Are you looking for a way to enjoy karaoke in the convenience of your own home with family and friends? You can easily build your karaoke system at home using YouTube karaoke for free! We all know that YouTube is the number one source for videos online. You can search for almost any song by any artist and add the word “karaoke” and you’ll be able to find it!
Of course you can use YouTube directly and sing along with it without any additional equipment. Just play the songs from YouTube on your device and sing along.
But this won’t be as fun as being in a group setting and using a microphone.
3 basic things that you need to do to have a great karaoke setup at home
1) Setup a microphone and output the sound of the mic to your home speakers.
2) Output the music of your karaoke source (such as YouTube) to your home speakers. This maybe the same set of speakers used by your mic or another set of speakers.
3) Output the video of your karaoke source (such as YouTube) to your TV.
In the sections below, we will talk about how to set this up in more detail. There are more simple ways of doing karaoke without the need for microphones and TVs such as the use of Apps in your mobile devices or computers. This would depend on how you would want to your karaoke home system to be.
Home Karaoke Apps
There are many apps available for Karaoke such as Smule, RockIt Karaoke, The Karaoke Channel and Karafun to name a few. These apps can queue songs you choose and many of these apps specialize in recording your sessions, scoring, sharing your videos online with friends or providing offline songs. But you need to pay for subscriptions.
If you just want to have fun and just sing with your family and friends at home, there’s no need to pay any subscriptions. But, you will need the right equipment.
YouTube plus the equipment of your choice such as your home stereo
You can have unlimited song selection from YouTube without monthly subscriptions. If you don’t need to record your songs (most of the time) and you don’t need to have an offline copy of the songs then YouTube would be your karaoke best friend.
You can use your existing equipment at home or you can choose any equipment that can fit the style of your room and your taste for sound quality. Continue reading below to learn how you can connect YouTube from your mobile device or computer to your TV.
5 Things you need to have a great Karaoke Party at Home using YouTube
I recommend having 2 UHF Wireless Handheld Microphones. It’s a lot for more fun to do duets and to move around with 2 wireless mics. UHF (Ultra High Frequency) type is preferred. Although more expensive, it provides a more reliable connection, VHF mics have a tendency to lose sound intermittently.
A good UHF microphone system for karaoke that you can check from Amazon is a Karaoke UHF Microphone Mixer Set. Its receiver can be used as a mixer – to combine two audio sources to output to one speaker. I’ve tested it in my sister’s setup and so far it works well.
Remember to get Microphone Windscreen Foam Covers to protect your mics from singer’s spit and to add more color to your karaoke party! These covers are washable and reusable.
I have used my existing home theater speakers (Polk Audio) before for karaoke and noticed that the speakers gave feedback. And sometimes had sound distortion depending on how loud the voice of the singer is. I later learned that there is a high risk of damaging my home theater speakers when using a microphone. Home theater speakers are great for recorded sound but not for live sound.
My karaoke sessions with friends can get intense and I really can not control what the singers would do! When one of my friends was singing a heavy metal song, I just could not interrupt his singing moment! I had to adjust the mic volume frequently to avoid damage to the speakers. I got tired of worrying and adjusting the volume every few minutes. So recently, I bought a different set of speakers designed for microphone input.
When checking out speakers for karaoke, remember that PA (public address) or active speakers are more appropriate. These are designed for live performances but can get really expensive.
There are speakers available made for karaoke with built-in amplifier and mixer that you can choose from. The speakers I bought were multimedia speakers with built-in microphone input and echo sound effect. You may get a karaoke speaker with lights. This speaker has a rechargeable battery and party lights – 2 useful features for a backyard party at home! For those who don’t like the lights, you can also check active speakers designed for live sound such as the Rockville Active Speaker.
My current setup is to output the YouTube music from the TV to my home theater sound system for quality sound and use my karaoke speakers for the microphone output. Then there’s no need to worry about damaging my home theater speakers regardless how wild our singing gets!
A mixer combines 2 or more multiple sources of sound to be sent to a single set of speakers.
If you need both microphone and TV sound sent to your sound bar or home theater speakers, you will need this karaoke mixer. This karaoke mixer includes both tone and echo control useful to adjust the output of your microphone audio in your room. You can also use a mixer to connect a microphone to your existing speakers that do not have a mic input.
Connecting your TV to the karaoke mixer
To output the music from your TV to the same set of speakers you are using for your mic then you would need to use a mixer. Find your TV’s audio output port, use its headphone jack if it exist, and connect it to the mixer using a 3.5mm to RCA audio cable.
If your TV does not have a headphone output jack and it uses an optical cable for audio out, then you would need to use a toslink cable to connect it to a digital to analog converter. Then connect the converter to the mixer.
4 YouTube Player
This can be a mobile device – phone, tablet, PC/Mac, Smart TV, Apple TV or Google Chromecast –or any device that can play YouTube.
5 Connect your YouTube Device to your TV
There are different ways on how you can connect YouTube from a device to your TV.
Connecting your laptop directly to your TV
To connect your laptop to your TV and project the Youtube Karaoke in your big screen, you can use an HDMI cable. An HDMI cable can transfer both sound and video to your TV.
This setup can mirror your laptop’s screen to your TV. You can use this setup to watch movies and play games.
Using your phone, tablet or computer to control YouTube in your TV via WIFI
Your mobile device or computer can connect YouTube wirelessly to your TV through WIFI for the following supported TV devices:
- Smart TVs with the YouTube app
- Android TV
- Google TV
- Playstation 3 and Playstation 4
- Xbox 360 and Xbox One
- Wii U
- Blu-ray Disc Player with the YouTube app installed
- All set-top boxes or cable boxes with the YouTube app installed
Connect your mobile device or computer’s YouTube app to your Smart TV by connecting to the same WIFI network. Install a YouTube app in your Smart TV and link your TV to your device. Select Cast on your phone, tablet, or computer.
Read: How to Connect YouTube from your Mobile Device to your TV or follow these instructions – Link your phone, tablet, or computer to watch YouTube on TV.
Using Apple TV for YouTube
The fastest way to use your Apple TV for karaoke at home is to use the Mirroring function of the Apple TV. Apple devices can be mirrored to an Apple TV, so if you are using a Karaoke app or YouTube you can simply mirror it your TV.
However, Apple TV does not support the TV Queueing functionality of YouTube. You will have to manually create a playlist to queue songs. It’s not a seamless experience, there’s a lag between the time when you update your playlist and the time it shows up on your TV.
Using Chromecast as YouTube player for Karaoke
My favorite way of doing karaoke at home via YouTube is through Chromecast. Although YouTube TV Queuing works in other TV devices (Smart TVs, Roku, Xbox, etc), connecting via Chromecast is the better experience for me. It has no lags and it supports HD videos in YouTube. The quality of connection depends on your TV device. Try connecting YouTube through your Smart TV or other TV device first and if you have issues, get a Chromecast.
Once you have connected your mobile device, you can queue as many songs as you can! Neighbors, beware! It’s now time for a karaoke party! Remember to add the word “karaoke” for each song title you search in YouTube.
What are your best practices for doing karaoke at home? Do you use YouTube? How do you connect YouTube to your TV? Share your comments below!