Yes, there are even karaoke songbook myths. "The songbook softwares are
incorrect, they have spelling errors, they are hard to learn." Some of
these things may be true in other softwares, however, MBD has taken steps to
rectify these problems when others have not. Plus, we listen to our customers.
If we get enough requests for a certain feature we will add it if
- Spelling Errors- If you spend any time in our program
you will see that our database is VERY clean, we have spent hundreds of
man-hours cleaning data and making sure that ALL spellings are uniform. This is
a never-ending process that keeps our database the cleanest on the market. We
also have a feature called "Master List Notes" which allows users
to submit any errors or misspellings they find directly to us using an internet
connection. If something is found to be wrong or missing, we will have it fixed
in the next database update (updates are posted every two weeks).
- Incorrect Listings- This is a misconception most of
the time. There is a difference between "incorrect" and "multiple disc
versions". Unfortunately, when some karaoke music companies "re-release" or
"revise" a disc, they will change position, swap songs in or out, then re-master
the disc and sell it with the same disc number. Many times there will be no
distinction between these versions printed on the discs. MBD will list multiple
versions of a disc as we find them. Other songbook softwares do not do this, so
people will think the listings are wrong. It's not really wrong, it has simply
been changed by the manufacturer. It's up to the user to choose the correct
version, and double-check their listings before they print.
- Hard To Learn- Music Book Deluxe comes with
Video Tutorials that teach the user how to do specific tasks
step-by-step. There are videos on Making Books, Printing, Deleting, Custom
Disc Numbering, etc. The videos are included on the CD-ROM, and are also downloadable
from our website. There is also a complete Operation Manual
located in the "Help" menu of the software. Plus we have an extensive F.A.Q. section
that address lots of common questions and problems that people have. People can
search up the topic they are wanting to learn about, then print out just that
section if they want a hard copy of it. We also offer top-notch Tech Support.
When they call our tech
support lines, they will be talking to one of the owners! We do
not hire outside tech support help.
- Song Count VS. Song Count- Don't be misled by the
"song count" of other songbook softwares. Most softwares will
list their song count like "320,000 songs in our database", then the
customer looks at Music Book Deluxe and sees a count smaller than that (we
currently have 273,849 ). This difference is due to the Multi-Plex karaoke
discs. These are discs that have half of the tracks with a lead vocal
demonstration and half without (karaoke tracks). Our database does not include
the vocal tracks, which is why our song count is usually smaller. If we were to
add the vocal (non-karaoke) tracks to our database, we would be up around
350,000 songs in our database. We don't include the vocal tracks because KJs
don't want them included in their song books.
- Computer Karaoke- People think songbook software is
only for CDG discs. In fact, the industry has shifted to other formats.
Computer-based (MP3+G, CAVS etc.) systems are becoming more popular. What has
NOT changed is that these systems still need songbooks to hand out to the
singers. MBD has the features needed to allow people to create books for these
formats, as well as mixing the formats in one songbook. We have a program
available that works with MBD to re-name your MP3/ZIP files, it will also work
as a directory reader!
Let's Talk CAVS...
Music Book Deluxe has several features that are specific to CAVS. We have an
import section that allows you to import listings from a JB99, JB199, and Super
CDG format. Our database already includes all authorized Super CDG listings,
however, you can import home-made or custom SCDGs directly into MBD. With the
JB99 & JB199, you can directly import the "Juke.txt" file into MBD
without the need of Excel or any other software. Once the data has been
imported, it can be updated as new music is added to the hard drive. As you may
know, the database that is included on the CAVS machine is very messy, with lots
of spelling errors and inconsistencies. We have a feature called "List
Assist" that works very much like a spell-checker. It will go through
the list and replace the CAVS data with MBD data using an advanced find/replace
method. It can be a time-consuming process, but it is a great feature for those
who demand a uniform songbook. Also, once the data has been cleaned, MBD has
the ability to create a new Juke.txt that you can put on your CAVS hard
drive so your on-screen searches will reflect the new cleaned-up version of the
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