FAQ

  • What is karaoke?


    The word "karaoke" comes from the Japanese word “Kara” which means empty, and "Oke" (Okesutora), which means orchestra. Karaoke is simply singing to existing recorded songs. The difference with karaoke media is the lead singer's voice is removed but the background voices and music are still present.
  • What is Amplifier (Amp)?


    Generally, an amplifier is any device that will convert a signal with a small amount of energy into a similar signal with a larger amount of energy. In popular use, the term today usually refers to an electronic amplifier, often as in audio applications. Typically, a karaoke system uses a combination of both mixer and amplifier (receiver) along with other vocal enhancement features specifically for karaoke use in one unit. You will need an amplifier if you want to power external speakers. You can turn almost any media disc player into karaoke system with a mixing amplifier.


  • What is a Karaoke Mixer?


    The Mixers have the responsibility of balancing the various elements; Karaoke mixers use a combination of music and vocal source into one and enhance the sound quality. A karaoke mixer can turn a media disc player into a karaoke machine. A karaoke mixer has some important functions: microphone inputs, volume control, key controller, echo, delay, repeat, and vocal reducer.


  • Should I use other Receiver for my Karaoke system setup?


    You can use other Receiver devices for karaoke use, but we don’t’ recommend it because you will lose vocal quality. Home Theater receiver’s use a different technology and format. A Karaoke Mixer/Amp was builds for specifically singing use and has other features that other receiver does not have for karaoke use. For optimum performance and experience; we recommend for you to separate your Home Theater system from the Karaoke system.


  • What is Pre-amplifier (pre-amp)


    A pre-amplifier is an electronic amplifier which precedes another amplifier to prepare an electronic signal for further amplification or processing. For example: it takes source signal such as from a CD player, and passes this signal on to a power-amplifier. The pre-amp may have a number of controls such as source selector switches, balance, volume and possibly tone-control.
  • What is Frequency?


    Frequency is a measure of the number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit time (Sound Wave). For example; in music and acoustics, the frequency of the standard pitch A above middle C on a piano is usually defined as 440 Hz and known as concert pitch. A baby can hear tones with oscillations up to approximately 20,000 Hz, but these frequencies become more difficult to hear as people age. 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 Vocal Reducer?


    Vocal Reducer is a feature that removes vocals from standard non-multiplex CD tracks. To do this, the unit compares the audio on the left and right channels, and cancels out any signals that appear on both. Most currently recorded CD’s contain the vocal layer on both side, however some may not, leading to varying results.
  • What is Vocal Replacement?


    (Vocal Cancel, Vocal Partner) Mutes the recorded vocal on multiplex recordings when you sing into mic and brings them back up when you stop singing.
  • 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
    effect only the pitch, not the tempo.
  • What is Delay?


    Delay is also a facet of the echo process. Delay refers to the amount of time that exists between echoes.


  • What is Gain?


    To increase in level (function of a volume control).
  • What is Repeat?


    Repeat is facet of the echo process. Repeat refers to the frequency of echoes within a period of time.


  • What is Decibel (dB)?


    Named after Alexander Graham Bell. We perceive differences in volume level in a logarithmic manner. Our ears become less sensitive to sound as its intensity increases. Decibels are a logarithmic scale of relative loudness. A difference of about 1 dB is the minimum perceptible change in volume, 3 dB is a moderate change in volume, and about 10 dB is an apparent doubling of volume. 0 dB is the threshold of hearing and 130 dB is the threshold of pain.


  • What is Clipping?


    Refers to a type of distortion that occurs when an amplifier is driven into an overload condition. Usually the "clipped" waveform contains an excess of high-frequency energy. The sound becomes hard and edgy. Hard clipping is the most frequent cause of "burned out" tweeters. Even a low-powered amplifier or receiver driven into clipping can damage tweeters which would otherwise last virtually forever.


  • What is a Tweeter?


