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  • My Smule Setups

    I discovered Smule in 2016, but it was just a passing interest. I had never really sang much other than in the car, in the shower, and maybe if we were at a bar that had a karaoke machine. But I loved to sing.

    In 2017, I got my Samsung Note 8, which came with AKG tuned headphones. This was my first real improvement in recording quality, and it is also when I got interested in singing on Smule:

    Smule Summer 2017 AKG Headphones

    I got a chance in 2017 to sing in the choir and church and  started to put my first effort into putting together an actual “setup” for Smule recording. I had never really sang with a microphone, etc. so this was all pretty new to me. Since I already had some camera and video recording gear, I found that my biggest challenge was that I needed to be able to hear BOTH the music AND my own voice WITH NO DELAYS!

    So I came up with something that worked for me for a short while:

    Smule Fall 2017 Setup

    However, I quickly grew tired of not being able to listen and review the songs in stereo without having to change cabling around, mess with levels, etc. I also found that my best time for singing was late at night, and I didn’t want to keep my family awake with my late night singing.

    So I worked on a DIY studio / vocal booth setup in my basement underneath our stairs:

    Smule Summer 2018 Studio v1

    Recently, I decided that I would really like to have a similar level of quality for monitoring while singing, but I would like to be able to take it with me to perform recordings in different locations.

    So I have come up with this setup that I am currently implementing along-side my studio setup:

    Smule Fall 2018 Portable

    I’m also working on plans for a Studio v2.0 to include a nice scissor boom for my mic, acoustic treatment for the room, and possibly a large TV screen that I screen mirror the tablet to for easier viewing and while in the studio. Stay tuned for more improvements.

    If you have any questions about my gear or setup, leave a comment below!

    Harold “Hop” Ballinger aka “SparkleCityHop”

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  1. Amen! Abundant blessings on you and your family as you follow Him and His presence!

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