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->''"That's Auto-Tune, son! It lets you sing... ''even if you can't sing!''"''
-->-- '''Thugnificent''', ''TheBoondocks'', "Bitches to Rags"

Auto-Tune is a pitch correction software suite offered by Antares Audio Technologies. While neither the only software of its kind on the market nor the first method of pitch correction, its high flexibility and ease of use quickly shot it to such prominence that it may qualify as a BrandNameTakeover.

Auto-Tune was conceived in the mid-nineties not by an audio engineer, but a seismic analyst working for Exxon named Andy Hildebrand. When asked at a party if he could use his software to modify a singer's pitch, he developed Auto-Tune. The first version of the software was released in 1997.

Auto-Tune was originally intended as a way to correct notes sung flat or sharp by less than a semi-tone, but it was discovered to create a robotic sound when driven much further and combined with abrupt pitch shifts. The first (successful) usage of this style was on the 1998 number one {{Cher}} single "Believe", but because this method was kept as a trade secret at the time, it took a couple years for other artists such as Music/DaftPunk to discover it.

The act of distorting vocals for a robotic effect is not new in and of itself, having been used since the 70's with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocoder vocoder]], but this was mostly relegated to funk and electronica, both niche markets. Using Auto-Tune for a similar effect didn't become prominent until the arrival of {{T-Pain}} in 2005. Unlike other artists that relegated it to subtle uses or genres aiming for a digitalized sound, T-Pain used it obviously and flagrantly on nearly all of his releases. His huge success led to a [[FollowTheLeader slew of imitators]] within pop, R&B, and hip hop. Within a very short period, Auto-Tune distortion became the norm rather than the exception.

With the wide adoption of Auto-Tune, the technique quickly became a source of controversy both within and in discussion about the music industry. The major criticism is how the program strips all the personality and subtle harmonics from a performer's voice, leaving those who utilize it sounding near-identical with each other. This ties in with the criticism that it is inherently lazy and dishonest: because the software ensures perfect pitch, the actual capabilities of the singer are a moot point. These arguments exclude artists who use it primarily to distort their voices into the aforementioned robotic sound, but ''they'' catch their own flak for their (perceived) [[FollowTheLeader unoriginality]]. Auto-Tune is such a source of InternetBackdraft that in many circles, it's actually used as a general insult against singers regardless of context.

Still, with the majority of the best-selling singles and albums utilizing the method, it's unlikely to fade away any time soon.

See also the LoudnessWar, the other major controversy within the music industry.

Compare SyntheticVoiceActor.

'''Please remember that TropesAreNotBad and not to use this as a TakeThat page.'''

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!!Examples of artists, albums, and songs using Auto-Tune as a method of distortion include:

[[AC:AlternativeRock]]
* The TheyMightBeGiants song "Bastard Wants To Hit Me". For... some reason.
** It is also used more seriously (ha) on most of their following album, The Else.
* {{Radiohead}} used it twice on their album ''Amnesiac''. In "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box", Autotune set to extreme settings was used to distort the vocals into a vaguely unsettling robotic melody (the BrokenRecord lyrics don't help), and on "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors", Thom spoke the lyrics instead of singing them and then ran them through Autotune, producing crazy pitch-shifts that fit well with the already very ParanoiaFuel music.
** On "TKOL RMX 1234567," two songs feature autotune; like on Amnesiac, it's used for artistic purposes. "Codex (Illum Sphere RMX)" and "Little By Little (Caribou RMX)" use it to alter the melody of the original song into an entirely new one.
** "Kid A" (the song, not the album) features an autotune or vocoder effect that distorts the vocal part and makes it entirely incomprehensible. This was done because, while the lyrics themselves are simply rather unsettling, they apparently represent something truly horrific to [[CloudCuckooLander Thom Yorke]], and he wanted to separate himself from it. He's never confirmed what exactly that horrific thing is, but considering the pied piper imagery and the disturbing lyrical outtakes that can be found on the Radiohead website, it looks rather like it's about rape or pedophilia. Other theories include mind control and the first human clone. The song was written while Yorke was [[CreatorBreakdown regularly hallucinating and having out-of-body experiences, among other things.]]
* Quietdrive's cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time" uses it subtly but noticeably, as does Ashley Tisdale's version.
* Electric Light Orchestra's ''Time'' album: the first track, "Prelude", contains what many consider the first ever use of auto-tune in music history. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2IsSCGemOY Listen for yourself.]]
[[AC:CountryMusic]]
* It's safe to assume that pretty much any pop/country/R&B/etc singer performing after the advent of AutoTune uses it. Once you start hearing it, you can't unhear it.
** Hell, even long-established country stars like GeorgeStrait.
* A more obvious example is the end of "Stuck Like Glue" by {{Sugarland}}.

