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Types of Karaoke Machines
The basic, modern-day karaoke system can be broken down as follows.
1. Multi-Format Disc Player
State-of-the-art karaoke machines are wired to operate on either laserdisc, DVD, VCD, or CD-G formats. The disk player allows different versions of karaoke discs to be played.
In most countries in Asia, recording artists often create a karaoke track of their song when it’s released. However, in Europe and most of North America, karaoke tracks are never really done by the actual artist/s. They’re usually always recreations of original songs.
2. Mixer with Amplifier
The mixer and amp are responsible for powering and sending a signal to your speakers. A high-quality sound is very important. Although the mixer and amplifier are responsible for the sound effects, the speaker system is the only component that produces all the sound.
Of course, it helps to have a decent set of built-in speakers or an audio output to connect to your home stereo’s speakers. You can also add an extra speaker that is dedicated for the bass. Often times, commercial karaoke places will usually have multiple speaker systems to provide you with that “surround-sound live-concert effect.”
3. Microphone System
Wireless microphone systems are becoming more popular compared to the classic microphone one because the singer can sing without worrying about pulling or tripping on a cord. They can sing from anywhere within range and are free to move around or even bust a move mid-song if they want.
4. Television Monitor
A karaoke system will not be complete without the video output. A flat-screen television monitor will definitely make any singer enjoy the songs and be more comfortable.
The lyrics should be large enough that anyone can read them. Some karaoke machines come with a built-in display, while others are hooked up to a TV set or tablet computer.
Karaoke Enters the Digital Era
Today, there is a multitude of types of karaoke machines.
There’s the TV-monitor systems, microphones with built-in karaoke systems, portable karaoke machines, and all-in-one machines that even come with their own LED disco lights.
Now even a phone or a tablet connected to a mic and an amplifier speaker can serve as a karaoke machine.
All you have to do is connect your device to the internet and stream instrumental versions of your favorite songs on YouTube.
Sing King Karaoke
Sing King Karaoke joined Youtube in 2012 and is now the largest provider of karaoke songs on the internet, with over six million subscribers and almost two thousand videos. Sing King Karaoke’s Youtube channel has more subscribers than Kylie Jenner, 21 Savage, or ZaynVEVO.
Another popular YouTube channel that’s karaoke-related is Jame’s Cordon’s “Late Late Show,” which features carpool karaoke videos of him and his guests. He introduced the segment to his show in 2015 with guest Mariah Carey, and it went viral. Almost all of the carpool karaoke videos now have reached more than 100 million views. In 2016, the segment won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.