Musical accompaniment for people who can't sing

by David Spark on January 11, 2009

Can’t sing, but you love karaoke? That probably defines most karaoke performers. Why must WE adjust our pitch to match the music? Why can’t the music adjust to match our horrible singing?

A problem that hasn’t been solved until now with Microsoft’s Songsmith (free to try, $29.95 to buy). The reverse karaoke software program allows you to sing a song about anything, and then listening to your off key warblings the software program will build a song around it, in one of the selected styles.

Check out the hokey video Microsoft Research created or watch Robert Scoble’s interview during CES.

This news item is for the Spark Minute week of 1/12/09 which can be heard daily on Green 960 and 910 KNEW in San Francisco, CA.

  1. Like most Californians, UMG changes its lease with iTunes from yearly to month-to-month
  2. Nothing drives traffic like death threats. Sprint relinquishes music pricing to Apple.
  3. BofA U2 UMG lawsuit. OnStar off in 2008.
  4. Verizon’s DVR. Apple and the Pod people. Kawasaki’s advice.
  5. Post iPhone insanity

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