Our products require a CD+G capable drive in order to Rip or play directly from CD+G disc. CD+G data is stored in the CD subcode area, however today MOST CD-ROM (NOT DVD-ROMs) drives support reading this data. Most drives that do are CD-R or CD-RW burners/recorders. Most DVD drives are NOT, so read the quick notes FIRST.

Quick Notes:

Today all you have to do is look for a drive that supports CD-Text, Karaoke-CD, or DAO-96. These modes are the same information as CD+G information and therefore if this is supported, CD+G discs can be read. This means we are NOT updating this list unless customers provide us drives that work. You just have to read the box or the webpage before you buy under the "supported formats" list noted for every drive on the market. If you are not interested in reading or you simply already have a drive you want to test, the best way is download the trial version of CDG Ripper® 2.0, extract (rip) a track, then use the FREE karaoke player to play the track from the hard-drive - you see graphics EUREKA! otherwise you are SOL and get a better drive.

Full Information:

Due to the large volume of drives on the market, Tricerasoft is unable to test each and every model with our software. When we test a drive that is compatible it is placed on our “Supported CD+G Drives” list. Drives that are untested but are indicated as CD+G compatible by the manufacturer are on our “Additional CD+G Capable Drives” list.

Please remember that if you cannot see your drives and require ASPI (especially for external drives) to do the following: To install ASPI refer to this page for intructions:

ASPI Information Page
TriceraSoft Certified Drives
(These drives have been tested by TriceraSoft and are certified as compatible - See notes)

Manufacturer Model (Write/ReWrite/Read speed) Type Interface Mode
HP 8210e (4/4/6) CD-RW USB HP
Plextor8Plex CD-ROMSCSIPlextor
PlextorPX-W1210TA (12/10/32)CD-RW IDE MMC
PlextorPX-S88TU (8/8/24U) CD-RW USB MMC
Sony CDU611 CD-ROMIDE MMC
Sony CDU511 CD-ROMIDE MMC
Sony DDU220E DVD IDE MMC
Sony CRX110e (4/2/24) CD-RW IDE MMC
Sony CRX160e (12/8/32) CD-RW IDE MMC
Sony CRX700E CD/DVD-RWIDE MMC
Yamaha CRW-4260 (4/2/6) CD-RW SCSIYamaha
Yamaha CRW-4416 (4/4/16) CD-RW SCSIYamaha
Yamaha CRW-2100 (16/10/40) CD-RW IDE Yamaha
Yamaha CRW-2200 (20/10/40) CD-RW IDE Yamaha

Drives That Require Deinterleave (CDG Ripper®, Swift Elite, WinCDG Pro 3)
Manufacturer Model (Write/ReWrite/Read speed) Type Interface Mode
Acer CW5224 CD-RW IDE DeInter.
AOpen CRW5224 CD-RW IDE DeInter.
AOpen CRW5232 CD-RW IDE DeInter.
AOpen DUW1616 DVD-RW IDE DeInter.
ASUS CD-S520 CDIDE DeInter.
CyberDrive CW099D (54-24-52)CD-RW IDE DeInter.
Dynex Dynex DX-ECDRW100 (52-32-52)CD-RW USB2 DeInter.
HP DVD200I DVD-R/CD-RW IDE DeInter.
HP DVD300XI DVD-R/CD-RW IDE DeInter.
NEC NR-7800A CD-RW IDE DeInter.
NEC NR-9300A CD-RW IDE DeInter.
Pioneer A05 DVD-RW/CD-RW IDE DeInter.
Sony CRX300E CD-RW/DVDIDE DeInter.
Sony DW-U12A (DRU-510A)DVD-RW/CD-RWIDE DeInter.
Sony DDU-1621 DVDIDE Deinter.
Lite-ON iHAS124 DVD-RWIDEDeinter.
Lite-ON LDW-411S DVD-RWIDEDeinter.
Lite-ON LH-18A1P DVD-RWIDEDeinter.
Lite-On LTR-24102B (5GS4)CD-RW IDE DeInter.
Lite-On LTC-48161H CD-RW/DVD IDE DeInter.
Lite-On LTR-48126S 2QS5CD-RW IDE DeInter.
Lite-On LTR-52327S CD-RW IDE DeInter.
Lite-On XJ-HD166S DVD IDE DeInter.
Lite-On SHW-160P6S DVD+/-RW IDE DeInter.
Lite-On SOHW-812S DVD+/-RW IDE DeInter.
Lite-On SOHW-1213S DVD+/-RW IDE DeInter.
Lite-On SOHW-1673S DVD+/-RW IDE DeInter.
TDK TDK 5200E CD-RW (Ext) IDE DeInter.
TEAC VDW285-VT DVD-RW IDE DeInter.
Toshiba SD-C2612 DVD IDE DeInter.
Toshiba SD-R2312 CD-RW/DVD IDE DeInter.
Toshiba SD-R2412 CD-RW IDE DeInter.
Toshiba SD-R6572M DVD-RW IDE DeInter.
QSI SDR-081 (not reliable)DVD IDE DeInter.
QSI SWR-242CD-RW/DVD IDE DeInter.

