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  • Life's a Pitch for New iPhone App "I Am T-Pain"

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    Don't even get me started on which artists I think should use this cool new iPhone app. I'd love to name names, but the pesky threat of slander is just too difficult to bear. I'll leave it to Jay-Z to continue picking on the proponents of this emergent technology.

    After what was for a time an uncertain future, Auto-Tune, the popular software that alters the pitch of a performer’s voice, is coming to the iPhone.

    From The New York Times:

    An application called “I Am T-Pain,” after the rapper who most recently popularized the Auto-Tune software with a liberal use of it in his songs, transforms the iPhone into an auto-tune microphone. The application was developed as a joint collaboration between T-Pain, Antares Audio Technologies, the company that produces the software that creates the vocal effect, and Smule, a start-up that develops applications for the iPhone.
    Prior to its path to iPhone, Auto Tune has been on a tear in the music industry. Jamie Foxx used it for "Blame It On The Alcohol" and so did Kanye West for "Heartless." Some have called the effect a contemporary version of the Talkbox effect that emerged in old school r&b. And although a lot of people will probably have fun with the new app and enjoy it immensely, Auto Tune is not without its fair share of staunch critics. Jay-Z’s latest single, “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” unleashes a tirade against the software, but even more so against the recording artists who heavily rely on its capabilities. This summer, Jay-Z's video for this particular song even depicted Auto-Tune boxes exploding in flames.

    Gee, how do you really feel, Jay-Z?

    A few famous rappers aside, Auto Tune is poised for further popularity. “This is our latest experiment,” said one of the co-founders at Smule. “There’s no shortage of celebrity apps in the App Store, but the feeling was that a lot of them didn’t capture the essence of the artist.”

    The application turns the iPhone into an Auto-Tune microphone, allowing users to sing alongside popular T-Pain tracks. “I Am T-Pain” comes bundled with five songs, including the radio hits “Bartender” and “Sprung.” Players will also have the option of buying more songs via the application to digitally harmonize along with. In addition, players can create and record songs using a “freestyle” Auto-Tune effect, which can be uploaded to the Web and sent to friends via e-mail, Facebook and MySpace.
    In case you're wondering, "I Am T-Pain" is a tremendous bargain relative to the Auto-Tune software itself. "I Am T-Pain" runs $2.99. Auto Tune is a whopping $399.

    Although I'm not a gambling man, I will still go out on a limb and wager that "I Am T-Pain" might quickly become one of the most popular music apps for the iPhone.

    Our deepest condolences to Jay-Z.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Life's a Pitch for New iPhone App "I Am T-Pain" started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. Bloodspatter's Avatar
      Bloodspatter -
      LOL never mind.I had my stereo bluetooth headphones on. It seems it doesn't work with those for some reason. I plugged in my wired ones and it worked like a charm.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      i don't undertand how this works at all i've been trying to mess with it but it just doesn't seem like it's doing much hah i want that same sound as that auto tune news the person posted i don't get it
    1. soto806's Avatar
      soto806 -
      i think i might get this
    1. fyrmed2's Avatar
      fyrmed2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dash-2 View Post
      Although I'm not a big fan of AT, I've always found these amazing and funny. I didn't know the app was real! Looks like it will be fun to play with.
      YouTube - Auto-Tune the News #8: dragons. geese. Michael Vick. (ft. T-Pain)
      OMG!!!!!!!!!! That is the funniest video I have ever seen!! Thanks for that 1!!!!!!!
    1. lil sin's Avatar
      lil sin -
      thats so freakin sweeeet im going to download that tonight
    1. adamnur's Avatar
      adamnur -
      Doesn't seem to work...I must be doing it wrong.
    1. lil sin's Avatar
      lil sin -
      i dont know but the guys that do have it does it work good like in the video or is it mediocre out of 5 stars wat do u think it should get.
      cant wait till they make i am lil wayne
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      not just rap artists use auto tune, it is used by all famous artists on the radio. everyone uses auto tune. auto tune can also be used in real time, so even in a live show it can be used to disguise someone with a terrible voice.

      i had the privilege to hear tpain actually sing without auto tune at the BET hip hop awards last year cause i'm in that type of production and i can tell you the man doesn't need autotune to improve his voice. he's a talented singer without it.
    1. lil sin's Avatar
      lil sin -
      ive heard some of his songs without it to and he sounds great to the same but some singers are awful without it. just goes to show u anyone can sing.

      i had the privilege to hear tpain actually sing without auto tune at the BET hip hop awards last year cause i'm in that type of production and i can tell you the man doesn't need autotune to improve his voice. he's a talented singer without it.[/QUOTE]
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Slap slap slap chop looool. Jay Z reminds me of those old men who dnt like change!!!! Maybe he should get out his pipe and walking stick and sit his old a55 down as the youth clearly like this sound. I'm fully aware of autotune, orange vocoder etc. It's all about making music people like forget what's in it.
    1. mavrik101's Avatar
      mavrik101 -
      Only like people that can sing? Hmmm.. Have you listened to Mariah Carey's latest single? So are you saying she cant sing? Dude, its a gimmick thats popular right now. Its been around since what, the seventies? it was hardware back then. Frampton, Roger and Zapp, Whodini, even Cher. I mean,,geez lighten up. I think most of these artists can sing, and I know Mariah can!!
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Mariah Carey fails at life and music
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      Mariah Carey fails at life and music
      She also failed at dissing Eminem.

      Em pwned her big time in "The Warning"
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      haha auto-tune the news is hilarious
      and this app is a blast..
      especially toasted
    1. Jstud8's Avatar
      Jstud8 -
      Anyone having trouble hooking it up to speakers?

      I hooked it up to mine using the standard 3.5 mm cable, (i think that's right, just a regular male-male headphone cord) and nothing comes out of the speakers?

      If I put a beat to it that comes out fine, and it works with my headphones that came with the iphone. Any Ideas?