Helping a rank amateur

I’m 72 and took up singing by joining a local Barbershop Chorus a little over a year ago with no experience or training.  (Something to do in retirement!) Being a long time techie guy, I loaded myself down with all the appropriate tech tools I could find in despartion.  Sing & See was one of those.  Progress has been slow, but they haven’t kicked me out yet, so I guess that means something.  Anyway, I have found that Sing & See is the program I use most frequently – usually in conjuction with other programs.  It’s the only one I have found that is able to record my efforts visually with any degree of usefulness. It has helped me to at least be acceptible.  Pavarotti need not rise from the grave to defend his status, but Tiny Tim definity would. While there are some improvements I would like to see, it is worth the $. I know it seems relatively expensive, but I’m of the old school – you get what you pay for. I have no complaints on that score (pun intended).
By: Bill Nott

Sing&See Makes a Huge Difference

Starting with the original beta version years ago, I have used Sing & See virtually every day during teaching sessions. Sing & See is an integral and vital part of my teaching process. Feedback from singers of all ages, levels and genres has been consistently positive. I also use Sing & See as part of introductory sessions with prospective students in order to target areas for improvement and goal setting. The visual feedback is quickly understood, and is invaluable in demonstrating areas of strength, which builds confidence in beginning singers. Prospective students are impressed with a high tech approach to vocal improvement which contrasts to endless “drill and kill” training they may have known. It has been years since an introductory session has not resulted in student enrollment. Several students have purchased Sing & See to work on intonation and onset issues (beginners) or resonance and vibrato (advanced). I highly recommend Sing & See.

—Patrick Cunningham, Arizona Music Project, Chandler, Arizona, USA
By: Patrick Cunningham

Técnica vocal com so SING&SEE

Meu nome é Rodinei A. Galvao, sou brasileiro nascido em Bom Repouso no estado de Minas Gerais. Começei a aprender o canto com um maestro e agora estou estudando violão e teclado. O SING&SEE me ajuda muito a definir os tons corretos no canto pois nas aulas de violão utiizamos  o canto como auxilio para aprender a correta troca de acordes no violão e o Software me auxilia a colocar a voz no tom correto da música. As músicas principais são as serteneja e MPB.

Recomendo a todos a utilização do software para melhoria e conhecimento do seu tom vocal.


Rodinei Aparecido Galvao – Brasileiro, estudande de Matemática e Filosofia e amante da música ( Canto, violão e Teclado )


[An Indian flute player] Quite an interesting product

I am a classical bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) player from India. I had bought this product couple of years ago after much thought and interaction with William and have been quite happy with its performance. It helps me at least know about the modulation level in my flute and sometimes I also use it for training my vocal cords. I am quite happy to use it and hope the continuous product improvement will increase ones ability to learn music in a much better way. I think it can have applications in speech therapy, leadership training (as voice is an important factor for leaders, watch The King’s Speech). It could help people who have stammering problem and are afraid to speak on the stage. I wish William a great luck and best wishes from the land of The Buddha! I will pray for his success.

Siddhartha Priya, Alumnus – IIT Kharagpur (B. Tech.), IIM Ahmedabad (MBA), ESSEC (France), Solvay (Belgium)

By: Siddhartha Priya

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

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

Every flaw stands out –

Sing and See is great! You can SEE and hear every flaw, The beauty is that you can see everything and you have a means of feedback so you can correct what you hear. Example, If I let too much air go, I can see it, as the wavering around the note begins, same with supporting notes in the higher register.  I can then add additional breath support or correct as necesssary.  Fortunatley I don’t have a problem staying on key. You can also see any glotal shock – and through feedback, soften accordingly.  Everything you do – right or wrong stands out to be analyzed and corrected. I love it!  Its like bringing your singing coach home with you Laughing



By: Cindy Klenk

Cross instrument success at the Elder Conservatorium

I used to use Sing and See sporadically in the teaching of Mixed Belt to both Classical students and the Jazz students in workshops. The spectrogram shows clearly the shift of energy to the upper partials in Mixed Belt. It has also been very useful in language classes when working with vowels.

Recently I have been been using the pitch trace frequently during one to one voice lessons.

The biggest recent success has been an Honours Flute player who was not reaching the desired standard because of out of tune playing. I suggested she do her Minor Recital in Voice. I have used the pitch trace extensively with this girl, training her to hear the notes BEFORE she goes near the onset. This has been very successful with her singing, but most exciting was that she has just won the local Flute Eisteddfod against very good competition.

I have set up a practice room with the program for the singers, but it is also beeing used extensively by the string players who want to see where their vibrato is actually sitting.

Patrick Power,Elder Conservatorium of Music.Adelaide

By: Patrick Power O.N.Z.M.

Feritta – Professional recording artist

Hi Everyone

My name is a Feritta. I’m a professional recording artist and two time winner of Best Female Solo Artist Australia in the International Music Aid Awards.

Sing&See has been a very helpful tool in assisting my vocal technique and development.

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Rick – Amateur singer

Having been involved in music since a youth, singing in many choirs, I found that neglect and misuse can have a major effect on my vocal skills. So it was with me.

Sure, I have sung in church choirs, but that was about it for the past 20 or so years. I recently accepted a job in Utah and one of the first things that a friend jokingly told me was that I should audition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I accepted their challenge and started the process. For those unfamiliar with the process, basically it is in 3 parts: you send in a CD with you singing a hymn and some vocalises. Next part if you make the first is to take a 3 hour written and auditory musical skills exam. And if you do well, the final phase is a face to face audition with the conductor, associate conductor and a few other folks. Where you sing a hymn and sight read in front of them!

I made it all the way to the third phase where I failed miserably. After that experience, I vowed to improve myself. I am now taking voice lessons (at age 52 by the way), and found the Sing and See software. How I wished I found this earlier.

Using the software and playing back, both visually and hearing myself, I found areas that I can improve. I love how the spectrograph shows you your voice and the areas that you need to work on.

I am more confident that the next round of auditions, I will be improved in those weak areas where I was not really aware until I purchased Sing and See.

Thanks for a great product!

By: Rick Graham