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

Anyone who has performed karaoke shows using a disc based system knows the amount of a nuisance discs may be. Loading discs in and out of the machine, storing them, keeping them clean, and hauling them around is not a great deal of fun. The typical karaoke host could have hundreds of discs to manage. Also, karaoke disc players have very limited features.

Damaged whipped cream this dilemma is a computerized karaoke system. Do away with discs while storing your entire karaoke songs over a hard disk that could 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 extremely hard with a disc player that can really add to the quality of the shows.

The whole process of switching with a computerized method is simple enough or complicated but it's time intensive initially. How time-consuming depends upon the number of discs you've got when you must "rip" the song tracks from each one. Fortunately, professional disc ripping software can hook up to free online karaoke song databases and automatically name the song files.

The laptop requirements generally is determined by the hosting software requirements. Certainly one of the best hosting applications, JustKaraoke, will run perfectly of many laptops produced in the last six or seven years. One feature the laptop must have will be the extended desktop feature. This enables for your workstation being shown on the laptop while the karaoke is shown on another monitor or TV using the S-video or VGA connection. No special sound card is needed.

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 asks if you remember what the song was they sang a few weeks earlier at one of the other gigs. Now imagine by investing in only a few mouse clicks or keystrokes you might tell them exactly what they sang that night or any other night. This is just one of the perks of the 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 during a show (if connected to the internet).

The Song Files
The typical karaoke extendable supported by all hosting software program is MP3+G. This can be a compressed form 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 typically zipped together to make a single declare each song. Almost all karaoke hosting software supports karaoke zip files.

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

Putting It All Together
Now if you have the hosting software installed on laptops, the CD+G discs are already ripped to MP3+G files by using an external hard drive, and you've got imported the songs into the hosting software's database. All that's left is to connect a laptop 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 with the laptop to the audio inputs of the mixer. The audio output from your laptop is going to be handled the same as the audio output from a karaoke disc player.

The recording output from your laptop can be handled often depending on the available connections. Ideally you will need to be equipped for the situations you are going to encounter your various gigs. To that end I suggest that you simply convert the signal from the S-video or VGA out connections to some VHF (coaxial) signal that can be used by television. This also allows you to use a coaxial splitter to connect to multiple TV's or into a main coaxial junction.

It to VHF converters can be found at virtually any electronics store or Radio Shack. Of course you can also connect a laptop right to a pc monitor through the VGA or any TV which has an S-video input.

That's it. Now instead of hauling around, storing, tweaking dozens of discs, you will enter a gig carrying your player and finished music library in a hand.
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