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

Mel Steinberg saxofon at pacbell.net
Tue Jul 6 14:18:00 EDT 2004

A great E-Mail.

I did some ProTool overdubs recently on tenor saxophone.  When I asked 
the producer/engineer if we could do another pass on a section as I felt 
the high Eb was a little down, he stated that:  "it was OK, we can fix 
it with AutoTune."  What bothered me was that there were notes that I 
DID want a little detuning on, and that it was ALL out of my hands at 
that point. 


Professional Musician - Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet

Alastair Couper wrote:

> The technology is interesting, to be sure. But what does it say about 
> the  state of artistry these days ? I recently read an interview with 
> David  Crosby, decrying the rise of autotune plugins and the like. He 
> spent his  energies on learning to sing on pitch. These days 
> performers don't need to  sing at all, they just mouth tracks that 
> were autotuned in the studio. And  another interview has James Brown 
> saying: don't use a drum machine, learn  to play the drums. The best 
> music comes from the mastery of an instrument  or vocal skill, not 
> from editing.
> I have watched as I try various tools to bang my playing into shape, 
> and  am finally deciding that this is the wrong way to go. Spitiual 
> death is  around the corner. Live music is best. Music is meant to be 
> PLAYED after  all, not worked. Or worked over.
> A minority opinion from a nobody. Given the state of the "industry"  
> though, it's going to be like Photoshop for audio, where there is no  
> physical point of reference anymore, and anything can be morphed into  
> anything.

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