OK you guys I need to put my two cents, and it'll probably get a little ranty and long but here I go. XD
First of all, there already seems to be a LOT of autotune hate in this thread. .__. Why do so many people hate autotune? Because it allows people without talent to get famous and sing?
I have something to show you then.
You mean to tell me that every single band and singer in this video is untalented and that because they use autotune, they're poopie?
To look down on autotune is the same as looking down on UTAU -- while autotune is used obnoxiously by some rappers, that's because they're going for that EFFECT. However, autotune is USUALLY used to correct small errors in the singing -- you can't just sing like poopie and use autotune and sound godly, you have to have SOME sort of talent -- unless of course, you go for the T-Pain effect, in which case yes, the talentless have a means of sounding "good", but it's a fake effect.
Bashing autotune is the same thing as bashing UTAU, because really, it is the very same thing.
It doesn't matter how much work is put into making the voicebank, it doesn't matter how long it takes to make the .ust/whatever you need to do -- the concept is the same.
You record yourself singing.
A program corrects it and makes it sound good.
Autotune and UTAU fulfill the same purpose.
Oh, and for the record, autotune isn't something you can just walk right in and LOL CLICK A BUTTON AND YOU SOUND LIKE T-PAIN LOL :D -- or maybe I'm just doing it wrong. I myself HAVE and USE Antares Autotune and you have to do a LOT of fiddling with the settings to make sure autotune doesn't entirely screw up your notes all together.
And for the record, the whole "UTAU lets you create a song from scratch" point -- how is that any different than singing yourself and adding autotune? Frankly doing the prior is a lot more work and 90% of the time, due to inexperience amongst the fandom, the latter will likely sound a lot better. .___.;;
It isn't some ~miraculous~ thing that a program using RECORDED VOICE CLIPS can put together music -- that's exactly what autotune can be used to do, case in point, this song:
They took a person's voice clips.
They used autotune.
They made a song out of it.
THAT UTAU DOES.
I think we need to step back and stop taking UTAU so seriously. .___.
I get so irritated when people say LOL AUTOTUNE IS STOOPID without even realizing wtf they're talking about >__>