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Pop Hit Smallpools Releases Music from Their New Album on Smule

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 31st, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DEFINITELY HOLDS A TUNE :: Read Review »

Smule makes tons of apps for listening and playing music. Recently a Los Angeles-based indie pop group, called Smallpoolsreleased songs from their new album,LOVETAP!, on Smule's Magic Piano and Sing! Karaoke so that you could jam along with them. Last month, Smallpools released two songs for the apps called “Open Call”, on Sing! Karaoke and "Karaoke" for Magic Piano where you could perform alongside band frontman Sean Scanlon.

“Working with Smule gave us the unique opportunity to interact with our fans on a whole new level,” said Michael Kamerman of Smallpools, in a press release. “It also exposed our music to hundreds of thousands of new listeners and we had a fantastic time watching everyone get down with our Open Call."

The Sing! Karaoke app lets you record yourself singing alone or with friends, add special effects to your voice, and share with people all over the world. Magic Piano shows you how to play your favorite songs, control the rhythm and tempo, and choose from a bunch of different instruments including piano, harpsichord, Funky 80's synth, and organ. You can also use the two apps together to match your awesome piano playing skills with vocals.

You can join the band with Sing! Karaoke and Magic Piano for free on the App Store.

Smule's Magic Piano Makes the Musical World a Little Bit Smaller

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 25th, 2014

It is always kind of neat when developers find ways to cross streams with their different pieces of software. The most recent update to Magic Piano is a perfect example of that, melding the world of keyboard with another Smule property, Sing! Karaoke.

In their aptly named "Sing! Jams" update, Magic Piano now has the ability to give players the ultimate karaoke experience by providing a voice accompaniment track from actual people playing in Smule's singing counterpart title. So beware fellow songbirds. The tunes you belt out from the comfort of your own iOS device may be shared with a stranger across the globe!

Magic Piano (v7.0) is available as a universal app on the App Store for free.

Smule Pass Unifies VIP Subscriptions in Magic Piano, Guitar!, Sing! Karaoke, and AutoRap

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 14th, 2014

Smule has announced their new Smule Pass service for unlimited access to music and features across several of their music apps. Users of Sing! Karaoke, Magic Piano, AutoRap, and Guitar! can buy a subscription in one app and get unlimited song access and storage, pro studio effects, and the ability to upload Sing! tracks to Smule.com.

Right now, all existing and upcoming purchases of VIP subscriptions in each individual app will get the Smule Pass for all four apps for the life of their subscriptions. It's not possible to purchase a "Smule Pass" per se - we've reached out for clarification on how future purchases will work.

Update: According to a Smule representative, anyone who buys a VIP subscription in an app and has the app linked to their Smule ID will get the Smule Pass, enabling access in the other apps.

Rap-Creation App AutoRap Gets a Redesign, Adds Integration with Smule Nation

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

AutoRap, the fun app that is able transcribe words into auto-tuned rap music using beats from popular musicians from Smule, is getting a sizable update.

The update includes a full re-design of the app. One big feature added is integration with Smule Nation, the developer's own social community; this allows users to collaborate with each other. There is also a Rab Battle feature that allows AutoRap users to challenge others, and the ability to use the app to generate a Mixtape.

AutoRap is available for free (with optional paid in-app content) on the App Store.

AutoRap Update Lets Friends Engage in Rap Battles Against Each Other, Turns Normal Speech into Rap

Posted by Andrew Stevens on January 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

AutoRap by Smule gets updated with Rap Battles that allow users to compete in a three-round, turn-by-turn competition with friends. AutoRap transforms regular speech into rap and places those segments into a song that can then be shared with friends through social media.

Guitar! by Smule Jams Out A Left-Handed Mode, Unlocks All Guitars

Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 13th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Guitar! by Smule plays out a new update that unlocks all guitars and lets you choose your singer for rocking out the best performances ever. Also, a new left-handed mode is now available for all lefties to enjoy, and don't forget that new songs will release every week to keep a fresh sound for all guitarists to play. Start your jammin'!

· Play on: New free songs will be released every week.
· Choose your singer: Pick your collaborator for each song from top performances in Sing! Karaoke.
· Keep to the beat: Choose to turn on the metronome option on the play screen.
· Lefties, rejoice!: Left-handed guitar mode now available.

