[linux-audio-user] Note tuning and quantizer in audio files

Them idragosani at chapelperilous.net
Tue Jul 6 11:02:20 EDT 2004

Alejandro Lopez wrote:

> I'm sorry to say I totally lack any hands-on experience with these. I 
> sometimes hear of this or that software which makes use of this 
> technology, I seem to remember being told about some plugin for Cubase 
> VST something like 5 years ago already for instance, supposedly it did 
> audio quantize automagically. Also something like a couple of years ago 
> someone told me about another tool for Windows which has its own 
> frontend. With it, you would use samples to actually compose melodies 
> and the software would adjust notes. All things I've never tried myself. 
> As for Linux, I'm absolutely clueless in all respects. However, I can 
> well remember that, a bit to my embarrassment, our engineer once used a 
> hardware version of a tuner in a trumpet take (that was me playing, oh 
> well!). It was one of these module shaped affects that you use as 
> send-return. The results were just amazing. I believe they are used all 
> the time in studios as I've always seen them around since then.

I have a friend who runs a Pro Tools-based semi-pro studio in his 
basement (and just about had to take out a second mortgage to pay for 
it!), and he showed me some plugins that handle note tuning.  He played 
me an example with a singer unprocessed and then processed.  It was 
pretty neat, to say the least, but I have to say that the end result 
sounded over-processed to my ears.  It can make a mediocre singer sound 
good, that's for sure!  I'm not sure I would use it for something like a 
guitar, though, where subtle nuances in fingering could be ruined by 
trying to tune microtonic bends.

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