How To: Autotune Your Voice & Vocals in Audacity
How to Manually Auto Tune With Audacity
This wikiHow teaches you how to apply an auto-tune effect to vocals in Audacity. You'll use a free plug-in called "GSnap" to do so. Contrary to popular belief, GSnap is available for both Windows and Mac computers, though installing it can be a tricky process.
Installing GSnap on Windows
Download the GSnap plugin.Go to in a web browser, then click theDownload GSnap (for 32-bit VST hosts)link near the bottom of the page. The GSnap plugin will download in a ZIP folder.
- The 64-bit version has a bug which prevents GSnap from showing up in the Effects menu.
Extract the GSnap folder.Go to the downloaded ZIP folder, then do the following:
- Double-click the ZIP folder to open it.
- Click theExtracttab at the top of the window.
- ClickExtract all
- ClickExtractat the bottom of the window.
Copy the GSnap folder contents.In the extracted folder that opens, pressCtrl+Ato select the folder's files, then pressCtrl+Cto copy everything.
ClickThis PC.It's a folder on the left side of the File Explorer window. This will open the This PC folder.
- You may have to scroll up in the left-hand sidebar of File Explorer to find this folder.
Double-click your computer's hard drive.This option is below the "Devices and drives" heading in the middle of the page, and is usually theOS (C:)option.
- If you don't see any drives listed here, first click theDevices and drivesheading to make them appear.
Navigate to the Audacity "Plug-Ins" folder.To do so:
- Double-click the "Program Files (x86)" folder.
- Double-click the "Audacity" folder.
- Double-click the "Plug-Ins" folder.
Paste in the GSnap files.Click anywhere in the "Plug-Ins" folder, then pressCtrl+V. You should see both of the GSnap files that you copied appear in the "Plug-Ins" folder. Now that you've added the GSnap plug-in to Audacity, you'll need to .
- If prompted, you'll need to clickContinuebefore the files will paste into Audacity.
Installing GSnap on Mac
Download the GVST plug-ins package.Go to in your web browser, then click theDownload GVST plug-ins for Mac (for 32- and 64-bit VST hosts)link below the "Mac OSX - BETA" heading.
- GSnap isn't available as an individual download for Mac computers, which is why you're downloading all VST plug-ins here.
Open the downloaded ZIP folder.Double-click the GVST plug-ins ZIP folder that you downloaded to do so.
Scroll down and double-click the"GSnap.vst" folder.You'll find this folder in the "G" section of the folder.
Double-click the "Contents" folder.It should be the only folder in the "GSnap.vst" folder.
Double-click the "MacOS" folder.This will open the folder to display the GSnap plug-in file.
Copy the GSnap file.Click the file entitled "GSnap", then pressCommand+C.
- You can also clickFileand then click theCopyoption in the drop-down menu.
Click the menu item.You'll find it at the top of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.
- If you don't seeGoat the top of your Mac's screen, click the desktop or open a new Finder window.
ClickGo to Folder….It's near the bottom of theGodrop-down menu. Doing so opens a pop-up window.
Go to the Audacity Application Support folder.Type/Library/Application Support/audacityinto the text box in the pop-up window, then clickGo.
Open the "Plug-Ins" folder.You should find this option in the "audacity" folder.
Paste in the GSnap file.Click inside of the "Plug-Ins" folder, then pressCommand+V. Doing so will place the GSnap file inside of the "Plug-Ins" folder, thus adding it to Audacity. Now that you've added the GSnap plug-in to Audacity, you'll need to .
- You can also clickFileand then clickPaste Itemin the resulting drop-down menu.
Enabling GSnap in Audacity
Open Audacity.Its app icon resembles an orange soundwave surrounded by blue headphones. Audacity's track editor view will open in a new window.
ClickEffect.This tab is at the top of the Audacity window. Clicking it prompts a drop-down menu.
- On a Mac,Effectis a menu item at the top of the screen.
ClickAdd / Remove Plug-ins….You'll find this option at the top of theEffectdrop-down menu. Clicking it opens a new window.
- You may have to scroll up to find this option.
Scroll down and clickGSnap.It's in the "G" section of the window.
ClickEnable.This button is below the list of available plug-ins. Doing so will switch GSnap's status from "New" to "Enabled".
Click .It's at the bottom of the window. Clicking it will confirm your changes and close the window.
Make sure that GSnap was installed.Click theEffecttab, then scroll down until you seeGSnapnear the bottom of the menu. If you seeGSnap, you're all set to proceed with in Audacity.
- If you don't see GSnap here, you most likely installed the 64-bit version of GSnap on a Windows computer. You'll have to delete the GSnap file from the Audacity "Plug-Ins" folder and re-download the 32-bit version of GSnap.
