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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What's a CD+G?

A: CD+G stands for Compact Disc + Graphics. A CD+G is different from a regular CD because it has an additional line of information on the CD for the Karaoke graphics. A regular music CD does not have this.

Q: Can I play regular CD's in my Karaoke Machine?

A: Yes, regular CD's will play on your Karaoke machine, however no graphics are coded in them, so no lyrics will appear on-screen. On the flip side you can play CD+G's in a regular CD player as well, but you will also get just the music and no graphics since standard CD players are not equipped with a decoder to pick up the graphics on CD+G's.

Q: What is a Karaoke Decoder and what does it do?

A: A Decoder such as our Decode G-1 decodes the Karaoke graphics off CD+G's when they are played on a regular CD player. For the Decoder to work correctly the CD player must have a Digital Output and not have a Digital Shock Buffer on the output (This is common with DJ players!) If the player has these features it will prevent the Decoder from doing its job. If you don't know if your player is compatible check your players owner's manual.

Q: What does Multiplex mean?

A: Multiplex is a type of CD+G that usually has the same songs in two separate groups (Usually in 10's) The first group usually has just the lead vocals on the left channel and just the background music on the right channel. The second group has the usual Karaoke background music on both channels with no lead vocals. What makes Multiplex CD+G's interesting is that you can use the Vocal Partner and Vocal Cancel to manipulate the lead vocals.

Q: What is Vocal Partner?

A: Vocal Partner is just like Vocal Cancel, except it is voice-activated. When using a Multiplex CD+G, the Vocal Partner feature will only mute out the lead vocals as long as you are singing into the Mic. As soon as you stop singing or forget the words, the vocals are automatically brought back in till you resume singing. This feature is very helpful if you're learning songs or performing simulated duos.

Q: How do I remove the vocals from my Karaoke CD+G's?

A: To remove vocals from Multiplex CD+G's, you need one of our machines with the Vocal Cancel, Vocal Cancel mutes out the lead vocal on Multiplex tracks. This is done by canceling out the whole left channel (where the vocals are coded), and splitting the right channel (with no vocals) to both sides.

Q: Why can't I remove the vocals from my regular CD's with my VocoPro machine?

A: To remove vocals from regular CD's, you need one of our machines with a Vocal Reducer, such as the DA-2900V, 809-G and DTX-5000G. The Vocal Reducer can reduce the lead vocals on regular music CD's but not Multiplex CD's. For the optimum effect the lead vocal should be in the center of the audio mix. If the vocal is not in the center there will be a slight audible vocal ghost. Results will vary from song to song.

Q: What is a Digital Key Controller?

A: A Digital Key Controller allows the singer to transpose the Karaoke Music into their desired key without effecting the tempo.

Q: What is Echo?

A: Echo is what makes the vocals on records and on the radio have that professional sound. It's a very popular effect with singers. It gives the vocals a very ambient quality. A little Echo is definitely a great effect on most vocals, but not necessary for all occasions.

Q: What does Repeat do?

A: Repeat is facet of the echo process. Repeat refers to the frequency of echoes within a period of time. As more repeat is applied, more echo repetitions are applied.

Q: What does Delay do?

A: Delay is also a facet of the echo process. Delay refers to the amount of time that exists between the beginning and ending of each echo repetition. As more delay is applied, more time is applied between the starting and ending point of each echo repetition.

Q: What is a Pre-Out for?

A: All of our players have a Pre-"Amp" or "Out" on them. These outs are used for a number of functions. They can be used to output a signal suited for a recording of your performances to an outboard recording device such as a Tape deck or CD burner. They can also be used to plug your system into a club's PA system or into an external power amp to power some additional speakers.

Q: How can I avoid microphone feedback?

A: There are a couple ways to avoid microphone feedback. First and foremost, keep the microphone pointed away from and as far from the speakers as feasible. If the Mic is too close or pointed to the speakers a feedback loop is inevitable. Also too much treble on either the Mic channel or system output can cause feedback. Try dropping the treble and check if setting is OK with desired sound.

Q: What is the best type of microphone for me to use for doing Karaoke?

A: Too be honest, a general good quality microphone is fine for doing Karaoke. There are uni- directional, bi-directional, condenser, wired, wireless and other types of Mics, however, it usually comes down to personal taste when it comes to which Mic sounds best.

Q: How do I connect video to my TV when it has no video input?

A: There are two ways to accomplish this. 1) Obtain a RF Modulator and plug the video output from your video source into it, and connect the RF modulator to your TV. 2) Connect the video output from your video source to the video input of as VCR. Use the "antenna out" or "out to TV" jack, and connect a cable to the "antenna in" on your TV.

Q: I've been trying to play a CD in my new machine, but that "rubber" thing inside is sticking out, is this normal?

A: Yes and No. Yes it is normal for the protective device to be lodged in the CD mechanism. It is placed there to guard the unit from excessive vibration during shipping, but it MUST be removed prior to placing a CD in the tray and attempting to play it. Doing so can cause damage to your unit.