Soulo Karaoke App for iPad Review
The Soulo Karaoke is a good, capable Karaoke iPad app. There may be a few questions on whether it’s ready for prime time, but one thing undeniable is that it is ready for family and partying fun.
It's been out since last October, and since the Super Bowl, it has been under strong promotion from Apple. There's a charming Facebook site where users have uploaded one-minute YouTube clips of unedited energy and fun, singing in Soulo karaoke-style.
An iPad review from the Seattlepi.com sees the app as a "novelty add-on for the iPad." If there's one good thing this novelty does, it brings people together for a good time. A few other clips make unabashed, living room or bedroom solo artists appear as engaging songbirds.
Soulo can use a wired or wireless microphone. The wireless microphone takes two double-A batteries. A wireless dongle hooks into the 30-pin connecter on the iPad 2. The wired microphone has a 10-foot cord that hooks into the headphone jack of the iPad or iPhone.
After downloading the free Soulo App from the Apple store, the app syncs with the microphone, and one's ready to belt out choruses of "The House of the Rising Sun." The more enterprising vocalists may want to do Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper or The Who songs, among the many choices from the Soulo store.
The app comes with 10 free songs. Additional songs with lyrics cost .99 cents. Songs can also be downloaded and used from an iPod library. Vocals can be somewhat muted, but there are no lyrics.
Recording a video of the performance is easy through the front-facing camera. Built into the Soulo are screen level adjustments that can be swiped for voice effects on reverb, tone or echo. There's a control for real-time pitch enhancement to adjust voice output to the right key.
For the novice karaoke singer, there is certainly good fun in the Soulo package. The well-practice karaoke singer may want to wait until Apple tweets a few things.
It’s difficult to hear oneself when singing through the wireless microphone and the sound is rather tinny. Many of the singers on the videos use iPod ear buds or other kinds1 of earphones. With the wired mike, it is best to use an external speaker.
Hooking up a TV cable to the wireless dongle on the iPod becomes a chore while using the iPod camera to capture or record video: The dongle easily falls out. Apple will probably correct this problem and, as well, improve the quality of the microphones.