Thursday, December 15, 2011

How to Turn Your PC into a High-Quality Karaoke (Videoke) Machine Using Winamp's CD+G Plug-in


Howdy, tips-and-tuters and karaoke fanatics alike! Today we'll turn your PC into the ultimate videoke machine which plays absolutely crisp high-quality mp3 songs with a great lyrics prompter using the CD+G plug-in for Winamp Media Player. Some songs even have secondary vocal accompaniments creating a superb singing experience. The intrumentals as well are just as good as you'd hear them on the radio.

Cutting to the chase, here's the step-by-step:

1.) Make sure you have the latest Winamp Media Player installed on your computer. You don't? No worries, just click on the following link: How to Download, Install, and Use Winamp Media Player

2.) Click here to download the CD+G plug-in.

3.) Go to your download folder and double-click on the CD+G Plug-in installer to start the installation.

Double-click on the installer. 

By default, the installation automatically directs to the Winamp installation folder. Click "Install" to proceed. 

You may read the documentation if you want to. 

For compatibility checking, this prompt may sometimes pop up right after the installation. Just click  "Cancel"

4.) Go to Google.com and search for legally free and downloadable CD+G files that you can use.

5.) Open your Winamp Media Player and then browse to the folder where you've saved the songs. Now, there are a lot of ways on how to play these files. I've outlined some easy options below.

5.1 - Double-click on the song (the one with the *.mp3 extension) of your choice on the folder. Winamp automatically recognizes the two files as one and plays your selection.


5.2 - Select one or more songs from the folder and drag-and-drop them on your Winamp's playlist box (see image below). You may now double-click on any song on the playlist or have Winamp automatically play them all in sequence.

Drag-and-drop your selection on the playlist box. 

Double-click on a song on the playlist to play it. 

Ta-daaaaaaaaa! Just plug-in your deafening sound system to your PC and start screaming  annoying your neighbors killing the roaches breaking all glass stuff singing!




Glossary

CD+G
"CD+G (also known as CD+Graphics) is an extension of the compact disc standard that can present low-resolution graphics alongside the audio data on the disc when played on a compatible device. CD+G discs are often used for karaoke machines, which utilize this functionality to present on-screen lyrics for the song contained on the disc."
Source: Wikipedia.com


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