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Hello Sing!ers,

You want to get the word out about your collabs. And, you want to know about ones you can join. This is why invites are so important, and we’ve heard from and talked to many of you about how to improve the invitation system.  Turns out there are many areas that needed addressing under the hood to make it easier for you to send and receive invites from people you care about.

Today’s update addresses key frustrations that we’ve heard from you on how invites are sent and received.  This may be a big change for some of you used to the old system.  Don’t worry, we’re not done.  This is where we need your help – try the new invites system and let us know what you think.  Know that we will not rest until this new system is working even better than before.

Without further ado, here’s a quick look at the key changes.

One Invites List

Your “Invites” list under “Notifications” will show all the invites sent by people you are following.  We’ve consolidated all the invites from singers you follow and care about into one list.  You don’t need to switch between different invites lists any more.

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People who you are not following can still invite you to join a collab.  However, those invites will show up in the “Others” tab on the “Messages” screen.  Remember, you can block users to stop receiving unwanted invites.

Easily Invite All Your Followers

Your followers want to hear about your new collabs to join.  Right after you finish a duet or group collab, easily invite all your followers with a switch.  Make sure your collab is set to public if you want to invite all your followers to join you.

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Invites via Sing! Message

Sometimes you want to send a more personal invite to your close friends or to your group chat with more specific instructions to join the collab.  You can do that with Sing! Message.  It’s not only for chatting, it’s also a way to personalize your invites directly to specific people or groups of people and chat about how you are going to join the collab with each other!

We’re also addressing one of the most requested features – you can now quickly search from the list of people you’re following without having to scroll through a long list or worry about missing anyone.

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Remember, if you are inviting people who are not following you, your invites will only appear in their “Others” tab.  Be cautious when you do this so your invites don’t get mistaken for spam as you make new friends!

Selective Push Notifications

Are you getting too many push notifications? You can turn on/off your Sing! Message push notifications from specific singers or groups.

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Alternatively, you can also disable all Sing! Message push notifications by going to your Settings and turning off “All Chat Notifications”.

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Whew!  That’s it for now.  We hope this helps you connect with more of your friends and join more collabs.  Let us know what you think and stay tuned because we are going to make it even better.  Happy singing!

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Starting today, you can create your own parts for group collabs!

 

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Starting today, you can create your own parts for group collabs!

Just go to www.smule.com/upload and select the Songbook option. On the screen where you enter the song’s lyrics, you’ll see an option to customize the song’s parts for group singing:

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Your song can have as many as eight parts and as few as three, and you can even rename each one to help show who will sing what:

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Once you’ve started, you can add, remove, and rename parts, and you can click-and-drag to associate each line of lyrics with one or more parts.

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With just a few clicks, you’ll be all set and have something that looks like this:

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If you don’t feel like setting a song’s group parts, you can set its duet parts, and we’ll use those to automatically create group parts in the Sing!

Once you finish uploading your song, you can find it in the Songbook. When you start or join a group collab, you’ll find your parts waiting for you to choose from:

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Similar to duets, you’ll see a unique set of lyrics to guide your singing.

Even if you don’t want to upload a song to the Songbook, you can still enjoy songs with fun group parts. Check out the new Songbook section in Sing! iOS called “Great for Groups,” which features holiday songs and others specially arranged by our team for group singing.

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We’ll be adding group parts to more songs every week, so try searching “groupparts” in the Songbook to find them. Sing a group collab as your favorite singer and sing in harmony with others around the world!

Group parts are limited to Sing iOS for now but coming soon to Sing Android.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! As always, please write us at support@smule.com if you have any questions or suggestions!

 

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Share your Sing! Videos on Instagram!

Share your Sing! Videos on Instagram!

Share your Sing! Videos on Instagram!

At the heart of Smule’s mission to connect people through music, is the conviction that music is engaging and social.  So, we are always striving to make it as easy as possible for you to share your creations and collaborations.  One of the more popular comments we’ve been hearing is that you want to share a clip of your cover on Instagram. Well, of course you do!  And, now, friends, you can – and it’s easy!

Share your music with the world!

Here’s how:

1) Find or create your cover in the Sing! app or on Smule.

2) Click the share icon.

3) Click on the Instagram icon.

4) Select a video and trim the 3 to 15 second section of the video you want to share

5) Post with the hashtag #Smule #InstaSmule #Sing

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Follow us on Instagram (@Smule) and tag your Sing! shares with #Smule #InstaSmule – that way we can easily find it and potentially regram it! :)

As always, Happy Singing!

 

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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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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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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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