Feed your Smule addiction with the iRig Voice

by Haadi Bakar
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Do you ‘smule’? If you’re an active smuler like myself, you’re obviously looking for ways to improve your singing experience by now.

In case you haven’t heard, Smule is a social karaoke mobile app that has taken the world by storm.

The app has a massive, easy-to-search library of songs, and users can either sing solo or collaborate with people from all around the world. For those who love to sing, its pretty addictive.

It’s all the more fitting for karaoke junkies to get on board Smule as there aren’t any karaoke outlets in Brunei unless you crash someone’s wedding on the weekends.

Or if you’re simply too embarassed to belt out your favourite hits in public, Smule lets you unleash your inner rockstar at the comfort and privacy of your own bedroom.

Even celebrities like Jessie J and Indonesian star Afgan have endorsed Smule by getting their fans to sing with them.

Today, the more seasoned smulers have ditched their stock earphones for a more elaborate setup.

If you absolutely want to be a singing champ on Smule, getting an external handheld mic or tabletop recording mic are definitely recommended.

One accessory I’ve tested recently is the iRig Voice handheld microphone from IK Multimedia, a company specialising in mobile audio equipment and software.

The iRig Voice comes in five colours. Image courtesy of IK Multimedia.

At first glance, the iRig Voice looks like a standard microphone, but this device is designed specifically for mobile, and it works flawlessly with singing apps such as Smule.

It’s more of an entry-level product from IK Multimedia, who also makes the professional iRig Mic HD that you see a lot of home studio enthusiasts and podcasters use on their Macs.

The iRig Voice is made of a lightweight “thermoplastic” housing, and features a compact cardioid pattern for close voice pickup and minimised feedback. It comes in a variety of colours: white, pink, green, blue and yellow.

The 3.5mm headphone plug also sports a pass-through headphone jack to connect with your favourite headphones, and what this does is it allows you to monitor your voice on your phone as you record.

The sound quality on this mic is pretty impressive, a significant improvement over your typical earbud mics.

At just under B$100, the iRig Voice is an affordable accessory to go with your Smule sessions. It’s fun and easy to use and requires no additional programmes or applications to use it.

The iRig Voice is designed to work very well with iOS, but it is also compatible with Android (though monitoring your voice only works on iOS devices as far as I’ve checked).

While there are certainly much cheaper mini-mics out there, this one comes close in delivering great audio recording quality at a reasonable price, and the fact that it’s designed to look and feel like an actual and durable microphone makes for a more organic live singing experience.

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