My DJ/production company, BC Productions, has gone through several generations of karaoke presentation. While we have never been heavily into the singalong scene, we have always offered it to our clients. Over the last two years or so, we have started to promote it more, since it has become a lot easier to manage, with MP3+G files being legally obtainable, and the software getting more user-friendly and efficient.
In the arena of software solutions for running a karaoke show, the name TriceraSoft is a leading player. The company has been serving the DJ industry for years, having a strong presence at the last five or six Mobile Beat Las Vegas DJ shows, and has been constantly improving their software based on input from DJs and KJs “in the trenches.”
IF YOU BUILD IT…
I set aside an afternoon to start the process of building up two Windows computers with the full suite of Tricerasoft software. I also uninstalled our two KJ libraries from the machines we previously had them on, and started copying over the libraries to the internal drives of the new computers. (BC Productions owns two copies of both the Sound Choice Gem Series and the Chartbuster 12K libraries.) With 61GB of files in the Sound Choice library and just under 95GB in the Chartbuster library, I started the copy process immediately and then went on to licensing the KJ software to be installed on each one of them. I’ve found that one of the keys to staying clean on licensing, which I recommend to other DJs as well, is labeling the source drives that they came from, and which libraries were on which computers. It just makes good organizational and business sense too.
• Just Karaoke v2 – Just a great KJ program that anchors the suite.
• Super Remote Request Tool – This is a way of taking requests using extra screens or serving as a server for people on the facility’s wi-fi network to make requests
• Song Book Creator – Still gotta have the song books, no doubt about it.
Downloading all of these was very easy and licensing up the
machines with their codes tied to BC Productions went very well. While the MP3+G files were still copying over on the machines, I was able to do this, plus work on uninstalling all the crap-ware that computer manufacturers put on their machines. I installed the Tricerasoft karaoke software with all their defaults.
DUPDATED TUNAGE ONLINE
TriceraSoft has also created a service to help KJs stay completely
ly up to date, at all times, at KaraokeDownloads.ca. Since my libraries were about two to three years old, I created an account for each of them (BC Productions 1 and BC Productions 2) on the site and purchased the 50 most popular tracks for each of the two libraries. This was done to aid in tracking the licensing as I mentioned earlier with the master libraries. The tracks were listed on KaraokeDownloads.ca’s
easy-to-use chart at karaokechamp.com/song_ranking.html. The Just Karaoke software knows how to work with various file naming structures and asks you to provide an example of the file name/tag for that batch of imports. That way if the publisher puts the release# first, then the title, then the artist, it treats it
differently than if they put it in a different order.
Finally I had 17,828 tracks loaded and it was time to move
them over to the Song Book Creator.
I COULD WRITE A BOOK…WAIT, I DON’T HAVE TO!
I started up the software, which found the database in Just Karaoke, and then it imported all the tracks. It was easy to cus- tomize the songbook by adding my logo. After marking on the songbook which laptop it belonged with I was good to go. The only issue I’ve run across is that some publishers have quotes around different database fields, and use differing punctuation. That’s a problem with the music, not the Just Karaoke or Tricerasoft Song Book Creator. But once I corrected it in Just Karaoke’s listings, everything echoed through to the song books just fine. I ended up with nicely formatted artist and title-based songbooks all ready for requests.
The Super Remote Request Tool software makes life even easier for the KJ. Rather than always taking manual requests, this allows singers to
enter there own requests into the software system. This should be especially attractive to regular singers. They can log in to their “Singer” account and then it feeds into Just Karaoke. This tool could also be used for DJ and VJ requests, although I’m not sure if I would want to give that much potential power to the guests at events I’m doing. But this powerful system
makes perfect sense at regular weekly karaoke jobs.
Getting the Super Remote Request Tool up and running was pretty simple. First is the setup from within Just Karaoke, which contains the server that supports the system. Then I downloaded the client app and tested from a normal web browser. There is a helpful how-to video at the Super Remote Request system website that made it easy to configure it to work from the main karaoke laptop, my iMac, my smartphone
browser and from the iSwiftRequest app.
MAKING KARAOKE EASY
TriceraSoft’s suite of karaoke products has been just what m company needed, to breathe new life into our karaoke service option. It seems poised to help us gain a bigger share of the karaoke market in our area. What makes it easy is the compre- hensive system: from configuring the apps and licensing, to importing songs we already owned, to buying more through the download site, setting up smartphone requests and making songbooks, to actual KJing, it is one smooth system.
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