Following complaints from viewers, The X Factor has banned the use of auto-tune. Here, producer Stephen Street – who has worked on albums by The Smiths and Blur – says it’s about time, since the effect has ruined modern pop The X Factor auto-tune scandal has brought the technology to people’s...
"The reason it’s so misguided is that it erases the imperfections that would normally give a voice its character. I never would have used auto-tune on Morrissey’s voice for example, [Street produced The Smiths’ final album ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’] because then he wouldn’t have sounded like Morrissey.
Historically, people with the most interesting vocals, say Siouxsie Sioux or John Lydon, they’re not pure tone singers."
A Morrissey vocal smashed through autotune to me is simply no longer a Morrissey vocal.