Typical pitch variation

Question: Can anyone provide me with some info on how much variation around a particular note is considered “normal”?

The wave displays as being centered on the note that I’m attempting to sing (so that’s good), but the peaks and valleys stray from that line more than I would have predicted (edging on being both flat and sharp). I’m wondering if this is typical.
Thanks guys

BJ

Windows 10 requires MIDI Synth

Update – we now have a new version of Sing & See that doesn’t have the MIDI opening problem on Windows 10. On the Sing&See menu go to “Help” and then “Check for updates” to download the updated version for your system.

The following instructions may be of interest to people who want to experiment with getting better quality piano sounds from their computer!

Yes there is was a problem with MIDI on Windows 10 that we haven’t quite sorted out.  In the meantime, the solution is to install an alternative MIDI synthesizer (it seems that Microsoft has made some changes to their MIDI synth that mean it has stopped working under the old conditions).  The following seems to work:

Download VirtualMIDISynth from http://coolsoft.altervista.org/en/virtualmidisynth

On the webpage http://www.synthfont.com/soundfonts.html there are some “SoundFonts” that contain the actual MIDI synth sounds for each key. Any of these should work, however  I used FluidR3 GM (link).

The sound fonts are compressed with a special compression (sfArk) and you need to download a program to uncompress them before they can be used. The easiest is the sfArk tool which can be downloaded from the page above or directly at this link. After installing and running the sfArk program you can uncompress the sfArk file you downloaded above.

In the sfArk program, click on open and select the FluidR3_GM.sfArk sound bank from your Downloads folder. Then click on Start to decompress it:

sfArk-decompress

 

You might want to copy the extracted sound font file (FluidR3_GM.SF2) to somewhere safer than the Downloads folder.

Then, install virtualmidisynth and run the Coolsoft VirtualMIDISynth Configurator program.  You need to add a sound font file, so select the one you just saved above:

virtualmidisynth-configure

 

Hopefully, Sing&See will now play notes!

 

S&S Pro

After using S&S student successfully for some time, I’ve recently upgraded to Pro – with the spectrograms – to help me further with vocal development (I am that dreaded beast – an amateur dramatic tenor). I’ve been needing help with getting reliable singers’ formants, and also with getting a purer tone, free of “rough edges”. These become very clear with the spectrograms. If you heven’t seen these – there’s a sliding “Fourier” trace, clearly showing the harmonic zones, and also a plain frequency/ amplitude display, to show you which harmonics are present. 

With the Fourier trace, many of the things that teachers tell you become crystal clear: drop your soft palate, and bang go the formants; do careless consonants, and you can see the pitch-slide at the start of the vowel, if you have any “gurgle” in the note, it shows as a fuzzy outline on the trace (and irregularity on the amplitude display) – and lots more. 

This sort of feedback is a very efficient learning aid – far better that just recording a few notes and playing them back. You can “see” immediately what your voice is sounding like, and correct it almost in the same breath.

I don’t necessarily think that it’s a complete substitute for your (good) teacher’s feedback of how you are sounding, but just at home in my own studio, I think it’s a “secret weapon”. Absolutely bravo – this is splendid software.

Incidentally – I run it on a desktop machine with a second monitor set up at my standing eye-level, so I can sing straight at it without crouching over a screen – this makes it much more “real”

By: Don Taylor

Problem updating to Yosemite

Problem

>> I just installed Yosemite OS X on my Macbook Pro and can’t open Sing and See.

Answer

When upgrading to Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) it is necessary to reinstall XQuartz. Download the latest installer from http://xquartz.macosforge.org and install. You may need to log out and log in again.

 

Reinstalling Sing&See

Question

I upgraded my computer and need to reinstall Sing and See. As I was trying to activate I received a message that I have already activated it.

Please help.

Kristen

Answer

The Sing&See registration system tracks when the software is installed. Upgrading your computer may mean that the system determines that the software is running on another computer. Currently the registration system allows the software to be re-installed twice before it gives a message that it has already been installed on too many machines.  Please contact us to re-enable your registration code so that you can get it on your new computer.

Two mice

I use S&S on a secondary monitor, set up at some distance from my main desktop. To save going back to the desktop every time I want to play a note or alter things on the S&S screen, I just plugged in an extra USB mouse, and put it near the S&S screen. To my surprise, both mice control the same pointer, which makes life a lot easier!

By: Don Taylor

Noise reduction button no longer available

Question: Some years ago I bought a professional version of Sing and See which has proved very useful in my private voice teaching. Reading through the manual recently I noticed a reference to noise reduction using a ‘filter’ button. This button is nowhere on my toolbar. How do I access this button – since it’s in the manual I should be able to access it.

– Seamus

 Answer

The noise reduction function has been removed in recent updates to the software, because it wasn’t working properly on some people’s computers.

If you are having problems with audio, let us know and so that we can advise on how to improve.  Mostly, these can be solved by using a better quality input microphone – for instance a USB headset or vocal microphone.  Using the built-in microphone on a laptop is not recommended since it is likely to pick up vibration from the hard drive or fan.

Pasting in the registration code on the Mac version

Several people have reported issues with entering the registration code on the Mac version of Sing & See. The problem is that you can’t use “command+v” as the usual short-cut for Paste (this is a technical limitation of the Wine package that we used to produce the Mac version of Sing & See).

However, it is still possible to use copy and paste, even though you can’t use “command+v” for paste in the application. You can use “control+v”, which is the old Windows equivalent, and which does work in Sing & See (as an aside, most of the usual Windows short cuts work in the Wine version of Sing & See).

Alternatively, you can “right-click” with the mouse inside the entry box to get the paste popup menu (to do “right-click on a single-button mouse, you control+click, or on a multi-touch trackpad you can tap with two fingers or in the bottom corner depending on your trackpad configuration).

Using Sing & See with Professional Audio Interface (ASIO)

A few people have reported trouble getting Sing & See working with their professional-grade audio interfaces. Generally these require some configuration options to enable Sing & See to connect. The underlying issue with all these products is that they don’t use the standard “Windows” audio system but a specialized audio standard that is specialized for real-time audio production – “ASIO”.

Almost always, these audio systems have options that can be configured to route audio to the “WDM” standard Windows audio system. The trick is to figure out the specific steps you need to take for your particular device in order to enable this, and then to tell it to route your microphone through to the WDM audio channel. Please check your installation manual for your hardware device, or the support pages on the vendor’s website. They usually provide driver updates for download. Most professional audio interfaces have these “WDM” drivers either as an additional install or as an option that can be selected.

Following are some suggestions for a few of these audio devices.
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Can I restore Sing & See after reformatting my computer?

Greetings! I purchased your software on 08/06/11 And loved it. I recently formated my machine and no longer have it, where or how can I download it again? Thanks in advance.

Jesus