After the app is started, tap the first item, Singscope.
*1. At bottom of the app screen, there are 4 tabs. Besides the Contents tab, the other three tabs are for retrieving and managing the prviously recorded voices. We'll introduce these tabs later.
*2. Following the Singscope item, there is an item Sheet Music Support Pack. This is a feature pack for supporting sheet music in the app. To learn more about this feature pack, see the last section near end of this user guide.
When scope is opened for the first time, it shows the help screen. Tap on each tool to show a brief description of the tool. Or simply tap on the Next bottom and dismiss the help screen.
* If you'd like to see the help screen again, tap the Menu button on the top left corner, and select Help menu item.
Tap the Microphone button and sing to your iPhone (or iPad/iPod). While you sing, watch your pitch graph being drawn in progress.
When you are done with your singing, tap on the Microphone button again to stop recording (or simply keep quiet for a few seconds and wait for the recorder to stop by itself).
*1. Singscope needs access to the microphone. Please make sure the Microphone is enabled for Singscope in the device's Settings > Privacy > Microphone.
*2. Singscope is sensitive to ambient noise, so it performs better when you sing in a quiet place. Don't play instruments or music loudly in the backgound while you sing to Singscope. If you'd like to play music for your singing, use earphones or headphones.
Tap the Rewind button to go to the beginning of your singing recording.
Tap the Play button to hear your singing playback.
Browse your singing pitch graph by pan-and-zoom using typical touch gestures such as drag and pinch.
The pitch of your singing is drawn in the music scale as function of time. We call this drawing a pitch graph.
In the graph, each vertical grid line indicates a time mark in the unit of seconds. Each horizontal grid line indicates an exact semitone pitch frequency and is labeled by music name and octave number. For example, C4 means note C at 4th octave, which is corresponding to the middle C in piano keyboard. A4 is note A at 4th octave and has pitch frequency of 440 Hz.
The Input and Output section shows the active microphone and playback device used by the app. If the microphone device supports manual gain adjustment, the Input Gain Slider can be used for adjusting the sensitivity of microphone. The slider may not be available for devices that utilize automatic gain control.
Bluetooth headsets, including AirPods, are supported for iOS 10 and later. The connected Bluetooth headset will be used for audio playback only. Due to the limitation of audio sample rate of Bluetooth microphones, the app will still use iPhone/iPad built-in microphone to pick up your voice even if a Bluetooth headset is connected.
The Graphic Window Auto Panning option, when set to locked, is for locking the pitch graph window and prevent it from panning automatically in vertical direction during singing voice recording or playback.
The Graph Contrast slider is for adjusting the pitch curve brightness. Note that brightness of the dots in a pitch curve is directly related to the singing volume. Move the slider to the right can boost the brightness of the curve, especially for the portion where singing volume is lower.
Tap the New button to clear pitch graph and start a new one. Previously recorded voice is kept in the Recents folder (see the next section).
Tap the Back button to go back to the contents screen.
* When you make a new recording, older recordings may be discarded to make space available for the new one. The limit of storage space for recent recordings can be set in Menu -> Settings -> Recording Storage Setting.
On the first screen when you launch Singscope, besides the Contents tab that we mentioned eariler in this guide, there are 3 additional tabs: Recents, Saved, and Deleted. These tabs holds the previously recorded singing voices.
To switch to the Recents folder, simply tab the Recents tab icon. All newly recorded singing voices are kept in this folder temporarily. To review an item, just tap on it, and the item will be opened in the Singscope view, where you can see the graph and play the voice again.
Go back to the Recent folder. Here you can also save, share, rename , or delete an item. Simply slide the item leftward or rightward to reveal the operation buttons. Saved recordings are kept in the Saved folder. Deleted recordings are moved to the Deleted folder.
* Older recordings in Deleted and Recents folders may be discarded to make space available for the new one when you make a new recording.
To share or export a recording item, slide the item rightward and then tap the Share button. Then, on the popup, you can choose AirDrop, Save to Files, or choose an App to share the recording file.
* The shared recording file is with file extension .singscope. It is actually a zip file that contains an audio file in CAF format. You can simply unzip the file to retrieve the CAF audio file. If your computer does not recognize the file as zip, you can rename the file extension to .zip.
This is a feature pack that adds supports for MusicXML sheet music or lead sheets. It also comes with a set of sheet music for singing warm-ups and exercises. For details about this feature pack, please refer to its User Guide:
This feature pack supports importing of a subset of MusicXML Lead Sheets files, so you can import your own lead sheets for singing exercises. For the information about the supported file type and how to use it, please refer to the following link:
We regularly update our app to add new functions, improve the usability, and fix problems. To learn more about additional functions, please refer to the following link:
Any comments, suggestions, inquiries, and bug reports, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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