2. Getting Started
To start Karaoke Sing-n-Burn simply click its icon in the Start Menu (the icon will usually be located under Start -> Programs -> Blaze Audio -> Karaoke Sing-n-Burn, assuming that you selected the default icon location when you installed the program).
Before using Karaoke Sing-n-Burn the first time, you might wish to take a few minutes to do two things to make sure that when you begin singing you'll sound as good as you are!
A. Select the proper processing mode. The Processing Mode Window allows you to choose between two modes of Monitoring: Software Processing, and Hardware Pass-Through. This step was included because certain computers have what are called latency problems. By following these easy directions, you'll be able to make sure that your computer is operating at its optimum audio capacity.
Go to File and click on Preferences. A dialog box opens which will allow you to adjust 4 settings:
- Lyrics: Check this if you wish to enable non-English character support.
- Voice Processing Mode: In order to be sure that your vocals are in perfect sync with the music, you may need to change the processing mode. Karaoke Sing-n-Burn has made that easy:
Click Change Processing Mode. The Choose Processing Mode dialog box appears. You will choose Software Processing or Hardware Pass-Through depending on your needs. (Each choice has an explanation of its functions.) For most users, you will choose Software Processing by clicking the button that says Configure and Test. Another dialog box appears with instructions on using the slider to achieve the least amount of delay. When you have adjusted it to your preference, click OK.
- MIDI Device: Click MIDI Device Synthesizer to see the MIDI Synthesizer in use.
- Synchronization: Click Synchronize Vocals to see 2 sliders. You adjust the first slider if your vocals and music are not in sync when you start playback. You adjust the second if the forward or rewind music position slider causes vocals to lose sync.
B. Use the Auto Configuration Wizard. This guides you through the process of setting up your computer for optimal audio performances with Karaoke Sing-n-Burn.
Go to Help and click Auto Configuration Wizard. Make sure your speakers are on at normal listening volume and click Next.
Following the onscreen directions, use the Master Volume Slider to make sure that your speakers are functioning properly. After testing, click Next.
Step 2 lets you test your computer's MIDI output. Follow the onscreen directions to make sure that your computer's MIDI output is properly configured. Then click Next.
Step 3 allows you to configure the recording level for your microphone. Follow the onscreen directions to properly set the level at which your voice will be recorded. Click Next.
Step 4 configures your computer's Wave output volume. Testing and setting this properly according to you onscreen directions will ensure that your vocals will be heard at the proper level when they are played back as saved performances. When you are satisfied, click Next. In order to save the changes you have made, click Yes, configure Processing Mode now and Finish.
Now, it's time to familiarize yourself with the Karaoke Sing-n-Burn interface.
Your computer must have some way of picking up sound in order to use the performance function. It helps to have a good quality microphone to sing into, though the free microphone that comes with most computers will work also. You can purchase high quality microphones, cables, connectors and convenient desktop microphone stands from www.blazeaudio.com. Make sure your microphone is properly hooked up according to the directions that came with your computer and mic.