Despite being an annoying hipster, I definitely did not see this coming: Facebook launches an app that allows users to post and share videos of those who rap over strokes, provided by the app (via TechCrunch).
The app is called Bars, and its main selling point is that it gives beats and lets you create 60 second rap videos over them. According to TechCrunch, you can then post the video in a TikTok-style feed, where people can watch it and mark it as “fire” (that is, of course, if your skills are level). The app also promises “studio-quality vocal effects”
The app also promises an automatic rhyming dictionary for those who mark themselves as “beginners” in the app’s registration. For those closer to the “Advanced” level, it also promises a Freestyle mode, which gives you eight random words to work in a 16-bar off-the-cuff rap.
If you manage to close some bars, I have some bad news: the app seems to be in closed beta, but you can at least sign up to secure your username and get a place in line for when the app starts to open up.
I’m going to be honest, I do not understand why, erm, bars in the App Store description are so weak. The rap announcement posted on Instagram is honestly not bad?
The app promises that it will give professionally made punches for you to rap over, and if the examples it posted on Instagram are an indication of the overall quality, that may actually be the case. They sound far closer to what you would hear in an actual song than the embarrassing things I posted on SoundCloud. (No, I do not connect it.)
The app is made by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation group, which also released a similar musical app called Collab last year that allows musicians to create songs together, each with separate parts. After scrolling through the app a bit, my hopes for Bars are somewhat reduced, since the sound quality is not close to what Bar’s preview promises. That said, I can see that Bars is able to fine-tune the EQ, as it really only needs to deal with the human voice, instead of an endless variety of instruments.
So far, the app is only on iOS, and I would not hold my breath for an Android version; it does not appear that Collab has reached the Play Store yet. For as much fun as I’ve been packing, though, I’ll actually keep this app until it lets me in – not so I can actually contribute (goodness no), but so I can see what people are up to.
Facebook was not immediately available for comment.