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Full user review
"kJams, the best karaoke software on the market bar none"
The simplicity of use. There's no useless graphics cluttering up the desktop just a simple looking, but deceivingly clever and clean window to work in.
Think iTunes but better. Think of a feature you want in a karaoke program. Now you see what it is.
When you use kJams it does tends to spoil other programs because kJams does what it says on the tin. Dave Cotter (the developer) spoils you too much and if you use him as a benchmark you'll be disappointed with other programs
Theres NOWT I dont like
I've used kJams for a few years now and the program has gone from strength to strength. with several features added over that time that are very well thought out. The developer is very active on the kJams forum along with many users so if you don't understand anything there's a wealth of info and help from people there
The features include
1 A pitch change with up to six changes up and the same down without distortion
2 An excellent singer folder system that remembers every song a singers done and keeps the changes a singers made so that the next time they turn up they can sing the same version in the same key etc. It also remembers when they last sung the song and how many times they?ve sung a song
3 There?s a built in shop so if your connected to the internet and someone wants to sing a song you ain?t got, you can click on one of the suppliers and buy the track and then download it right into kJams. And what's more the track prices are great, you?d expect for a feature like this that the prices to be expensive but there not
4 The shortcuts are very well thought out but if you want a short cut thats not there you can do one of two things. 1 your can request it on the forum and 2 you can create your own and it?s not difficult
5 There?s a monitor window right within kJams that can be turned on and off so you can see exactly what the singer see?s on their monitor
6 If you double click a singer and then go to the library then double click songs ,they will go into the singers list, You can do this from any other singers file as well
7 When a singers get up to sing and they don?t like the version you?ve put in for them, simply click on a dropdown and chose another version and the new version plays immediately
8 Again, when a singer gets up and they?ve changed their mind about which song to do, click on a dropdown and click on the song they now want to sing and again the song plays immediately
The last two features really speed up the night so when your very busy with singers as little time as possible is lost looking for the track they want to sing
9 You can change the order of songs a singer has to sing without navigating away from your main working area, another great time saver
10 Change the order of singer with click and drag, again you do this in your main working area
The Preference panel is selected with a two finger command and within that window the preferences are superbly thought out, here?s some of my favourites
11 When your working and a singers singing you can set the prefs. to give you a warning when a song will be interrupted and you can choose to interrupt or not. There?s even two options in the prefs for this
I run competitions and I set the prefs to suit the comps and then go back to my normal pref setting very quickly
12 Within Prefs, I use:- Pause between tracks, Skip silence at the start of a song, Hide Video Window when paused, Warn if current song will be interrupted, Remember pitch and tempo changes in all playlist. But there are lots more so you run your show as you want and not the way the developer thinks it should be run. The developer recognises that everyones different and so are their needs
13 When running a show you can always see just how much time the songs will take to get through. There are two windows to see this in. One window will tell you how much time it?ll take to get through one song each for the singers, and the other window tell you how much time it?ll take to get through all the songs in the singer files for that particular night
14 If your customers have iPhones, and some smart-phones, there?s a system where the singer can log into their playlist and create a list of the songs they want to sing without even speaking to you You set it up initially and they log in using a password
15 There?s a comment column that I use within the singers file This is very useful.
16 When a singer takes their time getting to you and the tracks started there?s a button you click to take the track back to the start I?ve created my own shortcut for this and I use it many times during a show
17 A feature that isn?t in the program is the forum. If there?s a feature you feel would be worth putting in Kjams, the developer will consider it. I?ve personally put in request for features to be added and some have come with time. some overnight but I have to say thats most suggestions that come through the forum are already on the developers to do list
18 You can video the singer and show them on the screens with the words on top of them
19 Create messages to put on the monitors for your customers to see, including announcing that a taxi's at the venue for a customer whilst a singers singing using "on screen messaging"
20 Quickly delete a singer from the playlist from the main operating window safe in the knowledge that the next week when they come back all the songs they?ve requested are still in their folder.
Not enough room to put it down here Try the program and you will not be disappointed