Not everyone has perfect pitch, not even multi-millionaire vocalists! Fortunately, they have an auto-tune to smooth out those false notes. The good news is that you have access to this almost magical technology. These are some of the best programs for automatically tuning your (already beautiful) voice at home.
We’ve picked some of the best auto-tune apps out there and an author with a terrible singing voice to check them out. Some offer height correction in the free version of the app, while others require a purchase or subscription to unlock the feature. Let’s see if these apps can withstand the vocal torture we put them through and let you sing songs that could land you a spot on The Voice.
What is auto tuning?
Auto-Tune is a special software product created by Antares Audio to perform complex voice processing. However, like Hoover, the name has become a generic term for all devices and software that produce similar sound effects.
When used as intended, pitch correction software (that’s the correct general term) is meant to help polish the notes a performer has recorded that are somewhat unclear. However, when most people think of “auto-tuning,” they think of a new way to use software to alter the vocals of artists like Cher, Kanye West, and T-Pain. Instead of hiding the fact that Auto-Tune is being used, the effect has been enhanced to radically change the sound of the human voice in real-time or after recording.
Autotune Vs. Voice change
Before you go to the list of apps, keep in mind that these apps can create the effect of auto-tuning your voice or simply correct your voice.
Since many readers are also looking for a voice modulator or vocoder app that will make their voices “auto-tune” rather than a true pitch corrector, we’ll include both types of apps in our list below.
Mobile auto-tuning programs
These apps allow you to use pitch correction or apply an auto-tune effect to your voice right on your smartphone or tablet.
Starmaker: Sing Karaoke Songs (Google Play Store and iOS)
Starmaker is not an auto-tune voice recorder. Instead, it’s a karaoke app that lets you sing along to your favorite songs and then tweak them in an audio editor before posting to social media or creating a tune.
Part of this editing includes pitch correction so it doesn’t sound like you can’t carry a tune in a bucket. However, pitch correction applies to your entire singing and is not automatic. It’s just about letting you hit the notes, but you still need some singing talent. You can listen to a sample here.
The app has millions of licensed backing tracks, synchronized smooth lyrics, and video filters to customize your voice. When you’re done and brave enough, you can post a video of your cool performance on social media. You can even sing live if you want to play on hard mode.
AutoRap by Smule (Google Play Store and iOS)
Let’s say you always wanted to be a rapper like Dre or Eminem, but you lacked the talent. In this case, AutoRap will help you create an original rap or simply perform covers of your favorite songs thanks to the innovative rap mode and music video function.
AutoRap performs pitch correction and automatic beat matching, whether you’re freestyling or following a script. So all you have to do is speak into the microphone and let the software turn it into something musical. You can hear a sample here.
The app contains over 5,000 beats used by famous rap artists. They also offer AutoRap Originals and you can access beats uploaded by the AutoRap community.
Unfortunately, most of these features are blocked by paid subscription access. You can try two songs for free to see if you like the result, but if you want more, you’ll have to pay, and there’s no free trial either!
Set Me Up (Google Play)
Tune Me is designed as a mobile hip-hop and R&B studio and contains over 500 free beats, so you can become the next rap star.
As the name suggests, the main feature of this app is its height correction technology. This is called “Auto-Pitch” and allows you to adjust the strength from subtle correction to full automatic vocal tuning. You can listen to a sample here.
The app automatically syncs your vocals to the beat in addition to pitch correction. So if you lack both rhythms and pitch, this is the program for you.
The paid “Pro” version of the app adds multi-track recording, removes ads and includes more voice effects.
Voloco Auto Vocal Tune Studio (Google Play and iOS)
Voloco is one of the most popular auto-tuning programs out there. It’s basically a vocal recording studio in your pocket. The program automatically removes background noise and automatically applies pitch correction so you always sing in tune.
The idea is to create professional-sounding karaoke tracks, so the software comes with a large library of beats. It automatically detects the key of the provided beats and adjusts your voice accordingly. You can also use professional sound effects such as sound compression, equalizer settings and reverb. Although the app doesn’t allow you to control the pitch correction function in detail, you can choose from several presets to get the sound you want. You can listen to a sample here.
Perhaps the most amazing feature of this program is the ability to remove vocals from existing tracks. So if you’ve already recorded something, you can fix it without having to record the tracks again! This also means you can create your own karaoke tracks. When you’re happy with the final product, simply export it as an AAC or WAV file for easy playback on almost any device.
Desktop autotuning programs
These programs run on desktop operating systems and are generally intended for professional use, not for beginners like the singing programs listed above. However, do not give up if you dream of making music professionally. Eventually you will have to learn height correction tools without training wheels.
Antares Auto-Tune Artist ($299)
There’s nothing quite like the original, and Antares Auto-Tune is the plug-in that started it all. Auto-Tune Artist is an alternative version of Auto-Tune Pro. The Artist version of the software is designed for live performances and offers the lowest latency of the various Auto-Tune packages.
It’s an expensive software package, but it’s pretty reasonable compared to the price of most professional audio software. You’ll also see a distinct difference in the quality of auto-tuning compared to the apps you’ll find on a mobile phone.
Auto-Tune Artists offers a free trial to see for yourself if it’s worth the money. It provides a full range of options for using height correction. You can get that classic sound with deliberate auto-tuning, or subtly adjust the pitch of an artist on stage without anyone noticing. The “Humanize” function is specifically designed to leave these human flaws in the lingering notes so that the performance still retains its emotional impact.
Sound Trap (from $9.99 per month)
Soundtrap is a music creation platform similar to GarageBand that allows you to record vocals and instruments in multi-track arrangements to create professional songs.
There are apps for many platforms, including the iPhone Soundtrap Capture app, which you can use to record audio wherever you are. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a version of the capture app for Android devices. Soundtrap seems like a better-than-average music-making app, though it’s better suited for amateur musicians on a budget.
There’s a free tier of software that lets you do most of the multitrack recording work you need, but the reason Sountrap makes it onto this list is because the paid software includes real Antares Auto-Tune software. subscription level.
Yes, even the $9.99 monthly subscription includes the Antares autotune feature integrated into Soundtrap. If you just salivated when you saw the price of this software above, you’ll realize what a killer deal it is for that reason alone, and you’re getting an entire music production suite in the bargain.
Tune in and persevere
These programs have made our voices heard, if not perfectly, at least pleasing to the karaoke crowd. If you use the right pitch correction and put a little effort into getting close to the actual note, we think you’ll be delighted with the results, especially if your main goal is to share content on social media.
If you want to improve your singing voice rather than using pitch correction to play notes, consider something like Yousician or any of the several vocal coaches who will help you over Skype or Zoom for a fee. You can always use auto-tune to polish your singing skills, but the better your original singing, the better the results!