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

Whoever has performed karaoke shows having a disc based system knows the amount of a pain discs may be. Loading discs interior and exterior the equipment, storing them, keeping them clean, and hauling them around is not an large amount of fun. The typical karaoke host could have a huge selection of discs to deal with. Also, karaoke disc players have very limited features.

The reply to this dilemma is really a computerized karaoke system. Do away with discs while storing all of your karaoke songs on the hard disk that may fit in the back pocket. Just imagine without more discs to load, store, and gaze after. But that's where it starts. Karaoke hosting software offers features difficult having a disc player that may really add to the quality of the shows.

The entire process of switching to a computerized product is simple enough or complicated but it is time intensive initially. How time consuming is dependent upon the number of discs you've got while you must "rip" the song tracks from each one of these. Fortunately, professional disc ripping software can connect with free online karaoke song databases and automatically name the song files.

A laptop
Laptops requirements for the most part depends on the hosting software requirements. Certainly one of my favorite hosting applications, JustKaraoke, will run all right of many laptops produced in the last six or seven years. One feature a laptop will need to have will be the extended desktop feature. This allows for the workstation to become shown on laptops as the karaoke is shown on a separate monitor or Further TV using the S-video or VGA connection. No special sound card is required.

The Karaoke Hosting Software
This is what really separates your computer users from the disc users. Think about the scenario each time a singer approaches you and also asks in the event you remember what are the song was they sang a couple weeks earlier at one of the other gigs. Imagine by using only a few clicks or keystrokes you can tell them exactly what they sang that night or any other night. This is simply one of the perks of a computerized system.

Some karaoke hosting software features:

Singer rotation and playlist.
Singer history such as the venue and key control settings.
Song search by artist, title, or disc ID.
Quick sound clips.
Customized backgrounds.
Singer announcement.
Next singer ticker
Ambient music (automatically plays standard audio tracks between karaoke songs).
Ability to purchase songs during a show (if attached to the internet).

The Song Files
The typical karaoke data format sustained by all hosting software program is MP3+G. This is a compressed sort of a karaoke CD+G song track. Each MP3+G song consists of two files, one cdg and one mp3. These two files are typically zipped together to form a single declare each song. Practically all karaoke hosting software supports karaoke zip files.

You will need to rip the song tracks from all of your CD+G discs for the zipped MP3+G format. This is a time intensive venture there is however absolutely no way around it. It'll be worthwhile in the end. There are several applications readily available for this task nevertheless the one used by lots of professionals, and the one I suggest, is Power CD+G Burner. This program produces high quality rips, automatically names the song files for free online databases (having an internet connection present), and works with most modern CD/DVD drives.

Putting It all up
Now let's assume that there is a hosting software installed on a laptop, the CD+G discs are already ripped to MP3+G files on an external hard drive, plus you've got imported the songs to the hosting software's database. All that's left would be to connect a laptop to the PA system and external monitor(s).

Connecting the audio is very simple. You will use a 1/8" stereo to dual RCA adapter cable to connect from the earphone jack of the laptop to the audio inputs of the mixer. The audio output in the laptop will be handled identical to the audio output from the karaoke disc player.

The recording output from the laptop can be treated often depending on the available connections. Ideally you'll want to be prepared for the situations you will encounter your various gigs. To this end I would recommend that you convert the signal from the S-video or VGA out connections to some VHF (coaxial) signal which you can use by television. This also enables you to use a coaxial splitter to connect to multiple TV's or right into a main coaxial junction.

It to VHF converters can be found at almost any electronics store or Radio Shack. Obviously you can also connect the laptop directly to a computer monitor via the VGA or any TV which has an S-video input.

So there you have it. Now instead of hauling around, storing, and looking after dozens of discs, you'll head into a gig carrying your player and finished music library in one hand.
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