There are no words strong enough to express how much I despise Auto-Tune. I hate it's fake, robot-y sound. Even more, though, I hate how it's used to make marginal singers sound like pros. The phrase "polishing a turd" is never more apt.
The guy who invented this technology couldn't have seen this coming. Andy Hildebrand was an engineer at Exxon who was charged with finding a way to better interpret seismic data when it came to searching for new fileds of oil without having to drill first. He came up with a form of signal processing and audio interpretation that made this possible.
But because he was a music fan, Hildebrand recognized that his invention had other uses. After studying music composition, he founded Antares Audio Technologies in 1990 and began concentrating on adapting his discoveries to musical sitatuations.
Then came T-Pain and Cher and--well, you know the rest.
Hildebrand is unrepentent for unleashing this hideous scource. I quote:
"Cheating" in the old days used endless retakes to get a final result. It's easier now with Auto-Tune. Is the actor who plays Batman "cheating" because he can't fly?
First, you f**kwad, Batman doesn't have superpowers. He can't fly. Second, yes, it's cheating because it allows singers who can't sing to sound like they can. It gives them talent they don't have. It's like giving a student a test that self-corrects when they provide a wrong answer.
Yet there are people willing to defend this technology. Fine. I'm a hater and I'm gonna hate. And I'm not alone.