How to Do Autotune (for Free!)

Using garageband, learn how to easily create that autotune effect you hear so much.

**EDIT** Link to an example:

Step 1: Set Up a New Garageband Project

First off, Open up garageband and Create a new music project. On the screen that pops up, name the project.


In the screenshot, the key is set to F minor. I find this a good key to play around in, but this can change depending on what you are singing. If you are an experienced musician and know about notes and such, feel free to change this, otherwise stick with F minor.

Step 2: Create Your Track

We start with this garageband screen. Close the grand piano and delete the piano track (not necessary but just makes everything cleaner).

In the bottom left of our interface click the "+" button. Select real instrument and create. The Last picture shows us what we now have.

Step 3: Setting Up Autotune

Now, with the track selected, go to the bottom left and click the scissor icon. What comes up is our track editor.

Take the "Enhance Tuning" slider and drag it all the way to the right and click the "Limit to Key" checkbox.

You now have Autotune set up, but to make it sound even better, we are going to add some effects.

Step 4: Adding Effects

On our right side, there should be a list of predesigned effects for our use. At this point, make sure your input device is selected. I have external mic selected but I am actually using a snowball, so just click that list and change the select.

We are going to look at the bottom of this list now and click the "details" button to open our advanced menu. The picture shows the effects that I used, but I will have them listed below. Feel free to play with these.

IMPORTANT: For the Distortion and Chorus effects, click to the right where there is a pencil, and it will allow you to edit it.

Compressor: Vocal Compression Rap
Distortion: Bring the drive to about 4.0 db (keep the rest the same)
Chorus: Bring the Intensity down to about 1.0 db (keep the rest the same)

Echo: 20
Reverb: 40

Feel free to save these options as an instrument.

Have fun with your new AutoTune Effect!



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    13 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Autotune is music cancer, those who use it should do something else with their free time and stop making horrible noises

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    autotune was originally a good thing, it just tuned singers that were out of tune. but like with everything else people find different ways to use it and you get that annoying things your talking about. but the initial use of autotune is present in 90% of mainstream music so you can't call autotune itself annoying just the alternate uses


    9 years ago on Introduction

    how about a windows alternative for this. I really don't feel like paying double (of what it's worth) for a pretentious platform under these tough economic conditions. is garage band included in the overpriced systems? I guess S1L3N7 SWAT is right. It is not exactly free. But then Killer~SafeCracker is right too: If you have a textile mill, clothes are free for you.