How it works

In this page you can find some tips about “How to use” Kanto Karaoke Software. Thanks these guides, you will be able to use the software at the best and fully exploit its potential.

First of all, you have to download Kanto Karaoke Player on your PC.

Kanto Karaoke for Windows
Windows Version
12 MB
Kanto Karaoke for MAC
MAC OSX Version
9 MB

The guide in this page is for Windows Version. The Mac version is similar but has fewer features, so we always recommend downloading and testing the trial version.

After installation, you’ll see the following main screen:


Click te “Quick Open File” button (bottom right) to select a song from your PC and start to play it! You will see the words of the karaoke song displayed on the screen:


Click on “DUAL DISPLAY” to open the “Karaoke Screen” on a new window. You can drag this new window to another monitor or to a TV!



Click “Add” to add a new playlist.


Type the “Playlist Name” and click on “Add It” to create the new playlist folder:


Under Playlist Files section, click on ADD button to upload songs (or a folder of songs) in the playlist.

Note: The Free Version of Kanto Karaoke allows you to add max 5 songs for each playlist.


This module allows you to see the current song playing and the next 2 songs. This is very useful to schedule the performance and avoid long wait between one song and the next one. To add a song in Live Performance module you can:

a) Click on Quick Open File

b) Drag&Drop songs from Playlist Files to Live Performance section

c) Click ADD SONGS under Live Performance module as shown below:


By default, at the end of a song it will start automatically the next song, but you can disable this “Autoplay” in the Edit menu (set “NO AutoPlay”)

If you want to switch at any time from one song to the next without abrupt interruption you have to click FADE OUT AND PLAY NEXT button.

If you want to stop a performance before the end of a song without abrupt interruption you have to click FADE OUT AND STOP button.


Note: Kanto Karaoke is the only tool with the crossfade feature applicable on mid / kar / mp3 / cdg  files


In the upper left of the program there is the “Audio Settings” module. Here you can:

>Changhe pitch (Key) and the speed (Tempo) of the song. You can also save the key and tempo for a song in playlist, clicking the button Save Pitch/Tempo



> Manage the Midi Channels: clicking on “Midi Channels Config” a window will appear. Here you can view and select the track to enable or disable


> Vocal Remover for MIDI FILES: click MELODY (CH4) OFF to remove the vocal track from the song. In this way you can better sing on the song!

Note: The melody remover, removers the channel n.4 from the mid/kar files. This usually is the channel where the melody (vocals) are stored. Some midi/kar files have the melody on other channels… so for these you have to access to the Midi Channles Config and manually deactivate the vocal track.

> Midi Chords: it will display the song’s chords in a new window. It uses a complex algorithm to calculate and estimate the chords in midi files.


To start recording your voice on your favorite song follow these 3 simple steps:

1. Input Device: At the bottom left of the program, from the drop-down menu, select “Microphone” as the input device.
We recommend you to use an external microphone (with USB input) to have a better recording quality and lower latency!


2. Start Recording: Play the song and click on the RED circular button in the player. Start to sing now! During recording you’ll see this image at the top left of the screen


3. Stop Recording: At the end of the song, click again on the RED button to stop recording. On the left side of the program, you’ll see an entry in the ” Recordings” module. Double click on it to open the output folder where you will find the mp3 file of your recording (it usually is c:\Users\PCname\Music\KantoKaraoke )


During the recording you also will able to change input volume (mic volume), mic delay (latency), music volume,  or add some effect like Echo, Reverb, etc…

NOTE: The Free Version of Kanto Karaoke allows you to record max for 1 minute.


If you want to convert midi (or kar file) to MP3 format:

1. From the top menu go to FILE –> CONVERT MIDI TO MP3


2. In the popup that will open, select the input file (mid/kar file to convert to mp3) and the output file (the name and folder where the mp3 files will be saved).


Select the “Remove track 4” box if you want an mp3 file without the melody track.

3. Click START to start converting midi to mp3!

NOTE: The Free Version of Kanto Karaoke allows you to convert max 1 minute of your mid/kar files.


From top Menu click on EDIT. You will see these options:

Crossfade: default value is 2000 msec. You can change this value from 0 to 3000 msec. It permits to overlap/mixing two songs, the first dissolve and the second one gradually increase. Crossfade not working yet with video and kfn files, so if you only use these formats we recommend setting the crossfade to 0 (zero) so as to avoid abrupt breaks of the songs.

AutoPlay: if you set NO AutoPlay, playlist’s songs will be played individually without moving to the next song.

Soundfont: you can change the soundfont file. It is located in \KantoKaraoke\Soundfont folder. You can download free soundfont files (.sf2) from Internet, there are a lot of sites that offer them.

Midi-out: If you have a midi expander or use a virtual synthesizer such as Coolsoft VirtualMidi Synth, tick the midi-out box and select the device you want to use for audio playback from the drop-down menu.

