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How to Autotune (Properly!)

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Learn how to get your vocals sound amazing in just 3 minutes. In this video tutorial, we go through how to use autotune to get your vocals in-tune with your music.

Autotune is often mis-used (in my opinion), but it's still an essential tool if you are making music that you hope to compete with other modern styles of pop and EDM.

» The track in this video is by me (Will Darling) and Emma Jane. It's called "Energy" and you can grab it here if you dig.

What is Autotune:

Autotune plugins correct the pitch of (usually) singers to be in key with the song you're working on, but they can be used on other instruments, too (like guitars, for instance). If you are struggling to come up with a catchy melody, this will help.

Why Use Autotune?

Obviously, the ideal scenario is that you have a perfect vocal performance that needs to correction. However, even the very best performances often need a little tweak here or there – even if it's just one or two syllables across a whole song.

Let me be clear: It's not essential for EVERY type of music. For instance, if you're recording a grungy rock song, or an acoustic folk song, having the idiosyncrasies are what make them human and relatable.

However, if you are producing something for a pop or EDM audience, accuracy is essential, so autotune will help you achieve that.

How to Use Autotune?

Autotune can be use either subtly (as in this tutorial) for corrective purposes, or extremely, for the particular "T-Pain" effect:

This extreme effect is popular in modern rap music.

Autotune Software:

The tips in this video tutorial apply to any autotune I’ve used. Here are some options for Autotune software:

Paid Autotune Plugins:

Antares Autotune Live: https://www.antarestech.com/product/auto-tune-live/

antares autotune

Antares Autotune Pro: https://www.antarestech.com/product/auto-tune-pro/

Antares Autotune Pro

Waves Tune Real-Time: https://www.waves.com/plugins/waves-tune-real-time

how to autotune

If you have Max For Live for Ableton, you can get a FREE autotune here: https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/max-7-pitch-and-time-machines/

Best FREE Autotune plugins:

MAuto Pitch: https://www.meldaproduction.com/MAutoPitch
GSnap: https://www.gvst.co.uk/gsnap.htm
Graillon 2: https://www.auburnsounds.com/products/Graillon.html
KeroVee: https://www.g200kg.com/jp/software/kerovee.html

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. 🙂

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My name's Will Darling. I've been making and playing dance music for over 20 years, and share what I've learnt on EDMtips. Get in touch on Facebook.

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