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

Anyone who has performed karaoke shows having a disc based system knows the amount of a nuisance discs can be. Loading discs interior and exterior the equipment, storing them, keeping them clean, and hauling them around is not an great deal of fun. The standard karaoke host might have countless discs to manage. Also, karaoke disc players have limited features.

Damaged whipped cream this dilemma is really a computerized karaoke system. Do away with discs while storing all your karaoke songs over a hard drive that can easily fit in your back pocket. Consider without more discs to load, store, and keep. But that is only the beginning. Karaoke hosting software offers features not possible having a disc player that will really add to the quality of your shows.



The process of switching with a computerized product is not so difficult or complicated but it is time intensive in the beginning. How time-consuming depends on the amount of discs you've as you must "rip" the song tracks from each one of these. Fortunately, professional disc ripping software can connect with online with free streaming karaoke song databases and automatically name the song files.

The Laptop
Laptops requirements for the most part is determined by the hosting software requirements. Among my favorite hosting applications, JustKaraoke, will run just fine of many laptops produced in the last six or seven years. One feature laptops will need to have may be the extended desktop feature. This allows for your workstation being displayed on the laptop while the karaoke is displayed on a different monitor or TV via the S-video or VGA connection. No special sound card is needed.

The Karaoke Hosting Software
This is exactly what really separates your computer users from the disc users. Imagine the scenario each time a singer approaches you and asks in the event you remember what the song was they sang a few weeks earlier at one of the other gigs. Now imagine by using just a few clicks or keystrokes you might inform them just what they sang that night or another night. Case 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).
Capacity to purchase songs within a show (if attached to older (special info) the internet).

The Song Files
The conventional karaoke extendable supported by all hosting software program is MP3+G. This is a compressed version of a karaoke CD+G song track. Each MP3+G song includes two files, one cdg then one mp3. These two files are usually zipped together to make a single file for each song. Almost all karaoke hosting software supports karaoke zip files.

You are going to have to rip the song tracks of all your CD+G discs to the zipped MP3+G format. This is a time-consuming venture but there's absolutely no way around it. It will be well worth it ultimately. There are several applications designed for this but the one used by lots of professionals, and the one I highly recommend, is Power CD+G Burner. This system produces good quality rips, automatically names the song files from free online databases (by having an internet connection present), and works together modern CD/DVD drives.

Putting It all up
Now let's assume that you will find the hosting software attached to the laptop, the CD+G discs have been ripped to MP3+G files by using an external hard drive, and 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 from the laptop for the audio inputs of the mixer. The audio output in the laptop will probably be handled identical to the audio output from your karaoke disc player.

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

The video to VHF converters can be obtained at virtually any electronics store or Radio Shack. Obviously you can also connect a laptop directly to some type of computer monitor using the VGA or any TV that has an S-video input.

That's it. Now as opposed to hauling around, storing, and maintaining dozens of discs, you'll head into a gig carrying your player and finish music library in a hand.
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