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This article provides a general overview of how to set up a Karaoke Machine with a P.A. (personal address system) to create a professional or home use Karaoke System. This does not include specific makes or manufacturers whose equipment manuals should be consulted before proceeding to set up. You will need a karaoke player, a powered mixer or mixing desk plus a set of speakers, a monitor and a screen plus microphones, stands, leads and cables.

Place the speakers on the stands at a height of approx 5' to 6' high and minimum 6' apart.

Plug the speaker leads into the connectors provided at the back or side of the speakers and amplifier.    If you are using a mixing desk the outputs are sometimes located on the top right hand section above the volume meters. (See manufacturers manual for placement and instructions).

Plug the phono or jack leads into the back of the karaoke player and the jack or phono plugs into one of the equivalent sockets (located at the front of the amplifier or top of the mixer).

Connect the lead into the 'Video Out' on your karaoke player and into the 'Video In' of your television or screen (you may need to use a lead with a scart connection).

Plug the microphone lead into another socket of your amplifier and connect the other end to the microphone.  Cannon to Cannon leads are preferred for microphones and Jack to Jack leads for musical instruments. Which connector you use will depend on the type of inputs on the equipment you use, for instance most Home Karaoke Players are fitted with jack plug connections whilst most professional mixers / mixer amps have cannon and/or jack plug inputs.

If you have a monitor you will usually find the slave or monitor outputs marked clearly at the front or rear of the amplifier, use a speaker lead to connect the amplifier to the monitors input socket. (Most Slave & Powered Monitors have an input and output socket so you can link the sound out to more than one monitor if required).

Check that all volume levels and power switches are OFF and all leads are connected correctly.

Use your Extension power leads and plug the amplifier and player in - switch on & BINGO - you should be up & running.

DO

Keep your LEADS neat and tidy - use GAFFA Tape on trailing leads to avoid trips.

LOOSLY wind the Speaker leads around the stands or use tape to keep them neat and prevent accidents.

ALWAYS use an extension lead or plug with a safety cut off feature. Always unwind ALL of the lead and check there are no breaks or kinks in the wiring.

Clean your leads regularly with a soft (slightly) damp cloth & check for wear & tear.

Carry spare fuses, batteries, strings, plugs, screwdriver, pen, paper & a torch!

DONT

Have glasses full of liquid on stage or placed on speakers/amps or equipment - If you must have refreshements on stage, ensure it is a bottle with top that can be replaced when not in use (less likely to tip & ruin your electrical equipment & cause electrocution!).

Use leads or plugs that are split or broken.

Cover the aeration vents on any equipment.

Block emergancy exits with equipment.

Have loose trailing leads that people can trip over!

Advice on basic sound engineering available at Vocalist.org.uk



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