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The Best Garageband Autotune Plugin List (Free & Paid)

Apple’s GarageBand is one of the best free DAWs if you’re a mac user and it’s brilliant for music producers who are just starting out. In this article, we are going to look at the best 5 free auto-tune plugins for Garageband. We’re also going to look at the top 5 paid options too!

What Are The Best Free Pitch Correction Plugins for Garageband?

Here is the complete list of the best 5 free autotune plugins for Garageband:

Best Free Autotune
Best hard-tune
 
 
Freemium - $29 for full edition
Freemium, paid from $11.99/m
Free Download
Free Download
Best Free Autotune
Freemium - $29 for full edition
Best hard-tune
  1. Graillon 2 (Auburn Sounds)
  2. VOLOCO (Resonant Cavity)
  3. MAutoPitch AutoTune (Melda Production)
  4. GSnap
  5. GarageBand Pitch Correction 

1. Graillon 2 (Auburn Sounds)

Best Free Autotune
Auburn Sounds Graillon
Freemium - $29 for full edition

Graillon 2 is the best free autotune VST on the market. It's an easy-to-use plug-in that provides amazing results, with a great looking user interface that rivals most paid plugins

Pros:
  • Great formant shifting and easy to use key snapping
  • Smoothing and inertia controls, which help to increase the robotic-ness of your autotune
  • Professional sounding hard-tuned effects
  • Quite good natural tuning effect
  • Many easy-to-use features
Cons:
  • Some features of the plugin are limited for free users
  • Does not allow for editing individual note pitch
OS Compatibility: Win, Mac
Plugin versions: 64-bit, AU, AAX, VST, VST3
graillion 2 free autotune

Graillon 2 is the best free autotune VST on the market.

Graillon is an easy-to-use plug-in that provides amazing results. It has a great looking user interface that rivals most paid plugins.The numerous controls make Graillon 2 a very versatile plug in and it can be used to obtain both natural and artificial results.

2. VOLOCO (Resonant Cavity) – Best Autotune App & auV3 Plugin

Best hard-tune
Voloco Auto Tune & Vocoder Plugin
Freemium, paid from $11.99/m

Voloco automatically adds fantastic, preset autotune to your voice. It works best for hard-tuned, Hip Hop & Rap styles of autotune and isn't recommended for a natural style. Best features of the app are locked behind a subscription payment model.

OS Compatibility: iOS, Android, macOS, Windows
Plugin versions: AU, AAX, VST, VST3
Pros:
  • Many great sounding hard-tuned effects and fantastic, creative presets.
  • Very simple and quick to use
  • Support for iOS and use as an auV3 plugin
  • Intuitive iOS app that's the best autotune on the app store
Cons:
  • Limited features, no individual note pitch editing
  • No good natural sounding autotune option
voloco autotune effect

Voloco might not be the most technical autotune plugin but it is included here because of its ultra-simple design and its wide range of great sounding presets. This plugin is also available as an autotune app.

Voloco works best for creative hard-tuned settings. The super simple design allows users to quickly create great sounds and is a great tool for being creative and getting inspiration.

3. MAutoPitch Autotune (Melda Production)

MeldaProduction MAutoPitch
3.5

Great free pick that's simple to use and has an intuitive GUI. Excellent at both hard tuning and natural autotune sound, comes with additional mixing features.

Pros:
  • Great sounding natural autotune sound
  • Can autotune real-time
  • Fantastic control over auto tune sound, including speed, depth, fine-tune and more
  • Awesome interface with great key locking feature
  • Great control over the formant shifting
  • Width control for mixing
Cons:
  • Inconvenient download
  • No individual note pitch editing
OS Compatibility: Mac, Win
Plugin versions: 64-bit, AU, AAX, VST, VST3
mautopitch free autotune plugin garageband

MAutoPitch is an extremely capable autotune VST plugin, offering almost the exact same pitch correction features as Graillon 2, but with a bit extra included.

But, it’s a pain to install.

MAutoPitch comes as part of a free suite that contains 37 separate effects, analyzers, EQs and more. While some of these plugins are good, it’s more of an annoying process to remove the plugins you don’t want.

4. GSnap – Open Source Autotune

GVST GSnap
Free Download

GSnap is an extremely clever auto tune VST plugin that has the unique ability of being able to ‘snap' to MIDI that is fed into it.

