What is Karaoke?
The word "karaoke"
comes from the Japanese word "Kara" which means empty, and "Oke" (Okesutora),
which means orchestra. Rather than include both vocals and music, karaoke
tracks leave the lead vocals out for you sing. The lead vocals are provided by the
performer singing the karaoke song! Some karaoke discs provide an
additional track that includes guide lead vocals to help you while other discs
can be multiplex which allows you to turn the vocals on or off on the same
What is a Karaoke CDG or CD+G?
CDG or CD+G are the same thing and the terms can be used interchangeable. It stands for Compact Disc + Graphics
and is the standard format for
most English karaoke discs. These discs can either be played on a karaoke
machine that supports CDG or in a regular player that can play CDs. Keep
in mind that you will not be able to see any words on your screen if you
play CDGs in a CD player.
What is a Karaoke VCD?
VCD (Video Compact Disc) is a disc with video stored on it so the music can
be played with a video running in the background. This format is
different from DVDs and CDGs so you will need a karaoke player capable of
reading VCDs to play this format. Most non-English music will be in this
What is a Karaoke DVD?
A DVD (Digital
Versatile Disc) is a disc that is able to store large amounts of information
on a single disc. Higher resolution video can be running in the
background while karaoke music is playing. This format is different from CDGs so you will need a
karaoke player capable of reading DVDs to play this format. Most
non-English music will be in this format.
the difference between CDGs, VCDs, and DVDs?
CDGs have no video running in the background when the song is playing.
This means you will only see the words on the screen and nothing else. VCDs
have a video running in the background, in addition to lyrics, while the
music is playing. DVDs also have a video running in the background, in
addition to lyrics, while the music is playing. DVDs will typically have
more songs than either CDGs or VCDs.
What is MP3G?
MP3G is the
newest format for karaoke music. There are 2 files stored on the
disc, an MP3 file and a Graphics file. An MP3 is a compressed audio file.
The graphics file is what you see on the screen. This format has the
advantage of having a lot more songs on one disc compared to a CDG since MP3
files are a lot smaller than CDG files. This format will only play on
I am looking for a CD. What should I buy?
If you must use a CD player, only CDG formatted discs will work. You will be
able to play CDG discs in your normal CD player but will have no way to display
lyrics on a screen. Leads vocals will also not be able to be switched on or off
if you use a multiplex disc.
What is the music quality of the discs?
Karaoke music usually does not sound exactly like the official versions of
the song because they are all recreated by karaoke music manufacturers. Sound,
accuracy and quality all vary from one manufacturer to the other.
What is the best format for me?
There is no
one format that is the best and you should choose base on your preference. Every format has its advantages and
disadvantages. For example, if you prefer a large quantity of music, you
would pick the MIDI format like that found on Magic Microphone systems. You
would trade in sound quality to have possibly hundreds of songs. Or you might
prefer the CDG format as most new songs will come out on CDG before they
appear on any other format. The drawback to this would be the limited
number of songs on each disc, etc.
What is a Multiplex Disc?
This is a disc
with a split track. The left channel of the track has the vocal recording
and the right channel of the track has the instrumental recording. This
gives you the option of turning the vocals on or off on a karaoke player as
the player will switch from left channel mono sound to right channel mono sound. When played on a regular CD player you will hear both the vocals and
What is a
This is when
the disc does not have split track. It only has the instrumental track on it.
It will not have any vocal recordings other than the back up vocals.
What is MIDI file?
stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. This kind of music type is
electronically composed by 128 instruments at the most. The file size is very small
compared to WAV files or MP3 files.
bought a disc from your site. Itís not by the original artist!
Most karaoke songs and tracks are not by the original artist. Karaoke music
manufacturers recreate tracks as close to the original as they're capable of.
Original artist names and song titles are used to identify the track.
How do I search for a song on your website?
There is a search bar at the top of our website where you can type in what
you're looking for. Enter the name of the artist or song title that you're
looking for to search through our site.
I need a disc
with no vocals on it whatsoever. How do I find one on your site?
There is no
way for us to tell whether the discs will have absolutely no vocals on it or
not. This will depend on whether the manufacturer of the disc decides to
put in vocals. Ninety nine percent of our discs will have some form of
background, helper, and/or chorus vocal on it. Karaoke music will usually
only remove the lead vocals leaving any chorus or background vocals as part of
What is Amplifier?
Amplifiers combine both a karaoke mixer and amplifier (receiver)
in one unit. You will need an amplifier if you want to power external
speakers for greater sound than connecting directly to a television. You can turn any DVD, VCD or CD+G player into karaoke system
with a mixing amplifier. Ace Karaoke highly recommends using karaoke or live
sound speakers to avoid damaging regular speakers found in televisions and
surround systems which were only design to playback recorded audio.
