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1  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Autotune used on James' voice in DT on: January 02, 2017, 05:15:53 am
Something that has really bothered me about certain live releases is the POORLY-USED pitch correction. If you must touch up a live performance to make it perfect for DVD- fine (not my preference, but I totally get it)... However, if the pitch correction applied is tuning my favorite singer, Mr. LaBrie to the wrong note, it makes me extremely frustrated to listen to it.

People think James sounded bad on CiM (what I believe to be one of his best tours vocally), because the DVD does not capture what he actually sounded like in concert. The tuning was applied sloppily, and it would often tune his glorious, super wide vibrato to nearby notes. This means that instead of the pitch wavering evenly around, for example, an A (the way it was sung), you hear the pitch jumping back and forth between A and the note above or below it. Plus the auto-tune sound of snapping pitches, overall made it sound extra nasally.

On Breaking the Fourth Wall, the pitch correction detracted from the quality of the vocals as well, at points. If you listen to certain parts, notes were tuned to notes other than what they were supposed to be, and the pitch snapping was too extreme and is very unflattering for the vocals.

I'm saying that if you use pitch correction- use it accurately and neatly, and only on notes that are actually out of tune, or it's just detracting from the quality.

 Angry Grin

You said exactly what I feel about all this. I sort of regret starting this thread the way I did because my claims were inaccurate. James never uses autotune live; they just tend to add it in post-production. But it's basically become a mainstay of audio production these days (all of the new rush live releases have some form of pitch correction on geddy's voice too). Chaos in motion was a bit of a disaster audio-wise; aside from the autotune being applied poorly, the mixes were very thin sounding and James' vocals sounded like they were coming through a telephone. I agree with you on Breaking the Fourth Wall; there are some uncomfortable pitch-snapping moments for me (like the long note at the end of Trial of Tears), but overall the autotune is alright on that dvd and perfects James' vocals well. As far as the last self titled album, I actually love the level to which autotune was used to perfect his vocals- they sound extremely clean and punchy (maybe just a tad to perfect for my taste), but Rich Chycki definitely knows how to produce a clean and punchy mix; I feel like with today's level of compression used on vocal tracks, the imperfections tend to jump out a lot more, which is why almost every producer uses some sort of pitch correction to clean up a vocal track.
2  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: The Looking Glass (Acoustic) on: October 07, 2013, 03:03:42 pm
Awesome!! I didn't realize how well suited that song is for acoustic guitar.
3  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Impermanent Resonance Tour? on: August 29, 2013, 10:55:36 pm
New interview with Matt & James, they talk about touring about 3 quarters of the way through.
4  General Category / General Music Chat / My "Coming Home" Vocal Cover on: August 02, 2013, 04:39:51 pm
It seems I can't stop myself from doing LaBrie vocal covers  Grin. Here's another one I did a while back and just got around to editing. If anyone is wondering where I got the backing track, I actually just inverted the alternate mix version of Coming Home in order to remove the center from the mix, which is James' lead vocals. You'll notice that Matt and James' backing vocals are still in the mix. Enjoy  Wink

5  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: My "Far From Heaven" Vocal Cover on: July 11, 2013, 11:58:17 pm
Thanks guys, I appreciate your compliments  Smiley
6  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: LaBrie Album Update by Matt Guillory on Facebook on: May 14, 2013, 12:26:47 am
Release date pleeeeezzzzz  Grin
7  General Category / General Music Chat / My "Far From Heaven" Vocal Cover on: April 23, 2013, 06:50:41 pm
Hey everyone, I noticed it's been a bit deserted around here lately, so I figured I'd post the Far From Heaven vocal cover I recorded a few weeks ago. Hope everyone enjoys it. I mixed my vocals quite differently than how they're mixed on the album, so I'd be curious to know what you guys think about the mix.
8  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: RUSH: CLOCKWORK ANGELS on: June 17, 2012, 01:11:57 pm
I've also been listening to this album quite a bit, and it definitely is an amazing album.
9  General Category / General Music Chat / My Vocal Cover of Beneath the Surface on: May 28, 2012, 05:20:41 pm
Thought you guys might enjoy listening to my vocal cover of Beneath the Surface. I had a lot of fun recording it so hopefully everyone has just as much fun listening to it.  Grin
10  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater Grammy Nomination!!! on: February 15, 2012, 12:37:46 am
I think you guys will enjoy this
11  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Hello my friends on: December 09, 2011, 09:07:58 pm
Hey James, glad to hear you guys are enjoying yourselves. Any word about a possible concert dvd for this tour?? I feel like this is one of the best DT tours ever and needs a professionally shot concert dvd to do it justice.
12  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: James, You've Blown My Mind on: December 06, 2011, 05:32:04 pm
The fact that James can incorporate so much rasp and overall power into his singing nowadays is simply amazing. You can tell he is continuing to refine his technique with every show, so props to him.
13  General Category / General Music Chat / James, You've Blown My Mind on: December 05, 2011, 10:02:25 pm

This performance of Under a Glass Moon is NUTS. DT better be filming a concert dvd soon, because James' voice is kicking monumental ass.

14  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Labrie in ADOTE tour on: October 27, 2011, 10:08:00 pm
James is fucking blowing me away with his singing on this tour. His voice seems to get exponentially more powerful and controlled every time I watch videos from new shows. Check out this version of Pull Me Under from the Austin, Texas show.

James, you're voice is kicking unprecedented ass \m/
15  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Labrie in ADOTE tour on: October 20, 2011, 05:35:44 am
Hahaha I wish James would bring back the dancing from the Images and Words days. The more James moves around, the more entertained I am.
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