[[AC:ElectronicMusic]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISZJom-VeVo 2 Girlz]] is what you get when you apply Autotune to the Music/{{Cascada}} "hands-up" style.
** Cascada themselves use it in "Evacuate The Dancefloor" and many others on the album of that name and ''Original Me''.
* Caramell of "Caramelldansen" fame.
* The album ''Discovery'' by Music/DaftPunk. Although, to be fair, Guy and Thomas also employed other voice processing tactics such as vocoders and talkboxes.
** Since the ''entire point'' of the band is to sound like robots, [[TropesAreNotBad nobody is complaining]].
** The band themselves were once asked what they thought about Auto-Tune, and Thomas Bangalter compared the opposition to it to a near-MoralPanic in France when they were children, where some musicians attempted to ban synthesizers.
* Electric Valentine, especially "Automatic" and "Chasing The Sun". They also frequently use vocoders. Averted by their live performances.
* Not even the Eurobeat genre is safe from the Autotune/vocoder plague:
** April - Hanami, from Super Eurobeat 196.
** David Dima's Eurobeat remake of DuranDuran's "Save A Prayer".
** Jay Lehr's "Little Little Star".
** Lilly - "You Got the Power" and "Back Into the 80s", a rare use of Autotune by Hi-NRG Attack.
* HotChip uses this occasionally, although they mostly avoid it.
* Kandystand's "Black Pearl" and "Disco Queen" blatantly feature Autotune.
* Just about all Nu Italo does this. E.g.: Eiffel 65 - "Blue"; Kim Lukas - "All I Really Want"; Sarina Paris - "Just About Enough". It's a defining feature (and, depending on [[http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide/ who you ask]], not necessarily bad.)
** ATC's "Around the World (La La La La La)" didn't originally use Autotune, but Auburn's "La La La", which samples that song, uses it to excess.
* Oscillator X, particularly "Party People All Night Long", "Dynamo", and "Safety Net".
* Genki Rockets, the band of Tetsuya Mizuguchi, creator of ''{{Lumines}}'', ''{{Rez}}'', and ''ChildOfEden''. Most notably in "Breeze".
* {{Lights}}, especially in "Saviour".
* OwlCity uses vocoder.
* {{Covenant}} and Necro Facility's "Lightbringer" uses a T-Pain-like vocoder on the verse vocals.
* Dune - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pzzz7xcCyo "Dark Side of the Moon"]].
* Groove Coverage used it in the chorus of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k6A6VZ3KWE "A Million Tears"]], and a few other songs.
* Not necessarily Autotune, but Assemblage 23's "Automaton" uses a robotic vocoder, which is fairly uncommon for him.
* Little Boots in "Remedy". Most of her other songs avoid it or use it more subtly.
* {{Inna}} uses it in "Wow", and to a lesser extent "Endless".
* Cylab, in the bridge section of "Greys".
[[AC:HipHop]]
* BlackEyedPeas. While the guys use it frequently, in a song Fergie opted to go with a robotic voice so different from her normal sound that it was unmistakably Auto-Tuned but really hard to tell that it was Fergie.
* KanyeWest's album ''808s & Heartbreak'' features nothing but autotuned vocals, apparently because West [[RuleOfFun thinks autotuners are the funnest things ever]]. Judging by the weirdness of the video for "Love Lockdown", the album's first single, the sterility was a desired effect.
-->'''[[ActorAllusion Kenny West]]:''' Alright, alright, I know, you think you're so hot, question is: ''[[TheClevelandShow can you sing like a robot?]]''
** OlderThanTheyThink, though: Kanye actually first used Auto-Tune in his 2004 debut album to modify John Legend's voice on a track.
** Kanye has also used Auto-Tune for rapping (like on T.I. and Jay-Z's "Swagga Like Us") and in combination with distortion and other processing for more dramatic effects (like the coda to his song "Runaway", where he sounds like a guitar solo.)
* Hip-hop/R&B artist {{T-Pain}} is the TropeCodifier, though arguably different than most usages since he uses it blatantly to sound like a robot and not just to make it sound like he can sing.
** He stated that [[http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2011/06/t_pain_vocal_effect_autotune.php he wants to move on from using Auto-Tune]] and instead start using different vocal effects called the "T-Pain Effect."
* ''EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' uses this for StephenHawking rather than the program the real Hawking uses to speak. This is because if you've ever heard Stephen Hawking speak, you know you can't ''rap'' with that program.

[[AC:Indie Music]]
* Many songs from Disko Warp Records, including their remix of Melody & Mezzo's "I Wanna Be Your Star".
* ImogenHeap makes creative use of vocal processing, both in her solo work and with FrouFrou. Averted by her breakout solo hit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHk2lLaDzlM "Hide and Seek"]], which used a keyboard vocoder instead of Auto-Tune.
* Rediscover is a case of a band with terminal Vocoderitis; seriously, they can't go through at least one song without the thing.
* BonIver uses autotune in the songs "Wolves" and "Beth/Rest". Taking it even further, "Woods" is nothing ''but'' autotuned vocals, layered one on top of another.

[[AC:{{Pop}} Music]]
* Ark Music Factory's entire output applies heavy doses of autotune. The most infamous of these is Music/{{Friday}}.
* In the aftermath of the 2010 disaster in Haiti, many pop stars released a cover of USA For Africa's Anvilicious yet still well-made and popular collaborative hit, "We Are The World." Unfortunately, since they were primarily ''modern pop artists'', they couldn't record it without [[HateDom auto-tuning it until everybody hated them]].
* The {{Cher}} single "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbXiECmCZ94 Believe]]" is the TropeMaker.
* BritneySpears either caused or inspired the trend of electronically making your voice robotic after Cher, did with Believe, with her album Blackout and her singing in the song Piece Of Me.
* F.L.Y. {{egregious}}ly uses it in {{Retraux}} synth pop/rock.
* [[TheHills Heidi Montag]] used an autotuner for her debut album ''Superficial''.
* Darkchild's remix of JenniferLopez's "If You Had My Love".
** JenniferLopez's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuuRR7-PGpA cover of The Shocking Blue/Bananarama's "Venus"]].
* Kelly Rose (the American one, not the New Zealand one)'s "Stupid Memory" and "Head Turn". Also, the other KR's "Outta Sight".
* {{Kesha}}. In "Tik Tok", even the rap/spoken words are autotuned.
** Let's face it, most of her work is vocodered.
* Music/LadyGaga, in portions of "Monster" and "So Happy I Could Die" and "Poker Face"
* Music/MileyCyrus in "Party in the USA".
* The UrExample is ''Fragments of Life'' by one hit wonder Roy Vedas.
* With her album, ''She Wolf'', especially the eponymous single, even {{Shakira}} has acquired vocoderitis, [[LoudnessWar among other things]].
* Jordin Sparks, notably in "S.O.S.(Let the Music Play)" and parts of "One Step at a Time".
* KatyPerry.
* MichaelBuble uses it sometimes. Very apparent on "Haven't Met You Yet" and his cover of "All I Want for Christmas is You."
* DavidGuetta uses for the distortion effect on NickiMinaj on their song "Turn Me On".
** Ditto for the chorus of Minaj's "Starships".
* The Madonna cover group Mad'House, especially on "Holiday".
* fun. uses this extensively on their album Some Nights, particularly in "Stars," "One Foot" and a segment of the title track.
[[AC:R&B Music]]
* Jason Derulo.

