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Antares Audio Technologies
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The Obligatory Legal Mumbo-Jumbo
The Antares Auto-Tune 4 software and this User’s Manual are protected by copyright law. Making copies, adaptations, or derivative works without the prior written authorization of Antares Audio Technologies, is prohibited by law and constitutes a punishable violation of the law.
Antares Audio Technologies retains all ownership rights to the Auto-Tune 4 software and its documentation. Use of Auto-Tune 4 is limited by the following license agreement.
Please carefully read all the terms and conditions of this license agreement.
At the time of installation of the Auto-Tune 4 software you will be presented with a copy of the agreement and asked whether or not you agree to it. Continuing with the installation process beyond that point constitutes such agreement.
AUTO-TUNE 4 LICENSE AGREEMENT
1. Use Auto-Tune 4 on only one computer.
You may not:
1. Make copies of Auto-Tune 4 or of the user manual in whole or in part except as expressly provided for in this agreement. Your right to copy Auto-Tune 4 and the user manual is limited by copyright law. Making copies, verbal or media translations, adaptations, derivative works, or telecommunication data transmission of Auto-Tune 4 without prior written authorization of Antares, is prohibited by law and constitutes a punishable violation of the law.
2. Make alteration or modifications to Auto-Tune 4 (or any copy) or disassemble or de-compile Auto-Tune 4 (or any copy), or attempt to discover the source code of Auto-Tune 4.
3. Sub-license, lease, lend, rent, or grant other rights in all or any portion of Auto-Tune 4 (or any copy) to others.
TERM OF THE AGREEMENTThis agreement is effective until terminated by you or Antares. You may terminate the agreement at any time by notifying Antares and destroying all copies of the manual, and erasing Auto-Tune 4 from all machinereadable media, whether on-line or on archival copies.
v In the event of breach of any of the terms of this agreement, you shall pay the attorney’s fees of Antares that are reasonably necessary to enforce the agreement plus resulting damages.
LIMITED WARRANTY AND DISCLAIMER
AUTO-TUNE 4 AND ACCOMPANYING MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”
WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED,
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.Antares Audio Technologies does not warrant that the functions contained in the program will meet your requirements. The entire risk as to the use, quality, and performance of Auto-Tune 4 is with you.
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN
IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY
TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU MAY
ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM JURISDICTION TO
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
IN NO EVENT WILL ANTARES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING
LOSS OF DATA, LOST PROFITS OR OTHER SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES ARISING FROM THE USE OF
AUTO-TUNE 4 OR ACCOMPANYING MATERIALS. THIS LIMITATION WILL
APPLY EVEN IF ANTARES OR ITS AUTHORIZED AGENT HAS BEEN ADVISED
OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE
LICENSE FEE REFLECTS THIS ALLOCATION OF RISK. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO
NOT ALLOW LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLYTO YOU.
Whew! Now that that’s over, let’s get on to the good stuff.
On behalf of everyone at Antares Audio Technologies, we’d like to offer O both our thanks and congratulations on your decision to purchase AutoTune 4, the most powerful intonation correction tool in the world. Before you proceed any farther, we’d like to strongly encourage you to register and authorize your copy of Auto-Tune 4. (You can skip ahead to the Authorization and Installation instructions on page 4. We’ll wait.) Also, if you’re planning on discarding that lovely Auto-Tune 4 box, it’s probably a good idea to write down the serial number that appears on the bottom of the box for future reference. (The inside cover of this manual would be a good place.) As an Auto-Tune 4 owner, you are entitled to receive notification of any software upgrades, technical support, and advance announcements of upcoming products. But we can’t send you stuff unless we know who and where you are. So please, register.
At Antares, we are committed to excellence in quality, customer service, and technological innovation. With your purchase of Auto-Tune 4, you have created a relationship with Antares which we hope will be long and gratifying. Let us know what you think. You can count on us to listen.
Dr. Sturgeon and The Whole Antares Crew
Chapter 1: Getting Started
I If you are new to Auto-Tune, we encourage you to read this manual and work through the tutorials in Chapter 4. It's the quickest way to become familiar with what Auto-Tune 4 does and how it does it.
If you are upgrading from a previous version of Auto-Tune, you will find that most of what you’re already doing will continue to work in Auto-Tune 4, only better. To get up to speed quickly, just check out the new feature overview below and then refer to the detailed New Feature Quick Start Guide in Chapter 5, which will tell you everything you need to know to make use of Auto-Tune 4's new capabilities.
What’s New in Auto-Tune 4
The following are the key new features that have been added in Auto-Tune 4:
AUTOMATIC MODE FEATURES
• The ability to specify target note behaviors (Scale Note, Remove, Bypass) in individual octaves
• A virtual keyboard for realtime detected pitch display and target note control
• Improved Targeting option for problem vibratos
• Enhanced Vibrato functions for more realistic (or wacky) vibratos
• A Hold function to help analyze pitch errors in Auto Mode
• Other niceties (Dual Detune display, new Scale Edit buttons)
GRAPHICAL MODE FEATURES
• Larger Pitch Edit Display
• Seriously expanded and reworked Graphical Editing Tools
• Multi-level Undo/Redo (up to 20 levels)
• Vibrato Scaling for modifying the depth of vibrato while maintaining its shape and character
• Streamlined navigation controls
• Cursor Pitch Display (back again by popular demand)
• Selectable Edit Display color schemes How To Use This Manual If this is your first experience of Auto-Tune, you will find that Auto-Tune 4 has a very friendly user-interface and is extraordinarily easy to use. However, because Auto-Tune 4 does things that have never been done before, a few aspects of the user-interface may not be immediately obvious. You should at least read either Chapter 3, Auto-Tune 4 Controls, or Chapter 4, Auto-Tune 4 Tutorial, to learn the essential information you will need to operate Auto-Tune 4.
