The MusicScribe TUNE-O-METER

The MusicScribe TUNE-O-METER

Beginning with my T. Graham Brown CD review, I have introduced a new feature called the “Tune-O-Meter.” This is designed to indicate how much obvious auto-tuning was applied to vocals on an album. This is not necessarily a claim to have any “inside info” on how much editing has actually been done, nor is it a reflection on the overall quality of an album (although it CAN have an impact). It is simply my own ears picking up the digital pitch editing in an album, and represents my own opinion.

The basic scale is as follows:

LOW – Little to no auto-tuning detected. Vocals sound clean and natural (if slightly imperfect).

MEDIUM – Minor to moderate auto-tuning detected. Vocals are clean but a bit too robotic at times with slight digital distortion and/or warbling.

HIGH – Moderate to heavy auto-tuning detected. Vocals do not sound natural or singers sound artificial with an emphasis more on perfection than natural singing.

T-PAIN – The computer in WarGames sounds more natural than this.

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Kyle Boreing

Kyle has been writing for MusicScribe since 2008. He is a musician, producer, arranger, and occasional quartet singer, who pays way too much attention to recordings. He is an alumni of Stamps-Baxter School of Music and has shared the stage with many different artists. He also really likes movies that are "so bad they're good." Visit his website at, or follow him on Twitter @kyleboreing.

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  1. Reply February 20, 12:57 #1 yankeegospelgirl

    It really pains me to say it, because I love these guys and their tunes, but Brian Free & Assurance has registered at the “T-Pain” level on more than one occasion for me.

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