Well Now you can
The other day I received an offer from Phoenix Entertainment Partners(PEP) (the owners of the Sound Choice and Chartbuster brands of karaoke tracks) to take part in a new "endeavor" that they have cooked up...
For those of you who are not familiar with the Karaoke industry for decades Sound Choice (then owned by Slep-Tone and former CEO Kurt Slep and now current CEO of PEP) and Chartbuster Karaoke (Formerly Owned by Big Mama Entertainment) were THE BEST karaoke track makers in the world... but due to lawsuits claiming infringement of IP and copyright holders rights (Producing karaoke tracks without getting proper permissions and Licenses) they are no longer producing new music.. when bought by PEP they started a campaign that at the start was about killing piracy in the karaoke industry by "Karaoke Jockey's" that is not the case now. I will not go into it further (If you want to know more I am going to work on the history of Sound Choice for one if the upcoming "Ask A KJ" videos).
For almost a decade they have been promising to "Get the band back together!" meaning to produce new tracks... but since the IP and copyright holders do not want to work with Sound Choice as a label they have had a tough time of trying to get those permissions...
Now they want to as far as we (those who have been contacted regarding this new endeavor, have come to conclude... what to take advantage of "local talent" as they are calling you... They want us as KJ's to approach local artists and bands to try and convince them to sign the licensing rights over to PEP/Sound Choice for exclusive rights to make your music for karaoke and to distribute through them...
Our roll as the KJ is to approach local bands and convince you to sign over the rights to your music (FOR KARAOKE anyways) for our time and efforts we are offered bugger all for it...
We're not and we won't!!
So I figured since PEP and the Sound Choice name have a VERY poor reputation with both IP holders and the Karaoke Industry (both with other producers and with us on the front end the KJs/DJs and Hosts) I though since I already work with one local Toronto Artist Amanie Illfaited to produce her tracks.
Under that agreement I have been given permission by her to take her backing tracks and create lyric swipes (the on screen lyrics that you see at a karaoke show) to her tracks and then create what is known as a MP3G (MP3+Graphics) version of the song or a Karaoke Video (MP4 format) that I have permission to use in Big Bang Entertainment's cataloug and shows but hold NO rights for sales or distribution of said track(s) and cannot sell them though my site or brand... but then send the completed karaoke version back to her and she has the right (as it's her work and IP) to see or distribute as she sees fit!
I am offering this same arrangement to any other local talent when i say local talent I do not just mean local to me I mean any band, singer or artist who has written their own songs and perform their own works or have written for others (and are not a cover/tribute band who sing other artists songs wirtch of course is mopre then) who wishes to have something unique to sell or give to their fans!!!
Below is a 30 second sample and the finished product would not contain the watermark..
30 Second Clip of our Custom Karaoke... The Watermark on your finished product will not be present
Incidentally The History of Everyhting is the Unoffical theme of Big Bang Entertainment
You can email us the files we need from you once the paper work is processed!
We then take the provided files and sync the lyrics to the song though our professional karaoke track/video creation software do all necessary edits to insure timing sync accuracy.
Create a title card fro you similar to the one in the above video though you can choose your colours.
For colours on Swpes and text you can choose from the standard 16 colour RGB palette.
A NOTE on Pictures: Note that for MP3g format due to limitations pictures will be converted to 16-colour jpeg of the final output .cdg file due to traditional limitations of the original physical CD+G (Compact Disc Plus Graphics) where the subcode that the grapgics portion of a CDG is witten to cannot store full information... MP3g creation software still assumes MP3g may at some point be burned to CD+G...
Full Video MP4 does not have that restriction and can also utilize full motion background videos.
This process can take up to 2 weeks to finish professionally depending on your needs.
We will then send you back the finished process for you approval and if you are not satisfied with the end result let us know where you have issues and we will fix them.
For delivery from us we can send the MP3g files though email.
We will use Box Cloud service to deliver video files due to email attachment restrictions.