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One of Apple's All-Time Top 20 Apps, Smule’s Ocarina turns your iPhone into an ancient flute. With no musical training required, you'll blow away your friends and family with your new talent.

"If everyone had the Ocarina app there would be no more wars" - David Pogue
"One of the most original entertainment programs to emerge from the App Store" - Wall Street Journal
"Ocarina is one of the most magical programs I've ever seen" - NY Times

Sensitive to your breath, touch and movements, Ocarina is more versatile than an actual flute:
• Blow air into your mic to create music
• Touch combinations of holes to play notes
• Tilt to change vibrato rate and depth
• Advanced users can change keys and modes, including C-Major and Zeldarian mode

With Ocarina, you can also hear people learning to play around the world:
• Listen in on Ocarina players all over the world just by tapping the globe icon
• Rate your favorite performances
• Name your Ocarina so others can listen to you play
• Share your favorite performances with family and friends via e-mail
• Record and archive your favorite performances on your own “My Ocarina” web page

Ocarina fans from all over the world have posted hundreds of free easy–to-read scores for popular songs. Just go to and click on 'Songbook'.

Top Songs:
Theme from Zelda
Amazing Grace
Theme from Harry Potter
My Heart Will Go On
Mario Brothers Theme
Zelda's Lullaby
Poker Face

Watch some great (and not so great) Ocarina performances on YouTube:

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Try other Smule apps:
iPad: Magic Fiddle, Magic Piano & Glee Karaoke
iPhone/iPod: I Am T-Pain, Glee Karaoke, Leaf Trombone, Sonic Lighter & Zephyr

What's New in Version 1.4.5

*** Fixed iPhone 4S feedback issue

Thanks everyone for playing the Ocarina!

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Customer Reviews

Just a thought.

It took all of five minutes with this app to realize that the visual breath indicator , looks like ripples on a pond, doesn't display no matter how hard you blow on iPhone 4s. You can change the color of the breath but it won't display while blowing. Logic would say that if it worked on other iPhones than there is nothing wrong with this app. Therefor the 4s must have some sort of noise canceling feature on the mic. To eliminate background noises such as wind. So the only fix would be to adjust the sensitivity of the mic. To my knowledge this can't be done. This to me sounds like a hardware problem so no software update would ever fix this unless the type of mic is an adjustable kind. I've no idea if it is. Good news is your new 4s will give you clearer sounding calls. Bad news is this app will probably always suffer on it. Hope for the future: an iPhone update that will allow you to turn off noise cancelation, just like a tv that can toggle on and off digital noise reduction. Hope this helps point the way to new and possibly overlooked trouble shooting points. I love The Legend of Zelda and have wanted this app for years so I'm giving it a 3 out of 5 anyway.

Plays great! Records like a glitchy chipmunk randomly running over piano keys

I have loved this app for ages. It's a shame that the ocarina plays great now (something that used to be a problem) but now the recording aspect is completely glitchy on my iPhone 4 (32gb). Not only does the digitizer fail to catch most of the notes I play, even when I play slowly, but the rendered recording on their website is soft to the point of inaudible. So I can't share tunes anymore using this app. The shame is it seems you can't share songs with Ocarina 2, either. Perhaps Smule will be phasing out the "My Ocarina" aspect of their website soon.

At any rate, this app still works great if you are looking for a 4-hole ocarina app for your iPhone. Although Songbird Ocarina has more instruments (and tilt and slide note bending), the 4-hole, staggered layout of Ocarina is superior and less cramped–therefore less prone to touch errors. (Although, with Ocarina 2 available now, you may be better off purchasing that.)


The app has been amazing as long as I've been playing it, but when I tried to record, I found a few issues. First, you can't save you're song personally to you're iPhone. I think I am T-Payne shares this inability and saving as a video could be a good solution. Second, after it uploaded/ recorded, my song was reduced to 2 random notes. Please help with these problems in the next update. It's hard to remember all these songs.

Update: It also thinks I'm in the ocean near Africa, and I can't delete music already uploaded. Kind of annoying because it uploaded everything I've played and practiced without me knowing..

Again: Sorry, but the favorite button isn't working for me either. This needs an update.

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  • $0.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.4.5
  • Size: 5.5 MB
  • Languages: English, Simplified Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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