What are the historical roots of auto-tune?

2018-10-16 12:17:05

Auto-Tune is a technique to hide bad vocals in a track. Good or bad, it seems that it's here to stay in popular music. Many people credit Cher's Believe as the first use of auto-tune in popular music.

Did auto-tune appear in music prior to Believe by Cher? When did auto-tune first appear to be used when recording?

Was Cher's Believe the first production to use auto-tune as a noticeable effect? Yes, at least in mainstream big-production music.

Was Cher's Believe the first production to use auto-tune at all? Evidence strongly suggests that it was not, but there's no info available regarding who and when.

It's not easy to dive into the very beginning of auto-tune history, since the process was being hidden from the public. There were many reasons behind this, including "trade secret" (you don't want your competition to have this new process in their hands), and the fear that automatic pitch correction would be seen as foul play (which ended up happening, and still

  • Was Cher's Believe the first production to use auto-tune as a noticeable effect? Yes, at least in mainstream big-production music.

    Was Cher's Believe the first production to use auto-tune at all? Evidence strongly suggests that it was not, but there's no info available regarding who and when.

    It's not easy to dive into the very beginning of auto-tune history, since the process was being hidden from the public. There were many reasons behind this, including "trade secret" (you don't want your competition to have this new process in their hands), and the fear that automatic pitch correction would be seen as foul play (which ended up happening, and still is a source of hot debate). Believe producers claimed for years that they were using a Digitech Talker vocoder pedal.

    From a 1999 Sound on Sound article:

    Cher's 'Believe' (Dec 1998) was the first commercial recording to feature the audible side-effects of Antares Auto-tune software used as a deliberate creative effect. The (now)

    2018-10-16 12:56:05
  • tl;dr

    Yes, Cher's Believe is the first use of the autotune effect as we know it.

    Auto-tune, the product vs autotune, the effect

    The product

    Auto-tune was the first pitch correction plugin created for Pro-Tools and was released in 1997 by Antares Audio Technology. At that time, pitch corrections was a difficult, manual, studio process, and was therefore not done very much. Auto-tune made it simple to correct a pitch to the nearest true semitone with the push of a button.

    The effect

    Of course, when you get a new toy, the first thing you want to do is find out what happens when you push it to its limits:

    … discovered that if they set Auto-Tune on its most aggressive setting, so that it corrected the pitch at the exact moment it received the signal, the result was an unsettlingly robotic tone.

    Usage

    Auto-tune was almost certainly used in 1997–1998 for its intended usage. According to the creator, Andy Hildebrand:

    Auto-Tunes [the original name] was designed to be used di

    2018-10-16 13:24:03
  • Are we all gone act like zapp and herbie hancock never used this before cher I'll dumb ass?

    2018-10-16 14:08:54