I’ve sung karaoke in a bar once, and my face still reddens at the memory of attempting Hollaback Girl in front of a room full of strangers. My kids share none of my shyness though and since I refuse to drag them to the nearest late-night “open mike,” I’m thankful we’ve discovered The Karaoke Channel website to scratch our sing-along itch.
To get started, I tried out The Karaoke Channel Kit which includes
two sturdy microphones and a USB vocal mixer, although those pros who have their own microphones can use them as well. I then visited The
Karaoke Channel to sign up for a free trial, which gave me access to 250 songs sung in the same style as the original artists.
Bothering no one but my kids and the cat, I was singing just a few minutes after hopping onto the site. Our family’s “amazing” vocal talents can even be recorded and shared with other site users, but I was way too camera shy to try this out.
For access to the thousands of songs on The Karaoke Channel all without advertising, you’ll want either a
monthly or one-year subscription. Or just do the 24-hour
account that is perfect when you find your house filled with a bunch of
8-year-olds at a sleepover.
The Karaoke Channel is a great ego boost since it does not rate our singing or pit us against a duet partner like in our PS2 or Wii karaoke games. In fact, it even lets me adjust the pitch midway through a song, which helped me stay in range when I belted out My Heart Will Go On without fear of public humiliation. Oh, wait. –Christina