Sunday, 6 May 2012

Let's Record Your Performance!

The idea of this generally invokes one of two responses from people when we mention of the idea of recording your karaoke performances.

Its either, why would you want to do that? or... and oh really tell me more...

Yes the two couldn't be further apart there's not even a hope of middle ground here, for some people the idea is enough to freak them out, they just love to sing and have some fun.

But for many karaoke singers the idea is to improve their performance, so they practise the same song time and time again the same song until they nail it.

A popular way to help this process is to use Multiplex Karaoke Discs, also known as MPX. These are the same as the normal karaoke tracks but they also feature chorus line backing vocals. These discs give you the ability to switch the vocals on and off again, in real time.

The stereo backing track consists of a Left and Right audio channel. Using a Karaoke Machine you can knock out the left or right audio track, using the L/R button on your remote control. Together they play in Stereo, when you switch off the left track you drop the lead vocal leaving the just the backing track playing on the right, is is also known as the karaoke version which features the chorus line vocals only.

These MPX songs let you sing along with the cover artist, no it's not going to be Kylie Minogue or Frank Sinatra but a professional cover vocalist performing the song in the style of the original artist.

This way you can learn the right times to come in and get the style of the song down pat and when you think your good enough to go solo, just switch the the left track to switch off the vocalist and go for it.

This technique can help you improve your singing and performances, the other way is to record yourself, so you can hear how you sound, it might explain why the police keep showing up at your home on karaoke night or why the cat has moved house. The only way to know for sure is to record and then you can work on improving your vocal sound.

It was a very expense process for one our karaoke regulars who spent many hours at a recording studio. Over the last year he spent over $5000 recording his favourite songs making Cd's for his friends and family. One day when he visited the store to purchase more songs, I learnt what he was doing with the songs. When he told me how much each session was costing him I said why don't you just get one of these, it costs less then half a recording session.

He looked at me like I was pulling his leg, can you really do that! Yes you can I said.

We have many different solutions for recording. There is a portable device which will connect to any Karaoke Machine with RCA audio outputs (which is every machine/player ever made has), this portable device will also connect to any amplifier or mixing desk console with either line or record output.

That means you can take this portable device which is the about double the size of a USB memory stick with you to the karaoke venues ask the DJ to connect it to the line out on his mixer press record when it's your turn and away it goes. 

It will record all the music and your voice straight to it's memory banks, when you're finished press the stop button and you can listen back via the headphones or connect it to your PC and take the songs off the device so you can play, mix, email, facebook, share or whatever you want to do with the songs. Sounds to good too be true? Then I better not mention what it costs because this device will give you change from a $50 note and I am not talking cents either. This product is called the Recordio.

Other options include a Karaoke Player / Machine that also records your voice and the music being played directly to a USB memory stick or SD Memory Card. All you have to do is connect a microphone to these types of players insert a karaoke CD+G disc select the song you want to play, press record and the machine will start recording. Once you're finished you can play it back instantly it will even record the on-screen lyrics so you can see if you were in or out of time.

You can also change the key up or down, add echo, reduce or increase the music volume and of course the volume level of the microphone all of which will be recorded.

A Machine that can do all this starts from $119.99 (Sonken MP600) and the top of the line version (Sonken MP1000) at $219.99.

If your a singing teacher, school or solo performer we also have a option for you which includes the player / machine but with amplifier and speaker system inbuilt. Plus this unit has a guitar and keyboard input jacks so you can really take this to the next level. It also has more options to mix the music for bass, treble, delay and echo effects complete with a graphic equaliser and a machine like this is from only $599.99 and is called the DJ Buster.

So as you can see recording a performance doesn't have to cost the earth, it is more afordable than ever with several different solutions. If you're still a little unsure please either call us on 1300 550 630 or visit a Karaoke Home Entertainment Store in Melbourne or Perth today.

Australia's "The Voice" The Hit TV Show - Sing The Hits From The Hosts!

Australia's own Delta Goodrem currently "Sitting On Top Of The World" with a new hit reality TV show she co-hosts with Keith Urban, Seal and Joel from "Good Charlotte" on Channel 9's "The Voice".

Her latest song "Sitting On Top Of The World" has just been commissioned by Sunfly Karaoke and will appear on Volume 69 of Sunfly Karaoke Kool where all the very best radio songs get released.

Delta is a real favourite on Karaoke and has her very own dedicated album on Sunfly Australian Classic Artists "Delta Goodrem".


   A Little Too Late
  Almost Here
  Born To Try
  Innocent Eyes
  Lost Without You
  Mistaken Identity
  Not Me Not I
  Out Of The Blue
  Together We Are One
  Born To Try (Dance Remix)

"The Voice" has helped sky rocket Seal's smash hit song "Kiss From A Rose" back in the Aria charts in Australia. Can you believe it was was first released as a single way back in July 1994 and was used in the blockbuster movie Batman Forever which featured Australia's Nicole Kidman now married to who other than Keith Urban. 

Kiss From A Rose will feature on Sunfly Karaoke Kool Volume 69 due to the demand for this super ballad once more.

For true fans of Seal we have an album on Karaoke of all his popular songs click here to view it.

He's was born in New Zealand but started his country music career in Australia at a very early age and is best known in the United States for his special blend of country music. Keith Urban is also much loved on Karaoke and a host of his songs are available today.

Sunfly Karaoke World Stars features 15 classic Urban tracks.

You'll Think Of Me
You Look Good In My Shirt
Making Memories Of Us
Better Life  

Days Go By
Kiss A Girl
Romeo's Tune 
Got It Right This Time (The Celebration)
Til Summer Comes Around
Sweet Thing
Only You Can Love Me This Way
You're My Better Half
Once In A Lifetime
But For The Grace Of God

Coming soon we have a follow up disc featuring 11 additional Keith Urban tracks, plus a Multiplex Disc which enables you to switch on/off the lead vocals so you can learn the song then switch them off an do your best impersonation of Keith.

Good Charolette fans don't despair we have you well covered with several discs from the band karaoke has never had it so good check them out now.

All these songs and discs are available on CD+G, DVD and MP3+G download, or you can get just the songs you love on a custom karaoke disc.

A custom disc lets you choose the songs that make up your hit disc so you get just the songs you like, this service is called and is provided by either at store level in Melbourne and Perth or by calling 1300 550 630 or do it all online.

All content is 100% licensed by Apra/Amcos in Australia and yes you can take these discs to any karaoke show/venue as thousands of our customer do every week so you can sing the songs you want to sing not just what they have on offer!

You can also digital download songs from our web site instantly.