[[AC:[[RockAndRoll Rock Music]]]]
* "If I" by Fiori.
* The 2007 {{Maroon 5}} album ''It Won't Be Soon Before Long''.
** Maroon 5 basically in general. "She Will Be Loved" marked a point where Auto-Tune was used so excessively to create perfect pitch that it's often the song that initiates casual music listeners to be able to detect its use in other songs.
* Among the strangest examples of this was NeilYoung's largely forgotten experimental album ''Trans''. On several of the tracks (including a remake of "Mr. Soul"), the vocals were 'sung' using a Vocoder. According to Young, the album was in part inspired by the difficulty which his son Ben had trying to communicate; Ben has severe cerebral palsy and used the Vocoder to speak. Others feel that it was also meant as a reaction to the rather jangly synthpop coming out at the time, however. Regardless of the intended message, the album was a flop, though some critics saw it as a bold effort.
** A recent review suggested that Neil had been paying attention to {{Kraftwerk}} as well.
* Used for hauntingly beautiful effect on SafetySuit's album closer "Life Left to Go", a song about trying to keep a friend from committing suicide.
* "Only God Knows Why" by Music/KidRock. {{Website/Cracked}} joked in one of their articles that Kid should receive a MedalOfDishonor for {{egregious}}ly abusing the effect in the song.

[[AC:Soundtracks]]
* Used in Paz's ImageSong "Love Deterrence" in ''MetalGearSolid Peace Walker'', possibly for deliberate AnachronismStew effect since the game is set in TheSeventies.
* VideoGame/SonicGenerations uses it for their classic remix of "Escape from the City". Justified as it's paying tribute to and trying to match the pitch of the Endless Mine melody.

[[AC:Other Media]]
* ''{{Glee}}'' uses this by necessity, since TV production schedules don't allow them to do the number of takes that regular musicians would.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' uses this for computers and robots.

!!Examples of Auto-Tune as a topic of discussion and within contexts other than music include:

