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

Anyone who has performed karaoke shows with a disc based system knows the amount of a pain discs can be. Loading discs into and out of the device, storing them, cleaning, and hauling them around is not a large amount of fun. The normal karaoke host might have hundreds of discs to deal with. Also, karaoke disc players have very limited features.



The reply to this dilemma is a computerized karaoke system. Eliminate discs while storing all your karaoke songs on the hard disk that could affected - Home, fit in your back pocket. Just think about without more discs to load, store, and keep. But that's just the beginning. Karaoke hosting software offers features extremely hard using a disc player that will really increase the quality of the shows.

The entire process of switching with a computerized method is not difficult or complicated however it is time consuming at first. How time intensive depends upon the amount of discs you have while you must "rip" the song tracks from each one. Fortunately, professional disc ripping software can connect with free online karaoke song databases and automatically name the song files.

Laptops
Laptops requirements generally is determined by the hosting software requirements. Certainly one of my personal favorite hosting applications, JustKaraoke, will run all right of many laptops produced over the past six or seven years. One feature a laptop will need to have is the extended desktop feature. This allows for the workstation being shown on the laptop 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 computer users from your disc users. Imagine the scenario whenever a singer approaches you and also asks should you remember what are the song was they sang 2-3 weeks earlier at your other gigs. Imagine by using just a couple mouse clicks or keystrokes you can let them know exactly what they sang that night or other night. Case one of many 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 effects.
Customized backgrounds.
Singer announcement.
Next singer ticker
Ambient music (automatically plays standard music between karaoke songs).
Capability to purchase songs throughout a show (if coupled to the internet).

The Song Files
The typical karaoke data format based on all hosting software program is MP3+G. This can be a compressed version of a karaoke CD+G song track. Each MP3+G song consists of two files, one cdg and something mp3. Both of these files are generally zipped together to make a single file for each song. Practically all karaoke hosting software supports karaoke zip files.

You are going to have to rip the song tracks from all of your CD+G discs to the zipped MP3+G format. It 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 this but the one used by many professionals, as well as the one I recommend, is Power CD+G Burner. This system produces top quality rips, automatically names the song files from free online databases (having an web connection present), and works with most modern CD/DVD drives.

Putting It All Together
Now in the event that you have the hosting software attached to the laptop, the CD+G discs have been ripped to MP3+G files on an hard drive, and you've got imported the songs in to the hosting software's database. All that's left is to connect laptops for 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 from the laptop for the audio inputs with the mixer. The audio output from your laptop will be handled identical to the audio output from a karaoke disc player.

The video output from the laptop can be remedied often depending on the available connections. Ideally you will want to be ready for the situations you are likely to encounter at your various gigs. To that end I suggest that you convert the signal from the S-video or VGA out connections with a VHF (coaxial) signal that can be used by television. And also this allows you to utilize a coaxial splitter to connect with multiple TV's or into a main coaxial junction.

The video to VHF converters can be obtained at just about any electronics store or Radio Shack. No doubt you can also connect laptops straight to some type of computer monitor using the VGA or any TV which includes an S-video input.

That is it. Now rather than hauling around, storing, and maintaining those discs, you'll walk into a gig carrying your player and complete music library in a single hand.
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