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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.
Once we have gotten our vocals to where we're happy with them. The next step is to bring them back into our DAW. Now since we're working in a stand-alone workflow we'll export these audio files so that we can re-import these edited audio files into our DAW and proceed with our mix from their. So from the File menu we can choose Save Audio, or you can use a key command that you specified in the shortcuts by default its Command+E, or Ctrl+E, and from here we have a little control over the settings for our exported audio. So we can choose the format, in this case we're going to use a WAVE file, with the sample rate of 48 kHz and a 16 bit, bit rate and Interleaved stereo although we're actually not going to be exporting anything stereo.
If you have a stereo track in your session you'll have this option, because they're different ways that you can export that stereo track, but if all your tracks are mono that option won't be available. Under the Range we can choose essentially which section in the timeline of our tracks that we want to export. So you can either choose the entire arrangement, or just what's between your locators. You can choose A Reference Track, or From Start of Reference Track until the End of the Arrangement, and in this case, we're going to choose Individual Range for each Track. Now some of the other options are the Individual File for each Marker Region, so for example, if you admit a marker region for your verse and a separate one for your pre-chorus, maybe a separate one for your chorus, you could export just those sections in each pass, and if you're using Melodyne to make samples of some sort you can export an individual file for each note, but again we're going to using the individual range for each track and under Channels you can choose to export a stereo mix or save each track as a single file.
The stereo mixes can export exactly what you'll hear through Melodyne's mixer, so any level, panning, inserts, or effects that you have made in your mix any compression or reverbs or EQ that sort of thing that will all get printed exactly as you hear it to a stereo mix if you check this option. But we're going to save each track as a single file, so that we can actually complete our mix in our DAW, and we can also have the option to Write MDD's, which is going to write MDD file for each track, and that file is going to store all of the vocal edits that we made in Melodyne for that track, so that if want to come back and continue editing from where we left off at a letter date all that information is stored.
Under the Tracks we can see all of the tracks that actually exist in the session. So we're going to want to export all of our vocal tracks, but we don't need to export our instrumental track so I'm going to uncheck that box and the last option here is the Spot To Pro Tools option. Depending on your settings this may or may not become available, but what it does is it allows you to export your audio with the user timestamp the Pro Tools is going read to help you spot your audio to a specific point in the Pro Tools timeline. Now we don't necessarily need that for this session since all of our audio files start at the same point and time.
So now that we have got everything where we want it, let's go ahead and Save As, and I'm going to call this Exported Vocals, and I'm going to save it inside the Melodyne folder in our Exercise Files folder and then Melodyne is going to start exporting each track into that folder along with the MDD since we have the right MDDs option enabled. Now we can go check and make sure our exported audio is all there and sure enough there's our exporter vocals all of the files and the corresponding MDD file. So now that this is done the next step will be to import it back into our DAW.
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