Something caught my eye while passing the Vocopro booth at NAMM 2016. It was the All-U Karaoke mic and its counterpart, the All-U Karaoke FM mic. The FM mic will allow you to broadcast to an empty fm channel on your radio. I felt these had to be put to the test. On opening the package, I noted that both microphones had a decent weight to them, the bodies were cast metal and not plastic. The gold finish and silver slide controls look sharp and I was very impressed with the craftsmanship and quality of both of these microphones. It is suggested that before you use them the first time, you should charge them for 5 hours because of their internal batteries. When fully charged, the All-U Karaoke mic’s red power light will turn off, whereas on the FM model, it actually has a digital frequency/power meter that tells you exactly how far it is charged. Included with the microphones are cables for charging the mic, connecting to your devices and a set of ear buds. The All-U Karaoke mic is a condenser mic and is quite compact and will fit easily in a pocket or a purse for taking your party on the road. The FM model is a dynamic mic and although larger, it comes with a custom carrying case and easily travels.
For testing purposes we used an Android Samsung Note 4, an Apple iPad Mini, and an ASUS ROG laptop. Our source for the media on both devices were Karaoke apps available on the Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store, and streaming Youtube videos.
In our first test, we plugged the All-U Karaoke mic into the sound system in our lounge through the Asus Laptop mic input and were able to run our Karaoke Hosting program and stream Youtube videos singing along with the attached mic. There are 4 sliders on the standard model and 5 on the FM model. They all move very smoothly and control the bass, treble, echo and volume. The 5th slider on the FM model, when plugged into an Android device, will control the volume of that Android device separate from the microphone. Next, using the ipad mini and then the Samsung Note 4, we switched to the FM model. The setup was fast and easy with the included directions and the sound was very full and rich. On the bottom of each mic there are designated IOS and Android connections. On all the tested devices, the sound was very crisp and clear and the echo function adds the right amount of echo to your voice.
In testing the FM model, we were able to adjust the volume coming off of the Note 4 separate from the volume on the mic with the additional slider the FM model has. This feature allows for controlling the volume on both devices from the mic.
After running these tests in the lounge, our next test was hooking them directly to a powered speaker using our own 1/8 stereo to 1/4 adapters. For this test we used a JBL EON610. Both microphones performed better with this setup. There was still plenty of headroom left in the system to really crank the volume. Without using a mixing board, the microphones sound exactly the way you would want them to if you were performing at a karaoke show.
Test 3 Going Mobile
For this test we went on the road! For those of you that are totally into Karaoke, this is for you (and me)! We plugged the All-U Karaoke mic into the car’s AUX port for a ride into the city. Singing through the vehicles sound system sounded very clean without any distortion. The FM model has a Digital Frequency/Power meter on it with which we were able to adjust to connect to an empty fm station on our car stereo. We were singing in no time! Between the effects available on the mics and the cars stereo system, we had a Karaoke lounge on wheels.
Vocopro has a winner here with the All-U Karaoke and All-U FM Karaoke mics for anyone who likes to Karaoke. From the novice just starting out to the seasoned Karaoke pros, this is a great addition to your “gotta have” list. With the apps available for Apple, Android, and the PC, you can access thousands of karaoke tracks and videos online and record your performances to share with family and friends. It is easy to setup and get started. You can take this to your next party, road trip, or just stay at home and sing all night!
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