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  • Smule rolls out live collabs called LiveJam

    Now you create collabs with other Smule singers in real time. As usual the feature is first rolled out to iOS users, but it will come to Android as well. And watching and commenting is open to everyone through the website.  So how does it work? To start a LiveJam, you can either use the banner link in the iOS app or the links in your feed tab or profile tab. You can apply video filters as with OCs and you can either talk or start a song at any time by clicking the Mic button. You can invite people to join the LiveJam or people seeing your LiveJam can request to join. If the LiveJam is public, everyone is free to watch the live performance and to comment or react.  Have a look at some LiveJams taking place right now here:
    https://www.smule.com/live/list

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    Sing! version 6.4.9 brings support for USB mics and Bluetooth playback

    For years, Smule has been working fine with analog headsets, but lacked proper support for external third-party hardware connected via Bluetooth or the lightning port of iOS devices. The latest 6.4.9 update improves that.  You can now connect Lightning/USB microphones and audio interfaces to your iOS device without routing the audio through other apps like GarageBand first. This kind of hardware is now natively supported and you also get proper monitoring this way.  In addition, the support for Bluetooth headphones/headsets was improved. This is especially usefully for recent iOS devices, which come without a headphone jack. Note that this improvement only covers listening to Smule performances. There is still no official support to record from Bluetooth devices. 

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    Microphone Placement Tips for Singing on Smule

    After starting out with simple headsets, many Smule singers invest in better microphones later ‚ÄĒ often even expensive professional microphones normally used by singers on stage or in music studios. But as karaoke singer without professional training or a background in sound engineering it‚Äôs easy to make mistakes in this area.¬† Handheld microphones are usually very easy to use‚ÄĒwhether you buy consumers microphones like the ones from IK Multimedia‚Äôs iRig line or professional stage mics like the famous Shure SM58.¬† But studio vocal mics are a different category. Studio microphones are usually highly sensitive condenser mics. I‚Äôve seen Smule singers holding them in their hand, but you really shouldn‚Äôt do that. The microphone will¬†pick up the slightest, almost unavoidable movements of your hands or the rustling when the microphone cable touches something or moves over the floor. And speaking of the floor: Studio mics will easily pick up vibrations of the floor or unwanted sounds transmitted through the floor. That‚Äôs why studio vocal mics usually hang in shock-mount cradle. It removes the hard physical connection of the microphone to the floor through the stand. Keep that in mind when ordering a studio condenser mic for your Smule singing. You might look¬†out for bundles, which are often available. The usually contain a full kit with the microphone you choose, a stand, a cradle, and a pop filter‚ÄĒall working together perfectly without you having to worry about fitting connections for all the parts.¬† Example of a vocal kit with microphone, pop filter, cradle and stand.¬† And speaking¬†of pop filters: With¬†a handheld consumer or stage mic, a pop filter might not be necessary and look like you just want to appear professional somehow.¬†But you will need¬†a pop filter for your sensitive¬†studio condenser mic.¬†Popping sounds occur particularly in the pronunciation of¬†aspirated¬†plosives¬†(such as the first ‚Äúp‚Ä̬†in the English word ‚Äúpopping‚ÄĚ). Pop filters are designed to attenuate the energy (i.e.¬†air pressure) of the plosive, which otherwise makes the sounds too loud or¬†might even exceed the input capacity of the microphone, leading to¬†clipping.¬† You are probably too close‚ÄĒpositioning your studio mic But how do we place the pop filter and ourselves in front of the microphone? This questions leads us to the most important tip of the article and the most typical mistake karaoke singers¬†make. Distance is crucial! We all have¬†seen musicians on stage thousands of times, being extremely close to their mic. So they can‚Äôt be doing it all wrong, can they? They don‚Äôt, but that‚Äôs a stage setting, not a studio setting! There are several reasons why being too close to your mic is bad in a studio setting.¬† Proximity effect Directional or cardioid¬†microphone have a so-called proximity effect. The closer you get to them, the stronger is the¬†low frequency response. That might be great for a movie trailer narration or a radio show, but it usually bad for singing, since it‚Äôs just an unnatural sound. For a more natural sound, you have to stay away from your studio mic far enough.¬† Consistent volume If you are very close to a microphone, the slightest movements of your head can result in significant volume changes. If you move away from your mic, this effect gets smaller and smaller. Note that this does not mean your overall singing volume is lowered. You will compensate for the distance by raising the gain of your microphone.¬† Recording multiple audio sources If you want to record multiple audio sources‚ÄĒe.g. several¬†singers or a singer with an accoustic instrument‚ÄĒyou will also need enough distance. Don‚Äôt worry! While this wouldn‚Äôt work well with your Apple EarBuds or other headsets,¬†professional mics are made for this. Even a¬†distance of¬†40 inch (1 meter) should be no problem to record yourself and your guitar for example. Just point the mic in the general direction of all audio sources and adjust the gain as necessary.¬† The visual appearance Many Smule singers who use studio mics and pop filters place them between themselves and the camera. As a result, they hide most of their face behind the pop filter. Well, if you are shy and want it this way, go ahead. But don‚Äôt think you have to do that for a good sound. In fact, I made Smule recordings where my condenser mic and pop filter aren‚Äôt even visible in the frame.¬†You can move the mic away and place it to the side, so your face is still visible. You might even place it behind the camera or below the camera outside of the camera frame, which is what I often do. You just need to find the right angle, so the microphone pics up your voice. You don‚Äôt need to be very close and you shouldn‚Äôt be very close.¬† Finding the right distance and direction There isn‚Äôt a specific distance you should use. You need to try it out and it can depend on the mic you use, your singing style and even the specific song. But as a rule of thumb, start with a distance of 8 to 10 inches (20‚Äď25 cm) between your mouth and the microphone or make a fist with both hands and put them both between you and the mic. A good place for the pop filter would be right in the middle‚ÄĒat least in case you can keep your distance to the microphone. If you get closer and closer to the pop filter while singing, move it further away from the mic and use it as a barrier, which forces you to keep your distance from the mic.¬† A studio setup with a R√łde NT1-A Also, make sure you point the mic in the right direction. As you probably know, the sensitivity of a microphone to sound might not be equal in all directions. This is called the polar pattern. If we¬†want to record a singer on stage with sounds coming from other instruments, the monitoring system and the audience, we need a directional polar pattern to only pick up the singers voice. Such microphones usually have a cardioid polar pattern¬†are directed towards the singer. Studio vocal microphones on the other hand can have various polar patterns and¬†will often be placed upright and the vocals come from an angle of up to 90 degrees. So make sure to place the mic correctly.¬†Usually it is possible to tell from the casing of the microphone¬†where the voice should come from.¬† Stage condenser¬†mic (R√łde M2) vs. studio mic (MXL 990)

