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Let's first create a new session. The first thing we want to do is open Melodyne. I'm on a Mac, so the best way for me to do this is to launch Melodyne from the Applications folder unless you have a shortcut or a faster way of doing it that you like to use. From the Finder the easiest way to get to the Applications folder is to select the Go menu and choose Applications, you can also do this with the key command Shift+Command+A. Once you're in the Applications folder, you can scroll down until you see the Melodyne 3. 2 folder or you can also just type the first few letters of the item you're looking for, and it will select it.
Once we find Melodyne let's launch the application, and let's create a new session. So let's select the File menu in Melodyne and choose New Arrangement which is Command+N on Mac or Ctrl+N in Windows, and let's save our new arrangement. Again, from the File menu, you can select Save Arrangement or you can use the key command, Command+S on Mac or Ctrl+S on Windows. And I'm going to save this in our exercise files folder, and you can save this wherever you like on your computer. For now I'm going to call this Melodyne Studio and Save.
Now that we've created and saved our new session let's take a quick look at some of our setup and preferences. From the Melodyne menu select Preferences, in our Hardware settings you'll need to select the Device Driver that allows you to hear the Output of Melodyne. Now you can use Built-in Line Output, which is what we're using for this session, and that allows you to hear the output of Melodyne through the line output of your computer. But if you have a third-party audio interface, you may want to select the driver that allows you to use that interface instead. And you'll also want to select a Sample Rate that's going to work with the audio material that you're going to be using.
For this course our audio material is at 48 kHz, so we would select 48 kHz. Now for the purposes of recording this course, we are setting our Sample Rate elsewhere, so we won't see the Sample Rate change here, but if you're going to set the Sample Rate on your session, you would click the Sample Rate menu and select 48 kHz. Now let's click the Hardware dropdown menu in the Preferences and select Recording, and you can also choose here the audio File Format and the Resolution or Bit-Depth of the audio that we'll be working with.
So if you wanted to select WAVE files instead of AIFF, you could choose WAVE from the list, and if you wanted to select a different Bit-Depth or Resolution, you can also choose that from this dropdown menu. In this course, we'll be using 24-bit audio, so let's leave it at 24-bit linear PCM. The last thing I want to point out in the Preferences for now is the Audio Folder for unsaved Arrangements. It defaults to the Melodyne folder in the Music folder in your User folder at least on a Mac. Now you may want to change this location perhaps to the directory where your project lives.
If you have an external hard drive or on a different hard drive, the idea being that if you have a session in a different location you may want to keep your Melodyne audio files in the same location as your session so that they don't get lost or perhaps overwritten at a later date. So we'll come back to look into the rest of the preferences in greater detail, but first, we're going to explore the interface further.
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