Waves Tune Real-Time music gear review

Music Gear Review: Waves Tune Real-Time

The Waves Tune Real-Time plug-in automatically tunes vocals in real time with minimal latency (0-ms to 4-ms max) and that makes it useful for both the studio and live sound mixing.

The gear has user-defined parameters that customize the tuning action exactly to your preferences. Vocal tuning, from very subtle and tasteful touchups to hard-core pitch quantizing effects are possible. I especially liked the intuitive GUI in this plug-in—you’ll get how to use it immediately even if you’ve never used a tuner before.

Tuning, especially vocal tracks post-performance, is an aesthetical musical process that can sound only as good as the tool(s) you use. Waves Tune Real-time has a good set of advanced, intuitive tools and also works with non-Western musical scales.

You can constrain pitch correction to a musical scale and key with “illegal” notes—not in the scale or key—indicated so you can edit to include more or less of them.

What I have come to find after using Waves Tune Real-Time daily is that it offers a high fidelity and easy method for tuning vocals and instruments. It runs Native in AAX, AU and VST hosts and runs in any live mixing console.

Wave Tune Real-Time sells for $199.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com