Syd on Artists Using Auto-Tune: "If You Can't Sing, [It] Doesn't Really Help"

"It low-key makes you sound worse."

When JAY-Z released "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" in 2009, the No I.D.-produced record was supposed to deliver a stern message to the rest of the industry: quit using pitch correction.

Eight years later, Auto-Tune is as popular as it has ever been in the music industry, and like Jay before her, The Internet singer-songwriter and producer Syd isn't a fan. In fact, the Los Angeles native believes that employing the audio processing software actually does more harm than good for an artist.

"I'mma keep it real, if you can’t sing then Auto-Tune doesn’t really help," Syd explained during The Internet's recent appearance on The Come Up Show podcast. "It low-key makes you sound worse. You still have to get the right take."



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Syd isn't the only member of her soul band who feels this way, either. Matt Martians piggybacked off the position Syd took on Auto-Tune, adding, "My only quarrel with Auto-Tune is that it takes away the uniqueness of the individual voice of the artist. I feel like a lot of artists sound the same [with Auto-Tune], so you can’t distinct who’s voice it is. It sounds so distorted."

While it's true that the implementation of pitch correction software has made a countless number of artists sound the exact same—remember when we heard The Life of Pablo for the first time during Kanye's Madison Square Garden listening event and thought that Future, not Desiigner, was featured on "Pt. 2"?—Auto-Tune, when done right, can still be a net positive. For example, most of T-Pain's discography ("Can't Believe It" especially), Bon Iver's entire 22, A Million album, and just about every record in Travis Scott's catalog. 

You can watch the entire interview below.


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