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Android Video Filters

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Android Video Filters

Android users, you asked and we heard. You can now use video filters to make your videos more expressive & creative! For starters, the number one feedback we got was to have video FX features across all capable Android phones. This will add more dynamic to your video or just make it more fun!

 

How it works?

  1. Open the Sing app!
  2. Click the video option when you are making a performance
  3. When creating a video performance, swipe across the screen to enable sweet visual effects like Selfie, Sepia, Comic, Black and White or Vintage.

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Use the the selfie mode for better light exposure, or the flight club for a dark feel, sepia for a 70’s look or keep it old school with black and white. Match the mood of the song with filters and share them with friends!

Check out some sweet performances that has surfaced from our community using the filter feature.

 

 

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Tuesday Tips: Best Microphone Set-Up

 

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Best Overall: iPhone earbuds with mic

We asked 25 of some of the most active users on Sing! and 70% of them opted for iPhone or native earbuds for the best overall sound, convenience and consistency!  

 

“I’ve used all sorts of earbuds with mics… From Skull Candy to Beats to Bose… Apple earbuds have been hands down the most consistent on providing the best sound quality. What also plays a factor into your sound quality, outside of the equipment you use, is the placement of the mic (in front of me works best for me) as well as the acoustics in the room you record in. Try to find a room with as little echo as possible so that you get a more clear, crisp sound :)” –Annah_TV

 

You might also want to try the built-in mic on your phone:

 

“I’ve tried a few mics to try to see if my sound quality improves, and only 2 things work for me. They are the Apple ear buds that came with my phone and the built-in mic in my iPhone. When I use my built-in iPhone mic, I just need some cheap $10 ear buds, but they have to be ear buds only with no mic.” –Ailina_

But, sometimes, this doesn’t work for us, or we want to try something different to optimize for the best sound your voice has to offer.

 

Other quality mics:

“I opted for the Bluestark as external mic only for when I need to get a sound with more bass. But the fact that it connects through the lighting-cable is drains a lot of battery.So I prefer to stick to the regular earpods, they have the best rendition anyway when used correctly.” – Laura_tv

“If i am in a hurry Apple earbud is my go to mic, but if you wanna try something fancier here’s the trick, buy a tascam microphone interface (price around $50) then you can use any dynamic/condenser mic to connect it to your phone (i use shure sm58 dynamic mic) = see how big of Smerd (smule nerd) i am 😂😂😂” – Weezerden

“If you want to use a studio mic you can use the iRig pre and a headphone and you’re ready to go”  – SonnySinay

Placement is also important:

“I use the apple earbuds, but I find more important than the device is where you place the mic! I hold mine out in front of me because I feel it gives the most crisp and clear sound ☺️ experiment with placement and find what works best for you!” –JeffreyAKG_TV

 

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Message Now Available on Sing!

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Sing! is more than singing, it’s about connecting with people all over the world through sharing your voice and a mutual love of music. Singing with another person, no matter who they are or where they live, sparks a connection that we believe is personal, special and crosses all boundaries. However, until now, it’s been difficult to turn that special connection into a dialogue.  In order to “talk” to someone, you had to use comments and 3rd party applications, which made it hard for you to use Sing! to collaborate on singing.

But no longer – Now introducing Message on Sing!

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Message is a new feature on Sing that allows singers to connect with each other via 1:1 and group chat, letting you easily keep up with the people you love to collaborate with.

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You can also send out invites and share covers as messages!

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To protect your privacy, messages from singers you don’t follow are sorted under “Other” in your message center and you will not receive notifications about them. You can also block specific users from messaging you at all.

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To further control when you receive notifications, you can either turn on/off notifications for a chat under its Chat Details or turn on/off all chat notifications under the Sing! settings page. The Sing! settings page is also where you can turn on/off read receipts, which show users you’ve read their messages.

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You can learn more details at http://www.smule.com/support/sing. Please email us at support@smule.com if you have any questions or suggestions!

With Sing! Message, we hope you will sing more than ever and connect more easily with your Sing! friends all over the world.

 

 

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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 …

 

Smackathon Honorable Mention: Autofinger

Smackathon Honorable Mention: Autofinger

For my Smackathon project, I wanted to create something physical.

We ended up creating a robotic finger that looms over our software engineers, pointing at whomever submitted code to a project most recently. Its name is AutoFinger.

The entire office finds it quite unsettling. Here’s a video of it running in “demo mode” to show off how it moves:

Autofinger is an Arduino robot which uses two servos and an RGB LED to achieve the movement and coloring. The Arduino is plugged in to a Raspberry Pi which does the work of checking our internal git repositories for new commits.

I went in to the Smule Smackathon having never used an Arduino before. My team and I spent the first half of the project going through the lessons in the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit, which provided a fantastic introduction to all of the basics of how to use an Arduino. We then spent spent the rest of the time cobbling together the pieces necessary to make AutoFinger and got it up and running just before the deadline.

If you like, you can check out all of the code created for this project at GitHub. It’s a mess, but it works!

– Greg Laabs, Product Marketing Manager