This is a quick post for all you emerging artists out there who are either recording/producing yourselves or having an amateur help you with your tracks. We listen to a lot of music here at OurStage. A lot of it is by aspiring musicians. And a lot of it is downright unlistenable due to the wild and criminal abuse of vocal tuning plugins.
We say this out of love.
We’re not trying to debate the merits of auto tune as a concept. We could argue about that all day, so let’s just concede that there are times when it is used tastefully and unobtrusively. But as nice as they might be, they are not one-size-fits-all tools. They are much harder to use properly than, say, a reverb plugin. There is a learning curve. If you don’t know what you’re doing, then you DON’T KNOW what you’re doing. If you want to be an engineer, that’s one thing – take the time and learn how to do this the right way.
Otherwise, if you really feel that your vocals need this kind of doctoring, either record them again or go to a real professional engineer for help.
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