Auto-Tuning Your Vocals
Import your vocals.ClickFile, selectImport, clickAudio..., and double-click the audio file that you want to auto-tune.
- If you haven't yet recorded your vocals, you'll need to record them before proceeding. This may include attaching a USB microphone to your computer.
Select your vocals.Click and drag your mouse across the section of the vocals that you want to auto-tune.
- You can select everything in Audacity by pressingCtrl+A.
ClickEffect.The drop-down menu will appear.
ClickGSnap….It's near the bottom of theEffectdrop-down menu. The GSnap window will open.
- You may have to scroll down at the bottom of the drop-down menu in order to find theGSnap...option.
Select a key.Click theSELECT A SCALE...button at the top of the window, select your song's key (e.g.,A), selectMajororMinor, and clickOK
Set the knobs to to auto-tune levels.Though you can play with these knobs as much as you want to get a unique sound, use the following settings to get the "classic" autotune sound:
- MIN FREQ: 80 hz
- MAX FREQ: 2000 hz
- GATE: -40 db
- SPEED: Between 1 (choppy vocals) and 10 (smoother vocals)
- THRESHOLD: 100 cents
- AMOUNT: 100%
- ATTACK: 1 ms
- RELEASE: 61 ms
Preview your settings.Click the green "Play" button in the lower-left side of the window, then listen to the vocals.
Make any necessary adjustments.The two main things to monitor are the "AMOUNT" value and the "SPEED" value:
- AMOUNT- 100 percent results in the largest amount of auto-tuning, so lower this value if there's too much autotune.
- SPEED- A low speed results in choppier, T-Pain-esque vocals, whereas a higher number will result in smoother vocals.
- You can also remove the sharps and flats by clicking the green circles on the black keys that are on the left side of the window.
ClickApply.It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so will apply the selected settings to your track.
Customize your auto-tune.Keep playing with the settings to find the sound you want, but keep in mind the following:
- Larger "ATTACK" and "RELEASE" times make your voice sound more natural.
- Adding vibrato can make you sound more natural.
- The lower the "THRESHOLD" value, the more robotic you'll sound.
- The farther off-key you are on the recording, the more "auto-tuned" your voice will sound when you're done.
Save your project as a music file.You can export the track as its own song by clickingFile, clickingExport Audio..., entering a name and save location, and clickingSave.
- If prompted to add tags (e.g., the artist name), you can add them or skip the process entirely.
Question"Export Files" doesn't come up. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFind "Export All". If this doesn't work, try to open the zip file by double clicking it, selecting the files and copying them. If you cannot open it, try installing a zip extractor program like 7-zip.Thanks!
QuestionI did all the steps in part 1 but no window asking me to register appeared, and I can't seem to access Gsnap. Any ideas?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou may need to go to Effect | Add / Remove Plug-ins first. When you're in there you can find it (to enable it) by checking "New" or "Disabled" with the filter on the top right.Thanks!
QuestionAfter I did everything nothing worked. What else can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, make sure you downloaded the correct one, either 32 or 64. If you choose 32 and it doesn't work, choose 64.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if Norton 360 says that the 64-bit version of Audacity is infected?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThis is usually a false positive. The 64-bit version of Audacity is completely safe. You can try other antivirus software to be sure.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if GSnap doesn't appear in the effects tab?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerLaunch Audacity. Click "Edit" and select "Preferences." Click "Effects," then check the box next to "Rescan VST effects next time Audacity is started." Audacity now scans for new plug-ins when you start it. Click "OK" and close Audacity. Re-launch Audacity. The program scans the plug-ins directory for the newly installed GSnap plug-in.Thanks!
QuestionG-Snap didn't show up. I went to enable it and it says it's enabled, but then when I go to Effect menu it's not there. Then in the enable/disable menu it says it's disabled again. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you downloaded the 64-bit version, uninstall it and download the 32-bit version of G-Snap instead. Then try enabling it again.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if GSnap doesn't appear in the effects tab?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should click the "Add/Remove Plugins" button at the top of the effects tab. Find the plugin, click "Enable," and then click OK. This should fix the issue.Thanks!
Can I use Gsnap on Fl Studio?
Is there a way to do this with Windows 10?
I did everything, but there's still no gsnap on my effects list. I even tried going to the preferences to scan the newly downloaded effects and install it before launching audacity. What do I do?
How do I download the vst plugin?
What do I do if one of the effects is not registering?
- If you're trying to record with a USB microphone in Audacity, you may have to select the microphone by clicking the "Microphone" drop-down box on the left side of the toolbar and then selecting the plugged-in microphone.
- Given that GSnap is a free plug-in for a free program, it's neither perfect nor anywhere close to professional-grade auto-tuning software.
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