How can you tell if a song has auto tune on?


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  • You can only tell if it's exaggerated on purpose and used as an effect. If it's used for slight pitch correction, which is what it was designed to do, you'll never know, at least not by listening.

    As with most effects, it's overdone and quickly becomes tedious to the listener. The first big hit to use it as an effect was Cher's 1998 hit "Believe":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Uu3kCEEc98&sns=em

    I've used it on my own recordings because sometimes you have a magical, inspired take with a pitch problem that's better than all your other takes that are perfectly on pitch. You can also use it to thicken a vocal by leaving the original and the pitch corrected version together in the mix. It creates a chorus effect. To do this, the original has to be basically on pitch. Still, humans don't ever reproduce frequencies perfectly, which allows you to create the effect. (There are amazing singers who can come close.)

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  • it will have a certain sound that gives it away ;)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHg9YXS9L9M

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  • Ya can hear the electronic kind of sound in the voice

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  • When it's big in the charts.

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  • every pop song ever ;)

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  • When it sounds like trash. Any Kesha song. Rap songs.

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    • 1mo

      rap songs? they dont need to harmonise so i doubt its used that often though i do see a massive difference between studio and live but thats down to most rappers feeling the need to shout on stage rather than just turning the mic up

    • 1mo

      @wankiam well I meant the shitty Top 40 "rap"

    • 1mo

      cool, just wanted to clear that up.

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