How to Record Auto-Tuned Vocal Harmonies in Ableton Live
This article is aimed at newer producers looking to record auto tune vocals.
Make a new MIDI track and arm it for recording.
Create a new audio track beneath the MIDI track, arm it for recording, and set the input to “no input.”
Put the audio track into record mode, select a key for your vocal sample, then press play and record yourself singing the first note of your melody. You can sing any pitch you like as long as it’s in the key that you choose.
Now select your MIDI track and draw in a single note at the same pitch as your first sung note. The MIDI note should be on beat one of bar one. If you’re not sure how to do this, take a look at our guide How to Make a Beat in Ableton Live. If you need more information on how to use Ableton’s built-in piano roll, check out our guide How to Make Chord Progressions in Ableton Live: The Essential Guide.
Recording auto-tuned vocal harmonies can be a hassle for new producers, who often don’t have any vocal production experience. This guide will walk you through recording and processing your own auto-tuned vocals with Ableton Live and the T-Pain Effect from iZotope.
1. Set up a new MIDI track in Ableton Live. Click on the instrument rack icon on the track and select ‘Create New MIDI Effect Rack’.
2. Add an instance of the ‘Auto-Tune – Evo’ effect to the chain. Using Auto-Tune, select ‘Vocoder’ in the Preset window to access its parameters.
3. Set your pitch correction type to Classic Mode (the ‘Retune Speed’ parameter). This is considered the most natural form of pitch correction.
4. You’ll now need to experiment with the Retune Speed and Humanize parameters to find the sound you want. Retune Speed controls how quickly Auto-Tune detects pitch, while Humanize allows some natural variation between notes in a phrase, making it less robotic sounding.
5. Once you’ve got your retuning settings dialed in, you’ll need to shape your processed vocal sound using the formant shift knob in Auto-
This tutorial will show you how to record auto tune vocals in Ableton Live. I will also show you how to set up a midi controller, how to use the scale mode in a plugin and much more!
In your music production program make a new audio track for your vocal recording. Then make another audio track for your harmony recording. It’s always good to keep things separate and color coded so you can easily find what you’re looking for later on.
Now make a midi track for your harmony. This is where we will write out our harmonies and record them into their own audio track.
Ableton Live is a great DAW for creating auto tuned vocal harmonies. Follow this step by step guide to learn how to record and use Ableton Live’s MIDI effect device, Pitch.
To begin, open Ableton Live and create an audio track. Set the input of the audio track to your microphone, and set the output of the track to an empty mixer channel. In the example below I have created a new audio track with the name “Vocal Harmony”.
Next, create a MIDI track with a Pitch MIDI effect. Set the Input Type and Output Type of Pitch to MIDI Channel 1.
Now you are ready to record your vocal harmony. You may need to adjust the Input Gain on your audio track and the Threshold on your Pitch effect in order for your vocals to be detected correctly. Now you can sing into your microphone while recording in real time, or record your vocals first and then clean up any mis-detected notes afterwards using the Pitch Editor (shown below).
The final step is to apply an audio effect such as Auto-Tune Pro or Waves Tune Real-Time (both shown below) in order to correct any pitch deviations that may have been missed by the Pitch device. This process is similar whether you are using Auto
In this tutorial we’re going to look at how to record auto-tuned vocal harmonies in Ableton Live. We’ll look at creating a new MIDI track, adding an instance of Auto-Tune and adjusting the key setting before adding some effects to flesh out the sound.
Step 1 – Create a New MIDI Track
First of all, create a new MIDI track by clicking on the ‘Create’ tab and selecting ‘Create MIDI Track’ from the dropdown menu.
Next, click on the ‘Fold’ icon to open up the ‘Device/Plug-in Browser’ which is where we can select an instance of Auto-Tune from the list.
Step 2 – Add an Auto-Tune Plug-In
Click on ‘Auto-Tune 7 VST PC’ and then drag it into the empty space above the track title. This will bring up a small pop-up window where you can rename your device should you wish to do so. Click ‘OK’.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is make sure your Ableton vocoder settings are correct. To do this, go to your audio preferences and set your audio input to the channel of your vocal mic and set your output to output 1 and 2 (the first two outputs on your interface). If you have a keyboard or MIDI controller connected to Ableton, go to the MIDI preferences and set a keyboard or controller as your input.
Now you’re going to track out your vocals. This is the most important part of this entire tutorial because the better quality vocals you track out the better it’s going to sound once it’s vocoded. This can be an extremely lengthy and tedious process but it’s definitely worth it! Here are some tips for tracking out great vocals:
• Try not to over complicate things. The more syllables/words you sing at one time, the more likely Ableton will have a hard time following it because there are so many different pitches happening at once.
• To fix this, try breaking up words into separate notes rather than holding them out for one long sustained note. For example, instead of holding out all the syllables in “I wanna go home,” break up “wanna
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