Why You Probably Use Autotune and I Don’t

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This blog post is about why you probably use autotune and I don’t.

I don’t use autotune. I know, it’s a little bit weird for me to say that because most people do nowadays. It seems like everyone in the music industry is using autotune these days and there are some who think that unless you’re using autotune, your music just isn’t good enough. They believe that all of today’s mainstream hits would sound better if they were tuned with an auto-tune plugin on their DAWs (digital audio workstations).

But I won’t use autotune. And you know what? It’s not because the mainstream artists are using it and I’m just too stubborn to go along with the times. There’s a reason why they’re all jumping on this bandwagon, but for me, it doesn’t make sense at all. Let me tell you why…

But first, let’s understand what auto-tune does to a song. Autotune basically adjusts the singer’s voice so that it stays on a key by correcting for flat notes or sharp notes throughout an entire performance of a track (or while they sing live). It essentially smoothes out your vocal line in real-time as you’re singing through the song so that everything sounds perfect with no pitch imperfections at all – even if you can’t hit some of those really high falsetto notes! That means if you have any little mistakes like forgetting lyrics, having lisping problems, or just wavering between different pitches from word to word, autotune will correct that for you.

But as much as I love using it to make my voice sound closer to how I think a professional singer should be, there are some fundamental problems with the way that auto-tune is used in today’s music industry…

A lot of people find it hard to understand why they would use this technology when other vocal effects exist specifically for creating “old school” sounding vocals … which can often be more desirable than those created by artificial means. Some people say this produces an unnatural and robotic effect on their performance while others say it makes them sound like something from outer space! And even though we might not always notice these things consciously, they have been shown through research studies – especially those done on a subconscious level – that these kinds of effects can actually change how we perceive the emotion of the music overall.

The same research shows us that those who are unaccustomed to auto-tune may experience some kind of cognitive dissonance when they hear it for the first time, which in turn leads them to feel as if something is wrong with what’s being heard and even causes their skin to crawl or sweat!

Having said all this, I still like using autotune from time to time because sometimes you just want to see your voice sound close enough in pitch and tone so that you don’t have any problems singing along with someone else live on stage. The other reason why people might use it is when they’re a DJ and want to mix in some effects from their voice.

Autotune, like any tool, should not be used as an excuse for poor singing or musical skills! People who can sing well will always sound better without autotune than those who cannot – but nevertheless, sometimes the software comes in handy if you just need something that’ll help take care of your vocal pitch so that it’s more accurate on stage. But what about all these young artists using autotune exclusively? What are we teaching them by letting this happen? Do you think there could come a day where no one sings live?

The other reason why people might use it is when they’re a DJ and want to mix in some effects from their voice. But even then, I’m a purist – you should always start with the original sound in my opinion.

If You Weren’t Successful With Autotune Yet, Here’s Why:

It doesn’t work on every voice. It is an excellent tool for someone who can sing well but not so much if they have sloppy or rough singing skills and it makes them sound worse than before. If you want to use it successfully make sure your vocal pitch is accurate when recording yourself first because autotune will correct mistakes only within its range of hearing which means that it won’t help out those singers whose natural frequency isn’t tuned in time with the software itself.”

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By Komal Joshi

General twitter scholar. Internet junkie. Proud problem solver. Zombie nerd. Music buff. Friendly organizer. Hardcore communicator.

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