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Your lyrics shouldn’t be between shopping lists—and your songs sure as hell aren’t voice memos. Get organized with Hum.

Hello Kickstarter!

We're raising money to build an iPhone app for songwriters. It's called Hum. It organizes all your ideas, lyrics, melodies, and riffs, into one single, sortable place.

Hum is Lyrics, Recordings, and a Tuner all in one place.

Songwriting

Most musicians we’ve talked to have similar songwriting processes. We play a bit on the guitar or piano—whatever our instrument of choice is. We stumble across a riff or progression that we want to remember or build on. We open our iPhone to Voice Memos and record about a minute or two. If it’s really solid perhaps we’ll give it a name or share it with bandmates.

The problem is once ideas are in a voice memo, they’re often lost. You can’t sort them. They’re hard to revisit. Names are based on the date they were recorded. You have no idea what key they’re in or how your guitar was tuned.

Meanwhile, your lyrics are collected as Notes. They exist between shopping lists and to-do lists. If you want to record something you have to hop between these lyrics and Voice Memos. It's lame. Context is important.

Hum

Hum was born from the desire to have everything in its right place.

Hum is an audio recorder meets note-taking app. It organizes things by song. You can start with a recording first, or your lyrics. You can combine them or keep them separate.

Immediately after recording something you're prompted to give the song its key, tuning, and mood. You can assign a root note to the recording. You can also apply tuning and mood-based metadata.

With its built-in metronome and tuner, Hum keeps you in time and in tune.

Need a little pre-roll? Want to make sure that last chord rings out and fades away? Don't worry; Hum lets you trim the fat.

You can loop your recordings while writing lyrics. Sometimes you just have to hear that chord progression over and over again.

Production

After funding, we'll spend the following 2 months finishing development of the app. The design is 99% complete. Beta testers will get their codes about 3/4 the way through the development process. We'll be giving updates and blogging the whole process.

Rewards

Apart from the app, our amazing backers will get our patented Swag Bag. It comes with stickers and picks.

We've also got a badass heather gray t-shirt that has our logo on it. Beta users will get a special beta tee. It's SPECIAL.


You'll be able to choose between each one of these posters. Some let you have all three. Note that they don't come with the frames but they'll fit an Ikea Ribba perfectly.

And that's just the beginning. From custom designs by the Hum team to making your band the backbone of Hum's branding, we've got kickers of all shapes and sizes. Take a look at the pledge panel for more details.

Who's We?

  • Aaron Shekey used to make websites in Minneapolis for a small agency called Sevnthsin. He then founded and designed Edge Reflow while at Adobe. He writes and plays music with the Minneapolis-based band The Usual Things. He's designing Hum.
  • Joseph Kuefler came up as a designer. Now, he leads creative teams at Zeus Jones where he works with the likes of Google, Purina, Nordstrom, Method and Cheerios. He's a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He's branding Hum.
  • Bob Walton prototyped the magazine platform that put WIRED and The New Yorker on the iPad. He also served as a strategic advisor to Adobe's CTO, and a technical advisor for Obama For America. He's building Hum.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Building software is difficult. Ecosystems change. SDKs change. New devices are released. We're going to keep our initial timeline tight and our product small to deliver on time and on budget. Thankfully, this isn't our first rodeo and the three of us have been building software and websites for our entire careers.

Like every iOS developer, we're subject to Apple's app-approval process. We're confident our app will be approved, but we can't guarantee there won't be a hold up in approval time.

FAQ

  • Sure, eventually.

    We wanted to raise as little money as we could to get this in front of as many songwriters as possible. iPhone-only was the best way to do this. Once the iPhone version is stable, solid, and feature-rich we'll open up Hum to all sorts of platforms. iPad will definitely be one of them.

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    You just want to support us. Thank you so much. You and all our backers will be credited on our website.

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    Just the app at an introductory cost. You'll receive a promo code to download our app when we launch.