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    Sing.Salon shirts now available

    We opened a shop at Teespring with a fun little collection of shirts for Smule singers. There are currently two types of shirts available. The shirts in the first category use typical quotes and phrases around music, singing and karoke.   The second category is a little more special. We created mirrored designs, which are specifically made to be used in Smule video recordings. While they don’t make much sense when worn on the street, you can really stand out with them while creating Smule video collabs. The mirrored design will be readable to everyone watching the Smule video.    See the entire shirt collection here: 
    https://teespring.com/de/stores/thesingsalon

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    Sing! version 6.3.1 for iOS was released

    Smule released a new version of the Sing! app for iOS. You will first notice a design overhaul covering the entire app. In addition, users of an iPhone X will notice that the app now makes better use of the iPhone X screen.¬† But the biggest changes appear in the completely redesigned Explore tab. There are new sections for trending recordings, singers and playlists. The Recommended for You section remains prominent, while the other playlists (like Smule Picks, Sing with the Artist, Rising Stars, Undiscovered Talent) have been demoted to the bottom of the Explore tab and need to be opened one by one. And there are now only 4 playlists left ‚Äď the controversial Killer Karaoke is not there anymore.¬† So far users don‚Äôt seem to report serious problems with the upgrade. iPad users have noticed that the previous option of using the app in landscape mode is not available anymore. I suspect this is a permanent change, but it might also return in a future update.¬†

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    Review: iRig Pro I/O for Smule Sing!

