[Machine] Entertech ET19K Magic Sing Review

by admin on October 2, 2011

Entertech ET19K Magic SingThis is Entertech’s latest (as of this writing, anyway) product in their Magic Sing line. It’s a very compact and therefore portable karaoke system. So if you want to, you can easily bring it to a friend’s house or another hangout spot. This system received very high ratings by consumers. It comes with 2 wireless microphones, a main station that holds song chips, a leather carrying case, manual, binder with song list, and a remote control. All you have to do is plug it in to your TV and you’re all set to go.

The system comes with 2,300 songs, which is plenty to get started with. However, it’s a good idea to take a look at the song list before you buy, because a lot of the songs are public domain (labeled as artist – P.D.), which are basically filler songs by singers and bands nobody’s ever heard of. Also, most of the other songs by famous artists are really old. So if you’re looking for contemporary music, you’re out of luck.

Song chips with a hundred to a few thousand songs can be purchased separately. They are actually pretty cost efficient compared to CD-G’s or MP3-G’s, ranging from roughly $0.05 to $0.50 a song. But the only way to get new songs on your Entertech ET19K karaoke system is through buying new song chips, so your song selection is quite limited. Even the newer pop song chips are filled with relatively older songs.

Some other features of this system include:

  • 6 expansion slots for new song chips
  • Optional built-in digital echo effect
  • Voice changer – hear what you sound like as the opposite sex!
  • Supports multiplex, A.K.A. vocal removal. Sing with or without the original vocals!
  • Vocal assist (available for very few songs)
  • Ability to display musical notations on selected songs, which help you sing in the correct pitch
  • 8 games included: Song Quiz, Singing contest, IQ200, Bingo 1 & 2, Darts, Ten-Ten, and Black Jack
  • Supports SD card (2GB included), which lets you import custom background images, and even play videos/MP3’s
  • Record your singing and transfer recorded songs to your PC via the built-in USB interface

As you can see, this system boasts a lot of features. Overall, it’s a great portable, low-end system for casual singers. It usually retails for between $300 and $350 online, with the lowest price being featured on Amazon:


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[Software] Karaoke Anything Review

by admin on October 2, 2011

Karaoke Anything

Karaoke Anything is a free software that attempts to remove vocals from MP3’s or CD audio files. I haven’t tried it out extensively, but so far its performance seems to be highly inconsistent. In some songs, the software failed to remove the vocals, making them only slightly quieter and/or sound muffled. On others, it successfully took away vocals, but also altered the background music quite a bit. This part is hard to explain; it’s almost as if an entire instrument was taken out of the song, making it sound rather incomplete. This effect is similar to what the Memorex SingStand’s vocal elimination button does (read my review on Memorex SingStand). I’m definitely not an audiophile, and the difference in sound quality is very obvious to me. You can definitely tell something is missing.

There doesn’t seem to be any way to save the songs after you remove vocals. So each time you want to sing a song, you have to load the MP3 or CD and have the program convert it. This can get annoying after a while. Also, if the program successfully strips all vocals, you have to know the songs very well, including correct starting and stopping points, as well as the melody. The background music in a song usually won’t give you any hints as to how the song goes, and you won’t have moving lyrics on screen that can guide you.

Overall, this software is a viable alternative for expensive karaoke systems and music, since it’s free, but only if you are a super casual karaoke singer. If you sing karaoke more than one time a month, it’s worth buying a low-end karaoke machine. Just remember that music is what makes karaoke an expensive hobby.

To download Karaoke Anything, click here. (I’m hosting it in case their site disappears.)

Click here to visit the official Karaoke Anything page.


[Machine] Memorex Singstand Review

October 2, 2011

The Memorex Singstand is a low end Karaoke machine that does not use the traditional CD-G or MP3-G formats. Instead, this unit lets you sing along to songs from any MP3 device via a headphone jack. I’ve used it with my iPhone, Zune, and even my laptop. The main advantage of this system is the [...]

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