Thought this might be a fun topic.... How and when did you first learn about Sound Choice and/or the SoundBoard?
I'll tell you my story. I first learned about Sound Choice only about two years ago! I started really getting into Karaoke back then, and I would follow a certain KJ around my home town about three nights a week, trying every song she had that I thought I could do... learning about my vocal range, what songs I liked, what songs other people liked, etc.
One night, I went ahead and tried Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science." Afterwards, my friends were amazed that I had never sung it before. They said I sounded just like him. Anyway, that song became my first big "hit".
My sister's boyfriend was going to this contest and wanted me to enter. Naturally, I wanted to sing my new song, but I was afraid they wouldn't have it at the venue. That's when I had my first thought of buying my very own CDG for this type of situation... I could sing whatever song I wanted wherever I went as long as I owned the CDG.
So, I went to my first local Karaoke store to get the disc for the contest. I felt like a kid in a candy shop! I went through all their catalogues, had them look up all types of songs in their database, etc. They told me they only had one version of "She Blinded Me With Science" by a company called "Sound Choice." I assumed it was the same one my KJ friend had, and bought it.
I saw another song in their catalog that I loved: "One Night In Bangkok". I had to get that disc too just for fun! My thoughts were to go back to my friend's gig and put them in to sing (we were all pretty new to Karaoke). Everyone loved the songs I was bringing in! And, that's where it all began. The next week I bought New Wave Hits Vol. 1 and we all had a blast! (We were all deprived of song selections ... the KJ never bought new discs and we had no idea what even existed!).
Eventually I exhausted my list of songs I wanted to sing but couldn't before because the venue didn't have the CDG. So, I wanted to see what else was coming out. I found Sound Choice's web site, and then regularly checked their new releases. And, that's when I discovered the forum.
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Well my story goes like this- I started singing ever since I can remember, but always kept it to myself.When I was in highschool my friends started noticing me sing a bit, and my shyness started going away.~To cut an extremely long story short, Me and a good friend of mine used to go to a friends bar where he had started karaoke, and after many many pushes, I went to go sing. Nervous as hell, I sang "One" from ~U2~,I think I did a good job for my first time. My friend freaked out because he thinks I do them really good.(they r my favourite band)Well I asked the Kj who the company was that made the song because it was really good, He told me soundchoice, and from then on to this day I have followed soundchoice. I have noticed that they are really good in making the instrumentals. Keep it real Soundchoice!!!!!
As far as the forum goes, One of my karaoke buddies told me about the soundchoice site and I found the forum from there!!
I have to start buying Cd's though, I go by what the Kj's have. My host keeps up to date with the releases which is good,but then again I would like to start my own collection.They're just to expensive!!
This is an easy one. I saw the URL on the big screen at the end of a song, wrote it down on a napkin, logged on and have been lurking here ever since.
Posts: 79 | From: Portland, Oregon USA | Registered: Mar 2000
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Was looking for the Soundchoice website, saw the messageboard. Being the chatty typy person I am I jumped at the chance to post n stuff here
Posts: 74 | From: N.W., B.C. Canada | Registered: Mar 2000
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hmmm, There were big discs with pictures (Pioneer) and small discs (DK) with just the words. I wanted some of the songs from the big discs since the place I went to switched back to the small ones - I found the songs on the small discs by Pioneer. I was so excited they even had ones I hadn't seen.
I spent a lot of time looking for a player and they told me I could have a free disc, I did not know I had to pick it from certain discs - after all there were just two sets of music to my knowledge. I found a disc I wanted by a new label Sound Choice that had songs I really wanted so I picked that 8122 I also ended up with a U-Best laser. When I went back to see about more I saw a list of upcoming releases - wow 8148 looked like the most wonderful set of music I could hope for - but I had to wait for what felt like ever, arg. I got it and wow, could not wait for the new releases. And I've been like that ever since.
As to finding the board this is the second one I ran into - it was different before. I found out from the mailings they sent me. I also ordered a free disc (8300) from them that was advertized on a front cover.
It feels like ancient history. But 8148 is still my favorite disc.
Thanks for posting this topic. This is proving most entertaining and educational for me. This is really neat to see how people found us and made it here to this forum.
I would like to thank everyone personally for all your efforts and activity on this forum. It has proven to be as educational as it has entertaining. I would also like to thank BC for his time to engage with everyone. It has, IMHO, added alot to the discussions.
My first post here was about trying to fix this KJ's system. Every time I gave her an SC disc to put in, it came out muffled. I asked the people about it here, and I got so many helpful and friendly suggestions... it was the "One Touch" button that was doing it. I still go to her place this day, and I always check to see if that button is off before I give her the disc.
