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Slightly off-tune singing
« on: April 24, 2015, 09:35:22 PM »
The auto-tune topic reminded me of a conversation I had not too long ago. We were talking about Lykke Li and what an unconventional decision it was that her producers chose not to use pitch correction on her vocals. I’d barely even noticed. She has a niche voice that could hardly be considered technically perfect anyway, I knew that much, but as I listened more I realized that she does tend to go ever so slightly flat a lot of the time. I wouldn’t have noticed if it hadn’t been pointed out.

If a vocalist is nearly a half-step down (or more *cough* Nicky Wire *cough*), sure I’ll notice, but slight sharpness or flatness tends not to be on my radar at all. So I’m curious, when casually listening to a recording (not in-studio or anything) are you more observant than I am about this sort of thing?

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Re: Slightly off-tune singing
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2015, 10:50:24 PM »
I think it is a big deal for people who can actually hear it. I do have a thing for paying close attention to recordings to find out if he/she is slightly off-tune and I wonder why the producers wouldn't fix that but then again I think maybe they don't hear it? I mean producers should hear it but maybe they think other people won't hear it anyways so they just opt to not do anything.

I don't really know. Maybe it really depends on the person and their listening abilities? But I'm really sensitive with those so I notice those immediately.

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Re: Slightly off-tune singing
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2015, 05:31:22 AM »
Those people need a lot of ear training if they have major pitch problems. But not all people are perfect pitch, so it's okay to use auto-tune once in a while for quality purpose.

Re: Slightly off-tune singing
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2015, 09:21:07 AM »
I definitely think that having trained ears are a part of becoming a really great singer. I tend to be observant in that area as well. I notice when some keys are slightly off and I just can tell because I immediately react by saying "ooh" or "whoa" in a way that says "that doesn't sound right." I notice it within myself as well because I'm so conscious about how I sound.

Re: Slightly off-tune singing
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2015, 04:34:45 AM »
The auto-tune topic reminded me of a conversation I had not too long ago. We were talking about Lykke Li and what an unconventional decision it was that her producers chose not to use pitch correction on her vocals. I’d barely even noticed. She has a niche voice that could hardly be considered technically perfect anyway, I knew that much, but as I listened more I realized that she does tend to go ever so slightly flat a lot of the time. I wouldn’t have noticed if it hadn’t been pointed out.

If a vocalist is nearly a half-step down (or more *cough* Nicky Wire *cough*), sure I’ll notice, but slight sharpness or flatness tends not to be on my radar at all. So I’m curious, when casually listening to a recording (not in-studio or anything) are you more observant than I am about this sort of thing?
That is an interesting decision and a brave one considering how much pitch correction is normally used within the industry, there are some artists that sound like seals live but on their CD's they are completely in tune (I didn't say Katy Perry) I notice a quite a bit but not all of the time.