What is Smule? And why do I need to have it to post a freestyle?
Smule 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 Smule 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 Smule to post a freestyle?
An All Access Pass gives you full access to all the songs in Smule, 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 Smule, 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 Smule 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:
- Maximum file size: 20 MB, or recording length up to 10 minutes
- Supported formats: m4a, mp3
- 16 Bit, 44100 or 48000 Hz Sample Rate
- Mono or stereo files only
- 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.
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 theAudacity 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.