Make a Mac Sing Songs

Nov 9, 2010 - 9 Comments

Make the Mac Sing

I know you’ve always thought to yourself, wouldn’t it be great if my Mac could see me songs? Or wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could make someone elses Mac sing songs? Well, you’re going to be thrilled to discover that, yes, your Mac can actually sing, thanks to the text-to-speech engine and the intonation of some of the built in voices bundled with OS X.


Yes this is a bit of a goofy Mac trick, but it’s pretty amusing and has a lot of potential for fun.

To make your Mac sing a few classic songs, launch the Terminal app (found in /Applications/Utilities/ or with Spotlight), and then type or or copy and paste the following commands into the Terminal, followed by the return key.

Make the Mac Sing “Hall of the Mountain King”

say -v Cellos "di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di"

Make the Mac Sing a Song You’ll Recognize But I Can’t Remember the Name Of (LOL)
say -v Bad News "di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di"

I can’t remember the name of that one, if you know, make a comment with it.

Make the Mac Sing “Pomp and Circumstance” (the graduation song)

say -v Good "di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di"

If you just can’t get enough of your newly harmonious Mac, you can export the songs as audio files that can be then used for any other purpose, like creating an iPhone ringtone or whatever else your heart desires. To export the song, use the following syntax:

say -v Cellos -o "CellosSong.m4a" "di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di di"

You may recognize the Cellos voice from the Droid sound effect trick and commercials.

Have fun with your singing Mac! You can also just make your Mac talk if you’re not much of a music lover.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, Mac OS X

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  1. MetalRufflez says:

    The First one is called In the Hall of the Mountain King: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Hall_of_the_Mountain_King

  2. Jag says:

    Don’t write “News” on the Bad News one. It’ll say ‘News’ before it starts singing.

  3. stefan says:

    let your mac sing any phrase, like the original text:

    say -v good “Land of hope and glory Mother of the free How shall we extol thee Who are born of thee”

  4. Leigh says:

    OK, it works well. But I don’t understand how. Can someone explain?

  5. Perry says:

    I suspect Apple used these tunes to give the voices the variation they need to sound more lifelike.

  6. […] of the Terminal, using some cool voices you can even make your Mac sing you a song. If you’re after more, there’s a thread for […]

  7. […] nutzen auch verschiedene Instrumente und Stimmen. Ein kleiner Einblick darin ist hier zusehen: http://osxdaily.com/2010/11/09/make-your-mac-sing-songs/ und http://www.usingmac.com/2008/6/24/terminal-sings-songs. [5, […]

    • Grumpster says:

      I don’t understand people that see an article clearly written in English and all comments in English also and still feel the need to write in their own language, do they expect everyone to go and translate their sh*t?. It’s so common it’s getting annoying. Seriously, WTF?

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