Most Karaoke players look like a stand-alone DVD/CD player which includes two
along with numerous buttons on the front for song selection.
Karaoke players comein a couple of varieties.
DVD+ Hard Disc Karaoke
DVD+HDD is an abbreviation for Digital versatile disc + Hard Disc. This is
Karaoke player with removable HDD which allow you to
transfer to PC or upgrade to larger capacities.
DVD Karaoke is similar to VCD Karaoke but hold a lot more songs.
DVD Karaoke Player
Normally can play
DVD, CD+G, VCD, JPEG discs and optionally from USB memory and more!
These karaoke machines normally have 5.1 surround and microphone inputs, echo and key adjustment
and lead vocal suppression for multiplex songs.
CD+G/VCD Karaoke Player
This type of Karaoke player supports the CD+G standard as well as Video CD(VCD)standard.
Like CD+G discs, VCD Karaoke discs display song lyrics along with music
including multi video
background instead of solid color background in CD+G discs but
background video titles are not matched
with song contents . VCD discs support vocal suppression and stereo or mono
and Tempo control.
CD+G Karaoke Player
CD+G stands for Compact Disc + Graphic which consists of two parts; song and graphic with lyrics on
the screen but graphic is single color background. CD+G discs can be supported in a regular CD player,
but to see the graphics portion you'll need a
special CD+G player.
More advanced CD+G players allow you to superimpose
video from a camcorder or VCR behind the text
to liven up the Karaoke
experience and enhance more pizzazz .
If all this seems too complicated, you can go with an all-in-one unit. These
units provide the player,
microphone(s), amp, mixer, sampler CDs, and speakers
in a single package.
With an all-in-one player the only thing you'll need to provide is a TV or
Also note that some all-in-one units are capable of playing only
CD+G discs while others are capable
of playing both VCD and CD+G discs. Check
the specs before you buy to see if it has all the options
Karaoke Peripheral devices
With the music being played,
Karaoke Mixers are used to adjust microphone levels, adjust bass, mid,
and treble levels of microphone inputs, echo, reverb,
delay, vocal removal for regular CDs and key
control for raising or lowering
key, tempo of music in order for more people to easily sing along
But this item is usually unnecessary and is only reserved
for professional DJ's, because most Karaoke
players includes microphone inputs along with ajustment function of echo, key,volume, and tempo.
Generally, an amplifier or simply amp is any device that changes, usually
increases the amplitude of
the sound from Karaoke players or microphone and
also provide speaker hookups.
If you have a home stereo or stereo amp/pre-amp,
you can use that instead of a Karaoke amplifier.
Normally a Karaoke amplifier
is unnecessary for the average home user.
If you want to reproduce loud, robust, and better quality sound or set club or
bar, you may use Karaoke
speakers. If you're using a home receiver/amp as an
amplifier you can get away wiith using your home
stereo speakers. However, you
can potentially blow your speakers if audio levels from your Karaoke
set too high. To be safe, adjust the volume settings low on your home stereo
the volume level depending on who's singing. Another option is to
use a cheap pair of stereo speakers
when you have Karaoke night at your home.
Karaoke monitors are specialized video monitors designed to be compact and easy
However, home Karaoke enthusiasts can use a TV instead. All you need
is a video-input jack
on the TV. Failing that, you can use an RF converter to
connect to your TV's antenna.
There's no special type of Karaoke microphone. Any quality microphone with a
will do just fine. You'll want to stay away from cheap
microphones as they allow interference
and often cause feedback.
The ultimate cheap option
Many DVD players also double as Karaoke players. A Karaoke-enabled DVD player
microphone inputs in front. If it does, you can play CD+G discs,
Karaoke VCD's, and Karaoke DVD's
(a new format).
While you can play CD+G's, without an additional and pricey CD+G decoder you'll
just get the audio and
no graphics. Plug it in to your stereo for decent sound
and you've got a ready-made Karaoke player and
DVD player too. *Taken from TechTV airings: Tue. 4/2 at 5 p.m. & Wed. 4/3 at 3 a.m.
