Saturday, November 14, 2009

My family and more: Bert del Rosario is Karaoke inventor!

My family and more: Bert del Rosario is Karaoke inventor!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Song Sung Karaoke

Song Sung Karaoke
When we had Thank You Australia's celebration of Thank You Week during it's Catwalk & Design 2006 competitions, we conducted a Karaoke Idol competition. It was fun listening to the contestants and oh that latest model of Magic Sing, the ED11000, was excitingly versatile. We integrated this ultra-portable wireless karaoke microphone into the venue's music and sound systems and it was done in no time by the sound technician. You wouldn't realize that it was such a little karaoke unit but beware it was compact and loaded with 2064 songs! No one can tell any difference, the sound was clean and professional. We even used the TV set for the contestants to see the lyrics and for the audience to watch the big screen via a data projector.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Wireless Magic Sing Karaoke and Fashion Competitions

Karaoke competition held at Wesley Convention Centre in Sydney attracted a couple of contenders and was won by Lilibeth. The prize was an ED9000 Magic Sing unit. A much more disappointed contender was adamant that she did not win and complained about everything there was to blame only for me to find out later while replaying the digicam recorder that a couple of lines were amissed during the performance.

Nevertheless, it was good to note that wireless Magic Sing ED11000 karaoke equipment( top line product of Magic Sing) was used and was well viewed on the screen by the audience via the data projector.

The event 'Catwalk & Design' 2006 was a good mix of karaoke sessions and dance performances in between fashion designers' showcases and modelling runs on the ramp. The audience viewed the event as entertaining with show of glamour and arts combined together.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

American Idol winner Hicks - Is it a shame to be a "karaoke singer"?

"Do I Make You Proud?" is a single hit song by Taylor Hicks. And he says it makes him feel like a "karaoke singer".

Is it a shame to be known as a "karaoke singer"? After all, most of the star singers started with singing karaoke songs. So what's the big fuss? Does it make one feel so small for being only a "karaoke singer"?

Someone has to start somewhere and if you don't look back from where you came from, the fall is not far behind. Ironically Hicks' self-composed song that he preferred to be known for, 'The Fall', is one that seems to be an omenous title.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Far-Fetched Impact of Karaoke

Reuters in Hanoi has noted yesterday that in Vietnam, where karaoke is not only recreational but business etiquette as well, failing to show your talent can cost you dearly.

Pioneer news reported that state oil company officials were asked to provide reports for not singing karaoke during a contract-signing ceremony last Saturday. The paper reported that at least eight officials were facing suspension but no one has been laid off yet according to a company official but the issue raised to these officials was primarily on not joining in collective activities.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Churches Try Karaoke

By Shelley Emling, Cox News Service,, 30 May 2006

London - Karaoke bars have become trendy around the world, with countless wannabe singers mangling songs like Frank Sinatra's "My Way" while following along with lyrics displayed on a big screen.

So why not karaoke churches? With attendance plummeting and youthful organists hard to find, churches across Britain are turning to a new karaoke-like machine called Hymnal Plus as a means of jazzing up stale services - and also giving elderly organists a break.

Designed and manufactured in Britain, the new Hymnal Plus, or HT-300, from Hymn Technology Ltd. of London promises to take music accompaniment for worship to a whole new level.

Priced at $3,500, the HT-300 not only can play more than 2,750 traditional hymns and modern worship songs, but can also play imported MP3 audio files.

Besides featuring traditional tunes, the machine can blast a disco version of "Amazing Grace" and a jazzy variant of "The Lord's My Shepherd." The machine will play any song in a variety of styles, speeds, and keys, depending on the enthusiasm of the congregation. Users can choose from among 200 preset sound styles ranging from brass band to jazz piano.

It also is able to display words on a screen for those churches short of hymn books.

"This is not designed to replace real organists, but to help churches where there just aren't enough organists," said Alan Kempster, a director at Hymn Technology. "We want to keep hymn singing alive because it's always been a very important part of the church service.

"These machines will also help churches move with the times as they allow churches to select accompaniments to a lot of the new tunes," he said.

Smaller than a laptop, the HT-300 is designed to be portable and self-contained so that it can stand in at funerals, weddings, choir rehearsals, and graveside services whenever an organist or other types of music are unavailable.

One of Hymn Technology's newest customers is the 15th-century St. Mary the Virgin Church in Mudford, England, which used the HT-300 recently at its services in order to give its organist a rare rest.

"Our organist is elderly, and so if she's feeling poorly it's nice to have this new box of tricks to do the music," said Bill Watkins, a church warden and now "hymn DJ." "It will never replace an organist but it's certainly better than nothing."

"It's great, because you can program a play list before the service begins," Watkins said. In addition, he said, he can change a song's pitch if parishioners can't hit the high notes.

"The members liked the machine, and their only complaint was that the hymns were taken at a cracking pace. Most of our members are elderly people, so I am going to have to slow the tempo down by about 5 percent." Kempster said the company has sold about 100 units in the past six months.

In the U.S., Tom Moulin, owner of Moulin Mills Music in Knox, Pa., has been selected as the product's main distributor. The company is still awaiting machines.

"We've had numerous inquiries a day wanting to receive the informational packet and CD, and also wanting to place an order," Moulin said. "I really do believe these machines will sell themselves."

Although many believe the Hymnal Plus to be the answer to every church's prayers, some worry it might eventually put organists out of business.

Kempster insists the machines will act as a supplement and not as a replacement.

Even so, clergy might be forewarned: Among the Hymnal Plus' many talents is the ability to lead a congregation in prayer and pre-recorded sermons via an electronic voice box.

Friday, May 26, 2006

How Portable Can Karaoke Become? Check this out -

Magic Sing downunder.

It's a plug'n'play or I should say plug'n'sing karaoke microphone.

Ultra-lite, but loaded with thousands of songs, this is a go anywhere karaoke as long as you have a TV set availabe, PAL or NTSC, it does not matter at all. Your family can even use it on your car by plugging through the cigarette lighter and tune in to your FM radio band.

It has been a craze item in some Asian countries, has spread it's popularity in the U S A and now found its way in the Austland downunder. Filipinos, yes, Filipinos was the first and foremost patroniser of this karaoke system.

A sleek, modern design manufactured in Korea and guest who created its evolution and existence in the market this far? Yes, those Filipinos again. I will not even contemplate its presence, in the form of its first-time invented cousin by a Japanese taking a stature of a stand-alone stereo like box, as having emerged without the influence of those Filipino workers there a few decades ago. Filipinos seem to have one Magic Sing in their possession wherever they go.