How to Record Yourself Singing Karaoke with Lyrics

Singing Karaoke with friends and recording everyone can be an enjoyable party experience.

Singing Karaoke and recording it with friends can be an enjoyable party experience.
Singing Karaoke and recording it with friends can be an enjoyable party experience. | Source


If you enjoy singing alone or with friends, Karaoke is the best way to do it. It provides the lyrics on screen with the music and background singers included. The lead singer on popular songs is removed on Karaoke music so that you become the lead singer.

When you record yourself singing this way, it sounds quite professional. It's almost as if you were singing in a band with the background accompaniment.

I have a group of friends who enjoy singing, as I do. We sing at our own private house parties as well at karaoke bars and other venues.

Karaoke makes it easy because the lyrics appear on a screen, so you can easily follow along with the music even if you don't remember the lyrics that well.

When I did this with friends, I found that the musical energy really made us feel good about ourselves.

It's fun to imitate the lead singer of professional bands. I found that there were certain singers I could imitate well, so I concentrate on those.

The reason why we can do better singing like one particular type of person and not another depends on our own type of voice. It may also have something to do with how our brain is wired, but that's not so important. Some people just make up their own way of singing popular songs, and that's okay too.


Why Karaoke Makes it So Easy


I think that singing is important for us as human beings. It can boost our ego, help release stress, and make us feel better.

When you sing for your own satisfaction you don't need to be concerned about perfection. Professional singers know how to control their voice, have perfect pitch, harmonize, and stay on key. That's not important when you're doing it just for fun.

Since the lyrics are right in front of you as you sing, Karaoke makes it easy. I seem to have no problem remembering the melody, but for some reason I don't always remember the lyrics that well. This solves that problem for me.

If remembering the melody is a problem in your case, the background music soundtrack helps you stay on key.


Karaoke Equipment is Available for Personal Use


I was motivated to join some friends at singing gatherings because we all supported one another with the idea. We got together in bars and restaurants that had Karaoke night once a week.

Many of us felt more comfortable singing just among our own small group of friends, so we had private house parties too.

My Karaoke Collection
My Karaoke Collection | Source


I eventually purchased a Karaoke Player and a bunch of Karaoke CD’s so that we can have our own singing parties at home. Players range in price from $29 to hundreds, depending on what quality and features you want. I wanted one that has professional features, so I bought the VocoPro DVX890K Karaoke Player.

The Karaoke CD’s are known as CD+G, they include the lyrics for on-screen display in sync with the music. These special CD's only play on CD+G players, so you need a Karaoke machine to play them. They usually contain the background music without the lead singer. Although some have the lead singer on one track and the music on the other, so you can decide if you want to hear the lead singer or not.

Beginners sometimes like to use the singer's voice as a guide, but I find it may make it more difficult. Singing your own way, without following the lead singer, is just as much fun.


How to Record Yourself Singing

I recorded myself singing throughout my life.
I recorded myself singing throughout my life.

Singing Karaoke can boost your ego. In addition, saving and having a recording of yourself singing that you can listen to later in life is a nice way to enjoy memories later on.

I like having the background music when I sing. It actually provides a guide that I can follow.

If singing is still your hidden secret, that’s no problem. No one has to know. You can make recordings of this on your own, so you don’t need to worry what people think.

You can actually benefit by listening to your own recording and noticing where you need improvement. Some people are tone deaf. However, that is true only while singing. I think some tone-deaf people can actually notice the error when they listen to their own recording. You can tell if you are off key when you listen to it later.

If you want to have a good quality recording, go to a local electronics store and ask to see microphones that connect to your computer that give you a studio quality sound.

You might also want to consider using a stand-alone microphone that records directly into a flash memory card. I can recommend one that I use: the Zoom H2n. You can find it on Amazon. It has four built-in mics for stereo and 360° recording. It can be set to record WAV or MP3 files. The recordings can then be transferred to your computer via a USB port.


Karaoke Software Makes any Computer into a Karaoke Player


There are karaoke programs available that you can install on your computer. I use a few of these too. VanBasco’s Karaoke Player and KaraFun are my favorites, so I included them first in the list of software below. You can find any of these with a Google search of the name.

Just like any Karaoke player, you can see the lyrics on the computer's screen as the music plays. Most of these programs play MIDI Karaoke files that can be purchased or downloaded free with a search as well.

While playing a karaoke song and watching the words on the screen, you can also run a recorder application to capture your signing into a WAV file. The background music will be included in the recording with your voice if you have the speakers positioned properly near your mic.


Karaoke Software Products

Product
Platform
Cost
 
 
 
KaraFun
Windows and Mac
Free
VanBasco’s Karaoke Player
Windows
Free
PCDJ Karaoke
Windows
$99
PCSongster
Windows
Free
kJams Lite
Mac
$40
kJams Pro
Mac
$110
iStar
Mac
Free
Sing-Magic
Windows
Free
SingOutStrong Karaoke Player
Windows
Free
Walaoke
Windows
Free
Free Midi Karaoke Player
Windows
Free
KaraokeKanta
Windows
Free
MIDI KaraokePlayer
Windows
Free
Karaoke 5
Windows
Free
Just Sing
Windows
Free
ARIA Karaoke PRO
Windows
Free
KaraokeMedia Home
Windows
Free
TunePrompter
Windows
Free
MP3 Karaoke
Windows
Free

Enjoy a Private Karaoke Party with Close Friends


If you would like to share your singing with friends, then just make a small private Karaoke party in your own home. It's a great way to have a social get-together.

All you need is a Karaoke player such as the one I mentioned earlier hooked up to your TV. These players use CD+G Discs that contain both the lyrics and the background music. You can find many CD+G discs of almost any song on Amazon. There are even super pack sets with hundreds of Karaoke songs in various categories. I've accumulated a library of songs by buying sets like that.

So get a few people together who share your desire to sing, and save the memories with recordings of yourself doing it.


© 2009 Glenn Stok

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