Considered the go-to pitch-correction tool for many professional engineers, Antares’ Autotune
stands at the top of pile of vocal processing tools. The latest version, Autotune 5
, has a fresh-faced GUI (albeit with much of the same functionality), while retaining the acclaimed graphical editing window, and includes a variety of new features and improvements.
Antares have updated the pitch-detection algorithm, to work more effectively with noisy and poorly isolated material, and added a Humanize feature to the automatic-tracking mode, to give the user the option to lessen the 'Cher' effect. Adjusting it allows you to set a faster retune speed for short notes, while sustained tones are given a bit more room to breathe, without being pulled to 'correct' pitch immediately.
A new real-time natural vibrato adjustment function enables you to alter the amount of the natural vibrato in a performance as it plays back.
In the latest version, the graphical mode maintains sync to the host application, and you can now have multiple simultaneous graphical mode instances on different tracks. What's more, the physical size of the graphical mode window is larger.
There are new, dedicated controls for 'snap to note' — for use when the Line tool is engaged — and 'clear all', providing a way to clear all tracked audio and correction-curve data, if you should wish to do so. Finally, graphics-tablet support has been added, allowing users to 'draw' straight into Autotune
's graphical mode, rather than using a mouse.
Antares Autotune 5
will cost £279 for the Native version (RTAS, Audio Units and VST-compatable) and £499 for the TDM version. Upgrades are available to registered Autotune
users from Antares' web site, costing $99 (around £53) and $169 (just under $90) for the Native and TDM versions respectively.
In related news, audio equipment distributors Sonic 8 have taken on exclusive distribution of Antares products in the UK.
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