How to Convert KAR Files to CDG

By Dan Howard

Converting KAR to CDG rerecords a MIDI track as a WAV file.
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Files with the extension KAR and CDG are audio files that contain music and lyrics information for karaoke songs. The primary difference between KAR and CDG files is that a KAR file's audio track is encoded in MIDI format while a CDG file's audio is stored as a WAV file. Due to the esoteric nature of KAR and CDG files there are few free applications that you can use to convert between the formats, but Karaoke CD+G Creator is a shareware program that provides users with a fully functional, 14-day trial period.

Step 1

Open your Web browser and navigate to the Power Karaoke website.

Step 2

Click "Downloads" at the top of the screen and then click "Evaluation Versions and Updates."

Step 3

Click the "Download Karaoke CD+G Creator" link and save the file to disk. Once the download is complete, double-click the saved file and follow the onscreen wizard's prompts to install the program to your computer.

Step 4

Run the Karaoke CD+G application.

Step 5

Click the "MIDI" button in the program ribbon at the top of the window. Doing so opens a file browser window.

Step 6

Navigate to the folder that contains the KAR file that you wish to convert, then click the file and click "Open" to continue.

Step 7

Slide the "MIDI Output" and "WAV Input" sliders to change the relative volume of the input KAR file and output CDG file.

Step 8

Click "Finish." The Power Karaoke performs an analog KAR to CDG conversion that takes the same amount of time as it takes to play back the file.