Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Appy-Picking Month: iLift

I almost didn't make it to Appy-Picking today, so here's a quickie.  Busy week.

You might be surprised to hear that I did one of my clinical placements at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Voice and Speech Lab; that specialty is so far from what I do now. It was a very interesting place, though, and I loved my work there.  MEEI is renowned not only for vocal pathology treatment in general but also for therapy for professional voice clients for nodules, hyperfunction, vocal abuse, etc.

You might be less surprised to hear that I like to sing karaoke quite a bit. I can also be seen quite often driving about town and singing songs in my car.  I know. Breath support. But it relieves stress. Anyway.

So this one may be of interest to the singers (karaoke or not) and voice peeps:

iLift ($2.99) is a pretty cool app; it can import any song contained in your Music library (or in Mail) on your device and let you manipulate it in various ways, including key change. Often a song that is out of reach (too low or high) for a singer, or strained and abusive, can be brought into range by a key change of one or two semitones or half-steps, and iLift lets you do this.  Once imported, the song stays in the app's library and you can play it in key or modified. Check it out or share with your voice-inclined pals!

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