The selfie mic is a microphone built into a selfie stick with a wire attachment that enables users to sing and record songs. It converts the typical selfie stick handle into a microphone for singing, while the video functions on a standard smartphone record you singing ( and possibly dancing ) along. Users get to pick one of the many songs contained in the selfie mic Star Maker app music library, a list which gets bigger the more points you earn singing.
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- Sing Along
With this product you can sing, record, and then share content using the selfie mic.
- Popular Pop Songs
Users can find their favorite songs from top pop artists and sing along.
- Attaches to Smartphone
Consumers attach a smart phone to the end of the selfic mic stick and can start recording.
- Special Effects
When the song is recorded, users can add special effects like studio filters or auto tune in order to customize the work they have made.
- Share Online
After a song has been perfected, it can be shared online so everyone can enjoy.
- Extra Gifts
When you purchase the Selfie Mic, you get the selfie stick which works as a karaoke microphone, in addition to a corresponding ear piece, and access to the music app. The app is free with purchase of the selfie stick device. This stick itself has the same smartphone holder that nearly all selfie sticks have but the handle on the product doubles as the microphone used to pick up your singing. At the opposite end, where your phone goes, there is a wire which you plug into your phone in order to record the sound from the microphone. Located at the end of the microphone you will find an ear piece which lets you hear the music being played.
- Perfect for Parties
This is a wonderful tool for kids parties. With so much variety, kids of all ages can have a rock star themed party. During this party all kids dress up as singers and record group music videos singing and dancing to some of their favorite kid-friendly songs.
- Potentially Lots of Songs
With so many songs available, chances are there will be a song out there for every taste and preference.
There is a warranty on each purchase, with a thirty day money back guarantee. What’s more, you get free shipping when you order from their website.
- No Batteries
The device requires no batteries, only the battery in your phone.
- Smartphone Required
Consumers need a smartphone to use this. So children who just enjoy karaoke and don’t yet have a smartphone won’t be able to take advantage of this software. On the same note, it also encourages less tactile learning or singing, and encourages kids to stare into a screen rather than get out and sing with a choir or other group.
- Can't Add Songs
Kids cannot pick their own songs if they are not part of the list. While the company claims that there are over one thousand songs, they do not release a song list. This means parents cannot vet the songs which are on the list and kids cannot figure out ahead of time if the songs or genres the enjoy will be included. There is no option ( presumably, yet ) to add songs from a phone or playlist or to buy more songs to add to the music library.
- Needs Internet
The app used to get the songs requires an internet connection so if there is no internet, then it cannot be used. This is rather limiting for kids who might want to randomly record at home, outside, in their room, or at school. Unlike some apps which can just be downloaded the once, you have to download the app. Then each time you want to use the tool you have to visit the website and browse online to find songs.
How to Use (Step by Step)
Download the app and log in. You have to log into the Star Maker app. Visit the site to find songs. Pick the song you want to sing along to, out of the songs which are available to you at that time.
- Set up
Then put the phone in the selfie stick device, plug in the wire, and put in your ear piece. Sing along and record a video. Selfie Mic works as a selfie stick that also has a built in karaoke style microphone for recording. This mic picks up sound better than the audio functions on a phone, when held at the distance of a normal selfie stick.
Share that video online with friends.
There are no other exact alternatives, but one meant more for those who record YouTube videos regularly is called SoloCam. It is a bit pricier because it is meant more for amateur recordings, not for children’s play time.
The Star Maker App
The StarMaker app is separate from the physical selfie mic device, but it is highly integrated with it. It is important to understand that if the phone you are using is low on storage, you won’t be able to download and use this app until you clear space. What’s more, you cannot record videos unless you have the storage space to hold each video too. Said app itself has a nice tutorial to help you out, and this tutorial explains that the app works about the same way as Rock Band. Like rock band, as you earn more points if you hit the right notes. What’s more, this app is linked to its own form of social website where you can post the videos. You can see what videos other people have recorded. Additionally, you can verify how many people have watched / liked your video. This app can be linked back to a Facebook account with a certain number of points. These points, or tokens, are an important factor to consider too. While the app claims to have a library of thousands of songs, you cannot access all of them at once. In fact, you can only access those which require no tokens when you first sign up. You are, more or less, required to record and sing along to these songs before you can earn the points necessary to open additional levels, or additional songs. So really, the selfie mic and this corresponding app are great ways for kids to learn music. Also, it is a great way to express themselves in a creative fashion, and sing along to their favorite hits, but it will take a lot of effort and dedication to this one app. They might take months before they can record enough songs to earn the points they need for access to the remainder of the library. This is a bit misleading on behalf of the company. As such, users who just enjoy karaoke are much better off with another karaoke device that lets you add songs, or just singing along to a recording. If you really want to record yourself singing along, then this might be a fun way to pass the time.
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