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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.
Let's locate the corrected files that were exported from Melodyne, and now we're going to import them back into our DAW. But before we do that, I want to rename the files so the Pro Tools can distinguish them better from the files that are exported before they were edited in Melodyne. So here's our exported vocals. You can find them wherever you chose to save them--may not be in the same places I have them here. You can name these however you want to distinguish them from the file that was not tuned in Melodyne. One way that a lot of people like to do is to mark the final file with the dollar sign.
You can use any symbol or anything, you can even say finished, whatever it is that you want to use. And just for consistency, I always like to make the MDD file match. You can rename these manually, or if you want to save some time, you can use one of the batch editing utilities that are available. Once you have all of these files renamed, the next step is to open your DAW and import these back into the original session. So let's open the Girl Got Attitude Pro Tools session, and let's import our corrected audio. Now if you want to save your uncorrected audio as well, you can always choose to Create a playlist by simply choosing New or Duplicate from the little pop-up menu to the right of each track name.
We're not going to worry about that for now, though. So let's import, Shift+Command+I or Shift+Ctrl+I, and then let's locate our exported audio files from Melodyne. So here's our Exported Vocals folder, and we can simply select every single one of those files, and you can either add them or copy them into the session. In this case, I'm just going to add them since the files are directly compatible, they are at the right sample rate and the right bit rate and the file type is compatible with the session. So I'm going to hit Return to add, Command+W or Ctrl+W to close the window, and then I'm going to choose the Clip List so that these are imported into the Clip List rather than a new track being created for each of these tracks.
So once they're imported, let's go to the Clip List, and we now have a list of all these audio files, and you can see which ones are the new ones by the dollar sign or whatever you use to differentiate them from the other file. So let's do a quick search in Pro Tools, Shift+Command+F or Shift+Ctrl+F, and enter whatever it is that you use to differentiate those files. So now only those files show up in the Clips list. So now that we're only seeing the files that we actually want to work with, it's a little easier to drag them back into our session. So that we can select all of our lead vocals and simply drag them over and replace the older lead vocal that has not been corrected, and if it's locked it will prompt you to allow, and we can scroll down, and let's do the same thing with our Adlibs track.
And then let's select all of our backgrounds, and we'll drag those over to all of our background and harmony tracks. So now in our Pro Tools session, we have replace all of the uncorrected vocals with all of the work that we have done in Melodyne. Now if you want to clear the Clips list sort that we entered earlier you can use the key command, Shift+Command+D or Shift+Ctrl+D, and I'm going to go ahead and close the Clips list. So now let's just take a quick listen and make sure we actually did get the audio into Pro Tools. (music playing) And we can definitely hear that those changes have been imported.
Once your corrected vocals are back in your original session, you can move on to any other edits that you want to make or go ahead and start your mix.
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