The SingSong trial allows you to play a handful of songs. With the full version of SingSong you can karaoke with any song you like. This page details how to organize your song, note, and artwork files to work with SingSong.
For each song you want to play in SingSong, you need the song file (MP3, M4A, etc) and a corresponding "note file". SingSong comes with note files for hundreds of popular karaoke songs
. Before you can play, these note files need to be matched to the appropriate song files in your music library. SingSong provides two tools for doing this: the Quickstart Wizard and the Song Organizer.
When you run SingSong for the first time, the Quickstart Wizard will appear:
Click Next to get started. You will be prompted to enter the location of your music library:
Choose your music library folder and click Next. SingSong will then scan all your song files and display the results:
Look through the results and make sure each song file was recognized as the correct artist and song name. If you find song files that were recognized incorrectly, select them and click Remove. Click Next when you are done:
SingSong is now ready to be played! You can always run the Quickstart Wizard again if needed.
Your music does not need to be named exactly like in the picture above. SingSong can almost always recognize your song files properly, even if they have misspellings!
If SingSong was unable to recognize any of your song files, then you may not have any song files that match the note files that come with SingSong. Look through the note files in the "notes" folder and if you are sure you have corresponding song files, use the Song Organizer to manually associate the song files with note files.
The Quickstart Wizard is an easy way to quickly match all your song files to note files. However, if you want more control over the process, you can use the Song Organizer. The tool looks like this: (though yours may already have some song and note files listed)
Click the File menu, then click on Set Folders, and you will be presented with this dialog:
Here you can specify where SingSong will look for your song, note, and artwork files. Once you specify these folders, the Song Organizer will display the song and note files found:
On the Song Files tab you can choose a song file on the left and see the note files that are linked to it. SingSong also provides suggestions for note files that you might want to consider linking to the song. The checkboxes provided allow you to filter the lists, allowing you to more easily navigate so many files.
The Note Files tab is very similar to the Songs tab, except here you can choose a note file on the left and see the song files that are linked to it. Both tabs provide the same functionality (linking song files and note files).
The last interesting parts of the Song Organizer are on the Edit menu:
The Clear All Links menu item simply deletes all links between song and note files.
The Auto Link menu item is very powerful. It automatically links each song file with the top suggested note file. This is the same as using the Quickstart Wizard, except you are not given a chance to review that each song file was recognized correctly. After using Auto Link, it is a good idea to check the "Hide unlinked song files" box, then go through each linked song and verfiy it is linked to the correct note file.
Song File Formats
SingSong recognizes the following digital music formats:
If you have QuickTime installed (all Macs do), SingSong will recognize the following additional formats:
| QuickTime Music Formats|| ||File Extension |
|MPEG-4 Audio||m4a, m4p, m4b|
|Advanced Audio Coding||aac|
SingSong can optionally display any artwork you like on the song menu and during play. To do this, create a subfolder in the "art" folder using this naming convention:
Artist - Song Name
- Artist is the name of the artist.
- Song Name is the name of the song.
Any JPEG or PNG image files found in this folder will be displayed for the corresponding song.
Normally when SingSong goes to display an image for a song in the game, an image will be randomly chosen from all images found in the corresponding folder. However, if an image file name ends with "cover" (excluding the extension) then this image will always be used for the song menu. If an image file name ends with "bg" then this image will always be used during play.
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