for example ?)
    I write mostly in Portuguese and that would be just WOOWWW…
    Great stuff man… you rock!!!

  • Ramos May 14, 2018 at 9:17 am

    PS – Your tutorials are also simply the best…
    It is so frustrating listening to tutorials that just load one with so much non-sense, that one just gets confused.
    You go straight to the point, in individual categories, concisely, clearly and directly to the point.
    What a great experience.
    Keep it up Dante !!!

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