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In this course, author Skye Lewin explores how to harness the power of the leading pitch correction software, Melodyne. The course begins with the installation and setup process, and includes recommendations on choosing the best workflow and preference settings for your project. The lessons also demonstrate how to get audio into Melodyne, whether importing existing files or recording new tracks; how to arrange a new session; and how to edit the audio and export the corrected tracks.
In addition to using a MIDI keyboard to control our audio, Melodyne can also be used to trigger another external or internal sound source using MIDI. So let's open up our Editor window with Shift+Command+E or Shift+Ctrl+E and select our Lead Vocal Channel. And then under the View menu let's select Show Audio-to-MIDI Parameters. Once we have selected this, we can now see our audio to MIDI Parameters. If we want to send MIDI out in real-time as we play Melodyne, we can select the Realtime Midi Send box.
And from the dropdown menu we can choose either an external MIDI sound source or an internal instrument if we have set one up in Melodyne, which we'll look at later in this video. And to the right here is a Textbox where we can select the Channel on which that MIDI Data will be sent. We also have a lot of control over how that MIDI Data will be sent. We can change the Velocity of our MIDI Data simply by clicking and dragging. We can also click and drag the top to limit out Loudest Velocity and click and drag the bottom to limit our softer velocity so that our MIDI Data will only fall within those parameters. We can also send Pitch Bend changes.
To enable this just check the Pitch Bend box. The Textbox beneath the Pitch Bend shows the number of semitones the Pitch Bend will affect. So you should make sure and set this so that it has the same number of semitones as the Pitch Bend in the instrument that you'll be controlling. You'll also notice a little pop-up menu with several different algorithms that you can use with Pitch Bend. So depending on the synth or the sound that you're triggering with Melodyne, you will want to play around with these and find the right algorithm. We can also enable the Envelope of our attack to send MIDI Control data.
So, for example, we can also Send MIDI Volume with Controller 7 or various other control change data. With the dial beneath the Envelope check box, we can tell Melodyne when it's set all way to the left to send signals that are going to mirror the audio in Melodyne or when it's set to the right to follow the Synths attack. And just a like our Velocity, we can click and drag to change our Envelope, and we can set a threshold for the top and bottom levels by clicking and dragging upward. If we want to send our MIDI Data to an internal software instrument--let's go to our Mixer and set one up.
Let's open our Mixer with Shift+Command+M or Shift+Ctrl+M. On the right-hand side of our Mixer from the Configure dropdown menu, we can choose Instrument Tracks and Add Instrument Track. We have now created an Instrument Track that we can add an Instrument Plug-in to. So if you've an Instrument Plug-in that you want to trigger in Melodyne all you've to do is select the proper plug-in from your Plug-in menu. Once you've assigned an Instrument in Melodyne you'll be able to choose it from the pop-up list so that Midi data will be sent to that instrument. One last very useful way that we can use MIDI with Melodyne is by Exporting MIDI so that we can pull it back into our External DAW to control a synth.
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