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You're fucked, pretty much. Every one of those 'Karaoke filters' on any music/audio program or even hardware has never worked very well. The human vocal range is too hard for them to filter out completely. And if you do manage to get the thing to work, it'll probably work too well, ie making the song sound like it's missing something as well.
what does layer III mean? i always thought it meant that three different sounds were together synchronized on one file. if so there has to be software to seperate and elminate one or more. then again my assumption is likely wrong... couldnt find out anything when i googled it.
It's not an exact science though; the vocal removal software is based on the assumption that the lead vocals are mixed in the middle of the stereo channels. Some songs mix vocals differently though and some effects (reverb or chorus) on the vocals make is harder. Also, MP3 compression makes it pretty hard to isolate and remove vocals.
Borrow a friend's Sega CD, they read CD+G discs for karaoke use and all you have to do is plug a microphone into your stereo. It's a well kept secret. Nobody owned a Sega CD nor CD+G discs! Plug it into your TV and go - plenty of people have them in attics, borrow it and save a few bucks.
That's the only somewhat "common" household device I know of that can do karaoke.