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Out of key vocals, need fixing

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Im recording a singer that is struggleing to hit the right pitch on some notes. He either goes to high and drops back or pitches just under and drags the note up to correct pitch.How can I fix this? I have about $350 US to spend.
thanks, Shindog.


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dementedchord Fri, 12/29/2006 - 13:14
not sure if something like auto tune well help much here... sounds like he's way off by your descprition.. and in my limited experience with those things they're only really useful for minor fixes... but hey give it a shot cant use the track as it is ... and who knows it may end up his signature sound... or get a real vocalist...

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Member Sat, 12/30/2006 - 10:57
Some really "dodgy" singers have had it become, as dementedchord says, their signature sound.

If $350 is your budget, you can get Melodyne Plugin and have cash to spare. However, there will also be SOME investment in learning and time spent with microscopic fixes... so it's not an instant "here's my $160, here are my fixed vocals" endeavour.

But if you have a bit of time to get the project done, Melodyne is in most people's estimation the best vocal correction software going right now. Autotune will also do the job. If he's all over the map, though, you'll still be using Autotune's "graphic" mode, otherwise he'll sound like Cher.

Since we're on the subject, I'll take the opportunity to point out the freeware plug-in by GVST called "GSnap", found at:

I'm not claiming it'll do the job that Melodyne or Autotune would do, but for others reading this thread, it's a very capable little autotuner. A few artifacts to be had, especially in auto mode. It uses MIDI instead of a "graphic" mode to do surgical edits.


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Member Wed, 02/13/2008 - 16:18
I'd say try melodyne too. Watch the videos on the website to see if it's for you or not. Personally I use melodyne and like it a lot. In professional studios engineers showed me auto tune an melodyne side by side and I like the way melodyne worked and sounded a lot better.