DIY Karaoke System

By Wes Walcott

Karaoke is a fun and engaging form of interactive entertainment that remains a popular choice at events and parties. But commercial karaoke machines can be expansive and, while local bars may feature karaoke on some nights, singing in front of a crowd of strangers can be nerve racking, especially if you`re unfamiliar with the song selection. To get all the fun of karaoke in the comfort of your own home without having to spend a lot of money, you can try converting an old computer into a dedicated karaoke machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Karaoke software
  • Karaoke songs
  • USB microphone

Step 1

Set up the computer. If you plan on throwing a karaoke party, you will likely want to station the computer in the main party area and raise the monitor so it is roughly at eye level. Since many people prefer to stand while singing, having the monitor raised will allow participants to easily view the words on the monitor.

Step 2

Download free karaoke software like KaraFun, Karaoke5 or Power Karaoke. These programs allow you to play karaoke CD's and karaoke files you have stored on the computer. They can also be used to make your own karaoke tracks.

Step 3

Install and run the karaoke software on the computer.

Step 4

Click the "Library" option in the karaoke player window. From the library, you can add or delete songs to make a playlist.

Step 5

Connect a USB microphone to the computer. Many computers will recognize USB microphones immediately after you plug them in; however, if you are using an older computer you might have to activate the device manually by accessing the Control Panel.

Step 6

Select a song from the karaoke playlist and start singing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many USB microphones and headsets that are designed for video game consoles are also compatible with computers.
  • Wireless microphones can provide a much larger range of motion although they tend to be more expensive than wired microphones.