Karaoke literally means “empty orchestra” in Japanese, but this is not to be taken lightly. It involves the performance of popular songs with accompaniment reminiscent of the original. For ease of use, lyrics are displayed on a computer or TV screen.
It’s not that your voice is colorless, and it’s not that amateur singing is supposed to hurt your ears – even if it is, it’s all about having fun. Karaoke is an entertainment whose cradle is Japan. The rules of the game are very simple. With friends, most often in pubs, clubs, as well as at home, we sing famous hits. It’s best when the game is accompanied by a properly prepared soundtrack – a recording containing the melody track of this song, but devoid of original vocals that could overshadow our vocal performances.
To play karaoke, all you need is a computer or laptop connected to the Internet. If there is additional equipment in the form of a microphone for karaoke and music speakers, then this will greatly increase the enjoyment of karaoke. By itself, a laptop can hardly be considered an ideal karaoke machine.
The advantage of laptops is that they themselves can determine the presence of devices connected to the audio jacks. Checking the connection is very simple, just turn on any music on the computer – if you hear sound from the speakers (do not forget about the volume control – the speaker symbol on the right side of the taskbar, in the Windows system tray), the speakers are connected correctly.
Drivers for sound subsystems built into computers are so complex today that they are not only responsible for the correct functioning of the sound card in the computer, but also offer the user a set of additional effects and functions. Some of them are useful while playing karaoke.
As an accompaniment to songs, it plays MIDI files containing signal sequences for the synthesizer on the computer’s sound card. The quality of background music depends on the sound card model installed in your computer. Even better results can be achieved using an external synthesizer connected to the MIDI interface. The lyrics of the song are displayed in sync with the background music, and the line that is currently due to be sung is highlighted in red.
There are many sites on the Internet that offer karaoke music. They can be found with the simplest search query. There are sites with free download of songs, and there are those where karaoke songs are paid. The choice is up to the user.
Even after downloading karaoke songs to your laptop, you will not always be able to fully enjoy karaoke without additional musical equipment, because the laptop itself does not have powerful speakers and a microphone for full-fledged karaoke singing.