And as we mentioned above, if you are upgrading from Auto-Tune 3, go straight to Chapter 5, the New Feature Quick Start Guide, to learn everything you need to know (about Auto-Tune's new features, anyway).
THE CONTENTS OF THIS MANUALChapter 1: Getting Started The chapter you are reading.
Chapter 2: Introducing Auto-Tune 4 This chapter explains basic facts about pitch and how Auto-Tune 4 functions to correct pitch errors. The basic functionality of Auto-Tune 4 is discussed, and information you need in order to use it effectively is provided.
Chapter 3: Auto-Tune 4 Controls This chapter is reference information for all of the controls used in the Auto-Tune 4 interface.
Chapter 4: Auto-Tune 4 Tutorial This chapter introduces you to details of how Auto-Tune 4 works by guiding you through several tutorials. The tutorials will give you insight into how and when to use each of Auto-Tune 4’s key functions.
Chapter 5: New Feature Quick Start Guide This chapter contains detailed information about each of Auto-Tune 4's new features. All of this information is also included in Chapter 3, but is presented here to allow experienced Auto-Tune 3 users to quickly come up to speed on the enhancements and new capabilities in Auto-Tune 4.
Chapter 6: Creative Applications for Auto-Tune 4 Some cool, but not-so-obvious stuff you can do with Auto-Tune 4.
Installing Auto-Tune 4 Any unique instructions for installing Auto-Tune 4 for your specific plug-in format are located in the Auto-Tune 4 Read Me file that accompanies the plug-in. This file may also contain any last-minute Auto-Tune 4 information that didn’t make it into this manual.
Auto-Tune 4 is designed to work with a wide variety of digital audio applications. Please refer to your host application’s user manual for more information on installing and using plug-ins.
Authorizing Auto-Tune 4 Authorization is the process by which this software is allowed to run on your computer. Detailed instructions covering the available authorization options will be found in the the file “Authorization Read Me” which is included on the installation CD ROM or with your software download.
NOTE: When initially installed, this software will run for ten days without authorization.
So even if you can‘t authorize it right away you can still use your software in the meantime. (During this period, click the “Try It” button whenever you are presented with the Trial Period screen at launch.) But don’t procrastinate too long. After those ten days are up, you will no longer be able to launch this software until it’s authorized.
Technical Support In the unlikely event that you experience a problem using Auto-Tune 4, try
1. Make another quick scan through this manual. Who knows?
You may have stumbled onto some feature that you didn’t notice the first time through.
2. Check our web page for tips, techniques, or any late-breaking
3. Call your local Antares dealer.
4. Email our tech support department by pointing your web browser to:
http://www.antarestech.com/support/etech.shtml and filling in the form there.
5. Call us at (831) 461-7814 Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm USA Pacific Standard Time.
For options 3, 4, or 5, please be prepared to provide the Registration Code of your copy of Auto-Tune 4.
Chapter 2: Introducing Auto-Tune 4
S Some background In 1997, Antares Audio Technologies first introduced the ground-breaking Auto-Tune Pitch Correcting Plug-In. Auto-Tune was a tool that actually corrected the pitch of vocals and other solo instruments, in real time, without distortion or artifacts, while preserving all of the expressive nuance of the original performance. Recording Magazine called Auto-Tune a “holy grail of recording.” And went on to say, “Bottom line, Auto-Tune is amazing... Everyone with a Mac should have this program.” (In fact, we know of quite a few people back then who bought kilo-buck ProTools™ systems just to be able to run Auto-Tune. ) In 2001, Auto-Tune 3 was introduced and established itself as the worldwide standard in professional pitch correction. Today, it’s used daily by thousands of audio professionals to save studio and editing time, ease the frustration of endless retakes, save that otherwise once-in-a-lifetime performance, or even to create unique special effects.
Now, never content to leave a good thing alone, Antares has created Auto-Tune 4. Preserving the great sound quality, transparent processing, and ease of use of Auto-Tune, Auto-Tune 4 adds significant new features as well as a sleek new user interface.
So what exactly is Auto-Tune 4?
Auto-Tune 4 is a precision tool for correcting intonation errors or creatively modifying the intonation of a performance. Auto-Tune 4 employs state-ofthe-art digital signal processing algorithms (many, interestingly enough, drawn from the geophysical industry) to continuously detect the pitch of a periodic input signal (typically a solo voice or instrument) and instantly and seamlessly change it to a desired pitch (defined by any of a number of userprogrammable scales or through the use of graphical editing tools.).
To take maximum advantage of the power of Auto-Tune 4, you should have a basic understanding of pitch and how Auto-Tune 4 functions to correct pitch errors. This chapter presents basic terminology and introduces AutoTune 4’s operating paradigm, giving you information you need to use it effectively.