Karaoke CDG Burners Certified to Copy Karaoke Discs
Karaoke CDG Burners/Recorders Have Four Problems To Overcome
What is it worth to wait your turn at a show, then have to leave the stage because your disc won't play? Instantly the whole night out is ruined, not to mention embarrassing! If you are importing many discs, isn't it worth it to insure you have the best possible files to use from here on?
Unlike audio discs, if a karaoke cdg disc is scratched it can become useless. To protect your money you need to copy your discs as soon as you buy them. Since 1996, MTU has identified four problems that CDR/DVDR burners must overcome. We test and certify our drives to insure you will make copies better than discs you buy.
Problem #1 - CDG Data Is Uncorrected
The CDG Karaoke disc format is different than audio and other optical disc formats. The graphics and lyrics that highlight to the music are stored on the disc in areas that are not error corrected when read. In the past, certain burner manufacturers included a hardware chip that corrected some graphic lyrics data errors. Since 2004, these drives are no longer available. To import/rip/copy karaoke discs with any recent CDR/DVDR recorder requires error correction be provided in the importing/ripping software.
Over 3 years in development, MTU engineered the highest error correction in any karaoke software, available in Microstudio and Video Hoster. Along with an MTU cdg burner, your imported tracks from even scratched discs will often be perfect; often reported as better than new discs.
Problem #2 - Discs Copies Won't Play
Some burners can write a CDG format disc that won't play in all Karaoke Players. Use our Microstudio demo to test your burner to see if it can write a CDG disc. If not, you need a new drive. Even if it does copy the disc, it needs to be tested on a number of Karaoke Players to be sure it works universally. We have never found another way to prove this.
Unrelated to the drive, the CDR media you use also determines if the copied karaoke discs will play. Don't use CDRW (ReWriteable) media as most players won't read this media. MTU CDR media has been selected from all discs available and found to be one of the best media for burning cdg discs, at the lowest cost.
MTU cdg burner customers tell us their discs play at every show and in all Karaoke Players they use across the USA.
Problem #3 - Some Discs Play Bad Graphics
When singing a CDG Karaoke song, you have seen random color changes in the lyrics or background. These are "read" errors caused by the burner laser optics, and warped and scratched discs and the software error correction used. Most import/ripping software makes these errors worse, even with a good drive.
MTU cdg burners with MTU Microstudio™ or Hoster® software delivers the highest error correction available at any price today. Badly scratched discs with damaged graphic-lyrics data are often corrected to "better than new". Importing tracks from warped discs often are useable, if not made perfect. Don't believe us? Test our free demo against any competitor on importing any tracks, but especially the highest numbered track on any disc, which always has the most errors.
Problem #4 - Playing Poorly Manufactured Discs
Have you ever bought Karaoke discs and the silk screening flakes off within weeks making the disc useless? Or a warped disc that has so many graphic errors that you can barely read the words in the last screens?.
If the disc is readable at all, using an MTU cdg burner with its quality optics and other important criteria, along with MTU software you can import tracks even from warped discs. Poor quality original discs often deteriorate and become un-useable within months if not cleaned of graphic errors and burned to a new CDR disc.
CD+G Capable Burners
Do not be fooled by statements like "sure it can do karaoke". Most sales people do not know the LYRICS will not be copied!
Since 1992, we tested all burners available to find those that work for writing CDG format discs. Over the years we have sold only CDG capable burners. Buying burners in lots of 10 to 100, after our certification testing we typically reject between 10% and 100% in each lot that will not write a professional copy. If you buy a burner from MTU, it will make a professional copy. If you buy the same brand burner we sell from somewhere else, it will fall into one of these classes:
Karaoke CD+G Drive/Burner Certification
No claims are made for use with other software. Some other programs are known to not be able to recognize these advanced drives.
