How to Create Custom Karaoke Songs

by Carl Hose

Karaoke is a form of entertainment that originated in Japan and involves singing along with musical tracks minus the original lyrics. Karaoke has caught on around the world and is popular in nightclubs everywhere. Many clubs and bars feature Karaoke nights and regular Karaoke contests. Performers often use Karaoke tracks for practice to auditions. Even with the availability of Karaoke tracks on the Internet and in music stores worldwide, it isn't always possible to find the songs you want to sing. Learn how you can create custom Karaoke tracks that will allow you to have a Karaoke track for any song you want in your collection.

Make a list of songs you'd like to sing along with but can't find on any Karaoke disk. Locate the songs either online at a music download service (see Resources) or rip them from one of your CDs. Make a folder on your computer to store the songs to make it easier to work with them.

Use vocal removing software to take the vocals off the songs you'd like to turn into Karaoke tracks (see Resources). If you use the free version of Winamp, you can download a plug-in that will remove vocals from your mp3 files (see Resources).

Burn your music tracks using Karaoke burning software capable of producing CDG (CD + Graphics) disks (see Resources). This is the disk format used to create Karaoke disks that include lyrics you will see onscreen. This software will create your music track as a CDG and allow you to have sing-along lyrics with the music track.

Consider using an online service capable of producing custom Karaoke music tracks (see Resources). An online service will be more expensive in the long run than doing it yourself, but using a custom Karaoke service online is an alternative if you aren't comfortable doing it yourself.

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About the Author

Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.