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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 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 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.

February 24, 2021

Siglos Karaoke Professional 2.3.3 introduces Audio Panel

Filed under: Software — Tags: , — Piotr @ 7:40 am

We have added a new button to Rotation window in Siglos Karaoke Professional that allows to open Audio Panel, a collection of audio-related controls all in one place.

It gives you access to karaoke playback volume, fill-in volume, key and tempo adjustment, and lyrics advance control (this is the same as Lyrics Advance setting in Display options page). Lyrics adjustment allows you to fix songs in which lyrics and audio do not match. Also it may be used to fix the delay introduced by a sound card. By default this setting resets for every song, but you may make it stick in Settings / KJ cont.

Happy singing!

February 11, 2021

Skip Instrumentals in Siglos Karaoke Professional 2.3.1

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , — Piotr @ 7:17 am

We are extremely happy to announce another technical advancement of Siglos Karaoke Professional. If you go to Settings / KJ you will find Detect and speed up instrumentals section.

It works for CD+G files only (ZIP format as well). Siglos will scan the file and look for moments that display does not change. In almost all cases these moments are instrumentals like guitar solos. If you would like to skip them, Siglos gives you two options:
1. Fade and skip will gently mute and skip the instrumental
2. Speed-up will fast forward the instrumental part (the quality of the speed up depends on the music)

Using this option can save you time on busy nights when patrons sing Master of Puppets after Highway Star.

You may also fine-tune individual songs in the database to enable instrumental detection only for some of them — you can do this in Edit Song window opened from Song Details or from database window.

May 7, 2011

Siglos 1.2.99

Filed under: Software — Tags: , — Piotr @ 11:16 am

Today we have released Siglos 1.2.99. Most notable change is history export in Siglos Professional. In both (Pro and regular) we have added small change to MIDI playback.

April 15, 2011

Siglos 1.2.97 released

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Piotr @ 12:45 pm

Siglos 1.2.97 is ready. Unfortunately Instant Sounds did not make it into the release, but they should be coming next week. The list of changes include:

  • Improved MCG compatibility
  • Added old drag-and-drop functionality in KJ mode (enabled via KJ cont. in Settings)
  • Fixed video background playback on some machines
  • Fixed problem with long song loading time when scan for silence was enabled
  • Fixed key not being reset to 0 when activating fill-in list in some cases

Here are download links for:

Siglos Karaoke Player/Recorder

and

Siglos Karaoke Professional

March 27, 2011

Siglos 1.2.96 released

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Piotr @ 2:55 pm

Today we have released Siglos 1.2.96 (regular and Pro). The list of modification include:

  • Fixed bug that caused program to crash when background camera was enabled, but unavailable
  • Added WMV to the list of supported extensions
  • Forced usage of FFDShow filter if video rendering fails. This should fix problems with preview display in some cases
  • Added forced rescale for video playback
  • Added possibility to search by filename in Add Singer search (enabled in Settings/KJ cont.)
  • Siglos Pro: When file is dropped on rotation window Add Singer will open automatically with the dropped song selected
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