Recording your voice while singing over a song is the desire of many professional or amateur singers. There are several software and applications that allow you to record your voice over a background music, audio and video songs, but below we focus on what we believe to be the best Karaoke Recorder software (for PC and Mac).
Solution #1. Kanto Recorder
Kanto Recorder is an innovative and unique software of its kind. It is in fact a program capable of capturing voice, music, video and webcam simultaneously to record your singing performances. This software is available in Windows version and can be downloaded for free (demo version) from the following button:
After installing the program this initial screen will open:
The program interface is very simple and intuitive. To record your voice on an audio base (mp3) or on a karaoke video (mp4), there are only 5 steps to follow.
Step 1. Import audio/video files or YouTube links
To get started, import the karaoke audio file or video file you want to record your voice over. You can import a video/audio from your PC, or even directly insert the link of a karaoke video taken from YouTube (enter the video URL).
Step 2. Connect microphone
Now connect a microphone to your computer (via USB or via jack). Then in the “Microphone” section of the program click on the blue icon and select the connected microphone from the drop-down menu.
When speaking into the microphone you should see a moving green horizontal bar: this means that everything is working properly. There’s also a “Mute” box that we recommend leaving checked for a noise-free, low-latency voice recording. Further down there is also a section where you can apply an effect to the microphone to obtain a voice with echo or chorus.
Step 3. Turn on webcam (optional)
In the Webcam section, if you want, you can also activate the recording of your face directly from the webcam integrated into the computer (or from an external webcam connected via USB). With this function activated, you will therefore not only be able to record your voice on the backing track, but you will also be able to record yourself singing, to create a personalized video file with you as the protagonist.
The webcam window will appear by default at the top right as shown in the figure below:
Step 4. Start recording
To start the registration you will need to click on the RED button below. At this point the base will start (in the case of karaoke videos you will see the karaoke text scroll to the rhythm of the music) and you can start singing. The program will record voice, audio track, video and also the webcam (if you have it activated in the program). The image below will help you better understand what is displayed in the program while recording.
At the end of the registration (or after 60 seconds with the demo version) the preview window will open.
Step 5. Preview and save recording
In the preview window you can decide to listen to the recording in MP3 format (green button), or to view it in MP4 video format (yellow button).
If everything is OK, click on “Save on your PC” button and the file will be saved on your computer.
At the top of the window there are also some parameters that you can modify:
- Audio / Video delay: allows you to anticipate or delay the recording of your voice with respect to the backing track. This “delay” allows you to better synchronize voice and music if by chance you notice delays.
- Audio levels balance: allows you to increase the volume of the voice compared to the music, or vice versa.
After each change you can click again on the buttons for the new preview. If, on the other hand, you want to re-register, press Cancel and Close and you will return to the initial screen of the program to do it all over again.
That’s all! Download and try the free DEMO version now and record your singing performance!! The demo version has the limitation that it records a maximum of 60 seconds of each song. To remove this limitation you need to purchase a license for the software.
Solution #2. Kanto Karaoke (for PC and Mac)
Kanto Karaoke is the best Karaoke Player software (for PC and Mac OS) and it is also able to record/combine voice with music. It has a user-friendly interface and allows you to easily import a song (audio file), record your voice and export your recording to mp3 format.
First of all download and install Kanto Karaoke on your PC or Mac OS:
This is the screenshot of the main window:
To start recording your voice over a song (audio file), follow these 3 simple steps:
Step 1. At the bottom left of the software, there is a drop-down menu. From it select your “Microphone” as input device.
Step 2. Open the song and start playing it. Then click on the RED circular button in the player to start the voice over song recording. You’ll see the following icon at the top left of the screen
(in some circumstances may not appear this icon, but the registration will be done)
Step 3. At the end of the song, click on the RED button to stop recording. On the left side of the program, you’ll see a new entry in the ” Recordings” module. Make double click on it to open the destination folder where you will find the mp3 file of your recording.
During the recording (so only after you click on the recording button) you can change the input volume of your microphone or add effects (e.g Echo, Reverb, etc…) or adjust music volume or mic delay (latency).
Mic delay occurs when you have a noticeable lag between the recorded audio and your computer’s processing of the input. With Kanto Karaoke you can anticipate the microphone voice (default value is -120 ms) with the music in order to obtain a perfect synchronization between voice and music in the output file.
Note for microphone level in Windows: please go in the microphone properties in the windows control panel and check the mic level (it should be the same of the input volume of the program) and the microphone boost (low value recommended).
Notes for Recording Settings on MAC OS X
In the MAC version you have to pay attention to the microphone volume. In fact, first of all, make sure that the microphone volume is turned up in the sound system settings: go to SYSTEM PREFERENCES> SOUND> select the INPUT tab and increase the volume of your microphone:
Then open Kanto player and follow these steps:
- Select you microphone in the Device dropdown menu at the bottom left
- Play a song and click on the red button in the player, you will see a mic icon in the karaoke top screen
- During recording you can adjust the input (mic) and music volumes. Make multiple tests to find the right settings.
NOTE: The Free Version of Kanto Karaoke allows you to record max for 1 minute.
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