Friday, July 10, 2009

TheKaraokeChannel.com: A Review and Giveaway!

I was asked to write a review of thekaraokechannel.com and have had time now to review the website, the karaoke kit that you can purchase for 39.95 as well as a review of the entire online karaoke interaction with my family and friends. Also, stay tuned as I will reveal below how to win one of the Karaoke kits and a months service!

I want to start off by reviewing the website itself.

The website’s main page is by itself fairly intuitive, and you will know what to launch right away. There are three main areas of interest as of this writing: Online Karaoke Community, Download Store, and Karaoke on TV. To start singing right away, you click on the Online Karaoke “Launch It Now” button.

The Online Karaoke Community page may seem somewhat intimidating to the first time user, as there are many options to choose from, but after only seven seconds of looking the page over, I could pick up on what to do. The easiest thing to do is to look at the free songs section that appears in the middle of the page and pick a song by simply clicking on it. This loads the chosen song in the page’s media player and you may now sing the song you have just chosen. It really was that easy!

The media player itself is situated at the top right corner of the page with a button labeled "Full Screen". Click that button and the media player does become a full screen player. For your singing pleasure, you have options to have the vocals to the song sung so you can sing along as well as to change the key the song is in, so that if the song is in too high a key for you, you will be able to sing the song in a key that is more natural for you. There are a couple of other options, for the microphone, webcam and lyrics as well.

Moving on to the songs, the site claims to have, at this time of writing, 5,841 songs available to choose from. I did not go through every single one of them, but there is a good selection available in almost all types of musical genres, from Country to Pop to Christian to Rap. There was a kids section of music, but I was slightly disappointed at the choices there. My daughters, ages six and ten loved this website and hardware to go along with it, but did not like the choices in the children's music category saying that the songs were not what they listened to mostly. They are hoping that more up to date songs will be added soon.

To be honest, the site does have songs by the Jonas Brothers, but we did not find anything by Hannah Montana, or other popular pre-teen and teen stars that my daughters normally listen to. As for adults, there are songs galore. I had no problem finding songs to sing along to, nor did my wife. I had several people over to try this out at a party, as a further test of the capabilities of this site and equipment and it passed with flying colors as everyone found music and had fun singing.

The only complaint that I have about this site is the lack of parental controls. My daughters are both web savvy even at their age and not only can navigate the web, but have favorite, kid-friendly sites they like going to. They had no problem navigating this site, and I would have no problem with them being alone on this site, with one exception: there is no way to turn off certain genres of music, or have certain songs not play or show up in the lists available to the user. So the best a parent could do for this situation is to have fun with your children and be on this site with them. There may not be parental controls, but you can turn that into a positive by spending the time with your children singing along together. That way, the parent can watch what is being sung or seen.

As far as pricing goes for this service, there are four alternatives:
  1. A free trial offer which will net you 250 songs to use with the remainder of the songs being 30 second samples. This offer does not have a time limit on it and is not ad free.
  2. The Rising Star which is 9.95 a month with a minimum purchase of two months nets you the availability of all of the songs to sing to.
  3. The Shining Star, which is a daily plan is 14.95 per day, and is geared mostly to those hosting a party and only want the service for the party.
  4. The Superstar, which is a yearly purchased plan for 99.95 is the best bargain of the bunch.

The last 3 plans are all ad free when purchased. There is an optional Karaoke Kit available for purchase under the first 3 plans for 39.95 and the kit does come free with the yearly plan.

The next thing I would like to review is the optional Karaoke Kit that is available for purchase or comes free with the yearly purchased membership.

The kit comes comes with a USB vocal mixer and two microphones as seen in the pictures below.


Assembly was rather simple, as you plug the mixer into a USB port on your computer, unplug your speakers from your computer and plug the audio jack you just unplugged into the black female plug that is attached to the mixer, you then attach the audio plug from the mixer into your computers output audio jack (The one you would connect your headphones into.), then plug the microphones into the mixer, turn up the volume and select the song you wish to sing. This was so simple, my ten year old daughter had it figured out when I unplugged everthing and left the room.

