use of auto tune in classic rock and other genres where it can seem a bit off

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Fair bit of discussion on autotune on the top77 thread. I've read autotune is used on basically all new recordings regardless of genre because, not unlike the wah wah pedal, it "just makes everything sound better"

all the same, I think it can be a bit of a turn off - not because of lame rockism, just because sometimes the effect is not v subtle and can go against the general idea of a song

anyway, here's some examples, feel free to add and discuss

Patti Smith - Amerigo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAC6UZI2YjQ

it's weird cuz Patti is a punk rocker (and it couldn't have been her idea?) and also I just want to hear her great voice real clean

Beck - Say Goodbye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG1CJDPcHCM

It's weird since this is an "audiophile" recording and Beck's voice is distorted bcz of the AT

Teenage Fanclub - I'm In Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--61b6pQm0Q

A recent example. I'll admit I'm not 100% sure this is autotune, may also just be some heavy chorus like effect, but the distortion is similar to autotune and wholly unnecessary since the harmonies make up for any small off-key singing and add the chorus effect in a way that, at least to TF fans is probably preferable.

niels, Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:07 (five months ago) Permalink

I think some of that on the Beck tune is a Eventide Harmonizer, which newer ones can do pitch changing but have been a vocal chorusing thickening agent since the 80s.

earlnash, Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:16 (five months ago) Permalink

that does make a lot more sense in context of the album, I'll try and adjust my ears accordingly

niels, Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:18 (five months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

this thread did not take off :P

anyway, I'm still interested in the topic - how's about this gorgeous ballad, am I the only one to hear autotune on Matt's voice?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipx8qWt2fVA

(plz note that I am in no way suggesting this is 'problematic' or smth, I just find it interesting)

niels, Monday, 19 June 2017 10:07 (one week ago) Permalink

this new Croz single is all AT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S77732a8XJ4

niels, Monday, 19 June 2017 10:12 (one week ago) Permalink

sounds better on
https://open.spotify.com/album/0cAsUGxS78JtXUTbbcSExu

niels, Monday, 19 June 2017 10:13 (one week ago) Permalink


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