‘Auto-tune’ videos hit the limelight in 2010 due to Youtube hits such as ‘Bed Intruder’ or ‘Charlie Bit Me Auto-tuned’ But its certainly not a new thing. Earlier incarnations of voice alteration such as the vocoder have been around in popular music since the 50’s and in more recent times ‘pitch correction’ is used and overused by many of the talentless fashion models that fill up the music charts.
The type of ‘auto-tune videos’ that have become popular on Youtube and other video sharing websites work by taking samples, normally of someone talking, and then altering their pitch to meet a predefined set of parameters such as a musical scale or matching the voice to a tune. Producers of these types of video often combine auto-tune techniques with other forms of manipulation such as quantization, which enables them to speed up or slow down a phrase to match a certain tempo.
So if you want to make your ow auto-tune video what will you need?
Firstly you’ve got to start with some good content to manipulate. Things like speeches and news interviews are very popular.
Secondly you’ve got to have an idea of how you want the song to sound, it might help if you make a list of some of the key phrases you want to include.
Next comes the more technical phases: