The best karaoke apps for connecting with friends
Christine Ottoni • April 23, 2020if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
Deny it all you want. We know you secretly love a good karaoke session. The worse the singer, the better the time of course. When you can’t go out for a night of questionable hit song renditions, fear not; there are a number of options you can use right at home. Some of the best karaoke apps even let you connect with friends and singers around the world.
The apps below offer features to make at-home karaoke a lot more fun than just singing along to a YouTube track. These karaoke apps have free and paid versions, so try a few out and see what interface and experience you prefer.
Karaoke Sing & Record by Yokee
Yokee’s app integrates with YouTube, scouring the massive streaming catalog for the best and hottest karaoke around.
To get started with Yokee, just grab the free app in Apple App Store or Google Play, log in and select the type of music you like to sing. Yokee builds your songbook according to your preferences and matches you to your first song right away. Then browse the songbook by genre or search for a specific track. You can add audio effects like echo and reverb, re-record yourself and listen to your friends’ performances.
As Yokee integrates with YouTube, it gives users the most in terms of free music access. You can share or save your performance on Yokee and navigate through a feed of other performers. If you’re looking for inspiration, the Rising Stars stream showcases popular users doing impressive renditions of karaoke classics and top 40 hits.
With the VIP version, you get unlimited access to VIP songs, unlimited saves, shares and listens to your performances. It’s totally ad-free and you can access your Yokee account from multiple devices.
With StarMaker Karaoke, you can sing with others, record your performances and share your best tracks right from your phone. It’s a great app if you want to get involved in an entire community of karaoke fans, and is set up to showcase talented singers and popular users with its highly social interface.
You can download the free version of StarMaker on Apple App Store or Google Play. Once you log in, you can search for a song and sing it solo or set up a collaboration. You can also contribute to a collaboration another user has already created. The app gives you singing tips and vocal guidance along the way. There are audio effects as well as video filters, and you can edit recordings with pitch correction.
StarMaker has a pretty impressive music selection on the free version and is regularly updated with hits. The more you sing, the more the app learns what you like and can recommend songs based on your taste.
With a paid subscription you get unlimited access to new weekly releases and a premium song catalog. A one-week subscription is $2.99, a one-month subscription is $6.99 and a six-month subscription is $27.99.
Sing! Karaoke by Smule
Like StarMaker, Sing! Karaoke by Smule builds off of a highly social karaoke experience.
Grab the free version on the Apple App Store or Google Play, open it up and log in with your phone number. You start by selecting the genres you like and Smule gives you one welcome gift song based on your choices.
After that, any solo singing is restricted to all access users. Usually you’d expect the opposite, but this really underscores the social nature of the app. The free version of the app is great if you’re looking to connect and sing with friends. If you want to expand your circle beyond your friends, you can browse and discover popular users and recordings. Sing! also offers audio effects, voice enhancements and filters.
With paid unlimited access, users can sing over 500,000 songs solo, including VIP songs and weekly new releases. Sing! is on the pricier side of things, with memberships starting at $10.49 for a week, $26.49 for a month and $129.99 for a year.
Voloco isn’t a karaoke app; rather, it’s a self-described “real-time voice-processing app that combines automatic tuning, harmony, and vocoding.”
With Voloco, you just upload a song or instrumental track from your music library. Voloco guesses the key the song is in and pitches your voice accordingly. With numerous audio effects and automated harmonies, the point of this app is to create recordings way beyond your actual abilities and floss like a (fake) boss on social media. You don’t even need to understand the effects. You can just use presets with hilariously shameless names of the artists they rip off like “Bon Hiver,” “P-Tain” and “Duft Pank.” You can download Voloco on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
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