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Scope Series 4 RTÉ Two, Thursday, 7.00pm

Music Technology

Music editing softwareNiall McMonagle of Pulse Recording Studios used the latest in music technology to turn Danann and Kathriona’s off-key, off-beat warbling into hit parade gold.

Effects such as reverb, autotune and re-timing allowed Scope’s musical duo to save face and produce an inoffensive cover of the tune, ‘Shaft’.

Auto-Tune is an audio processor that corrects pitch in vocal and instrumental performances. It is used to disguise inaccuracies and mistakes and, due to its increasing use in modern music, has allowed many artists to produce more precisely tuned recordings.

Many feel that this approach devalues real musical talent, while others liken it to computer spell-checking. The harmonisation is intended to increase the musical quality of a vocal track without revealing the singing as processed. Auto-Tune has also become popular as a distinctively electronic voice effect, similar to the vocals in such tracks as ‘Believe’ by  Cher, ‘One More Time’ by Daft Punk, ‘Days Go By’ by Dirty Vegas, ‘Blue’ by Eiffel 65 and ‘Freak Like Me’ by the Sugababes.

Another piece of software that can be used to enhance a performance is VocALign. This is an audio software solution for music and audio that will adjust the timing of one audio signal to match the timing of another. VocALign's ability to align two signals enables it to be used creatively to take guide or even live tracks and create performances with perfectly aligned overdubs.

This software gives users perfectly aligned double-tracked vocals, tight backing vocals, easy re-grooving of recorded vocals for remixing and shorter overdub sessions.

For video post-production, VocALign will automatically edit a line of replacement dialog so that it aligns with the dialog recorded with the original film or video. The artist can concentrate on performance and the result is perfectly lip-sync'd dialog, or more convincing foreign language dubs.


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