Slate Digital metaTune: The ultimate Auto-Tune plug-in?
Slate Digital is making some big claims about metaTune, its new pitch correction plug-in, calling it “the best automatic tuner on earth”. What does metaTune have to offer that sets it apart from the competition?
Slate Digital metaTune
Will we have to update our list of the best pitch correction plug-ins? According to Slate Digital, it may be time to do just that. The company says that metaTune is “the world’s hardest hitting tuner ever”. But what is it that makes metaTune stand out from the crowd?
On the surface, it looks similar to many other Auto-Tune-style effects. There’s a little keyboard for setting the key and scale, and a feature called Heat Maps that displays the actual notes of the recording in relation to the keys. This helps to find the key and also provides a visual representation of how well your singer hits each note. The familiar Speed and Amount controls on the right determine how fast and how strongly metaTune goes to work on your audio material.
While it can of course provide gentle pitch correction, metaTune seems to be geared more towards the popular in-your-face Auto-Tune effects that dominate the charts. The speed can actually be set to negative values for even faster, more brutal quantizing. And there’s a note stabilizer that gets rid of unwanted fluttering effects.
In the center of the GUI is what Slate calls “The Orb”, which is another way to control the speed and amount. And it allows you to activate the integrated Doubler effect for a wider and thicker sound.
One feature that could be a huge time saver is Groups. This lets you assign each instance of the plug-in to one of four groups. Changes to one instance are then reflected in all other instances in the same group, which makes it easy to manage your tuning settings across several tracks. Great idea!
Is Slate Digital metaTune really the best? In the end, that comes down to personal taste and the specific applications. But it does have a couple of features that stand out – especially if you’re looking for an easy-to-use tool for hard-hitting tuning effects.
Price and compatibility
Those who like to buy their software outright can now purchase metaTune for USD 199. It’s also included in the company’s All Access Pass, which is USD 24.99/month with no commitment or USD 149/yearwhen paid upfront for a year. There’s also an annual subscription with monthly billing, which is USD 9.99 for the first six months and USD 14.99 from then onwards.
The plug-in runs on macOS 10.12 or higher and Windows 8 or higher in VST, VST3, AU and AAXformats. You’ll need an iLok account or dongle for activation.
More information about metaTune