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Trending Topics on Sing!

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Ever wondered what’s hot in the Sing! World? Similar to Facebook or Twitter’s trending hashtag/topics, Sing!’s new Trending Search Terms feature will let you check out what’s HOT right now with your community.

How does it work?

It’s pretty simple. Underneath the search bar, you will find up to 20 clickable terms sorted by popularity. Once you tap on it, it will take you to the source so you can find more information. These terms will be updated daily and custom to your language and country!

What trending topics should you expect to find?

Hard to say as some will probably happen out of complete silly-ness, but many topics could include a song title, partner artist, community driven challenges, trending topics happening globally, etc.

How to get on the trending list?

This is a new tool we just put in place, so we can expand on this in a future blog post. However here are some ideas:

  • Organizing weekly challenges or themes and building a community around it
  • Building communities around a theme (musical, cosplay, jazz, etc)
  • Group hashtags
  • New song releases
  • New partner artists
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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!

 

Smule App Updates

Hello,

We are adding a new way for you to invite your friends to join your open calls.  With the update today, you now have two ways to invite singers to join your open call.

After saving your open call, you can decide who you want to invite and how you want to invite them.

1. Want to invite all your followers to your open call? Save your open call as public and then turn on the switch to send invites to all your followers.  And guess what?  All your followers will receive a public invite from you, there is no limit.

2. Want to send invites only to your close friends, or invite singers to a private performance? No problem. Select from the list of singers you follow to send them a direct invite, same way you have before.  There is still a 500 person limit.

There is also a new way to view your invites.  On your “Invites” screen, you can choose between “Public Invites” and “Direct Invites”.

Public Invites are invites from singers you’re following who have invited all their followers. Direct Invites are invites sent directly to you from singers who are following you.

Sometimes, you might see the same invite appear on both the “Public Invites” and “Direct Invites” section.  This could happen when you are following each other and the singer wanted to send a Public Invite to all his/her followers (which includes you!) as well as directly inviting you.

Try it out and let us know what you think!  We will be working on improving the invites even more, so please send us feedback as we build towards making it easier to control whose invites you want to see and having more people join your open calls!

 

Extra-Life: A 25-Hour Gaming Marathon for Charity

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This weekend, Smule engineer Alex K will be participating in Extra-Life, a 25-hour gaming marathon that raises money for children’s hospitals across the country. He’ll be playing for Children’s Hospital Oakland to help out sick kids facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents. Additionally, Smule will be matching donations up to $2000 to support the cause!

You can donate or spread the word here, as well as find a link to his twitch stream so you can watch him play. Donations are tax deductible and all proceeds go directly to the hospital! The event starts at 8a Pacific on Saturday, Nov 2nd, and goes until 8a the next day (including a bonus hour thanks to daylight savings!).

As for what games he’ll be playing, you can expect a LOT of League of Legends, possibly some Amnesia: The Dark Descent in the middle of the night when things get super scary, and maybe finally finishing Bioshock: Infinite. And seeing as Smuleans just can’t live without music, Alex will also be shuffling through a playlist of his top 25 most listened to artists of the last year, which is chock full of amazing (and embarrassing) tunes.

As the unofficial Extra-Life motto states: DO IT FOR THE KIDS!