Have You Heard Of These??

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franknichols

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Hello All,

Just Curious, Have you heard/know of the quality of Big Hitz and Country Hitz Discs? Do you know who makes them?

Thanks,

Frank:cool:
 

franknichols

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Wow, 49 views and no one knows anything about these. makes me cautious to buy them.

BTW, to the person who left me a voice mail, yes, I know I typed "have" wrong, but it was late/early and I couldn't figure out how to edit the title at that hour of the morning.............
 

DannyG2006

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I have heard good things about them from reviews on other boards. What is great about them is you get the most sung songs from modern artists that other companies put out. No Duds in the bunch.
 

bill_smith

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Hi Frank, I haventheard of them either. Perhaps you should buy one of each, see what you think. A lot of times the songs are really good, sometimes not. Crappy arrangements was what brought Music Maesto(ugh) down. Beauty is in the ear of the beholderr eally.
 

franknichols

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Bill,

That is actually what I ended up doing. Great minds must think alike.;);)

I'll let you know what I think when I get them

Frank:cool:
 

DannyG2006

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Hi Frank, I haventheard of them either. Perhaps you should buy one of each, see what you think. A lot of times the songs are really good, sometimes not. Crappy arrangements was what brought Music Maesto(ugh) down. Beauty is in the ear of the beholderr eally.
No, failure to pay for licsensing and outright piracy brought them down.
 

egodfrey

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Illegal

Had meeting last week with the heads of all the major Karaoke companies, the guys from Stellar Records know who is making Big Hitz. If you listen to the discs carefully, they are using the original song, running a software to remove common elements (most vocals) to the channels and adding graphics.. They are not doing any licensing and thus they hide underground and pop up with a new disc now and then. All numbers for the parent company are disconnected. I believe they were based in Rhode Island....

As far as quality, yeah, when you rip off the original...it's pretty good!!
 

bill_smith

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Thanx Eric.

Perhaps you can get us something from all of these guys you met with, that I get asked about all the time...

COmputer karaoke. Many of us hold that as long as we HAVE an original 1 to 1 CDG onsite vs in the system, that this would be an acceptable use for computer KJing. in otehrwords, for every copy on the hardrive, tehre is a corespondign CDG onsite that it came from.

What of course we think would be unacceptable is to have 20-50K of tunes on hard drive and 500 CDGs..or no originals onsite.

I've thought about going computer, but like many, always wondered about the actual stance these guys have.

What is the stance out there either by your colleagues or yourself?
 

DannyG2006

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so in otherwords no matter how legal a website selling downloads is, you would still consider it illegal?
I guess I gotta go out of business since all the new music I am buying is coming from a legit download site. I don't have discs to back up my new purchases but I do have receipts for every song I ever downloaded. I imported most of my songs and use that as a core library and only buy the songs I need to buy. Just cause you don't have discs to match the songs you buy does not make you a pirate.
 

bill_smith

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No Danny, If you bothered to read, you would see that I wasnt addressing downloadng digital CDGs at all. And you infer that I am considering it illegal to copy CDGs, when in actuality my question addresses the companies that do.

So why dont you climb off, and ratchet it down a little. This is a great opportunity to ASK a company president about the issue, so if you dont mind, mind your manners a little.

Eric, is there also a copyright issue involving downloaded CDG files that are computer based with respect to copying them to CD?

And how do honest KJs like my semi belligerent friend Danny here avoid scrutiny of their systems of honestly bought downloaded digital files?
 

Cerebro

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BTW, to the person who left me a voice mail, yes, I know I typed "have" wrong, but it was late/early and I couldn't figure out how to edit the title at that hour of the morning.............
Someone actually went out of their way to call and leave you a voicemessage to let you know that you spelled a word wrong?!

Wow... your phone number doesn't even look like it is listed. Someone must have went out of their way for that one, by typing your company name into google and getting it from your website.
 

DannyG2006

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No Danny, If you bothered to read, you would see that I wasnt addressing downloadng digital CDGs at all. And you infer that I am considering it illegal to copy CDGs, when in actuality my question addresses the companies that do.

So why dont you climb off, and ratchet it down a little. This is a great opportunity to ASK a company president about the issue, so if you dont mind, mind your manners a little.

Eric, is there also a copyright issue involving downloaded CDG files that are computer based with respect to copying them to CD?

And how do honest KJs like my semi belligerent friend Danny here avoid scrutiny of their systems of honestly bought downloaded digital files?
Sorry. didn't mean to sound billigerent in any way. I was just posing the question as you did about the issue. I believe it is "Format SHifting" if you rip to hard drive. I went to computer based Karaoke because it was getting too cumbersome to move through the CD Binders that I have. I will gladly produce my cd's withing 24 hours of being asked to produce them, but will not bring them with me on the off chance someone gets the idea of stealing them from out of my car. Had a friend have that happen to him right outside of the venue that he was running a show for and this is back when Computer Karaoke was just an idea.
 

bill_smith

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Thanx Danny. many of the KJs still use CDGs, and frankly they are afraid of the karaoke police who HAVE busted a lot of people in NC. I think it is a concern for everyone to have a legit library, but the playing field is very turbulent, and getting the opinion of a guy in charge of a company is a step forward.

I think you would agree that having a legal library no matter what it's source is something all legit operators strive for.
 

Partyman

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"Thanx Danny. many of the KJs still use CDGs, and frankly they are afraid of the karaoke police who HAVE busted a lot of people in NC"

Can you show any actual proof of this or just another urban legend? I have heard many rumours but NOONE can seem to show proof!

I have seen many people get busted for selling hard drives but have never seen any proof of anyone being required to show their discs at a show ANYWHERE in the country. I would love to see any proof of such and who the "karaoke police" were (real police, ASCAP, Company Representative, ...).

Rusty
 
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bill_smith

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I know an operator In NC who has been busted multiple times for illegal duping, and was run out of Charlotte years ago and resurfaced in my area, and got busted again.

Insofar as his arrest records, no I dont have access to that. So I cannot prove it 100%. Having had the guy TELL ME this face to face, well that was all I needed.

But here is a link that might assist since you think it's an urban legend.

http://www.karaokeantipiracyagency.com/

And here is some NEWS articles from the same site....you decide if you think it is an urban legend.

http://www.karaokeantipiracyagency.com/news.html
 

Partyman

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That is all Sound Choice scare tactic! The first guy was selling hard dives and the second was for "Panorama" not having the copyrights to make karaoke discs( which "Sound Choice" was also found guilty of).That is why I ask for proof. Everyone seems to know someone who got busted but never can show proof.
I have discs for all of my music, just don't carry them around for the same reason as above. I have been DJ for 25 years and KJing for 10 and have never had anyone of proper authority to ask or question the sources of my music (I have seen many ASCAP, BMI, ... but they don't care where you get your music only that the venue has the licensing for you to play it). I still ask anyone (not just Bill) to show me proof of such arrest! Again, I am not speaking about selling hard drives or illegally duped discs and such. I am speaking of someone getting busted for running a show from a computer and not having the discs with them, or getting busted for running a show on duped discs.

Rusty
 
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