July 16, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
AutoTune destroyed music! AutoTune made music fun! Whichever side of the issue you’re on, you may want to have some silly fun this weekend and play around with an app that will make your voice have the same vocal effects that artists like Cher, Kanye West, and T-Pain have made famous.
MicDroid is an Android app that applies Auto-Tune-like effects to whatever you say or sing into the phone. Belt out your own rendition of “Love Lockdown” and watch as MicDroid converts the recorded vocals into a WAV file with your new song. You can then set the recording as a ringtone, play it back to friends, or email it to use it for other purposes.
There are a number of ways to tweak MicDroid’s output, mainly by adjusting the key, pitch, and level of correction applied to your voice. You can be the next T-Pain imitator or just someone looking for a little help with the notes that you missed. Keep in mind, however, that you are limited to the quality of your microphone, so don’t scream or hold the phone too close to your mouth (also be sure to disable screen timeout because the recording will stop unless the screen is on).
Download MicDroid from the Android Market for free and upgrade to the donate version if you enjoy the outcome. Here’s a quick video demonstration that I hope never leaves this site. It’s incredibly embarrassing, so let’s keep this between us.
- Applies AutoTune-like vocal effects
- Set as ringtone, playback, or email to self/others
- Can mix AutoTune and “regular” vocal effects together
- App sometimes fails to record without warning
- Interface could stand to be better
- Doesn’t offer live effects like I Am T-Pain on iPhone; however, users can record and then apply effect to vocals