Pros:
  • GSnap is free to use, making it accessible to musicians and producers with tight budgets.
  • GSnap has a straightforward and easy-to-understand user interface, which can be beneficial for beginners in music production.
  • GSnap offers real-time pitch correction, allowing you to hear the corrected pitch as you record or playback your audio.
  • The plugin provides various controls that allow you to adjust the level of pitch correction, the speed of correction, and the scale you want your vocals to follow.
  • GSnap supports MIDI input, allowing you to control the pitch correction parameters using an external MIDI controller.
Cons:
  • While GSnap can be effective for basic pitch correction, it lacks some of the advanced features found in commercial autotune plugins. This might limit its effectiveness for professional-grade vocal tuning.
  • Compared to more sophisticated autotune plugins, GSnap might not achieve the same level of natural-sounding pitch correction. Extreme corrections might lead to artifacts and an unnatural vocal quality.
  • While the simple interface can be an advantage, it might also be a limitation for users who require more in-depth control over the pitch correction process.
  • GSnap might not have been updated frequently, potentially causing compatibility issues with newer DAW versions or operating systems.
  • Like any audio plugin, GSnap has a learning curve. Users might need to invest time in understanding how to use its controls effectively to achieve desired results.
  • Some users have reported that GSnap can consume a significant amount of CPU resources, which might lead to performance issues on less powe
OS Compatibility: Mac, Windows
Plugin versions: AU, AAX, VST, VST3
GSnap free autotune garageband

GSnap is an extremely clever auto tune VST plugin that has the unique ability of being able to ‘snap’ to MIDI that is fed into it. It also has a very simple interface which makes it easy to use and understand.

Unlike the other free autotune plugins on this list, it shows you how much it’s correcting the notes by. However, GSnap isn’t as good at detecting pitch as the others on this list, and often corrects things out of key.

5. GarageBand Pitch Correction

Best Free DAW
GarageBand for iOS
Free
  • Easy and intuitive design taken straight from macOS GarageBand
  • Works seamlessly with iPad since it is an Apple product
  • Record, produce, and mix using powerful built-in tools
Pros:
  • Free!
  • Works perfectly with iPad due to Apple design
  • Great for simple recording and editing jobs
Cons:
  • Lacks in-depth controls of paid DAWs
  • Occasional issues loading AU plugins
garageband pitch correction

While it is not technically a plugin it is important to mention GarageBand’s built in pitch correction – which sounds great considering it comes with the software. Pitch correction in Garageband makes it easy to quickly adjust the pitch correction by your desired amount on any audio and push things that aren’t quite right in tune.

In terms of controls, it is the most limited on the list. Only allowing you to lock the notes to the song’s key or just chromatically. That being said it gives a great natural tuning effect.

What Is The Best Paid Pitch Correction Software Garageband?

Here is the complete list of the best 5 autotune plugins for Garageband:

 
The Pioneer
Best Budget Option
 
For Creative Sound Design
$99-$699(Version Dependent) Free 30 day trial for Melodyne 5 Studio
$69.95 - $299 (version dependent)
$29.99 (88% off)
$520 (On sale for $310)
$99
$99-$699(Version Dependent) Free 30 day trial for Melodyne 5 Studio
The Pioneer
$69.95 - $299 (version dependent)
Best Budget Option
For Creative Sound Design
  1. Melodyne
  2. Antares AutoTune
  3. Waves Tune
  4. Revoice Pro 4
  5. Soundtoys Little Alterboy

1. Melodyne (Celemony)

Celemony Melodyne 5
$99-$849 (depending on version)

Melodyne is the best vocal pitching and tuning tool. It's the most used for pitch correction, and can even be used on instrument editing, entire key changes, and sibilance removal.


Pros:
  • Clean and transparent tuning algorithms
  • Separate Pitch and Noise control
  • ARA integration makes Melodyne extremely fast and streamlines
  • Polyphonic control
  • Multi-Track pitch correction
Cons:
  • ARA isn't yet compatible with all DAWs
  • Polyphonic and Multi-Track pitch correction is only available for Editor and Studio versions.
OS Compatibility: Win10, Win11, Apple Silicon, 10.12+
Plugin versions: VST, VST3, AU, AAX, 64-bit

Melodyne is the best vocal pitching and tuning tool. It’s the most used for pitch correction, and can even be used on instrument editing, entire key changes, and sibilance removal.

