- Enemy of Music:
Auto-Tune Abuse in Pop Music
Antares Auto-Tune is a proprietary audio processor that corrects pitch in vocal or instrumental tracks. The article above discusses its recent rampant overuse.
Hmm, I always thought Avril Lavigne sounded funny on "Complicated". Other guilty tracks according to the post: Dixie Chicks "The Long Way Around", T-Pain "I'm Sprung", Uncle Kracker "Follow Me", Maroon 5 "She Will Be Loved", Natasha Bedingfield "Love Like This", Sean Kingston "Beautiful Girls", JoJo "Too Little Too Late", Rascal Flatts "Life is a Highway", New Found Glory "Hit or Miss". This is by no means an exhaustive list. Unfortunately, the musical migraine-inducing Auto-Tune is only becoming more prevalent, especially in the R&B and pop world. Damn you, Cher and producer Mark Taylor, for foisting "Believe" upon the public and inciting this mischief.
I left a comment on the post regarding the use of Auto-Tune vs. vocoder in music. I think that Snoop (on "Sensual Seduction"), T-Pain (in general), Akon (often), Chris Brown (often) use Auto-Tune, the latter three perhaps too much so such that it has become a tired gimmick. Vocoder in songs like 2Pac's "California Love", the middle of ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky", Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek", and of course Styx's "Mr. Roboto" is clearly a different effect and slightly more tolerable, but also fatiguing on repeat listens.