Was having some interesting discussions over on Twitter and Facebook earlier this week.

I posted that I don’t actually own any pitch-correction software like AutoTune or Melodyne.

And it’s not because I’m taking this big stand.

I don’t own it because I don’t want to use it on my voice.

It’s as simple as that. I would rather work harder at singing on pitch than doing the time-consuming work of pitch-correction.

See, I’m a musician, not just a recording guy. And I’m a pretty good singer. But I don’t want there to be this huge gap between my recorded vocals and my live vocals.

If I rely heavily on pitch-correction in the studio, I know what that will do to me. I’m lazy. It’ll make me put less effort into becoming a better singer.

I really struggle with pitch when singing live, especially with in-ear monitors (remind me to tell you the story about the first time I used in-ears). When I hear a recording of myself singing live, it’s always humbling.

In the studio, I CAN fix it, but fixing it in the studio won’t fix it live.

I’d rather put in the hard work of becoming a better overall singer than rely on technology to do the heavy lifting for me.

I’m not bashing AutoTune.

Like most things, it’s a valuable tool and has its place.

But for me, right now, it’s not something I want.

How about you?

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

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