Auto-Tune is a proprietary audio processor created by Antares Audio Technologies. Auto-Tune uses a phase vocoder to correct pitch in vocal and instrumental performances. It is used to disguise off-key inaccuracies and mistakes, and has allowed singers to perform perfectly tuned vocal tracks without the need of singing in tune.
It was Cher’s secret weapon back in the late 90’s. It was the only way she could sing her hit single “Believe” without going into surgery for something that really needs tending to. Other than her face that is.
Numerous artists have used it. Some very obviously like Jamie Foxx and some you wouldn’t expect like the Dixie Chicks. Many artists use it for only a few words here and them. But some artists can’t seem to sing without it. Such as T-Pain and Kanye West.
Here are a few artists who have used it in their music:
Kanye West’s album 808s and Heartbreak
was practically an over dose of auto tune. When I first heard Heartless I was quite surprised. “I didn’t know Kanye West can sing!”
T-Pain is probably the biggest user of Auto Tune. Its his cocaine. He has no talent without it! Its on every word of every song of his. He even uses it when he talks normally. I remember telling people that his voice sounds electronic. I thought it sounded cool back then but now I realize its crap.
Artists such as JoJo and Black Eyed Pea’s have used it in a few of their songs such as “Boom Boom Pow” but it suited the track.
The most disappointing was Natasha Bedinfield. My dad loves her music. He has her track “Unwritten” burnt on a CD so that he can listen to her in the car. It’ll break his heart to know that she used an electronic device to sing one of her songs (Love like this).
Chris Brown used it in his song “Forever”. It was one of his best hits. Sadly it was his last.
Miley Cyrus uses it cause she thinks its cool.
Billy Joel apparently used it when he was singing the American National Anthem at the Super Bowl. FAIL.
Lil Wayne obviously uses it. He can rap thats for sure. But his voice is so cigarette stained that it sounds like crap. Not to point out that he is butt ugly. No idea why Keri Hilson is doing him. She probably uses it too.
Jay – Z is one of the biggest anti Auto Tune artists out there. He even released a single called Death of Auto Tune (D.O.A) which is in the new BluePrint3. He actually sticks to what he can do. And that’s rap. Really good.
Its sad to see how low some artists go to achieve fame. Worse is when people who can actually sing use it to sound better, and even worse is people who can’t sing using it and earning fame. Using a technological device to spruce something that god and training created is a shame.
How many more Artists do you think use Auto Tune?