NBC New York Reporter Auto-Tunes Her Way to a Hit

It's the voice that matters in the end.

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    As recording technology advances at a furious pace and becomes more accessible, the need for actual talent seems to have decreased.

    From Ke$ha to Indie singer Bon Iver to reality sensations like Rebecca Black and Real Housewife Kim Zolciak, artists across the board are using Auto-Tune -- that handy audio tool that makes even the most dreadful voices sound musical -- and other devices to either stylize or subtly smooth out tracks.

    At The Cutting Room Studios on East Fourth street, master mixers like Anthony "Rocky" Gallo say they can work with just about anything.  Gallo even managed to transform my pitch-less and tone deaf singing voice into something that would rival Britney Spears.

    "We do it all the time," he said.

    Even where there are strong vocals, like with Kris Fuselier of "Gabriel’s Last Breath," an up-and-coming band recording at The Cutting Room Studios, the musical tricks are still needed to an extent in order to record that perfect track.

    "By the time you get to last take, your voice is tired and you need some Auto-Tune," explained Fuselier.

    Still, in the end, it is the voice that matters. The voice is everything, according to David Crafa, the owner of The Cutting Room Studios.

    "Raw talent can’t be replaced," said Crafa.