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Creating a new session and exploring essential preferences

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Video: Creating a new session and exploring essential preferences

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.

Creating a new session and exploring essential preferences

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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Melodyne Studio Essential Training

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  1. 6m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Introduction to Melodyne variants
      1m 37s
    3. Installing and authorizing Melodyne
      2m 13s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
  2. 8m 4s
    1. Choosing the best workflow for a project
      2m 31s
    2. Creating a new session and exploring essential preferences
      3m 5s
    3. Creating, moving, and deleting tracks
      2m 28s
  3. 35m 54s
    1. Importing audio for the stand-alone workflow
      1m 51s
    2. Identifying elements in the session folder
      1m 38s
    3. Exploring the Arrangement and Editor windows
      6m 32s
    4. Exploring the Mixer window
      2m 47s
    5. Exploring the Transport window
      2m 44s
    6. Changing pitches and formants with realtime play offsets
      3m 37s
    7. Managing audio files
      2m 16s
    8. Exploring Melodyne's menus
      2m 54s
    9. Exploring view options
      2m 58s
    10. Using markers
      3m 3s
    11. Scrolling and zooming
      1m 31s
    12. Setting the tone scale, meter, and tempo
      1m 32s
    13. Setting the loop/session boundary locators
      1m 14s
    14. Working with multiple tracks
      1m 17s
  4. 1h 18m
    1. Setting up a new session and importing audio
      4m 4s
    2. A look at note blobs
      1m 29s
    3. An overview of Melodyne's tools
      45s
    4. Using the Pitch tool and subtools
      5m 56s
    5. Using the Edit Formant tool
      2m 53s
    6. Using the Amplitude tool
      50s
    7. Using the Move Notes tool and Edit Time Handle tool
      5m 6s
    8. Using the Note Separation tool and Segment Separation Tool
      3m 52s
    9. Using the Main tool
      1m 37s
    10. Exploring additional tools in the MDD Editor
      4m 31s
    11. Correcting pitch and time automatically
      4m 15s
    12. Copying and pasting
      1m 25s
    13. Editing pitch
      12m 4s
    14. Editing time
      4m 20s
    15. Editing an example exercise, part one
      14m 31s
    16. Editing an example exercise, part two
      10m 51s
  5. 14m 41s
    1. Exploring hardware setup, file types, and the Appearance page
      1m 50s
    2. Specifiying the defaults for new projects using New Arrangements
      36s
    3. Exploring the Plug-ins page
      49s
    4. Setting MIDI preferences
      1m 51s
    5. Using the Detection settings
      1m 15s
    6. Building custom shortcuts
      6m 6s
    7. Looking at preferences in the Other page
      2m 14s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Setting up a MIDI input source
      1m 12s
    2. Using a MIDI keyboard to play and edit notes
      7m 8s
    3. Exploring the MIDI Out options
      2m 50s
  7. 6m 25s
    1. Using the mixer
      4m 44s
    2. Using plug-ins and auxes
      1m 9s
    3. Using a MIDI controller
      32s
  8. 22m 1s
    1. Transitioning to Melodyne Editor (aka singletrack)
      1m 33s
    2. Exploring how to use Direct Note Access (DNA)
      7m 39s
    3. Setting up Melodyne Bridge
      3m 54s
    4. Setting up ReWire
      4m 41s
    5. Using the Melodyne plug-in
      2m 5s
    6. Synchronizing
      2m 9s
  9. 6m 35s
    1. Exporting audio when finished
      2m 39s
    2. Exporting with Spot to Pro Tools
      1m 53s
    3. Printing final audio into your DAW
      2m 3s
  10. 36s
    1. Exploring additional resources
      36s

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