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

Whoever has performed karaoke shows with a disc based system knows the amount of a pain discs may be. Loading discs in and out of the equipment, storing them, cleaning, and hauling them around is not an large amount of fun. The standard karaoke host could have countless discs to deal with. Also, karaoke disc players have restricted features.

The reply to this dilemma can be a computerized karaoke system. Get rid of discs while storing all of your karaoke songs on the hard drive that may easily fit in your back pocket. Just think about having no more discs to load, store, and keep. But that's only the beginning. Karaoke hosting software offers features not possible with a disc player that will really enhance the quality of your shows.

The whole process of switching to some computerized product is not difficult or complicated but it is time-consuming in the beginning. How time-consuming depends on the quantity of discs you've got as you must "rip" the song tracks from every one. Fortunately, professional disc ripping software can hook up to online with free streaming karaoke song databases and automatically name the song files.

The Laptop
A laptop requirements generally depends on the hosting software requirements. Among the best hosting applications, JustKaraoke, will run perfectly of many laptops produced within the last six or seven years. One feature a laptop must have may be the extended desktop feature. This allows for your workstation being shown on laptops while the karaoke is displayed on another monitor or TV using the S-video or VGA connection. No special sound card is necessary.

The Karaoke Hosting Software
This is exactly what really separates the computer users in the disc users. Think about the scenario when a singer approaches you and asks if you therere (check out the post right here) remember exactly what the song was they sang a couple weeks earlier at one of the other gigs. Imagine that with only a few clicks or keystrokes you can inform them just what they sang that night or any other night. This is simply one of the perks of the computerized system.

Some karaoke hosting software features:

Singer rotation and playlist.
Singer history including 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).
Capability to purchase songs within a show (if coupled to the internet).

The Song Files
The conventional karaoke extendable sustained by all hosting software is MP3+G. It is a compressed version of a karaoke CD+G song track. Each MP3+G song contains two files, one cdg and something mp3. These two files are usually zipped together to make a single apply for each song. Almost all karaoke hosting software supports karaoke zip files.

You are likely to must rip the song tracks from all of your CD+G discs to the zipped MP3+G format. This is a time-consuming venture but there is not a way around it. It will be well worth it in the end. There are many applications available for this nevertheless the one used by many professionals, and also the one I highly recommend, is Power CD+G Burner. This system produces top quality rips, automatically names the song files for free online databases (by having an connection to the internet present), and works together modern CD/DVD drives.

Putting It all up
Now in the event that you have the hosting software placed on laptops, the CD+G discs have been ripped to MP3+G files by using an external hard drive, plus you've got imported the songs in to the hosting software's database. All that's left is to connect a laptop towards the PA system and external monitor(s).

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

The recording output in the laptop can be treated often based on the available connections. Ideally you will need to be prepared for the situations you are going to encounter at your various gigs. To that end I suggest that you simply convert the signal from the S-video or VGA out connections to a VHF (coaxial) signal you can use by any television. And also this enables you to use a coaxial splitter to connect to multiple TV's or right into a main coaxial junction.

The video to VHF converters are available at just about any electronics store or Radio Shack. Obviously you can also connect the laptop straight to a computer monitor through 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 will head into a gig carrying your player and finish music library in a single hand.
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