A karaoke machine is a device that plays recorded tracks without vocals. A performer sings into a microphone by reading subtitles synchronized with the timing of the song.
There is a huge variety of karaoke equipment designed to meet the requirements of a broad range of karaoke fans. Karaoke has long become one of the most joyful and fun ways to spend a weekend evening. These days, you can find karaoke systems virtually everywhere you go: at karaoke clubs, bars, restaurants, small cafés, saunas, entertainment centers, offices, kindergartens, and schools. Besides, some karaoke machines can be used at on-site events for holidays and corporate parties. For those who can’t live without home karaoke parties, there’s a huge range of home karaoke systems and players. Now, let’s figure out what are modern karaoke systems and how many types of them are there.
What is a karaoke system?
A karaoke system is a special device that plays karaoke files, backing tracks without a vocal part, and displays subtitles, a running text line with the song lyrics, on the screen. Depending on the category of the device and the manufacturer’s specialization, karaoke systems vary in configuration, functionality, interface, and sound effects.
Main types of karaoke systems
Karaoke devices of this type are usually low-end, obsolete players and consoles with the karaoke function. They have limited functionality, do not contain licensed song databases, and can’t boast of high-quality audio. Karaoke players are able to run CDs, USB Flash drives, and memory cards to play karaoke tracks in MIDI format.
Generally, low-end karaoke players don’t feature even basic capabilities of a modern karaoke system: smooth audio/microphone tuning, voice processing effects, and high-quality performance recording, not to mention other useful karaoke “tricks.” For a modern karaoke fan, karaoke players are nothing but time machines that can bring people back for decades — to the era of DVDs, poor-quality MIDI tracks, and primitive karaoke devices.
Amateur-grade karaoke systems
These are mid-end karaoke machines that also do not have pre-installed licensed song databases. Nevertheless, they usually support a variety of audio formats. Their owners can play tracks from a DVD-ROM, YouTube channels or use karaoke files downloaded/purchased and saved to hard drives. For voice processing, amateur-grade karaoke systems often have only the echo effect, as well as the minimum set of settings for microphones/tracks customization. Track tone/tempo changing in mid-end karaoke systems is either not available or is performed in very low quality. The same is true for the performance recording feature. The scoring system for karaoke battles is based on lyrics (not notes) following.
Professional karaoke systems
A professional karaoke system is a reliable, up-to-date, and multifunctional device featuring excellent technical equipment, software, and a large licensed song database. Every single component of a professional karaoke system consists only of high-quality solutions that meet all specific standards. With such an excellent machine, you can achieve the best sound, as well as enjoy singing karaoke non-stop.
The track base of a professional karaoke system may hold tens of thousands of files in MIDI and other formats. For example, the Studio Evolution’s track catalog contains files in the Lite format for beginners; Pro soundtracks that base on official songs and accompanied by orchestral arrangements, and backing vocals; foreign songs in CD + G format. Large databases of official video clips in Studio Evolution’s systems make karaoke events even more colorful and joyful.
Unlike amateur-grade karaoke systems and players, manufacturers only upload licensed content to professional karaoke systems. Tracks in Studio Evolution’s machines do not violate the copyright laws as the company draws up official agreements with copyright holders, authors of music and lyrics. A huge number of audio files in various genres and in different languages guarantee that everyone can create their own repertoire to their taste. The instant search feature makes it easy to find a song by title, artist, and even a line from the lyrics, which prevents stress and saves more time for karaoke itself.
Premium karaoke systems have a full range of functions for an ideal singing party. Installing, configuring, and working with Studio Evolution’s systems is a simple and quick process due to a user-friendly interface and detailed user manuals. You can control a professional karaoke system in any way that is convenient for you: remote control, tablet, or smartphone.
Any singer will be able to perfectly perform their favorite song and record their performance in broadcast quality with such a karaoke system. Professional modulation allows you to change the tone and tempo without distortion and loss of quality of the original audio file. The ability to fine-tune the sound of all connected microphones, as well as a variety of voice effects, can meet the requirement of the pickiest karaoke enthusiasts. Connect mixing consoles, a High-End speaker system, and good microphones, both wired and wireless, to a professional karaoke system, and you’ll get a true concert hall in your room or establishment.
Companies developing and delivering professional karaoke systems are usually customer-oriented and provide the same professional customer support. The Studio Evolution company updates its karaoke track databases on a monthly basis, releases regular software updates, gives special offers and profitable programs, such as the Evolution Home HD upgrade or Trade-In, to its customers.
Professional home karaoke systems
With a premium karaoke system, your home karaoke party will sound like a true concert. The professional home system by Studio Evolution is a multifunctional solution that delivers lots of fun.
