Death of Auto-Tune? Don’t Tell Rock Band 3

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Along with three-part vocal harmonies and a MIDI keyboard, Rock Band, the popular music video game, will now feature vocal pitch correction. In an effort to make the game more realistic, Harmonix’s newest version, Rock Band 3, will integrate real-time pitch detection and pitch shifting middleware from the audio signal processing company, iZotope, Inc.

Pitch Correction, commonly referred to simply as Auto-Tune, after the audio processor created by Antares Audio Technologies, has become widely used in hip-hop and pop production. The new feature to the game will help players to sing on key more easily, and create performances that more closely resemble professional recordings.

In a company press release, iZotope CEO, Mark Ethier, said, “With the production values of video games rivaling that of commercial albums and blockbuster films, consumers expect the same caliber of video and audio quality during dynamic, real-time game play.”

In another effort to make the game more realistic, Rock Band 3 will also feature a Pro Mode, which requires a more exact replication of instrument playing. Special MIDI instruments, such as the 25-key keytar and Fender Mustang-style MIDI guitar, will be produced by hardware partner, Mad Catz, Inc. Rock Band 3 will also introduce an instrument made by the Fender Musical Instrument Corp., based on their Fender Squier Stratocaster model.

Rock Band 3 is slated for a worldwide release in North America, Europe and Australia for the 2010 holiday season.

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