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

Anyone who has performed karaoke shows having a disc based system knows the amount of an annoyance discs can be. Loading discs into and out of the equipment, storing them, cleaning, and hauling them around isn't a large amount of fun. The typical karaoke host might have hundreds of discs to manage. Also, karaoke disc players have limited features.

The solution to this dilemma can be a computerized karaoke system. Eliminate discs while storing all of your karaoke songs on the hard disk drive that could easily fit in the back pocket. Just think about without more discs to load, store, and gaze after. That is only the beginning. Karaoke hosting software offers features not possible having a disc player that will really increase the quality of one's shows.



The whole process of switching with a computerized product is simple enough or complicated but it is time intensive in the beginning. How time intensive depends on the quantity of discs you have when 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.

Laptops
Laptops requirements typically will depend on the hosting software requirements. Certainly one of my personal favorite hosting applications, JustKaraoke, will run perfectly of all laptops produced within the last six or seven years. One item the laptop should have will be the extended desktop feature. This allows for that workstation to be shown on laptops as the karaoke is displayed on a different monitor or TV using the S-video or VGA connection. No special sound card is required.

The Karaoke Hosting Software
This is just what really separates the pc users from your disc users. Think about the scenario whenever a singer approaches you and also asks if you remember exactly what the song was they sang 2-3 weeks earlier at your other gigs. Imagine that with just a couple clicks of the mouse or keystrokes you might inform them precisely what they sang that night or any other night. This is simply among the perks of your 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 effects.
Customized backgrounds.
Singer announcement.
Next singer ticker
Ambient music (automatically plays standard audio tracks between karaoke songs).
Capability to purchase songs throughout a show (if connected to the internet).

The Song Files
The conventional karaoke file format based on all hosting software programs are MP3+G. This is a compressed version of a karaoke CD+G song track. Each MP3+G song contains two files, one cdg and one mp3. These describe two files are typically zipped together to create a single file for each song. Practically all karaoke hosting software supports karaoke zip files.

You will have to rip the song tracks of all your CD+G discs for the zipped MP3+G format. This can be a time consuming venture but there's absolutely no way around it. It will likely be well worth it in the long run. There are numerous applications available for this nevertheless the one used by many professionals, as well as the one I recommend, is Power CD+G Burner. The program produces good quality rips, automatically names the song files for free online databases (with an web connection present), and works together with most modern CD/DVD drives.

Putting It all up
Now let's assume that you will find the hosting software installed on a laptop, the CD+G discs have been 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 is to connect the laptop for the PA system and external monitor(s).

Connecting the audio is very simple. You will employ a 1/8" stereo to dual RCA adapter cable to connect from the earphone jack of the laptop to the audio inputs with the mixer. The audio output from your laptop will probably be handled the same as the audio output from your karaoke disc player.

The recording output in the laptop can be treated often depending on the available connections. Ideally you will want to be equipped for the situations you are going to encounter your various gigs. As a result I recommend which you convert the signal in the S-video or VGA out connections with a VHF (coaxial) signal you can use by any television. This lets you use a coaxial splitter to connect with multiple TV's or in to a main coaxial junction.

The recording to VHF converters can be obtained at almost any electronics store or Radio Shack. Obviously you can also connect a laptop right to a pc monitor through the VGA or any TV that has an S-video input.

That is it. Now as opposed to hauling around, storing, and looking after all those discs, you will head into a gig carrying your player and finish music library in a single hand.
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