- A karaoke system, including an audio mixer and two microphone receivers, all built into one small device grants users immediate access to over 200,000 songs in 14 languages for a fun-filled karaoke session.
- Popsical Remix also comes with a series of voice compressions and modulation effects such as the ‘chipmunk voice’ effect and a pitch correction effect that allows users to experience karaoke entertainment unlike any other.
- Proportion of sales proceeds of Popsical Remix from 17 January 2019 – 16 February 2019 to be donated to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund to help young music talents find their voices.
SINGAPORE, 17 January 2019 – Singaporean startup Charaku, the company behind Popsical, a smart, portable, cloud based streaming device, is introducing their brand-new product, the Popsical Remix. A prototype of this device was first unveiled at their booth #51641 in Hall G of Expo Sands at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 from 8-11 January 2019. Taking users into the future of karaoke, this brand-new device under their line continues to revolutionise the karaoke experience.
Popsical Remix streaming device
Popsical was founded in 2016 by three karaoke enthusiasts who were determined to redefine the karaoke experience. While karaoke systems have been around for a long time, they are often large and bulky. Aside from the microphones and remote control, these systems require users to also have a mixer, as well as the karaoke device itself.
Taking Karaoke Experience to Another Level
Popsical has combined the mixer, wireless receiver for the microphones and streaming device into a single equipment - a palm-sized device that weighs less than one kilogram and can easily be carried around in a small bag.
Popsical Remix is so compact, it fits into your palm.
Dubbed Popsical Remix, the device grants the user access to a self-updating library of over 200,000 songs in 14 different languages, which are licensed from RIMSS (Recording Industry Music Services Singapore) and COMPASS (Composers and Authors Society of Singapore), providing a fun time for users of all races and ages. While the previous version of Popsical had to have a sound bar to connect its microphones, this version comes with an in-built microphone receiver and two professional grade wireless microphones, which are compatible with sound systems or sound bars of your choice.
Popsical Remix also takes the thrill factor of their karaoke experience up a notch with its wide range of special voice modulation effects like the ‘chipmunk’, ‘alien’ and ‘ robotic’ effects as well as the in-built pitch correction effect.
The self-updating library of songs is stored in cloud storage and boasts other features including a track request feature, track list queue and accommodating connectivity with multiple devices. Users can even suggest songs that are not already in the cloud via the Popsical Karaoke app, and Popsical will add them in later. Content is available on their platforms with a 24-hour subscription package at S$3.99, or a monthly fee of S$9.99.
With the new Popsical Remix model, both mixer and device are combined into one palm- sized unit and it also comes with two professional grade wireless microphones, making the Popsical karaoke experience both enjoyable and convenient. This serves to elevate the traditional karaoke experience, transcending users into the future of karaoke.
“Karaoke is a favourite pastime of many people around the world, but it’s not always readily accessible or well-designed,” said Faruq Marican, co-founder of Popsical and Chief Executive Officer of parent company Charaku. “With Popsical Remix, anyone can now sing all their favourite songs in their best voice with the pitch correction effect or the various voice modulation effects – like that of a chipmunk.”
The company made its first entrance into the Singapore market in 2017 and subsequently into the Malaysian market in 2018. Expansion plans into other countries will take place within the 2nd quarter of 2019.
Finding the Voices of Young Talent
As they usher in the future of karaoke, Popsical is also committed to helping young budding artists find their voices. The startup company not only recognises the burgeoning pool of musical talent within the music scene through efforts such as its annual singing competition, Popsical Karaoke Sing-Off, but also strives to support aspiring artists in fulfilling their dreams. To achieve this, Popsical will be donating 5% of their proceeds from the sales of the Popsical Remix on their e-commerce store, popsical.com from 17th January 2019 to 16th February 2019 to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) in Singapore, which benefits more than 17,000 children and youths through a variety of arts programmes such as workshops and structured lessons in music, dance, theatre and visual arts.
Photo credit: Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF)
“We are grateful to Popsical for their generosity and support towards helping our young music talents find their voices. BT BAF strongly believes in the importance of the arts in the development of character in young people, and this donation can help us provide more opportunities to nurture the musical interests and talents of children in Singapore to fulfil their potential,” said Mr. Tan Tee Tong, Chief Operating Officer, The RICE Company Limited.
The RICE Company Limited is a registered charity with IPC status and is the custodian of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).
Consumer Electronic Show
The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. This year, Popsical joins 1,200 other international startups which were selected to unveil their products at the prestigious Eureka Park located in Hall G of the Sands Expo in Nevada, Las Vegas.
Popsical Remix will be retailing at S$499 and pre-orders for it begins from 9th January 2019, on www.popsical.com.
Popsical is the next generation of Karaoke – a cloud-based system that has all the features of a traditional Karaoke set and much more.
Traditional karaoke systems are bulky, expensive, and limit your song choices to the CDs available or songs stored locally. Popsical brings together the best of hardware and a seamless user interface software to deliver a great karaoke experience, and all you need is an internet connection to browse through the ever-growing karaoke library consisting of over 200,000 songs in 14 different languages. The Popsical Remix also comes with a variety of voice modulation effects and pitch correction effect that will ensure the best singing experience for all.
For more information, please contact:
Popsical (Charaku Pte Ltd)
Contact Number: +65 9489 5935
About Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF)
Initiated in 2004 and adopted by The Business Times in 2005, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) originated from a conviction that no child with the strong interest and potential in the arts should be denied the opportunity to develop his or her talents due to a lack of financial resources. Since 2005, BT BAF has reached out to more than 17,000 financially-disadvantaged children and youth, between the ages of six to 19 years old, through a variety of programmes including a structured arts training programme, arts camps, workshops and signature events. BT BAF supports children and youth arts training centres, The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square @ Orchard Central respectively, and is managed by The RICE Company Limited, a not for profit arts organisation and registered charity with IPC status.
For more information, visit www.baf.sg.
About The RICE Company Limited
The RICE Company Limited (TRCL) is a not-for-profit organisation that serves to connect communities, empower young people through the arts, as well as enliven spaces through creative place-making and arts content creation.
TRCL currently manages two social funds – The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and Sing50 Fund; arts centres (The Little Academy and 10 Square Youth) in four locations across Singapore, creative spaces (The Pavilion at Far East Square and Temenggong House and two subsidiaries –Global Cultural Alliance and Millet Holdings.
TRCL is incorporated on 26 March 2014 and is a registered charity with Institution of Public Character (IPC) status.
For more information, visit www.therice.sg.