The Peavey AT-200 utilizes Antares Auto-Tune for Guitar, a DSP technology that works behind the scenes to bring a perfect pitch to the instrument in an unobtrusive manner. No bulky, unattractive hardware weighs down the playing experience - the Peavey AT-200 looks, plays and sounds just like a conventional guitar. As Auto-Tune changed how vocals are recorded, the Peavey AT-200 with Auto-Tune for Guitar could change the way guitars are played and recorded.
In December 2012 Peavey Electronics announced the availability of the Peavey AT-200 guitar featuring Auto-Tune for guitar. The AT-200 electric guitar, a collaboration between Peavey and Auto-Tune pitch-correction technology creators Antares Audio Technologies, was showcased at Winter NAMM
2013, Anaheim and at Musikmesse Frankfurt
2013. Ahead of the Frankfurt show, the AT-200 guitar was nominated for the Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA)
The Peavey AT-200 is also the gateway to a growing collection of Auto-Tune for Guitar features. With its built-in software upgrade capability, new features from Antares can be loaded into the AT-200 and controlled by any MIDI source, from MIDI foot switch controllers to iPad or iPhone devices running dedicated Auto-Tune control software.
"Combining Peavey's 47-year legacy of innovation in music and audio with Antares' history of creating game-changing audio technologies is a natural partnership," said Peavey Electronics founder and CEO Hartley Peavey. "Peavey has always been a 'different' kind of company, one that is driven by the desire to innovate and advance the possibilities in music and audio, while serving players and professionals with attainable, quality products."
As countless players and producers know, less-than-perfect intonation can seriously muddy a guitar's tone. The Peavey AT-200 guitar with the Antares Solid-Tune intonation system constantly monitors the precise pitch of each individual string and electronically makes any corrections necessary to ensure that every note of every chord and riff is always in tune, regardless of variables like finger position or pressure. The technology is even smart enough to know when players intend to manipulate pitch, so bends and vibrato sound as natural as they always have.
"We knew that our Auto-Tune had the power to change the sound of guitars, creating sonority and clarity," said Dr. Andy Hildebrand, founder of Antares Audio Technologies. "Partnering with a company revered for quality and reliability like Peavey was very important to this project."