Autotuning Everything

A recent phenomenon (and an unfortunate one, in my opinion) to hit the music industry is the use of Auto-Tuning software to correct pitch. For just a few hundred bucks, you can get a plug-in for your audio editing software that will insure every slightly off-pitch note is automatically brought into perfect tune (corrected to the nearest note).  Apparently many more professional musicians than you’d expect – even those who rarely have “tuning” issues, have jumped on the autotune bandwagon.

Where it gets interesting is where you can use the software to make radical shifts in pitch.  While this has been used within certain genres to create a certain “sound” (think Kanye West), the YouTube community has been having a great deal of fun with it.  One of the best-known (as far as I know) is YouTube user schmoyoho AKA the Gregory Brothers AKA “Autotune the News”, whose manipulation of news footage became the “Bed Intruder” video and R&B hit.  And now we’re even seeing ruthless dictators as targets of autotune musicians, such as Moammar Gadhafi in this song/video by Israeli musician Noy Alooshe, called “Zenga Zenga”:

I think the possibilities for creativity and just plain mischievous fun are endless.  I’d like to give this a try myself, but can’t bring myself to shell out $300 for the plug-in, plus the cash for the editing software, knowing that I might be overwhelmed by all the whistles and bells that need to be manipulated.  I’d be curious if anyone out there has worked with it and can share their experiences for this novice.

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