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Melodyne Advanced Techniques

Making further edits using the Melodyne plug-in


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Melodyne Advanced Techniques

with Skye Lewin

Video: Making further edits using the Melodyne plug-in

Sometimes the change that you want to make is so small that it's easier to just make it without leaving your DAW, and you can also work with Melodyne in the same technique rather than using Melodyne in stand-alone as we have done. So let's take a look at how we can use Melodyne's plug-in. I'm going to select my lead vocal track here. I'm going to ungroup so I can just select the Lead 1a. And I'm going to switch to the Mixer, and on my Lead 1a track I'm going to enable the Melodyne plug-in. Melodyne plug-in basically opens Melodyne Editor or Melodyne singletrack within your DAW.
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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

Making further edits using the Melodyne plug-in

Sometimes the change that you want to make is so small that it's easier to just make it without leaving your DAW, and you can also work with Melodyne in the same technique rather than using Melodyne in stand-alone as we have done. So let's take a look at how we can use Melodyne's plug-in. I'm going to select my lead vocal track here. I'm going to ungroup so I can just select the Lead 1a. And I'm going to switch to the Mixer, and on my Lead 1a track I'm going to enable the Melodyne plug-in. Melodyne plug-in basically opens Melodyne Editor or Melodyne singletrack within your DAW.

We can now locate our Pro Tools session right before where we want to make our edits, in this case I'm going to select Bars 9 through 15, and we can click Transfer, and play back from our DAW, and this will transfer the audio from our Lead 1a track into Melodyne. (music playing) And Melodyne will detect the pitches. So one thing that I should point out is that in the Settings, you can choose where you want to store the files that are transferred into Melodyne.

So in this case we're storing them on our Desktop, within our exercise files, in the folder called Plug-In Settings/Melodyne/ Transfers, and you can change the setting if you want to save them somewhere else. Once the files are in Melodyne, we can simply zoom in and edit just like we were doing before. So let's have a listen to what's in Melodyne here. (music playing) So let's say I want to make the same change to our melody that we made in the previous video. I can simply make that change right here in the Melodyne plug-in without ever having to go back to the stand-alone version of Melodyne Studio that we were using previously.

Another thing to know is that the shortcut keys that we were using in Melodyne Studio will not be available in the plug-in, so you can change your tools by clicking up here or by using the right-click menu. So I can select and make my same edits. If I want to make a note separation, I can use the Separation tool, and everything functions just like we're used to. So the first change. (music playing) And let's say I wanted to make the same Pitch Modulation changes to this section of the audio.

I can just simply select those same pieces of audio and make the same changes here. And let's have a listen to that. I'm going to switch back to Pro Tools and start it right on Bar 10. (music playing) And we'd have to make those changes on Lead 1b as well, since the same melody is doubled on Lead 1b. Now, once you have made the changes, you can close Melodyne, and you can either just leave it enabled to allow Melodyne to playback the altered audio, or you can actually print it back into your session. The way you can print it in Pro Tools is by bussing the output of your track to a new track and simply rerecording the altered audio onto a new track, therefore creating a little patch audio file that you can use in place of the original audio.

And for a recap on how to do this, take a look at that video in the Melodyne Studio Essential Training Course right here on lynda.com. And just like we did earlier with MelodyneBridge and ReWire, you could choose to use Melodyne plug-in on each track in your session to make the changes on a per track basis right in your DAW and never even use Melodyne Studio.

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