As Posted by me else-where;
Hello everyone, So I recently had some time to mess with Autotune to get that T-Pain effect, not to mention all the other people that use it.
First know this, you must understand some music theory to get the best effect, other wise use the settings I mention and hope for the best.
For advanced users, the better vocalist you are, the better the effect, usually vocall ranges above Middle C sound good.
This effect sounds very good on background vocal runs.
Well this is where I am thus far.
You must use the AutoTune VST version, Not the DX version
It has to do with the fact that the VST version ALLOWS you to set the Vibrato section of auto correction mode to Sawtooth and the other settings I mentioned(Formant to 100 and Amplitude to 30, all other Vibrato settings at "0") , without adding more Vibrato. The DX version adds Vibrato, which you dont want.
Thats just how it works, its weird.
Auto Tune Settings:
I have found that first, you will usually want to put AutoTune in a Major scale, such as C Major, depending on your key. Chromatic will be to jumpy.
Settings like these.
In Automatic Detection Mode(not graphical)
Vibrato Section: All zero except for
Pitch knob can be tweaked for more effect.
Voice input type: Alto/Tenor, or your choice.
Retune is usually always at 0, but the Tracking can be tweaked for different effects.
The Vibrato section is real important for the effect. All other vibrato settings except for those listed here are set to "0"(example- "rate")
I usually max out the Formant and Amplitude settings.
But here are some more tips.
Auto Tune needs to be correcting the pitch to get good effect right?
So here is a cool trick I have found that works.
After getting a good recording of a vocal peice. Use another pitch correction program like
Waves Tune from the Waves Vocal Bundle
Or my favorite.
Celemony Melodyne 3
Use these programs to correct the pitch first, with the scale set to a Major scale, Like C Major.
Then use the Auto Tune effect, it will be much smoother.
For this effect, Autotune doesnt like natural Vibrato in a voice. It will be too jumpy while correcting.
That is why I like Celemony Melodyne 3. And you must be somewhat familiar with Melodyne to understand this. I first take my recorded vocal and run it through Melodyne. I correct the pitch to a scale of C Major.
Then here is the most coolest important part.
Now select all of your vocal notes, after setting the note snap option at the bottom left to "No Pitch Snap"(So the vocal notes dont snap to Major or Chromatic notes), and raise all the vocal notes up about "40 cents". Dont go more than 50 cents, or else when you run the vocal through AutoTune, it will raise everything a semitone(or more depending on your scale)
Again raise the vocal 40 cents, after it has been corrected inside Melodyne to a Major scale.(or Minor scale, your choice.)
Now you will export this vocal and take it to Auto Tune.
What you have done is set up the vocal so that Auto Tune will correct the vocal at just the right amount to get the effect.
Set Autotune up as an Insert, or use it offline, your choice. Use the settings I mentioned above, and you should have a good effect.
Here are some more important notes and tips
After the effect has been done.
Reverb choice is important. Along with maybe some delay. Sometimes the Correction will sound too jumpy on certain phrases, delay and reverb can smooth these out, and make them less noticable.
Also Eq is important, usually removing allot below 600hz sounds good.
Also haveing your Reverbed signal Eq'ed this way will sound good. Also, reverb set to a wide stereo image.
Try mixing the AutoTuned effect with some low sung harmonies.
Try Mixing down a complete vocal Harmony then use the Autotune.
And one I havent tried, but will, mix in a Vocoded effect with the AutoTuned effect.
Oh the list goes on. I will continue experimenting though. I will keep you guys posted.
I really wish there was a tutorial here on AutoTune. If there is someone let me know.
Hit me up wit some links or something.
And if anyone ever figures out this effect Jon Young is using,Let a playa know
Check out the chorus on songs like
"Now They Wanna"
These dudes got a good effect, and its so clear.
My myspace page is
hit a playa up sometime