Previous studies have shown that experimentally implemented formant perturbations result in production of compensatory responses in the opposite direction of the perturbations. In this study, we investigated how participants adapt to a) auditory perturbations that shift formants to a specific point in the vowel space and hence remove variability of formants (focused perturbations), and b) auditory perturbations that preserve the natural variability of formants (uniform perturbations). We examined whether the degree of adaptation to focused perturbations was different from adaptation to uniform adaptations. We found that adaptation magnitude of the first formant (F1) was smaller in response to focused perturbations. However, F1 adaptation was initially moved in the same direction as the perturbation, and after several trials the F1 adaptation changed its course toward the opposite direction of the perturbation. We also found that adaptation of the second formant (F2) was smaller in response to focused perturbations than F2 responses to uniform perturbations. Overall, these results suggest that formant variability is an important component of speech, and that our central nervous system takes into account such variability to produce more accurate speech output.