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How to Use Auto Tune

How to Use Auto Tune

Have you ever wondered what it takes to auto tune a record? Have you ever heard of a perfect auto-tuned song and wonder how the vocal effect was achieved? Auto-tuning a song requires skill and experience in using auto-tune. There are various software’s, plugins and auto-tune VSTs that helps with auto-tuning. However, you need the knowledge of FL studio and VST effects to correctly make things work. In this article, we are going to focus on what you need to know.

What is auto-tune?

An auto-tune is a device created by companies like Antares audio technologies that measure and alter pitch levels in instrumental and vocal music recording. The original use was to disguise or correct pitch, allowing tracks to sound perfectly tuned despite being slightly off-pitch. Now, auto-tune is widely used in studios and at concerts to disguise the off-pitch in the performance and make it sound pitch-perfect. Here are steps on how to use auto-tune in your music.

How to use auto-tune.

Make sure your auto tune picks up the demo or the sample

The first thing you need to make sure is that the auto-tune you are using picks up the demo. When used correctly, this can save you a lot of time and turn a great record into one great term polished record.

Isolate the vocal track

Vocal layering can be used when it comes to auto-tune. By this what we mean, you highlight a portion of the track you want to tune, then retune it after muting everything. Auto-tuning the entire song is not an option you must take, however, isolating the vocal track is auto-tuning the portion you need to be the best option.

Find the key of the song

Find out the key of the song is.  Once the software is set, this will determine the key itself after analyzing the track. The key might be a flat one or any other one before using the retune key. Make sure you set the key, or the track will sound wonky.

Retune the speed of the song

The retune speed is used to know how long it takes to drag an existing note of your track to determine to be a correct key. Make sure the return sound natural and doesn’t create artifacts. Returning the speed will make the song sound more natural. If achieving the best, aim anywhere between 50 and 80 milliseconds.

Set other effects

There are some other effects that you can get as well. Make sure you select the effects like ‘Natural Vibrato’ and ‘Humanize’ to make your recording clearer and less tuned. Play around the effects setting until it gives you the affects you desire.

Auto tune, whether you love it or hate it, is a pitch-correction tool that sound engineers and artist use. The use of this tool helps in cleaning up tracks, making it sound better. When done correctly, the sound effects and pitch will sound better. But when done incorrectly, it will result and a wonky mix. For professional auto-tuning, music mixing and mastering service, contact us today at and we will be glad to help you out.