* Auto-Tune is part of the [=iPhone=] application "I AM T-PAIN". The backing tracks to a selection of T-Pain songs play and the user can sing along with their voice being distorted in the same style.
* {{Jay-Z}} released a song called "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" as a criticism of the method. After half the hip-hop community went up in arms over him performing the song live with T-Pain, he elaborated that the message was to leave the Auto-Tuning to people who actually use it for an artistic effect, as opposed to just for cleaning up sloppy vocal tracks. This group includes T-Pain and Kanye, and apparently LilWayne to a lesser extent. Whether his own ''blatant'' use of Auto-Tune on various tracks, including all of the sung parts on "Young Forever", counts as hypocrisy shall be left as an exercise for the reader.
* Using Auto-Tune in wildly inappropriate contexts (e.g. babies crying, cats meowing, normal conversation settings) has become something of a meme on Website/YouTube.
** The video series "[[AutoTuneTheNews Auto-Tune the News]]" does this with various news clips for comedic effect. It's hit a popular zenith with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMtZfW2z9dw "Bed Intruder Song"]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn swallows a computer, which enables him to distort his voice.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', a siren sings with an auto-tuned voice.
** In the live-action episode, Frylock is played by T-Pain, and several of his spoken lines are (appropriately) distorted.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart, Milhouse, Nelson and Ralph get drafted into a BoyBand. The band depends entirely on computer wizardry to make their singing listenable (which turns their singing voices into those of guest stars [=*NSYNC=]).
* Mentioned in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEgjgR4j2Mw this]] episode of {{Boondocks}}. (About 1:47 in.)
* PlayedForLaughs on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te4E1cx2J44 this]] ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' category from June 2010. You haven't lived until you've heard [[CrowningMomentOfFunny auto-tuned Trebek doing "Go Down, Moses."]]
* Korean rapper SanE deals a TakeThat to this, and to [[EarWorm "hook songs"]].
* The ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Studio Job" has Hardison attempt to pass Eliot off as a country music star by providing a real-time auto-tune effect for him. [[spoiler:He's horrified when he realizes it's not working, but it's okay: it turns out that ''Eliot doesn't need it''.]]
* ''RockBand 3'' has this (in real-time) for vocalists as an optional feature.
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Tracy is trying not to be seen acting badly at work while he's being filmed for his wife's reality show, which Liz uses to her advantage. Tracy then finds a loophole and starts singing everything to the tune of BillyJoel's "Uptown Girl", because the show can't afford the licensing rights. Liz counters with Auto-Tune to make the melody incomprehensible.
-->'''Liz:''' (flatly, into the autotuner) "Liz Lemon One, doo doo doo doo." That was me, singing Music/TheBeatles' "Here Comes the Sun" for free.
* Fox Sports Midwest has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlx258D7OJY commercial]] with Joe Buck and Tim [=McCarver=], stating that they are going to start broadcasting entire baseball games using Auto Tune. Joe Buck's reaction is priceless.
* The storm surrounding its use during the auditions phase may be what finally kills the UK version of ''TheXFactor''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc Glorious Dawn]] and the other [[http://symphonyofscience.com/ Symphony of Science]] songs autotune and set to music various related phrases said by scientists. Some of them are good, others less so.
* A subject of much contention on message boards devoted to the TV series ''{{Glee}}''. Was even lampshaded in the first episode of Season 2.
* All the songs from [[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]. Oddly, two of the songs you can download on their website right now lack the auto-tune, and everyone is ridiculously off-key.
* "Don't Copy That 2", the sequel to "Don't Copy That Floppy", uses Autotune on B Sheba's vocals during the bridge.
* ''SweetBroAndHellaJeff'''s "movie" deliberately invoked it as part of the video's SensoryAbuse shtick, because [[StylisticSuck everyone hates gratuitous Auto-Tune]]. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/sweetbroandhellajeff/movies/SBAHJthemovie1.html WII-IIITH THEIR TOKEN BLAaAaAaAck FRIEND, GEeEeEeEeROOoOoOoOoOMYyYyY!!]]
* {{Justified| Trope}} with "[[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Still Alive]]" and "[[Videogame/{{Portal2}} Want You Gone]]", since it's meant to sound like [[GLaDOS a computer]] is singing it.
** Not Auto-Tune, per se. There are lots of tutorials on the Internet showing the procedure Valve likely used for the GLaDOS voice effect (it comes VERY close, even with other voice actors).
** The same applies to Music/KateBush's 2011 reworking of "Deeper Understanding", much for the same reason.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkWdCU6m71A This version of]] [[DragonBallKai Dragon Soul]] has some rather noticeable spots where Auto-Tone is applied to SeanSchemmel's voice.
* ''Videogame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has Zimos, a pimp who after getting a tracheotomy had Auto-Tune installed in his voice box. In addition to the effect, it tunes his voice randomly.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' has Josey Jones, the Funk Zombie who speaks much likes Zimos. When Juliet first hears him however, she thinks he's imitating Stephen Hawking.
* ToddInTheShadows discusses Auto-Tune in his review of T-Pain's "5 O'Clock". Unlike most music critics, he doesn't mind it, calling it "a tool to be used well or used badly, just like anything else." He also Auto-Tunes the next two sentences of the review just for fun. At the end of the review, he makes his own verse about how the song would play out in real life, also done by him singing with Auto-Tune.
* ''WebAnimation/TheNekciMenijShow'' has all of its characters speaking in various Auto-Tuned and Text-To-Talk voices, presumably because [[TakeThat about 90% of the singers being parodied on the show abuse AutoTune.]] On one side of the scale, [[{{Music/Kesha}} Keshir]] doesn't sound like a human being due to being so Auto-Tuned; on the other, [[{{Music/Adele}} Adole]] is the most natural-sounding of the singers.
* In ''ModernFamily'', after Phil gives an impromptu humiliating speech at Claire's political debate, the speech goes viral. At least one YouTube user uses AutoTune to create a StupidStatementDanceMix out of it.
* On ''TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Darwin the fish sings two songs. The first one is Auto-Tuned, and the second is styled like a Disney VillainSong.
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->''"That's Auto-Tune, son! It lets you sing... ''even if you can't sing!''"''
-->-- '''Thugnificent''', ''TheBoondocks'', "Bitches to Rags"

Auto-Tune is a pitch correction software suite offered by Antares Audio Technologies. While neither the only software of its kind on the market nor the first method of pitch correction, its high flexibility and ease of use quickly shot it to such prominence that it may qualify as a BrandNameTakeover.

Auto-Tune was conceived in the mid-nineties not by an audio engineer, but a seismic analyst working for Exxon named Andy Hildebrand. When asked at a party if he could use his software to modify a singer's pitch, he developed Auto-Tune. The first version of the software was released in 1997.

Auto-Tune was originally intended as a way to correct notes sung flat or sharp by less than a semi-tone, but it was discovered to create a robotic sound when driven much further and combined with abrupt pitch shifts. The first (successful) usage of this style was on the 1998 number one {{Cher}} single "Believe", but because this method was kept as a trade secret at the time, it took a couple years for other artists such as Music/DaftPunk to discover it.

The act of distorting vocals for a robotic effect is not new in and of itself, having been used since the 70's with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocoder vocoder]], but this was mostly relegated to funk and electronica, both niche markets. Using Auto-Tune for a similar effect didn't become prominent until the arrival of {{T-Pain}} in 2005. Unlike other artists that relegated it to subtle uses or genres aiming for a digitalized sound, T-Pain used it obviously and flagrantly on nearly all of his releases. His huge success led to a [[FollowTheLeader slew of imitators]] within pop, R&B, and hip hop. Within a very short period, Auto-Tune distortion became the norm rather than the exception.

With the wide adoption of Auto-Tune, the technique quickly became a source of controversy both within and in discussion about the music industry. The major criticism is how the program strips all the personality and subtle harmonics from a performer's voice, leaving those who utilize it sounding near-identical with each other. This ties in with the criticism that it is inherently lazy and dishonest: because the software ensures perfect pitch, the actual capabilities of the singer are a moot point. These arguments exclude artists who use it primarily to distort their voices into the aforementioned robotic sound, but ''they'' catch their own flak for their (perceived) [[FollowTheLeader unoriginality]]. Auto-Tune is such a source of InternetBackdraft that in many circles, it's actually used as a general insult against singers regardless of context.

