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April 5, 2022

Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro features and do you need them

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , — Piotr @ 10:57 am

If you want to create CD+G songs, there is no better tool that Karaoke CD+G Creator. It is simple, fast, feature-rich, runs on most Windows machines and will create a great looking CD+G song in no time. But wait, there also is a Karaoke CD+G Creator Professional version — what does it do? Do you need it?

Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro

Duets

If you would like to create a song that displays lyrics for two singers at the same time, Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro has you covered. It has advanced lyrics mode, where you can separately synchronize lyrics for each of the singers and then create the song with split screen for two singers to sing their parts

Scrolling
CD+G does not allow a lot of bells and whistles in the visual department. Its 288×192 resolution limits the quality of the text and low throughput may cause lyrics to stay behind if the song is fast. Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro allows to use scrolling mode where lyrics move from the bottom to the top of the screen while being highlighted.

Images
Sometimes it is convenient to display image and lyrics at the same time. In other times it just looks better. Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro can do it with it advanced overlay technique. You may either define the area of the screen that will be used for lyrics, leaving the rest for images, or you may display images over the lyrics at the precisely defined times (this comes useful if you want to present guitar chords in addition to the lyrics)

settextarea-demo

Batch processing
If you create a lot of karaoke songs there comes a time you want to create a lot of them at once in batch mode. This also applies to importing MIDI karaoke songs — Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro will take a set of files and process them in one go without operator.

Customization
When you spend a lot of time with the particular software tool you want it to act and look the way you like it. Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro has customization options that allow to create color schemes to better suit your work.


April 1, 2022

Use software MIDI synthesizer to create karaoke song

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , — Piotr @ 8:58 am

Karaoke CD+G Creator is a tool of choice for many professionals to create CD+G karaoke songs. And with its easy to use graphical interface it can be serve even beginners to author their CD+Gs. And with MIDI software synthesizer creating great sounding backing tracks for your karaoke creations is also a very simple task.

MIDI files contain music in condensed format, instructing computer on what notes should be played, what instruments to use, etc. All soundcards can play MIDI, but the quality of the playback differs. Software MIDI synthesizer converts MIDI format to WAV or MP3, making it usable in any scenario you want.

First you have to start MIDI import wizard by selecting Import MIDI karaoke wizard from File menu. Karaoke CD+G Creator will prompt you to download and install software MIDI converter. It will take a while and you will be presented with a Import MIDI window.

Import MIDI karaoke wizard

Now you have to choose the MIDI file you would like to convert. Make sure that Software synthesizer is selected. Processing may take a while, but after it is finished you will be presented with familiar soundtrack view in Karaoke CD+G Creator.

Another great thing about MIDI karaoke is that a lot of it contain already synchronized lyrics, which of course are recognized by Karaoke CD+G Creator and imported with their timing instructions, making the most tiresome process of creating karaoke songs non-existent. You may play the song and make sure that everything got imported correctly and that the words are in sync. You may also remove some of the text, as MIDI karaoke sometimes contain additional textual information.

Once everything is to your liking you may go ahead and create CD+G song by using Create CD+G File from Create menu. Once the song is ready you may play it back in Power CD+G Player.

March 30, 2022

Custom singer announcements in Siglos Karaoke Professional

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , — Piotr @ 10:15 am

When you run your karaoke show using Siglos Karaoke Professional software, the program automatically creates singer announcement with information about song that will be sung next. If you go to Settings / KJ you will find Edit Singer Announcement Screen button, that opens a window to define what information about the next song will be displayed and how to present it.

Edit singer annoucement screen

You may adjust font and style of every text used in the window, change the location of these items, and pick the background that will be used. Changing the resolution can increase the quality of image (but may slow down the display process).

When you host a show for a long time, you have your regular customers. They often have their favorite songs, but also appreciate personal treatment from their karaoke host (may it be some extra information displayed, a star image, or even a photo of a singer). Siglos Karaoke Professional allows you to shine in this department by creating custom singer announcements for regular singers.

Creating personal announcement screen is very simple. First you need to display Singer Properties window for your regular singer (you may do this from Add Singer window, straight from the rotation window using Edit Singer Properties button or from Quick Singer window). In Singer Properties select Enable custom announcement screen and then click Edit. You will be taken to the same window that you use to edit general singer announcements, so you should be familiar with everything there. Once you are done and exit with OK, the settings will be stored in the database and used for the singer for all future songs.

If you later change your mind and decide to remove the custom announcement screen for the singer, you follow the same path and uncheck Enable custom announcement screen option. The personalized screen will still be kept, so you may switch it on again later.

March 11, 2022

Remove vocals from any song with Karaoke Sound Tools 3

Filed under: Software — Tags: , — Piotr @ 3:15 am

Vocal removers have been present in previous versions of Karaoke Sound Tools and in Karaoke Creator product line, however the results varied depending on the quality of the recording and the mixing techniques used. With Karaoke Sound Tools 3 this is no longer an issue. We have incorporated powerful deep learning technology that now allows to make a perfect backing track from nearly all songs, regardless of where they come from. It even works with really old songs!

And more good news: using vocal remover in Karaoke Sound Tools 3 is as easy as it gets. There are no advanced settings, the software simply gets the job done.

So to remove a lead vocal from the song you need to open it in Karaoke Sound Tools 3. Either drag and drop or use Browse button. The program will analyze the song, it may take a second or two.

Karaoke Sound Tools 3 main window

Once the song is loaded and analyzed you may use Play result button to listen if the singing voice is really gone. In most cases it is.

You may also apply two additional effects to the processed song. Key changer allows to adjust the pitch of the song, so you can make it lower or higher to better suit your voice. You may also use Tempo changer to slow down or speed up the song.

