• Auto-Tune & Justin Bieber

  • To Auto-Tune or Not to Tune

    Kanye West and Britney Spears may need Auto-Tune to perfect their sound tracks, but Justin Bieber says that his producers do not use it to make his vocal recordings. When asked about his use of this helpful computer program, Justin said that he used another program instead like 99% of the artists making music. Major players in the music industry know about the available programs, but most ordinary music lovers have no idea what he was talking about.

    What is Auto-Tune? 

    Is Justin right about the other artists in the music industry? The answers to these questions will fascinate music lovers around the world.

    Auto-Tune is a patented processor used by record producers and audio engineers around the world.  They use the program in their recording studios and at live performances. Originally, the inventors designed the program to correct an imperfect vocal recording that is off-key.  Of course, the engineers and record producers understand the technology that makes the program work, but ordinary people just need to know that the program makes a vocal recording sound better.  It is used to correct a faulty pitch in a vocal recording.  Some artists ask their producers to polish a track using the program.  Other performers cannot really sing well and use the program to correct their voice until it sounds great.  At the request of an artist, engineers and producers also use the program to create special effects.

    Kanye West is on record saying that Auto-Tune makes him sound better, but he does not need the help.  Although many singers who use the brilliant program deny it, West acknowledges how and why he uses it.  A contestant on the X-Factor accused Demi Lovato of using the computer program to enhance her voice.  Lovato proved him wrong by singing in front of live audiences without using help from a computer program.  She has a magnificent voice without any help from a computer.  Miley Cyrus might use Auto-Tune when recording in a studio, but she proved she does not need it when she sang a cappella on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  Music producers never discuss specifics about the use of Auto-Tune.  That would be revealing trade secrets about the talent of their clients.

    Ultimately, consumers have the final judgment on Auto-Tune.  Most music lovers have never heard of Auto-Tune and buy music based on the sound rather than the production process.  When music lovers spend money to buy a track, the process is rarely a factor in their choice.

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  • Wade Nichols

    Owner of Starsound Studios

    Starsound Studios is a high-tech Cleveland recording studio servicing Cleveland/Akron and all Northeast, Ohio areas. 'Bringing you Starsound Quality for Less! We focus on providing high-quality studio and web design services for bands at affordable prices.