Disc does not play on a karaoke machine

February 28th, 2013

PowerKaraoke produces tracks compatible with all CD+G players. However, there is a issue of the CD-Rs you are using to burn your tracks. Some CD+G players can be very picky and do strange things if you use low quality media. I would suggest you tried differend CD-R brand for burning your CD+Gs and burn them with lowest speed you are able to bear (1x is the best, but I know it is painful). From my experience I can tell that I have never had any problems with TKD-branded CD-Rs.

CD+G does not play with Power CD+G Player

February 28th, 2013

CDG files contain the graphical information only. To hear the associated soundtrack you need to provide the MP3 or WAV file with the same name as the CDG file you want to play. Maybe you decided to change the CDG file’s name? You may try creating BIN files, as they create both graphical information and soundtrack, so you will be sure they play correctly. Besides, only BIN files can be recorded onto the CD+G disks.

And about the KAR to WAV convertion. The whole process depends on the soundcard capabilities. You have not listed what soundcard are you using, which would help. PowerKaraoke tries to link the MIDI output to the WAV recording input of the soundcard. Sometimes the interface that is provided by the soundcard does not allow it to happen, and then you need to do it manually. Below are some information on how to achieve it.

Why cannot I convert MIDI to WAV

February 28th, 2013

As stated in online documentation, some of the soundcards (usually Soundblaster cards) do not allow software access to MIDI mixer settings and linking MIDI output to recording input. I suggest you use “Open mixer” button and then select Recording on Properties dialog box (Properties command in Options menu). Make sure to check all availables inputs to be displayed and then select the MIDI or ‘What you hear’ input. If you cannot decide, which input should be used, please write them down or make a screendump and send it over — we will try to figure it out.

How to convert KAR to CDG with PowerKaraoke

February 28th, 2013

Converting KAR to CD+G is very easy. You need to invoke ‘Import MIDI Karaoke Wizard’ from File menu, select the KAR file and then use the provided mixer controls to set up proper MIDI recording levels. After you are done with that step, PowerKaraoke will convert MIDI portion of KAR file into a WAV file and import lyrics and synchronization. Now you may use ‘Create CD+G File’ from Master menu to produce your CD+G song.

Problems with importing MIDI into Karaoke CD+G Creator

February 6th, 2013

Are you trying to import it from MIDI Karaoke, are you trying to create it from scratch? If this it the first case, your need to set the input and output settings of your soundcard. I assume you are using SoundBlaster card that does not follow the Windows Mixer specifications correctly and therefore volume slider and automatic setting is not possible in PowerKaraoke. You have to do the following: run MIDI Import Wizard in PowerKaraoke and when you reach the second dialog box (Render), open Windows mixer (double click on the speaker icon near the clock on the task bar), select Options/Properties and choose Recording. Now you need to select MIDI as an input. Then return to PowerKaraoke and proceed with the conversion.

Why the CD+G I have burned does not work

February 5th, 2013

There are several issues that might affect the CD you have burned. Please see the questions below, maybe there is something you are missing in the settings of recording software.

1. Are you sure you have created BIN file, not CDG? CDG files are for software players only, as they do not contain the music.

2. What software are you using to burn your CD+Gs?

3. Have you checked CD+G option in your burning software?

4. What CD-R media are you using and what is the burning speed? Most CD+G players do not recognize CD-RW media, some are very picky when it comes to CD-Rs. We also recommend setting the lowest burning speed you can bear (1x is the best, but it takes veeery long to burn the CD).

5. What brands are your CD-R device and your CD+G player?

I am sure we will be able to solve your problem. BIN files created by PowerKaraoke have proved to work with all CD+G players available (even some that did not follow the specifications 100%), so I am sure you will be able to burn your CD+Gs without problems.

Cannot use soundtrack in Karaoke CD+G Creator

February 3rd, 2013

The error code you are referring to means you are using soundtrack that is not CD-format compatible (ie. is not 44kHz 17 bit stereo). I suggest you convert the soundtrack and then used Load Soundtrack again. Your synchronization data will not be lost.

There was a code that made it possible to use such files as soundtracks at all, but then we decided against it, so we will probably have to make the error message more user-friendly. But I hope this will solve your problem.