Hello Composers, Mike here!
I love tools that make me work faster when composing music. It’s not cheating if it serves your creative ideas. No more than digital notation software would be considered cheating compared to writing with a goose pen on music sheets!
Here are my personal favorite Chord Software and Apps:
Chord App - Suggester
Available both as smartphone app and desktop software. I have both, but it’s the desktop version I mainly use. Why? Not only do you get chord suggestions in the key you chose, from the simple diatonic chords to some extremely unusual chords. You can also easily switch to relative keys, borrowing chords etc. And best part of all: You can drag and drop the chords, straight into your DAW. At least it worked for me on Logic Pro! =)
Chord Plugin - Captain Chords
This plugin makes it super easy to create chord progressions, adjust the length per chord, alter the chords, and even add rhythms to the performance. A super cool feature is that after you created the chord progression, you can record the rhythm of how it is played. And once you are done you can drag and drop the entire chord progression including the rhythm of it straight into your sequencer. Again, at least this works in Logic Pro for me, I can’t tell for other DAWs.
What are you favorite Chord Plugins, Software or Apps that you use for creativity, inspiration or improving your workflow as a composer? =)
Mikael “Mike” Baggström
Founder of professionalcomposers.com