MTU CD Recordable Media is Best for Copying & Writing Karaoke CD+G Discs
MTU compact disc recordable media are engineered for CDG Karaoke singers and hosts. Karaoke Players will not play some CDR media. Over the years, MTU has heard many problems and realized that you need a CDR media that WILL work with Karaoke Players. Discs written on poor media may play in some Players, and then you take them to a new show and they won't play. MTU engineers searched and found CDR disc media that works reliably in Karaoke Players.
Professional Karaoke CD+G Disc Copies
Protect your karaoke discs before they are scratched. Karaoke CD+G discs are not the same as audio or cdrom discs. Once they are scratched, there can be permanent damage. Many CDG manufacturers come and go out of business, and many more discontinue CDG discs. You need to make a backup while your discs are still good.
CDR stands for Compact Disc Recordable, while CDRW is ReWriteable. MOST Karaoke players won't play CDRW discs! Unless you KNOW your machine will play CDRW discs, we STRONGLY recommend you never buy CDRW discs. If you accidentally use them, you will likely never figure out why they won't play in your or others Karaoke Players.
Audio CD, Video CD or DVD software will not copy karaoke lyrics. Microstudio with an MTU CDG Certified burner will copy and play karaoke with the lyrics. MTU has written professional studio, commercial grade CD software since 1992 and Karaoke CD+G software since 1997.
As with any backup medium (floppy disk, tape, CDROM, etc.) you must remember the lifetime of the data is based on the durability of the media. DAT tapes were expected to be viable for decades, but turned out to deteriorate within 5 years, no longer allowing the digital audio master sounds on them to be retreived. Mitsui Gold media that MTU sold for years was expected to last over 100 years (gold is the most stable of all metals used to reflect the laser beam). Kodak implies their Infoguard CD-R should last 200 years, while TDK says their discs should have a 100 year lifetime. Many users have told us since 1992 that cheap no-name CDs they have burned could not be read as short as a few months later. Some Karaoke Producers use the cheapest media we have never been able to find (not that we want to), or that are warped, causing the last few tracks (14, 15, 16) to have so many errors that the last lyric page was totally unreadable. The CDR media MTU selects and sells is first able to burn and reproduce the CD+G data that presents the title page, lyrics and credits page, and second has a lifetime that will exceed how long CD/DVD drives are available on home computers.
Technology changes rapidly. Early audio recordings were made on wax cylinders, then vinyl 48RPM records with one song per side, then 33RPM records with multiple songs per side, then cassette tapes with the 8-track format thrown in for a few years (it died quickly), then in the early 1990's optical Compact Disc recorders became available; Yamaha's was US$25,000 and Denon's was US$16,000 (which MTU sold), then Sony at US$8,000, then Phillips at US$2,600, and then the price began to drop to $1,500, $1,000, $800, $600 until not many years ago you could get a CDRW burner below $50. In 2011, DVD drives are under $70. As technology advances at an ever increasing rate, the cost of prior devices drops to the point where it becomes uneconomical to produce them.
As to data storage, in 1973, MTU's founders received the first floppy disc drive shipped to any external customer worldwide (IBM predated this by years to start up their mainframe computers). It was 8", single sided, stored 128 KBytes and had 65 punched "hard-sectored" holes around the inner hole. We paid US$400 for that drive. Then came soft-sectored drives and media, then double sided, and the 8" media eventually stored 1 MegaBytes. Then came 5" and then 3.5" drives and media with slightly more data (both no longer available as a "standard" feature on computers). CDROM's are even becoming rare today as DVD drives that can read the CD formats are replacing them. Within 10-15 years, these too will be replaced by Flash RAM drives, or other more exotic removable storage.
Media Handling Instructions
CDROM manufacturers advise that storing your backup disks in a cool, dry environment will help to prolong data life, while direct sunlight and fingerprints may cause damage to a CDROM. A good rule of thumb (no pun intended) seems to be to buy a brand-name disk, treat it as per the guidelines above, and don't expect it to last more than five years.
CDR's can be labeled in several ways, depending on how professional a look you desire and what it costs.