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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!



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 …


Group Video Update (10.7.14) FAQ


For general questions about Group Video, check out our earlier blog post here:http://blog.smule.com/post/120696926309/group-video-faq

What are group parts?

Group parts are an optional new way to interact with group performances. Rather than sing the entire song (all the lyrics), you are only given some of the lyrics. In the end, we combine your performance with the performances of all other joiners to create a more interesting, collaborative music video.

Can I design or set my own parts for a song?

Currently you cannot set your own parts. But we are actively exploring this design and eventually want to give you control over how many parts a song should have and what lyrics each part should sing.

Am I forced to select a group part if I don’t want to?

No. You can ignore the lyrics on screen and sing whatever you want. Your vocals will be mixed into the final music video. You can also choose the option “I want to make up my own parts” to retain the classic group singing experience. You’ll be shown the complete set of lyrics for the song and can sing any or all of them.

Why is the default group part different every time I select my song?

When you are prompted to select a group part, you may notice that you’re defaulted to a different part than the last time you joined. This is normal. The system will always default your selection to the part that is currently least represented in the group song you’ve selected. This is designed to maximize your opportunity to appear in the final video and maintain a balance of parts within any given group video. You are free to select any other part.

How do I select parts on Android?

Stay tuned.

How are video transitions determined in my Group Video?

Video transitions are determined by singers’ audio power. If we can hear your audio in a given section of the song, you’ll be added to the video in that section. If you are silent in a given section, we won’t add you to that section of the video. If there are more singers in a specific section eligible to appear than we can accommodate, then we’ll try to show the max number and then use additional transitions within the section to swap users in and out.

Is this compatible with open mic or community songs?

Group parts are available for community songs that have lyrics and duet parts definition, but not for open mic or community songs without such info. We’re exploring ideas to improve the process of uploading arrangements on Smule.com and support group parts for community songs.

Is it always 4 parts for every group song?

We’re starting with 4 parts for group songs, but as we continue to improve this feature, we may introduce songs with more than 4 parts. (There are 5 members of the Backstreet Boys, after all!)

Can I invite my friends to join a specific part?

This is currently not supported. We think it’s an interesting idea and are exploring it.

How do I know what lyrics each part corresponds to?

You’ll have to choose each part and find out. There is currently no way to preview the lyrics for each part but we are currently exploring solutions. We are also very interested in hearing your feedback!


How We Put Together Our Team At Smule

How We Put Together Our Team At Smule

I had an opportunity to attend a cancer-research fundraising breakfast last month with Gov. Jerry Brown, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, George Lucas, Joe Torre, and others. Michael Milken hosted the event.

By the way, folks of Silicon Valley, Joe Torre – not to be confused with Joe Torry – was the manager of the New York Yankees when they won four world championships. Torre was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last week.

At breakfast, Milken asked Torre about Derek Jeter, one of the top baseball players of the past decade who played on Torre’s teams. Torre said that Derek was a great player but that there were better short-stops and hitters. He said the unique thing about Derek wasn’t his own skills. Rather, it was the impact he had on those around him. Derek inspired his team to work harder, play better, and win championships. While Derek was very positive, he never sacrificed his standards.

I’m somewhat reluctant to draw upon potentially contrived sports analogies, particularly given Smule’s headquarters at 2nd and Townsend Streets is often enveloped with inebriated San Francisco Giants fans. Yet, I confess I find Jeter to be inspiring. His ability to draw out greatness in others was amazing. Torre recognized that and tapped into it, helping to explain his success in managing four championship teams.

Great teams are comprised of people who despise failure and inspire others to grow. It isn’t to say we won’t fail. At times, we must fail. If we never fail, then we aren’t taking risks, and if we take no risks we will absolutely fail. There also will always be challenges and opportunities to explain why we won’t succeed, etc.

When we evaluate potential future employees Smule, we consider many criteria, including intelligence, skills, quality of hair-style, experience, communication strength, affinity for The Doors, and cultural fit. But more important than any of these attributes is attitude.

– Jeff SmithCEO and Co-Founder, Smule Inc.

Photo: Jeff Smith, left, and Joe Torre during a fundraiser for cancer research held in June and hosted by Michael Milken at AT&T Park in San Francisco.