Auto-Tune For Guitar: the Antares ATG-1 Floor Processor

I have never considered Auto-Tune the Anti-Christ. It is a tool that can be used for good or evil. No one is going to stop talentless singers from singing, so if I have to listen I would prefer they are Auto-Tuned. I have used it in production as a money saver. Sure the singer or guitarist could redo those couple of notes, but with current record budgets, it is often cheaper and faster to put them into the realm of acceptability with Auto-Tune. I believe this leaves more time for creativity. No one is putting a gun to your head to make every note perfect.

Outside of the studio, this technology was originally applied to the guitar as part of the Peavey AT-200 guitar model. The guys at Guitar Player were blown away by how well it worked, but if you wanted it you had to buy that specific Peavey guitar. Now there is an ATG-1 Floor Processor offering the same technology to anyone owning an instrument with a synth ready hex pickup installed. With the ATG-1 Floor Processor, a push of a button will instantly tune your guitar with perfect intonation, while an interface allows you to access various guitar models, a virtual capo, individual string pitch shifting, etc. You can also create and store your own alternate tunings as part of a preset. Yeah, I know you can tune your own damn guitar, but the creative possibilities here seem extensive.

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10 thoughts on “Auto-Tune For Guitar: the Antares ATG-1 Floor Processor

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  2. I’ve heard it in person and the sound is incredible…

    And the argument about tuning your guitar…look…this isn’t gonna help you play better…if you play a wrong note, it will play the wrong note in tune….

    The idea of being able to switch to a drop D setting to a Low B, Seven string guitar, and then to standard tuning for a leads at a click of a button is really intriguing…and the fact that you can pan the outputs hard left and lard right, you could have all your electric guitar settings being fed to your amps, and your acoustic guitar settings to a DI straight into a mixer…

    There is nothing out there like it…

  3. for those who haven’t used them yet: the quality of the acoustic modeling on the AFG unit sounds significantly better than that of the line 6 or Roland units.
    It strikes me that the Roland VG99 has more flexibility in and types of tunings (adjustable 12 string, alternate tunings, selective pedal steel type bends, harmonization all available simultaniously)) than the ATG, but the ATG sounds more “real” and dynamic.
    Now, the question of IF you want to use those features is a different one. Personally I find an enormous amount of creative possibility in alternate tunings – I feel like it’s just timber manipulation, and an amazingly powerful tool.
    The ability to ‘correct’ the intonation of the guitar also seems like a powerful and useful tool to me in some situations, but surely wouldn’t be my first use for this device.
    Personally I’d love to see the ATG series gain some more features aimed at creative manipulation of pitch and less concentration on “fixing” and “emulating” other existing instruments….but I suppose that “misusing like gear (like this) that was designed for a different purpose is what we have to do as guitarists interested in non-standard playing and tones. So it is.
    I might not buy one right away, but it strikes me that this technology has some great potential uses!

      • Ha! Timber as in “tone”… but I was trying to not use the word “tone” deliberately to imply the types of variations in sound that are created by adding courses of strings, as you are virtually doing when using a 12 string effect… in any case… virtually the same meaning in this case.

  4. No, not interested. There is no such thing as a ‘talent button’. If you can’t at least tune your guitar you really have no need to be calling yourself a musician. Same thing if you can’t sing in tune. It is the bare minimum for performance. I’ve heard this technology used to make some interesting new sounds which have nothing to do with tuning a guitar. It would be more beneficial to show that.

  5. This was DOA when it was just the guitar and it’s more useless on the floor. Aside from the “tuning” of the guitar this has been done by Line 6 and Roland on all fronts – and in many (if not all) cases much better. Total turd.

    • The alternate tuning effect on this device is every bit as good if not better than that on my Roland or Line 6 gear. The acoustic models are WORLDS better on this than they are on my roland… the line 6 is better than that roland…but not as good as the antares.
      In my opinion, of course…but I suspect you’d agree at LEAST about the Roland vs Antares acoustic emulations.

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