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Android Video is Here!

Android Video is Here!

The moment all of you are waiting for is here. ANDROID VIDEO HAS ARRIVED and we couldn’t be more thrilled to release it to you. Many functions will come with this feature- the ability to sing with partner artists, singing with friends across the globe on video, and joining video challenges with your Sing! groups! 

As you know, there are MANY different types of Android devices, so we will be rolling out the video feature on different devices in incremental segments.  The video feature requires Android 4.4.2 or above. It’s fully supported and available today on the following devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (10″)
  • Motorola Moto G (2nd Generation)
  • Motorola Nexus 6
  • ASUS Nexus 7

The video feature rollout will happen over the next several weeks, beginning with the fully supported devices listed above. Install today’s release and when the feature becomes available on your device, the video option will automatically appear.

For questions, click here or please feel free to E-mail us at Support@smule.com!

 

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Top 8 Reasons on why it’s an exciting time to be on Sing! Android!

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1) Join all the fun on Video!

Soon, you’ll be able to join fun, creative, collaborations like #WiggyWiggyWednesdays with people like @JDubDav & @DaVideos.

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2) Get creative alongside Partner Artists  (did we mention video??)

Sing with artists like NeYo, Jason Derulo, JessieJ and more! That’s right, share your voice and your face next to your idol – sure beats a photo of your dinner …

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3) More is more – more features (we mentioned video, right?), more storage

We’re bulking up on storage space for all your videos. Be as creative as you like, sing as much as you want. The options are endless. ENDLESS!

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4) And sometimes, less is more – we’ve taken out some funky glitches

There’s so many different Android models … you never really know what you’re going to get with glitches, but don’t worry we got your back.

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5) Okay, back to more – we’re expanding the Android team

More hands, more minds, more love! Video (yes, video is coming on Android!!) is just the beginning. We’re expanding the Android team, so you can expect more features and TLC to come.

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6) It’s all coming soon! No more waiting-till-blue-in-the-face Smurf-ification

You’ve been anxiously waiting for all of this. And so have we! We’ve been working through the bugs till we were literally and Smurftastically blue in the face!  This early bug turned Keith into a Smurf. We’ve had him fixed. And, it’s all coming soon, so no more blue-in-the-face waiting!

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7) When we say “soon,” we mean “SOON” – Android video spottings in the wild …

Real users are testing video on Android devices right this moment. There have been spottings.  It’s REAL!

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8. So, yeah, if you haven’t heard, we’re adding video to Sing! Android.

In case you missed it …

 

New Vocal Effect in Sing! Karaoke on iOS!

New Vocal Effect in Sing! Karaoke on iOS!

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Photo by David Wakely.

We’ve been working with the San Francisco Opera over the last two years to bring songs from their productions like The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville to the Smule Songbook and SF Opera artist performances to the Smule platform (user “sfopera”). Now, we’d like to give you a taste of what it feels like to sing on stage at the San Francisco Opera’s War Memorial Opera House with the introduction of the “SF Opera” vocal effect in Sing! Karaoke on iOS.

The “SF Opera” effect adds reverb to your voice using a process called “convolution” where carefully recorded sounds in the War Memorial Opera House (called impulse responses) are blended together with the sound of your voice in real time using the power of math and a little magic, to place your voice acoustically center stage in the Opera House!

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Photo by David Wakely.

Some of the folks from Smule had the pleasure this summer to go on a field trip to the War Memorial Opera House where we recorded hundreds of balloon pops and sine sweeps made on the stage with microphones placed all over the opera house, from the Orchestra level all the way to the far reaches of the upper Balcony. Each one of these recordings captures the way that the War Memorial Opera House reverberates at different sound frequencies from a sound source on stage to listeners’ ears at the locations in the opera house where we recorded. Every hall sounds different and we spent hours combing through and editing these recordings to give the “SF Opera” effect just the right sound to place you on stage with the San Francisco Opera!

You may have already heard the effect in action since we used it when creating the backing tracks to our most recent batch of songs from the San Francisco Opera’s productions of The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville. You will also have heard it in the SF Opera’s artist performances of the “Papageno-Papagena Duet” from The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart, featuring featuring Efraín Solísas Papageno, and Maria Valdez as Papagena.

You can join Efraín here, and Maria here, and put your opera chops to the test! You’ll can find the “SF Opera” effect nestled snugly between “Indie” and “Double You” on the Vocal Effects pane at the bottom of the singing screen in the newest version of Sing! Karaoke on iOS.

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The “Reverb” slider controls how much of the opera hall’s unique acoustics you want to color the sound of your voice, and the “Room Size” slider controls the general spaciousness of the reverb.

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We’d recommend setting both to around 60% to start off and then play around with it from there to get the sound you like. Give it a try! The stage awaits!!!

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Photo by David Wakely.

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Announcing Sing! New Terminology

Announcing Sing! New Terminology

It has been a while since we reviewed our terminology. What once worked for a budding karaoke app, is no longer serving us as we’ve grown into a global music phenomenon. Our features have expanded, our user base has exploded, and our terminology has fallen behind. Time has come for a freshen up, to make Sing! more open and accessible to new users. We’d like to thank the many of you who provided feedback throughout the process. First-time users, recent users, long-time users – we thank you all! Your input was instrumental in making these changes and giving Sing! a more modern and user-friendly tone.

