Vir­tual voice coach tracks your singing abil­i­ties

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

Sum­mer is the per­fect time to try some­thing new, and Vanido is an app that aims to teach you to sing. Once you sign up, the app will ask you to sing as low and high as you can to get a feel for your range, then put you through a se­ries of vo­cal ex­er­cises.

As you sing, the app reads your pitch and com­pares what you’re singing to the notes in the ex­er­cise. You can see if you’re con­sis­tently high or low, as well as where your voice wob­bles the most. Daily re­minders keep your ex­er­cises com­ing steadily. And the more you prac­tice, the more ex­er­cises you can un­lock.

You’ll need head­phones to use Vanido, and it re­quires you to sing aloud, so it’s prob­a­bly not great for try­ing out in pub­lic places. Also, a free app is never go­ing to re­place a paid voice teacher. But if you want a tool for tun­ing your voice — or to get a vi­su­al­iza­tion of just how tone-deaf you re­ally are — Vanido is a well-de­signed one.

Free, for iOS.

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