It’s not just Autotune – how singers cheat today (Pop Theory)

It’s not just Autotune – how singers cheat today (Pop Theory)

So I’ve got to know if you want to go So you may think that someone like Louise
here would not be able to become a world class pop star… Not with that voice right?! But with modern vocal production, it’s more
than possible. Let me show you how. Hello, and Welcome to “Pop Theory”, the
series where we dive into the secrets of modern pop music. This episode is all about vocal production,
that is, how to make a singer sound as good as possible in the studio. You’re probably already familiar with Auto-Tune,
or rather, pitch correction. Do you know what auto-tune is? Auto? It sounds a little bit like a robot. Like a robot? When you don’t really have a lot of talent,
press the Auto-Tune and make it sound perfect. If I would tell you that Taylor Swift uses
Auto-Tune, would that change… I don’t think that Taylor uses that kind of
stuff. Justin Bieber uses auto-tune?! For most people “Auto-Tune” has become
synonymous for all kinds vocal processing. But actually, the branded processor Auto-Tune
can only do a specific set of things. The first hit single to use Auto-Tune was
Cher’s “Believe,” and it used the most extreme setting, making it sound robotic in
a way. That kind of sound had not been heard before,
so within a year of the release of “Believe,” Auto-Tune had been sold to every major studio
in the world. The inventor said that Auto-Tune might be
to music what Photoshop is to photography: everyone uses it, but not many are keen to
admit it. Let’s quickly listen to what Auto-Tune can
do. Here I have a short phrase of me singing. “Just because I… I want you to love me.” Okay, so let’s try to put Auto-Tune on it. “Just because I… I want you to love me.” Can you hear the subtle difference? It’s a bit more accurate and you could say
that it’s got more of a “pop” sound to it This is the Retune Speed wheel which changes
how extreme the effect is. You can get the effect from Cher’s “Believe”
by turning the wheel to 0, while turning it the other way will make the effect less and
less noticeable. Basically, Auto-Tune takes the incoming signal,
that is, the voice, and takes it to the closest note, making it in pitch. You can think of it sort of like a guitar
where wherever you push on the neck, you’ll get a real note because of the frets, but
the voice without Auto-Tune is more like a violin, where you have to kind of slide around
sometimes to get to the note you want. The pitch of a note is defined by its frequency,
and is measured in Hertz. The note A has a frequency of about 440 Hz
while the closest note above it, A sharp, has a frequency of about 466. So if I would sing a note in between these
two frequencies, Auto-Tune would try to correct it either to A sharp or to A. And if the note
I’m singing is actually pretty much perfectly inbetween these two notes Auto-Tune might
have trouble identifying which note I am going for and it would create a “warbling” effect,
like this. “I want you to love me.” But changing the frequency is only part
of what Auto-Tune does. Have you ever wondered why speeding up a song
sounds like a chipmunk is singing? It’s because you are increasing the frequency
of the sound. But it also means you’re shortening the
note. So the cool thing that Auto-Tune does is that
it changes the frequency AND the length of the note. First, we record every phrase of the song
on its own five times. We make sure that Louise sings in a few different
ways so we have more options later. “That’s perfect, let’s do that” Once
we have the best possible takes from the singer, let’s get to the production magic. Through a process known as “comping,”
we’ll listen and find the best parts of every take we recorded, and combine them. This creates a sort of Frankenstein’s Monster
where sometimes every note comes from a different take! Then we do some cutting and time-stretching to make sure that every note is exactly as long as we want. Now, I’ll use a combination of two separate
tools, Melodyne and Auto-Tune, to sort out the pitch. “I can’t make it on my own, I can’t
make it on my own.” Finally, I use the original vocal to generate
dubs and backing vocals to give it a bigger, fuller sound. “I can’t make it on my own…” Do you think that you guys could be pop singers? Anyone can be nowadays. You can get anyone off the street, Auto-Tune
it. (Singing) And then Auto-Tune kind of… (Singing) Brings it together. *random man passing by singing* So is vocal
production a bad thing? As with anything, I wouldn’t say that the
answer is a clear “yes” or “no”. There are a few positive things that modern
vocal production has allowed for in music. First off, more precise vocal recordings. And secondly, it has allowed for faster work
flows in the studio meaning that your favourite artists can make music way faster. And thirdly, it has allowed people like T-pain,
Kanye, and Drake to make music in new ways sounding kind of like robots, but it’s like
a new aesthetic for singing. So even though your favourite artist probably
“cheats” a bit in the studio, try to remember that the tracks that you love by them might
not have existed without this technology speeding up their workflow. So with that in mind let’s listen to what
vocal production has done for Louise. I don’t want to be alone anymore, anymore. I can’t make it on my own anymore, anymore. So I gotta know If you want to go Grab a cup of joe And then buy me a dog, a
dog, a dog, a dog

100 thoughts on “It’s not just Autotune – how singers cheat today (Pop Theory)

  1. Please turn on notifications – I don't upload very often, but when I do it's good stuff! Appreciate you all 👊

  2. How to scare a pop musician in 1 simple step: Jazz theory. Or Dm7add11 works too.

  3. An artist that i have a good amount of respect for is Robyn. I actually met the guy who taught her production to begin with.

