Do you want to organize a party with your friends by putting on a nice karaoke using your Mac, but you don't have the slightest idea which programs to use to do it? Don't worry, I can give you a hand in this. If you dedicate a few minutes of your free time to me, as well as your attention, I can in fact show you the ones that, in my opinion, represent the best karaoke programs for Mac currently available on the square.
Contrary to what you might think, there are so many of them and they ensure hours and hours of pure fun. They are quite simple to use - even by the less experienced in the field and newbies in terms of new technologies - and there are both free and paid. You can use them to sing the latest musical hits of the moment or the songs that have made the history of Italian and international music. In short, as you can see for yourself, these are extremely versatile solutions.
So, may I know what are you still doing standing there? Position yourself comfortably in front of your trusty Apple-branded computer and immediately start focusing on the following. I sincerely hope that in the end you can feel very happy and satisfied with what you have learned, as well as with the chosen applications and that, of course, your party will be a success! Happy reading and have fun!
midicus It is one of karaoke programs for Mac most advanced currently available on the square. It includes a powerful MIDI and KAR file player, an advanced MIDI track controller with mixer, a complete playlist manager and of course a karaoke function that displays videos and images while the words of the selected song scroll on the computer screen.
The software is paid (costs € 29,90), but is available in a free trial version (the one I used to write this step) that allows you to test all the functions. The only limitation is that the tracks stop after two minutes.
To download MidiCo on your Mac, connect to the program's website and press the button Download. In the new page that opens, click on the button Proceed to Download located at the top and wait for the download procedure to be completed.
Successively, apri il package .dmg obtained, drag theprogram icon in the folder Applications macOS and double-click on it to start MidiCo. If you see any warnings preventing you from starting the software, right click on it and select the option apri twice in a row (in order to bypass macOS restrictions on applications from non-certified developers).
Now that you see the main software window, click on the menu archive (top left) and select the option Open file to open the file you want to use as a base for karaoke, then press the button Play attached to the player to start playback. In the larger MidiCo window you can then view the text of your backing track.
Also through the player, you can manage the playing time, the total number of displays to use, you can create a playlist of songs and much more. Of course, you can also start and stop playing the current audio file and turn the volume up and down.
If, on the other hand, you want to customize the color of the karaoke text on the display and make various other changes to the functioning of MidiCo, click on the program name located on the menu bar, select the item Pref Renze and adjust the application settings as you see fit, via the window that has opened on the desktop.
An altro tra i karaoke programs for Mac I want to tell you about is UltraStar Deluxe: it is a software or, better said, a free and open source karaoke game that follows the style and operation of famous music video games, such as SingStar.
UltraStar Deluxe is compatible not only with macOS, but also with all other major operating systems (Windows and Linux) and includes numerous music tracks by default. Other songs can be freely created by users or downloaded from the project website.
To start using UltraStar Deluxe, the first step you need to take is to connect to the program's website and click on the link Installer&Launcher, placed in correspondence with the wording MacOS. On the page that will subsequently open, click on the button Download Latest Version, in order to start downloading the program to your computer.
Once the download is complete, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'program icon in the window Applications macOS, then double-click it to launch UltraStar Deluxe. If you see any warnings that won't allow you to start the software, right click on it and select the option apri twice in a row: this way you can overcome macOS restrictions on applications from non-certified developers.
Now that you see the software window on your desktop, adjust your microphone settings and click on the item back. Then go to the main menu (Main Menu) of the application by pressing the button e on your Mac keyboard and choose whether to have fun with the mode Sing (the one where you can sing alone or with a friend) or with that Party (designed for multiple players at the same time).
QMidi is an excellent MIDI and karaoke file player for Mac that allows you to view the lyrics of the songs in video form (even on a secondary monitor) and to adjust the timing of the songs in real time. It also allows you to create playlists with your favorite songs and to play many types of audio files, including FLAC.
The software is paid, but it is available in a free trial version (the one I used to write this step) which allows you to test all its functions for a period of 30 days. There are two full versions of the program: that standard (which costs 14,99 euros) and that Pro (which instead costs 34,99 euros).