Links: HP (Recorders) , Panasonic (Storage) , Plextor (USA) , Sony (Storage) , TDK (Velocd) , Yamaha (Recorders)


Customer-Tested/Submitted
(These drives have NOT been tested by TriceraSoft and are not certified, but have been reported as compatible by our users)

Manufacturer Model Type Interface Mode
AOpen 1648/AAP DVDIDEMMC
HP 8100 CD-RWIDEHP
Buslink DBW-1688-U2 DVD+RWUSBDeInter.
HP 8200i CD-RWIDEMMC
HP 8250i CD-RWIDEHP
HP 9150 CD-RWIDEHP
HP 9300 CD-RWIDEMMC
HP 9500 CD-RWIDEHP
HP 6216 DVD-RWIDEDeinter.
LG GWA-4082N DVD-RWSlimDeinter.
Lite-On DH-52C2P08C CD-RW/DVDIDEDeinter.
Memorex 3252AJ (QW56) CD-RWIDEDeinter.
MSI CR488-A2 CD-RWIDEMMC
NEC ND-1300A DVD-RWIDEDeInter.
NEC ND-3520A DVD-RWIDEDeInter.
PanasonicCW-7502 CD-R ? ?
PBDS DS-8W1P DVD+-RW/CD-RWIDE MMC
PioneerDVD-120 DVD IDE DeInter
PioneerDVD-K16 DVD IDE DeInter
Plextor PX-W8432T CD-RW? Plextor
Plextor PX-W102TU CD-RWUSBPlextor
Plextor PX-320A PlexCombo DVD/CD-RWIDEMMC
Plextor PX-W241040ACD-RWIDEMMC
Plextor PX-W4012TU PlexWriterCD-RWUSBMMC
Plextor PX-W4824TA/SWCD-RWIDEMMC
Plextor PX-W4824TU PlexWriter CD-RWUSBMMC
Plextor PX-W5224TA PlexWriter CD-RWIDEMMC
Plextor PX-708UF (Ext) DVD+-R/CD-RWIDEMMC
Plextor PX-712A DVD+-RW/CD-RWIDE MMC
Plextor PX-716AL DVD+-RW/CD-RWIDE Deinter.
Plextor PX-716US DVD+-RW/CD-RWIDE MMC
Plextor PX-750A DVD+-RW/CD-RWIDE MMC
Plextor PX-760A DVD+-RW/CD-RWIDE MMC
QSI SBW-241CD-RW/DVD IDE MMC
Samsung (External)SE-T084MDVD-RWUSBDeinter.
Sony DRU-710A DVD-RWIDE Deinter.
Sony DW-D22A DVD-RWIDE Deinter.
Sony CRX-100e CD-RWIDE MMC
Sony CRX-140e CD-RWIDE MMC
TDK VeloCD 12/10/32CD-RWIDEMMC
Teac CD-W58E CD-RWIDEMMC
Toshiba SD-R2212 DVD/CD-RWIDEDeInter.
Yamaha CRW-8424E CD-RWIDEYamaha
Yamaha CRW-6616 CD-RWIDEYamaha
Yamaha CRW-3200 CD-RWIDEYamaha
Yamaha CRW-F1 CD-RWIDEMMC

Note: Avoid Iomega Drives that claim to support CD+G.

There are other drives that will work, however only those above have been tested at the time this was written. Most Yamaha and Plextor drives are compatible, as are some Sony, HP, and Panasonic models. Please check the Tricerasoft support page for the latest list. This list will be updated as other drives are tested. Check below for additional drives that MAY be compatible but have not currently been tested.

