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Even off-key singers can cut albums today Meghna Nijhawan

music Updated: Jun 26, 2007 05:18 IST

If you've always been a bathroom singer, now's a good time to open those doors and let the world hear you. And no, you don't need any formal training in singing.

Just sell your idea to a record company. You could soon be cutting your first album. While Rakhi Sawant's album is already in the market, Shekhar Suman's is set to make it to the shelves soon. All this thanks to a technology called ‘pitch correction.'

So how does it work? Says Sangeet Haldipur of the pop band Aasma, "The software, Yamaha Pitch Corrector, can correct notes that are slightly off and unpleasant to the ear. While most singers prefer a re-take, one can also use this software to correct wrong notes."

Isn't this unfair on people who have put in years of training and hardly get any record deals?

"It's not unfair, but the fact remains that technology can make them performers.. not singers," says Abhijeet Sawant, the first Indian Idol.

Jimmy Felix of Aasma says, "It's a painful truth that people with no training become singers and release albums. They come up with sexy videos and become stars overnight". Singer Babul Supriyo says, "It's a joke played on brilliant artistes."

So who's to blame?

Ila Arun believes, "Music companies are ruthless. They just want to cash in on the popularity of overhyped celebrities and ride the wave as long as they can. Promoting real talent is nowhere on their mind."

Music director Ismail Darbar who feels, "It's all about luck. You can't blame the record companies. After all, they're in the business of making profits."