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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 how much of an annoyance discs may be. Loading discs into and out of the equipment, storing them, cleaning, and hauling them around isn't a lot of fun. The typical karaoke host could have countless discs to manage. Also, karaoke disc players have very limited features.

Damaged whipped cream this dilemma can be a computerized karaoke system. Do away with discs while storing all your karaoke songs on the hard disk that can easily fit into your back pocket. Consider without more discs to load, store, and keep. That is only the beginning. Karaoke hosting software offers features difficult having a disc player that may really enhance the quality of os the shows.



The process of switching to some computerized product is not so difficult or complicated but it is time consuming in the beginning. How time intensive is dependent upon the number of discs you've when you must "rip" the song tracks from each one of these. Fortunately, professional disc ripping software can hook up to free online karaoke song databases and automatically name the song files.

The Laptop
A laptop requirements typically is determined by the hosting software requirements. Certainly one of my personal favorite hosting applications, JustKaraoke, will run just fine of all laptops produced in the last six or seven years. One feature laptops should have may be the extended desktop feature. This enables for that workstation to be shown on a laptop even though the karaoke is shown on a different monitor or TV using the S-video or VGA connection. No special sound card is necessary.

The Karaoke Hosting Software
This is just what really separates your computer users in the disc users. Think of the scenario whenever a singer approaches you together with asks if you remember what are the song was they sang 2-3 weeks earlier at one of the other gigs. Now imagine that with just a couple clicks of the mouse or keystrokes you could inform them exactly what they sang that night or another night. This is just 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 effects.
Customized backgrounds.
Singer announcement.
Next singer ticker
Ambient music (automatically plays standard sound files between karaoke songs).
Ability to purchase songs during a show (if connected to the internet).

The Song Files
The typical karaoke file format sustained by all hosting software program is MP3+G. It is a compressed sort of a karaoke CD+G song track. Each MP3+G song includes two files, one cdg and something mp3. Both of these 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 coming from all your CD+G discs towards the zipped MP3+G format. This can be a time intensive venture there is however absolutely no way around it. It will be well worth it in the end. There are numerous applications available for this task however the one used by many professionals, and also the one I highly recommend, is Power CD+G Burner. This program produces high quality rips, automatically names the song files for free online databases (by having an web connection present), and works together modern CD/DVD drives.

Putting It All Together
Now if you have the hosting software placed on a laptop, the CD+G discs have been ripped to MP3+G files on an hard drive, and you have imported the songs in to the hosting software's database. All that's left would be to connect a laptop towards the PA system and external monitor(s).

Connecting the audio really is easy. You will employ a 1/8" stereo to dual RCA adapter cable for connecting from your earphone jack of the laptop towards 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 recording output from your laptop can be treated in several ways based on the available connections. Ideally you'll want to be ready for the situations you are likely to encounter your various gigs. As a result I recommend that you convert the signal in the S-video or VGA out connections to some VHF (coaxial) signal which you can use by television. This also enables you to utilize a coaxial splitter to hook up with multiple TV's or in to a main coaxial junction.

The recording to VHF converters are available at almost any electronics store or Radio Shack. Of course you can also connect a laptop straight to a pc monitor through the VGA or any TV which has an S-video input.

That is it. Now instead of hauling around, storing, and looking after dozens of discs, you may walk into a gig carrying your player and finished music library in a single hand.
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