How to Use Auto-Tune with Magix

By Owen Wuerker

Magix offers two digital recording programs, Music Maker and Samplitude, that allow you to use the Auto-Tune effect. Whether you need to clean up a rough vocal take or want to get the exaggerated, robotic vocal effect made popular by artists like T-Pain, Lil Wayne, or Daft Punk, these programs make pitch manipulation fairly simple. There are two ways to use Auto-Tune for these programs. The first is an effect designed by Magix called Elastic Audio, which is built in to both Music Maker and Samplitude. The second is the Auto-Tune plug-in by Antares, which you can buy online at the Antares website. Auto-Tune is a VST plug-in, which means that only the Producer version of Music Maker will recognize it.

Using Elastic Audio

In Music Maker, right-click the audio object that you want to Auto-Tune and click the "Elastic Audio" option. In Samplitude, click on the audio object, and then select "Elastic Audio" from the Time and Pitch Effects menu.

In the Elastic Audio window, select what key the song is in. If you don't know or if the vocals are only minutely out of tune, select "Chromatic."

For the more robotic "T-Pain Effect," set the "Quantization Smoothing" to 0.00. This will make the transition between notes choppier and more reminiscent of a synthesizer.

Using Antares Auto-Tune

Download the plug-in from the Antares website (see Resources). For Music Maker, save the effect in the Magix Vintage Effects Suite folder. For Samplitude, save it in the VST folder. If you do not already have a VST folder, you can simply create one in your Samplitude folder.

Open Music Maker or Samplitude, and select the audio object that you want to Auto-Tune. In Music Maker, right-click the object and select "Audio Effect Rack." In the bottom of the Effect Rack window, click one of the "no effect" windows and scroll through until you find Auto-Tune. In Samplitude, double-click the object and select "Auto-Tune" in the object editor.

Once you've applied Auto-Tune, open the Antares Auto-Tune window to adjust the effect to your liking. Select the correct key, and experiment with adjusting the "Tracking" knob. Making it more "choosy" will make it sound more robotic.

About the Author

Owen Wuerker is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he majored in history. He began writing professionally in 2011, covering topics such as the music industry, home recording and travel.