Still, with the majority of the best-selling singles and albums utilizing the method, it's unlikely to fade away any time soon.

See also the LoudnessWar, the other major controversy within the music industry.

Compare SyntheticVoiceActor.

'''Please remember that TropesAreNotBad and not to use this as a TakeThat page.'''

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!!Examples of artists, albums, and songs using Auto-Tune as a method of distortion include:

[[AC:AlternativeRock]]
* The TheyMightBeGiants song "Bastard Wants To Hit Me". For... some reason.
** It is also used more seriously (ha) on most of their following album, The Else.
* {{Radiohead}} used it twice on their album ''Amnesiac''. In "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box", Autotune set to extreme settings was used to distort the vocals into a vaguely unsettling robotic melody (the BrokenRecord lyrics don't help), and on "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors", Thom spoke the lyrics instead of singing them and then ran them through Autotune, producing crazy pitch-shifts that fit well with the already very ParanoiaFuel music.
** On "TKOL RMX 1234567," two songs feature autotune; like on Amnesiac, it's used for artistic purposes. "Codex (Illum Sphere RMX)" and "Little By Little (Caribou RMX)" use it to alter the melody of the original song into an entirely new one.
** "Kid A" (the song, not the album) features an autotune or vocoder effect that distorts the vocal part and makes it entirely incomprehensible. This was done because, while the lyrics themselves are simply rather unsettling, they apparently represent something truly horrific to [[CloudCuckooLander Thom Yorke]], and he wanted to separate himself from it. He's never confirmed what exactly that horrific thing is, but considering the pied piper imagery and the disturbing lyrical outtakes that can be found on the Radiohead website, it looks rather like it's about rape or pedophilia. Other theories include mind control and the first human clone. The song was written while Yorke was [[CreatorBreakdown regularly hallucinating and having out-of-body experiences, among other things.]]
* Quietdrive's cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time" uses it subtly but noticeably, as does Ashley Tisdale's version.
* Electric Light Orchestra's ''Time'' album: the first track, "Prelude", contains what many consider the first ever use of auto-tune in music history. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2IsSCGemOY Listen for yourself.]]
[[AC:CountryMusic]]
* It's safe to assume that pretty much any pop/country/R&B/etc singer performing after the advent of AutoTune uses it. Once you start hearing it, you can't unhear it.
** Hell, even long-established country stars like GeorgeStrait.
* A more obvious example is the end of "Stuck Like Glue" by {{Sugarland}}.

[[AC:ElectronicMusic]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISZJom-VeVo 2 Girlz]] is what you get when you apply Autotune to the Music/{{Cascada}} "hands-up" style.
** Cascada themselves use it in "Evacuate The Dancefloor" and many others on the album of that name and ''Original Me''.
* Caramell of "Caramelldansen" fame.
* The album ''Discovery'' by Music/DaftPunk. Although, to be fair, Guy and Thomas also employed other voice processing tactics such as vocoders and talkboxes.
** Since the ''entire point'' of the band is to sound like robots, [[TropesAreNotBad nobody is complaining]].
** The band themselves were once asked what they thought about Auto-Tune, and Thomas Bangalter compared the opposition to it to a near-MoralPanic in France when they were children, where some musicians attempted to ban synthesizers.
* Electric Valentine, especially "Automatic" and "Chasing The Sun". They also frequently use vocoders. Averted by their live performances.
* Not even the Eurobeat genre is safe from the Autotune/vocoder plague:
** April - Hanami, from Super Eurobeat 196.
** David Dima's Eurobeat remake of DuranDuran's "Save A Prayer".
** Jay Lehr's "Little Little Star".
** Lilly - "You Got the Power" and "Back Into the 80s", a rare use of Autotune by Hi-NRG Attack.
* HotChip uses this occasionally, although they mostly avoid it.
* Kandystand's "Black Pearl" and "Disco Queen" blatantly feature Autotune.
* Just about all Nu Italo does this. E.g.: Eiffel 65 - "Blue"; Kim Lukas - "All I Really Want"; Sarina Paris - "Just About Enough". It's a defining feature (and, depending on [[http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide/ who you ask]], not necessarily bad.)
** ATC's "Around the World (La La La La La)" didn't originally use Autotune, but Auburn's "La La La", which samples that song, uses it to excess.
* Oscillator X, particularly "Party People All Night Long", "Dynamo", and "Safety Net".
* Genki Rockets, the band of Tetsuya Mizuguchi, creator of ''{{Lumines}}'', ''{{Rez}}'', and ''ChildOfEden''. Most notably in "Breeze".
* {{Lights}}, especially in "Saviour".
* OwlCity uses vocoder.
* {{Covenant}} and Necro Facility's "Lightbringer" uses a T-Pain-like vocoder on the verse vocals.
* Dune - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pzzz7xcCyo "Dark Side of the Moon"]].
* Groove Coverage used it in the chorus of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k6A6VZ3KWE "A Million Tears"]], and a few other songs.
* Not necessarily Autotune, but Assemblage 23's "Automaton" uses a robotic vocoder, which is fairly uncommon for him.
* Little Boots in "Remedy". Most of her other songs avoid it or use it more subtly.
* {{Inna}} uses it in "Wow", and to a lesser extent "Endless".
* Cylab, in the bridge section of "Greys".
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* BlackEyedPeas. While the guys use it frequently, in a song Fergie opted to go with a robotic voice so different from her normal sound that it was unmistakably Auto-Tuned but really hard to tell that it was Fergie.
* KanyeWest's album ''808s & Heartbreak'' features nothing but autotuned vocals, apparently because West [[RuleOfFun thinks autotuners are the funnest things ever]]. Judging by the weirdness of the video for "Love Lockdown", the album's first single, the sterility was a desired effect.
-->'''[[ActorAllusion Kenny West]]:''' Alright, alright, I know, you think you're so hot, question is: ''[[TheClevelandShow can you sing like a robot?]]''
** OlderThanTheyThink, though: Kanye actually first used Auto-Tune in his 2004 debut album to modify John Legend's voice on a track.
** Kanye has also used Auto-Tune for rapping (like on T.I. and Jay-Z's "Swagga Like Us") and in combination with distortion and other processing for more dramatic effects (like the coda to his song "Runaway", where he sounds like a guitar solo.)
* Hip-hop/R&B artist {{T-Pain}} is the TropeCodifier, though arguably different than most usages since he uses it blatantly to sound like a robot and not just to make it sound like he can sing.
** He stated that [[http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2011/06/t_pain_vocal_effect_autotune.php he wants to move on from using Auto-Tune]] and instead start using different vocal effects called the "T-Pain Effect."
* ''EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' uses this for StephenHawking rather than the program the real Hawking uses to speak. This is because if you've ever heard Stephen Hawking speak, you know you can't ''rap'' with that program.

