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Karaoke is a popular form of entertainment that lets you be the singing star that you've always wanted to be! With Karaoke, the music of your favorite recording artists accompanies you while you sing the lyrics. Don't know the words? No problem! With a Karaoke player, the words to your favorite songs will scroll across the screen of any regular TV. Imagine the fun that you and your friends will have singing along to your favorite songs!
Karaoke originated in Japan. The word Karaoke comes from "kara" which is an abbreviation of "karappo" and means empty, and "oke" which is an abbreviation of "okesutura," or orchestra. The word Karaoke is used to describe a music disc that has music but no vocals, instead the words to the song are shown on a television screen, allowing you to sing along to the music.
Once popular only in Japan, Karaoke is now popular throughout the US at clubs, parties, weddings and anywhere where people love to sing!
CDG (or CD+G) stands for compact disc plus graphics. A CDG Karaoke disc contains 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.
CDG Karaoke disks require a special Karaoke player called a Karaoke CDG Player. A Karaoke 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.
It is easy to set up a CDG Karaoke player. Take the player out of the box, plug the yellow cord from your CDG Karaoke player into the back of your TV to display the song lyrics and you are ready to sing.
Please note there are no videos or movie clips on a CDG disc.
VCD stand for Video CD. Video CD Karaoke discs provide not only the lyrics in time with the music, but also a video background display that complements the song.
This format is less expensive (about half the price) of CDG disks.
To play Video CD disks you need either a CDG Karaoke player with Video CD capabilities or 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 Karaoke player.
DVD Karaoke disks are generally replications of 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 songs.
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 changer, and echo control.
Yes, a CDG Karaoke disk will play in any standard CD Player, computer or DVD player. However, the song lyrics will not be displayed since only a CDG player can read the graphics track.
A VCD, with appropriate software, will play on your computer, but it will not play on a CD player.
Yes, however, a Karaoke DVD Player has additional features such as microphone inputs, key changer, and echo control.
All Karaoke discs (CDG, VCD and Karaoke DVD) are made in either a multiplex or non-multiplex format.
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.
The vocal demos can be removed by locating the "vocal remove" or "multiplex function" on your Karaoke player. By turning this button on or off you can add or remove the demo singer.
This is a multiplex disc with a demo singer.
No, Karaoke tracks are recreations of the original song. All songs have been re-recorded with the goal of sounding as similar to the original as possible. Please note that multiplex discs do not feature the original artist.
Generally, the song is recorded in the same key that the artist recorded it in. Unfortunately, most Karaoke disc manufacturers do not provide key of the song.
Yes, with a "digital key changer". Although many Karaoke players offer a key changer feature, only a digital key changer effectively changes key. Non-digital key changers change both the key and the speed the sound and are, therefore, not ideal for key changing.
Yes, most discs and songs have background singers, mainly for the chorus. And these background singers are not removable.
Karaoke Warehouse has a huge music database, but unfortunately, not all songs are available for Karaoke. We will be happy to search for a song for you and special order it if necessary. Just use our contact form and let us know what you need.
Hybrid CDG discs will play in any Karaoke CD+G player, regular CD player or on a computer with Windows Media Player!
The screen (TV or computer monitor) will display the lyrics and will highlight each of them in time with the music. You can also play Hybrid discs on a normal CD player, although it will output the music only. Only a Karaoke CD+G player or Windows Media Player equipped computer will output lyrics to a screen.