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Switching From the Karaoke Machine and Discs To some Laptop and Karaoke Files

Whoever has performed karaoke shows having a disc based system knows the amount of an annoyance discs can be. Loading discs in and out of the device, storing them, keeping them clean, and hauling them around is not a great deal of small fun. The normal karaoke host might have a huge selection of discs to manage. Also, karaoke disc players have limited features.

The solution to this dilemma is really a computerized karaoke system. Do away with discs while storing your entire karaoke songs over a hard drive that can fit in your back pocket. Just imagine having no more discs to load, store, and keep. That is only the beginning. Karaoke hosting software offers features difficult having a disc player that will really increase the quality of your shows.

The whole process of switching to some computerized product is simple enough or complicated however it is time intensive at first. How time intensive depends upon the amount of discs you've as you must "rip" the song tracks from each one. Fortunately, professional disc ripping software can hook up to online for free karaoke song databases and automatically name the song files.

The laptop requirements for the most part will depend on the hosting software requirements. Among my favorite hosting applications, JustKaraoke, will run just fine on most laptops produced over the past six or seven years. One of the things a laptop will need to have will be the extended desktop feature. This permits for the workstation being displayed on laptops as the karaoke is displayed on another monitor or TV via the S-video or VGA connection. No special sound card is needed.

The Karaoke Hosting Software
This is exactly what really separates the computer users from the disc users. Think of the scenario whenever a singer approaches you and asks if you remember exactly what the song was they sang 2-3 weeks earlier at one of your other gigs. Imagine by using just a few clicks of the mouse or keystrokes you can tell them just what they sang that night or other night. Case among the perks of your computerized system.

Some karaoke hosting software features:

Singer rotation and playlist.
Singer history like the venue and key control settings.
Song search by artist, title, or disc ID.
Quick sound effects.
Customized backgrounds.
Singer announcement.
Next singer ticker
Ambient music (automatically plays standard sound files between karaoke songs).
Capability to purchase songs throughout a show (if connected to the internet).

The Song Files
The typical karaoke file format supported by all hosting software program is MP3+G. This can be a compressed sort of a karaoke CD+G song track. Each MP3+G song contains two files, one cdg and one mp3. Those two files are typically zipped together to form a single file for each song. Practically all karaoke hosting software supports karaoke zip files.

You will must rip the song tracks of all your CD+G discs towards the zipped MP3+G format. This is a time-consuming venture but there's absolutely no way around it. It will likely be worthwhile ultimately. There are numerous applications available for it might be but the one used by lots of professionals, as well as the one I highly recommend, is Power CD+G Burner. This program produces high quality rips, automatically names the song files from free online databases (having an web connection present), and works together with most contemporary CD/DVD drives.

Putting It all up
Now let's assume that there is a hosting software installed on laptops, the CD+G discs happen to be ripped to MP3+G files on an external hard drive, and you have imported the songs into the hosting software's database. All that's left is to connect laptops towards the PA system and external monitor(s).

Connecting the audio really is easy. You will use a 1/8" stereo to dual RCA adapter cable to get in touch from the earphone jack from the laptop towards the audio inputs from the mixer. The audio output in the laptop will be handled the same as the audio output from the karaoke disc player.

It output from your laptop can be handled often with respect to the available connections. Ideally you will need to be ready for the situations you are likely to encounter at the various gigs. As a result I suggest that you convert the signal from your S-video or VGA out connections to a VHF (coaxial) signal that can be used by television. This also enables you to use a coaxial splitter to hook up with multiple TV's or right into a main coaxial junction.

The recording to VHF converters are available at just about any electronics store or Radio Shack. No doubt you can also connect a laptop straight to a pc monitor using the VGA or any TV that has an S-video input.

So there you have it. Now instead of hauling around, storing, and maintaining those discs, you'll walk into a gig carrying your player and complete music library in one hand.
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