Melodyne comes in four different versions –

  • Essential ($99)
  • Assistant ($249)
  • Editor ($399)
  • Studio ($699)

All of these have the highest quality of subtle and natural pitch correction on the market. However, Melodyne does not offer real-time autotune and isn’t useable in a live setting.

However, Melodyne has a big price tag, and might not be affordable for some, so you might want to check out some Melodyne alternatives.

Check out some our in-depth comparisons of the top autotune plugins with Melodyne:

  1. Melodyne vs Autotune
  2. Meldodyne vs Waves Tune
  3. Melodyne vs Flex Pitch

2. Antares Auto-Tune

The Pioneer
Antares Auto-Tune
$69.95 - $299 (version dependent)

One of the most famous music production tools ever made. Popular since the 90s and the reason that hard-pitching T-Pain style has become such a staple in modern music. Also offers seamless natural sounding pitch correcting in real-time

Pros:
  • Powerful, high-quality autotune sound that uses the original Auto-Tune trademarked style
  • Great for hard tune style used commonly in rap and hip hop
  • Includes graphical note editing, however it's only monophonic
  • ARA compatible
  • Real-time auto-tune for live performances with no latency
  • Brilliant formant shifting and throat modeling
Cons:
  • Very expensive
  • Graphical note editing is monophonic
Trial?: 14-day free trial for Auto-Tune Unlimited
OS Compatibility:
Plugin versions: AU, AAX, VST, VST3, 64-bit

Antares’ Autotune in is probably one of the most famous pop music production tools ever made.

It has been popular since the 90s and works in real-time, meaning you can use it for live performances. It also combines automatic tuning with a graphic pitch interface. Antares AutoTune is available in 5 different versions and you can check out our comparison here.

Antares’ plugin has the upper hand over Melodyne in terms of real-time vocal pitch control. Melodyne requires a lot of input, however, this generally means it is a lot more transparent and has higher tuning quality. When I tried Antares Auto-Tune Pro I was blown away by how powerful it was but I found that the graphical note editor was not as intuitive or effective as Melodyne’s.

3. Waves Tune

Best Budget Option
Waves Tune Vocal Pitch Correction
$29.99 (88% off)

One of Waves’ best-known plugins, offering graphical pitch editing, real-time autotune, and loads of tools for editing your timbral and vocal quality.

Pros:
  • Very low latency and easy on the CPU
  • Real-time tuning for Live performances
  • Natural and Smooth Sound
  • Brilliant formant shifting and hard tuned sound
Cons:
  • No polyphonic note editing or ability to change entire keys/chords naturally
OS Compatibility: Win10, Win11, MacOS 10.15.7+
Plugin versions: VST, VST3, AU, AAX, 64-bit
Skip to 30 seconds for a demo

Waves Tune is one of Waves’ best-known plugins, offering graphical pitch editing, real-time autotune, and loads of tools for editing timbral and vocal quality.

Waves Tune’s ability to work in real-timemakes it great for live performance. Thesound quality is very natural, but it also gives you the ability to have a robot voice effect.

Waves Tune is much better for a hard-tuned sound and live autotune than Melodyne. However, Melodyne is better for in-depth, meticulous vocal editing and provides a more natural sound. I found that when I started using both, Waves Tune was much easier to use and navigate.

4. Revoice Pro 4 (Synchro Arts)

Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 4
$99

Revoice is a top of the range pitch correction plugin that provides very high-quality vocal correction and control. 

Pros:
  • High-quality natural vocal tuning
  • Great interface for complex vocal arranging
  • Graphical interface for highly controlled editing
  • Closest to Melodyne in terms of functionality
Cons:
  • Does not work in real-time
  • Not as good as the other competitors, although the price is lower
OS Compatibility: Mac, Windows
Plugin versions: 64-bit, AU, AAX, VST, VST3

Revoice is a top of the range pitch correction plugin that provides very high-quality vocal correction and control. Revoice’s main strengths lay in fake double tracking, time synching between vocals, and working with vocals in bulk (like backing vocals).

Compared to Melodyne there is tough competition between pitch editing and sound quality however Revoice offers no distinction between esses and breaths which is where Melodyne really shines. Melodyne’s user interfaces is also cleaner and less cluttered than Revoice’s which makes it easier to operate effectively, especially when starting out.

