- Mautopitch – Free Automatic Pitch Correction
- Used for pitch correction and formant shifting
- VST, AU, AAX
In the world of modern production, auto-tune has become more than a plug-in.
It's an effect that is an absolute necessity by todays standards.
Whether you want to achieve that hard-tune sound of artists like T-Pain and ASAP Rocky, or you just want to even out your vocals and make beautiful harmonies, you need auto-tune in your life.
With numerous expensive options on the market like Antares' Auto-Tune, Melodyne and Soundtoys' Little AlterBoy, proper pitch correction can become expensive.
Melda Production has decided to take it easy on you bedroom producers out there, and released their versatile Mautopitch plug-in.
We get it.
It's free, but how good can it realistically be?
That's what we'll try and figure out today.
Can you get away with just using the Melda Mautopitch free auto-tune plug-in, or should you not bother, and save up some money for an auto-tune plug-in?
What is Mautopitch?
MAutoPitch is a simple but great sounding automatic pitch correction plugin designed for vocals and other monophonic instruments. Besides making the audio more in-tune, MAutoPitch also provides creative features such as formant shift and stereo-expansion. It is quick, easy to use and free!
Mautopitch comes as part of a free plugin suite by Melda Productions that you absolutely must check out, but more on that later.
Meldaproduction Mautopitch is an absolute life-saver for a producer on a budget.
And it's available in AAX, VST and AU formats, for use in Pro-Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Ableton, and any other DAW.
Let's face it, Antares' Auto-Tune is the best thing on the market for automatic pitch correction, but at 400$, it's not necessarily an accessible peace of software.
Mautopitch however, sits in that very sweet spot of being extremely simple to use, whilst not restricting any essential features.
And yes, it is a free auto tune plug in. Can't really go wrong with that!
Who is Mautopitch For/What is it Used On?
So, we'll set the scene.
You're a relatively new producer, you've been making your own beats for a while, and finally you have a rapper or a vocalist that wants you to produce their track.
They come over, record their part, and later in the night you sit down to edit the vocal tracks, but OH NO!
Nothing is on pitch, they sound like a vocal slide whistle. And on top of that, the rapper wants to sound like Travis Scott.
Guess what, buddy, Mautopitch is what's going to save your butt.
It's perfect for any light-tuning, and vocal clean-up that you as a producer, will inevitably have to do a lot of.
Apart from vocals however, pretty much any monophonic audio signal will work with Mautopitch.
Besides vocals, we've used it on violins, horn instruments, leads, and pretty much anything that might need a cheeky tune.
Do I Need Mautopitch?
As much as we'd like to know what goes on in your head, we can't say for certain that you NEED it.
However, if you currently do not have any pitch correction software, or plugins, it just doesn't make sense to not pick Mautopitch up.
After all, it's free.
Even if you already own the Melodyne, Auto-Tune AND Little AlterBoy VST plug ins, we'd have to argue that you should still download this beautiful little beast.
Additionally, if you're a Logic Pro user, you might be thinking “Awh, mate, but i already got an auto-tune built in”.
Well don't be ridiculous, everyone knows the Logic Pro auto-tune sucks, and you would be miles better off just downloading Mautopitch.
Is Mautopitch Good?
We give the Melda MAutoPitch VST plugin a solid
The Melda Mautopitch free auto-tune plug in is definitely a solid pick up.
Looking at the higher end spectrum of pitch correction plug ins, the only upper hand that they have on Mautopitch is customizability.
But look, you can't go into downloading free software, and expect to get the full package.
There's definitely things that are missing from Mautopitch.
The biggest of all, is the lack of fine control.
Unlike Auto-Tune or Melodyne, you have no control over single notes in your audio channel.
You can't re-record the vocal melody through midi either, as you could with the other plugins we've mentioned
And honestly, on a more subjective note (and a lot of people might disagree with us), but we really don't care for the UI design.
It's simple, and easy to read and comprehend, but it just looks a tad outdated and it's really not one of the more beautiful plug ins out there.
On the plus-side however, the good outweighs the bad for Mautopitch.
On milder settings, the pitch correction is just way more natural and smooth, when compared to Auto-Tune
The width control is also a welcome addition, as it can help you out with perfecting your stereo field.
In general, it's the complete polar opposite of Melodyne.
