Pasay City, Philippines (PressExposure) June 26, 2009 -- When it comes to singing and entertainment for the whole family and friends, there can only be one device that Filipinos and many others would use, and this is the ever so popular karaoke machine. In videoke bars or night clubs, a karaoke machine is considered as the highlight of the evening. Everybody would like to have a go at that mic and sing their lungs out. Not only in the Philippines, many cultures around the world have come to like the fun, entertainment, and relaxation that a karaoke machine can do for them, but mostly in Asia.Because of the success of karaoke machines in the industry, several expansions have been made to accommodate the different needs of people when it comes to entertainment. One is the creation of Magic Microphones.
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Karaoke Video Games Other than the wow magic sing [http://www.expressregalo.com/category.aspx?scid=46&cid=15] microphones, there have also been video games inspired by karaoke machines. Karaoke Revolution, created for the PlayStation 2 by Harmonix and released by Konami in North America in 2003, is a console game in which a single player sings along with on-screen guidance and receives a score based on his or her pitch, timing, and rhythm. The game soon spawned several follow-ups including Karaoke Revolution Vol. 2, Karaoke Revolution Vol. 3, Karaoke Revolution Party Edition, CMT Presents Karaoke Revolution: Country and Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol. While the original Karaoke Revolution was also eventually released for the Microsoft Xbox console in late 2004, the new online-enabled version included the ability to download additional song packs through the console's exclusive Xbox Live service.
Karaoke Mobile Phones In 2003, several companies started offering a karaoke service on mobile phones, using a Java MIDlet that runs with a text file containing the words and a MIDI file with the music. This is still a budding service, and it is unclear whether it will become popular; however, some mobile karaoke providers, such as Karaokini, have begun to achieve commercial success. Researchers have also developed karaoke games for cell phones in order to boost music database training. In 2006, the Interactive Audio Lab at Northwestern University released a game called Karaoke Callout for the Nokia Series 60 phone. The project has since then expanded into a web-based game and will be released soon as an iPhone application.