At levels 1 through 7 the skald's supernatural ability raging song normally takes a standard action to start. Is there a way to start a raging song in less than a standard action before level 7, like with a feat or magic item?
Singing Steel special material
The new Adventurer's Armory 2 includes a new special material called Singing Steel. This new material includes this ability:
When wielding a singing steel weapon, shield, or item weighing at least 5 pounds, or wearing medium or heavy singing steel armor, the wielder or wearer can strike the singing steel as part of beginning a bardic performance. If the wielder can normally start a bardic performance as a standard action, he can do so as a move action instead. If the wielder can normally start a bardic performance as a move action, he can do so as a swift action instead. This ability does not function in the area of a silence spell or similar eﬀect. After using the singing steel in this fashion, the steel must be carefully brushed to remove any lingering vibrations, a process that takes 10 minutes.
This works because of this line, making Raging Song count as Bardic Performance:
A raging song counts as the bard’s bardic performance special ability for any effect that affects bardic performances.
Singing Steel also increases the maximum Dexterity bonus by 1, reduces the arcane spell failure by 5%, and reduces the Armor Check Penalty by 1 if used to make armor, or counts as alchemical silver for a weapon.
- Light armor: +750gp Note: Light armor does not qualify for the action reduction
- Medium armor: +9000gp
- Heavy armor: +12000gp
- Shield: +7000gp
- Weapon: +6000gp
- Other items: +600gp/lb Note: Must be at least 5lbs to qualify for the action reduction
This is the only way I can find to reduce the action required to start a bardic performance/raging song.
EDIT: I've come across another item that technically allows you to reduce the action needed to start a bardic performance/raging song.
Perfect Tuning Fork is a one time use 600gp item that allows you to reduce the action.
When holding a perfect tuning fork in the hand, the wielder can strike the fork as part of the action of beginning a bardic performance. If the wielder can start a bardic performance as a standard action, she can do so as a move action instead. If the wielder can start a bardic performance as a move action, she can do so as a swift action instead. A perfect tuning fork loses its magic after one use, but it can be used as an ordinary tuning fork thereafter.