Originally Posted by Deathmetalconga
They had something like it: the vocoder. It made your voice sound just as unnatural.
Yes, and it was quite effective in prog at times. Really, auto-tune in itself isn't a bad effect, just that it's being used like a kid with a new toy, with little care for appropriateness of context. For me, there's also a sense of anti-humanness about the way it's used, which really gets up my (old) nose.