Thursday, 2 February 2012

Creating a Karaoke System from scratch and Song Packages!

There are so many ways to create yourself a home or commerical karaoke system. The key components to any system is the music of course.

There has never been so much choice either with songs available as far back as the 1920's right through to today's very radio hits. For Australians and New Zealanders we also have all the popular home grown hits new and old.

Today we have over 95,000 songs to choose from and the range is growing each month.

So first you need to choose which Karaoke Machine aka Player is for you, if it's for home and for the kids I would recommend the Sonken MP4000 if you would like the option of playing both karaoke discs, be it CD+G, VCD or DVD as well as digital content in the format of MP3+G.

MP3+G Karaoke is a downloadable format from this gives you access to over 95,000 songs with new songs released weekly. This is by far today the most popular format and method to obtaining new songs.

The MP4000 has a remote control but all the important features or user controls are located on the front panel and the unit can be rack mounted to also popular with Karaoke Hosts or DJ's making professional user much more user friendly.

The MP4000 has both a USB Port and SD Card Slot which supports a 32GB storage device.

Using the USB or SD card will enable you to run your karaoke songs off the on-screen menu and eliminate the need to continually swap discs and it keeps your discs safe, just in case something happens to your digital media you can restore it from your CD+G's.

The MP4000 can play CD+G songs and at the same time converted each song into the digital MP3+G format which can then be played off the USB or SD Card.  

The MP4000 can even create song book for your library so you just have to enter in a unique song number to playback the song. 

Like I mentioned earlier the MP4000 can play CD+G, DVD, VCD, CD, MP3 and MP3+G karaoke and has two microphone inputs (front and rear) with individual microphone volume controls. 

You can also record your singing performance which will record the music and your voice so you can share your performances. Your vocal recordings are recorded as MP3 files and saved straight back to your USB or SD Card even if playing a song off the same USB or SD Card.

The MP4000 can also play world zones DVD movies with 5.1 audio outputs (RCA) and Digital Audio Out (Optical + Co-axial).

You can connect to either a LCD TV, video projector or tube television with either yellow RCA or Component connections or HDMI, with a little RCA splitter plug we sell you can run two screens for the on-screen lyrics

The sound can either be played through your TV or for improved sound I would suggest home stereo system which will sound better again. If you use a home theatre system which is 5.1 or greater you will be best to change the settings to 2.0 channel stereo, ideally a stereo amplifier and speaker system will give the best sounding results which is designed for singing and loud music.

There are other options like a All-In-One Karaoke System like the Max Karaoke System which is a 100% digital alternative, meaning now CD+G's or DVD discs.

All media is played via USB or SD Card in MP4 Format, be it Movies or Karaoke. It a Amplifier and Speaker system in easy to move mobile package complete with 15" Screen and two UHF Wireless Microphones.

Ideal to move from room to room just add a TV screen for on-screen lyrics and your done. This system has been very popular for many different types of uses from home, schools, nursing homes, function rooms and it goes on.

If your thinking of running your Karaoke from your PC or Notebook PC then we have several solution from PCDJ all which let you run your shows from the comfort of your computer.

The PCDJ software runs MP3+G Karaoke Songs and is easy to use and best of is free, yes free to try before you buy. This way you can see if the program is for you before you decide to go down this road.

So all whats left is microphones either wired or wireless ones and we have once again several different options to cater for everyone, from kids to professional singers.

Once you have chosen your machine or software package its time to start building a library of songs, this will be different for everyone, depended on who will be enjoying the machine. If you are host or venue you will be looking to build a diverse library to cover a broad range of artists and musical tastes.

We call that building a song foundation, these are best made with three objectives in mind...
  1. Budget - This will vary for everyone, once you know your budget discuss this with a KHE staff member so we can point you in the right direction. It's important to remember no matter where you start you can always add on later and grow your song library at pace you are comfortable with.

  2. Music Taste - This is very important, you must know your client or target audience, if you choose songs that you only like you will most likely fail to impress your clients. That's why building a foundation library is such a good option because you get a broad or target library of songs to cater for as wide an audience as possible. I call it something for everyone and its like an insurance policy covering all music taste bases.

  3. Delivery - Now I'm not talking about a box rolling up to your door, I mean how the music content is delivered for easy of use, and the best way is for the content to be loaded on to a USB memory stick in MP3+G format.
We have many song package deals available and many of them can be provided additionally on MP3+G memory stick, which saves you a lot of time converting from CD+G to MP3+G.

We also have free software on for your PC which will do a CD+G to MP3+G conversion of a full disc in approximate 3 minutes, much better and faster but still time consuming if you have just purchased a lot of CD+G discs.
So with this in mind we are making more and more packages which include all the conversion work done for you so you can just start the day you get your machine.

You still get all the original discs just in case your digital media fails or gets lost so you can always restore from the discs, the discs also keep you street legal and act as your proof of purchase because the last thing you need is a visit from the Music Industry Piracy Investigators the people who police and prosecute copyright infringements.

We have several different package deals available for all our different systems and can even customize a solution just for you.

Talk to the team a Karaoke Home Entertainment - 1300 550 630 and let us help you build your system for home or commerical use.