LRC (file format)

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Lyrics
Filename extension .lrc

LRC is a computer file format that synchronizes song lyrics with an audio file, such as MP3, Vorbis or MIDI. When an audio file is played with certain music players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the song lyrics are displayed. The lyrics file generally has the same name as the audio file, with a different filename extension. For example, song.mp3 and song.lrc. The LRC format is text-based and similar to subtitle files.

Formats[edit]

Simple format[edit]

Simple LRC format was introduced by Kuo (Djohan) Shiang-shiang's Lyrics Displayer. It was one of the first programs, if not the first, that attempted to simulate Karaoke performance. It usually displays a whole line of lyrics, but it is possible to display a word at a time, such as one would see in modern Karaoke machines, by creating a time tag for each word rather than each line.

The Line Time Tags are in the format [mm:ss.xx] where mm is minutes, ss is seconds and xx is hundredths of a second.

  • Normal example:
[00:12.00]Line 1 lyrics
[00:17.20]Line 2 lyrics
[00:21.10]Line 3 lyrics
...
[mm:ss.xx]last lyrics line

ID Tags may appear before the lyrics,[1] although some players may not recognize or simply ignore this.[citation needed]

[ar:Lyrics artist]
[al:Album where the song is from]
[ti:Lyrics (song) title]
[au:Creator of the Songtext] [length:How long the song is] [by:Creator of the LRC file]
[offset:+/- Overall timestamp adjustment in milliseconds, + shifts time up, - shifts down]
[re:The player or editor that created the LRC file]
[ve:version of program]
  • Example with ID tags:
[ar:Chubby Checker oppure  Beatles, The]
[al:Hits Of The 60's - Vol. 2 – Oldies]
[ti:Let's Twist Again]
[au:Written by Kal Mann / Dave Appell, 1961]
[length: 2:23]

[00:12.00]Naku Penda Piya-Naku Taka Piya-Mpenziwe
[00:15.30]Some more lyrics ...
...

Simple format extended[edit]

Available only in Walaoke from Walasoft. The ability to change and specify the gender of the lyrics by using M: Male, F: Female, D: Duet.

  • Example:
[00:12.00]Line 1 lyrics
[00:17.20]F: Line 2 lyrics
[00:21.10]M: Line 3 lyrics
[00:24.00]Line 4 lyrics
[00:28.25]D: Line 5 lyrics
[00:29.02]Line 6 lyrics

Let's say we use blue for male, red for female and pink for Duet. Line 1 using the default color (blue) when no tag is found. Line 2 lyrics start with red when F: is found. Line 3 lyrics start with blue when M: is found. Line 4 lyrics stays blue when no tag is found. Line 5 lyrics start with pink when D: is found. Line 6 lyrics stays pink when no tag is found.

Enhanced format[edit]

Enhanced LRC format is an extension of Simple LRC Format developed by the designer of A2 Media Player. It adds an extra Word Time Tag in the format: <mm:ss.xx>.

Example of an Enhanced LRC file:

[mm:ss.xx] <mm:ss.xx> line 1 word 1 <mm:ss.xx> line 1 word 2 <mm:ss.xx> ... line 1 last word <mm:ss.xx>
[mm:ss.xx] <mm:ss.xx> line 2 word 1 <mm:ss.xx> line 2 word 2 <mm:ss.xx> ... line 2 last word <mm:ss.xx>
...
[mm:ss.xx] <mm:ss.xx> last line word 1 <mm:ss.xx> last line word 2 <mm:ss.xx> ...  last line last word <mm:ss.xx>

Supporting[edit]

Hardware[edit]

  • Meizu's M3 Music Card[2] and M6 Mini Player
  • Creative Labs' MuVo V100
  • Archos 5, when LRC file found with the same name as the song
  • Rockbox compatible devices. See Manual entry
  • Nokia's Symbian devices: "Music Player with lyrics available for selected software versions of Nokia 5800XM, X6 and 5230"
  • Riptunes MP3 Player MP1872
  • Cowon J3 since firmware 2.24
  • Sony NWZ-E353/E354/E355/E463/E475 Walkman. Serie S Tablet (With an embeded music player based on Android)
  • Transcend t-sonic330 mp3 player
  • Caanoo, when LRC file found with the same name as the song
  • GP2X Wiz, when LRC file found with the same name as the song
  • E-Great HD Media Player. Model: S100.
  • TEAC MP-222, when LRC file found with the same name as the song

Software[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

LRC interpreters

LRC Generators

  • LRCgenerator Online LRC files generator
  • LRC Windows application to create and edit LRC text files

Lyrics Server Database

  • Lyrics For You, a new Russian web-site with LRC's
  • Portal LRC, a Brazilian lyrics web site with over 3000 LRC's
  • Lyricsfly API, database of lyrics with REST XML API access
  • Tutorial - Creating lyrics using LRC Editor
  • Lrceditor-Amarok, a GNU/Linux lrc editor against Amarok
  • Amalyp II, a plug-in for Amarok 2 for playback of LRC files and allows to create your own

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mobile-mir.com/en/HowToLRC.php
  2. ^ Meizu: M3 Music Card
  3. ^ http://wiki.getnightingale.com/doku.php?id=add-ons#mlyrics
  4. ^ lrcShow-X in kdeapps.org
  5. ^ StepMania: Song Lyrics - LRC Format
  6. ^ KaraFun Player.