Okay ladies and gentleman . . .
Auto tune is now pretty much the norm (At least in the rap game) and if it makes the song hotter, then I personally don’t give two poops about it. It’s not so common in rock music (Is that still around?) and other genres but in rap, it’s second nature.
Anyways, I’ve been trying to find my ‘rap’ voice so I did some digging around and found this killer tutorial on Antares aka the best Auto tune plugin that ever made.
It starts at about 3:46 and I can assure you, he (Matt) just simplified the whole darn plugin.
Not only will you learn how to use Antares but also learn how to find the key of a song. I use to be so confused when anyone talked about finding the ‘key’ of a song but not anymore.
Enjoy these 2 gems in 1 video.
If you would like to learn more, check out Matt’s website.
For those who don’t know what Autotune is, it basically adds that ‘robotic’ effect to people’s voices. Also known as the T-Pain effect.
History of Autotune
If you’re a professional musician or even just an aspiring guitar player or singer, you’ve probably heard of AutoTune. Maybe you’ve even used it yourself while recording music of your own. Have you ever wondered how this best-selling plugin came to be? Want to know more about the history of this industry-changing technology? I dug up a few facts and anecdotes about the Autotune for your reading pleasure:
- AutoTune was invented by Andy Hildebrand, who previously had worked in the oil industry interpreting seismic data.
- Hildebrand was at a dinner party when a guest asked him to invent a box that would help her to sing in tune.
- After tinkering around for a few months, he created AutoTune in 1996
- Within months, studio engineers has adopted the technology as a trade secret—using it to fix mistakes or flubbed notes because it saved them the expense of extra studio time.
- The first song released to the public that used this technology was Cher’s 1998 hit “Believe.” Interestingly enough, the way the AutoTune plugin was used for that song was not the way Hildebrand intended for it to be used.
- AutoTune has created controversy and has been touted by critics as a tool that is making singers more lazy
How Do You Use the Antares Autotune Plugin?
First, you have to buy a recording program or a DAW. There are many out there, so pick one that’s right for you. Remember, AutoTune is not a program in and of itself. It’s a plugin that you use inside your existing program.
So get a DAW and then get the Antares Autotune software.
So how do you use it?
It’s pretty simple. The first step is to open up your recording program on your computer. Go into the area where you access plugins and find the Antares plugin.
The location of the plugin will be different depending on what type of program you have. You have to open Antares before you record your vocals because you want to do so through the plugin, instead of using it to change things afterwards.
Remember, turn Antares on and THEN record your vocals. It’s just better this way.
You can use the AutoTune plugin on pre-recorded vocals, but doing it live helps you control the outcome better.
Now that Antares is open, you can pick your settings to add different effects to your vocals. Play around with different styles and experiment until you get the results you want.
Anyways, here are some basic steps to help you get started:
- Open your VST program and load Antares AutoTune.
- Change the “Input type” to alto/tenor voice. This will help the program shift your voice higher and fill in missed notes with a synthesized voice.
- To achieve the full robotic effect of vocals, you’ll need to probably get an EQ plugin to add definition and exaggeration to the recording. You can record while this is on or after. Whatever works.
- Then, add a reverb effect but make sure it isn’t too overpowering.
Obviously this doesn’t apply to every track but just something to help you get started.
You’ll probably have to experiment a little bit to see what kind of sound works best for you.
Try experimenting and be creative.
Most importantly, have fun!
The great thing about this plugin is that you can easily change or edit things until you’re happy with the final product.
Or for a quick start, just watch the video above.
Is It Wrong To Use Autotune?
Back when Autotune was invented, there was some controversy surrounding the technology. People weren’t sure what to make of something that actually allowed them to doctor up a bad singer’s voice or cover up musical inaccuracies.
However, the Antares autotune plugin has quickly caught on.
Professional musicians and amateurs alike use the technology to make their music sound better. Singers no longer have to worry about having a flawless voice. However, is the whole “Autotune” concept a bigger moral issue for musicians, producers, and us as the audience?
Most people (Mostly the opposition) have the following questions:
- Should this kind of technology be regulated somehow by the music industry?
- Should albums come with some sort of “warning,” like a pack of cigarettes, which alerts the consumer to the fact that the music is doctored up?
- How bad should singers be allowed to sound and still use AutoTune? After all, don’t they all have to perform live at some point?
- If they do perform live, should this technology be allowed during live performances?
- Are musicians becoming lazy at their craft because they know they don’t have to perfect their instruments or sound flawless when they sing?
Yes. Some “purists” really think this way.
I think it’s important to ask such questions but at the end of the day, it’s just music.
In a world where virtually most pop stars use the AutoTune plugin technology, where do we draw the line and if we do so, why?
As I mentioned earlier, if it makes the song hotter then why not? Just my opinion.