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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 (4).
The synchronization 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 DMK article.

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  button.

The Editor  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 modification procedure.
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.

Glossary

(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 (more details).
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  button.

(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 models only.

 

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This website's goal is not to provide song files, but to make available a working karaoke software. If you're looking for song files, our links section will help you find websites offering them.

As a general rule, if you download a song file and decide to keep it, you should buy the CD or in some way, pay the author a royalty fee.

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