What is a Mixer?
One of the biggest functions of a mixer to take many audio sources such as
from a player, microphone, and instruments and combine it into one source to be
outputted to a speaker system. Another big function found in some mixers is its'
ability to enhance sound quality by allowing you to adjust treble, bass,
microphone volume, music volume, key control, echo, delay, repeat, or also
perform vocal reduction.
Depending on your needs or budget, you may or may not need all of the
functions found in a complex mixer and a simple mixer will do.
is a quarter-inch or XLR cable?
This usually refers to
a microphone cable with a quarter-inch or XLR plug at the end of the
cable. Some are available shielded and can also be used to connect audio
channels to and from a mixeror amplifier.
is an RCA cable?
A RCA cable is a cable
with red, white, and yellow colored plugs at the ends of the cable. This
cable is usually used to connect the audio and video from the karaoke
machine to your TV and/or amplifier, mixer etc.
NTSC is the standard
TV signal used in North America. The signal for NTSC is 60Hz. PAL is the
standard TV signal used in Europe. The signal for PAL is 50Hz. Make sure
you have your karaoke machine set to the correct frequency to avoid
incompatibility with your TV monitor.
Do all disc formats
play on all players?
No, not all players are able to play all formats. Please
check your player's manual or check with the manufacturer to see what
formats your player can support.
Ordering and Shipping Questions
What is the warranty on your machines?
come with a 1 year manufacturerís warranty. Please check the paperwork or
warranty card that is included with your purchase to get full details
about the warranty of your item. Please give us a call or message us at our
Support Center if you would like details prior to purchasing.
What are the
shipping cut off times?
- Shipping days are Monday thru Friday.
- For Next day Air, 2nd Day Air, 3 Day Select, orders should be placed before 12:00 Noon PST or 3:00 P.M. EST for same day shipping, or it will not be guaranteed to go out the same day.
- UPS Ground will usually go out the same day; however, it is not guaranteed.
- We DO NOT ship on Weekends (Saturday, and Sunday) or Holidays.
Where can I find the status of my order?
view the status of your order in the email invoice we have sent you. If you
want updated information, please give us a call or message us through our
I don't have an email address. How can I check my order?
1-888-784-3384 and a customer service representatives will be happy to help you.
I did not receive a UPS Tracking Number. What can I do?
A tracking number is assigned at the end of the day
that you placed your order. You will usually receive the tracking number in your
email within the next day or day after. If you need this tracking number
urgently, please call 1-888-893-7464.
What is my
To find your
tracking number click on Track Your Order, located on the top right of our
homepage. Please give us a call at 1-888-893-7464 If you are still unable to
locate your tracking number.
Where are you
161 S. 8th Ave.
City Of Industry, CA 91746
Do you ship to
Yes we ship to
Canada. However, we do not cover any duty and/or brokerage fees incurred
when the merchandise crosses the border to Canada. Please refer to our
international shipping page for more information on procedures and
Where can I find my order?
You can view
the status of your order in the email invoice we have sent you. If you would
like updated information, please message us through our Support Center or give
us a call and have your order number available.
I've got the tracking number. How do I track my
Just input your tracking number in the
UPS Tracking Page
and you will see the status of your order. Please visit
www.usps.com if you have a United States Post
Office tracking number.
Do you ship International?
do ship international orders. Please refer to our
international shipping page for more information on procedures and
When will I receive
time = delivery method + availability.
Air: Availability + 1 business day
Day Air: Availability + 2 business days
3 Day Select:
Availability + 3 business days
Ground: Availability + Approximately 1-10 business days depending on
Please keep in
mind that UPS Ground orders will not be guaranteed to arrive at a
certain date. Tracking information will be available for UPS orders.
Karaoke is not responsible for certain lost or delayed shipments caused
What is the shipping difference between UPS and USPS?
Days Business Days
Up to 8 Business
Tracking # given
Tracking # given
Coverage over $100
cost more because of better service given. Please call 888-8WE-SING for
cost less because it is not a guaranteed service. Please call 888-8WE-SING for
How long will it take to deliver my order?
UPS Next Day Saturday
Will receive Saturday, if purchased on Friday.
Next Day Air
receive next day after purchase
2nd Day Air
receive 2nd day after purchase
receive 3rd day after purchase
Business Days Depends on Location
Example: Customer placed order Saturday at 3:00 p.m. for UPS Next Day Air.
Customer will not receive items until Tuesday.