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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It Had To Happen - A Mixer With Auto-Tune

Peavy Mixer with Auto-Tune image
I guess it had to happen sooner or later. Peavy has introduced a line of mixers (the AT series) that has built-in Auto-Tune.

This is obviously aimed at entry-level artists and bands, and I don't blame Peavy or Antares for doing it because there was probably a demand, but it sure sends the wrong message to musicians who should be spending their time trying to get better rather than relying on technology to fix their mistakes.

Technology is wonderful in that it allows us to do so much more than we could do in the past. For instance, today's typical home studio is far more powerful than anything The Beatles ever had available to them (although it doesn't sound near as good).

That said, technology can also hide the performance warts that were glaring in the past that forced the performer to actually practice the craft in order to get better at it.

I don't blame anyone for wanting to sound their best, and this blog and most of my books and coaching programs have been dedicated to that for years, but there's no shortcut to greatness. You still have to put the time in, and no amount of Auto-Tune will sonically paper that over.

One problem I see today is that much of the time that used to be spent practicing and rehearsing is instead dedicated to learning music and audio hardware and software. While that's a necessary evil, it still draws attention away from a musician's primary asset, which is playing music.

So I'll get off my soapbox now and wish Peavy well with the product as well as its users, but if you're using it, please do so as a temporary solution until you get your chops together for both your sake and ours.

Thanks to Dave King for the heads up on this.


ENIGMUE said...

the soapbox comes out on this one, eh?

While I agree there's no real hortcut to greatness/fame, using/abusing Autotune will not hurt your career. Maybe only if you were unintelligible in the first place. See, Future & Chief Keef

I would love you to breakdown "F* Up Some Commas" & "Love Sosa", respectively, and try to explain why they became hits.

Rand said...

Seriously? Another gadget to cheat with?

If you have to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, then you shouldn't call yourself a musician. Find another career where shortcuts, instead of paying your dues, deserves respect instead of ridicule.


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