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Radio prgrm on pitch-correction software

YorkshireYankee 23 May 13 - 10:19 PM
Larry The Radio Guy 23 May 13 - 10:30 PM
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Subject: Radio prgrm on pitch-correction software
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 23 May 13 - 10:19 PM

I heard a fascinating programme about pitch-correction software on BBC Radio 4 a few days ago. I really enjoyed it, so here's a link to it in case anyone else is interested:

And a description of the programme:

Duration: 28 minutes
First broadcast: Monday 20 May 2013 (4 p.m. U.K. time, so you should be able to get it on "Listen Again" up until 3.30-3.45 p.m. (10.30-10.45 a.m. EST) this coming Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May)

"Audiences need never suffer out-of-tune singing again, thanks to the development of pitch-correction software. But as well as correcting the inadequate, it has become a tool for new and creative ways of performing and recording.

"Presenter Catherine Bott is a Classical singer, broadcaster and experienced session musician. She visits a recording studio to see how the software works, and bravely submits her own voice for analysis by deliberately singing out of tune.

"Surprisingly, one of the best-known examples of pitch correction software - Auto-Tune - was developed by a former oil industry engineer working on the development of acoustic tests for interpreting seismic data. Dr Andy Hildebrand realised that the same technology could be used to analyse and modify pitch in audio files without affecting vocal quality. Catherine talks to Andy about how he came to develop the software.

"Catherine also looks at the creative use of pitch correction software - starting with the iconic use of the effect in Cher's 1998 single Believe, where extreme use of the effect creates a robotic vocal style used later by Kanye West and Channy Leaneagh singer with from the band Poliça. She visits composer and producer Steve Pycroft in his studio to see how the effect can be used on her vocals on a specially-arranged piece of Baroque music.

"And the negative side of pitch correction is also explored - is it encouraging singers to be lazy, knowing that any tuning errors can always be 'fixed in the mix'?

"With contributions from studio engineers Tom Bailey and Olga Fitzroy, music critics Tom Ewing and Neil McKenzie, and Channy Leaneagh of Poliça."

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Subject: RE: Radio prgrm on pitch-correction software
From: Larry The Radio Guy
Date: 23 May 13 - 10:30 PM

I must confess I've never used it. But it might be fun to fool around with it. I find as I get older I become more and more 'challenged' to stay in pitch. Yet....can you still do quarter tones or slides?

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Subject: RE: Radio prgrm on pitch-correction software
From: Marje
Date: 24 May 13 - 04:03 AM

Be careful what you wish for. I'm quite particular about pitch when I listen to singing, and if a singer is out of pitch I just can't relax and listen properly. And yet .... recently I listened to some YouTube clips of a well known folk singer. The first ones I listened to, from a live gig, were delightful. Then I found some other clips that were more highly processed and produced, and I'm convinced she'd been auto-tuned. There had been nothing wrong with her pitching in the first place, but somehow the auto-tuning removed the expression and the character from her singing and gave it a less human quality.

Many good singers make tiny variations in the pitch for particular effect, often intuitively, without knowing exactly what they're doing. A note that occurs twice, let's say on an upward run and then on a downward run, might come out frationally different in those two positions in the melody when sung naturally, but auto-tuning will remove that subtlety.

If you're worried about your own pitch, practise against recordings or instruments; record yourself and listen back to it; or just sing unaccompanied and really listen as you sing - but don't for heaven's sake just give up and sing badly and lazily with the idea of correcting it electronically. If you do that, you'll just be on a downward spiral and find it ever more difficult to get it right on pitch.


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