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Auto-Tune or Out-of-Tune - Which is better?

Posted by SimonSlick on Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Dirty Harry once advised that "A man's got to know his limitations." That admonition is very applicable to musicians - and especially singers.

Recently on a forum thread that I started, one poster made the comment that he did not care for auto-tune. The forum thread had nothing to do with digital recording or vocal alteration, so I took it as a not-so-subtle criticism of the fact that I use auto-tune for vocals on songs I have recorded and posted. The only reason I record vocal tracks at all is that it allows me to record, mix, and produce 100% of the song without having to bring in a singer, assuming I want to do something other than instrumentals.

Knowing my vocal limitations, I opt to use auto-tune software for the vocal tracks. It is certainly more pleasant than vocals that are out of tune, which mine likely would be without it.

Bad vocals can ruin an otherwise great performance / recording. A commonly heard complaint about bluegrass and old time music is, "I like the music. I just don't like the singing." Here's a link to an example.

TC-Helicon has several products available, some as inexpensive as $130.00, that can assist someone who needs or wants to sing, but is not able to sing in tune. 


Of course, the ideal is a singer who sings in tune. For those of us who struggle to do so, I suggest that auto-tune is better than out-of-tune.



3 comments on “Auto-Tune or Out-of-Tune - Which is better?”

billyboms Says:
Saturday, April 29, 2017 @9:33:16 AM

I thought you were using this effect as a decoration arrangement. However, I believe that you have a beautiful voice and you can sing without such an effect. I like the timbre of your voice. As for the high notes, this is more a matter of technique. You, in the west, have a very developed theory and practice of vocal. There are such teachers and theoreticians as Brett Manning, Katorina Sadoline. So, after a little training, I think you can sing difficult places. I myself sing a little and I was interested in the question of vocal technique. But you find information on this topic easier than me, because of your place of residence and money opportunities.

billyboms Says:
Saturday, April 29, 2017 @9:40:13 AM

On account of getting into the notes, I think it's about training. If you play musical instruments and can adjust them yourself, you can also get into notes, only you need to hear yourself and music.

billyboms Says:
Saturday, April 29, 2017 @10:11:07 AM

There is such a program the 'Melodyne studio 4'. With its help you can put every sound of your voice not only in a note, but also in time. You can cut sounds, do vibrato, glissando. No one will even notice that the voice has been processed. It works just super.

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