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    A copy of our app at its regular price and our bag of swag that has Hum picks and stickers. As a sign of our gratitude, we'll create a musical thank you to you and all our supporters. Send us your favorite demo, we'll be sure to include it in some way.

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    $30 Option 2 — Style out your house or practice space with your choice between poster A, B, or C. You'll also get a copy of our app, our bag of swag that has Hum picks and stickers, As a thanks, we'll be streaming a little thank you performance. You'll be invited. We swear we don't suck, but we'll do our best not to embarrass ourselves. We'll invite some of our other, much more talented friends, too.

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    $30 Option 1 — Grab yourself a Hum t-shirt. It's comfortable and you'll be envied by people. You'll also get a copy of our app, our bag of swag that has Hum picks and stickers. As a thanks, we'll be streaming a little thank you performance. You'll be invited. We swear we don't suck, but we'll do our best not to embarrass ourselves. We'll invite some of our other, much more talented friends, too.

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    Get yourself the complete set of Hum stuff: 3 posters, a shirt and our swag bag. Join us in a Google hangout so we can thank you personally and talk about whatever. To express our appreciation, we'll be streaming a little thank you performance. You'll be invited. You'll receive a copy of our app.

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    Help us beta test our app! You'll get early access to Hum before it reaches the app store. We'll be asking for your feedback throughout the beta-testing process, so be sure to be willing to help us find and file bugs. You'll have the option of providing feedback 1-on-1 in a personal Skype chat during the testing window. You'll also get our complete set of Hum stuff: 3 posters our swag bag and a special t-shirt for beta testers only. A copy of our app will be yours as well.

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    Nab all three of our posters, a Hum t-shirt, and a framed archival print of Leslie's amazing photo we've used all over Hum's branding. A copy of our app, our bag of swag that has Hum picks and stickers, We'll be having a celebration party at Aaron's place in Minneapolis. You'll get an invite. Food will be served, plus craft soda and other beverages. Celebrate alongside us! (Travel is on you though, sorry!)

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    Show off your lyrical savvy! Hum will ship with a few songs in pre-populated sample library. Your song's lyrics will appear in our sample library. You'll also receive a copy of our app, our bag of swag that has Hum picks and stickers, all three of our posters, and a t-shirt. You'll get a thank you credit in the app, making our gratitude as permanent as pixels. You'll get an invite to our celebration at Aaron's. You can even help us create the menu. Celebrate alongside us! (Travel is on you though, sorry!)

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    Show off your own music! Hum will ship with a few songs in a pre-populated sample library. Your song's lyrics and audio will appear in our sample library. Join us as we push the app live! We'll host a Google hangout as we press the launch button. You'll get an invite to our party. Get your ass to Minneapolis and party with us. We'll do something stupid as a sign of our gratitude. You won't regret it, but we might. :0 You'll also receive a copy of our app, our bag of swag that has Hum picks and stickers, all three of our posters, and a t-shirt.

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    The Hum design crew will design you a custom screenprinted poster that you can use for a show or general purpose merchandise. We'll even cover the printing costs. If you're in Minneapolis, join us for a pre-launch dinner the night before at one of our favorite restaurants. Then, be there in person as we push it live. You'll also receive a copy of our app, our bag of swag that has Hum picks and stickers, all three of our posters, and a t-shirt. (Travel is on you, sorry! It's a theme, we know. We feel like idiots.)

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    Our photographer Leslie will travel to photograph your band. We'll use the shots of your band in some of our upcoming marketing material. The Hum design crew will also design you a custom screenprinted poster that you can use for a show or general purpose merchandise. We'll even cover the printing costs. If you're in Minneapolis, join us for a pre-launch dinner the night before at one of our favorite restaurants. Then, be there in person as we deploy the app. You'll be more than invited to the party in Minneapolis, you'll be King of the party! We'll celebrate like a bastard together. Everyone will like you because we will force them to. (Travel is on you, super sorry!) You'll also receive a copy of our app, our bag of swag that has Hum picks and stickers, all three of our posters, and a t-shirt.

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