I agree, and more. You may be saying the same thing: there are good (and even great) notes like a neutral third or other in-between notes that talented singers hit intentionally or slide around on. Autotune just removes all that nuance, and even the possibility of it! Terrible, terrible.I hate autotune. As an effect, it was interesting for 5 minutes before it became stupid and annoying.
Autotune used as "pitch correction" is a whole other deal, and it's terrible for music. Good singers gravitate towards just-intoned notes whenever the arrangement allows, ...
Err, so you know this song was constructed with the master tracks of the original songs, which were at least 30 years old, so NO Elton didn't need Autotune for the recording.
I'm really hoping this autotune thing will fall out of favor soon, like other stylistic things (e.g. strings in pop/rock tunes in the late1970s). There are plenty of people that can sing well enough without it, based on local recitals my kids were in, etc.
believe me, I can still hear it even when I'm not "supposed" to hear it in the mix.I think a lot of people don't realize that when you "hear" (that is, recognize) autotune, it's being used intentionally and obviously as an effect and not as an attempt to make it sound like someone who can't sing can.
Autotune is sort of like quantizing in that the way it's "meant" to be used is to touch up a little spot on something that's otherwise fine, and ideally no one even knows it's there.
believe me, I can still hear it even when I'm not "supposed" to hear it in the mix.
autotune and celemony melodyne are probably the primary tools for "performance correction," and I can still hear the difference in pitch corrected notes.