*Ne-Yo has criticized singers who rely heavily on Auto-Tune, saying the voice-altering software should only be used as a “safety net” and not to help those who are completely tone deaf.
“Auto-Tune was meant to be a safety net. You sing and sing and sing and you don’t want to blow your throat out trying to do the same note a thousand different times,” he told Amuru TV. “It was not meant to be wings. You weren’t supposed to strap it to your back and jump off the building.”
He continued: “The best singers [use it], because the truth of the matter is, as time progresses, there’s going to be a note or two that falls out of place, and Auto-Tune catches it and pulls it back with everything else.
“Not, ‘I can’t sing at all, so let’s turn Auto-Tune all the way up so that I just sound like [a] robot.’ That’s whack, that’s terrible. It takes all the character out of your voice. You hear it on the radio and go, ‘Who is that?’ because everybody sounds the same.”