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Whenever there is a karaoke system, enjoyment and fun are not far behind. This is because we love to sing, and we even want other people to hear and appreciate our singing. Setting up your karaoke system at home is no longer that difficult. Moreover, you don’t need to be elaborate with your karaoke system to enjoy karaoke singing.
If you can set up a karaoke system, you can definitely host a karaoke party in your home for you and your family to enjoy the evening. You can even invite friends and neighbors to join in your singing spree. But how do you set up your karaoke system?
Steps on How to Set Up Your Home Karaoke System
If you are often envious of your neighbor, who always seems to have a karaoke party in his house, you can set up your karaoke system as well. To set up a karaoke system, you only need to follow the simple steps on how to create your karaoke system:
1) Find a Specific Place for Your Setup
The primary thing you should do when setting up your home karaoke system is to find a suitable place for the system. It should be a clean and nice open room that lets sound dissipation. You can acoustically treat the room to avoid the spillover of sounds outside the room so as not to disturb your neighbors.
You should choose a space that can also accommodate your guests. It should also be comfortable for your guest and well-ventilated to allow your friends and guests enough breathing and elbow room.
2) Choose a Karaoke Machine or Player
If you search online, you’ll discover that the market is flooded with many affordable karaoke machines. You can find karaoke machine models that come with song libraries that are factory-installed, microphone inputs, built-in speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, separate equalizer and volume controls, dedicated display, song expansion through USB, mobile devices, flashcards, auxiliary inputs, and AV outputs.
You can also find something with internal batteries, light show projections, microphones, and better compatibility with many digital audio formats.
The good thing about these karaoke machines is that they are mostly plug-and-play. You can also find models with no built-in display so that you can connect these models to your television. Most karaoke machines also feature the CD-G format. This format is a CD format that displays graphics with audio.
3) Speakers and Receivers
If you don’t have a great sound system, you will surely fail to hold a decent and memorable karaoke party. Of course, a good karaoke party will have that extra oomph if your sound system is excellent. So, it will help if you use all the speakers in your arsenal, including wireless speakers from your closet.
You may think that the cabinet stereo speakers and your surrounding sound speakers are designed to reproduce recorded audio. Nevertheless, they are not engineered for producing audio like those of vocals coming from the live microphone. On the other hand, PA speakers can handle both applications.
There is also a significant chance of ruining your speakers when holding your karaoke party if they are not meant to handle vocals inputs. Of course, with the use of your home speakers, you may get by with a low sounding karaoke system. Yet, I am pretty use that you will never be satisfied with less audible sounds. Therefore, it will be helpful to incorporate PA speakers into your home karaoke system for optimum results and experience.
4) Karaoke Sound Mixer
You can also incorporate in your home karaoke system a sound mixer that combines various input sources. You can find models that provide independent volume levels, tuning for tone, balance, echo, and frequency bands. The sound mixer usually comes with AV output for easy relaying of both video and music. Mixers also work well with laptops, computers, tablets, and smartphones.
You need to amplify two types of sound in your karaoke system. You need to amplify the backtrack or song and the microphone output. Moreover, the mixer should have a connection for both the microphones and song audio. The mixer should also have an output connected directly to the speakers for precise amplifications of both sounds.
5) Song Contents and Sound Software
When building a home karaoke system, you will need software and song contents. Yet, before you look for good sound software, you should consider the aspect of compatibility. Since you will connect your sound software to your mixer and the screen, you need to ensure that any software you will use will be compatible with both the mixer and your screen.
It will be good to check if the mixer allows for wireless connection likewise. Can you connect it via Bluetooth or WiFi, or would it need a wired connection?
You can also double your screen so that others can follow the song even if they are not facing the main screen. You can also mirror the screen on your tablet or laptop onto your TV for maximum viewing of lyrics.
You got many options for your software, and some of these options include YouTube, KaraFun, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and The Voice Sing and Connect.
6) Microphones for Your Singing
The home karaoke system will never be complete without good microphones. You may sing without mics, but nothing really beats singing onto the mic. Thus, to complete your home karaoke system, you need to have studio-grade microphones, unless you want to have a regular karaoke party.
You can either buy wired microphones, which are relatively easy to setup. These wired mics come with long cords. The cords may get in the way, so you can go for wireless mics if you intend to have a dancing party at the same time. The wireless microphones afford your guests and you enough freedom to roam around while singing. Yet, wireless mics can be more costly than wired mics. And they may require more elaborate setup.
It will be useful to have two mics for your karaoke setup to allow for singing together or duets. Duets, of course, add more fun to singing, especially if one singer will do the backup vocals while the other will do the main vocals. Duets are also more fun than doing solo singing. Moreover, if you have two microphones, the other microphone can serve as a backup mic if ever the other mic fails to work.
7) Video Display
The karaoke system will never be complete without the visual lyrics of the song. It should have an excellent video system that shows you the lyrics of the songs. You can use a computer monitor, projector, or television for this purpose.
You can even buy a karaoke machine that comes with all the necessary gear and equipment for a karaoke system. Nevertheless, the video display should be very engaging to let your guests enjoy the singing.
Check out this article on adding echo effect to microphone by Become Singers.
Having a karaoke party is one way of socializing with your friends and relatives. It is also an effective way of relieving yourself of stress. Singing, of course, improves breathing and brings health benefits to your being. Yet, you can never enjoy a karaoke party if you don’t have a karaoke system. So, you need to set up your karaoke system at home.
Having a karaoke system at hand in your house will let you enjoy the benefits brought about by karaoke anytime you want to enjoy those benefits. The good thing is that it is quite easy to set up a karaoke system at home, given the many software you can use to get your karaoke system going.