How to Use Antares Auto-Tune Live for Real-Time Pitch Correction
Antares Auto-Tune Live is a powerful plugin that allows you to correct the pitch of vocals and other solo instruments in real time, without distortion or artifacts. Whether you want to subtly tweak a singer's intonation, create the iconic Auto-Tune vocal effect, or control the pitch of your performance with MIDI, Auto-Tune Live can help you achieve professional results in the studio or on stage.
In this article, we will show you how to use Antares Auto-Tune Live for real-time pitch correction, using a UA audio interface like Apollo or Arrow. UA audio interfaces have built-in DSP that lets you run Auto-Tune Live with ultra-low latency, giving you instant feedback and response. You can also use any other audio interface that supports VST3, Audio Units, or AAX plugins.
Step 1: Install and Activate Auto-Tune Live
To use Antares Auto-Tune Live, you need to purchase and download it from the Antares website[^3^]. You also need to activate it using the iLok License Manager software. You can use either a physical iLok dongle or an iLok Cloud session to authorize Auto-Tune Live.
Step 2: Insert Auto-Tune Live on Your Vocal Track
Once you have installed and activated Auto-Tune Live, you can insert it on your vocal track in your DAW or in the UA Console app. If you are using a UA audio interface, we recommend using the Console app for tracking, as it gives you direct access to the plugin's controls and lets you monitor your input signal with zero latency.
To insert Auto-Tune Live on your vocal track in the Console app, open the Inserts section and click on an empty slot. Then, select Antares > Auto-Tune Live from the plugin menu. You should see the Auto-Tune Live interface appear on your screen.
Step 3: Set Up the Key and Scale of Your Song
One of the most important settings in Auto-Tune Live is the key and scale of your song. This tells Auto-Tune Live which notes are in tune and which ones need to be corrected. You can either choose a predefined key and scale from the drop-down menus, or create your own custom scale by clicking on the keyboard buttons.
If you are not sure about the key and scale of your song, you can use the Auto-Key plugin (sold separately) to automatically detect it for you. You can also use MIDI input to control the target notes in real time, which we will explain later.
Step 4: Adjust the Retune Speed and Humanize Parameters
The next settings you need to adjust are the Retune Speed and Humanize parameters. These control how fast and how natural Auto-Tune Live corrects the pitch of your input signal.
The Retune Speed parameter determines how quickly Auto-Tune Live snaps your input pitch to the nearest target note. A faster Retune Speed will result in a more noticeable pitch correction effect, while a slower Retune Speed will allow more of the original pitch variation to come through. You can adjust the Retune Speed from 0 ms (instant) to 400 ms (slow) using the slider or by typing in a value.
The Humanize parameter determines how much Auto-Tune Live preserves the natural vibrato and expression of your input signal. A higher Humanize value will make Auto-Tune Live less aggressive on sustained notes, while a lower Humanize value will make Auto-Tune Live more consistent on all notes. You can adjust the Humanize value from 0% (off) to 100% (full) using the slider or by typing in a value.
Step 5: Enable Classic Mode for the Iconic Auto-Tune Sound
If you want to create the iconic Auto-Tune vocal effect that is popular in modern pop, hip-hop, and electronic music, you can enable Classic Mode in Auto-Tune Live. Classic Mode emulates the sound of the original Auto-Tune 5 algorithm, which has a more gritty and glitchy character than the current algorithm.
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