Definition of autotune in English:

autotune

(also Auto-Tune)

noun

  • A device or facility for tuning something automatically, especially a computer program which enables the correction of an out-of-tune vocal performance.

    • ‘But as the man behind the Spice Girls, the first globally viable group in which marketing was truly more important than music, Fuller's prints are all over the wreckage of a pop culture that didn't need an autocue on TV, or an autotune in the studio.’
    • ‘I get a big kick out of the I Am T-Pain app, which applies the AutoTune effect to your voice as you sing along with beats (or not).’
    • ‘Existing digital radio owners in the above areas should carry out an 'autotune' to scan and store the BBC services in their radio set's station list.’
    • ‘It's hard to believe, in this day of auto-tune, that people are still acting surprised by her lip-syncing.’
    • ‘She embodies what is wrong with TV and the music industry - not a shred of talent required with reality tv and auto-tune.’
    • ‘He revealed: "Everybody uses AutoTune these days."’
    • ‘There's no auto-tune crooning or overbearing electronica background music.’
    • ‘The singer went on to explain that he should use auto-tune to "catch mistakes" before they happen.’
    • ‘Basically, the idea is you take real news and real newsmakers, and you put them through an auto tune.’
    • ‘Still, one in the eye for all the music traditionalists who go on about how unnatural electronic manipulation such as Autotune is.’
    • ‘"And Then So Clear" is basic but true, though it will alienate some because Eno pitches his voice up an octave with what may be the same robotic AutoTune Cher used on "Believe".’
    • ‘The pop heartthrob admits he uses vocal-enhancing programme AutoTune in the studio to improve his songs - but claims all other singers do as well.’
    • ‘More deliciously dirty beats, and a vocoder: no, not your AutoTune nonsense, a proper 80s style job that makes robot voices.’
    • ‘He needed to take advantage of the autotune craze and to take a chance at making an album that, because of the timing of the industry and his life events, had a short window for recording and release.’
    • ‘If people want to take the risk on a genuine artist, they go and see someone like Whitney (who I always thought was talented, shame she overdid the melisma, but at least she didn't need autotune).’
    • ‘I wonder if Kordyback can even really sing without all the AutoTune.’
    • ‘Katie Price's song sounds okay, but Autotune, or whatever it's called, is a wonderful invention.’
    • ‘While some people hated the Autotune, no one could deny that it was his most focused album yet.’
    • ‘The fake sky went dark and he sang in a numb and dire auto-tune tenor.’
    • ‘However, he's a fan of Kanye's 2008 album, which made heavy use of auto-tune.’
    • ‘Just the plain "uncoolness" of some artists killed their autotune experiences.’
    • ‘Sonically, the song is great, but for Brown to constantly drown his voice in auto-tune is getting annoying.’
    • ‘GQradio features a slick graphical interface, autotune, station presets and more.’
    • ‘Ever since she burst onto the music scene, she has been criticized for frequent use of auto-tune on recordings.’
    • ‘Turn on the radio and without turning the dial you find one-hit wonders, wanna-be gangsters, lying fools, and most importantly autotune.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Tune (something) automatically.

    ‘there's also an FM radio which can autotune stations and has a ‘record’ option’
    • ‘However when I autotune the TV it only picks up the standard 5 terrestrial channels.’
    • ‘It's like a roadtrip to hell where the radio autotunes to whatever's heaviest.’
    • ‘DRM technology is more or less like "a smart radio" that auto-tunes itself during emergency and natural disasters.’
    • ‘A kid should be taught how to auto-tune channels on the set.’
    • ‘Switch the box to "game" when you're using it, switch to the TV/Cable input manually, and don't let your TV try to autotune its way to a signal.’
    • ‘Once your TV stops receiving signal from your current networks, head into your menu and start auto-tuning.’
    • ‘You can autotune up to 10 programmes at a time.’
    • ‘Also new in the latest update: a new channel info bar, and a setting to let you auto-tune to HD channels!’
    1. 1.1 Alter the pitch of (a voice recording) by means of a computer program.
      ‘vocals are often autotuned to fake perfection’
      • ‘His acting sucks and his music is so auto-tuned a monkey could sing it.’
      • ‘The only music available was the lute and your natural voice, so that ruled out autotuned pop stars.’
      • ‘While we may cringe at the autotuned quality of her voice, we can't help but agree with the lyrics.’
      • ‘She's a fantastic singer (real pop music, instead of overly autotuned garbage!)’
      • ‘She looks great but whoa..they really overdid it with the auto-tuning.’
      • ‘Maybe I will sing with them but you would have to auto-tune me!’
      • ‘Her energetic stage presence made the songs work, and those falsetto notes needed no auto-tuning.’
      • ‘The album is a bombardment of autotuned vocals with loud drums and techno beats.’
      • ‘The Gregory Brothers have become Internet famous for auto-tuning the news.’
      • ‘She sounds so good she almost sounds autotuned.’

Pronunciation

autotune

/ˈɔːtəʊtjuːn/