Today we’re excited to launch SingTrue™, the new iPhone app which teaches you to sing in tune reliably and confidently – even if you think you’re “tone deaf” or unmusical. After months of development we’re very excited to finally share it with you.
You can download SingTrue from the iTunes App Store now!
Since we announced SingTrue ten days ago, the app’s page on PreApps has been “Liked” over 1000 times and upvoted into the Top Apps category, we’ve received countless excited emails, seen ongoing shares on Twitter and Facebook, and had dozens of choir directors and music teachers take us up on our offer to give free copies of the app to all music educators. It seems like you’re all as excited as we are about this new way to learn to sing!
If you missed our previous announcement, you might be wondering: “What is SingTrue? Can an app really teach you to sing?”
SingTrue is a new kind of singing app. Of course there have been some great singing apps and games before, like SingStar, Rock Band and Smule’s Sing! The problem? They all assume that you can already sing (and are happy to) and then just build an entertaining experience around that.
After seeing tens of thousands of people take our Tone Deaf Test, we knew there were a lot of people who would never try these singing games. Certainly not in front of other people! These were people who were worried that they were fundamentally incapable of singing – so why would they try an app like that?
Fortunately the test proved that 98% of them can be singers – and SingTrue is our way of helping them get started.
How SingTrue Teaches You To Sing
The app starts from the very basics of hearing whether notes are high or low, and encourages you to start singing your first notes. SingTrue’s approach was inspired by conversations with leading vocal instructor George Bevan, Tune It Up creator Amy Nielsen, Edara Method founders Joe Perry and Thomas Kay, Kodály instructor Cyrilla Rowsell, choir director Elizabeth Swain, and many others who kindly shared their experience and expertise to ensure that SingTrue would benefit from the latest thinking in effective vocal instruction.
We knew the app would need to demonstrate good singing too, so we sought out the very best. We’re probably not allowed to reveal who we managed to persuade to be the voices of SingTrue – but the a cappella fans among you might recognise their voices! After singing literally hundreds of do‘s, re‘s and mi‘s for us, I think they may have regretted agreeing to do it… But we hope when you hear the app in action you’ll agree their hard work was well worth it.
It was clear the app would also have to do some pretty sophisticated audio processing to be able to act as your personal singing tutor. Fortunately modern iPhones are powerful devices, and the team had previous experience developing vocal melody transcription algorithms which gave us a good headstart in developing the interactive singing exercises.
Watch SingTrue in action: