Microsoft Songsmith released, funny marketing vid included

Microsoft quietly released Songsmith at CES. With all the Windows 7 madness here at Neowin we missed this one.

Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer's voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC's microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.

The technology isn't new and Microsoft has been working on this for some time, originally it was named MySong. The product is available here now for free trial, the full version costs $29.95.

Songsmith does not install correctly on Windows 7 by default but blogger Rafael Rivera has posted instructions on how to bypass this.

Unfortunately the marketing for Songsmith is pretty lame but absolutely hilarious, check our the video below for a giggle or two (thanks Rob for the link).

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This has to be one of the most cheesiest ads I've ever seen! I couldn't help but laugh at it. Especially at the fact that they're using an Apple laptop.

Why do people care that the commercial uses a Mac? If this was a Dell commercial, then there would be more reason to point that out. Microsoft makes software for the computer, not the computer itself, so they really shouldn't care what model computer they're using, as long as it's running Microsoft products. When people put Windows on a Mac, Microsoft still gets money.

Well said.

In my opinion, it's one product that affects people viscerally in more ways than just the UI on the screen and the software design, which is quite a rare thing for Microsoft. Kind of shows Microsoft is a "playful" company. The product also has potential to be able to sell itself once presented to the public. Hence, to sell better, it should have been given more publicity at CES, if it wasn't.

You people have no sense of humor. The ad's SUPPOSED to be hilariously light and campy -- and it succeeds with infinite grace!

If I had a lot of time to waste, the possibilities with this software would be endless... to create a lame music tune with really naughty lyrics!!

I wake up horny in the morning
And I see a tent on top of my legs
What caused this, I'm wondering
Let me touch it, my girlfriend begs
She moves her hand towards the tent shaped like a cone
And touches the muscle that turns into a bone

And on and on...

That reminds me of the songs that "Whose line is it anyway" used to produce. That chick that played the piano would be sacked thanks to this nowadays (jk)

This isn't meant to be used to make profesional music, it's for average users to mess with and post their songs up. It's like karaoke+ with the ability to check your voice and help you out a bit, plus post your stuff online.

For the target group I think they've done a fine job over at MSR.

GP007 said,
This isn't meant to be used to make profesional music

Neither is Garageband, but that's not my point. My point is that time and effort has been put into what is, in effect, a toy application when their "opposition" is producing useful tools.

hahaha, that's th emost ridiculous software I've ever seen.

At least we're slowly approaching the time where we can stand on the desk at school and start singing, music will appear, everyone will start doing a choreographed dance and they'll perform backing vocals.

Can't wait (y)

traxor said,
hahaha, that's th emost ridiculous software I've ever seen.

At least we're slowly approaching the time where we can stand on the desk at school and start singing, music will appear, everyone will start doing a choreographed dance and they'll perform backing vocals.

Can't wait (y)


a la High School Musical?

It wont install under Win7 it asks you to install KB938660 first, it even downloads that patch and puts it on the desktop for you, but when you try to install it 7 says that patch is not intended for your computer I guess I'll try it later on XP. the program looks like fun in the screenshots and video though.

The funniest part is all the stickers covering up the Apple logo. :D

(that is -- if they just used one sticker, it would've been too obvious, so they had to opt for redundancy -- and still fail .. you can even see the MagSafe connector on it, not to mention that it's made of aluminum and no cheap plastic)

Jugalator said,
The funniest part is all the stickers covering up the Apple logo. :D

(that is -- if they just used one sticker, it would've been too obvious, so they had to opt for redundancy -- and still fail .. you can even see the MagSafe connector on it, not to mention that it's made of aluminum and no cheap plastic)

Yes, that's quite a misstep.

Makes you wonder just who is in charge of all this (failed) marketing.

LTD said,
Makes you wonder just who is in charge of all this marketing.

Unlike Apple Microsoft dont really give a toss about using competitors products in their ads, theyve used macs in quite a few ads.

It's still kind of funny and regardless it doesn't matter if the laptop can run windows or not for years they've used Macs in commercials for PC Software and Microsoft has had Macs in there software ads before. They just use it because of the way it looks

Rob said,
If he is, it wouldn't be an issue in the slightest given that you can run Windows on a Mac.

Why would they promote apple though?

Rob said,
If he is, it wouldn't be an issue in the slightest given that you can run Windows on a Mac.

If it wouldn't be a problem, they wouldn't cover up the logo.

someguy123 said,
Why would they promote apple though?

Because if mac users buy windows they get paid anyway lol
Then if they user buys windows software it helps them further and still makes windows the o/s of choice, just apple does nice hardware ;0) (smell the LTD bait)