To download QMidi on your Mac, first connect to the program's website, then click on the link Download QMidi x.x.x located at the bottom of the page and wait for the download to start automatically. If this doesn't happen, force it yourself by clicking on the entry Click here present in the new page that has opened.
Once the download is complete, open the package .dmg just got it and drag theQMidi icon in the folder Applications macOS, then double-click on it to start the program. If you see any warnings preventing you from starting the software, right click on its icon and select the option apri twice in a row, to bypass macOS restrictions on applications from non-certified developers.
In the window that opens on the desk at this point, press the button Test to confirm your intention to use the trial version of the software. Next, select the file saved on your Mac that you want to use as the basis for the whole karaoke. Song playback will start immediately.
You will therefore be able to view the text of the song in the larger QMidi window, while in the smaller one you will find all the commands to manage playback (Stop, Play etc.). If you want to access QMidi preferences instead, click the application name found on the menu bar, select the wording Pref Renze and take action on the options attached to the window that opens.
Performous is another free music game that allows you to show off your musical skills in various practices, from karaoke to dance, up to maintaining the rhythm with controllers in the shape of musical instruments.
The basic version of the software does not include backing tracks but you can download lots of songs for free from its official website. Note that it is available not only for Mac, but also for Windows and Linux.
To use it on your Apple-branded computer, go to the program's website and click on the link bundle placed under the heading Mac OS X, in order to start the download procedure.
When the download is complete, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'Performous icon in the folder Applications macOS, then start the program by double clicking on it. If you see any warnings preventing you from starting the software, right click on it and choose the option apri for two consecutive times, in order to overcome the macOS restrictions on applications from non-certified developers. If, on the other hand, you are asked to grant the app permissions for access the microphone, you agree to this by clicking on the button OK in the on-screen window.
Next, visit the Performous website section where you can get free songs and click on the link Download ZIP that you find in correspondence with the package of your interest, in order to start the download. Then go to the path /Contents/share/games/performous/Songs macOS and extract theZIP archive of the songs just got into this position.
Through the Performous window that in the meantime has opened the desk, by clicking on the item Play, you can select the song you want to use to sing among those proposed and immediately start having fun.
I suggest you take a look at too SingSnap. This is not a program in the strict sense of the term, but an online service that works with any browser thanks to which it is possible to listen to the instrumental version of many pieces of music and to sing using the Mac microphone. To work, however, the service needs of Flash Player (for more info, read my articles on how to download Flash Player and how to activate it in the browser). Basically it is free but some contents are paid.
To use it, connect to its home page and click on the tab Sing & Record located at the top left. Then use the search bar Song / Artist to search for the song you want to sing and select the relevant result. Among the search results that will be shown those with the icon microphone are free, while those under the heading Gold are reserved for paying members.
Next, click the button Sing relative to the song of your interest, presses on the voice Create Free Account to record and register for the service by clicking on the button Show Registration Form and filling out the on-screen form with the requested information.
Once your registration is complete, you can finally start using the service. Skip, therefore, the short introductory tutorial that is proposed to you and authorize SingSnap to access the microphone and webcam by pressing the button Allow. Then click on the button Play at the bottom left to start the backing track of the song and view the lyrics to be sung.
You can then manage the audio level of the music as well as that of the microphone using the special adjustment bars located at the bottom. To record your performance, click on the button Recording. On the right, however, you will find the webcam shot and various buttons to apply fun filters.
Stale Per Karaoke
You have chosen one of the above karaoke programs but don't know where to get some basi to start singing? No problem, I can suggest some Internet sites that you can use for the purpose in question. You will find those reported that in my opinion represent the best in the category right below.
- vanBasco - it is one of the most popular online resources in the world when it comes to downloading karaoke backing tracks. Using the integrated search engine that thoroughly scans many external databases, you can download thousands of songs in MIDI or KAR format for free.
- SongService - online service that allows you to buy MIDI, MP3 and sheet music versions of over 10.000 Italian and international songs. Prices are quite reasonable.
- Karaoke version - famous portal that allows you to download many musical tracks in instrumental version at no cost. However, the most recent international hits are paid.
To learn more about the functioning of the services that I have reported to you just now and to know more resources used for the purpose, I invite you to read my guide specifically dedicated to karaoke bases and my post on how to download backing tracks.