    The iRig Pre¬†has been a¬†highly popular device among Smule singers to use professional microphones with the Sing! app. But since more and more mobile devices now come without an¬†analog headphone socket, the iRig Pre can‚Äôt be connected anymore ‚Äď at least not easily. But IK Multimedia, the makers of the iRig Pre, launched a new series of digital audio adapters: the iRig Pre HD (~US$ 100) and the iRig Pro I/O (~US$ 150). We tested the latter and tell you how it works with Smule.¬† Audio Quality The iRig Pre I/O and Pre HD provide an studio-quality sound¬†with a¬†24-bit A/D conversion and a sample rate of¬†up to¬†96 kHz. There is very little background noise, which can‚Äôt be heard anymore after the recording¬†has passed Smule‚Äôs audio processing. So you can expect a much better sound than with the iRig Pre or with the usually rather noisy headsets. And since the¬†audio data is delivered digitally to the device, there is no loss of quality anymore through the connection itself and the processing in the phone/tablet.¬† Comparision: the iRig Pro and the iRig Pre Set-up/Connectivity The¬†new digital interfaces are much bigger than the iRig Pre. You can just lay the device on a flat surface or use the included Velcro strip to attach it¬†to mic or phone stand. This works okay, but a more robust way to attach the rather expensive device securely to microphone stands wouldn‚Äôt hurt.¬† The iRig Pro I/O connections and buttons: DC in A power supply unit is not included, but supported. The official one from IK Multimedia can cost you another 40 to¬†50 dollars, but it will allow you to use the device permanently and even charge your phone! This is a significant¬†advantage of the¬†device. The older¬†iRig Pre only works with batteries and needs a lot of them, especially when used with condenser mics.¬† If you don‚Äôt buy the power supply, you can run the device with two AA batteries.¬† Device connection The iRig Pro I/O comes with a lightning cable for iOS devices and a USB cable for desktop computers. A cable for Android phones is sold separately.¬† A nice feature is that the device powers on by connecting it to your phone/tablet/computer. No need to turn it on and off manually all the time! Headphone socket and control You can connect your headphones directly to the iRig Pro I/O. No need for messy¬†splitter solutions if your phone doesn‚Äôt have a headphone socket anymore. The output comes directly from your phone/tablet. So it‚Äôs not limited to direct mic monitoring, which is a problem of some other digital audio interfaces.¬†¬†¬† The audio quality of the headphone output is excellent and you can also control the volume directly on the device.¬† Input At the bottom of the iRig Pro I/O you can connect either a XLR microphone or a line input with a¬†1/4" jack.¬† A switch to turn on the 48 V phantom power for condenser mics is on the left side of the device.¬† Gain To set the output gain, there is a big control dial on the front of the device.¬† MIDI Smule users who also play electronic instruments can also use the audio interface to send and receive MIDI data.¬† If you buy the iRig Pro I/O and the official power supply unit, you will have to spend around $200. If that is too much for you, you might want to take a look at the iRig Pre HD, which costs around $100. It¬†offers the same audio quality but lacks some of the connection options¬†of the I/O:¬†there is no external power supply, no line input and no MIDI in/out.¬†¬† Comparision: iRig Pro I/O (left) and iRig Pre HD (right) Using the iRig Pro I/O with the Sing! app The iRig Pro I/O was started to be supported with the Sing! app version 6.4.9 on iOS. Before that, it could only be used by routing the audio through other apps. You need to find your perfect gain settings first, but after that, using the iRig Pro I/O is very easy.¬† Conclusion The iRig Pro I/O provides excellent audio quality and with the optional power supply unit you can power the audio interface and even your phone/tablet permanently. This makes it a great solution for very active Smule users who are looking for optimal sound quality. It‚Äôs also a good interface if your singing is not limited to mobile devices. You can use the iRig Pro I/O for high-quality recordings on your computer as well.¬†

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    Cups (When I’m Gone) A cappella

    ūü•õCups (When I'm Gone)ūü•õ My first ever attempt at acapella ūüôą

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  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Headphone with Antlion Audio ModMic 4

    I searched high and low for a good headset and microphone that would work well and I found it in this combination. It does require a 3.5mm Headphone Splitter Extension Cable- Combo Stereo Audio Adapter Cable that you can get anywhere. When I got my new iPhone 8+ I just attached the audio to lightning adapter that came with my phone to my iPad Pro and the sound got a little better. I love this set up the sound is amazing. Even if there is noise in the other room it won’t pick it up on the recording.  

