Buying the Right Karaoke Equipment and Machines
Getting on stage and singing is one thing but to be prepared for your performance you need to practice at home. There’s no better way to do this than to buy your own karaoke equipment to improve your voice.
One invention that has really taken off in the music world is the karaoke machine.
Unlike other pieces of musical equipment, the karaoke machine appeals to folks of all ages, all genders and all types of voices – good or bad! Here’s a quick guide to karaoke machines, and how they’ve progressed over the years.
A Brief History of Karaoke Machines
The earliest karaoke machine was invented in Japan during the 1970s when a singer named Daisuke Inoue developed a tape recorder that could play a song for a 100-yen coin.
He had been asked frequently by attendees of his performance to provide his song on a tape recorder so they could sing along during a company vacation. Daisuke felt it was a great idea, not for his song only, but for many others. Inoue leased his karaoke machines to stores instead of selling them directly.
The machines were placed in restaurants and hotel rooms. In 2004, Inoue won the tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel Peace prize for his invention.
The USA Discovers Karaoke Singing
Karaoke machines came to the United States during the 1990s when karaoke bars, also called KTV boxes, began having competitions or fun karaoke nights for amateurs.
Karaoke Equipment Goes Mainstream
The early karaoke equipment worked with cassette tapes, but later became more advanced using CDs, laserdiscs, VCDs and today’s DVDs.
The machine has audio input, audio output, and a way to alter the pitch of the music. The most popular machines are audio mixers that include a microphone input that’s built in with a Laser Disc, Video CD, CD+G or DVD player.
Vocal devices that are capable of producing a video lyrics display are called KTV in many countries. Another unique equipment feature of many karaoke machines is the ability to change the pitch of the music, or key, to fit the vocal range of the singer.With this feature, songs that are too high for the singer can be played in a lower key.
From Karaoke Equipment to Computers
Karaoke songs are now being played over computers everywhere via music files such as MIDI, MP3 and many others. The karaoke machine is not needed with these files, but a downloadable karaoke player instead. Both the players and song files can be downloaded on the Internet.
More Advances are on the way ..
Karaoke machines are being modernized in many other ways as well. From auto karaoke to mobile phone karaoke, people are going to be able to “sing along” from just about anywhere before long!
Buying Karaoke Equipment and Related Products
Below is a list of karaoke equipment and accessories to help get you started. There are several types of players on the market. Portable karaoke players come in two forms, with or without a built-in screen.
Those without the screen will typically hook in to any television set. Those with the screen are combined karaoke equipment, and are convenient for outdoor use or anywhere a television set is not available. The price for portable karaoke equipment ranges from $150 to over $1,000.
Component players are more advanced for professional use.
The player may feature more memory to hold more songs, full-featured remote control, two or more microphone inputs, surround sound equipment compatibility and more. This type of karaoke equipment is priced from $150 to over $700.
Microphones for Karaoke
Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there’s more to karaoke than you may have first thought.
Most karaoke machines will come equipped with microphones; however, you may purchase them separately as well. There are wireless and wired karaoke microphones, and even headset microphones for those who dance or entertain as they sing.
Features might include multiple channels, a broad frequency range, a base unit and more. Price ranges are from $9.99 up to $300. Karaoke Sound Equipment
Karaoke Machines With Power
If you need karaoke equipment for entertaining a large crowd or for professional use, karaoke sound equipment might be the answer. Amplifiers, speakers and mixers can all enhance the sound of your player. You can get a clearer audio signal and control sounds for many singers at once.
Speakers or woofers help to create a louder sound without annoying static.
Amplifiers and mixers are priced from $150 and up. Pricing is usually based on brand name, wattage capabilities, and number of microphone inputs. Speakers may be priced from $100 to $1,000 each.
Once you own the basic equipment, there are some other accessories you may need to complete your ensemble. Karaoke stands for speakers and microphones always come in handy during karaoke shows and events.
Karaoke equipment cases are available to protect your player, speakers, Amps or mixers. Other items that are useful, but not directly related to karaoke equipment, include CD racks or cases, karaoke games on CD or DVD, rack shelves, modulators and karaoke song book creation software.
Shopping for a Karaoke Machine
Want music to sound your best? Some popular brands to look for include Legends, RSQ, Numark, Essential, Panasonic, Various, VocoPro, CAVS, Echo, Gemini, Pioneer, JVC, Hyundai and many others.
A great way to find karaoke equipment is to shop online for new or used products. You’ll be able to search through many brands and styles to find the karaoke equipment that meets your needs.
The Karaoke Machine Is Still Going
Even with all the modern devices and gizmos being developed every year, the karaoke machines will still be around for a while.
Most karaoke equipment is convenient for restaurants, bars, gatherings and other public karaoke events because they can be moved easily, use a screen and sound everyone can see and hear when a big crowd is present, and they provide affordable entertainment. Now, go and sing something!
Resource for Karaoke Equipment
You’ll find many resources to buy karaoke equipment so I’d suggest you look around at music stores and online. One of my favorite places to shop is Amazon simply because they are well known and offer great guarantees. You can see some of their karaoke machines here.
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