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Auto-Tune: Fact or Fiction

One of the most overused buzzwords in the a cappella community is "Auto-Tune," though a great majority of people talking about it don't know exactly what it is. Widely loved and hated, sometimes within the same breath, this program (and others like it) can wield great results if used properly, or can turn your group into robots if abused. I liken it to painting your car: you can go down to the hardware store and buy a few cans of spray paint, and in less than an hour, your car is another color. The rust spots are gone, and it might be an improvement on the original ugliness, but everyone will still know you used spray paint. You can also strip the car down, prime it, apply layers of good enamel, bake it on, and buff to a high shine - much more work, but the results are worth it. Auto-Tune will work in both of these ways, depending on how much time and effort you want to put into it.