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Karaoke, Keeping it quiet

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Looks like Karaoke for flu sufferers
Looks like Karaoke for flu sufferers

Most visitors to Japan have probably tried out Karaoke at some time, whilst those living abroad either have a local version of it or have at least heard of it. It is one of Japan’s great export ideas.

The home Karaoke boom never really took off as strong as the Karaoke box one. Maybe people were worried about making too much noise and disturbing the neighbors. Here is an idea from Japan Trust Technology that keeps your Karaoke super quiet.

JTT are marketing a mute for your Karaoke microphone, that is compatible with the Nintendo Wii machine.

Mute your mike with this handy home device
Mute your mike with this handy home device
The device fits over the microphone and mutes the noise so that the neighbors are not disturbed. It is compatible with Nintendo Wii and also plugs into USB devices.

The working dynamics of the mute microphone
The working dynamics of the mute microphone

And when you are finished using it, you can wash the device for next time. “Clean and Quiet”

keeping it clean is easy
keeping it clean is easy

The mute micophone kit sells for YEN 3,480 and is said to be popular with people buying the Nintendo Wii Karaoke JOYSOUND Wii game.

For those interested, online orders can be made through the Japan Trust Technology website

Japan Trust Technology have a number of other interesting products on their website. The site is only available in Japanese. If you see a product you want to know more about, let me know and I will feature it in a future post.

Photos: All photos above are from the Japan Trust Technology website

  1. sachiko says

    But the whole point of karaoke is to make noise…
    What's the point if you can't hear yourself?

    1. Shibuya246 says

      It does seem to defeat the purpose doesn't it. I guess you can't have it all your own way if you live close to the neighbors. xD

  2. Craig says

    Lol, this is why I love Koreans…they don't mind being loud and annoying with their home karaoke systems….

    The key in Japan is just to build a soundproof/air filtration karaoke/swine flu panic room in your home so that you can both pre-emtively hide from all pandemics and sing fun tunes all in one…

    1. Shibuya246 says

      Sounds great. The noisier the neighbors the easy it would be to get invited round and join in. 🙂

  3. Father_Jack says

    I bought a similar Yamaha critter for my trumpet, with headphones, so I could practice and not wake up the other people in my very old Kyoto apartment.

    1. Shibuya246 says

      Very good idea. I had a friend who built a custom room in their apartment to play the violin. It was expensive, but deemed necessary.

  4. maru says

    This might just solve the problem with thin walled houses..

    Only for karaoke tho.

    1. Shibuya246 says

      nice thinking.

  5. whipcracker says

    Heck, I've got one of the original karaoke machines with the dual cassette decks. Hav e had it for about 15or16 years now. It still works. It also has an AM-FM radio also. At that time you could buy pre recorded tapes and then insert a blank tape and record at the same time.
    My how times and technology have changed. Karaoke has never really caught in here.

    1. Shibuya246 says

      now that goes back a bit. Technology does move at a fast pace doesn't it. 🙂 I was just looking at some technology that can print video to the written page. You will actually be able to the pages of the book and watch the video instead of the photos.

  6. Shannon Barrett says

    I love this idea! I wonder if I can get one in the US?

  7. PeevishGuy says

    LOL, good for noisy kids
    I prefare it unmute ;P

  8. Japanese Words says

    I am actually kind of surprised to see this since I haven't seen many karaoke games.

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