Once you are happy with the results you are hearing, click Run button. Karaoke Sound Tools 3 will save the results as MP3 file (you can adjust the compression settings).

And as you have probably noticed, Karaoke Sound Tools 3 have two other processing modes: Merge that allows to combine several karaoke songs into one long medley, and Clip to remove silence from the song without breaking it.

Trial version is available for download so you can check the magic it does for yourself before making a purchase.

March 10, 2022

CD drive not visible in karaoke software on Windows 10 and 11 (disable ransomware protection)

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , , — Piotr @ 1:25 am

If you are running Siglos Karaoke Player/Recorder, Power CD+G Burner or other karaoke software that allows CD reading or writing, you may encounter a nasty problem in latest versions of Windows 10 or 11 that results in CD drive not being visible or accessible. This would make playing, ripping and burning karaoke impossible. This is due to Windows being overprotective (which probably is a good thing) in its effort to block ransomware. Fortunately the solution is available if few simple steps.

If your drive is not listed in karaoke software, you need to disable ransomware protection for karaoke program that you are using. To do this follow these steps (screenshots are for Windows 11, but steps for Windows 10 are the same):

  1. Run Windows Security from Start menu
Run Windows Security from Start menu

2. Select Virus & threat protection and click Manage ransomware protection at the bottom

Open Manage ransomware protection

3. Click Allow an app through Controlled folder access

Click Allow an app through

You will be asked for a confirmation a this point.

4. Click Add an allowed app and choose Recently blocked apps

Add an allowed app

5. Click plus sign next to Siglos (or other karaoke software that you want to unblock)

Recently blocked apps

6. Siglos should disappear from the list

No recent blocks

And that is it — you are good to go. Windows will no longer block an access to CD drive and Siglos will play your CD+G discs again.

Happy singing!

March 9, 2022

How to use Merge singers in Siglos Karaoke Professional hosting software

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , — Piotr @ 9:35 am

Imagine that you have made a mistake when entering a singer name during a show and singer complains that they cannot access their song history. Or that a singer has entered his name with a typo using remote client tool, then fixed it and you ended up with John and Johhn. Now Siglos Karaoke Professional allows you to clean up these errors.

Version 2.3.7.10 of Siglos Karaoke Professional has a cool new feature that allows to merge two or more singer accounts into one.

First you need to open Edit Singers window (use Edit Singers button in Add Singer window). Then select singer accounts you would like to merge (it needs to be two or more, as many as you like) and click Merge button on the right.

Edit Singers window

Siglos will ask you which singer would you like to keep. You can select it from the list, all singers you have chosen in the previous step will appear here.

Merge Singers prompt window

Now Siglos does its magic and you end up with one singer account. All songs from the histories of other singers will be moved to the one that is left.

Edit Singers window with merged singers

This new feature will be great for housekeeping. You may also merge singers from different venues.

March 25, 2021

Silence detection in MP4 in Siglos Karaoke Professional

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , — Piotr @ 5:29 am

If you are running your show using CD+G songs, you should be familiar with silence detection, which allows to skip silence at the beginning and at the end of the song to make the show go smoother and faster. However you might not know that the same option is available for MP4 songs — you need to enable it in Settings / KJ.

Skip silence for all types of files in Siglos Karaoke Professional

Now Siglos will scan all video files are remove silence at the beginning and at the end.

Please remember that skipping instrumentals is only available for CD+G files.

March 24, 2021

Add Empty button in Siglos Karaoke Professional

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , — Piotr @ 2:37 pm

When running a karaoke show sometimes you want to add a regular singer before he shows up and requests songs, just to reserve his place in the rotation. With Siglos Karaoke Professional you can do this using Add Empty button, which adds singer to the rotation and does not require any songs to be assigned to the singer.

Add empy in Add Singer window of Siglos Karaoke Professional

You may later assign songs to the singer by double-clicking her/his name in the Rotation list or by using Quick songs window.

March 23, 2021

Send message to host added to Siglos Karaoke Professional

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , , — Piotr @ 5:42 am

Version 2.3.5.3 of Siglos Karaoke Professional adds one more option to remote interface. If you enable ‘Message host’ button, it opens the page that allow your customers to send you messages that appear in the remote queue among remote requests (messages are marked by different color).

Message host in Siglos Karaoke Professional

This may be used for ‘Remove me from the list’ or ‘Do you have song …’ messages that will allow to run your show more smoothly.

March 19, 2021

Improved CD+G Import in Karaoke Video Creator and Karaoke CD+G Creator software

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , — Piotr @ 2:11 pm

Version 2.5.5.1 of Karaoke Video Creator and Karaoke CD+G Creator has improved algorithm for lyrics recognition in CD+G import module. With this version our karaoke maker should get the lyrics almost 100% correct for most of the songs. Also it copes much better with CD+Gs that use fancy display modes (eg. from Karafun). We use advanced OCR (Optical character recognition, technology that convert graphics into text) algorithm to make editing CD+G easier and faster.

To import CD+G song select Import CD+G File command from File menu or click Import CD+G File button on the toolbar.

First you need to select file containing CD+G songs. Two file formats are supported — CDG BIN file. If you use CDG file, Karaoke Video Creator will automatically look for MP3 file of the same name and use it as a soundtrack.

If Insert ‘Clear Screen’ events automatically is checked, Karaoke Video Creator will detect when entire screen is erased in CD+G song and will insert ‘Clear Screen’ events at the same places in the imported song. This help to maintain the text flow for page-by-page songs (SoundChoice songs give very good results with this option enabled).

Import process takes a while (up to half a minute on a slower computer). Once it is completed you will see the imported lyrics in the lyrics editor. Please check for spelling mistakes, as some of the characters may be recognized incorrectly.

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