Soundtrap Auto-Tune® powered by Antares
What is Auto-Tune®?
Auto-Tune® was invented in 1997 by engineer Andy Hildebrand for Antares Audio Technology. It’s a software application that automatically changes a vocal, or voice recording, to a desired pitch.
Not many vocalists can sing perfectly in tune throughout a whole performance. That’s why pitch correction is sometimes needed in editing. Auto-Tune® is a way of automating the pitch correction process, so the vocals align perfectly with the instruments in just an easy setting.
How to use Antares Auto-Tune® in Soundtrap
In order to pitch correct your vocals using Auto-Tune® you need to record a vocalist singing or rapping in the Soundtrap Studio.
Do you already have a vocal recording laying around? No problem! Import the audio file to your project and start editing. Read more about how to record vocals in Soundtrap here.
Find the song key
Once you’ve recorded or imported your vocals, you need to find out what key the song is in. The Auto-Tune® setting needs to be in the same key as your song in order to sound good. If you created the song in Soundtrap, the song key is provided on the bottom panel of the studio.
Apply the effect
Hover over the recorded vocal region in your project and click “Edit”. Choose Auto-Tune® from the dropdown menu and your Antares Auto-Tune® plugin will open.
Pick the amount of Auto-Tune® you want to apply to your vocals, ranging from Light to Heavy. For that robotic Auto-Tune® effect you hear in trap and electronic music, pick Heavy. For just a slight correction to your vocals, pick Light.
Set the key and scale of your song. Your vocals will auto-correct according to this key. If you have used loops or MIDI instruments in Soundtrap, the key of the song is specified in the project.
Click save and Auto-Tune® will be applied to the vocal region you chose.
A few tips
If you don’t know which key your song is in, this website can help you find the key by exporting your project from Soundtrap and uploading the audio file to it.
You can also use the setting All Notes (Chromatic) if you’re unsure which key your song is. Or you can edit the scale manually by clicking on the notes in the plugin.
Adjust the settings until it sounds good. Every voice is different and some tweaking is necessary before you achieve the perfect Auto-Tune® effect.