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

Whoever has performed karaoke shows with a disc based system knows how much of an annoyance discs may be. Loading discs interior and exterior the machine, storing them, keeping them clean, and hauling them around is not a lot of fun. The typical karaoke host could have a huge selection of discs to deal with. Also, karaoke disc players have limited features.

The reply to this dilemma can be a computerized karaoke system. Do away with discs while storing all your karaoke songs on a hard disk that may easily fit into your back pocket. Just imagine without more discs to load, store, and maintain. That is only the beginning. Karaoke hosting software offers features difficult with a disc player that may really increase the quality of one's shows.

The entire process of switching to a computerized method is simple enough or complicated however it is time intensive initially. How time consuming depends on the amount of discs you have when you Pocketpussytoy 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
The laptop requirements generally will depend on the hosting software requirements. One of my favorite hosting applications, JustKaraoke, will run all right on most laptops produced in the last six or seven years. One of the things the laptop will need to have will be the extended desktop feature. This allows for your workstation to become displayed on a laptop as 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 exactly what really separates your computer users in the disc users. Imagine the scenario each time a singer approaches you together with asks should you remember what the song was they sang 2-3 weeks earlier at your other gigs. Imagine by investing in just a few mouse clicks or keystrokes you could inform them precisely what they sang that night or any other night. This is simply one of many 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 sound files between karaoke songs).
Ability to purchase songs within a show (if connected to the internet).

The Song Files
The typical karaoke data format supported by all hosting software is MP3+G. This is a compressed sort of a karaoke CD+G song track. Each MP3+G song includes two files, one cdg and one mp3. Both of these files are usually zipped together to form a single file for each song. Virtually all karaoke hosting software supports karaoke zip files.

You will must rip the song tracks from all of your CD+G discs to the zipped MP3+G format. This can be a time consuming venture there is however absolutely no way around it. It'll be worthwhile ultimately. There are numerous applications readily available for it might be nevertheless the one used by lots of professionals, and the one I suggest, is Power CD+G Burner. This system produces high quality rips, automatically names the song files from free online databases (by having an internet connection present), and works with modern CD/DVD drives.

Putting It All Together
Now in the event that you have the hosting software attached to laptops, the CD+G discs happen to be ripped to MP3+G files with an external hard drive, and you have imported the songs to the hosting software's database. All that's left is to connect the laptop to the PA system and external monitor(s).

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

The video output from the laptop can be handled often depending on the available connections. Ideally you will want to be prepared for the situations you will encounter your various gigs. As a result I suggest that you simply convert the signal from your S-video or VGA out connections with a VHF (coaxial) signal you can use by television. This also enables you to make use of a coaxial splitter to connect to multiple TV's or in to a main coaxial junction.

The recording to VHF converters can be obtained at just about any electronics store or Radio Shack. Of course you can also connect laptops straight to some type of computer monitor using the VGA or any TV which has an S-video input.

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