The microphones did have a professional feel to them and did not break or become damaged when dropped onto the floor during the karaoke party we hosted. The mixer's controls were easy to use and labeled nicely. The sound quality from the entire setup had a very good professional feel to it. During the party we hosted, there was not a complaint about the volume, nor quality and several of my friends expressed interest in purchasing this for themselves.

Overall, thekaraokechannel.com has something very nice going for it and I do recommend it to my friends and family members, as well as to those of you who read this review. Except for the lack of parental controls, I believe this to be a family fun and family friendly website and I give it 4 out of 5 mice.

Now for even more exciting news, the staff at thekaraokechannel.com have graciously given me an extra Karaoke Kit to give away, along with a free month's subscription to their online karaoke service!

This is a fantastic opportunity to have fun with your kids, family members and friends. All you will need to do to enter is to visit Karaoke Channel Online browse through their song list (in the download store) and leave a comment on this post letting me know what song is your favorite.  Please make sure I have away to contact you!!

To gain extra entries:
1. Follow this blog or any of my other blogs, just leave a comment with the blog you are following.
(1 entry for each blog you follow)
2. follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway, leave a comment with your twitter name
3. Blog about this giveaway, just leave a comment with a link to your post.



A winner will be chosen at random and the winner will be notified by email, so make sure all comments have an email! This giveaway will end on July 26th at Midnight and a winner will be drawn the 27th. The winner will have 48 hours to notify me of acceptance. If the 48 hours elapse without a reply a new winner will be chosen. Also, please note that this is open to United States residents only.

Good luck!

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

great giveaway!!! my favorite song is ABC by the Jackson 5
angie

silverhartgirl said...

I really like 99 Red Balloons and they have it in there download store.
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Annette D said...

I love Paul McCartney so I would choose Band on the Run.
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Diane said...

omigosh they have 6 underground by the sneaker pimps! this would be fun to try out!

Leslie said...

My favorite song is from this moment , Thanks!

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The Bluths said...

I would say I like Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol.

The Bluths said...

I follow

Leslie said...

I follow this blog :)

Leslie said...

I follow you on twitter[laughwithleslie] and I tweeted :)

http://twitter.com/laughwithleslie/status/2592165550

Leslie said...

I follow Angela's blog :)

Leslie said...

I blogged :)

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valerie2350 said...

get down tonight by kc and the sunshine band :)

valerie2350 said...

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valerie2350 said...

follower

jamaise said...

Fun giveaway!! Thanks to Valerie for the heads up!
So many to choose from - I can't possably pick just one. I saw Earth Angel, Shadowboxer, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Don't Stop Believing and Don't Stop 'Til You get enough.
Thanks for such a great giveaway :))

jamaise said...

I follow Dad to 2 :)

jamaise said...

Follow & Tweet http://twitter.com/jamaise/status/2594474159

jamaise said...

I follow Big Man In Training as well - good luck with your journey.

Dolphin Girl said...

I like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

The Queen of Clearance said...

love shack by the b52's for sure!!!! Such a great song! emcclana at gmail dot com

LoveMy2Dogs said...

Ooo my favorite song is Bohemien Rhapsody, and they have it:)

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LoveMy2Dogs said...

I am off to become a new follower. I just found your blog today.

Lindsay said...

AWESOME! We love to sing Karaoke!!!

My favorite song listed is: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins! :)


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nicole said...

My favorite song is Rock with you by Michael Jackson!!!!
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Diana D said...

My Girl by the Temptations. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.


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moushka said...

Dog and Butterfly by Heart is my fave!

K. Rock said...

I love Don't stop til you get enough!!!

Jessica said...

Love that website it's freaking amazing !!! I love singing Poker Face, especially that it is free this month !!

wendy said...

New York, New York by Frank Sinatra is my favorite.

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Leanette said...

Great prize! I love Baby Got Back by Sir Mix Alot - LOL

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Kimberly said...

I like "We're Not Going To Take It" because it's usually done by a few people to make it less bad.

Lee said...

I like the song "Our Song". I already sing car karaoke, being able to have equipment would make it that much better!!

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omni said...

99 Red Balloons!

Anonymous said...

i love To Be With You by Mr. Big-great romantic song.
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Mindee said...

I loooove ABC by the Jackson 5 !!!
Thanks for this giveaway Dad To 2 :o)

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