This class is for high school students at Winnebago Lutheran Academy who want to learn how to make music on computers. We use Audacity and Garageband as our main tools, and we have fun almost every single day figuring out how to make music using audio and MIDI, but we also learn how to record vocals and instruments and even play guitar and drums if we need to.
We keep personal blogs (look on the right column of this page and click on our names) to help us remember what we've been working on, keep track of the all the decisions that we've made on our projects, and to share with our family and friends the music that we've created.
NEW 2013-2014 We're moving our blogs to Google's Blogger since WLA is using Google Apps for Education. Click here for Mr. Witte's new Music Tech blog. Click on the student names in the right hand column below to find links to their Google blogs for Music Tech and to see and hear what they've been working on in class.
Antares Auto Tune 5
Okay, sometimes cool things just happen.
Yesterday two students in my Music Tech class told me about a musician named T-Pain who they said doesn't sing his own vocals, but makes a computer sing for him. They played me a track off his off iTunes and I realized what they were talking about sounded like old vocoder tricks. So I explained to them about vocoders.
But then they asked me if they could show me a YouTube video where a guy, not T-Pain, demonstrates how T-Pain "sings" even though he can't sing at all. (Really what the YouTube demonstrator means is that he can't sing on pitch--or what Paula Abdul or Randy Jackson would call "a little pitchy").
The YouTube demonstrator uses pitch correction hardware to produce the same effect. So, I downloaded a demo of Antares Auto Tune 5 to my computer and used it as an Audio Units plugin in GarageBand to produce the same effect.
Dale Witte is the choir director and music technology teacher at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, WI. He has been teaching since January 1990 and really enjoys teaching students how God's gift of music works. Dale is also a church organist, piano player, violinist, and church music composer.