We received an interesting invitation (a sales pitch, really) the other day from an organization called www.realsing.org. Their stated mission is to certify recordings (with gold stickers!) that have been vetted as having had "No Artificial Tuning" on the main vocals. The RealSing Collective asserts as follows: "Real singers, those who don't rely on vocal pitch correction and Auto-tune technology deserve advocates and a means to be identified, elevated and separated from the rest of the imposters. RealSing Collective informs the listening public about the creative and authentic counterpoint to vocal pitch correction, a misleading and now common practice. This should be music to everyone's ears."
My question to you is this: in the classical-music world, would such a certification make any sense? While on the face of it, RealSing has limited relevance to the way Chicago a cappella sings, we thought you might have something to say on the topic. What are your feelings about the advantages and disadvantages auto-tuned vocals, or otherwise "artificially" processed singing on recordings? Let us know what you think, and we'll moderate your replies here. Let us hear from you!