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Editing the lead vocal


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Melodyne Advanced Techniques

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You can edit your tracks in any order that you like, but I usually prefer to start with the Lead vocal and build around it. The reason for this is because it's usually better to have the Lead vocal's pitch and timing where you want at first since all the other vocal tracks are going to fit around it and need to play nice with it. In this chapter we'll look at a few different approaches for editing our Lead vocal, but first, let's just take a minute to get familiar with the song. You may have already been listening to it, but if you haven't, now is a good time to pause and just have a listen through. Now that you have heard the song a little bit, you have an idea of what we're going to be working with.
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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      56s
    3. What you should know before watching this course
      25s
  2. 26m 6s
    1. Setting Melodyne preferences and keyboard shortcuts
      4m 28s
    2. Utilizing Melodyne with your digital audio workstation (DAW) through Melodyne Bridge
      6m 42s
    3. Utilizing Melodyne with your DAW through ReWire
      6m 9s
    4. Using Melodyne in a standalone workflow
      8m 47s
  3. 1h 3m
    1. Editing the lead vocal
      2m 5s
    2. Exploring the live editing approach
      9m 49s
    3. Using the "separate first" approach
      9m 31s
    4. Correcting pitch automatically
      10m 48s
    5. Correcting lead vocal pitch
      13m 16s
    6. Correcting lead vocal rhythm
      9m 34s
    7. Finishing up the lead vocals
      8m 55s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Correcting background vocal pitch
      9m 56s
    2. Correcting background vocal rhythm
      11m 1s
    3. Correcting harmony vocal pitch
      18m 2s
    4. Correcting harmony vocal rhythm
      13m 6s
    5. Creating new background parts
      3m 50s
    6. Creating effects using the Pitch Modulation tool
      13m 44s
    7. Creating effects using the Formant tool
      1m 24s
  5. 6m 31s
    1. Exporting your edits from Melodyne
      3m 17s
    2. Importing your edits into the DAW
      3m 14s
  6. 26m 31s
    1. Revising your edit
      5m 47s
    2. Making further edits using the Melodyne plug-in
      3m 17s
    3. Using Direct Note Access (DNA)
      5m 55s
    4. Changing the tempo of your audio
      1m 35s
    5. Using Melodyne with instruments
      2m 1s
    6. Using MIDI to edit or perform a recording
      5m 47s
    7. Using Melodyne to trigger an instrument
      2m 9s
  7. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Melodyne Advanced Techniques
3h 17m Intermediate Sep 14, 2012

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In this course, producer and engineer Skye Lewin reveals the techniques that professional musicians and producers use to get the best-sounding results from Melodyne. The course covers digital audio workstation (DAW) and session preparation, and shows how to perform rhythm and pitch corrections on both lead and background vocals. It includes lessons on importing and exporting tracks between the DAW and the standalone version of Melodyne, as well as utilizing Melodyne as a plug-in, through ReWire, and through Melodyne Bridge. Skye also shows how to use a MIDI keyboard to edit the pitch of a recorded performance in Melodyne and how to trigger a MIDI instrument using an audio recording.

Topics include:
  • Preparing for a standalone Melodyne workflow
  • Setting up a session
  • Using a live editing approach for vocal correction
  • Batch correcting vocals
  • Correcting the pitch and rhythm of vocals
  • Creating new background parts
  • Adding special effects
  • Revising an edit in Melodyne Studio
  • Changing the tempo of your audio
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Music Production Audio Plug-Ins Mastering
Software:
Melodyne
Author:
Skye Lewin

Editing the lead vocal

You can edit your tracks in any order that you like, but I usually prefer to start with the Lead vocal and build around it. The reason for this is because it's usually better to have the Lead vocal's pitch and timing where you want at first since all the other vocal tracks are going to fit around it and need to play nice with it. In this chapter we'll look at a few different approaches for editing our Lead vocal, but first, let's just take a minute to get familiar with the song. You may have already been listening to it, but if you haven't, now is a good time to pause and just have a listen through. Now that you have heard the song a little bit, you have an idea of what we're going to be working with.

Let's set the session up, get it ready to actually start our editing. So, since we're going to start with the Lead vocal, what I usually like to do is mute all of the tracks that we're not going to edit, so that I can listen to the entire arrangement without hearing all of the additional vocals until I'm actually ready to edit them. So first, let's go to the Mixer, Shift+Command+M or Shift+Ctrl+M, I'm just going to start at the end and mute all of my background tracks. And there is quite a few of them, so it can take a minute. If you have a control surface, you can probably cut a little time off in this process.

So now, all we're going to hear when we play back is just our instrumental track and our lead vocal. I am going to close the Mixer, I'm going to locate the cursor right before the Lead vocal comes in and just have a listen and make sure everything is right. (music playing) I am going to open the Mixer again and just drop the instrumental a little more before we start. (music playing) Cool. Now when I open the editor window by, double clicking the note blobs on one of the tracks, or by using the key command Shift+ Command+E or Shift+Ctrl+E, we can now see that track in our Edit window and from here... (music playing) ...we can choose to play only the visible track, we can play the arrangement, which will also play any unmuted tracks. (music playing) Or we can play selected which we'll use later, but what that does is when you have multiple tracks that have been selected in that same Edit window, it allows you to hear all of those tracks, as long as they are unmuted, from the same editor window.

So I'm going to set this back to Play arrangement, I am going to select our first Lead vocal again, and let's get started on editing.

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