pet peeve, sorry. no means for insult to fellow musicians, as far as I’m concerned, every musician that I’m in contact with knows what they’re doing and the following does not apply to them.
First of all, if you’re going to make your voice sound electronic, then just go all out and make it obvious that you are doing so. If you’re not, and you want it to sound natural, then make it obvious that you want it to sound natural.
Things can go so wrong when people use effects on vocals (mainly flangers on a high setting or auto-tune *cringe*). You get both the natural voice and a computerized voice and it just clashes so damn bad… basically what I’m trying to say is that it makes you sound like you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.
Effects only sound good at certain points of a song- that’s why they’re called “effects”! I can totally understand using auto-tune to the effect that it properly re-tunes your voice in a gradual, natural way- I use it that way sometimes. But when you mess with the settings and make your voice sound like t-pain for the entire length of a track… strikes me as a bit unimaginative and gimmicky. Don’t get me wrong, I like auto-tune when it’s used the way it’s intended to be used, but some people… it’s not like a TB-303 where you mess with the settings and something totally awesome happens. It’s just not like that.
So effects… use them, but use them sparingly, and use them wisely…