To run a Karaoke show via a laptop or dedicated rack mount PC you need software to do so. We have tried numerous products but currently install and recommend only one product.
Professional Karaoke Company Software
(Software to run a Karaoke Show)
Hoster® is by far the most feature packed PC Karaoke Software I have seen yet. The company that makes it has audio experience dating back to 1968. I have found that MTU implements software feature requests as quickly as they are received. This in unheard of in the software business, "a software company that actually supports it's users."
The community of users is very large and well served by MTU. The ability to add music to an existing collection and then keep your song books updated is the most time consuming aspect of running any Karaoke company.
Hoster® comes with a one million plus database of existing Karaoke songs. One just selects the brand and manufacturers Disk ID from pull down lists and the Artists Name and Song Name is populated for you.
Many Karaoke songbook management software packages cost as much a Hoster® does. Hoster® seamlessly runs your shows and manages your songbook needs.
If you are running a Karaoke Company you soon find out that maintaining your disks is the second most difficult (the most demanding is song book updates) part of your job. Working in a Bar is a very hostile environment to care for your music collection. This is also the most compelling factor to ditch the CD's and go computerized. NO MORE CD'S!
Low light conditions and the need to quickly move a CD from its protective case to a staging area of songs to be played, then to a player tray, and then back to a protective sleeve is destructive to your disks. Don't even think about an accidental door jam because the disk wasn't completely level when you hit the tray close button, AAAAAAAAAAHHH!
It quickly becomes obvious that you should do something to protect your CDG's from this environment. We recommend that you have two sets of disks. Originals that don't get played in bars and then a set of copied working disks. This is perfectly legal when done correctly.
Important Note: Be aware of the fact that not all CD drives will read and correctly play a Karaoke CDG. Be sure to always download trial versions of all Karaoke software you plan on purchasing to verify they will work on your computer.
Karaoke software for home use can range from using free media players like WinAmp with a free karaoke plug in to software as high as $300.
There is an old saying out there about getting what you pay for. The problem with WinAmp is you will have to convert or rip your Karaoke CDG to MP3+G format. So that leads us to full blown programs that will play on your PC.
I recommend MTU's Microstudio™ because it copies CDG discs, creates discs with your favorite songs, and turns your PC computer into a karaoke player machine.
Note: before ordering any Karaoke software make sure your CD drive supports the CDG format. See the MTU List of Supported Drives and be sure and download the trial version before you purchase this software.
Many people want to just be able to play their Karaoke Music at home using a home entertainment PC or just a PC hooked into the home stereo and TV. So the first step is to get a free player like WinAmp mentioned previously, the next step is to convert your CDG's into music the free player can play.
So here I have created a page with links to tools and utilities you will need to work with MP3 +G file formats