  4. Toto does not cheat. They got cheated on their album that was autotuned. I listened to the pre autotune from an attendee of the concert who recorded it and Bobby Kimball did not need it at all.

  5. Brilliant!

  6. 1:04 that's TTK (Twins Talk K-Pop)

  7. Ohh I see

  8. 4:14 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  9. sounds eerily like carly rae jepsen at 3:57. woah

  10. Musicians from the lowest to highest levels use comping because when they are in the studio and they are about to release a recording to the world that they can't change afterward, they want to put out the best performance possible, and really, it isn't cheating if they are taking the best parts from multiple takes. It's a simple fact that a musician will play a song a little differently each time (not necessarily worse), and if the chorus sounds good on the first take, but the verse on the second is better, why not comp from both? Furthermore, spending endless hours in the studio trying to get a single, perfect take with zero mistakes and no comping is unrealistic, not to mention exhausting on the musician and expensive, as studio time costs money.
    For example, Adele uses comping in the studio to get the best of each take for a song, but live she just sings; of course it isn't perfect, but in a live setting people go to see her and to hear her "raw" voice.

  11. Yah …but question for you…as far as basic auto tune features go how do I achieve my best trippy 90s Cher robo “sound” when I can sing on pitch for almost all my songs vocals 🤯…I’m not looking for just a random warble here and there. 😂 if you’re not singing out of tune of whatever almost like on purpose (and yes that’s a South Park nod) the desired sound effect can’t be achieved smoothly to your actual singing. But I’m sure there’s some other vocal production trick for that (I just don’t know it 😋 🤖) …oh random last thought knowing Cher can the drastic sound from believe achieved because the only way to apply it to her vocals was having cranked all the way up? Or is it just a neat bi-product of overproduction? I really wish it was NOT used as commonly as it is during live performances but…🤷‍♀️ 🤦‍♀️

  12. hey is this song youve auto tune is finish haha im lss to this song XD

  13. Liked the video for its smooth editing more than content

  14. Milli Vanilli called, they want their Grammy back.

  15. Live singers also sing through a computer running Autotune.

  16. Why did this get recommended to me now?

  17. whats wrong with ur hair??? LMAO HOLY SHIT MY DUDE WTF IS THAT HAHAHAHAHA

  18. How did you MAKE the Background vocals?.. you got a video on that?.. Great vid.. thanks for sharing!

  19. Roomie before he loved jonas

  20. Juast fucking destroys her

  21. I keep getting an ad that saids vaping is bad but I just a kid and obviously I don’t vape

  22. I think everyone who watching this video want to see how you make this dubs and backing vocal and how You get this effect. Its very helpfull to see this. Greets

  23. Ur gay as cancerr

  24. Good stuff man.

  25. Hi what sorftwars is it

  26. Hey tpain actually can sing pretty damn well he just uses autotune

  27. Even as someone who has never used autotune before, to call autotune cheating in music is like saying that using a drill instead of a screwdriver in construction is cheating.
    Ps. "Cheating" and "illegal" are not the same thing, and shortcuts are not bad by default so do what works best for you!

  28. she doesn't know how to sing

  29. Incredibly interesting and useful, thx.

  30. Stop spreading this cancer

  31. Damn

  32. Intro: Blur – Song 2

  33. buy me a cup of joe nigga what


  35. Do a video step by step on how Michael Jackson recorded before auto tune without digital gear

  36. autotune is despicable

  37. איזה זונה

  38. This is the reason I really don't listen to pop or bla bla they are shit so shit.. I do metal pantera

  39. Niki and Sammy in a Roomie video!

  40. Asshole

  41. no way!

  42. It’s funny how people legitimately think that there are artists that don’t have producers and are good at singing it is actually unprofessional not to send your audio. To a producer

  43. Am I the only one who keeps coming back here to listen to Louise's song 4:56 because damn it's such a bop. I wish he released the full version of it lol

  44. Which software is this??

  45. Really late to comment on this video, but the title is a bit click-bait-y: you titled it 'not just autotune', but you didn't mention any other techniques singers use to 'cheat'…? Maybe I've missed the point?