Skins: you can change the skin of the program’s interface. Choose the best for you!

Language: you can select the language of the program (e.g english, italian, etc…)

Lyrics Settings: This is the section that allows you to customize the karaoke text that appears on the player screen/dual screen. For example, you can set the size, font, and even the number of rows to display. If you choose 4 rows, you can also set the “swapped” mode that lets you scroll through the text gradually allowing for better reading. You can also choose the color of the karaoke text, both the color of the active and the inactive text.
Finally, the Sync value set to “Syllable” means that the text will will be highlighted by syllables, otherwise, with the “Lines” option, the text will be highlighted by rows.

Delay: This parameter indicates the advance of karaoke text compared to music. Default is set to an advance of -500ms (half a second in advance), which is generally used by other karaoke players as well.

Background: you can change the background of the karaoke screen, for example, putting your own photo or image. This background feature is only enabled by purchasing the program license (standard or professional version).



Register: allows you to open the window where you enter your registration data (email and registration code) received by email after placing the order.

Buy Now: Clicking on this button will open the page where you can place the order by paying with credit card or paypal

MP3/Video Karaoke: Click and access a high quality, low price karaoke video archive.

Shortcut Keys: Opens the window with the keyboard shortcuts to perform some operations faster. See at the bottom of this page the list of shortcut keys available.

Songs Played History: If you set the Save History option to YES, from that point on, all the tracks you play with the player will be stored in a file. You can view the contents of this file at any time by clicking Open History or resetting it by clicking Reset History.

Songs in Live Perf. : Live performance is done to work optimally with 3 tracks as it gives the indication of the running song and the two subsequent tracks. However, if you want to view more than 3 tracks, you can choose 5 or 10 tracks from this drop down menu.

Playlist Font Size: It will set the font size of the files in the playlists. If you have difficulty reading the song name in the playlist then select “Large” or “XLarge” option.

Reset All Settings: It will restore the program to the original settings, such as text colors, soundfonts, volumes, etc … to the default values. Note: This operation will not delete your playlists.

New Reg. Code: If you did an upgrade and you have a new registration code you can insert it by clicking on this button.



If you click on the Background Song Effects, it will open a new window:

Top button Music Background lets you start a background music that you can use, for example, in moments of pause or silence or waiting between two songs. When the music is off, the suffix OFF is displayed, and when it is playing it will be displayed ON.

Volume: Adjusts the volume of background music.

Custom Music Background: allows you to upload your favorite music to use as a background.

AutoPlay Music: Setting this value to YES, background music will start automatically whenever:
– a song track comes to end, and there are no other songs in the playlist (or AutoPlay in Edit Menu is off)
– a song is stopped manually

Applause and Buu button: by clicking these buttons you will hear the effects of applause or buuu 🙂



By clicking on the button at the bottom right “Singers Playlist” it will open the window for managing the lists of people you book to sing:

To add a new singer click on Add Button.
Write the name of the person and then upload the song you want. You can upload the song by browsing from your PC or searching it in the playlists of the program. You can also set the pitch key (semitones). Finally, click Add.
On the main screen of the Singers list, you can re-order the list by clicking the up/down arrow buttons or delete one or all of the records. To play a song just double-click on the song’s line or select it and click on the Play button. On the Double Screen will appear an “intro” window showing the name of the singer who performs and the list of the next three singers booked, see this image:

This window is displayed for 10 seconds and immediately after will start the song. The seconds in this window can be changed in the “Settings” section under “Message Duration”

In Dual Display Settings you can set text size, font and color of this “Intro” window.

Singer Rotation: Choose whether to automatically play the songs of the singers booked, one after the other. In this case, it may be necessary to increase the seconds of the intro window to give the next singer the right time to prepare.


Benefits of the registered version of Kanto Karaoke:

  1. No limits in the number of songs that can be added to the playlists
  2. No time limits in karaoke recording
  3. No time limits in midi to mp3 conversion
  4. You can edit the background image of the karaoke screen, and enable other settings.
  5. By purchasing the Professional version, you will also have additional professional features such as managing song/singer lists for karaoke live show, history of songs performed by time/date, background music and effects.

To register the software please go on the Option Menu –> Register


Click Buy Now to purchase the software. After the purchasing you will receive an email with your “Licensed Email” and “Registration Code“. Copy and paste them on the Registration popup (see the image above) and click Register.



Canc: Delete songs from playlist or live performance panel
Enter: Similar to double click to play a selected song
Space: Pause
Esc: Exit from full screen
F1: Fade out and next song
F2: Fade out and stop
F3: Open search window
F4: CH4 midi On/Off
SHIFT+F1: General Volume Down
SHIFT+F2: General Volume Up
SHIFT+F3: Pitch key Down
SHIFT+F4: Pitch key Up
SHIFT+F5: Tempo Down
SHIFT+F6: Tempo Up

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