5. Soundtoys Little Alterboy

Soundtoys Little Alterboy
4.6
$99

Little Alterboy is a wickedly brilliant, creative sound design tool, pitching & formant VST. Use it to get a pushed autotune sound or for creative sound design possibilities.

Sound Quality:
5.0
Features:
5.0
Value for Money:
4.0
User Interface:
5.0
Presets:
4.0
Pros:
  • Easy to use interface, with a couple of buttons to alter formant, drive, pitch and mix
  • Very creative and characterful sounds, with great sounding pitching and formant - fantastic for sound design
  • 3 different mode types that give you different styled sounds. Robot for auto-tune robotic style, transpose for simple transposition etc.
  • Great value for money
Cons:
  • Does not work in real-time
  • Not a good choice for tuning vocals or instruments, more made for designing sounds.
OS Compatibility: Win7, Win8, Win10, Win11, Apple Silicon, MacOS 10.12+
Plugin versions: AAX, VST 2, AU, 64-bit

Little Alterboy is a simple, versatile plug-in, that offers a great deal of variety. You can do anything from bringing more dynamics into your vocals to achieving that classic hard tune effect. 

Little Alterboy does not offer nearly as many features as Melodyne or give you anything close to the control it has over pitch. However, it does give you the ability to add more character to your sounds in a way that Melodyne can’t. Where the main emphasis of Melodyne is transparency, Little Alterboy is all about experimenting with standard autotune and creating unique, creative sound design and audio manipulation.  

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Summary

To recap, here is the complete list of the best autotune plugins for GarageBand:

CategoryPlugin NameDeveloper/CompanyKey Features or Notes
FreeGraillon 2Auburn SoundsBest free VST, versatile, natural and artificial tuning options, great UI.
FreeVOLOCOResonant CavitySimple design, great sounding presets, best for creative hard-tuned settings.
FreeMAutoPitch AutoTuneMelda ProductionCapable VST, similar to Graillon 2, part of a free suite with 37 effects.
FreeGSnapCan snap to MIDI, simple interface, less effective in pitch detection.
FreeGarageBand Pitch CorrectionBuilt-in, easy to use, offers natural tuning effect, limited controls.
PaidMelodyneCelemonyHigh-quality, subtle pitch correction, four versions, not suitable for live use, excels in vocal and instrument editing.
PaidAntares AutoTuneAntaresFamous, real-time operation, graphical pitch interface, different versions available.
PaidWaves TuneWavesGraphical pitch editing, real-time auto-tune, natural sound quality, suitable for live performance.
PaidRevoice Pro 4Synchro ArtsHigh-quality vocal correction, excels in double tracking and time syncing.
PaidSoundtoys Little AlterboySoundtoysSimple, versatile, suitable for sound design and audio manipulation, less control over pitch than Melodyne.

Autotune plugins are good for making small adjustments to your vocal pitch, creating Hip Hop hard tuned effects, and even altering the sounds of instruments. They’re also useful in many production situations. We’ve included a wide range of options from beginner to advanced for you to choose from so there should be a pick for everyone.

If you’re a beginner a paid option might not be worth it yet, but if you’re a seasoned producer, you may want to look into something like Melodyne.

FAQ

Does Garageband Have Autotune?

GarageBand has a built-in autotune which allows you to lock the notes of your vocals to the song’s key. The functions of GarageBand’s autotune are limited to an option to link to key and a 0-100 amount slider. GarageBand has many great built-in features and the autotune is good but limited.

Should I Get A Paid Autotune Plugin or Will A Free One Suffice?

Free auto-tune plugins are great for experimenting and for achieving the hard-tuned hip hop auto-tune effect. If you want to achieve a more transparent and professional-sounding tuned vocal track, then a paid autotune plugin would be the way to go.

How Do I Install An Autotune Plugin in GarageBand?

How Do I Install An Autotune Plugin in GarageBand?

Here’s how you can install a plug in in GarageBand:

  • Download an AU plug in of your choice.
  • Go to Finder\Macintosh HD\Library\Audio\Plugins\Components.
  • Drag your downloaded AU unit to the Components folder.
  • Enable audio units checkbox in GarageBand > Preferences > Audio/MIDI.
  • Close & Reopen GarageBand. You’re done.

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