“Tuning” or “Auto-tuning” gets a bad rap.
But the truth is that there are a lot of uses for it besides making someone sound like they can sing if they really can’t.
In fact, tuning has only a little bit to do with the perceived “ability” to sing well. Diction, style, and confidence play equally important roles.
So what are some of the hidden advantages to tuning vocals? Glad you asked!
1. If you know that you can nudge the notes afterward, you can record with more confidence and focus on things like emotion. This is a great way to spend half the time and get twice the results.
2. If you’re able to touch up a note or two, your comps can be less complicated – allowing you to get a great performance in much fewer takes. Sometimes comping 15 vocal takes together is fun…but for the majority of the time, its nice to be just working with 5 takes.
3. If you don’t like it on your lead vocals, it is still an amazing tool for creating air-tight background vocals. It’s almost imperative that you use it for this purpose, as weak BGVs alone can make an otherwise professional mix sound less than flattering.
So if you dislike the idea of clicking a button for great lead vocals, consider these points when you decide if you’re going to tune your vocals using one of the many amazing tools available.
Remember that you don’t have to tune every note. In fact, if I’m working with even a semi-talented vocalist, I usually don’t move more than every third note. A great vocalist and I might only touch up a few words in the entire production. Nonetheless, a tuned word is a tuned vocal.
Where do you stand?