Additional CD+G Compatible Drives

Although we have not tested the following drives we believe that they may be capable of ripping from CD+G disc. We do not guarantee that these drives will work with our software however most of the drives below are OEM’d from the manufacturers listed above and in some cases are identical drives except for minor firmware changes. If you have a drive listed below and it works for you please contact us.

Manufacturer Model(s)
A-OpenCRS446U
Creative Labs 8432E, RW121032E
Hewlett Packard7500, 8100, 8200, 8200a, 8250i, 9100, 9150, 9300
Iomega ZIP CD ZIPCD3840INTA
JCCOM JCD1622RW, JCD1642RW, JCD64RW
Lite-On Most of the Drives
Memorex CDRW2216, CDRW4416, CRW2642
Micro SolutionsBackpack CDREWRITER4A
NEC NR7500A
Panasonic CW-7502
Philips PCA460RW
Plextor PXS88T, PXW1210A, PXW124T, PXW1610A, PXW2410A, PXW4010A, PXW8432T
Quanta SCW081
Sony CRX100E, CRX10U, CRX110E, CRX120E, CRX130E, CRX140E, CRX145E, CRX145RP, CRX500E, CRX510E, CRX700E
TDK VeloCD CDRW8432, CDRW121032
Waitec WT3284
Wearnes CDRW1622, CDRW1622e, CDRW1642, CDRW1642e, CDRW1688, CDRW642, CDRW642e
Yamaha CDR401, CDR401t, CRW3200, CRW4261, CRW6616, CRW8424E

Other Drive Lists

TriceraSoft is unable to test every drive on the market for CD+G compatibility, however you may find information on other sites, such as CD Burner software, or other Karaoke software sites. Below are a few sites you might want to check when trying to find a compatible drive. Remember that many drives are manufactured and new models are always being released and old models discontinued... If you cannot specifically test the drive with our software before purchasing it make sure your dealer has a good replacement or exchange policy. Click on the [info] link for drive info!

Laptop Computer Notes

If you have a laptop computer you may be interested in connecting an external CD reader to the laptop to create a nice portable Karaoke solution. Some newer laptops even have video outputs that allow you to connect to a TV or projector. If your laptop has a CD+G compatible drive already built in you are in luck, otherwise you will want to add an external drive. The following are possible ways to hook up a CD-ROM reader or recorder to your laptop:

  • Parallel Port - Usually too slow. Not recommended.
  • PC Card - Could be a special interface or some type of IDE variant. Unkown.
  • SCSI PC Card - Very good. Recommended in conjunction with Yamaha or Plextor drive.
  • USB - Okay. HP8210e is the only USB drive we have tested as compatible. There are USB to IDE enclosures that would allow you to use any of the supported IDE drives on the list.
  • USB2 - Good potential. This is a new standard to compete with Firewire. It is much faster than USB but is very new. USB2 compatible equipment and interfaces are just now becoming available.
  • Firewire - Very New/Fast. This could be the one to get in the future.

We are in the process of testing some of these solutions and we will be posting positive results as they are found. So far the following has been tested as CD+G compatible:

Note: External enclosures were tested with a Plextor 12/10/32A IDE drive but should also work with any CD+G compatible IDE drive on our list.

NEWS!... Plextor now has a slimline USB2 CDRW drive available that should be compatible! Check it out here.

Please e-mail supportagents@tricerasoft.com if you have information on other CD+G compatible drives or solutions!

General Notes:

  • Most Yamaha Recorders are compatible.
  • Most Plextor drives are compatible (A Plextor is most recommended as a reliable CD+G reader drive).
  • Some HP Recorders are compatible (8100 series and higher).
  • If a drive is listed as CD-Text compatible it MAY also support CD+G.
  • This list is not complete. If a drive is not listed it does not mean it IS or IS NOT compatible, only that is has not yet been tested.
  • Please refer to manufacturer's drive specifications for more info.
  • TriceraSoft can not guarantee certified drives will work under all conditions on all systems!
Suggestions:

Visit the Nero.com website and download the "Nero Infotool". This tool will help to assess the features of your drives including installed components. Look for CD+G as part of the capabilities listed.

Known Issues:

  • We are unable to read the Sony drives capabilities page and thus the drive will appear incompatible though the drive may still be compatible, you will need to test the drive.
  • Yamaha drives may not clearly read the CD+G data, this is either due to the drive or the ASPI driver. If updating your ASPI driver to the latest version does not clear up the bad data then the drive may be unreliable for CD+G playback
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