I have been running my own karaoke’s for years and i had great trouble trying to back up my discs.
Karake disks are not like your normal audio cd’s. It is the graphic part that is the hardest to copy. The first thing you need is a reader and or writer that likes Karaoke discs. Alot do not.
Very few cd roms read Karaoke cd’s. I have not yet found one that does.
I have to use my writer to READ and write the karaoke disks.
Tested models are sony CRX120/140/160 series.
Most Yamaha writers plus most lite-on writers will.
Next is the sofware you need. CDR win is excellent software (shouldn’t be saying that on a clone cd forum).
However, clone cd will do it.
In clone cd (versions 3) when you insert the disk go to load cd and there is a Karaoke option. Highlight this and it will tick the following boxes;
READ SUB CHANNEL DATA
ABORT ON READ ERROR
It is the READ SUB CHANNEL DATA that will copy the words. If you don’t tick this you will just get the audio (as I found out).
I personally don’t tick the abort on read error as I have yet to find a Karaoke disc with protection or read errors ( i own over 300) and the only errors it shows is if the disk is scratched and all that will cause is a slight blip on the cd.
When writing the disk no need to tick any boxes.
Older Karaoke machines are very sensitive to fast read / write speeds. On my old phillips cdi karaoke player I cannot read faster than 12 speed and write at maximum 4 speed - if I do the words all break up.
On the newer machine (made within the last 2 years) I can read at maximum and write at 12 with no problems.
Clone 4 will also copy Karaoke disks. You need though to tick READ SUB CHANNEL DATA. No other settings need to be ticked.
A list of readers / writers are as follows that will read and write KARAOKE disks;
CDROM Recorders (SCSI)
Hewlett Packard 4020
Hewlett Packard 6020
Hewlett Packard M820e
Smart & Friendly 2001
Smart & Friendly 2004
Smart & Friendly 2006PLUS
Smart & Friendly 4000
Smart & Friendly 4006
Smart & Friendly 4012
Smart & Friendly CD-RW 226
Smart & Friendly CD-R8020
Traxdata CDRW2260 PRO
Traxdata CDRW4260 PRO
Traxdata CDR4120 PRO
CDROM Recorders (IDE / ATAPI)
Creative Labs 2024 / 4224 / 4424 / 4800E / 8432E / 8433E
Hewlett Packard 7100 / 7200
Hewlett Packard 7500 / 8100 / 8200 / 9100 / 9200
Hewlett Packard 8250
JVC XR-W2080 / XR-W2082
JVC XR-W4080 / XR-W4082
JVC XR-RW4224 / XR-RW4424
LG/Goldstar CED-8041B / 8042B / 8080B / 8083B
Memorex CD-RW2224 / CD-RW4224
Mitsumi CR-4801TE / CR-4802TE / CR-4804TE
Philips CDD3610 / CDD3801 / CDD4201 / CDD4401 / CDD4801
Ricoh 6200A / 7040A / 7060A / 9060A
Smart & Friendly CD-RW2224
Sony CRX100E / CRX110E / CRX120E / CRX140E
Traxdata CDRW2260 PLUS
Yamaha CDR401 / CRW4001 / CRW4261 / CRW2216E / CRW4416E / CRW8424E
CDROM Readers (SCSI)
NEC MultiSpin 3X
NEC MultiSpin 4X
NEC MultiSpin 6X
NEC MultiSpin 8X
NEC MultiSpin 16X
NEC MultiSpin 24X
NEC MultiSpin 32X
NEC MultiSpin 40X
Plextor 4Plex Plus
If your reader or writer is not listed above, to check whether it reads or writes Karaoke disks go into Clone CD and click on the first option READ TO IMAGE FILE.
Select device you are reading and / or writing Karaoke disks with and it should have the following option
Supports writing of CD+G RAW-DAO: Yes
If your writer has this but not your reader then you will have to read and write with your writer.
If all your devices says;
Supports writing of CD+G RAW-DAO: No
then i’m afraid you will not be able to copy karaoke disks.
You need a new writer.