    A speaker (driver), used to reproduce the higher range of frequencies. To form a full-range system, a tweeter needs to be combined with a woofer, (2-way system), or a woofer and midrange, (3-way system).


  • What is a Midrange?


    A speaker (driver), used to reproduce the middle range of frequencies. A midrange is combined with a woofer for low frequencies and a tweeter for high frequencies to form a complete, full-range system.


  • What is a Woofer?


    A speaker (driver) used for low-frequency reproduction. Woofers are usually larger in size and heavier than a midrange or tweeter.


  • What is a DVD?


    A DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) is a disc that is able to store large amounts of information on a single disc. This format is different from CDGs so you will need a karaoke player capable of reading DVDs to play this format.


  • What is a VCD?


    VCD is a disc formatted in MPEG-1. These discs are good candidates for Karaoke use as they have an audio and a video layer to them. VCD stands for Video Compact Disc.


  • What is a CD G?


    A CD G is a specially formatted disc that has an additional line of sub-code on the CD that is responsible for the lyrics that play on video screen for Karaoke systems. CD G stands for Compact Disc Graphics.
  • What is a CDGM (Multiplex)?


    Also known as Compact Disc plus Graphics Multiplex. This is a disc with a split track. The left channel of the track has the vocal recording and the right channel of the track has the instrumental recording. This gives you the option of turning the vocals on or off on a karaoke player. When played on a regular CD player you will hear both the vocals and instrumentals.
  • What is Non-multiplexed disc?


    This is when the disc does not have split track. It only has the instrumental track on it. It will not have any vocal recordings other than the backup vocals.
  • What is the difference between CDGs, VCDs, and DVDs?


    CDGs have no video running in the background when the song is playing. This means you will only see the words on the screen and nothing else. VCDs have a video running in the background, in addition to lyrics, while the music is playing. DVDs also have a video running in the background, in addition to lyrics, while the music is playing. DVDs will typically have more songs than either CDGs or VCDs.


  • What is MPEG-4?


    MPEG-4 is a standard used primarily to compress audio and visual (AV) digital data.
    MPEG-4 absorbs many of the features of MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 and other related standards, adding new features such as (extended) VRML support for 3D rendering, object-oriented composite files (including audio, video and VRML objects), support for externally-specified Digital Rights Management and various types of interactivity.
  • Do all disc formats play on all players?


    No, not all players are able to play all formats. Please check your player's manual or check with the manufacturer to see what formats your player can support.
  • I just bought a disc from your site. It’s not by the original artist!


    Karaoke discs will never be by the original artist.


  • What is KOD?


    KOD (Karaoke-On-Demand) is a Multi-Format CD G, DVD, VCD, CD, MPEG, MP3, JPEG PHOTO player with REMOVABLE
    HARD DRIVES BAYS (allowing you to transfer to PC or upgrade to larger capacities in the future). You can use it as a regular karaoke disc player or as a karaoke music jukebox that plays the files stored on its hard drive. Download & transfer songs using a USB port or by using the compact disc's tray.
  • What is a Portable Multimedia Player (PMP)?


    Sometimes referred to as a portable video player (PVP) - is an electronic device that is capable of storing and playing digital media. Digital audio players (DAP) that display images and play videos are considered as PMPs. Like DAPs, the data is typically stored on a hard drive, micro drive, or flash memory. Other types of electronic devices like cell phones are sometimes referred as PMPs due to their playback capabilities.
  • What is a Media Player/Record Device?


    Also known as a Storage/Server library device can play; records, capture, and store the media file on a hard drive. The hard drive is drive is removable and an upgradable hard drive bay is also available. The device has both media player source. DVD drive mode: Fully functional DVD/VCD/CD G Karaoke Player. KOD mode: This mode is a video and music jukebox that plays files stored in the hard drive.


  • What is RCA Modulator?


    "Phono" plugs, used primarily as low-level connections between phonographs/ CD players/ Tuners/Receivers/Amplifiers...


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