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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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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