+  Re-Sculpt Melodies with Auto-Tune Evo
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Re-sculpt Melodies with Auto_Tune Evo
Using Auto-Tune Evo's Note Correction Objects to Modify Melody Lines

Note Tool While the new Note Correction Objects introduced in Auto-Tune Evo offer a very fast and powerful option for pitch correction, when used in combination with Auto-Tune Evo's superb pitch shifting and formant correction they also provide an extremely easy-to-use tool for literally re-sculpting an already recorded melody.

To demonstrate, we'll step though the process of modifying the melody of a phrase from one of the tutorial files that ship with Auto-Tune EFX. If you'd like to play along at home (which we highly recommend), you can download the files here.

1. Load the two files "hidin_vocal" and "hidin_accomp" into your DAW and instantiate Auto-Tune Evo on "hidin_vocal." Select Graphical Mode and be sure Formant is enabled.

2. Track the first 18 seconds of the file. We're going to be working on the phrase that lies between 14 and 18 seconds, so adjust the scroll and zoom to focus on that range and turn off Auto Scroll. Click the Make Notes button and adjust the Number of Note Objects control to 70. Your display should look something like this: Graphical Mode #1

3. Select the Arrow tool and select the F# that starts just before 16.5 seconds. Move the cursor over the middle of the note, click on the note and drag it up four semitones to A#:
Graphical Mode #2

4. Select all the notes in the phrase and set their Retune Speed. Unless you're going for the Auto-Tune Vocal effect, we'd recommend a starting point of 13. Play the file and listen to the melodic change. Notice how Auto-Tune Evo's formant preservation maintains the natural quality of the singer's voice.

5. Select the Scissors tool and click on the G# at 17.5 seconds to cut it into two notes. Select the Arrow tool and drag the second of the two notes up to A. Then select the last note in the phrase and drag it up to A#. You should now see something like this:
Graphical Mode #3

6. Once you've moved all the Notes to the desired pitches, you can easily fine-tune the transitions between the new pitches by adjusting Retune Speeds, adjusting the starting and ending points of adjacent Note objects or selecting the Curve Tool and simply drawing the transitions of your choice. In this case, we've adjusted Note starting and ending points. Note the smoother transitions as indicated by the green Output Pitch curve.
Graphical Mode #4

This is just one example of the power and simplicity of using Note objects for pitch editing. Thanks to the superior pitch shifting and formant processing capabilities of Auto-Tune Evo's Evo™ Voice Processing Technology, you'll find that you're free to explore a whole new world of melodic possibilities. (Plus, if you're anything like us, you'll find that it's a whole lot of fun.)

Auto-Tune in the News

June's been a pretty entertaining month for Auto-Tune appearances in pop culture. Here're a few of our favorites:

The Gregory Brothers' Webby Award acceptance speech

Webby Awards Last month we reported on the Gregory Brothers winning the Webby Award for their ever-popular Auto-Tune the News series. The awards ceremony took place earlier this month, and, in keeping with the rule that acceptance speeches be limited to no more than five words, the Brothers presented one of the more memorable speeches of the evening. You should check it out here.


Christina Aguilera talks about the creative use of Auto-Tune

Christina Aguilera With the "controversy" over the effect of Auto-Tune on popular music having become a reliable pop-culture topic, we were pleased to hear Christina Aguilera's response to a question about her view of Auto-Tune during a recent interview on SIRIUS XM. Watch the segment here.


What is "Alex Meets Auto-Tune?"

Jeopardy Probably the month's most unlikely Auto-Tune appearance was last week on the quiz show Jeopardy. For the category "Alex Meets Auto-Tune," host Alex Trebek sang each of the questions (um.. answers) through Auto-Tune (and, we suspect, some other effects as well). This is one you won't want to miss.


That's it for this issue. Thanks for reading!

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