As Grammy-winning singer T-Pain continues to find his name in the headlines for anything and everything auto-tune-related, he recently made sure to give SOHH the scoop on his real feelings toward artists cashing in on the voice-changing trend.
Along with co-signing artists using auto-tune, T-Pizzle also discussed banking on his own “T-Pain Effect” device.
“I’m all for everyone expressing themselves in any way they want. That’s the only thing that has allowed me to have the amazing success that I’ve had,” Pain told SOHH via an exclusive statement. “I made the T-Pain effect because that’s what everyone was calling it (auto tune) anyways. I figure I had better capitalize off of it and make my own pitch correction software.” (SOHH)
A few weeks ago, Pain came clean on his stance toward Future and the rapper’s usage of auto-tune.
“I don’t think Future gets the technology very well. I don’t think he understands how it actually works,” he said. “He’s writing great songs. He’s a great writer. Keep in mind, you can use Auto-Tune and you can know how to work perfectly, but you still have to know how to write a good song. Just because he sound good doesn’t mean he’s saying good stuff. As far as how he uses Auto-Tune, I don’t think he knows how it works. I think he’s thinking that you just turn it on, and then it just happens. But nah, he writes great, great hooks and great songs themselves. I just don’t think he actually knows how to use Auto-Tune yet.” (Hot 93.7)
In summer 2011, Pain defended swaying away from the one-time infectious enchancer.
“You can’t stick with one thing forever,” T-Pain explains. “After you figure out how stuff works, you’ve got to start making your own. When everybody talks about (Auto-Tune), they pretty much say T-Pain. So what simpler thing to do? It’s supply and demand. You want the T-Pain sound? I’m gonna give you the T-Pain effect.” The T-Pain Effect, which lists for $99, gives users access to the rapper’s “whole vocal chain” of effects, along with 50 beats and a full complement of recording and distribution software. “They can sonically sound like me,” T-Pain notes, “but nobody’s ever gonna be able to write songs like T-Pain. There’s only one of those.” (Billboard)
Fellow R&B singer Ne-Yo previously bid farewell to the pitch-changing tool.
“Auto-tune was meant to be a safety net,” Ne-Yo explained in an interview. “It was not supposed to be wings. You’re not supposed to strap it on your back and jump off the building. That’s not what auto-tune was meant to be. If you’re using it for what it’s meant for, cool, fine, and good — not, ‘I can’t sing at all, so let’s turn auto-tune all the way up so I just sound like Willy the Robot.’ That wack! That’s terrible! It takes all the character out of your voice and you become a robot –Take the d*mn training wheels off. That’s how I feel about it.” (Amaru Don TV)