Hundreds of thousands of users download Sing! everyday, and they have to make sense of confusing terms such as Open Call and Open Mic. As old timers, we take these words for granted, but our research showed that new users have no clue what they mean. So we investigated, listened, and tested alternatives. This terminology update is an effort towards making Sing! more user-friendly and less intimidating to new users. As you log  in, you will discover new terms such as cover, freestyle, collab, etc. Don’t panic; it’s not a new app! The features you love have not disappeared. They’ve just gone through a freshening makeover. We created a User Glossary to help you navigate your way through the new terminology.

Highlights of the Changes

  • To avoid confusion, the word song is now solely reserved for songs in the Songbook. Your recordings and song performances are now called covers.
  • If you want to “Start a new song”, we invite you to “Start a cover”. Cover was found more exciting than recording, and less intimidating than performance, according to the feedback we received.image
  • If you are looking to express yourself freely without using lyrics or prompts, we invite you to start a Freestyle (formerly Open Mic).
  • If you want to “Sing with others”, we invite you to “Join a collab”. Collab is a new term for creating collaborations inside Sing!, such as duets and group songs. We hear it loud and clear, singing with others is what you do most and love most about Sing!, and so naturally it needed its own word. Shorter and punchier than collaboration, collab adds a modern spark to the app that mirrors the way you speak.
  • The list of recordings on your profile is now your channel. Rejoice, you can now tell your friends that you have a channel on Smule! :-)image
  • We also let you build playlists by favoriting covers. Your list of favorites will now appear on your profile as a playlist.

And more to discover in the app… We know that adjusting to change is difficult. We created some links (below) to help you navigate through the changes. As always we appreciate your feedback, support, and enthusiasm in helping us improve the app you love – and have fashioned in so many ways. Your input was instrumental to this update, as we thrive to make Sing! easier-to-use and more accessible to new users. Thank you.

Additional Links

Unclear out a particular term? Look it up in the User Glossary.

Questions? Please consult the FAQ or contact Support.

Feedback? Click here to drop us a note.

Happy singing!

The Smule team

 

 

Sing! Karaoke by Smule on Apple TV

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This is huge!

Well, actually, it fits in the palm of your hands, but our excitement is huge!  Sing! Karaoke is now on the new Apple TV!  Imagine the party you could host for your Smule Local Meet up!

Sing! for Apple TV is not just the existing mobile app modified for the big screen, but an entirely new experience in social singing designed specifically for Apple TV and the living room. Sing! not only transforms Apple TV into a high-octane karaoke machine, it invites a world of singers into your home.

Have a party, have a meet up! When you’re ready, select your song, then swipe the Touch remote to virtually travel around the globe and find someone from the Smule community to sing with. Just like you can on your phone, you can duet alongside celebrity Smule Partner Artists on Apple TV like Jason Derulo, Luke Bryan, Jessie J and many more!

Want a mic? Use your phone!  Download Sing! for the iPhone and connect it to your Apple TV over Wi-Fi to use your phone as a mic. You can adjust reverb and volume controls while singing. Multiple iPhones can be connected to the Apple TV – up to 2 people can use their phones as mics, while others can queue up songs on the party playlist. Choose from the ever growing Songbook, currently containing more than 100,000 songs from just about every genre and style of music.

To celebrate the launch, Smule is offering all Apple TV users unlimited access to all songs within the Sing! app for a limited time. So, download Sing! from the App Store on your Apple TV and try it out today!

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Group Video Update (10.7.14)

 

 

In June, we introduced Group Video, a fantastic new way to collaborate with friends and showcase your talent in Sing! Karaoke. Since then, you’ve created over 200,000 group videos and given us a lot of passionate feedback. Today, we’re excited to showcase some of the Group Video improvements included in the new update!

New Audio Power Driven Rendering!

When we originally released Group Video, we wanted every song to tell a unique story. So we opted to assign joiners’ performances at random. As the song progressed, the number of singers on screen would slowly increase, culminating in an explosive finale. This design had the unfortunate side effect of making it difficult for you to predict when you would appear in the actual Group Video.

We’ve completely retooled the logic behind Group Video transitions. We now utilize your audio power to determine if and when you should appear in the video. If we hear your voice in a given section of a song, we make sure you appear in that section. If you remain silent in a given section, we showcase another singer. If there are more than 8 people singing in a particular section, we’ll try to give everyone equal visibility. The result is a more predictable video centered around showcasing each singer’s talent.

Better Control Over Final Video!

We learned that many of our veteran singers love to organize “collabs,” which are intricately designed group performances with specific parts assigned to specific users. When we originally released Group Video, the video transitions often cut off singers mid-sentence or failed to showcase a singer at a critical moment. This made it a chore to plan a good collab with Group Video.

The new rendering logic now attempts to showcase the right singers at the right time by working with “collabs” rather than against them. The result is you can plan your collabs without having to worry about how the Group Video transitions might override your intended transitions.

Choose Your Part!

We’ve heard that group performances can sound noisy or jumbled if too many people join. To help improve audio inputs, we’re introducing an optional feature called “group parts.”

Similar to duets, when you participate in a group performance, you can now select a part and see a unique set of lyrics and pitch lines. We’ll combine your voice with those of other singers, resulting in a group song that sounds cleaner and more organized. (Of course, if you prefer to sing the entire song, you can still do it!)

“Group parts” is a bold first step to improve the group singing experience by making it easier for users to organize collabs. We eventually want to give you the option to designate your own group parts, rename them, and even assign them to other singers.

For frequently asked questions, click here! 

Stay tuned and please continue providing us with feedback!