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Best Auto-Tune Software

Want to jump straight to the answer? Our choice for the best Auto-Tune Software is Auto-Tune Pro from Antares!

Working with recording and editing vocals in any genre, you are going to come across bad takes and less than perfect vocal lines. Being an audio engineer or producer, you will push a singer to get a take as close to perfect as possible, but inevitably accept you will be putting in work on the vocals themselves. With Auto-Tune software and pitch correction software of today, the possibilities of ways to fix vocal takes are endless.

You can fix a melody line or create a harmony to match the song and add life to it. Artists have used Auto-Tune software to fix their own takes and create sounds for songs like “One More Time” by Daft Punk, “I’m Sprung” by T-Pain, “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas, and many more. Here we are going to look at the best possible options for all vocal corrections and effects you could need in an Auto-Tune software. 

Quick Look: Best Auto-Tune Software

  1. Auto-Tune Pro – Antares
  2. Nectar 3 – iZotope
  3. Waves Tune – Waves
  4. Revoice Pro 4 – Synchro Arts
  5. Melodyne – Celemony
  6. Soundtrap with Antares
  7. Newtone – FL Studio

What To Look For When Choosing an Auto-Tune Software

There are 2 different ways to look at Auto-Tune as a program. There is the effect side as well as the correctional side. All of the plugins and software we have listed in this article will work perfectly to get the correctional side finished for your tracks. They pull the notes of the singer into place and you use the program to smooth it out. If you are looking simply to have the sound of the effect of Auto-Tune, your choices become narrowed down. Here are what each of these options is best for, as well as what other factors you want to consider when purchasing your Auto-Tune software.

Pricing

Auto-Tune software is going to be some of the most expensive software you will get for music production. Depending on the genres your studio primarily works with, you may or may not need to have high-quality pitch correction software in your toolbox. That being said, if you are wanting to work with as many genres as possible, some form of Auto-Tune is going to be a necessity. 

Compatibility – System Requirements

Many Auto-Tune software will require a high amount of processing power from your pc. That being said, you can create a duplicate of your vocal track (so you can save the original in case you need to backtrack). With this duplicate, you can make the necessary changes to the pitch and then commit them to the track. This then cuts down on the CPU power required because you have eliminated the processing of the corrections. 

DAW Compatibility

Finding an Auto-Tune software compatible with your DAW is not a difficult task (especially when you check out a list like this). That being said, there are some DAWs that have their own Auto-Tune type of software that you can get as an add on. You will see those examples later on with Newtone and Sountrap, but we will get to those in a minute. 

Frequency of Use

Like I mentioned in the pricing, how often you use an Auto-Tune type of software will depend on what your studio works in. if your studio is best when it comes to mixing and then sending the sessions elsewhere for mixing and editing, you won’t have much need for any pitch correction. But if you work with Pop, Rap, and vocal-heavy styles, you will often end up using Auto-Tune in some aspect whether it is in the preproduction in the scratch tracks or the final product itself. Sometimes it is not so much of a correctional issue to the vocals as it is a stylistic addition. Look at T-Pain and Cher. Both of them used Auto-Tune as an effect on the voice, not for making up for a lack of ability. Neither of them needs help in the studio but they liked the sound they got from the outcome. 

Skill Level

I will not lie, using Auto-Tune or any pitch correction software can be very hard and tedious. Especially if you are uninformed of the details of the song. It is important you have details such as key and tempo so you can make sure you make any changes within the parameters of the song. 

7 Best Auto-Tune Software

Top Choices

  1. Auto-Tune Pro – Antares
  2. Nectar 3 – iZotope
  3. Waves Tune – Waves
  4. Revoice Pro 4 – Synchro Arts
  5. Melodyne – Celemony
  6. Soundtrap with Antares
  7. Newtone – FL Studio

1. Auto-Tune Pro – Antares

Auto-Tune Pro - Antares
Auto-Tune Pro – Antares

The OG of all Auto-Tune and where the term “Auto-Tune” comes from. The branding alone set them up for success even beyond the technical capabilities of their software. Antares goes beyond the simple note and pitch correction with built-in presets to create sounds and effects that cater to different genres. Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, as well as Rock all utilize sounds like this in some way. 

  • Correction Strength Control: Yes
  • Key Detection: Yes (In Pro)
  • Snap to Note: Yes
  • Real-Time: Yes

Price: 

System Requirements: 

  • Mac
    • 10.11 – 10.15
  • Windows
    • 8.1 – 10

2. Nectar 3 – iZotope

Nectar 3 - iZotope
Nectar 3 – iZotope

In some cases, using Auto-Tune is as easy as punching in the key and how much processing you want to be done to the vocals. Nectar 3 is the perfect example. You can easily set the key and control how heavily correction is applied. But you are also given the option to write in MIDI the notes that the vocal line is supposed to follow. This makes Nectar 3 a super easy one-stop-shop for all of your vocal production needs. 

