Former Journey frontman Steve Perry, Auto-Tune reviewer


Steve Perry, the former singer of Journey, recently criticized the use of Auto-Tune. He spoke to Kyle meredith on pitch correction technology in a recent interview. You can listen to their full discussion below.

Auto-Tune is software that digitally corrects the pitch. It was created by musician and mathematician Dr Andy Hildebrand in 1997. The original patent claimed that, “When voices or instruments are out of tune, the emotional qualities of the performance are lost.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer told Meredith that a perfect pitch is almost impossible to achieve, and that the natural flaws in a musician’s voice are actually what make it memorable and effective.

“Auto-Tune turned everyone into the same singer, which I think is tragic,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH).

“A very brilliant musician spoke to me about it for a long time,” he would say when you listen to someone as beautiful as a [Barbra] Streisand, your heart is just going, ‘I can’t believe she can do this. How does she do that? And then you listen to Muddy Waters and you get an emotional touch as well. Well, they’re two totally different vocal directions, two totally different vocal timbres, different styles. Well, one is angelic and beautiful and the other has some struggle, and that is also the struggle and imperfections that you shoot for. There is this human thing.

“Singing is the most primitive thing – it’s really a very primitive form of communication,” Perry added. “And, obviously, it’s going to last a while. That’s why I’m not so happy that people are erasing that description we just talked about with Auto-Tune.”

Steve Perry interview with Kyle Meredith

Perry recently released a holiday album titled The season on November 5 via Fantasy Records.

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