How to make your own karaoke.
|We will start by getting all the necessary things:
||The links marked with an (
are detailed in the Glossary
at the bottom of this page
- • a music file (1)
- • a text file (2)
- • a background image file (3)
To facilitate the process, put all three files in the same directory
section of our manual also explains, with the aid of images,
how to synchronize with DMK.
Start the DelMp3Karaoke software, called DMK to abbreviate in the
following text. The program should have been configured previously;
if not, check out our How to configure
In the Directory panel
of the player window, browse to find the folder witch contains the
files. The music file will show in the right pane. Click it once
to select it, do not double-click, then click the Edit
window will come up with its 2 panes, Karaoke and
Text Editor, empty. Click the Open
Txt button and select in the dialog witch opens, the
text file witch contains the song’s lyrics. Once open, the
text will appear in the Text Editor
pane. Separate the song syllables with dashes “-“and
keep your phrases short, because line breaks in the karaoke window
happens at the end of each line. Your text seems right, then click
the Transfer Text button
(the arrow that points to left) your text will be assign a line
for each syllables and line break in the karaoke
part of the Editor.
You are now ready to synchronize, using rhythm as your main tool.
Select between, your keyboard spacebar
and you mouse left button (hitting
the “Capture” button)
to synchronize the syllables and line breaks with the music. Select
the first line in the Karaoke
pane and click the play
button. At each spacebar hit or mouse click, the synchronization
time will be written on the selected (highlighted) line and the
selection focus will go to the next line. So all you’ve got
to do is to hit or click at the music rhythm through the end of
the song. Then, to generate the .kok (5) file from
the karaoke list, you’ll have to click on the Save
Kok button. If after playing your new karaoke file,
you want to modify it, go to our Synchronization
and Editor Section of our Manual, to learn the details of this
To add a background image and
to customize the configuration of your karaoke, select the first
line in the karaoke pane of the editor window, then click the
Change Background Image and Colors button (the arrow
with the 3 color strippes). In the dialog box that opens, first
Browse to find the directory where you previously put the 3 files
(music, text and image), then select the background image file.
You can also change other parameters like font, font color, and
font size from this dialog box.
You can also make these changes from the player window selection
list pane. See How to personalize
your Karaoke from the Selection List article.
(1) Music file: The DMK software
supports lots of music format files like .mp3, .kar, .mid, .wav,
etc. The file can be with or without the signing voice. To get an
.mp3 without the signing voice (lyrics), multiple choices are offered
to you; like:
- i. Buying .mp3’s on mp3-karaoke dedicated websites (see
our Links section).
ii. Using a voice attenuator like Analog X, a Cool Edit plug-in
iii. Searching for mp3-karaoke file on peer to peer share networks
(search for keyword: karaoke).
- iv. Extracting .mp3's from Cd+g (6) disks.
(1a) MP3 file: The file format of choice for
the DMK format, since the quality of the sound is the same whatever
your sound card.
(1b) Kar file: The .kar format is not a music format in itself,
it’s in fact a .mid (MIDI) file in witch a channel (track)
is used for storing the text and synchronization time. It’s
possible to import these information’s in the Editor window
using the Imp Kar button
or selecting the file name in the Dir
List pane of the Player window and clicking the Editor
(1c) Mid file: The .mid or Midi
format was originally made for saving synthesizers output:
128 music instruments reproduced electronically through a keyboard,
each instrument recorded on a separate track (or channel). This
music file format is small in file size compared to the .mp3 format
making it easy to transfer over the internet. With DMK it’s
possible to edit and play the .mid or .kar file the same way DMK
edits the .mp3. Note that some .mid files have a dedicated text
and synchronization track; these are in fact .kar files without
the .kar extension.
(2) Text file: Text files, with the .txt extension,
are files containing the songs lyrics. It’ll be imported from
the Editor using the
Open Txt button.
(3) Background image file:
Image file of different size (height-width) composing the background
of the karaoke window. The images dimensions must be big enough
to display at least a few lines of text. Choose a background color
that blends well with the image. The background color of the karaoke
window could be the same as the main color in the background image.
(4) Directory: In a graphical users interface,
a container of files represented by a folder icon. A folder is a
tool for arranging files on a disk; it can contain files and sub
folders. For the DMK software, files, music, text and image, in
the same folder, are treated as if they were associated through
the programs configuration. (see the
Configuration section of our Manual).
(5) Kok file: The DMK file
format. It’s used as a working file for the program as well
as a saving format for recording the synchronized lyrics. When you’re
working with .kar or .mid files, you can save your changes in the
.kar file itself instead of in the .kok.
(6) Cd+g file: Format that
is normally played by a karaoke machine. It’s possible to
play this format from a CD-ROM player*
and modify the files with the MCG Encoder to extract and save resulting
.mp3 and image files. *Some CD-ROM