Songs come in a proprietary format (no file sharing or conversion) that works only with the SoundTech Vocal Trainer Kit; they also come with the lyrics and digital "sheet music". The application provides a mixing board you can use to adjust the volume of your vocals and accompanying tracks.

At the end of each song, you get a rating of 1 to 100, based mainly on the accuracy of your pitch throughout. Our first attempt earned a 34; by the third try we were up to a 69 - and that was just by following the colour-coded scale and pitch boxes on the score.

In fact, the biggest down side may just be getting hold of the The SoundTech Vocal Trainer Kit. It's available in the US only at Circuit City, for $90 (around £45). Considering that the LightSnake cable costs $50 when purchased separately, the kit is a bargain with its included microphone and well-designed software. At the time of writing, we couldn't find the Vocal Trainer Kit on the website of manufacturer SoundTech's UK-approved dealer, Fretlight Music (Smart Sound Direct). For now, you may have to buy in from the US, with all the hassle that entails.

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SoundTech Vocal Trainer Kit : Specs

  • Dynamic (Moving Coil) microphone
  • uni-directivity
  • 100-14,000Hz frequency response
  • 600O±30% impedance
  • -73dB±3dB sensitivity
  • XLR connector
  • 16 bit 48/44.1KHz LightSnake cable
  • THD + N (-3dBr): -76.1 dB
  • SNR: 83.1 dB
  • dynamic rnge: 81.6 dB
  • input impedance: 1M Ohms
  • 48KHz: 20 - 19.2KHz frequency response
  • 0 - 2.88 Vpp signal input range
  • signal boost gain: +20 Db
  • cble length: 10Ft / 3.05M
  • USB Bus Powered. SingingCoach System Requirements: Windows Me/2000/XP
  • Internet Explorer 5 or greater
  • 400MHz Pentium II processor (700MHz or faster Pentium III or AMD Athlon processor recommended)
  • 128MB RAM (256MB RAM recommended)
  • at least 200 MB free disk space
  • monitor resolution of 800 by 600 pixels
  • 16-bit colour
  • DirectX 9.0 or higher
  • CD ROM drive

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