Commentary and Analysis by Mitch Santell
Producer and Co-Founder
Music plays a major role in my life as I am sure it does in yours. Yes, I grew up in an era of analog recordings real to real tape and vinyl pop's and click's.
Auto-Tune is one of those weird technology's that allow an off key singer to sound like they sing perfectly. Since it was introduced in 1996, this technology has become a standard in he music business and by a majority of major artists.
What is auto-tune?
Auto tune is a dirty little secret that the music industry incorporated into their album (artist) productions back in 1998.
Basically, it allows a singer who can't hold a note to sound like they are on key. More than any other form of music, I have found that the majority of Reggae Bands and artists do not use auto-tune. The reason I love this so much is that some of the tracks we play here at Big Reggae Mix are off key and all I can say is HOW EXCITING!
According to many people who have studied how the music business used to work and what it has become now, seem very upset.
Here is a little background and some commentary on Auto-Tune:
Auto-Tune was invented by an engineer named Andy Hildebrand in 1996. Hildebrand grew up playing the flute and became a professional studio musician, specializing in symphonic music, by the age of 16. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in digital signal processing, a branch of electrical engineering, and worked as a geophysicist for Exxon Mobil for a number of years, using sound waves to search for fossil fuels. Eventually he returned to his passion and began working in signal processing for music.
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