It's time to step out of the shower and live out your karaoke dreams.
That's what Carlo Franzblau did when he founded Carry-A-Tune Technologies. The company founder has just released a software package for the PC called SingingCoach.
The basic package costs $49.95 and comes with 20 singing lessons and a headset with a built-in microphone. The software includes a vocal analyzer that gives you feedback on your performance as you sing. At the end of each performance, the software calculates and displays a score from 1 to 100.
SingingCoach Unlimited ($99.95) lets you access more than 10,000 MIDI files and lets you create and compose your own songs.
The company is sort of a personal payback for Franzblau after not being able to sing in his summer camp's production of "Bye Bye Birdie" back when he was 13.
The story goes that he got the part of Conrad Birdie (a parody of Elvis Presley) but only if he didn't open his mouth to sing.
As the company says on its Web site, "Every time Carlo started to sing, he was either mobbed by hysterical groupies on stage or in one case, he was 'punched' to prevent his singing."
But revenge is sweet--and even sounds good--now that he has his own business career selling gadgets that help other people learn to sing well.