Your experience with vanBasco Karaoke Player will be totally dependent on your history with karaoke. If you have sung at a high-quality, dedicated establishment with the original score to back your singing, then it may disappoint. However, if you have only ever sung on stages in old pubs, with dozens of people looking at you uncomfortably to oddly electronic synthesizer backing track, then you will feel right at home.
That pub experience
If that came off as derogatory, it didn't mean it to, because as a program vanBasco Karaoke Player actually pretty good - it’s just I am kind of a snob when it comes to one of my favorite pastimes. A high-end dedicated karaoke set-up costs a fortune, and what vanBasco offers is a simple way to get singing for free - providing you have a PC, speakers, and a microphone.
Once installed, vanBasco Karaoke Player is wonderfully easy to use. Running the program opens six windows. Most important of which is the Playlist, which allows you to search your computer for supported Karaoke (.kar) or MIDI (.mid, .midi, .rmi) files to drag and drop into your current song line up with ease.
In terms of importance, the next two vital elements of vanBasco are its Player and viewer windows. The first of these looks like a fairly standard media player (albeit with a few additional controls) and lets you start and control your current song.
Plenty of options
For the singer, the viewer window is the real (and with a two monitor setup, only) karaoke experience. Offering a nice clear view, this screen shows the lyrics and any directions contained in the music file. A simple right click lets you fine-tune the display, changing the font, color, and background to aid clarity.
The remaining three windows help the person in control of the night tailor the experience depending on the track, equipment, and venue. The Control window can alter tempo, key, and volume of the backing track, while the Midi Output lets you drop “instruments” of the song that may confuse on some midi tracks. Finally there is the (for my money) completely pointless Piano window that plays along to the track, but maybe for the more musical this may be of interest.
Customizable free Karaoke
At this point, for home users, consoles tend to offer a better and (musically) higher quality experience, providing you are prepared to pay a premium of the selection of songs you want. What vanBasco Karaoke Player offers is a more flexible and free experience that (while more limited in quality of audio track) provides many customization options.