Features and Compatibility
Songsmith comes equipped with 30 different styles, including country, pop, and techno variations. That should be plenty to get most people started, but it is possible to get additional ones. PG Music offers some nice comprehensive style packages developed especially for Songsmith, and styles created with Band in a Box should work as well.
The instrument selections that come bundled with Songsmith are also fairly comprehensive, and it's actually quite a bit of fun to experiment with all the possibilities you can get from switching out one or more instruments for different styles. If you're interested in expanding your instrument collection, there are add-on packages available from Garritan.
However, I would like to see the option of choosing "No Instrument" for a given track instead of just turning the volume as low as possible. Although you can certainly remove a specific track after exporting to MIDI and using mixing software, it would be nice to actually have this capability within Songsmith.
When it comes to saving a song, you can save in the Songsmith proprietary format so that you can go back and edit the composition later, or you can export the song to three different formats – WAV, WMA, or MIDI – for sharing or advanced editing purposes. There is no import feature, so it's a good idea to always save your creation in the Songsmith format to make it possible to access it and modify it again.
In addition, Songsmith can be used for commercial purposes. If you plan to use Songsmith for professional reasons, it's good to note that any original work you create with Songsmith belongs to you. This doesn't mean that you can hum the latest Lady Gaga tune, create different background music, and call it yours. But, it does mean that if you hum or sing your own original melody, you don't have to worry about copyright issues with the music that Songsmith generates.