[[AC:Indie Music]]
* Many songs from Disko Warp Records, including their remix of Melody & Mezzo's "I Wanna Be Your Star".
* ImogenHeap makes creative use of vocal processing, both in her solo work and with FrouFrou. Averted by her breakout solo hit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHk2lLaDzlM "Hide and Seek"]], which used a keyboard vocoder instead of Auto-Tune.
* Rediscover is a case of a band with terminal Vocoderitis; seriously, they can't go through at least one song without the thing.
* BonIver uses autotune in the songs "Wolves" and "Beth/Rest". Taking it even further, "Woods" is nothing ''but'' autotuned vocals, layered one on top of another.

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* Ark Music Factory's entire output applies heavy doses of autotune. The most infamous of these is Music/{{Friday}}.
* In the aftermath of the 2010 disaster in Haiti, many pop stars released a cover of USA For Africa's Anvilicious yet still well-made and popular collaborative hit, "We Are The World." Unfortunately, since they were primarily ''modern pop artists'', they couldn't record it without [[HateDom auto-tuning it until everybody hated them]].
* The {{Cher}} single "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbXiECmCZ94 Believe]]" is the TropeMaker.
* BritneySpears either caused or inspired the trend of electronically making your voice robotic after Cher, did with Believe, with her album Blackout and her singing in the song Piece Of Me.
* F.L.Y. {{egregious}}ly uses it in {{Retraux}} synth pop/rock.
* [[TheHills Heidi Montag]] used an autotuner for her debut album ''Superficial''.
* Darkchild's remix of JenniferLopez's "If You Had My Love".
** JenniferLopez's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuuRR7-PGpA cover of The Shocking Blue/Bananarama's "Venus"]].
* Kelly Rose (the American one, not the New Zealand one)'s "Stupid Memory" and "Head Turn". Also, the other KR's "Outta Sight".
* {{Kesha}}. In "Tik Tok", even the rap/spoken words are autotuned.
** Let's face it, most of her work is vocodered.
* Music/LadyGaga, in portions of "Monster" and "So Happy I Could Die" and "Poker Face"
* Music/MileyCyrus in "Party in the USA".
* The UrExample is ''Fragments of Life'' by one hit wonder Roy Vedas.
* With her album, ''She Wolf'', especially the eponymous single, even {{Shakira}} has acquired vocoderitis, [[LoudnessWar among other things]].
* Jordin Sparks, notably in "S.O.S.(Let the Music Play)" and parts of "One Step at a Time".
* KatyPerry.
* MichaelBuble uses it sometimes. Very apparent on "Haven't Met You Yet" and his cover of "All I Want for Christmas is You."
* DavidGuetta uses for the distortion effect on NickiMinaj on their song "Turn Me On".
** Ditto for the chorus of Minaj's "Starships".
* The Madonna cover group Mad'House, especially on "Holiday".
* fun. uses this extensively on their album Some Nights, particularly in "Stars," "One Foot" and a segment of the title track.
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* Jason Derulo.

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* "If I" by Fiori.
* The 2007 {{Maroon 5}} album ''It Won't Be Soon Before Long''.
** Maroon 5 basically in general. "She Will Be Loved" marked a point where Auto-Tune was used so excessively to create perfect pitch that it's often the song that initiates casual music listeners to be able to detect its use in other songs.
* Among the strangest examples of this was NeilYoung's largely forgotten experimental album ''Trans''. On several of the tracks (including a remake of "Mr. Soul"), the vocals were 'sung' using a Vocoder. According to Young, the album was in part inspired by the difficulty which his son Ben had trying to communicate; Ben has severe cerebral palsy and used the Vocoder to speak. Others feel that it was also meant as a reaction to the rather jangly synthpop coming out at the time, however. Regardless of the intended message, the album was a flop, though some critics saw it as a bold effort.
** A recent review suggested that Neil had been paying attention to {{Kraftwerk}} as well.
* Used for hauntingly beautiful effect on SafetySuit's album closer "Life Left to Go", a song about trying to keep a friend from committing suicide.
* "Only God Knows Why" by Music/KidRock. {{Website/Cracked}} joked in one of their articles that Kid should receive a MedalOfDishonor for {{egregious}}ly abusing the effect in the song.

