It’s hard to think of T-Pain without thinking of Auto-Tunes. And now the rapper is in the headlines as he is taking the makers of the studio sound effects to court.

According to TIME Techland:

T-Pain has filed suit against Antares Technologies, the creators of auto-tune, in order to make them stop using his name and likeness to promote the product.

The reason for this isn’t that Pain has decided to concentrate on more natural sounding vocals, however. Instead, he’s partnered with a new company called Izotope to launch a competing product called “The T-Pain Effect.”

It is unclear what the lawsuit will mean for either party, but word is T-Pain’s legal team is preparing itself for a counter suit.

In the meantime, I guess the rest of us have a T-Pain commissioned auto tunes to took forward to.

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  • O’Phylia

    Auto-Tune’s reply: “But… we created you…”

  • iQgraphics

    I know Roger Trotman of “Zapp and Roger” has passed away but shouldn’t his estate be suing T-Pain?

    T-Pain is not the creator of that sound. Roger Trotman is.


    • Chica

      yuuuup. thank you old-school uncles and Unsung for bringing that to my attention!

    • Actually Zapp wasn’t the first to use a Vocoder (the tube thingy). Johnny “Guitar” Watson and Peter Frampton used it with guitars, and Stevie Wonder used it with a keyboard. There’s video of Stevie on Sesame Street performing the SS theme using a Vocoder. Sick….

      Plus Autotune is a pitch “corrector” which isn’t the same vocal effect created with the Vocoder. You actually get the T-Pain effect when the settings are wrong. It wasn’t made to be used so obviously.

  • iCan’t

    T-Pain is practically a modern day Stepin Fetchit. He makes me wish Dave Chapelle’s race draft was real.


    The negro community definetly frowns on his shenanigans