KAR is the original format of audio files for creating karaoke, which are formed in a variety of software systems. It has the ability to save not only MIDI file data, but also lyrics. The KAR format is part of the .midi extension. In most cases, they are used as a source for adding special text to regular MIDI files, and they also differ from the Karaoke file. After all, there is no additional track with words that are synchronized with the main melody according to certain algorithms. As a rule, in order to realize the vocal part, you must apply the first track. For a stream of words, a second track is used. This file extension can be obtained using specialized software. But not only. It can also be created using MIDI keyboards that are connected to computer hardware. If there are appropriate plugins, then you can open the KAR file using the Media Player traditional for the Windows operating system. Anyone using the Mac OS platform can play KAR files in the Mireth Technology Music Man karaoke application. But the universal option for this pair of systems is PG Music Band-in-a-Box. This software is the most popular among analogues. Together with the .KAR extension, they sometimes provide reference data on where audio catalogs and item metadata associated with audio tracks are located. It is also possible that there is information about the artist and about the albums.
MKA is an audio container format. It supports some types of audio compression algorithms. The .mka file extension belongs to the Matroska format (Matröška, Matryoshka). Thus, it serves to specifically designate the file type "Matroska Audio File" (Matroska Audio File). Matroska is an open cross-platform standard. It is a modern extensible multimedia container format. It is error resistant. It is suitable for streaming HTTP / RTP. Supports multiple subtitle tracks, audio, video. The Matroska standard is supported in the native mode by many software players and hardware devices, including, for example, receivers, televisions, smartphones, etc. A .mka file is a regular Matroska container that has one or more audio tracks. They are encoded by any of the supported codecs. In most cases, AAC and AC3 (Dolby Digital) codecs are used. Playing a .mka file needs the support of the standard Matroska container format. But not only. There must also be a specific audio codec with which the tracks are encoded. Often, MKA files are used as external audio tracks for movies in other languages. Or with other content, or with sound quality. Say multi-channel sound, director’s comments. .Mka audio files are used as containers for high-quality multi-channel music.