Auto-Tune: When and How Should it be Used?
Auto-Tune is a tool, and like most tools, it is defined by the person working with it. Some people just slap Auto-Tune in the automatic position and the vocals end up sounding like T-Pain is singing their song, whether they like it or not.
Auto-Tune is a very smart tool when used correctly. This usually occurs in graphic mode. In this mode, you can keep all the vocal scoops and nuances of the singer’s style and just tweak the notes after they reach closest to the desired note.
Auto-Tune is like any other tool in the music world: the better the singer, the better job you can do. The best tuning is none at all, but even the best singer can maybe use just a little tweak.
I am always drawn to a performance rather than just the right notes. I love when the heart of the vocal performance is there, even if there might be one or two notes that are “iffy.” These are incredibly easy tweaks that will help you as a producer or engineer — along with the performer — not cringe at missed notes, and in the end be incredibly happy with a great performance.