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Posted to Larry_TheKaraokeGuy's profile July 22, 2009
Yeah maybe I'll post this as a review..lol See what other come up with.
 
Posted to Larry_TheKaraokeGuy's profile July 22, 2009
Hmmmmm. Well, I'll quote another post I made.

"Karaoke seams to change so much by region and over time. I follow Karaoke on Twitter, and am surprised by the differences by area. Like here, VERY few singers like themes or contests to do with Karaoke. They just want to sing. But I'm reading lots down in the US that really look forward to that. And not many here follow the Asian preferred private group Karaoke rooms."

From a Host point of view, I prefer to NOT do contests as someone invariably gets their feelings hurt and or strongly disagree with the out-come. I DO however, like the idea of theme nights. I don't do it at my club yet, as they don't like the idea ( YET ). lol

About a year and a half ago, Edmonton had more Karaoke bars per-capita, than any 2 other cities in North America put together. But that has since changed quite a bit. We seem to be in line with the normal trend. But now, Karaoke Hosts are a dime a dozen so wages have fallen to ( as an entertainer ) unrealistically low rates. Mind you, the bad Hosts are slowly getting weeded out, but weather that will ever help our wages is unsure.

When I was doing the Mobile Karaoke/DJ thing, I used discs. Now, I use the CAVS system, and hope I never have to go back to spinning discs. Makes my job SOOOO much easier, as I now have time to spend finding songs and playing up the crowd and helping singers get on time, mixing the sound, playing air guitar, etc... etc... Our local Entertainment paper has rated our club as the #2 club in town. So I can't be doin too bad..lol

At home, I use KaraFun for my Karaoke player as it also plays Zip and midi, has low mem usage, and has a great interface. I don't need a management program as I prefer to do all that myself. I can specify a picture to show on screen behind the words for all songs or just specific songs. Each song could have it's own picture if I wanted, but that's a lot of work and takes up a lot of disc space. It's also FreeWare.

As for sound equipment, I have a (probably) totally different view points than most other Karaoke Hosts, as I am a Sound and Recording Tech. trained in Live and Studio sound, as well as having been a performer off and on, for over 40 years. I prefer Sure Mics over ALL others. They have been, and still are about the best made Mics for live application. And as the price of GOOD Mics has come down soo much over the years, why not stay with what works.. There are other mics that sound ALMOST the same, but non of them will take the abuse that Sure will. And unfortunately, Mics DO take a LOT of abuse. We just got new Sures, 2 wireless Mics for $700. I also use a compressor to keep from having to fix speakers as we have a lot of screamers here..lol I'm also looking at getting a vocal tuner. It is what almost all singers use now to make sure that, what you, the listener, hears, is always in tune. 99% of pop, rap, rock singers use them.

The reason I want top equipment, is that, as I see my job, it is to make you, the singer feel as good about your night as I can. So, I try to help your singing, and sound, as much as passable....

I can't make everyone into a Star, but if I can give you that feeling, even if just for a moment, then I've done my job. :-)
July 22, 2009
Wow, Larry, you should totally write a review about karaoke, one about karaoke hosts, too, since you have a wealth of experience! :)  I didn't realize that karaoke practices varied so much from place to place.  I don't karaoke much, but from what I see in the States, a lot of bars and lounges have karaoke nights and people just show up, sign up, and sing in front of everyone.  Sometimes you have to pay per song, and sometimes it's free.  Around where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are a lot of Asian karaoke places where you can rent rooms by the hour and sing as much as you want!
 
Posted to Larry_TheKaraokeGuy's profile July 22, 2009
Lol, well, Can't really be an expert on Karaoke as it seams to change so much by region and over time. I follow Karaoke on Twitter, and am surprised by the differences by area. Like here, VERY few like themes or contests to do with Karaoke. They just want to sing. But I'm reading lots down in the US that really look forward to that. And not many here follow the Asian preferred private group Karaoke rooms. But, I do like answering questions... So...lol
 
Posted to Larry_TheKaraokeGuy's profile July 14, 2009
I gave up my dreams of Stardom when my first daughter was born. Family over Fame. I have found that Hosting Karaoke fills that void. And it give the satisfaction that I helped someone be a star, even if only for 3 minutes and even if only in their own mind. Everyone at one time or other thought of being a STAR.... :-)
July 21, 2009
Awwww, that's great. You can be our karaoke star/expert on Lunch! :)
 
Posted to Larry_TheKaraokeGuy's profile July 14, 2009
Thanks. Karaoke is pretty much all I do outside of my family life. Hosting is still a little new to me, but as a retired musician/lounge singer/recording engineer, music has been a part of my life one way or another for most of my life.. :-)
July 14, 2009
I have quite a few friends who are karaoke fanatics and hit up karaoke events at different bars and lounges almost every night!  That's neat that you were once a musician, lounge singer and recording engineer.  I once had dreams of being a lounge singer when I was a choir girl... :)  One of the girls who I was in choir with is actually a lounge singer now, but is hoping to hit the mainstream!
 
Posted to Larry_TheKaraokeGuy's profile July 14, 2009
Whoa, Larry, you've gone on a data point-rating spree, especially with music-related ones!  Something tells me that you might have a thing or two to say about karaoke :P  You might also enjoy @raina1up's review of iKaraoke, and a couple Lunchers seem to agree that "Don't You Want Me Baby" by Human League is a great karaoke song.  It looks like you've found your way around Lunch just fine, Larry, but if you ever have any questions, just let me know! :)
 
Posted to Larry_TheKaraokeGuy's profile July 14, 2009
i don't understand how you can rate Miley Cirus a 1.0. She is at least a 2.0!
 
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