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    Microphones for Smule

    R√łde NT1-A

    The R√ėDE NT1-A 1¬†is a cardioid condenser microphone¬†delivering the warmth, extended dynamic range, clarity and high SPL capability.¬† With a self-noise level of only 5dBA it is widely recognised (along with the¬†NT1) as one the world's quietest studio microphones. This low noise makes it an ideal vocal microphone as well as perfect for recording guitars and percussion. A studio grade pop shield and shock mount is included, along with a premium 20' microphone cable, dust cover, and an downloadable instructional video packed with recording tips. ¬†

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    iRig Mic Studio

    iRig Mic Studio is a digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android.  Features large-diaphragm capsule Ultra-compact size that’s easy to carry around High-quality 1" back electret condenser capsule 24-bit converter with 44.1/48Khz sampling rate Low-noise, high-definition preamp Integrated headphone output Multicolor LED status and level indicator Onboard gain control and headphone level control Includes portable tripod tabletop stand Includes Lightning, Micro-USB OTG and USB cables iRig Mic Studio is compatible with mobile devices and desktop computers. It comes with a female micro-USB port and an assortment of cables: Micro-USB to Lightning for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; micro-USB to micro-USB OTG for Android (requires either an Android 5 or Samsung Professional Audio device); and micro-USB to USB for Mac and PC. A micro-USB to 30-pin cable is available separately for older iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.

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    iRig Mic HD

    The iRic Mic is the is the premium handheld microphone from IK Multimedia. It uses a¬†24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, a 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate and a low-noise/high-definition pre-amp. The gain can be controlled with a knob directly on the microphone.¬† It plugs directly into the digital input on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac/PC via its included 1.5m (59‚ÄĚ) Lightning and USB cables. Adapters for compatible¬†Adroid devices (Micro-USB-OTG to Micro-USB) and older 30-pin Apple devices are available separately.¬† ¬†

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  • NonStopMusic (NSM)

    NonStopMusic (NSM) is a group created for Rappers, Singers, and Poets. Although We participate in Rap Cyphers, R&B Cyphers, Birthday songs (for members of the group), &Mash ups, Original Music is our MAIN FOCUS.  Founder: itsyaboigetpaid

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    Hummingbirds

    We are Hummingbirds in Paradise singing for good luck, peace and happiness to smule singers in their personal lives.

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    TOP_BRASS

    We are a group of talented a fun singers from all over the world that enjoy making quality music with dignity and respect.  We are a mature group that believes great music can be made with Dignity and respect.  Come join us! Have a listen to a couple of our group collaborations:
    https://www.smule.com/p/235945957_2150161614 https://www.smule.com/p/235945957_1991515306

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  • Original recording artist meet

    I'm an aspiring artist and I'm looking for vocalists who are interested in putting their own unique sound towards new and exciting projects.   Preferably female vocalists however the more options the merrier haha TIA much love

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    Songbook on smule.com vs on sing app

    Are the available songs the smule.com website different from those on the app?  When I type in (for example) Streisand on the web site, I only get three songs, however on the app there are about 60.    Just wondering!  

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    unable to save recordings, prompts "Sing Again"

    After completion of each recording, instead of "Continue" option, shows "Sing Again". I sang several times but to no avail. How to solve this issue? Please Suggest.

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    After last update...can't share video

    Anyone else having an issue sharing videos after the last update?  iPhone x with latest ios.  I click share...facebook/youtube  (as I've done before). Only 59 seconds of video with NO sound will download to my iPhone and that's all that will upload to facebook.  only 59 seconds with no sound.  Help!!

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    How to Gift Smule Subscription to Family and Friends

    Is it possible for me to Gift "Smule Subscriptions" to family and friends living all over the world, say as BirthDay or Wedding Anniversary Presents. If yes can it be for more than one year ? Ram

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    about smule vip pass price

    First, so sorry for my poor English. I've using smule for 2 years. My vip pass expired today so I wanted to renew my pass. I paid 31.99 dollars (CAD) at last year for 1 year pass. (I heard when I pay my vip pass on website, it is more cheaper than when I pay on my iOS.) and when I checked today it was 99.99 dollars. So, I checked my subscription on my iTunes account, if when I pay used by iOS, it will be 65.99 dollars. Then I asked my other friend who lives in Korea, they said it is still 31.99 dollars in KRW. I want to know is this happen is only to me. If 99.99 dollars are right price, it's increase almost 3 times than last year...

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