Singtrix, the next generation of karaoke machines?


The makers of Guitar Hero, Singtrix have announced a new all-in-one Karaoke system that promises to make bad singers sound good and good singers sound great. So does it deliver on its promise? Retailing at £299 for the party bundle pack, you get a vocal processor module, a 40-watt floor speaker, a mic stand, microphone, all the necessary cables and a smartphone tray. But if you manage to snag the limited edition bundle you’ll get a second microphone (for backing vocals), a tablet holder and additional pre-installed voice effects.

Where Singtrix stands out from the Karaoke crowd is the inclusion of vocal processing module. This magic box basically gives you your own in-house *producer of sorts who can add professional-sounding effects to your singing at the touch of button. *(note; you don’t actually get a producer!) As well as dozens of professional effects such as reverb, delay and hard tune, Singtrix also lets you add up to four harmony voices (backing singers) to your favourite song with Singtrix Live Harmony.

Singtrix works with any device with YouTube access and a headphone jack. There is, though, an optional app that boasts an additional 13,000 songs. With a monthly fee levied on top if you want to stream or download the songs. During their review, Wired spent a great deal of time messing around with myriad of comedy-sounding effects and stated it brought their weekly band practice “to a hilarious standstill.” But once they got past the need to sing in Daft Punk robot voices they did begin to use the effects to actually enhance their singing: “It took 90 minutes of screwing around before we started using it in earnest to enhance the backing vocals of songs.”

Overall, Engadget felt that Singtrix delivers on its promise of making bad singers sound good and good singers sound great: “Singtrix makes good on its promise to improve bad singing. It’s a digital security blanket for those of us not blessed with golden pipes.” So much so that their review noted: “I’d personally be far more inclined to sing in public with the Singtrix on hand than without.” But they felt that price point was a little too steep for your average karaoke enthusiast – who usually rolls up to a karaoke bar once a year, blind drunk ready to sing Celine Dion ‘I Will Always Love You’:

At $300, though, you’d likely need to be more than just a casual karaoke fan to justify the cost […] while other pricing tiers haven’t been announced yet, offering the effects processor as a standalone product seems like a no-brainer, enabling those with existing karaoke rigs to incorporate the module into their setups.

Wired also agreed that why it did succeed in making bad singers better they also weren’t too enamored with the asking price: “At $300, the kit is meant for someone who really, really likes karaoke.” Overall, Singtrix is a welcomed addition to the Karaoke market, and because it’s an all-in-one solution you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you have everything you’ll ever need for an entertaining karaoke party for years to come.

The Singtrix bundle includes the Singtrix ‘Studio’ vocal effects unit, custom microphone, professional mic stand and 40-watt, 2.1 Stereo Speaker System, and is available to purchase via for £299.

Paperback rocker: Paper Jamz guitars and drums

Always wanted to be in a band but had nowhere to store your chunky guitar or gargantuan drum-kit? Well now you can strum away to your heart’s content – or beat away, if drumming is your thing – on paper-thin electronic instruments.

Okay, maybe they’re not quite authentic enough to actually start a band with, but they’re more than suited to a quick play around in your house when your partner’s not around.


WowWee have released their range of Paper Jamz guitars – as well as drums and guitar amplifiers – that promise musical inspiration at the flick of a wrist. The main draw are the guitars, retailing at £24.99, which make authentic guitar noise when strummed. There’s a whole host of functions here, letting you freestyle and also play along with three pre-loaded rock anthems, including the likes of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’.

These things are tiny – as little as 3mm in bulk – but are shaped just like the real thing, letting you play on a Gibson Flying V or a Fender Strat without having to shell out hundreds of pounds.

But not only can you axe-grind, you can also tub thump. Also priced at £24.99, the Paper Jamz drum-kit is a ten-piece percussive playground that also lets you play along to tracks or solo like Animal. It’s perfect for rocking out on the kitchen table, but its status as a glorified iPhone app shouldn’t be underestimated.

It, of course, is nothing like playing the real thing, so you can only imagine the shelf-life of these lightweight instruments are rather limited. It lacks the challenge and longevity of games-based miniature-guitars like Rock Band and Guitar Hero, so, whilst being a perfect for a quick Sunday afternoon jam, this Paper Jamz range of electronic instruments will probably be left to gather dust. Perhaps investing in the real thing is the best idea.