Ol' Blue Screen

New software lets anyone sing like Sinatra or compose like Mahler. But do we really want computers that make country-and- western stars croon on key?

Will music be dead?
Matt Donner, a salesman for Cutting Edge Audio, a SOMA distributor of AutoTune and other such devices, doesn't think so. "There's really no substitute for getting a slamming performer and hitting it right the first time." Or as the S.F. Conservatory of Music's Greenberg suggests: "It's still shit in, shit out."

Don't tell that to Tomassian. He and Soul Candy are hitting the road.
"I tell you, I feel pretty good, as a vocalist, taking my wares to wherever I want to go," he says. "Even if this band doesn't work out, with this little bit of profes-sionalism, I might be able to take it to the next level.

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