  46. Cher's name is a homonym of "share," not "shear."

  47. 2019 anyone

  48. I'm all for this im trying to put together something… n my voice is horrible sounding ….. n a good example when i heard the new Green Day song Father of all… i thought that was FX

  49. So can someone tell me what program I should use to learn how to do that production with pitch correction and editing?

    And what I can use for it for free as well if that exists?

  50. Needs EQ reverb and a lil delay on the adlibs 🤙🏾

  51. I love that song

  52. Why on earth would I ever buy anyone a dock a dock a dock?

  53. Making music faster – that's a guaranteed way to get quality

  54. 4:15 😂

  55. If someone can sing a cappella… they can sing. If someone can sing accompanied by a piano or guitar unplugged… they can sing. Most "artists" today couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.

  56. No I can't see any difference

  57. Why do you call the note above A "A#" ?

  58. A is not 440 Hz – that was a NAZI alteration to supposedly make people more aggressive and receptive to fascist ideas, because 440 Hz is in dissonance with Earth frequencies and various constants. Much later, some creepy people made it into an ISO standard.
    But the correct frequency is 432 Hz and this is not random or arbitrary. Use Google to find out…

  59. Magix said Chers song was their software elastic audio which i like alot more than Autotune.

  60. yeah so u said this video isn't all about autotune… it kinda is bro

  61. Rip Pop t_t , Sad life..

  62. Why this girly male feminist hair?

  63. To give a style why not. But i really dislike the sound it make. Well i mostly listen jazz ans classical to run far away from auto tune world 😀 just kiding

  64. 4:09 bruh is that yungblood😂

  65. Why am I watching this now?

  66. “And then buy me a dog oh ohg” best lyrics lmao

  67. Zack & Cody had a little brother

  68. See, I knew I wasn't trippin'. Auto-tune does make you sound like a robot. I cain't stand auto-tune. Now wait now! They can give you vibrato too? Dang. See, this just opened my eyes. This is why EVERYBODY is an artist nowadays. I'm slightly disgusted right now.

  69. That was rad!

  70. If you think auto tune makes you sing better,perfectly or can make u pop star. It’s probably evident you’ve never taken vocal classes, been in performing arts or sound engineering. You still have to be on key have breathe control and among other things. Like he says but doesn’t emphasize. It will correct the vocal to the closest note. But unless you were born with the strange genetic phenomenon of perfect pitch you may not even realize that note isn’t perfect. It would sound perfect to you. Auto tune is a just Incase if there is something odd you can’t hear in post production. If you use it for a whole track to “make you sing” you sound like a robot. It’s not auto tune alone. It’s slight auto tune layering , reverb delay and a lot more. But also the person still has to be on key.

  71. the quality and effects on a voice can enhance the feelings that a song is trying to say

  72. 5:20 grab a cup of joe

    who is joe???

  73. damn it went from a solid 6 to a 8

  74. lol that hair looks like a fan is turned on high behind you and blowing your hair forward

  75. Drake can actually sing though.

    But T-Pain most definitely can not.

  76. A dog a dog a dog


  78. A little correction to the title. "how pop artists cheat today"….not singers.

  79. Artists with auto tune are like babies pressing the 'demo song' button on a keyboard instrument.

  80. It doesn’t surprise me.
    That’s why it put me off now to go to a concert

  81. I was like "Should I order the game online? hmm? hmm? hmmm?"

  82. Your a god

  83. If you can't sing don't sing don't cheat your way in for money

  84. Very cool Rami

  85. 4:13 this dude looks like Andy from The Walking Dead Telltale series and Gta 3

  86. The good 'ol days when Rami had a Justin Bieber hairstyle

  87. bro how do yall ppl not know every big artist uses autotune… shit every type of artist uses autotune at least once.

  88. It’s not just auto tune, but…over half the video is about auto tune 😂😂😂

  89. Hair style of a 5 years old boy made by mama

  90. where can i download free auto tune please

  91. Makes me f…. sick cause i am a real singer and have never used that garbage!!!!!!

  92. Fwequinci

  93. Please release the song…!!!!

  94. buy me a dog dog dog hahaha .

  95. which software your are using?

  96. Stooge!!!

  97. she wasn't even that bad before lol

  98. if you want truly talented singers that made it big in music without Auto-Tune, you will need to go back prior to 1997.

  99. that's harsh bro, tough love I guess

  100. Sinatra, Martin and Crosby as well as the ladies of song , are rolling in their graves, griting their teeth

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