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.
- [Male Speaker] One indispensable tool many…producers rely on for vocal pitch correction…is Antares Autotune.…Although Autotune 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 famous Cher sound.…Now to me Jade's vocals on this song…are really well sung.…They don't exhibit any pitch problems…that stand out.…And in fact,…you should be careful using any tuning software…to not overcompensate since all great…vocal performances do have moments of…out of tune-ness that are the very thing…that makes the voice compelling,…in my opinion.…
But let's see how we can use Autotune…to demonstrate how you might use it…for a take that's really inspired…and just needs to be tucked in here and there,…pitch-wise.…So in my browse panel here,…I can go over to the third party plug in Autotune.…And this is the live version of Autotune,…meaning that it's really low latency.…But it's the same as the Autotune 8…
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 Studio One.
- Comping takes in Studio One
- 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 Studio One