This is part of our 100 Things in 2017 challenge. Click on the photos for a closer look!
And it wasn’t even really that expensive. When I started researching gear, I expected it to be unrealistically expensive, but all you really need is a microphone or two and a small mixer. I agonized over this for a while, trying to puzzle out how all the pieces would fit together.
After some trial and error, we ended up with a really great setup. I went a little bigger on hardware, and got four wireless mics and a biggish mixer, so we could travel or put on a live performance of a band or something (you never know).
For software, it took a couple of tries, but we ended up subscribing to KaraFun, which is just perfect for us: you pay $10 per month and you get access to their software (which is great) and a catalog of over 25,000 songs, all fully mixed so you can adjust the tempo, key, and volume of the main vocals (individually for duets). It runs from a laptop plugged into the TV, but you can search for and queue up songs from a smartphone, just like at Voicebox!
Will helped us break it in on one of his visits home, and it was a central feature at Lucy’s sleepover birthday party. So now we’re that karaoke family!