Karaoke is incredibly fun--if you can sing. Actually, it's fun either way, but the vocally challenged among us (myself included) could use a little push to get up on stage. And since you can't hog the mic all night, wouldn't it be nice if other people's crooning magically sounded better too? (Follow CES 2014 live, and get the latest CES news here.)
That's the idea behind Singtrix, a karaoke kit that applies pitch correction and hilarious effects to your voice. Plus, it works with any audio device, and you can use all your own music--it'll helpfully strip out the vocal track so you can belt it out yourself.
The kit also ships with a 2.1-channel, 40-watt speaker, two microphones, and a stand with attachments to hold your phone or tablet, as well as the Singtrix studio device. This little orange gizmo lets you adjust the volume of the songs and your vocals, and designate your voice as amateur to pro so it knows how much autotune to apply.
But the best part is the Effects wheel. With the turn of a dial, you can instantly make your voice sound like Barry White, like a high-pitched munchkin, or even choose the Live Harmony option to split up your voice so it sounds like you're singing in harmony with yourself. That's how our rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" (see video) came out sounding a little more like Queen and a little less like the noise a cat makes when you step on its tail.
My friends and I had a lot of fun playing with Singtrix at CES--I'm not exactly a shrinking flower, but even I would normally be too shy to belt out a song in a huge ballroom full of people. But the delight of hearing myself in harmony with...myself, and the confidence that comes from knowing I couldn't go too far offkey made it just a blast. Throw a party at home with this thing, and your friends will be fighting over the mic.