We Specialize In All Formats: CDG
/ VCD / DVD & MP3G
Karaoke Discs / Players /
Speakers / Mixers / Microphones & much more
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Best / Hot Music / Power Music / United / Original
Footage / Zoom Karaoke
1. We try and keep in stock every
disc in our extensive catalogues, (subject to availability).
2. We are happy to play tracks over
the phone to help you with your choice. (limitations apply)
3. We promise to try to match or
beat the price of any other dealer offering genuine discs.
4. We research and provide you with
a newsletter and list of new discs available, every month.
5. We keep an up to date database,
the largest in Australia, and give you a free service to find the song you are
looking for and a list of choices on available discs.
6. We will pass on your unavailable
requests to karaoke manufacturers, who do bring out customers requests.
7. Regarding refunds please click
here Due To The Nature Of Digital Products We Are Unable To Refund Once
Purchased. Products Include Digital Tracks And Hosting Software.
KARAOKE - WHAT DO I BUY?
There are mainy three karaoke formats, they all have an
instrumental track complete with backing singers but the disc is recorded
without the lead singer & it's up to you to perform this function. To assist you the words of the song appear on
the screen & change colour to keep you in time. The original
formats were laserdisc (LD) & CD graphics (CDG). CDG has a blue screen in the background, all
other formats have a video in the background. Laserdisc was a 30cm usually
double sided disc & is now deleted, it has been superceded by video cd
(VCD) & digital versatile disc (DVD), all look exactly the same on screen.
CDG is the major
format in the United States & England where, worldwide, most of the
'English language music' record companies are. Hence for the serious singer this is the best
format as the rendition is usually very close to the original
track. Also there are over 125,000 songs
available on CDG as opposed to 15,000 on VCD & 20,000 on DVD. Most of the songs that have placed in the
weekly American or British "Top Ten" in the last 50 years are
available on CDG, this includes Pop/Rock/Country/Dance or Standards. Some, but few, CDG have multiplex; some do
have 10 instrumental tracks & the same 10 tracks with vocals added. Multiplex is where a lead singer is recorded
on the disc & you can switch him/her in to assist you to learn the
song. CDG can also be played on any
audio CD player but you only get sound, unless you're using a CDG player
connected to a TV; this is very handy for solo singer-guitarists. Words to most songs can be found on the
VCD & DVD
have a background video & usually 'multiplex', DVD picture quality is
slightly better than VCD & the DVD disc holds twice as many tracks as a VCD
but costs twice as much. VCD (& CDG)
is quite easy & fast to cue, more or less the same as a music CD. DVD (apart from Sunfly) however is not
so simple & is not suitable for the professional user. Some companies such as Capital/Sunfly/United
have very interesting background videos that are relevant to the song & are worth
watching. However the majority of VCD
& DVD is made in Asia & sometimes the music & video are not so
good, but not always, some are very good!.
Music & art, being so very subjective, what one person considers
great another may consider the opposite.
Pop/Rock/Country/Dance are not so prolific on VCD or DVD because there
is only a few British & American manufacturers who make VCD/DVD; the
majority of VCD/DVD manufacturers are Asian & their catalogue is mostly
love songs (that have charted in Asia).
Most VCD manufacturers also produce DVD & bring the same VCD out on
DVD (2 VCD fit on one DVD). Australian
artists on karaoke are mainly released by Capital Karaoke on VCD &
This brings us back to the original
question & I hope you have enough information now. To summarise, CDG is the better format for
the pro singer or karaoke host because it has a far greater range of available
tracks & a professional recording usually very close to the original. All
karaoke discs are recorded with digital sound so the sound quality is very much
dependent on the studio recording & frankly the Americans & English do
it better. The sound
quality of VCD & DVD can sometimes be good but at other times can be bad,
it's a bit hit & miss, but you do have the added bonus of a video in the
background & (usually) the multiplex function. If you are going to use DVD you must
have a PBC (playback) switch preferably on the player rather than remote control. If you
don't you will find it extremely difficult & time consuming to cue in the
tracks as you will have to go through the intro & then the menu.
Have fun singing and remember there is a star in everyone.