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* Used in Paz's ImageSong "Love Deterrence" in ''MetalGearSolid Peace Walker'', possibly for deliberate AnachronismStew effect since the game is set in TheSeventies.
* VideoGame/SonicGenerations uses it for their classic remix of "Escape from the City". Justified as it's paying tribute to and trying to match the pitch of the Endless Mine melody.

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* ''{{Glee}}'' uses this by necessity, since TV production schedules don't allow them to do the number of takes that regular musicians would.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' uses this for computers and robots.

!!Examples of Auto-Tune as a topic of discussion and within contexts other than music include:

* Auto-Tune is part of the [=iPhone=] application "I AM T-PAIN". The backing tracks to a selection of T-Pain songs play and the user can sing along with their voice being distorted in the same style.
* {{Jay-Z}} released a song called "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" as a criticism of the method. After half the hip-hop community went up in arms over him performing the song live with T-Pain, he elaborated that the message was to leave the Auto-Tuning to people who actually use it for an artistic effect, as opposed to just for cleaning up sloppy vocal tracks. This group includes T-Pain and Kanye, and apparently LilWayne to a lesser extent. Whether his own ''blatant'' use of Auto-Tune on various tracks, including all of the sung parts on "Young Forever", counts as hypocrisy shall be left as an exercise for the reader.
* Using Auto-Tune in wildly inappropriate contexts (e.g. babies crying, cats meowing, normal conversation settings) has become something of a meme on Website/YouTube.
** The video series "[[AutoTuneTheNews Auto-Tune the News]]" does this with various news clips for comedic effect. It's hit a popular zenith with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMtZfW2z9dw "Bed Intruder Song"]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn swallows a computer, which enables him to distort his voice.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', a siren sings with an auto-tuned voice.
** In the live-action episode, Frylock is played by T-Pain, and several of his spoken lines are (appropriately) distorted.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart, Milhouse, Nelson and Ralph get drafted into a BoyBand. The band depends entirely on computer wizardry to make their singing listenable (which turns their singing voices into those of guest stars [=*NSYNC=]).
* Mentioned in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEgjgR4j2Mw this]] episode of {{Boondocks}}. (About 1:47 in.)
* PlayedForLaughs on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te4E1cx2J44 this]] ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' category from June 2010. You haven't lived until you've heard [[CrowningMomentOfFunny auto-tuned Trebek doing "Go Down, Moses."]]
* Korean rapper SanE deals a TakeThat to this, and to [[EarWorm "hook songs"]].
* The ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Studio Job" has Hardison attempt to pass Eliot off as a country music star by providing a real-time auto-tune effect for him. [[spoiler:He's horrified when he realizes it's not working, but it's okay: it turns out that ''Eliot doesn't need it''.]]
* ''RockBand 3'' has this (in real-time) for vocalists as an optional feature.
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Tracy is trying not to be seen acting badly at work while he's being filmed for his wife's reality show, which Liz uses to her advantage. Tracy then finds a loophole and starts singing everything to the tune of BillyJoel's "Uptown Girl", because the show can't afford the licensing rights. Liz counters with Auto-Tune to make the melody incomprehensible.
-->'''Liz:''' (flatly, into the autotuner) "Liz Lemon One, doo doo doo doo." That was me, singing Music/TheBeatles' "Here Comes the Sun" for free.
* Fox Sports Midwest has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlx258D7OJY commercial]] with Joe Buck and Tim [=McCarver=], stating that they are going to start broadcasting entire baseball games using Auto Tune. Joe Buck's reaction is priceless.
* The storm surrounding its use during the auditions phase may be what finally kills the UK version of ''TheXFactor''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc Glorious Dawn]] and the other [[http://symphonyofscience.com/ Symphony of Science]] songs autotune and set to music various related phrases said by scientists. Some of them are good, others less so.
* A subject of much contention on message boards devoted to the TV series ''{{Glee}}''. Was even lampshaded in the first episode of Season 2.
* All the songs from [[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]. Oddly, two of the songs you can download on their website right now lack the auto-tune, and everyone is ridiculously off-key.
* "Don't Copy That 2", the sequel to "Don't Copy That Floppy", uses Autotune on B Sheba's vocals during the bridge.
* ''SweetBroAndHellaJeff'''s "movie" deliberately invoked it as part of the video's SensoryAbuse shtick, because [[StylisticSuck everyone hates gratuitous Auto-Tune]]. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/sweetbroandhellajeff/movies/SBAHJthemovie1.html WII-IIITH THEIR TOKEN BLAaAaAaAck FRIEND, GEeEeEeEeROOoOoOoOoOMYyYyY!!]]
* {{Justified| Trope}} with "[[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Still Alive]]" and "[[Videogame/{{Portal2}} Want You Gone]]", since it's meant to sound like [[GLaDOS a computer]] is singing it.
** Not Auto-Tune, per se. There are lots of tutorials on the Internet showing the procedure Valve likely used for the GLaDOS voice effect (it comes VERY close, even with other voice actors).
** The same applies to Music/KateBush's 2011 reworking of "Deeper Understanding", much for the same reason.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkWdCU6m71A This version of]] [[DragonBallKai Dragon Soul]] has some rather noticeable spots where Auto-Tone is applied to SeanSchemmel's voice.
* ''Videogame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has Zimos, a pimp who after getting a tracheotomy had Auto-Tune installed in his voice box. In addition to the effect, it tunes his voice randomly.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' has Josey Jones, the Funk Zombie who speaks much likes Zimos. When Juliet first hears him however, she thinks he's imitating Stephen Hawking.
* ToddInTheShadows discusses Auto-Tune in his review of T-Pain's "5 O'Clock". Unlike most music critics, he doesn't mind it, calling it "a tool to be used well or used badly, just like anything else." He also Auto-Tunes the next two sentences of the review just for fun. At the end of the review, he makes his own verse about how the song would play out in real life, also done by him singing with Auto-Tune.
* ''WebAnimation/TheNekciMenijShow'' has all of its characters speaking in various Auto-Tuned and Text-To-Talk voices, presumably because [[TakeThat about 90% of the singers being parodied on the show abuse AutoTune.]] On one side of the scale, [[{{Music/Kesha}} Keshir]] doesn't sound like a human being due to being so Auto-Tuned; on the other, [[{{Music/Adele}} Adole]] is the most natural-sounding of the singers.
* In ''ModernFamily'', after Phil gives an impromptu humiliating speech at Claire's political debate, the speech goes viral. At least one YouTube user uses AutoTune to create a StupidStatementDanceMix out of it.
* On ''TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Darwin the fish sings two songs. The first one is Auto-Tuned, and the second is styled like a Disney VillainSong.
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* Electric Light Orchestra's ''Time'' album: the first track, "Prelude", contains what many consider the first ever use of auto-tune in music history. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2IsSCGemOY Listen for yourself.]]
20th Nov '12 8:45:58 PM Twentington
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* ToddInTheShadows discusses Auto-Tune in his review of T-Pain's "5 O'Clock". Unlike most music critics, he doesn't mind it, calling it "a tool to be used well or used badly, just like anything else." He also auto-tunes the next two sentences of the review just for fun.

