arrow FAQ for system users

  • What is SonicJam?
  • How do I use the online service?
  • How does the scoring system work?
  • How are the songs cataloged?
  • What is the difference between the first two buttons?
  • What does the replay button do?
  • Now that I have created a version I like, where can I save it?
  • What are the advantages to using SonicJam versus other websites?
  • How does the search function work on YouTube?
  • How do the artists and publishers benefit from SonicJam?
  • How do the artists, publishers and regulators work with SonicJam?
  • How do I get more information?

What is SonicJam?

SonicJam is a technology company located in Cupertino, CA. SonicJam builds sound separation engines for the gaming and entertainment industries. Our technology enables various musical content to be separated from other content. This enables system users to get real time feedback on how well they sing like their favorite performers. Users will eventually be able to do this with instruments as well.

How do I use the online service?

It is pretty easy. Once you have made sure you are using the correct browser and have current versions of Flash and Java (both free) loaded on your PC, you enter your user ID and password. Now you can select any song and sing along.

How does the scoring system work?

The scoring system shows up when you stop a song or the song ends on it’s own. We compare your voice to that of the original artist, and show you how close you came to it. A perfect score is 100. A not-so-perfect score is something less than that.

How are songs cataloged?

Songs are listed by artist first, song title second. Eventually we will have a search enabled area where users can search on portions of artist name and/or portions of the song title.

What is the difference between the first two buttons?

The first button is meant to be used with headphones. The second button is meant to be used with your PC speakers. The second button utilizes a very cool technology to remove any original artist feedback from the speakers that get picked up by the microphone. So by all means, crank up the volume and rock out !!!

What does the replay button do?

The replay button allows system users to replay their own performance and see how they matched up versus the original artist. This gives you feedback on pitch, rhythm and quality (timbre). With time stamps along the top of the sound meter, you can determine very quickly where you are making errors and can correct them quickly.

Now that I have created a version I like, where can I save it?

Right now we allow users to save their creations to YouTube. Eventually we will add other websites for users to save their works to.

What are the advantages to using SonicJam versus other websites?

There are actually several: First, you get broad access to original artist material off of YouTube. Second, you get real time feedback, including timbre, which is a first. Third, you can review your work as many times as needed to make improvements. Fourth, when you do save one of your creations to YouTube, we digitally watermark and insert searchable tags on your work. That means people can find your work, know that you got a pretty good score, and it’s worth listening to. Oh, and one last point: the music industry has access to our registration database. If they find something they like on YouTube, and it was created with SonicJam, they can contact you directly (provided you are cool with that). Think of this process as the genesis for the music industries “online farm system”. It is a really powerful and effective way to get discovered.

How does the search function work on YouTube?

Great question. There are 4 search tags on each creation you upload: 1. SonicJam, 2. User ID, 3. Date stamp, 4. Performance score. Now, let’s say a music industry luminary does the following search on YouTube or even on Google: Search on “SonicJam” and performance score of “85”. What will show up are all the SonicJam created performances that achieved the score of 85. This is a remarkably powerful feature that puts a lot of content at the finger tips of the record industry. Only our premium partners (Universal, Warner, Sony, and EMI) have access to our registration database. We only work with the best.

How do the artists and publishers benefit from SonicJam?

Actually, in several ways. First, we pay royalties to our lyric partners (Gracenote and LyricFind). They, in turn, pay the publishers. Second, we display the ad wrappers from YouTube on our videos. This generates page views on YouTube, and thus the artists earn royalties. Third, our premium auto-musical notation and lyric sync service pays royalties directly to both artists and publishers. Fourth, we license our sound separation engine to gaming companies, who in turn generate royalties for both artists and publishers. As a company, we are totally committed to the artists and publishers getting compensated for their work. Otherwise, they will disappear……and so will we.

How do the artists, publishers and regulators work with SonicJam?

Let me start with the regulators. Long before we built SonicJam, we engaged with the RIAA, ASCAP, The Harry Fox Agency, CESEC, The SoundExchange, BMI and others. It was very important to all of us at SonicJam to make sure we weren’t breaking any laws. We also took the time to meet with the big 4 record labels to get them up to speed on what we were planning to build. We don’t like surprises, nor do our partners. We work with the labels to make sure we only include “white list” content on our site. Some artists don’t like users trying to emulate their works, so we simply exclude those people. We really put a lot of effort into partnering with the artists and publishers, especially given the history of bad behavior online over the past 10 years.

How do I get more information?

You can send a quick email to: info@sonicjam.com

Thanks for taking the time to check out our FAQ !!!