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Re(5): auto-tune
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It was first really prominent in Cher's pop hit 'Believe,' which was released in 1998. I think it made a great novelty effect, because you could bend the voice or add instant pitch change, however... once the modern R&B and hip-hop artists got a hold of it, they went stir crazy with it. Now it is used nearly all the time. Pop-jazz crooner Michael Buble uses it on nearly every song, which puzzles me because he has a very pleasant singing voice and sings quite well. I can always tell a song that has been subjected to Auto-Tune. The harmonies move too closely together.

The vocoder appears to be back in use now too. I thought Stevie Wonder used it very well in the seventies and eighties. I actually miss the electric guitar talk-box. Joe Walsh and Peter Frampton really took control of that device... loved it, in proper doses.

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