Autotune in Glee? Spoilers OK

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  1. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

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    I have been catching up on all of Glee this year and due to a marathon on Oxygen don't have to wait for the second half of the second season DVD to come out. I have noticed extensive use of Autotune. This is a pet peave of mine. I have been in choirs and now Sweet Adelines and we can sing pretty damn well without aid. I can see this on the TV show if they casted weak singers but they probably casted strong actors.
    Anyone have any ideas about why they use this? How does it affect the Glee concert that is presently touring?
     
  2. Alfer

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    Because many of them are maybe mediocre singers at best?

    Plus most pop crap is auto tuned drivel anyway and they are just catering to that kind of clientele who's used to hearing over produced crapolla?
     
  3. Graymalkin

    Graymalkin Grumpy Poster

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    I just assume that every "live" performance done nowadays is lip-synched and autotuned. Of course, I'm a cynic.
     
  4. Ment

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    Glee has always used auto-tune.

    Even good singers use auto-tune these days especially in the r/b and pop genre. The music consuming public has come to expect the studio sound to be much different than a live performance, such so that studio recordings that have that 'live' sound are seen as inferior. Granted most artists don't auto-tune to T-Pain levels but listen carefully its there most of the time.
     
  5. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

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    For the most part, the autotuning on Glee is subtle, unless they are covering a song that itself uses extensive autotuning. At that point, they ramp it up.
     
  6. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

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    There are only a few castmembers that aren't strong singers (Finn, Quinn, and Tina come to mind). The rest are good-to-great singers.
     
  7. dilbert27

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    Don't forget about Mike Chang :D
     
  8. That Don Guy

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    From what I have heard from people who attended the first concert show (in Vegas), most of the singing was live, with two fairly definite exceptions: The Warblers' "chorus" singers (since the real Warblers background singers are the Tufts University Beelzebubs, who aren't on the tour) and Heather Morris (Brittany) in her "solo" song (the number she does includes too many complex dance moves (Morris nearly became a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance? one year) for her (or pretty much anyone else, for that matter) to sing properly while she's doing it).
     
  9. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    What about Brittany S. Pierce? We don't really hear her do much solo work.



    The "auto tune" debate has been done to death around here. You have to accept it and move on or just dump the show.
     
  10. sieglinde

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    The ones they don't use it much are Kurt and Rachel. I guess I have to live with it. I do enjoy the show. There is plenty of good music in the world but the digital sharpness of the autotuned voices can be very irritating.
     
  11. Peter000

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I usually am able to "not notice" the autotune in Glee, but tonight there was one really obvious spot where they used it on Finn and it sounded positively robotic. I don't think it was for stylistic reasons, either, because the rest of the song was pretty clean.
     
  12. sieglinde

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    It seems to vary in intensity. Some songs, there is little and others it sounds like it is being sung by that computer that sang "Daisy Daisy". I suspect they cast actors who could sing and dance and took what they could. The days of actors being required to do all three are over.
     
  13. markz

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    I usually only notice it with Finn. They autotune the heck out of him every time.
     
  14. sieglinde

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    They seem to do it inconsistantly. They even did it too a number where the majority were singing as a chorus. I guess it goes by song and its difficutly. The Voice does not do this so I will enjoy it this summer. Our Sweet Adelines director has told us, at least twice, to sing like women not like Glee. :) One of us is Glee aged.
     
  15. JYoung

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    Glee has been egregious with the Autotune from day one.
    I think Ryan Murphy is in love with it.

    The interesting thing is, there are those who have listened to the raw tapes of the songs and claim that autotune is not necessary 95% of the time.
     
  16. sieglinde

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    I notice it a lot in Hip Hop where I suspect it is done on purpose as an effect. I suspect the same is true in Glee. Practice and a vocal coach could get all but the worst singers up to the level needed for Glee. (It does not need the level, for example of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir ). With practice a bunch of ladies from all kinds of backgrounds can do the same in Sweet Adelines or a mixed group in good local church choirs. The problem also is, they are probably pumping out two episodes a week with between 5 and 10 songs in them.
    I suspect it is done on purpose rather than just covering up a stale note or two.
     
  17. Jesda

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    I hope I never hear Finn without autotune
     
  18. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

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    :)
    I would rather they find good singers who can act. I would rather thay cast the actor known for his dancing as a person who can dance and not be in a wheelchair.
     

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