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What percentage of your projects are done without AUTOTUNE?
Old 23rd November 2002
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What percentage of your projects are done without AUTOTUNE?

I think the title says it all.

Chris
Old 23rd November 2002
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Probably about 50% of my projects use autotune on backup vocals and small harmony parts. why not? if the client isn't hitting the notes i'm doing both of us a favor by using it. i'm helping them save some $$$ by not making them try it all damn day (and eventually fail anyway) and i'm saving myself the pain of hearing them suck for hours.

I've used it on lead vocals sparingly, but usually as an effect.
Old 23rd November 2002
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For the last year or so, 100%! heh And I hope it's stays that way for some more...
Old 23rd November 2002
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Even though I have the rack mount version, It doesn't get used much. Often times it doesn't add as much as it detracts. It has helped out in a punch and I'm glad I have it, but it's not the most important thing I use. I'd say about 2-3% of my projects use it.
Old 23rd November 2002
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Harmony vox and the lovely ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh's yes as wavering can be bad.
Main vox, I just try another take
If it is one line they cannot get then I will fix that, after a few takes 5-10.....
The whole song, no one I record has the time to pay, although I did one last month 2 songs, tuned down to B although he could not sing there. Took 3 hours for both, as there was a lot of is this the right note
Old 23rd November 2002
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Most of my own productions make use of it.

I dont keep track much of the outside productions that take place in my studio. Some use it I know.

On a rare 'engineering only' R&B vocal session (many many days in my studio) that I have been doing for the last year, none was used.

My current assistant is a singer, thats a good 'vibe' for me - as he does all the AT work (Graphic of course, never in Automatic)





Old 23rd November 2002
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NONE ...... yuktyy

My Autotuner is a good vocal coach heh

To Clarify:
I work mostly on full length projects. As I pretty much choose whom I work with, one of my requierments is .. the artist must have a great voice and at least have fairly good control of it. If control is an iissue, a vocal coach comes into play .. one that I recomend that has predictable results. I know that by the time we are ready to cut final vocals (6-9 months) the artist will be able o nail it with gusto .... which is always a good part of the initial consideration.

For those who occasionaly say to me .. "You have Autotune .. Right?"
It's a good bet I won't be working with them. rollz If an artist can't take his craft seriously and do whatever he/she can to perfect it .... then why should I (and spend countless unseen hours) take him seriously
Old 24th November 2002
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Han
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100% I even don't have autotune and I don't want it.
Old 24th November 2002
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It's certainly understandable and respectable that an engineer uses
pitch correction, since capturing and enhancing a performance is all
part of being professional.
Having said that...

From a singer or musicians perspective, however, this sonic plastic
surgery in many cases is symptomatic of working with amateur singers
and musicians. Not a slam BTW, as I'm an amateur singer who knows
his place in the vocal technique pecking order, rather than fantasizing.
At least I can sing suitable material in public and stay in tune.
The truly "professional" singers and musicians I've had the good fortune
to meet/hear over the years generally cringe at the thought of using a
musical crutch like autotune. Of course if you're really too sick to perform
well that can be a different story, even great opera singers have had
ghost singers to help them out.

On the other hand, could you imagine someone going back and "correcting"
Bob Dylan's landmark recordings? There's something to be said for being
authentic instead of correct when the performance has character.
And it would be an amusing comedy routine to have a classical voice
coach for AC/DC's vocals! ( I like them very much BTW)

It seems a shame though that the pop music business is mostly a
"zero-sum game" and dancers who (sort of) sing like Madonna, Britney,
J-Lo, and Shakira are taking away opportunities from more talented
artists to just name a few.

Chris
Old 24th November 2002
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I use it on maybe 5-10% of the projects I do. I have the rackmount and only use it when someone comes in and really needs it. The last time I used it extensively was on a project where I didn't track the vocals and was mixing the songs, I think back in July. If I didn't use it I probably would've shot myself because they were so out of tune. FWIW, I explained the concept of AT to a DJ friend of mine when we heard Skater Boy on the radio. She picked up on it right away and now it bugs the **** out of her. So, I guess there's hope after all. Personally I think AT works much better when the vocal or whatever is pretty close to begin with. Using it for that last 5% or whatever isn't so bad if the production calls for it.
Old 25th November 2002
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Don
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I don't do the general public..I don't really use it..I've been lucky!Most of the folks I deal with are pretty good and came up before that box.To them useing that box to would be a insult.But if you gotta use it..What the hell you gonna do, its no sin just a tool..
Old 25th November 2002
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🎧 15 years
fuuck madd dfegad autotune. I find it pscychoacoustically offensive and fatiguing. Does anything else even come close to defining the "Nash Vegas" sound?

I'll tune the odd note here and there by hand if I need to but I've always had something better to spend my money on than autotune. fuuck fuuck fuuck
Old 25th November 2002
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I spend my assistants time.

But it's my money.

Old 25th November 2002
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🎧 15 years
i do not use autotune.
Old 25th November 2002
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There's always something I'd rather spend my money on than AutoTune... don't own it , so I don't use it... not that there's anything wrong with it...
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