How to Auto-Tune on a Mac

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Auto-tuning on a Mac is a great way to give your song that modern pop feel. Auto-Tune a song on a Mac with help from an experienced audio engineer in this free video clip.

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What's going on, guys? My name is Joey Biagas, and I'm an audio engineer and musician of about seven years now. Today, I'm going to show you how to use Auto-Tune, yep, you've all heard it on the radio. And now, it's time to put it in your own song. So, let's get to it. Alright, so, let's go ahead and use some Auto-Tune, and I'm basically just going to give you a basic rundown of Auto-Tune. And I'm going go to be using the Plug-in Melodyne. Now, there's different Plug-ins for Auto-Tune or for Pitch Correction, I should say. Others like Auto-Tune made made by Antares, and I believe Wave has their own, called Waves Tune. Not too sure on the name of that one, but anyway, let's go ahead and take a listen on what we're going to be working on. I'm just going to work on one line from this song. O.k., just that line from, I thought it'd be too far from reach. And there's a couple bad notes, it's not horrible, it's really not that far off. But with a little bit of Melodyne's help, it can sound amazing. O.k., so, let's go ahead and open up Melodyne on the Plug-In, on the Insert. So, go down Plug-in, go down to Other. And just in case you're using any other, where's Melodyne, there it is. In case you're using any other DAW or Digital Audio Workstation, like Logic or Digital Performer, even GarageBand. I mean, it doesn't matter as long as you're using Melodyne, it's still going to work the same. O.k., so, the first thing that you're going to do, is transfer your audio onto Melodyne's Plug-in or program. And to do that, you just simply click on Transfer and make sure that's highlighted yellow. And then, after that, you just hit Play and just let it play through. And of course, for you, you're going to let it play for the whole, entire track. But of course, for me, for this tutorial, just that one line, alright. O.k., so, we stop that, and just let that process for a second, oh, it's in percussive. O.k., so, we're going to want to change the algorithm to melodic. No wonder, like, what is going here, there's no melody. O.k., so, let's change that melodic. And once again, Melodyne will go through it's algorithm process. And melodic is for vocals and for baselines and for anything that's a single note at a time. Because Melodyne can also do guitars and separate notes. O.k., so, we have our vocal melody here. Now, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to click and select. Oh, first, you know what, let's play, because I think, we have a little bit, too much, I think, I let it go too far, so. O.k., remember it was just that line, Be too far from reach. So, all of this, we don't need, I'm just going to click and drag and select all these, like so. And then, I'm going to right click, and hit Delete. O.k., so, let's zoom in on this, and to zoom in, you can just hold Command and Option, and click and drag. And it's a little bit of a learning curve, and you'll see what I mean, but alright, perfect. So, let's listen to this again. O.k., so, with this, what I like to do, is I like to click and drag and select all the notes. And then, I go to Correct Pitch here, and that's going to bring down this window. From this window, I basically slide, this slide, all the way across, a 100 percent, and this corrects the pitch center. I like to have the center, and what it's doing, as I slide this across. You can see the notes just slightly you know, move up, because they are a little bit flat. Melodyne recognizes the notes and basically is saying, well, these notes are close to this. So, I assume that's what they're trying to hit. So, of course, if you're way off in singing, then Melodyne might have a tough time guessing where the notes should be. So, the better the singer you are, the better it's going to sound and everything is just going to be better. Anyway, moving down to the Correct Pitch Drift, now, I don't like to slide this guy all the way to a 100 percent. I feel like it just loses some characteristic of your voice. Sometimes it's drastic, sometimes it's not. But I like to have a good starting point, about 50 percent. Just so, you know, the characteristics of your voice is still there and it doesn't sound too fake, and the transitions are so nice. And what the drift is, it's the naturalness of your voice that kind of, doesn't necessarily stay on the same note the entire time. So, let's go ahead and click O.K. and then, let's take a listen to this and double click. It's not bad, it sounds pretty good, let's take a listen with the music, just hit Play on the keyboard. It sounds, it sounds awesome, let's add, let's take one more listen. O.k., so, that's basically it, for Melodyne and Auto-Tune. This is just a basic to get you up and going. It does go into a lot more greater detail. But as far as tutorials, that would be a lot of time to fill. But this is just to give you a basic idea, just to get your pitches a lot better and closer to on-pitch, and the correct notes and everything. And you can definitely leave a lot more of the other work for other tutorials. Alright, pretty easy, right. So, that's pretty much it, in using Auto-Tune, now you know how to pitch correct, your vocals or pretty much anything else. So, if you do have any other questions, please let us know, thanks for watching.

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