FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions )

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What is karaoke and karaoke media?

What is Amplifier (Amp)

What is the difference between regular CDs and Karaoke CDs What is Pre-amplifier
How do i decide what i should be buying? What is Frequency?
What are starter packs? What is Key Control
What is CDG? What is Vocal Reducer
What is CDGM (Multiplex) What is Vocal Replacement
What is DVD? RCA Modulator
What is VCD?  
 

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
What is karaoke and karaoke media?
    Karaoke is simply singing to existing recorded songs. The difference with karaoke media (CDGs, CDGMs, VCDs and DVDs) is the lead singer's voice is removed but the background voices and music are still present. In short, if you want to sing a Garth Brooks song, karaoke media removes Garth's voice and you sing in his place. Karaoke media consists of CDG (Compact Disc plus Graphics), CDGMs (Compact Disc plus Graphics Multiplex), VCDs (Video Compact Discs) and DVDs (Digital Versatile Discs). All the above media is a standard CD size of 5". CDGs usually have 15 songs per each disc and have the lead singer's voice removed. Lyrics appear on your TV screen for singing along. CDGMs usually have 8 songs per each disc and have the lead singer's voice intact. It's removed by a balance control on your player or by a special multiplex button on your player. Lyrics appear on your TV screen for singing along. VCD usually have 11 songs per each disc and have the lead singer's voice removed. The difference with VCDs is that the lyrics that play on your TV screen are shown on top of a short movie created for that song. These are also purchased by professionals and the serious karaoke enthusiast. Each form of media requires that you have a karaoke compatible player. When purchasing, please check your player manual for compatibility.
What is the difference between regular CDs and Karaoke CDs?
    Regular CDs are recording of the original artist. These recording may have been made in a recording studio or from live concerts. Karaoke CDs are reproduced creations recorded by each manufacturer. The manufacturer will hire independent artists and bands to recreate songs done in the likeness of the original artist. They are not the original artist's recordings. Manufacturer's interpretation of like songs will sound different throughout different manufacturers. Also, karaoke CDs have the capability of removing the lead singer's voice.
How do i decide what i should be buying?
    CDGs have no lead vocals, are more expensive and usually associated with the serious or veteran enthusiast. CDGMs have the lead vocals intact, are less expensive and usually associated with the beginners.
What are starter packs?
    Manufacturers assemble their own multiple disc packs to save you money. If you only intended to sing country or gospel, you would seek out packs specifically for those categories.
What is CDG?
    Also known as CD+G. CDGs do not have lead vocals. They only have background vocals and instrumentals. CDGs are equal to size as a normal 5" CD (standard CD size) with TV graphics. Words to the songs appear on a TV screen when the disc is played on a CD+G player and hooked up to a TV. Also compatible with standard audio players. CDGs (Compact Disc Plus Graphics) are used for karaoke media. They usually have about 15 songs per each disc and come with the lead singer's voice removed. Instrumentals and backup singers are left intact. The premise is to substitute your voice as the lead singer's voice.
What is CDGM (Multiplex)
    Also known as Compact Disc Plus Graphics Multiplex. CDGMs have lead vocals that can be removed. They usually have 8 songs per each disc and come with the lead singer's voice. The lead singer's voice can be removed with a player that has a balance control or a multiplex control.
What is DVD?
    (Digital Versatile Disc) 5" format with higher date compression with audio and video digitally reproduced. When played on a DVD Player. You will see lyrics scrolling across the TV screen plus motion picture in the background in digital DVD format. A DVD disc can fit more than 40 songs.
What is VCD?
    VCDs are equal to size as a normal 5" CD (standard CD size) with TV graphics. Words to the songs appear on a TV screen over a scene that you normally see on TV when the disc is played on a VCD player (or on most DVD players) and hooked up to a TV. They usually have about 11 songs per each disc. The singer's voice can be turn ON or OFF on a VCD/DVD player with the multiple audio function.
What is Amplifier (Amp)
    A device with increases signal level. Many types of amplifiers are used in audio systems. Amplifiers typically increase voltage, current or both.
What is Pre-amplifier
    A device that takes a source signal, such as from a tunable, tape-deck or CD player, and passes this signal on to a power-amplifiers). The pre-amp may have a number of controls such as source selector switches, balance, volume and possibly tone-control.
What is Frequency?
    The range of human hearing is commonly given as 20-20,000Hz (20Hz-20kHz) One hertz (Hz) represents one cycle per second, 20Hz represents 20 cycles per seconds and so on. Lower numbers are lower frequencies.
What is Key Control
    (Digital key control, pitch control, key changer) - Raises or lowers all the notes to help you sing in your range. Digital key change effects only the pitch, not the tempo.
What is Vocal Reducer
    (vocal masking, vocal suppressor) - Reduces the level of vocal range on a regular CD and audio cassette recording. May reduce instruments in same range. The Vocal Reducer is capable of reducing about 60% or less of vocal on a regular CD.
What is Vocal Replacement
    (voice cancel, voice partner) - Mutes the recorded vocal on multiplex recordings when you sing into mic and brings them back up when you stop singing.
RCA Modulator
    "Phono" plugs, used primarily as low-level connections between phonographs/ CD players/ Tuners/Receivers/Amplifiers...
RF Modulator
    Adapter that converts signal from CDG or LD player thru cable to a non-video ready TV.