Have an audio you’re trying to auto-tune to its finest? If you have heard any RnB, Indie or pop songs recently, you are already familiar with Auto-tune. It has become so common these days that is as much of a production tool as reverb, echo, distortion or compression.
Even though most people associate the Auto-tune effect with a distinct robotic voice, thanks to popular artists like Future and T-pain, it is much different than that: Auto-tune is basically pitch correction, which means that you input an audio with one pitch into the system and the computer will tune your voice up or down to a key, to a pitch that you needed it to be in. So in essence, auto-tune is less of a robot-voice tool, and more of a ‘bring your song to the right key’ tool. Use it wisely or exploit it, it works pretty smoothly for both. You can also check our garageband for pc guide to know more about getting this tool on your Windows PC.
In this article, we will teach you how to apply Auto-tune to your soundtrack using GarageBand which comes with an in-built pitch correction tool:
What to do before you start recording?
The first thing to make sure of before you record an audio or open a prerecorded track on GarageBand is that you know the key of the song or audio that you’re going to record or open. -Find out the right key for your project and enter it in the key window at the top of your screen. In case you have trouble figuring out the right key, we recommend you visit: www.audiokeychain.com where you can upload your soundtrack, and the website will automatically analyse the audio and report back with the key of the song and other information like beats per minute.
How to applying autotune to your audio?
STEP 1– Open a NEW PROJECT and Select audio, and then tap on ‘CREATE’.
STEP 2– Before you start recording and tap on the scissor icon (the 4th option on the bar at the top left-hand corner of the screen).
STEP 3– Now at the bottom half of the screen, you will find the option of pitch-correction. This is GarageBand’s inbuilt Auto-tune feature.
STEP 4-Check the ‘Limit to key’ box and enable flex.
STEP 5– Now slide the slider on the Pitch correction bar, depending on how much Autotune you need in your audio. The higher the pitch correction is, the more ‘Robotic’ your audio will sound.
STEP 6– Once you are done, you can play your audio and it will play with Autotune.
Some tips for using Auto-tune:
The auto-tune feature works in a way where it takes a hint from the intended key of the song and tries to bring all your notes to that key.
So say, if you input a G-MINOR for audio that was supposed to be an E-MAJOR, the pitch correction will mess up your song big-time. Therefore, it is important to know and input the right key L.
On the other hand, a number of times, the same song can include multiple keys. Your best bet in that situation would be to recognise the different parts with the different keys and split the track based on that and then auto-tune all the parts separately.
Hope we could help you a bit, comment below or send us a mail for any problem. If you still have doubts and visual sets you more on feels than theory, check out this detailed video below and help yourself in creating the next fine tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvgwWNCD_30