Rip a karaoke cd
How to rip a Karaoke Disk (CD+G) There are many methods of ripping a karaoke CD+G, I prefer the zipped mp3+g format as it saves a lot of hard drive space. This tutorial will explain how to accomplish this using CDRWIN and MP3+g toolz for Windows, or kJams for Mac
! Before you Begin !
- If you don't already have one, buy a Plextor CD-RW. Many CDRWs will not read or write a CD+G properly, all Plextor drives do. If you can't find a Plextor, look for a LightScribe, they are also known to work.
- Make sure you have plenty of free hard drive space as the conversion process may need over a gig per CD+G
- CDRWIN by Golden Hawk Technologies, Version 3.9g is used in this tutorial
- MP3+g Toolz Active Asp Software, Version 2.0.9 is used in this tutorial
- kJams, Version 1.0d49 is used in this tutorial
- Rip the CD+G to your hard drive using CDRWIN
- Click the "Exctact Disc/Tracks/Sectors" icon See Fig 1.
- Select the "Select Tracks" radio button
- In the "Image Filename" text box type the path where you want the files to be saved
- Select the tracks you want to extract
- "Reading Options" section the make sure that CD+G is Checked
- Then click the "START" button
- This creates individual "bin" files for each song
- Manually rename each bin file to something which makes sense. Read the "Naming Conventions" section below, see fig 3.
- Convert the resulting bin to zip files using MPG+G Toolz
- On the menu select File/"Bin to Zip"
- Browse to folder conatining the bin files.
- Click the "Options" button and make sure that the "Rename Files in Zip to Zip Filename" check box is selected
- Close the Options Dialog box
- Click the Start Button and wait
If everything worked out correctly you should have a folder with some zip files in it. Inside each individual zip file are two files am MP3 file and a CDG file. Most Karaoke players know how to play the zip.
To be continued
- install the LAME MP3 plugin (free download on the downloads page of kJams)
- run kJams
- in Preferences->Importing, select "LAME MP3", press OK
- insert your CD+G disc
- meta data is automatically fetched from "freedb" or "MusicBrainz" or "TrackType" or "KJ Pro™" meta databases, otherwise type it in
- Select the tracks you want to rip, or select the CD itself (for the whole CD)
- Drag the selection to the Library Icon
If everything worked out correctly you should have a folder "/Users/<you>/Music/kJams/kJams Music" with some zip files in it. Inside each individual zip file are two files am MP3 file and a CDG file. Most Karaoke players know how to play the zip files.
Rip CD+G On Mac instructions from the web site.
A good standard to follow when naming the zip files is as follows.
disk-track - artist - song.zip
- disk is the disk number, usually beginning with 2 character "Publisher code" SC = Sound Choice, SF = SunFly, CB = ChartBuster. eg: CB1234 or SC3253
- track is the two digit track number
- artist is the artist name using last name first, comma separated names and "The" placed after name
- example: Stewart, Rod
- example: Beatles, The
- song is the Song Title
Dk003-11 - Sinatra, Frank - I've Got You Under My Skin.zip
Note the first dash has no surrounding spaces, but last two are actually "space dash space". This is the most common format. If you follow this naming conventions for all your CD+G ripping then it will be a lot easier to import and catalog your songs into a database, and it is compatible with many software karaoke players.
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