The base of audio files of your home karaoke system can pleasantly surprise your friends: it has compositions for every taste and for any mood, children’s songs, and songs for duet performance. Sing all together: the Evolution Compact HD karaoke system has 4 microphone slots that can be used simultaneously, with custom settings and audio effects.
With a professional Studio Evolution’s karaoke system, you can sing at home to your favorite Full HD video clips, as well as record all performances on a web camera, in broadcast quality. The Evolution Compact HD karaoke system has the Media Center function and 4 TB of internal memory, which allows you not only to watch your own performances, but also enjoy watching favorite clips, movies, and TV series.
Due to its small size and configuration, the Evolution Lite2 karaoke system can be used both for home parties and VIP rooms of karaoke establishments. This karaoke system can amaze any karaoke fan with its audio processing quality. An updated version of Evolution Lite2 features a full set of necessary tools for professional tuning of backing tracks, microphones, and sound effects. Like other Studio Evolution’s karaoke systems, the miniature Evolution Lite2 fits perfectly into any interior; it is quickly and easily updated online and can be controlled by the remote control or a mobile device (through a mobile app).
Premium karaoke systems EVOBOX and EVOBOX Plus are made of aviation aluminum and are available in six stylish colors: black, silver, graphite, ocean, gold, and ruby. Inside their miniature casings, there are advanced technological solutions for quick and smooth audio processing. Last but not least, the unique LiveFX karaoke effect creates the atmosphere of a concert performance at a stadium or club.
The karaoke system supports the HDMI 2.0 standard sou you can enjoy the sharpest, most contrasting, and richest images in Ultra HD 4K 60FPS resolution. The EVOBOX karaoke system is preloaded with 2 000 popular songs: 1 800 homegrown songs and 200 foreign hits. Moreover, you can download 100 more songs from the Studio Evolution’s karaoke catalog, for free. The scalable base of the EVOBOX Plus karaoke system contains more than 41 000 homegrown and foreign songs. For adding even more tracks, there are 1 Year and 1 Month update packages.
Professional karaoke systems for businesses
A high-quality karaoke system is able to make any establishment bright, popular, and profitable. Those karaoke clubs and bars visitors, who have extensive experience in throwing unforgettable parties, often become regular customers of those spots, not only because of a good sound and professional backing tracks.
The Evolution Pro2 karaoke system that has long won the title of the best professional system for establishments, can amaze users with many innovative features such as great audio effects, qualitative changes in tonality, video and Full HD karaoke, background tracks and personal playlists for regular customers. SmartScoring, a smart score system, allows leisure venues to use Studio Evolution’s karaoke systems for fascinating karaoke battles and contests.
The EvoClub mobile application service, created for establishments using Evolution Pro2 to meet the tastes of true karaoke enthusiasts, has revolutionized modern karaoke parties: in a virtual catalog, users can find lots of songs, make detailed song requests, with a click, create lists of favorite songs, keep track of the performance queue, and chat with other users.
From now on, karaoke businesses can do without paper catalogs and facilitate the work of karaoke hosts. There is also a set of useful functions for staff. It includes track blacklisting, performance statistics, and the option to display the logo of the establishment on the guest screen.
Studio Evolution’s karaoke kits
Ready-made karaoke kits make the best option for those who want to save on buying a karaoke machine with all the necessary equipment that comes in a single box. The option is affordable and allows you to save extra money. In addition to Evolution’s karaoke system, you get first-class SE • 200D microphone system, and/or a proprietary audio system with the EvoSound soundbar, developed to be compatible with third-party karaoke equipment. Crystal-clear audio and professional background sounds will delight even the most sophisticated karaoke admirers.
Evolution’s karaoke systems, SE • 200D microphones, and the EvoSound audio system are designed to work seamlessly with each other. All equipment is perfectly compatible. It is made in a single design, which makes it easy to connect and configure. To control a kit, you only need a remote control.
Branded kits by Studio Evolution will come in handy not only during karaoke parties. With the EvoSound audio system, you can enjoy the excellent sound quality of your favorite music, films, TV shows, and games. As for the SE • 200D microphones, they are the same perfect for karaoke, conferences, seminars, and concerts.
Studio Evolution’s karaoke systems for home and business are:
- the highest sound and picture quality
- huge base of studio-quality tracks
- user-friendly interface
- convenient controls
- tons of useful features
- elegant design
- regular online updates
- official warranty, and much more
For each system, Studio Evolution’s specialists use the best components, innovative technologies, and tested solutions. After all, our professional karaoke systems are created in order to deliver pleasure and good mood to global fans of singing.
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