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How to Record a Live Karaoke Performance

To make a recording of a live karaoke performance is not that difficult. There are several ways of going about this. I'll discuss a couple here.

Cassette Tape Recording

You probably consider cassette tapes a thing of the past but the fact is that they actually make pretty good recordings of live karaoke. They also provide the easiest method. All you need is a cassette deck with recording input jacks (usually RCA connections).

Connecting the cassette deck to the audio source will depend on how your karaoke system is set up. You will want to record the "final mix", or in other words, the same music and vocals that are coming out of your speakers. For this you need to find the non-powered "main mix out" (may be named "main out") of your mixer or powered mixer.

The line out connection(s) on your mixer will either be a 1/4 inch single plugin or dual RCA connections. If it's the 1/4 inch type you will need to obtain a 1/4 inch to dual RCA adapter. These can be found at RadioShack or you local electronics store. If the line out from the mixer is the RCA type then you will simply use a stereo RCA cable.

By connecting the line out from your mixer, to the record connections of the tape deck, you will be able to record exactly what you hear coming out of you speakers. Load a blank cassette into the recorder and make sure you forward it beyond the non-recordable portion at the beginning of the tape. Now you simply need to press the record button before the music starts. It may take a little experimenting to find the right record level setting on the tape deck.

Digital Recording With A Computer

If you plan to burn your recordings to a CD then this is the method to use. You will record the performances and save them as wav files or, optionally, as mp3 files. You will, of course, need a laptop or portable PC with a good sound card installed.

The basic process is much like the cassette tape method. You will connect a cable from the non-powered "main mix out" of your mixer or powered mixer to the "line in" or microphone input of your computer's sound card. Do Not use the microphone jack of the sound card. The cable you use will depend on the connection types. The line in on a sound card is typically a 1/8 inch type. The output from the mixer may be either a 1/4 jack or the dual RCA type.

You can use software like MP3 Audio Recorder. Just have the program open and set to where you only need to click a button to start recording.

Making live recordings can be a little difficult for one person. It's best to have one person handle the recording end while another person takes care of starting the music and handing off the microphone.

The wav files you create can be burnt to a disc in the same way you would burn tracks that were ripped from an audio CD. Mp3 files will require software designed to convert them to wav first and then burn them.


Things To Keep In Mind

  • Be sure that you use a non-powered main mix out from your mixer or powered mixer. Using a powered connection, like you would use to run to a speaker, will most likely fry your cassette deck or sound card.
  • It's important to use the final mix from your mixer or else you are going to end up recording only the music or vocals and not both together.


Article by Richard Wise. Follow me on Google+


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