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    What are your thoughts on a cover band using a vocal harmonizer to help round out the harmonies? Is this frowned upon or do a lot of bands do it live?
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    Why would it matter if it improves the overall sound? No different than a well-tuned guitar or lights to dress up the stage and any other enhancements that add to the performance.
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    Our band doesn't use them because our lead guitar player is 80 years old and remembers back 20 years when there were chords that a harmonizer would not work with. Personally, I think they are an excellent tool - plus, having that "guy who can sing the "high 3rd part harmony" is not so easy to find but with a harmonizer - getting that harmony part is a breeze and your harmonizer wont be "off" key with the lead vocalist. Just my thoughts on it.
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    Is there a reason you asked if a cover band should use one? Does it go for original bands as well? In either case, if they are used correctly I don't see any problem with them.

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    I guess does not matter if cover or original... Just wondered if people looked at it as kind of a lip syncing type deal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
    Just wondered if people looked at it as kind of a lip syncing type deal?
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    I'm anti auto-tune all day long. I'm also against snapping to the grid and other forms of electronic trickery that make musicians sound "better" than they are. When things sound too perfectly accurate, it sucks all the feel out. This is just my opinion and I'm all for you doing whatever you see fit in your band.
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    I guess it depends on how it’s used. If you’re a 4pc or 5pc band and you need occasional background/backup harmonies, I’m OK with it. If you’re only a 2pc or 3pc and harmonies are an integral part of your show, then it irritates me. From a “musician” standpoint, I don’t agree with it in principle. If you’re going to only have 2 vocalists and pick harmony-rich songs like Simon& Garfunkel, the Eagles, etc...then you should be able to pull it off naturally.
    I know a local 2pc band that covers “Seven Bridges Road” with a harmonizer. It makes me want to throw my beer at them. But, From an audience standpoint, people like good harmonies and 99.9% don’t give a rip how they happen.
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    I'd rather hear a doctored voice than one that can't sing in tune. That's just me.
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    I agree with Tom on this one.
    I mean seriously, just about every instrument has an enhancement/effect one can utilize.
    Using one for the voice is old news...this is just another tool IMO.

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    I never thought about it... but i guess it would be ok... at first i thought no... that it's fake but that's a hypocrisy from me because I've thought about using triggers before..

    Some bands have had great success with their singer out of tune... ie RHCP
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