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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.
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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