What is Karaoke?

The word "karaoke" comes from the Japanese word "Kara" which means empty, and "Oke" (Ookesutora), which means orchestra.  Rather than include both vocals and music, karaoke tracks leave the lead vocals out for you sing. The lead vocals are provided by the performer singing the karaoke song! Some karaoke discs provide an additional track that includes guide lead vocals to help you while other discs can be multiplex which allows you to turn the vocals on or off on the same track.

What is a Karaoke CDG or CD+G?

A CDG or CD+G are the same thing and the terms can be used interchangeable. It stands for Compact Disc + Graphics and is the standard format for most English karaoke discs.  These discs can either be played on a karaoke machine that supports CDG or in a regular player that can play CDs. Keep in mind that you will not be able to see any words on your screen if you play CDGs in a CD player.

What is a Karaoke VCD?

A VCD (Video Compact Disc) is a disc with video stored on it so the music can be played with a video running in the background. This format is different from DVDs and CDGs so you will need a karaoke player capable of reading VCDs to play this format. Most non-English music will be in this format.

What is a Karaoke DVD?

A DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) is a disc that is able to store large amounts of information on a single disc. Higher resolution video can be running in the background while karaoke music is playing. This format is different from CDGs so you will need a karaoke player capable of reading DVDs to play this format.  Most non-English music will be in this format.

What is the difference between CDGs, VCDs, and DVDs?

CDGs have no video running in the background when the song is playing.  This means you will only see the words on the screen and nothing else. VCDs have a video running in the background, in addition to lyrics, while the music is playing.  DVDs also have a video running in the background, in addition to lyrics, while the music is playing.  DVDs will typically have more songs than either CDGs or VCDs.

What is MP3G?

MP3G is the newest format for karaoke music.  There are 2 files stored on the disc, an MP3 file and a Graphics file.  An MP3 is a compressed audio file. The graphics file is what you see on the screen. This format has the advantage of having a lot more songs on one disc compared to a CDG since MP3 files are a lot smaller than CDG files.  This format will only play on MP3G players.

I am looking for a CD. What should I buy?

If you must use a CD player, only CDG formatted discs will work. You will be able to play CDG discs in your normal CD player but will have no way to display lyrics on a screen. Leads vocals will also not be able to be switched on or off if you use a multiplex disc.

What is the music quality of the discs?

Karaoke music usually does not sound exactly like the official versions of the song because they are all recreated by karaoke music manufacturers. Sound, accuracy and quality all vary from one manufacturer to the other.

What is the best format for me?

There is no one format that is the best and you should choose base on your preference. Every format has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, if you prefer a large quantity of music, you would pick the MIDI format like that found on Magic Microphone systems. You would trade in sound quality to have possibly hundreds of songs. Or you might prefer the CDG format as most new songs will come out on CDG before they appear on any other format.  The drawback to this would be the limited number of songs on each disc, etc.

What is a Multiplex Disc?

This is a disc with a split track. The left channel of the track has the vocal recording and the right channel of the track has the instrumental recording. This gives you the option of turning the vocals on or off on a karaoke player as the player will switch from left channel mono sound to right channel mono sound. When played on a regular CD player you will hear both the vocals and instrumentals.

What is a non-multiplexed disc?

This is when the disc does not have split track. It only has the instrumental track on it. It will not have any vocal recordings other than the back up vocals.

What is MIDI file?

MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. This kind of music type is electronically composed by 128 instruments at the most. The file size is very small compared to WAV files or MP3 files.

I just bought a disc from your site.  It’s not by the original artist!

Most karaoke songs and tracks are not by the original artist. Karaoke music manufacturers recreate tracks as close to the original as they're capable of. Original artist names and song titles are used to identify the track.

How do I search for a song on your website?

There is a search bar at the top of our website where you can type in what you're looking for. Enter the name of the artist or song title that you're looking for to search through our site.

I need a disc with no vocals on it whatsoever.  How do I find one on your site?

There is no way for us to tell whether the discs will have absolutely no vocals on it or not.  This will depend on whether the manufacturer of  the disc decides to put in vocals.  Ninety nine percent of our discs will have some form of background, helper, and/or chorus vocal on it. Karaoke music will usually only remove the lead vocals leaving any chorus or background vocals as part of the track.

What is Amplifier?

Mixing Amplifiers combine both a karaoke mixer and amplifier (receiver) in one unit. You will need an amplifier if you want to power external speakers for greater sound than connecting directly to a television. You can turn any  DVD, VCD or CD+G player into karaoke system with a mixing amplifier. Ace Karaoke highly recommends using karaoke or live sound speakers to avoid damaging regular speakers found in televisions and surround systems which were only design to playback recorded audio.

What is a Mixer?

One of the biggest functions of a mixer to take many audio sources such as from a player, microphone, and instruments and combine it into one source to be outputted to a speaker system. Another big function found in some mixers is its' ability to enhance sound quality by allowing you to adjust treble, bass, microphone volume, music volume, key control, echo, delay, repeat, or also perform vocal reduction. Depending on your needs or budget, you may or may not need all of the functions found in a complex mixer and a simple mixer will do.

What is a quarter-inch or XLR cable?

This usually refers to a microphone cable with a quarter-inch or XLR plug at the end of the cable. Some are available shielded and can also be used to connect audio channels to and from a mixer or amplifier.

What is an RCA cable?

A RCA cable is a cable with red, white, and yellow colored plugs at the ends of the cable.  This cable is usually used to connect the audio and video from the karaoke machine to your TV and/or amplifier, mixer etc.

What is NTSC/PAL?

NTSC is the standard TV signal used in North America.  The signal for NTSC is 60Hz.  PAL is the standard TV signal used in Europe.  The signal for PAL is 50Hz.  Make sure you have your karaoke machine set to the correct frequency to avoid incompatibility with your TV monitor.

Do all disc formats play on all players?

No, not all players are able to play all formats. Please check your player's manual or check with the manufacturer to see what formats your player can support.