Music is an efficient way of communication. Any video without the background music sounds empty and fails to entice its audience. There are a myriad of platforms for searching, listening to and downloading music and on the other hand, we have entirely different range of systems to check and apply the music to the video. Recording is yet another story.
Subtle Chimes addresses the above issue by bringing the collection of music tracks, recorder and the feature of video editing under one umbrella. This app is for anyone who wants to promote a video by adding soundtrack or simply listen to or record music.
To create this entirely new package for music lovers, I have studied how different applications and websites work. I could analyse the flow of user to decide the background tracks for a video and to record the live compositions. A competitive analysis of existing technology landscapes as well as analogous experiences were compiled as a source of shared knowledge and inspiration for the further ideation.
Generation Z was considered as the prime user group while designing this project as generation Z and the late millennial are the major sections of the people who use smartphones for many activities.
SOME OF THE USER STATEMENTS
PAIN POINTS RELATED TO CURRENT PLATFORMS
Time consuming audio overlapping process
Ease of finding the music
All types of music are not included
Difficult to find instrument specific soundtracks
Limitations of the effects
Tempo variation not applicable
Less number of free scores
Option of saving in various file formats
User centered results for sound tracks
Record live facility to create and add own compositions
Time saving 'check with the video' functionality
HIGH FIDELITY MOCK-UPS
Various Login options for existing users and Join button to create new account.
Discover menu has an interactive filter wheel to categorize soundtracks by genre, mood and instruments. Results will appear based on the user selection.
User can listen to music from the results, share it with friends or add to collection if required.
In the profile menu, user can find all the music collections as well as the previous work or playlists in the albums.
Edit screen contains different effect options, tempo variation facility and volume control bar. User can share edited soundtrack with other people.
Test with video screen has a window to browse the video file saved in phone. Length of the audio can be adjusted as per user's choice. Edited work will be saved in the Albums in Profile menu.
Recorder for live recording function.
This project helped me understand how to optimize the functions to reduce user's cognitive load. Intuitive and interactive interface was the result of this learning. Defining users made the complexity level of the app clearer as the tech savvy users have been targeted. Subtle chimes is a perfect package for all the audio related tasks. I was successful in engaging so many people in this project to receive a valuable feedback at every step. My interest in music was the most important driving force behind this mellifluous experience.