Where Melodyne is an extremely hands-on and razor sharp plugin, Mautopitch is one of those “leave it and forget it” kinda deals.
Is Mautopitch Free? (+ A Bonus)
As you've probably already learned, if you read this far down, is that yes, Mautopitch is indeed free.
As an added bonus, it comes part of the Melda production Free FX suite, which is a plug in suite, that contains 37, separate effects, analyzers, eq's saturators etc.
And no, that's not a typo, there's 37 free FX for you to download and use right now, in your productions.
If you're anything like us, and can't get enough of interesting plug ins, picking this bundle up is an absolute no-brainer.
Mautopitch Tutorial (How To Use Mautopitch?)
So, you've got the AAX, VST or AU plugin downloaded, and working in your DAW of choice.
Where do you start, and what does everything mean?
Running through the basics, you've got 2 main sections of the plug in.
Automatic Tuning is where you'll find your usual pitch correction settings. Retune speed, depth, frequency base and a Detune knob.
Effects is where you'll find your sound manipulators. The width, formant and dry/wet controls can all be found here.
On the bottom part of the plug in, you'll find the Key signature controls.
Quite simple really, everything is already there for you to start tuning your vocals.
How To Use Mautopitch on Vocals
You've explored the UI, gotten to know what's where, and you want to finally try it out on a vocal track.
Well, this is the part that takes practice.
There isn't a single perfect setting for your particular application.
Every vocal is different, as much as every producer is different. And you need to find that sweet-spot on your own, through experimentation and critical listening.
However, what we can do, is give you some basic guidelines.
You should always start with choosing the correct key signature setting for your vocal. If your track is in C Major. You should select C Major.
If you do not know the key signature of your song, not to worry, you can just select the Chromatic scale and the plug in will round out each note to the closest tone.
This can cause some weird tuning issues, if your vocal is REALLY out of tune however, and usually, selecting the proper key signature will lend you much more natural results.
Ok, you've got your key signature and let's say you want to achieve that hard-tune Travis Scott sound.
That instantly recognisable robot-y sound, is what you get, when you turn your retune speed WAY up. (Im talking 90-100%)
If you're looking for a much more natural sound however, you should scale back the re-tune speed to around 50% or lower depending on your vocal.
Key Signature and retune speed are basically your main two settings. Anything after is more for changing the timbre and characteristics of your sound.
This is where experimentation comes in. Play around with formants, width and depth to see what feels right and what doesn't.
TIP: Your ears are your main production tool. If what we described doesn't work for what you want to achieve, experiment, and listen critically.
What Else Can I Use Mautopitch For?
Other than vocals, which are definitely the main focus of this free auto tune plug in, Mautopitch is not limited to vocals.
Essentially any monophonic signal can be tuned with Mautopitch.
Leads, Strings, Guitars, etc. you name it, it'll do it.
Mautopitch is not the best when it comes to tuning bass.
(If you play a fretless, i'm really sorry)
Any time we tried running a bass track through, it just sounded dodgy no matter what. You're better off re-recording your bass tracks, sadly.
In general however, as long as it's monophonic and melodic, anything goes.
Mautopitch Presets (Where Can I Download Them?)
MAutoPitch presets are carefully stored in a system database and you can quickly access them from any project in any host.
The plugin can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from their servers.
Honestly, I wish more plug in companies would take this approach to presets.
Having such ease of sharing your presets as well as using other peoples presets is a breath of fresh air from the usual struggle of finding and buying a preset pack from a third party.
Having an integrated preset database is a major step in ease-of-use, and it creates a great sense of community with other users of MautoPitch.
Melda Productions' Mautopitch is easily the best FREE automatic pitch correction plug-in available right now.
The advantages of expensive software like Auto-Tune are less-apparent when you've got such a nice and well designed plug in, for free.
And honestly, in 2020, where 100% of songs on the radio have auto-tune on them.
It's become an absolute must to have a pitch correction plug in in your production toolbelt.
With that said, we'll leave it there.
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With over 8 years of hands-on experience in the music industry, Harry has run successful raves, played alongside industry heavyweights such as Max Chapman, DJ EZ, DJ Zinc and more (pictured below), had music played on national radio, DJ'd on live radio, produced until he hated every song, mixed until his ears bled, created sample packs from scratch using just a Zoom H1n and some sound design skills… and pretty much anything related to music production – he's done it, tested it, tried it.