A budget friendly way to create a classic Auto-Tune vocal effect.
Item: Antares Auto-Tune EFX 3, Pitch Correction Effect Plug-In
Price: $129 (US), £79 (UK) – Download
At A Glance: Antares’ Auto-Tune EFX3 is essentially a stripped down version of their popular Auto-Tune 7 DAW plug-in. It is designed to be an easy-to-use tool for general vocal pitch correction as well as for creating a classic Auto-Tuned vocal effect that is popular in Electronic and Pop music. The plug-in has a very low latency, enabling its use for live performance and tracking if desired and it contains a wide range of presets to help you quickly get the sound you are after. The plug-in is available for all major DAW software and it requires authorization via an iLok USB smartkey.
High Notes: Unlike previous versions of Auto-Tune EFX, EFX 3 now features variable Retune Speed and Humanize controls to help provide the option of a more natural, realistic pitch correction. There is also an “Auto-Motion Vocal Pattern Generation” section that is designed for more creative uses of auto-tune such as octave-down or creating arpeggios.
Off Pitch: Although an improvement on EFX 2, EFX 3 does not offer the most natural sounding vocal tuning found on the market. As a result it will more likely be of use to singers wanting a more noticeable Auto-Tuned vocal sound than subtle correction of a few stray notes. Also, as it does not have all the other advanced features of the full version, if it incorrectly guesses the note you are trying to sing, there is no way of manually correcting it to the desired pitch.
VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: With the full version of Auto-Tune costing $399, EFX-3’s price will no doubt appeal to many users looking for a classic Auto-Tune effect to their voice. That said, it is a lot more limited than the full version and lacks useful features such as using MIDI to set the reference note and a graphical interface for manual adjustment of notes. It faces very strong competition from Celemony Melodyne Essential 2, which is capable of much more natural vocal pitch correction, however if you are looking for using it to create an obvious vocal effect, Antares Auto-Tune EFX 3 is definitely worth checking out.
Manufacturers Website: http://www.antarestech.com