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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Question: What should I do to add more songs for Karaoke to vanBasco’s Karaoke Player?

Answer: One way to do this is to extract them from the Internet: for example, using our file browser for Karaoke. Additionally, there are many other sites dedicated to MIDI Karaoke – try or After finding a site that offers songs for Karaoke, the first step is to download the files to a directory on your hard drive. This is done from the Internet browser, by clicking with the right button on the link to the corresponding file and then choosing “Save destination as …”. Once the download is complete, it is necessary to enter the vanBasco’s Karaoke Player and add it to a playlist. To do this, from the Play List window (Playlist) locate the directory in which you have saved the files for Karaoke, using the list located in the right sector. Select the ones that interest you and press “add”. As an alternative method, you can double click on the files for Karaoke from a file manager such as Windows Explorer.

Question: When playing songs, in many of them the lyrics do not appear. What is the reason?

Answer: First of all, the vanBasco’s Karaoke Player will only display the lyrics if they are present in the song archives that are being played. In general, .mid extension files do not include letters. Usually, the extension to .kar is changed in those who actually own them. Use our MIDI search engine and locate those marked with Lyrics !.

Question: What should I do to record my voice?

Answer: Unfortunately, the vanBasco’s Karaoke Player does not have the ability to record the voice directly. However, you can use any recording software to do so. As automatic synchronization is not available, it is necessary to first start recording in that program, and then click the play button inside the vanBasco’s Karaoke Player. Additionally, you must ensure that the Windows Volume Control is correctly configured. To open it, double click on the yellow or gray “speaker” icon that appears on the far right of the Taskbar. The volume controls appear on the screen. You should check that both the microphone and the MIDI Synthesizer (the specific name can vary) are enabled and with acceptable volume levels. To access the recording controls, choose from the menu:

Options -> Properties -> Recording -> OK

Again, make sure that both the microphone and the MIDI Synthesizer are selected for recording. If it is not possible to select more than one source at a time, you can try to use the channel that records “everything you hear”, that is, from any device. Generally, this option will appear as “Stereo Mixer Output”, “What you hear”, or similar.

Question: What should I do to save in the MIDI file the changes of time and / or tonality that I modify in a song?

Answer: The vanBasco’s Karaoke Player does not have the ability to modify MIDI files. (To do so, use a MIDI sequencer – there is a free one called Jazz ++.)

However, if you only want to keep the playback settings for a particular file, you can store that information in the playlist. This is done by clicking on the “Save to List” button in the control window, inside the vanBasco’s Karaoke Player. The next time you load the song from the playlist, the custom settings will be maintained, as long as the “Use from List” option (also in the Control window) is enabled.

For more information on the use of playlists, please consult the help file, which is accessed by clicking the “question mark” button in the main program window.

Question: I want to add lyrics to a pre-existing MIDI file. How do I do it?

Answer: Unfortunately, it is not possible to add or modify lyrics using the vanBasco’s Karaoke Player. However, there are specific karaoke editors, such as WinKaraoke Creator (free).

Question: Where can I find lyrics?

Answer: Try with these sites:

Question: Is it possible to print the lyrics of a song using the program?

Answer: You can copy the words to the Windows clipboard through the option “Copy” available in the contextual menu of the Karaoke window (which is accessed by clicking with the right mouse button inside it). Once this is done, you can paste the letters in a blank document of your word processor, and from there print.

Question: How is a playlist printed?

Answer: Using a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel, you can import the playlist file (* .vpl). The general procedure is described below (which may vary depending on the specific product to be used – see the spreadsheet program documentation for specific information on how to import data from text files.)
Start the spreadsheet program. On the File menu, choose “Open …” or “Import …”. For the type of file, as appropriate, choose “Text file”, “Values ​​separated by comma (csv)” or similar. Open the playlist file that you want to import, for example “That List.vpl”. All the playlists are located in the installation directory of the program, for example C: \ Program Files \ vanBasco’s Karaoke Player. When prompted, specify that all fields are separated by semicolons. This should be enough.

Question: Where can I get more skins?

Answer: A few auxiliary skins created by vanBasco’s Karaoke Player users are available here. Additionally, you can use our skin editor to modify existing ones or create an entirely new one.

Question: Could you add support for ST3 files in the next version of the program?

Answer: Unfortunately, ST3 is a private file format, and as far as we know, there is no documentation about it, so it is impossible to include support for this type of files in our program. : – ((

Question: Is the program capable of handling CD + G?

Answer: No, you can not do it – the vanBasco’s Karaoke Player only plays MIDI files for Karaoke. However, there are several CD + G playback programs (try with any search engine).

Question: What should I do to dump the MIDI files for Karaoke to an audio CD?

Answer: The first step is to convert them into .wav files (WAVE), for which there are basically two options:
Use a specific MIDI conversion program to WAVE. The WinGroove is probably the easiest to use.
Record directly from the MIDI synthesizer of your sound card. (Clarification: not all have this capacity). First of all, it is necessary to select the MIDI synthesizer as a recording source: double-click on the “speaker” icon located on the far right of the Windows taskbar, to access the mixing utility (or “mixer”) ) of the sound card. Be sure to adjust the recording controls instead of the playback controls (in the “Options” menu, select “Properties …”, and check the “Adjust Recording Volume” box). Since the goal is to record only the MIDI sound, it is necessary to make sure that only the “Select” box corresponding to the MIDI synthesizer is enabled. Now run the audio recording software you use regularly (if you do not have any, use the Sound Recorder included in the Windows Accessories). Start recording there and then press “Play” on the vanBasco’s Karaoke Player. Wait for the song to end and press the “Stop” button on the Sound Recorder; Finally, save the sound file.
At this point, you will have a .wav file from which you can generate an audio CD using any CD creation software.

Question: Can I add my website to the vanBasco search engine?

Answer: Unfortunately, at the moment, there is no possibility to send URLs to include in our search engine.

In any case, it is advisable to make sure that links to your site are included in as many of the sites that deal with MIDI as possible, by contacting the respective webmasters. This will increase the chances that our search robot (and others also) will find your site automatically in the next update. Keep in mind that our search engine only finds MIDI files when the link to them is made directly through a label of the type Name of the Song. If you use zipped files or elegant Javascript links, your files will not be found.

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