Guitar! by Smule Strums Onto The App Store

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 25th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Guitar! by Smule has players strumming along to the music in an app that combines guitar songs paired with real vocals from Smule's Sing! Karaoke app, which creates a unique feeling of playing alongside an actual singer. There are multiple songs to play along to, though there is also a freestyle mode for those who just want to play. Players will strum and pick while changing cords and creating vibrato by shaking the phone. Also, as players get better, they'll be able to rock out even more by unlocking electric guitars.

Strum Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOCIAL MUSIC VIDEOS
Strum is the video clip equivalent of Instagram. It has a slightly expensive pricing policy but the vast majority of its content is free and decent.
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Create Musically and Visually Unique Videos With Strum By Smule

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on December 13th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOCIAL MUSIC VIDEOS :: Read Review »

What a weird and interesting app - turn any video into a musical, filtered, Instagram-like experience and share with the Strum community.

❋ Super simple - just record a 15-second clip and select your filter.
❋ Stylistic filters include unique visual and audio effects that have been designed together, to add a cinematic ambiance to your video.
❋ Filters include: Flow, Reverb, Stone, Angels, Century, Unplugged, Whole Wheat, First Kiss, BonFire, Spacer, Museless, Burgers - new filters added frequently!
❋ Find and follow friends within the community and from other social networks.
❋ Love and comment on videos you enjoy.
❋ Easy sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Email, and SMS.
❋ Import videos from your camera roll and re-Strum a video in different styles.
❋ Buffered video processing allows you to preview your filter selection almost instantaneously.
❋ And much, much more!

Sing! Join the global karaoke party! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on August 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DEFINITELY HOLDS A TUNE
Sing! is a social networking karaoke app that turns the iPhone into a global stage and invites the whole world to sing along.
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Smule Strikes Back With Ocarina 2

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 21st, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ocarina was one of those ubiquitous apps that hit early on in the life of the App Store and cemented itself as one of the top downloads of all time.  Even our own founder, Jeff Scott, gave the musical emulator a full five star rating, almost four years ago.  It is safe to say that had we established the Editor's Choice awards when that all went down, most likely it would have even snagged one of those as well.

Several iOS devices later, Smule, the developer of the groundbreaking app is finally getting around to releasing a sequel to their smash hit.  This time around, Ocarina 2 will actually be free for everyone, with downloadable song tabs available for a minor additional cost.  Just when you think something couldn't get any better, they blow your expectations out of the water.  We will leave you with a small sample of what you can do in the new app, inspired by a certain television show that is close to many of our hearts.


Beatstream Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By David Rabinowitz on March 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FEEL THE RHYTHM
Beatstream is a rhythm game that dynamically generates levels to go along with a player's music library. The graphics are unimpressive, but the game play is fun and the replay value is as big as one's catalog of music.
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Magic Guitar Review

By Michael Halloran on December 28th, 2011
Magic Guitar turns any iPhone into a simulated guitar that gives users a chance to play along with some of their favorite songs. However, playing those songs can come at a hefty price through in-app purchases.
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MadPad Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Greg Dawson on October 13th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: REMIX SOUNDS
MadPad is a music generator tool that plays to the creative side of music.
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Feel the Holiday Spirit As Ocarina Goes Free for 72 Hours

Posted by Blake Grundman on December 8th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :: Read Review »

Tis the season to both give and receive.  iOS developer Smule seems to understand that better than anyone else, and accordingly, are ready to announce a special holiday giveaway.  Starting at 1pm on Tuesday December 7th, their critically acclaimed program Ocarina will be absolutely free.  The only catch is that it is only for a limited time.

Looking back in time through the magic 148Apps.com crystal ball, we can see that not only has the app been well received by numerous junkets, but our very own Jeff Scott gave the then fledgling software a perfect five star rating.  Trust us on this, we were not the only place that told you it was the best around, either.  Word of mouth spread so quickly that it went on to garner over 2.8 million downloads since the original release in November of 2008.

Now boasting an impressive online community of digital ocarina composers, this is where the true appeal of the app lies.  This is so much the case that the online library of composed pieces has reached an astounding sixty million playbacks.  Here is what our own review had to say about it, way back in the day:

"Overall Ocarina, while not the most exciting musical instrument on the iPhone, does use the network connection on the iPhone to it’s fullest to create a fantastic social application. It’s a lot of fun." -- Jeff Scott 

The fact that Smule is willing to give one of their marque titles away, even if it is only for a limited time, is commendable and another reminder that sometimes it is better to give than to receive.  In this case though, we will happily take part in the receiving as well!  Be sure to head to the App Store and pick it up before the promotion ends on December 10th at 1PM.  When an app manages to gain our five star approval, it would be a crime to let this opportunity slip by.