How to Hook a Karaoke Machine to a Computer

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A karaoke machine is a lot of fun, but it is even more fun when you are able to record what you sing and make your own karaoke CDs. You could get a karaoke burner for this purpose or you could hook it to a computer or laptop, to achieve this end result. Before you get discouraged by the seemingly incompatible connection, just check the following few steps. You may be surprised at how easy it is to connect your karaoke with the computer. Once you do so, you could also boast of having and using digital karaoke--which is the latest craze in the market today.

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Things you need

  • A suitably configured computer
  • Sound card with stereophonic audio output
  • Graphic card (it should be dual with TV out line)
  • The updated version of DirectX
  • Ability to project dual display
  • Windows XP or Vista
  • High capacity HD (hard drive)
  • A CD+G internal/ external drive
  • Software that will manage your karaoke files
  • Adapter cables – (optional)
  • A lot of patience

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    Check the back of your computer and identify the plug point that connects the amplifier and monitor. Just look at the back of your computer and laptop and plug the wires as indicated for audio and video lines.

  2. 2

    In case your computer does not have adequate plugs, use adaptor cables to do so. The adaptors come with explicit instructions regarding how and where to plug in.

  3. 3

    Put on your karaoke machine and run the software for a trial. In case there is a mismatch and things do not move as you planned, switch the machine and amplifier off, disconnect it from the PC and then reboot your PC or laptop. Reconnect after the computer is fully initialised

  4. 4

    Use the hard disk storage space to choose songs for playing, as the CD + G drive would be used for burning the singers' karaoke attempts. The screen would give the statistics of both the workstation as well as the play list.

  5. 5

    Enjoy like there is no tomorrow, because now you can make your own phenomenal CD+G collection of songs, or whatever else you like to use the karaoke machine for.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want the best performance, you need to use a computer with higher configurations; the faster and better the processor is, the better the performance of your karaoke machine.
  • Use an equaliser to record the optimal sound and you may be surprised at how clear and melodious your voice sounds.
  • There are karaoke-ready laptops and PCs; if you plan to do this, you should rather buy one that is karaoke ready. It would save you from going through all these steps to turn it on.
  • If the configuration disagrees with the karaoke machine and software, there is nothing you can do but revert with an upgraded version

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