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Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« on: April 03, 2015, 07:11:55 PM »
Personally, I hate auto-tune. Whether it's really subtle or really obvious, it's really off-putting.

Now, I understand using it when you're experienced with it, and if changing a pitch or two will actually benefit the song. Or, maybe, if you're creating an electronic song, you'll use quite a bit to create an effect.

In what ways can auto-tune be beneficial and in what ways can it be terrible??  ???


Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2015, 08:32:17 PM »
I don't like it at all either. I think it makes songs sound really bad, and like the singer didn't have enough talent in their voice so they had to auto-tune it to make it bearable to listen to (though auto-tune usually isn't). It can benefit a song every here and there if it's subtle or if it's supposed to have that electric feel, as you mentioned. But otherwise, maybe artists should realize when their voice is good enough for music and when it isn't, because auto-tune isn't nice to listen to.

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Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2015, 09:39:53 PM »
I almost always lean towards no because its solely used as a crutch by most artists. If used solely as a musical effect (its original intended purpose), then I think there could be some cool musical ideas that can be created from it. But there's a reason most top 40 artists sound perfect on their record and sound really, really, really, sketchy once you hear them sing live.

It's also frustrating in some ways too because some artists who use auto-tune all the time (T-pain) ACTUALLY can sing. If no one's seen this, its mindblowingly cool and unfortunate that T-pain was pigeonholed into only using auto-tune.


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Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2015, 11:03:39 PM »
Here is the thing about auto-tune. It's not good or bad.

If you can't sing and the robotic style fits your music, use it. If you can't sing and it doesn't.. why are you singing.

I don't see slight vocal correction that bad, but you do lose a bit of "realness" to your music.

It's a very interesting discussion, and with the amount of people who use pitch correction, I don't know if there is a right answer anymore.

Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2015, 08:01:19 AM »
For me of course, there's nothing wrong with an artist using auto-tune. It's their own style and using one doesn't mean your not a good vocalist. We should respect all the artist no matter what genre or gadgets they use to improve their music. After all auto-tune was created to be used right?

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Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2015, 08:04:48 AM »
I personally feel like if you're comfortable using digital samples and digital synths for the complete production of your song, why would you be uncomfortable using auto-tune? A lot of what we do in DAWs is like to music production what autotune is to natural singing...


For me, using VSTs to replace real instruments is the same as using autotune to replace real singers/good singers, and since a good portion of my music is created w/ digital synths / software, I'm completely comfortable saying autotune is acceptable as well.
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Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2015, 01:46:42 PM »
I have never used auto-tune and I don't have any plans to use it in the future either. I just think auto-tune is terrible and so not my thing but that is my own opinion and I respect others who do like it. Auto-tune can be good for some people but it's not for everyone.

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Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2015, 02:15:28 PM »
I personally feel like if you're comfortable using digital samples and digital synths for the complete production of your song, why would you be uncomfortable using auto-tune? A lot of what we do in DAWs is like to music production what autotune is to natural singing...


For me, using VSTs to replace real instruments is the same as using autotune to replace real singers/good singers, and since a good portion of my music is created w/ digital synths / software, I'm completely comfortable saying autotune is acceptable as well.

See, in this manner, auto-tune is acceptable because the kind of music your making actually can make use of that effect. The music you make is based on digital effects. But you can't say that about a majority of artists who actually use auto-tune. Its used as a crutch for an okay voice to seem like their singing in perfect pitch. And that's a problem a lot of pop stars run into with how they sound live as opposed to on their record.

Would you agree that a majority of times auto-tune is in music it really isn't needed if the artist could just sing those lines in tune?

Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2015, 01:19:36 PM »
Personally, I hate auto-tune. Whether it's really subtle or really obvious, it's really off-putting.

Now, I understand using it when you're experienced with it, and if changing a pitch or two will actually benefit the song. Or, maybe, if you're creating an electronic song, you'll use quite a bit to create an effect.

In what ways can auto-tune be beneficial and in what ways can it be terrible??  ???


Well, the one good thing about auto-tune/pitch-correction (for an artist) is that they won't need to spend money on recording time, recording the vocals over and over until perfect! I do also think it can be beneficial when used properly. Recorded music is becoming increasingly more smoothed out and auto-tune can help with that. I also think that auto-tune can be incredibly useful for harmonizing vocals on a recorded track.

Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2015, 09:55:43 PM »
An acquaintance of mine preferred Melodyne. He said it sounded more natural and musical than auto-tune, and it doesn’t eliminate the character of someone’s voice. Used sparingly, it saved a lot of effort and money. However, the key word was sparingly. When artists use pitch correction as a crutch, it does feel like a total swindle.

That said, people like Imogen Heap have done wonderful things with pitch correction for effect. So when the limits are pushed and something new results, it can be a beneficial tool.

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Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2015, 10:13:35 PM »
I don't like it very much. When you boil it down, the human voice is pretty much like any other instrument, say a violin, guitar, or trombone. If you distort that sound too much, or edit it so that it sound electronic, it doesn't sound normal. So when I hear a voice with auto tune, I don't like the sound of it because it doesn't sound natural. Unless you're deliberately trying to make the voice sound electronic for effect (see T-Pain) I wouldn't use it.

Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2015, 02:52:14 PM »
I agree that auto-tune should only be for like party/club/electronic/dance music and nothing else. It gets trashy when it's put in like anything that isn't EDM or Pop. I cannot stand auto-tune and should be used by kids and those who want to make a "fun" song. Not anything that they want to take serious.

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Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2015, 01:44:20 PM »
I am not a fan of auto tune. But for quality purposes, it must be applied. Not everybody is perfect pitch.

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Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2015, 03:59:14 PM »
But for quality purposes, it must be applied. Not everybody is perfect pitch.

Give this man a cookie; seeing as I reluctantly will admit I suffer from cantsinganitis. However, to add to that statement I am about 99% sure I will never perform live, which would have been the deciding factor on whether or not I would actually incorporate it into my tracks. Probably all of us has witnessed some artist live that just sounded, well, like it's not them. Regardless, if said artist is truly convinced that they need it, or that it helps them to achieve a creative aspect THEY wanted to achieve, then I personally feel they have every right to utilize it

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Re: Should You Use Auto-Tune?
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2015, 04:34:45 PM »
I think it adds a cool effect to a song when its not overused.

When people over uses it, it completely ruins the song. Then again some auto tune in songs sounds completely awful.

 So I really think that's based on how you use and where you use it.