It’s time to turn up the notch for karaoke fun! Read on to learn how to enhance your karaoke experience using Google Chromecast. You can find out more here if you want to know how to create a karaoke setup using Google Chromecast and YouTube. You will be able to cast YouTube videos to your TV using Chromecast and there’s a lot more you can do to enhance your karaoke experience.
Use the TV Queue
This is the one feature that puts Chromecast ahead of AppleTV as your Karaoke streaming device of choice. The TV queue allows you and your friends to create a list of videos to watch on your TV. The TV queue allows the next video on your playlist to automatically start after the current one ends. This allows you and your friends to choose karaoke song selections from each of your devices and create your karaoke playlist together.
To allow your friends to add songs in your TV queue, you will need to ask them to connect on the same WIFI network where your Chromecast is connected.
WIFI Sharing Tips
You would need to share your WIFI password to your guests to let them use their own devices such as mobile phones and tablets. They can then choose songs from YouTube and add to your TV queue.
If you are not too comfortable in sharing your WIFI password to your guests then change your WIFI password temporarily for your karaoke night. Using a simple password such as “karaoke” would save you the hassle of repeating your default password. You can change it back once your karaoke session is done.
To avoid having to repeat your WIFI password time and again for each guest, you can print out the password in a small piece of paper or card that your guests can easily pass around. Download this free printable Quick Start Guide to Chromecast Karaoke that you can use during your parties.
Tips for searching Karaoke songs in YouTube
Always put the word “karaoke” after the song title or artist name or any other keyword you choose when you search in YouTube. See samples below using both artist name and genre with the word karaoke.
Here are some of the top karaoke YouTube channels that we use – HD videos and great arrangements.
- Sing King Karaoke – best free karaoke songs – includes both new and classic songs.
- KaraFun Karaoke – KaraFun has a free software – KaraFun player but it has a lot of good songs you can use free on their YouTube channel
- TheKARAOKEChannel – The KARAOKE Channel offers the world’s largest licensed karaoke library to karaoke fans around the world via multiple services and products.
- singsongmusic – sing along to some of the best loved pop songs of the last 50 years
- KaraokeOnVEVO – KaraokeOnVevo has over 15,000 songs to their credit produced, mixed and mastered.
Create playlists ahead of time
A Youtube playlist is a collection of videos. You can create a playlist of your favourite hits, or classics or create different sets of playlists for each category. You can have a category called “Favourite karaoke songs”, “80’s Karaoke songs” or “Disney karaoke” or any other genre or artist name that you can think of. Having pre-created playlists can jumpstart you karaoke sessions. This way, your guests will get more ideas and can help build a better playlist.
Check this Google support article to know how you can create a playlist in Youtube. Once you have it set then cast it to your TV via Chromecast.
You can use the playlist to save time from searching for the same set of songs over and over again. You can also add an entire playlist to your TV queue or you can select songs from the playlist to be added to the TV Queue. Adding an existing playlist to your Chromecast TV Queue is similar to adding a song to your queue.
All of these playlists and great karaoke YouTube channels provides you an online catalogue of songs at your fingertips!
Choose a Theme
Choosing a theme for your party with matching costumes and decor will not only make your party more colourful and fun.
If you’re running out of songs to sing (if this ever happens), you can get more ideas by choosing a theme to sing – from famous songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or by artist names and other genres – boybands, disney movies, movie soundtracks, etc. There’s so many choices!
Playing games in any party will make sure that everybody will have fun. It will make the gathering more interactive and encourage inclusion and participation from your guests. Karaoke is no different and it should not be taken seriously. The more loose, candid and in the moment you and your friends are, the more fun it becomes.
One game you can play is Singer-Song mix-up. Prepare one bowl of small pieces of paper with song titles then prepare another bowl with famous artists such as Elvis, Frank Sinatra, etc. Each singer will then pick a song and will have to sing it in the style of the chosen artist.
Use microphone windscreen foam covers
I use these mainly to protect my microphones from singers’ spit and not really for wind interference. We can easily get carried away during a karaoke night with friends and there will always be someone who naturally would have singer’s spit.
Using these foam covers, you can just let everyone belt out without any anxieties. After your karaoke session, you can easily remove the foams, run water through it, soap it with dishwashing liquid and squeeze. It’s normal to see the colors bleed as you run them through the water. Then just leave them to dry and be ready for your next singing session!
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Bluecell 5 Pack Blue/Green/Yellow/Hot Pink/Orange Handheld Stage Mic Windscreen Foam Cover
Karaoke Mixer Fifine Digital Audio Sound Echo Mixer with Cable for TV PC smart phone and Amplifier
BEHRINGER XENYX 302USB
PylePro PDWM3375 Premier Series Professional 2-Channel UHF Wireless Handheld Microphone System with Selectable Frequencies
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