Hookpad Hookpad is software that simplifies songwriting by helping you choose chords that sound good together and guiding you to write a good melody. It’s a musical sketchpad with music theory “built-in” to make it easier and more intuitive to find the sound you’re looking for. Music Music creation
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Hooktheory LLC 1.2.0

Write the song you always wished you could.

Hookpad is an intelligent musical sketchpad that helps you create amazing chord progressions and melodies. It has music theory “built-in” to help you find the sound you’re looking for. And it's free!

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Hookpad helps you pick chords that sound good together.

Picking the right chords for a song can be tough. There are so many to choose from and often only a select few sound good in any given scenario.

Hookpad's chord palette groups the chords that work well together in a particular key. With just a couple clicks, you can build a great chord progression.

Hookpad build a chord progression
Building a chord progression in Hookpad (no audio)

Hookpad guides you to write a great melody

Sometimes knowing what notes to use in the melody can be the hardest part. Once you've chosen some chords, Hookpad can help you pick notes for your melody by highlighting the notes that are in the chords you've written. That way you can see immediately which notes will sound more stable (the colored notes, as shown below) and which notes will create a more dissonant sound (the white notes).

Hookpad melody stable scale degrees showing

Use the stable notes as a guide when you are picking notes for the melody, like this, for example.

Customize the collection of instruments that play your music.

Want an EDM bass? A synth pad? A violin section? They are all just a click away. When arranged with a synth lead, a vox harmony, a punchy bass, and club drum kit, the previous tune morphs into something you can almost dance to.

When arranged with a piano, a violin section, and a cello, the tune sounds almost elegant. Hookpad can help you explore in ways you never knew you could.

You can also adjust details like the tonal center and volume of each piece of the arrangement.

Hookpad mix screenshot
Hookpad's mix / arrangement panel gives you full control of volume,

Turn your music into a rich, customized MIDI performance

Export MIDI to DAW - Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro, GarageBand, Reason, ...

In addition to being a great songwriting tool, Hookpad is a powerful MIDI creation platform. Transform your production workflow by using Hookpad to create MIDI tracks for Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro, etc. With intelligent harmony / chord fills, and the ability to independently shift the tonal center of each track, incorporating Hookpad into your workflow will enhance your creativity and productivity as a songwriter or producer.

Need a quick pad fill for CGamF? Drop those chords into Hookpad, tweak the mix to your liking, send to MIDI, and in less than a minute, you are on to the next thing.

What people are saying:

The best melody composing tool for generating original MIDI.
As a non-instrument playing, mostly beat oriented, casual user I have to say Hookpad is simply the best melody composing tool I have tried for generating original midi - and that includes about every single iPad App and harmony VST out there. I believe you have nailed it in regards to using the laptop keyboard as input device, it really is a quick way to try multiple ideas fast.Erich Nokling
It is no exaggeration to say Hookpad has completely changed my "song-writing life" - in terms of enabling me to do things I couldn't do before without it, and enabling me to do other things much more easily than I could before. Dan Gruemmer
Easily the best composing tool I've found to date
I've properly grasped more about music composition in a week of using Hooktheory than in 8 years of classical training. Easily the best composing tool I've found to date. Just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work!Tony May, Facebook