WinAmp Karaoke Set-up

WinAmp Karaoke Set-up ............................................................................................................................................. 1 First things first: ........................................................................................................................................................... 2 File Types Viewing In Windows Explorer............................................................................................................... 2 Setting WinAmp Preferences ................................................................................................................................... 4 Preferences set-up in WinAmp............................................................................................................................. 4 Where to get Karaoke Plug-ins?................................................................................................................................... 5 WinAmp Plug-in Installation General Notes ........................................................................................................... 5 WinAmp Site ............................................................................................................................................................ 5 Plug-in for mp3+G (mp3 and Cdg files) .................................................................................................................. 5 Plug-in for Karaoke on Disc..................................................................................................................................... 5 Tempo Pitch Speed Plug in ...................................................................................................................................... 5 Karaoke in Zip Files ................................................................................................................................................. 5 Installation and Configuring......................................................................................................................................... 6 MP3 & Cdgs on Hard Drive..................................................................................................................................... 6 Installation of Hard Drive Plug-in........................................................................................................................ 6 Configuring OF Hard Drive Plug-in..................................................................................................................... 6 Karaoke (cd+g) on Disc............................................................................................................................................ 8 Installation of CDG on Disc Plug-in .................................................................................................................... 8 Installation of CDG on Disc Plug-in .................................................................................................................... 8 Pacemaker (tempo, key & speed) Plug-in ................................................................................................................ 9 Installation ............................................................................................................................................................ 9 Keygen: ............................................................................................................................................................ 9 Pacemaker Configuration ......................................................................................................................................... 9 Karaoke in Zips Installation & Configuration........................................................................................................ 10

First things first:
The first thing to do before installing and/or using any plug-ins for karaoke files is to make sure the WinAmp preferences are pre-set for it all to work. Also to make things work easier and better you should enable your Windows Explorer or My Computer to enable you to see and find the necessary file types. Some folks haven’t enabled their Windows Explorer to do this and can cause confusion later on. If you have this already, skip this step and go to Setting Up WinAmp Preferences.

File Types Viewing In Windows Explorer
Because there are many Windows platforms, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, and XP, Windows Explorer is opened in many different ways. For this example, we are basing it on Windows XP.

1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer. 2. Then select Local Disk (C:) 3. Then click on Tools in the top menu bar.

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At Tools, click on Folder Options as shown. Then click on “View” as shown. Be sure that there are check marks in the boxes as shown here and that under “Hidden files and Folders”, DOES NOT HAVE a check mark in the box beside “Hide extensions for known file types”. You need “Show Hidden files and folders” checked. Now click on the “Apply to All Folders” button. Now click at the bottom right the “Apply” button first before you click on the “OK” button. You must apply or else the settings won’t set.

Now you should be able to see all file extensions at end of file names. This will become important when manually looking for files with extensions .zip, .mp3 and .cdg later on.

Setting WinAmp Preferences
Preferences set-up in WinAmp

Showing here is the “Classic” WinAmp player skin. If you are using the other one, the same applies. Run WinAmp then go to Options menu. To get to the Options Menu go to top left corner of player and right click. A drop down menu will appear as shown on the in picture on the right.

Now go to Preferences as shown and another menu box will appear as shown below.

Under File Types you can select all or only certain file types that will be opened only in WinAmp. It is recommended that you press the “All” button. If you do not select ALL, then you need to select which ones you do want to have WinAmp be the main player for those file types. Be sure, in this case, that you select mp3 and wav at the very least. Be sure to have the boxes selected, as shown in picture to the right, with check marks in them. Now close this window and close WinAmp.

Where to get Karaoke Plug-ins?
WinAmp Plug-in Installation General Notes Before installing any plug-in: 1. Do not have WinAmp running while installing any plug-in 2. Be sure to run installation into the appropriate plug-in folder(s) 3. Be prepared to reboot your system before trying plug-ins. Not always necessary but may be a good practice in making plug-ins registering in your Windows registry. Don’t have too many similar plug-ins installed as they may cause conflicts with each other and there may not be satisfactory results. WinAmp Site The majority of WinAmp plug-ins can be downloaded from the WinAmp site. This is the same site from which you can download the WinAmp player, if you don’t already have it. For karaoke plug-ins, you have a number of choices depending on the type of what is generally termed as a karaoke file. Most often folks want to play karaoke files, which are located on their hard drive. Some want to play from a karaoke disc and others want to play from .zip files, located on either their hard drive or external media. Plug-in for mp3+G (mp3 and Cdg files)
Allows for you to play CDG files along with mp3's and other supported formats. Just place the CDG file in the same folder as the music file, and a window will open up that displays the words of the mp3 song playing.

