Lyrics display quality can be effected by
a number of factors, however the two most frequent contributors to
poor and/or scrambled lyrics display are dirty/scratched discs and
poor quality CDROM reading device.
To optimize Lyrics Display quality be sure all CD+G discs are
CLEAN and SCRATCH FREE before ripping
Computer CDROM drives are FAR more sensitive to smudges, scratches
etc., than conventional CD+G audio players. Therefore it is
IMPORTANT that you clean the disc(s) before ripping.
You can clean a dirty/smudged CD+G easily with any on-the-market
cleaning kits or basic rubbing alcohol. But avoid using abrasives,
solvents, or highly acidic cleansers. And use a soft, lint-free
cloth, and wipe gently in a straight line from the center of the
disc, out. This will avoid any potential scrapes from interrupting
with the circular path of the signal.
Removing Scratches on a CD+G
With scratches, it is not the actual data section of the disc that
is damaged; it is the clear coating that protects the data section
of the disc that has become damaged. Thus, the scratch is
interfering with the path that the laser must travel through to
get to the information. To fix this, you can repair the disc by
either filling the scratch with an optical material, or polishing
down the scratch to remove it. There are many commercial products
designed to help you do this, but you can also use a polishing
compound, or even toothpaste to get the trick done. Just make sure
you do not create any new scratches while you remove the old ones
by polishing in straight lines away from the center.
Poor Quality CDROM devices
Although many CDROM drives advertise CD+G ripping capabilities,
few due it well. For this reason we highly recommend the Plextor
PX-716 (Internal) and PX-716UF (External)
CDROM drives. These drives have exhibited excellent quality and
speed, and are the de facto standard among the Karaoke community.