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* ToddInTheShadows discusses Auto-Tune in his review of T-Pain's "5 O'Clock". Unlike most music critics, he doesn't mind it, calling it "a tool to be used well or used badly, just like anything else." He also auto-tunes Auto-Tunes the next two sentences of the review just for fun.fun. At the end of the review, he makes his own verse about how the song would play out in real life, also done by him singing with Auto-Tune.




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* On ''TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Darwin the fish sings two songs. The first one is Auto-Tuned, and the second is styled like a Disney VillainSong.
17th Nov '12 4:55:41 PM Sen
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* {{Radiohead}} used it twice on their album ''Amnesiac''. In "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box", Autotune was used to distort the vocals into a vaguely unsettling robotic melody (the BrokenRecord lyrics don't help), and on "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors", Thom spoke the lyrics instead of singing them and then ran them through Autotune, producing crazy pitch-shifts that fit well with the already very ParanoiaFuel music.

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* {{Radiohead}} used it twice on their album ''Amnesiac''. In "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box", Autotune set to extreme settings was used to distort the vocals into a vaguely unsettling robotic melody (the BrokenRecord lyrics don't help), and on "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors", Thom spoke the lyrics instead of singing them and then ran them through Autotune, producing crazy pitch-shifts that fit well with the already very ParanoiaFuel music.
17th Nov '12 4:55:15 PM Sen
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* {{Radiohead}} used it twice on their album ''Amnesiac''. In both examples, Thom Yorke spoke the lyrics, then applied autotune, distorting the vocals into a vaguely unsettling robotic melody on "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" and crazy pitch-shifts on "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors", that fit well with the already very ParanoiaFuel music.

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* {{Radiohead}} used it twice on their album ''Amnesiac''. In both examples, Thom Yorke spoke the lyrics, then applied autotune, distorting "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box", Autotune was used to distort the vocals into a vaguely unsettling robotic melody on "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" (the BrokenRecord lyrics don't help), and crazy pitch-shifts on "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors", Thom spoke the lyrics instead of singing them and then ran them through Autotune, producing crazy pitch-shifts that fit well with the already very ParanoiaFuel music.
7th Nov '12 2:10:09 PM deify73
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** Ditto for the chorus of Minaj's "Starship".

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** Ditto for the chorus of Minaj's "Starship"."Starships".


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* fun. uses this extensively on their album Some Nights, particularly in "Stars," "One Foot" and a segment of the title track.
31st Oct '12 8:09:20 PM GreatLimmick
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* In ''ModernFamily'', after Phil gives an impromptu humiliating speech at Claire's political debate, the speech goes viral. At least one YouTube user uses AutoTune to create a StupidStatementDanceMix out of it.
31st Oct '12 3:34:19 AM Hanz
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* ''SaintsRow: The Third'' has Zimos, a pimp who after getting a tracheotomy had Auto-Tune installed in his voice box. In addition to the effect, it tunes his voice randomly.

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* ''SaintsRow: The Third'' ''Videogame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has Zimos, a pimp who after getting a tracheotomy had Auto-Tune installed in his voice box. In addition to the effect, it tunes his voice randomly.randomly.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' has Josey Jones, the Funk Zombie who speaks much likes Zimos. When Juliet first hears him however, she thinks he's imitating Stephen Hawking.
30th Oct '12 1:31:20 AM wolftickets1969
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** Jay Lehr's "Little Little Star" uses Autotune.

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** Jay Lehr's "Little Little Star" uses Autotune.Star".
30th Oct '12 1:31:11 AM wolftickets1969
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** David Dima's Eurobeat remake of Duran Duran - Save A Prayer uses Autotune and vocoders a bit too much.

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** David Dima's Eurobeat remake of Duran Duran - Save DuranDuran's "Save A Prayer uses Autotune and vocoders a bit too much.Prayer".
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