I Am T-Pain mic puts Auto-Tune in a toy

Coming soon to a playground near you.
Coming soon to a playground near you.

It may be true that the heavily Auto-Tuned vocal sound jumped the shark about a year ago, but nobody's bothered to tell T-Pain. Not content with giving iOS users the opportunity to mimic his trademark robotic warble, he announced at last week's CES show that he's putting the technology into a $40 toy microphone.

From the description we can see on the packaging, the I Am T-Pain Mic will feature beats by the singer and allow you to record yourself and listen back to the results. MP3 compatibility and a 'Download and Share' option are also featured, though we're not yet sure how these will work.

The product is scheduled to ship worldwide in the summer.

(Via The LA Times)

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.