Auto-tune is a program responsible for the success of over half of the music industry. It's kinda like an Olympic athlete using steroids, if steroids made you sound like a robot malfunctioning.
Personally, I've always hated Auto-Tune. As a person who has studied audio recording, I can tell you that it is common practice to ALWAYS use it or something like it in the studio. It it at least used it to fix little errors, that would otherwise be fixed by just doing another take. But that's too much work, and it might actually make you a better singer.. who cares about that anymore?
When I first heard Auto-Tune, I wasn't sure what it was. It was when Cher's "Believe" song came out. I thought, "hmm, that's a different effect." At first I thought Cher was dead and they had made her into a robot, but when I saw the video I realized, no, she was just dead.
The problem occuring now is that it's being heavily abused, and every single song I hear on the radio drives me so crazy I almost want to videotape myself scissoring my own dick off and upload it on the internet.
For your consideration, here are some examples.
T-pain - Any song
Metallica - The Day That Never Comes
(Yes, I'm serious. I can tell, dammit!)
In my mind, I compare the overuse of AutoTune on every pop song now, to the using keyboards for everything fad of the 80's. I'm hoping this fad dies off just like that one. Hopefully, one day all these artists will look back and be at least a little embarassed. That probably won't happen.
Think this overuse of Auto-Tune is bad? Well, there is a program called Melodyne that is more precise than Auto-Tune, and allows for almost limitless pitch correction. I did several internships at a studio that uses Melodyne in place of Auto-Tune. Its precision astonished, and at the same time, horrified me, and everytime it was used my penis shriveled, and inverted up into my body. In fact, the engineer even told me that one time, a girl came in, sang out of key vocals onto one track, and then he went and copy and pasted this track onto a few other tracks, and using Melodyne, made harmonies and fixed the pitches, changing her into a professional, talented singer.
Now, they even updated the program so that you can play chords, go into the program, and change each note within the chord individually. In other words, you could have never played a piano before, but using Melodyne, what was just you slamming your fingers down on the keys, will become...... Coldplay. Not Mozart yet, but in the future, who knows. We are getting closer and closer to making music entirely on a computer. Ever read 1984? Who knows, one day computers may make music all by themselves.
However, there may be some hope. Some artists refuse to use Auto-tune and recently, the recent recipient of the ugliest band members award, the band Death Cab For Cutie, recently protested the abuse of AutoTune at the Grammy awards. Also, Kanye West says that using AutoTune makes him a better singer, since it points out the bad notes so that he has to sing "more perfect".
Actually you know what... (stares at picture of Kanye)
I'm not so upset about this anymore. (starts crying)
You know what?
You've opened my eyes Kanye. I love Autotune!