June 19, 2014

How To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Karaoke Machine


iRig Voice

Disclosure: I received a complimentary iRig Voice Microphone.

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I’m a child of the ’70s and ’80s, so when I hear microphone I immediately think of the Mr. Microphone ads with the guy leaning out being all cool and suave trying to pick up girls. That ad today would be torn to shreds. Back then, though, it was memorable and made every kid want a Mr. Microphone.

Unlike the Mr. Microphone, the iRig Voice microphone is actually a real mic. It connects to most smartphones, comes in 5 fun colors, and delivers professional quality sound. I got the pinkish-orange one and I’ll be heading to the craft store to get plenty of gems to glamify it! I may be in my 40s, but I’m channeling my inner rock star!

I’ve never been one to go out and do karaoke. But I love singing along to music. And so does BabyGirl. Although, she channels her inner Simon Cowell when it comes to my signing. And, yah, she’s called my singing “pitchy” a few times. But she’s never called me “dawg”, so there’s that!

Anyway, back at So You Think You Can Sing – Home Edition I’m loving this microphone and the EZ Voice app (available for iOS and Android). I just upload my favorite songs and the app removes the original vocals so I can sing along. The iRig Voice operates through the headphone jack on the smartphone and you can even connect headphones so you can hear yourself singing. Although, why limit your signing to just you?

Let’s talk features:

  • Handheld vocal microphone delivers professional sound quality
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, newer Mac models and Android devices
  • Compact cardioid pattern minimizes feedback
  • Constructed of durable, lightweight thermoplastic
  • Available in 5 colors: Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink and White
  • Comes with EZ Voice app
  • Works with dozens of karaoke, sing-along and music making apps
  • Headphone jack for real-time monitoring
  • Convenient on/off switch located on the mic

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While this is a pro-style microphone its main goal is to let you have fun. The instruction manual is minimal, but you don’t really need it (and, really, when was the last time you read the manual for your electronics). Even if you don’t upgrade to the paid version of EZ Voice you’ve got several professional effects you can use. I’ll spare you my recording of me singing Madonna’s Lucky Star. Just imagine it being awesome!

At $39.99, you’ll find the iRig Voice from IK MultiMedia is at many popular big-box stores you normally shop at as well as a number of online stores. If you’re looking for something smaller that will enhance smartphone videos you take then consider the “must have” iRig Mic Cast.

External Microphone

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. This article was not reviewed or edited by a third-party. All thoughts and opinions are mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.



Kate @ Songs Kate Sang June 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Oh my goodness – my kids would LOVE this! Thank you for the cute idea!

Sara June 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Kate, it’s a lot of fun. And the colorful microphone seems to be a magnet for kids to get up and sing.

Shifra June 24, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Great idea! So fun!

Sara June 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Shifra, it’s a lot of fun. I wasn’t sure at first but it’s a great indoor activity and gets everyone together.

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