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Adding a Song to the Songbook

Who can add a song to Sing!’s Songbook?

Anyone with a Smule account can add a song to the Songbook. If you don’t have one, you can sign up at www.smule.com or download any of our apps and register there.

How do I add a song to the Songbook?

  1. You first need a backing track of your song that doesn’t include vocals. For more details on the kinds of files you can upload, see "I can’t upload my file. Why not?" below.
  2. Once you have that, sign into your Smule account at www.smule.com and click the green Upload button at the top right.
  3. Click the “Songbook” option on the right.
  4. Select and upload your backing track. Again, it shouldn’t include vocals so singers in the app can sing over it.
  5. Enter the title and artist of your song. If we already have it in our system, we’ll suggest a match.
  6. On the next screen, enter additional information to help other users find and select your song.
  7. If you’d like to include lyrics, make sure that option is turned on and go to the next screen.
  8. Enter the lyrics for your song. Then, you can choose which lines belong to which singing part for duets and groups. You can specify two parts for duets and between three and eight for groups; if you set duet parts without group parts, Sing! will automatically adapt your duet parts for group singing, too.
  9. On the next and final screen, you will time your lyrics to the music. Tap the spacebar or click your mouse to indicate when the singer should see a given line on the screen. As soon as that line should appear, click it with your mouse or hit the spacebar. The speaker icon appears to show you what the singer would currently be singing.
  10. Once you’re done timing all the lines, click “Save” and your song will appear on your profile and in the “Community” section of Sing!’s Songbook!

What's a backing track and how do I make one?

A backing track is a recording of a song with all the instruments, but no lead vocals. It usually includes drums, piano and/or guitar, synths, and bass. Many different recording programs allow you to create songs using built-in synthesizers and drum machines and to record yourself playing instruments.

A couple of our favorite inexpensive and easy-to-learn options are:

You'll need to convert any uncompressed .wav or .aiff files into .mp3 or .m4a before uploading (see "I can't upload my file. Why not?" below).

Can I add a song on my mobile phone or tablet?

No. You can only add a song on your desktop or laptop computer.

Can I see if the community is singing my song? What about other stats?

Yes! Log into www.smule.com and go to the Songs section of your profile. Click on the song you're interested in. On the right side of the page, you can see how many recordings users have made of your song. You can also see how singers have rated your song and what suggestions they may have for how you can improve it.

How can I edit a song I added?

First, log into the account you used to add the song. Then, go the Songs section of your profile and click on the song you want to edit. Next, click the “Edit Song” button at the top right of the page. After you've clicked this button, you'll find an option to delete your song, as well.

Can I add a song privately?

No. When you add a song to the Songbook, it's public for other singers to find and sing it.

How are songs that users add different from songs that Smule creates?

Users can time each line of a song's lyrics, whereas Smule's producers can time each syllable or word of the lyrics. In addition, Smule's producers add pitch lines to each song to tell singers which notes to sing throughout the song; this feature is not currently available for users adding songs to the Songbook.

What's the difference between posting a freestyle and adding a song?

Use the freestyle option to post a recording that includes vocals. You can decide during the posting process whether you'd like to allow and invite other users to sing with you or not. When you're done, your freestyle will appear on your profile for other users to listen to.

Use the Songbook option to add a song to the Songbook using a backing track that does not include vocals. When you're done, your new song will appear in the Community section of the Sing! Karaoke Songbook for other users to sing.

For more information on posting a freestyle, see our FAQ page.

I can’t upload my file. Why not?

First of all, please make sure that the file you are trying to upload meets our uploading requirements:

  1. Maximum file size: 20 MB, or recording length up to 10 minutes
  2. Supported formats: m4a, mp3
  3. 16 Bit, 44100 or 48000 Hz Sample Rate
  4. Mono or stereo files only
  5. Maximum compression: 64kbps (mono) and 128kbps (stereo)

How do I convert my file to an accepted file format?

Most Audio File Editors and Digital Audio Workstations will enable you to save your file in mp3 or m4a file formats. Paid programs such as Apple GarageBand, Adobe Audition, Reaper, Apple Logic Pro, Motu Digital Performer, Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason will all allow this function, but although they are widely available, they may be too expensive and overpowered to purchase for this function alone.

A couple of great FREE alternatives are VLC and Audacity (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux here: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/ and http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/, respectively).