Although there's 594 members as of today, if you divide that by the number of states in the U.S., that's only 12 people per state. It seems like it should be quite a bit higher, considering the URL is on every SC song. I'm sure many singers have access to the internet, so I wondering why they haven't been here? I was trying to figure out if it was a lack of interest, lack of knowledge, or maybe the link to the SoundBoard is not very obvious from the SC home page. Don't know... but I'm starting to secretly track the number of members every month to see how it grows . It definately has come a long way since I first got here.
I also posted the topic to try to discover the source of where people come from. The consulting company I work for in California has no tracking system to where our clients came from. I tried to implement one, but it's hard for me to personally collect that information. They're mainly from conferences/expositions, referrals, product sales, mailings, etc. It's hard to focus on marketing tactics if we don't know what's effective or not.
Anyway, I'd also like to thank BC for his time here. It's rare that you find an administrator or rep from a company post and reply to messages on their company's forums/bulletin boards on a regular basis. Most companies just let their forums go wild. It's also nice to know that someone's actually listening to you...
People will sit and read but not post. I know of a number of people here in Mobile, that read JOLT but never post. Many people like to read but are timid about becoming involved with issues or "strangers". I have been active in local politics and organizations so I meet no strangers, but many people are shy. That is human nature as you would see in any high school or college public speaking coarse.
Surprisingly many people are still newly finding karaoke. I know I had to fight hard to get people here to understand that karaoke was not for losers in some dive bar who couldn't sing. I have taken karaoke to any event and venue that uses music. I have done complete wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsal parties, riverboat cruise, children's karaoke shows,formal Mardi Gras Balls, SPCA benefit, Southeastern regional Bridge club Convention, numerous private parties and events, etc. KJ's whatever a band and DJ can do karaoke can do!
Sound Choice-THANK YOU for giving people singers and KJ's the opportunity and place to discuss CIVILY online in your forum, it benefits us all to compare notes by sharing information. This helps not only you but us all as well.
I can't remember exactly how it was I stumbled across the forum. I know I used to check the SC website out, along with a number of other manufacturer's sites. I used to read JOLT, but found it got too big to keep up with.
I'd also like to remind Grateful that his stats are a little off, as some of us regular posters are from outside the US. It would be interesting to know how many countries are represented on the Board.
I also agree with Debra that the number of registered users doesn't accurately reflect the popularity of the Board. I have received email from people that have read something I have posted about, but they don't want to post themselves.
Hello All! I first found the board a few years ago when it was still in it's baby stages. It has taken on an entirely different look since then. I simply came to the SC website to search for the song "Ray of Light" by Madonna, saw that it hadn't been produced by SC yet (and still has not from what I can tell... hint hint) So, I went to the BB and posted a request for that song. Funny, I received an email from someone else on the BB who said she wanted the very same song! Her and I have been communicating via email and ICQ ever since! We still want "Ray of Light" ya know! Thanks for such a great forum! Diane's waste of cyberspace
------------------ Life is what happens while you're making other plans ~John Lennon
Back in 1995 I was KJ'ing every Monday. I always was the type of KJ wanting to supply the songs to the people "they really want to sing". I didn't make it at that venue, though (I used their system and discs), but I talked to the owner of our Karaoke store who came by from time to time to sell the newest releases to the (a little senile) bar owner, and he said to me "I'll sell him the whole DK library, and then some additional products". When I asked what he meant, he said, "Sound Choice". That, however, was when SC had under 100 disks in their library, and DK was at about DKG-86. However, until today, that venue doesn't have a single SC disc, only the whole DK library, all German disks (laser and CD+G), some Sunfly CD+G's, and some obscure lasers.
In 1998, when I started surfing the Internet, the first thing I did was searching for songs on Karaoke. Since I'd seen message boards on such sites at "Dave's Classics" (emulation of old viedo games), I thought there might be some Karaoke boards too. So, using a search engine, I first stumbled onto Rockin' Rebecca's board, where I heard of J.O.L.T. After I'd been there for some months, I heard of the opening of the SoundBoard there... so I got here too.
It's always interesting to find out about people's "first time" experiance!
About 6 years ago, I first started doing karaoke by accident. I've always liked to sing (in Middle School and College Choir)and I got hookwinked into going into a bar with my brother that happened to have karaoke that night. After I did my first song I was hooked when the audiance applauded and came up afterwards and told me how good I was. Well, this venue had just your basic Pioneer laser set and a few SC discs. About a year later I found another venue that had TONS of SC discs that had songs on them that boggled my mind. Another year passed when, by chance I was lamenting to a friend that I wish the songs MEXICAN RADIO and TURNING JAPANESE were in the book. About a month later, in the new pages, those tittles appeared (on the same disc no less with a bunch of other killer tunes) and it was at that point I knew I had to OWN that disc...of course that was after I found out that just regular people like myself could buy those items. I found out where to buy discs here locally and got myself a copy and everything snowballed from there on.
