How to Record Your Karaoke Performance
The popularity of karaoke is growing every year. New karaoke bars are opening
all the time and there are plenty of home karaoke systems to choose from. You
can even use your computer as a karaoke device, and by doing so, capture you
karaoke performance for all time.
There are many different types of computer karaoke programs. Some handle audio
files and others only play back KAR or MIDI files. KAR is similar to MIDI but
has special karaoke features like lyric display.
The advantage of using a MIDI or KAR file for karaoke songs is that the speed
and key of the song can be adjusted. Audio files cannot be changed – you have to
sing in the key of the recording.
The limitation of MIDI is that the sound is dependent on the quality of the MIDI
playback device. The MIDI sounds that come with the Windows operating system
(Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth) are adequate, but some of the sounds (like the
saxophone and trumpets) are downright cheesy. If you want better sound for MIDI
or KAR, you’ll have to get a new soundcard or external sound generator.
Whether you are using KAR or audio backing music, most karaoke software allows
you to record your performance and capture it to a WAV file on your computer.
You can add effects like reverb or chorus on the fly or add them later in an
For really professionally sounding recordings, you can record your voice by
itself by listening to the backing music on headphones. This allows you to have
separate tracks for voice and music allowing you to edit each of them
If your voice goes off-pitch in places you can adjust it with the pitch
adjustment features available in most audio editors. You can change the pitch
without affecting the speed, and you can make small adjustments to get a perfect
Once you are happy with your voice recording, it can be mixed with the backing
music and burned to CD. Impress your friends and colleagues with your fabulous
singing ability. Who knows, this may be the start of your singing career!
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