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How the Free Spire App Makes Songwriting Collaboration Easy

by Arthur Kody, iZotope Contributor June 9, 2021
Learn how to use the free Spire app for successful songwriting collaboration
Learn how to use the free Spire app for successful songwriting collaboration

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As a topline writer and vocalist, I work with producers all around the world on a daily basis. The free Spire app for iOS has some key features that make collaborating super simple. It’s not just an app for recording high quality vocals, it’s also a great songwriting app to help you get your ideas out of your head, share them with your collaborators, and collect their feedback. In this post, we’ll dive into four different collaboration features I use frequently when working on writing new songs.

1. Upload your tracks to a Spire Project

Once you’ve recorded your new song idea, the Spire app makes it really easy for you to export your project so others can hear it. From the export screen, you have the option to share the full Spire Project through the cloud (my personal favorite), download the full mixdown or the individual stems, or post directly to your social media.

The share button automatically turns your project into a Spire Project link via the cloud
The share button automatically turns your project into a Spire Project link via the cloud

When you share your tracks through the cloud as a Spire Project, it creates a shareable link for you to send to whomever you’d like. They can open this link in the browser on their phone or desktop computer and preview the whole mix or solo/mute individual tracks. From here, they can also download the full mixdown as an MP3 or WAV file and even export all the individual tracks as high quality WAV files so they can throw them in their DAW to start working with them.

2. Use time-stamped comments with Mix Notes

One of the added perks of sharing your Spire Projects through the cloud is the ability for anyone with the link to add time-stamped comments to your mix with Mix Notes. Whether you’re hashing out lyric ideas with a co-writer or getting your producer’s thoughts on the melody and rhythm, this is a really useful feature for collecting feedback from your collaborators while knowing exactly what spot the feedback is associated with. You can even share the link on your social media and have your fans chime in!

Use time-stamped Mix Notes in your Spire Projects to collect feedback from collaborators
Use time-stamped Mix Notes in your Spire Projects to collect feedback from collaborators

3. Back up your projects to the cloud

In the latest version of the free Spire app, they added automatic cloud syncing so you can back up your projects in case you lose or break your phone. This is also great if you’re needing to free up some phone storage, but don’t want to lose all your song ideas. You can delete a Spire Project from your phone, but open it again on any other iOS device in the future. This ensures that you can keep on collaborating, stress-free. 

Spire Projects now automatically sync to the cloud for easy backup
Spire Projects now automatically sync to the cloud for easy backup

4. Bonus: Try unlimited tracks with Track Groups

When writing a new song, I tend to have lots of alternate lyrics, melodies, and harmonies buzzing around in my head. Sometimes eight tracks just isn’t enough to capture all these ideas. Which is why I’m thrilled to share a new beta feature available to Spire Pro members called “Track Groups.” Using Track Groups gives you as many tracks as you need by organizing your recordings into unlimited 8-track groups. The ability to record as many tracks as you want is incredibly useful, but this feature can also help you better organize your tracks to get all your ideas out and keep things nice and orderly. For example, you’ll be able to keep your lead vocals in one group, your harmonies in another, some adlibs and vocal throws in another, and on and on. There’s no limit to your creativity!

Note that Track Groups is still in beta*, but Spire Pro members get early access to this new, heavily requested feature ahead of the masses. Just imagine all of the future collaboration possibilities with Track Groups once this feature is live! If you aren’t already a Spire Pro member, make sure to sign up for your free trial of Spire Pro. 

*While in beta, Track Groups currently does not work with:

  • Cloud sync or backup

  • Cloud repair (Noise Removal and Pop Filter)

  • Cloud sharing

  • Spire Studio connected

Ready to collaborate better?

Using the free Spire app can truly enhance your workflow when it comes to songwriting. With all the new cloud sharing features they’ve rolled out, it’s really upped my collaboration game. Ready to test it out? Download the free Spire app for iOS

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