Download here: CDG Plug-In Plug-in for Karaoke on Disc If your system is equipped with a cdrom/dvd drive that is able to read sub codes, this plug in will let you see the graphic and hear the song on a cd+g disk. This transforms your pc in a karaoke machine! Download here: CDG Disk Player Plug-in Tempo Pitch Speed Plug in For added flexibility in adjusting karaoke to your voice and style, there is a wonderful plug-in to change pitch, tempo and speed. It’s called PaceMaker. Oh and yes..it’s free! Karaoke in Zip Files Currently, the only simple program that I know that will play karaoke (cdgs) zip files is Sax & Dotty’s Zip Player. When installed it acts as a plug in with WinAmp. Within this simple program there is a key changer and tempo controller. Other software is available for those that are karaoke show DJ’s. Sax & Dotty’s Show Presenter is one of many available. If you want a full-blown program for this there are other better routes and software than what is being presented here. Sax & Dotty’s Zip Player will download from here: S & D Zip Player. (*This link will start the download)

Installation and Configuring
MP3 & Cdgs on Hard Drive
Installation of Hard Drive Plug-in

Before you run installation that WinAmp is not open and/or running. Once you have downloaded the plug-in, double click it and the installation should begin. Be sure to have it installed into your WinAmp folder for plug ins. Not just the WinAmp folder.

Configuring OF Hard Drive Plug-in

After installation is complete, then open WinAmp and go to Preferences and then select Options. Then go to Plugins and to the General Preferences. On the right side you should see MP3+G Plug-in v1.4 [gen_cdg.dll]. Now select that and then the button at the bottom of the right panel that says “Configure Selected Plug-in”.
The “configure selected plug-in” button will be greyed out until you select the plug-in. Click this button to open the configure panel.

With the Configure CDG Plug-In panel open, check the Enable Plug-in box and the Auto-hide cursor in full screen box. DO NOT change other settings. Then click the “Apply” button, then the “OK” button. Be sure to click “Apply” before “OK”. Now close all menu boxes and restart WinAmp. You’re plug-in should now be configured. When you go to your karaoke folder, double click an mp3 file then Cdg file should automatically load with the music. You are now set to play cdgs on your hard drive.

Karaoke (cd+g) on Disc If your system is equipped with a cdrom/dvd drive that is able to read sub codes, this plug in will let you see the graphic and hear the song on a cd+g disk. This transforms your pc into a karaoke machine!
Installation of CDG on Disc Plug-in

BE SURE WinAmp is not open/running. Double click on the downloaded installation file and follow the installation instructions as they appear.
Installation of CDG on Disc Plug-in

After installation is complete, then open WinAmp and go to Preferences and then select Options. Then go to General Preferences and to Plug-ins. Select under Plug-ins the “Input” folder. On the right side you should see CD+G Disc Player v1.3 [in_cdg.dll]. Now select that and then the button at the bottom of the right panel that says “Configure Selected Plug-in”.

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In the Configuration box, select Generic [Raw] if your cdrom is not listed. Check mark Force SPTI and Auto-hide cursor. Leave all other settings as they are.

Now click “Apply” button first and then click “OK”. Close preferences menu and shut down WinAmp. You may also have to reboot your system for it to take effect.

Pacemaker (tempo, key & speed) Plug-in
Installation

For added flexibility in adjusting karaoke to your voice and style, there is a wonderful plug-in to change pitch, tempo and speed. It’s called PaceMaker and can be downloaded from here: PaceMaker .You will have to register this plug-in.
Keygen:

To use the Keygen, simply enter any name you like then click the “Generate” button. A serial number will appear in the Keygen. Copy and paste both the user name and the serial number into the program when prompted.

PaceMaker Configuration Panel.

Pacemaker Configuration
DSP/Effect Plug-in Panel

PaceMaker Control Panel This is what you use to make adjustments to Tempo, Pitch and Speed.

Deactivating PaceMaker in WinAmp

Karaoke in Zips Installation & Configuration
Currently the only easy to use program that I know of that can do this is Sax & Dotty’s Karaoke Player. This application uses WinAmp and both the pacemaker and mp3+g plug in for which major credits should be given. Please give a donation at both the mp3+g plug in and pacemaker websites. It can be downloaded from here: Sax & Dotty’s Zip Player and is a separately installed program, which when installed, will access WinAmp to play zip files that contain both the mp3 and cdgs files. Just follow the installation instructions to install. Enjoy!

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