How do I autotune on my laptop?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

To autotune on your laptop, you can use a popular audio editing software called Audacity. Audacity is a free and open-source program that allows you to record and edit audio files. While Audacity doesn’t have built-in autotune functionality, you can easily add this feature by installing a plug-in called GSnap. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to autotune using Audacity:

1. Download and Install Audacity: Start by downloading Audacity from the official website ( Once the download is complete, follow the installation instructions to install Audacity on your laptop.

2. Download GSnap: After installing Audacity, you need to download the GSnap plug-in. GSnap is a free pitch-correction plug-in that works well for autotuning. You can find the download link for GSnap on the GVST website ( Make sure to download the version that is compatible with your operating system (Windows, macOS, or Linux).

3. Install GSnap: Once the GSnap download is complete, locate the downloaded file and extract its contents. You should find a DLL file named “GSnap.dll.” Copy this file.

4. Locate Audacity’s Plug-ins Folder: To install GSnap, you need to find Audacity’s plug-ins folder. The location of this folder may vary depending on your operating system. Here are the default locations for each:

– Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\Plug-Ins\
– macOS: /Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins/
– Linux: /usr/share/audacity/plug-ins/

If you installed Audacity in a different location, you may need to search for the “Plug-Ins” folder manually.

5. Paste GSnap in Audacity’s Plug-ins Folder: Once you’ve located the plug-ins folder, paste the copied “GSnap.dll” file into this folder. This will install the GSnap plug-in in Audacity.

6. Launch Audacity: After installing GSnap, launch Audacity on your laptop.

7. Open Your Audio File: To autotune a specific audio file, go to File > Open and select the file you want to work with. The audio file will open in Audacity.

8. Select the Track to Autotune: If your audio file contains multiple tracks, select the track you want to autotune by clicking on it. If you only have one track, this step is not necessary.

9. Apply GSnap: With the desired track selected, go to Effect > GSnap to apply the autotune effect. The GSnap window will appear, allowing you to adjust various settings.

10. Configure GSnap Settings: In the GSnap window, you’ll find several parameters that control the pitch correction. Here are some essential settings:

– Threshold: Determines the sensitivity of the autotune effect. A higher threshold means only more significant pitch deviations will be corrected.
– Speed: Adjusts the speed at which the pitch correction occurs. Faster speeds provide a more noticeable autotune effect.
– Retune Speed: Controls the speed at which the pitch is corrected. Higher values make the correction more obvious.
– Key: Sets the desired key for the autotune effect. Choose the key that matches your audio file’s key to achieve the best results.

Experiment with these settings to achieve the desired autotune effect for your audio file. You can also explore other settings within GSnap for additional customization.

11. Preview and Apply the Effect: Once you’re satisfied with the GSnap settings, click the “Preview” button in the GSnap window to hear the autotuned audio. Adjust the settings further if needed, and when you’re ready, click “OK” to apply the effect to the selected track.

12. Export the Autotuned Audio: After applying the autotune effect, you can export the audio file with the changes. Go to File > Export and choose the desired file format and location to save the autotuned audio.

That’s it! You have successfully autotuned an audio file using Audacity and the GSnap plug-in. Remember to experiment with different settings to achieve the desired autotune effect.