Rock Band 3 will include middleware from iZotope, Inc that will allow real-time pitch shifting. That statement probably made little sense to some of you so I’ll try and explain without sounding too patronising.
Middleware is software that connects other software components and performs a function, in this case the iZtope software will sit somewhere between the input of the microphone and the output of your speakers. Pitch shifting is, put simply, cheating at singing.
The most widely known vocal pitch shifting software is called Autotune and it does exactly what it says on the tin. You input your off key, out of tune karaoke vocal quaverings and Autotune magically turns you in to Leona Lewis. With the new middleware incorporated in to Rock Band 3 your singing should sound better than ever
“The ability to have pitch correction in real-time helps to enhance the vocal gameplay and players’ in-game performance in Rock Band,” said Eran Egozy, CTO and co-founder of Harmonix. “We’re excited to feature iZotope’s technology and this new middleware in Rock Band 3 so that our players can enjoy the type of vocal effects that professional rock stars utilize for live stage performances in their homes.”