Q: Do Karaoke music discs use original artist recordings?
A: Karaoke music discs (CDGs, CDGMs, VCDs and DVDs) are recreations recorded by
manufacturers. The manufacturer will hire independent artists and
bands to recreate songs done in
the likeness of the original artist, with the
goal of sounding as similar to the original artist as possible.
interpretation of like songs will sound different throughout different
Q: Do the Karaoke recordings have "background singers"?
A: Yes, most discs and songs have background singers, mainly for the chorus.
background singers are not removable.
Q: Why can't I find the song that I am looking for?
A: LoudKaraoke.com has a large music database, but unfortunately, not all songs
are available for
Karaoke. When you search for your favorite songs, singers, or
groups, try omitting the word
"The" and "A" from the song
title or group name. For favorite singers, try searching by just the last name.
Q: What is multiplex?
A: All Karaoke discs are made in either a multiplex or non-multiplex format.
also do not feature the original artist.
Multiplex discs, have vocal demos for each song so that you can choose to
listen to the song with or
without the vocals. Non-multiplex discs provide only
one version of the song, without the vocals.
Q: What is CDGM?
A: CDGM stands for Compact Disc plus Graphics Multiplex. In addition to being
CDGs, CDGMs include vocal demos for each song so that you can
choose to listen to the song
with or without the lead vocals. CDGMs usually
have about 8 songs per each disc. The lead
vocals are removed by a balance control
on your player or by a special multiplex button on
your player. See "What
is multiplex" for more information.
Q: What is VCD?
A: VCD stands for Video Compact Disc. VCD Karaoke discs provide not only the
lyrics in time
with the music, but also a video background display that
complements the song. VCDs usually
have about 11 songs per each disc.
To play Video CD disks you need either a CDG Karaoke player with Video CD
a DVD player since all DVD players can play Video CD format.
Many CDG Karaoke players have
a combination Video CD and CDG function and
operate the same way as a regular CDG
Q: What are DVD Karaoke Discs?
A: DVD stands for Digital Versatile Discs. DVD Karaoke disks are generally
the Video CD Karaoke disks. The video background on a DVD
Karaoke Disk is much higher
quality than a Video CD disk, however, currently
there is no additional music, improved sound
quality, or special DVD features.
DVD Karaoke disks tend to be higher priced and there is
less selection of
Q: What is CDG?
A: CDG (or CD+G) stands for Compact Disc Plus Graphics. A CDG Karaoke disc
an additional track, which displays the song lyrics on a TV when
played on a Karaoke player.
The words to the song are typically displayed on a
blue background and are highlighted in
a contrasting color to signal when the
words should be sung. The CDG format is the Karaoke
standard for most of the
world's Karaoke. CDGs usually have about 15 songs per each disc.
CDG Karaoke disks require a special Karaoke player called a Karaoke CDG Player.
CDG player is similar to a regular CD player, except that it has an
additional chip for reading
the graphics track of a CDG. In addition, a CDG
Karaoke Player also has a place to plug in
a microphone, a key controller to
adjust for the singer's key, and an echo control to enhance
the singer's voice.
A normal DVD player will play both the DVD and Video CD Karaoke disks. However,
a Karaoke DVD Player has additional features such as microphone inputs, key
Q: Will CDGs play on my standard CD player or computer?
A: A CDG Karaoke disc will play (only the sound, not the graphics) in any
standard CD player.
A CDG karaoke disc will sometimes work on a computer with a
CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive,
however it depends on the karaoke disc
manufacturer. Recently, some manufacturers have
began implementing a method
that protects the CDG from being read by a computer.
If a CDG has this type of
protection, it will still play on standard CD players.
Please Note: Keep in mind that only a CDG karaoke player can read the graphics
so the song lyrics will not be displayed on a standard CD player, DVD
player or computer.
Q: Will Karaoke DVDs play on my standard DVD player or computer DVD-ROM
A: Yes, however, a Karaoke DVD Player has additional features such as
key changer, and echo control