An excellent step-by-step guide for using VLC for this can be found here.

iTunes is also able to convert between these file types; there’s an easy how-to guide here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1550.

Please note that to export mp3 files from Audacity, you will need to separately download and install the LAME mp3 audio codec, following the instructions found on the Audacity Wiki here.

And to export m4a files from Audacity, you will need to separately download and install the FFMPEG audio codec, following the instructions found on the Audacity Wiki here.

A more complete list of alternatives may be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_audio_conversion_software

My file is too big. How do I make it smaller?

If your file is too big, you’ll have to try recompressing it with lower quality settings or shortening its duration with the above tools. Perhaps try a lower compression bitrate (96kbps instead of 128kbps, 48kbps instead of 64kbps) or, if you don’t need stereo (2-channel left and right), try saving as mono instead.

Freestyle

Posting a Freestyle

What is Sing! Karaoke? And why do I need to have it to post a freestyle?

Sing! Karaoke is an ever-growing community of singers from around the world of all types, styles and levels. The one thing they have in common? They love to sing! Members of the community sing through our iOS and Android apps, and now, by uploading on the web!

Why do I need an All Access Pass in Sing! to post a freestyle?

An All Access Pass gives you full access to all the songs in Sing!, in addition to special FX, unlimited storage, freestyle web posting, and more. Subscriptions help us pay royalties to artists, pay streaming costs and licensing fees, and bring new apps and features to all of you!

What are "recording types"?

In Sing! Karaoke, there are three different recording types. Smule is all about creative expression and, whenever possible, collaboration. We have traditional solo recordings, but we also have two options that allow you to collaborate with others.

  • Solo means that you are creating a solo recording. It's all you!
  • Duet means you are creating an open duet. This means that duet collabs will be created whenever someone joins you.
  • Group means that you are creating an open group collab. This means that whenever someone joins you, their voice will be added to the same recording. Who knows, you may end up with more than 100 people on your recording!

What's the difference between posting a freestyle and adding a song?

Use the freestyle option to post a recording that includes vocals. When you're done, your freestyle will appear on your profile for other users to listen to.

Use the Songbook option to add a song to the Songbook using a backing track that does not include vocals. When you're done, your new song will appear in the Community section of the Sing! Karaoke Songbook for other users to sing.

For more information on adding a song to the Songbook, see our FAQ page.

I can’t upload my file. Why not?

First of all, please make sure that the file you are trying to upload meets our uploading requirements:

  1. Maximum file size: 20 MB, or recording length up to 10 minutes
  2. Supported formats: m4a, mp3
  3. 16 Bit, 44100 or 48000 Hz Sample Rate
  4. Mono or stereo files only
  5. Maximum compression: 64kbps (mono) and 128kbps (stereo)

Why am I being asked for my location?

Smule uses location data for various visualizations. When we don’t have your location, all maps will show you landing in the Pacific Ocean… not that bad, but not as cool as being able to see where people are creating and posting recordings all around the world! If you already denied us, you can go to your browser settings and change them. Here are some guides for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

How do I convert my file to an accepted file format?

Most Audio File Editors and Digital Audio Workstations will enable you to save your file in mp3 or m4a file formats. Paid programs such as Apple GarageBand, Adobe Audition, Reaper, Apple Logic Pro, Motu Digital Performer, Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason will all allow this function, but although they are widely available, they may be too expensive and overpowered to purchase for this function alone.

A couple of great FREE alternatives are VLC and Audacity (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux here: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/ and http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/, respectively).

An excellent step-by-step guide for using VLC for this can be found here.

iTunes is also able to convert between these file types; there’s an easy how-to guide here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1550.

Please note that to export mp3 files from Audacity, you will need to separately download and install the LAME mp3 audio codec, following the instructions found on the Audacity Wiki here.

And to export m4a files from Audacity, you will need to separately download and install the FFMPEG audio codec, following the instructions found on the Audacity Wiki here.

A more complete list of alternatives may be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_audio_conversion_software

My file is too big. How do I make it smaller?

If your file is too big, you’ll have to try recompressing it with lower quality settings or shortening its duration with the above tools. Perhaps try a lower compression bitrate (96kbps instead of 128kbps, 48kbps instead of 64kbps) or, if you don’t need stereo (2-channel left and right), try saving as mono instead.

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