If you would like to learn more, take a look at our in-depth review of Nectar 3 and its features here.

  • Correction Strength Control: Yes
  • Key Detection: Not Detection Only
  • Snap to Note: No
  • Real-Time: Yes

Price:

System Requirements:

  • Mac
    • 10.11.6 – 10.15
  • Windows
    • 7 – 10

3. Waves Tune – Waves

Waves Tune - Waves
Waves Tune – Waves

There is no contesting the abilities of Waves plugins, especially Waves Tune. You have a super simple and easy to use interface with all of the tools you could ever need. Beyond the simplicity of Nectar 3’s Auto-Tune, this has to be the simplest vocal correctional software out there.

  • Correction Strength Control: Yes
  • Key Detection: No
  • Snap to Note: Yes
  • Real-Time: No

Price: 

  • Waves Tune – $249
  • Waves Tune LT – $99

System Requirements: 

  • Mac
    • 10.12.6 – 10.1
  • Windows
    • 10 (64 BIT)

4. Revoice Pro 4 – Synchro Arts

Revoice Pro 4 - Synchro Arts
Revoice Pro 4 – Synchro Arts

If you are very technically minded and like to work with every minute detail, Revoice Pro 4 is the best choice for you. It is an extremely powerful software that allows you to find every possible detail of a vocal and edit it from the general pitch, to even lining up the timing of multiple vocal lines. 

To learn more about Revoice Pro 4, take a look at our review of it available for you here.

  • Correction Strength Control: Yes
  • Key Detection: Yes
  • Snap to Note: Yes
  • Real-Time: No

Price: $599.00

System Requirements:

  • Mac
    • 10.7 or Higher
  • Windows
    • 7, 8, or 10

5. Melodyne – Celemony

Melodyne - Celemony
Melodyne – Celemony

I have a bit of experience using Melodyne on vocals and it works similarly to the way Waves Tune does. It works on a graph with each not being able to be sliced and moved independently, and tools to blend transitions that you add-in. This makes minute editing simple and efficient once you have put in the time on Melodyne.

  • Correction Strength Control: Yes
  • Key Detection: With the Scale Detective you can determine the mode and scale your song is in. 
  • Snap to Note: Yes
  • Real-Time: Yes

Price: 

System Requirements: 

  • Mac
    • 10.2 or Higher
  • Windows
    • 10 or higher

6. Soundtrap with Antares

Soundtrap with Antares
Soundtrap with Antares

The best online DAW that you can find is Soundtrap. It is completely held on your browser and sets you up with all of the tools you need as well as teaching you along the way. Within this great workstation, you get access to their own Auto-Tune which is actually powered by Antares. So the people who create and update Auto-Tune Pro are also responsible for the awesome capabilities held by Soundtrap. 

To learn more about this collaborative online DAW, take the chance to check out our in-depth look.

Price: There are multiple subscription modes that include Antares Auto-Tune. Below are the monthly subscription examples. If you sign up for a yearly subscription you do receive a discount. 

System Requirements: An Up to Date Browser

7. Newtone – FL Studio

Newtone - FL Studio
Newtone – FL Studio

Sometimes the best pitch correction option for you is held within one specific DAW. Such is the case with Newtone from FL Studio. Newtone is their version of pitch correction software that comes with a similar layout to Melodyne and Waves Tune. It does not come with FL Studio itself but is a separate purchase. That being said, it is an extremely low price in comparison to the other pitch correction options out there compatible with FL Studio. 

  • Correction Strength Control: Yes
  • Key Detection: No
  • Snap to Note: Yes
  • Real-Time: No

Price: $99

System Requirements: 

  • Mac
    • 10.13.6 or later
  • Windows
    • 8.1, 10, or later

Continuing Cycle

As long as there are vocalists, there will be Auto-Tune. Some view that as a sad fact, others see it as a way to increase creativity. I try to sit in the middle of it all. Auto-Tune and pitch correction is great, but you have to be careful when and where you use them. I like to push the vocalist to sing it correctly on their own and perform minor tweaks when working on a song. Then if we are trying to give the track a certain type of vibe on the vocals, I will bring in the Auto-Tune. Even with just using Auto-Tune as an effect, it will sound cleaner when used with a better vocal take than layered over top of an out of tune one. 


We hope all of this was helpful and set you up for success. You cannot go wrong with any of these choices when you are looking at getting a hold of a new Auto-Tune plugin. If you would like to learn more about Auto-Tune and other types of plugins just check out what we have to say here.

How To I Use It Online

Use Soundtrap. They have built in Antares AutoTune, available online.

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