home karaoke set up

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  1. robphelan

    robphelan Diamond Member

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    I want to set up some sort of karaoke system for the wife and I'd like to have something nice. We don't have/want a console gaming system to run it.

    I've seen some cheapy machines online... also, I saw someone on craigslist selling a harddrive full of CD+G music (i'm sure it's not legit) and i'm a bit confused on how that works.

    From what I understand, you can output the karaoke software from your laptop/htpc to the TV. Do you just hook up the microphone to your home entertainment receiver?

    Any suggestions on how to go about this? she's a great singer so I'd like to have something nice for her.
     
  2. jtvang125

    jtvang125 Diamond Member

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    You have several choices.

    1. All in one machines. Single unit that has a small screen, CD or DVD player, mic inputs and speaker. Plays CD+G and DVD karaoke discs.

    2. Set top DVD player with karaoke. Basically a dvd player that has mic inputs. Plays CD+G discs and DVD karaoke discs. Can be easily connected to your HT system.

    3. MagicMic. All in one wireless unit where songs are stored on a chip that plugs into the mic. Buy new chips with new songs.

    4. There are numerous karaoke software for the pc but a free one I use is Winamp with MP3+G plugin. You can use the mic input on the PC but it's hard to control volume and echo so I recommend a karaoke mixer between the PC and receiver. My mixer comes with wireless mics.
     
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    i have singstar on the ps3, but i want a home one also
     
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    jt, do you have ballpark $ estimates for the different options?
     
  6. robphelan

    robphelan Diamond Member

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    let's say option 4 - are you talking about a mixer like this http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=SPM3174746102 ?

    So you run video from the PC to the TV, then audio to the mixer to the home entertainment system?

    EDIT: what mixers would you recommend? I don't need something high end, but I'd like it to be decent.

    EDIT2: that Hisonic had 2 poor reviews on amazon.
     
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  7. jtvang125

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    If you're not looking for anything professional then the hardware isn't that much. About $60-80 will get you a good mixer. It's buying all the discs that's expensive.


    Yep, that's pretty much it. I think I picked one of those Hisonic awhile back and it died shortly after. And I didn't even use it that much. I'd go wireless cause its much more convenient. I think mine is a philips. Not too sure what model since I just got it as a gift. It's been great so far. Antennas are a bit fragile but SQ is good and no dropout of the mics.
     
  8. robphelan

    robphelan Diamond Member

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    Thanks! I think this is all coming together.

    Previously, I built a touchscreen jukebox and it's hooked up to my receiver. it's laptop based inside an old wooden school school desk.

    Currently, it has ports for RCA out and 1 USB in. I'll need to add some sort of video out to the TV and re-route the RCA cables to the mixer, then to the receiver.

    So, it looks like i just need to pick up a mixer, load the software (i'll try WinAmp + the plug in first) and find some music.

    thanks a ton for your input.

    EDIT: I just realized i already have video out from my laptop to my touchscreen.. so i need to buy some sort of splitter to output to the TV as well.
     
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  9. robphelan

    robphelan Diamond Member

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    doing more research, I do see set top boxes that play CD+G with USB ports... but I would really like to find one that will play MP3+G from the USB port (ideally from a large HDD).

    nothing so far.. will continue to look as this would be the easiest technology for the wife to handle.
     
  10. robphelan

    robphelan Diamond Member

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    OK.. i decided on buying this mixer - http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Mini...QK2RQNXB64FHEA

    and a couple of mics.

    I'll be able to capitalize on the touchscreen jukebox (powered by my old laptop) I already have connected to my home theater system. I bought a VGA Y-splitter (one to my touchscreen and the other to my LCD TV).

    My next question is how do you keep your mp3+g files organized? I plan to use Winamp with the karaoke plugin.. but how do you store the files and do they appear in Winamp with the actual ID3 tags?
     
  11. funks

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    Here's the setup if you are serious and want to please the Wife..

    1) BMB DX-3000 Mixer (it has a remote, and controls to prevent people from turning the volumes to the max and blowing your stuff up)..
    1) Carvin UX-16 Wireless Microphone (because corded sucks, people step on the and trip especially during parties).
    1) Pair of RCF ART-312a Powered PA Speakers <- Proper Speakers are important.. Don't try doing Karaoke with your Home Theater speakers, you'll blow them up.
    1) Pair of XLR Cables
    1) CAVS IPS-11G
    1) 64GB USB KEY (Transcend 64GB JetFlash USB 2.0 FLash Drive TS64GJ500)

    You can stuff around 25,000 songs (MP3+G) in that USB KEY. The CAVS is great, it has a MENU setup called INXMENU which gives the singer a straightforward UI to select songs (plug in 4-digit code from the Songbook). Can search via Song Title, or Singer too. It does play MP3+MCG files though (easy to convert CD+G's, or MP3+G's to MCG+MP3) to said format with the MCGManager program. MCG's are just compressed .CDG files making it take up a lot less space.

    If the songs your wifey wants to sing is primarily in english, then I suggest sticking to MP3+G (or CD+G) Karaoke. Much better Quality (has background singers and such) than that MIDI sounding Magic Mic BS. If your significant other is Filipina though, might not have a lot of options - lol. Not very many Filipino songs in CDG, or MP3+G format.

    If your wife really loves singing and you want to get laid 3x a week, get her this setup - lol. As for songs, you buy MP3+G Karaoke Songs from the following

    KaraokeDownloads.ca

    Stick to "ZOOM", "CHARTBUSTER", "SUNFLY" brand.. Sound Choice has the best sound quality out of all the Karaoke Brands - they don't release CD+G's anymore but you can buy their rebranded MP3+G tracks from

    www.thekaraokechannel.com

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  12. Lyfer

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    I'm surprised no one has asked. Are you korean?