Antares Auto-Tune software is explored to subtly tune the pitch of a lead vocal performance. The tuning software is also expanded into an audio effect, as author Scott Hirsch shows how to make the classic T-Pain or Cher-style vocoder effect.
- [Instructor] One indispensable tool…many producers rely on for vocal pitch correction…is Antares Auto-Tune.…Although Auto-Tune is a complex and nuanced tool,…let's take a brief look at some basic functions…of fine tuning pitch…and we'll also push the effect to the extreme…to hear how we can use it as an effect,…like the T-Pain or Cher sound.…Now, to me, Jade Hendrix vocals in this song…are well sung and they don't exhibit…any major pitch problems that stand out.…In fact, you should be careful…using tuning software to overcompensate,…since all great vocal performances…have moments of out of tuneness…but are the very thing that makes the voice compelling.…
But let's demonstrate Auto-Tune here…just to see how it would work.…Auto-Tune can be inserted directly on a vocal track.…So, here as an insert we're going to plug-in…and under Pitch Shift we see Auto-Tune.…Now, this is the liver version of Auto-Tune,…which can do pitch correction without any latency.…First you want to set up the input type.…Now, I'd characterize Jade's vocal as an Alto-Tenor…
Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Pro Tools.
- Comping takes in Pro Tools
- Editing breaths and noise
- Doubling and tuning vocals
- Experimenting with iZotope's Stutter Edit
- Processing vocals with EQ and compression
- De-essing vocals
- Using reverb, delay, and modulation effects
- Automating levels and FX in Pro Tools