Want to have the best holiday party on your block? Or be the life of someone else’s holiday party? I can tell you how.
Bring on the karaoke!
We do Karaoke parties at our house all the time. You’d be amazed at who among your friends will get up and sing (like my burley plumber friend who likes to sing Tiny Dancer). And if you throw on a fun group song like Oblidi Oblida or Love Shack the whole crew might get up there.
But how can you provide karaoke?
Yes, you can buy a karaoke machine. Now, I’m no connoisseur of such things, but I will say that the handful I’ve heard don’t sound that great to me. The truth is, though, if you have a laptop or a smart TV you don’t need a karaoke machine. All you need is YouTube.
Well, and a mic or two, and a speaker.
But in my humble opinion, you’re better off paying for a couple of good mics and a speaker than a karaoke machine that looks and sounds like it’s meant to be a toy. If you plan on throwing parties at least a couple of times a year, consider it an investment in future fun.
The basics of what you need to be the life of the party:
At least two mics. You can keep it simple with something like the Shure SM58-LC Vocal Microphone, Cardioid. Or, if you’d prefer wireless mics, I’ve had good luck vocopro mics. But this isn’t a gear review. You’ll have to read buyer reviews and see what you think fits your desires and budget.
A speaker with mic (and maybe laptop) inputs. Something like the Powerwerks PA System (PW50) could work. Again, this isn’t a gear review. I’m giving you a place to start your research. If you’re using wired mics, make sure the speaker has two XLR inputs and a third input if you’ll be plugging a laptop in.
If you don’t want to search out separate parts, you can go the route of buying a full package with everything you need. Something like the Peavey APP Audio Performer Pack might be up your alley. It has mics, a mixer (to plug the mics into) and speakers.
The only thing you might want to add is two mic stands. Consider a round-based stand so your guests can tip the mic like rock stars!
That’s my holiday season advice (a little early, I know). Be the life of the party. Get everyone singing!