T-Pain Goes After Auto-Tune Maker Antares, Company "Quite Surprised" By Lawsuit
So this might sound crazy, but T-Pain's voice doesn't actually sound the way it does in his songs -- he uses this thing called Auto-Tune to make it sound different. Wild, right? And this might sound even crazier, but the R&B singer is suing the company responsible for his signature sound and arguably much of his success -- Scotts Valley Auto-Tune maker Antares.
To which we -- and others -- say "Huh?"
"We were frankly quite surprised," Antares spokesman Marco Alpert says. "But beyond that at this moment, we have no public comment. I don't even want to comment on why we have no comment."
See, T-Pain used to endorse Antares, but in June he ended the deal and started planning to make something called the "T-Pain Effect," as our news blog, the Snitch, reported. In other words, T-Pain is going after the Auto-Tune market. Meanwhile, he's claiming that Antares is using his likeness without his permission. He's filed a federal lawsuit over the matter seeking at least $1 million in damages.
Dean Schaffer An old promotional poster at Antares' offices in Scotts Valley, Calif.
We still can't quite figure this out. But if he wins the suit, guy better buy us a "drank" indeed.