Well, it would be a few more years until I got internet access. I never even thought about looking into seeing if there was a website for SC until one day it came to me in a flash. I went to WEBCRAWLER and put in the name Sound Choice and came up with a link to the site. I remember never posting in areas besides the REQUEST page and it wouldn't be until the first site change (to the Ultimate Bulletin Board) that I started to in other areas. I think I've been active on the board for about 2 years now. I've seen 3 (I believe) total site changes since then and things have just gotten better.
Now, this brings up a question that only the "very old timers" and Rodney can answer...
Originally, was the Sound Choice webpage in a "text only" format? I seem to remember this being so but it's been so long ago I can't be sure. It could have been possible that I was accessing the internet via a text browser at the time but I seem to remember a "no-graphic" interface.
I basically found out about Sound Choice from buying my first karaoke machine and cds from our local karaoke dealer. Found the web site a couple of years ago from thier catalog and that is how I found the sound board.
Of course I read post for a very long time before I actually became active with it. I got to admit, there is a lot of interesting topics and replies in this forum!
I also saw the address while singing and checked out the site. I didn't discover the sound board for a while but once I I did I saw that these people got some smarts and I want to get me some too. I asked a question and got some personal e-mails got directed into the archives where I got more info and was helped quite a bit. It's tough to talk to people in town it seems like we are enemys and every one is trying go stay on top of everyone else. Here we are all scattered and everybody seems free to share their knowledge. Bob
Posts: 139 | From: Spokane WA usa | Registered: Jan 2001
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Hello all- I just discovered you a few wekks ago! I recently bought out a Karaoke Host who was retiring from the business. I was working for him for about 8 years when he decided to hang it up. So, not wanting to lose my second job, I bought him out "for a song" so to speak.
He had not upgraded or purchased any new music in about a year and a half before I took over (7 months ago). It was time to spend a little scratch and do right by the people who had been asking for new music. I still play the same bar that I always worked in, so it has now been 11 years in the same location for this company- now just under new ownership. Sound Choice ROCKS for selection and the always annoying habit of most companies to put 1 new song in with a group of other standards that everyone has had for the past 10 years. This really helps stretch the spending money and get more bang for the buck. I hope to speak with more of you on other threads as well and hopefully become a "constructive" member.
Posts: 2 | From: Schenectady, NY USA | Registered: Feb 2001
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this is an easy one...."Diane, Diputs, and RC the DJ" would always sit around our table and talk about some of the topics on the Sound Choice Forum...so I checked it out!
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I have been singin off SC for years, but just recently came to the Board. I usually don't waste the time and effort of BB's and NG's, but this is one of my biggest interests, so it is worthwhile. What I hate is that after I order SC, pay the exchange, duty, S & H, blah blah blah, it works out to be twice as much or more, than the US prices. It's worth it, but it sucks. I hate paying the price to be Canadian sometimes......
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Posts: 5 | From: New Westminster Bc Canada | Registered: Feb 2001
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Rosie, the solution is to buy in Canada. It still costs more than US prices, but not near double. I pay $56 CDN for a SC Spotlight disc at my local store (after tax). There are many online Canadian retailers, if you don't have a store in your neck of the woods. If you feel you need to order from a US store, save up and buy several discs at once. You shouldn't be getting nabbed for duty on CD's, however you might have to pay sales taxes (and a nice Canada Post service fee to pay taxes). It's a random thing. I just ordered 3 discs from Buffalo, and they were delivered to my house. Last time I ordered from them, I had to pick them up at the post office and pay tax.
and a phone number for a place in Vancouver I got from another forum. The TV Guy 604-581-9101
The Canadian distributor of Sound Choice is a company in Toronto called Singer's Choice. Their number is (905) 479-4085. You can try calling them, and seeing if they can tell you any stores closer to you that carry SC products.
Hi All...I've been lurking for a few weeks, decided to introduce myself..My name is Diane, and I'm new to Karaoke...I found this forum while visiting the Sound Choice website...After hearing their arrangements, compared to others out there, I was sold! I've always loved to sing, but I've had a bad case of stage fright my whole life...In the past few months, I've been singing in front of my roomate and friends, and encouraging them to sing as well...We've been having a ball..I'm going to throw a Karaoke party at my house next month, going to try and rid myself of stage fright Maybe one day I'll take the plunge and actually get up on stage at a karaoke bar...Well, first things first..lol Anyway, this is a great forum, glad to be a part of it...
Posts: 5 | From: Gold Canyon, AZ. | Registered: Mar 2001
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I've been checking out new releases for about a year. One day I noticed the soundboard. Sometimes I am not that observant
Posts: 157 | From: Alexandria, VA USA | Registered: Feb 2001
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Add one more "On-screen CDG advertisement" SC #2076, the venue just down the street from me didn't have "Play that Funky Music" so I bought it...Spent 7 months lurking occasionally, till I felt that I actually had something to say.
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