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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 take a look at making further changes. Perhaps you realized that something was missed or maybe you want to change some part of the melody to make it something different than what you originally intended. There are several ways we can do that, one of which would be to use Melodyne in stand-alone which is what we're going to look at in this video. The easiest way to do it in this case is to open up our Melodyne session, just make the changes, and export the new corrected file. I'm going to close Pro Tools, and I'm going open our Melodyne folder, and I'm going to open Girl Got Attitude_05_01, and this is basically where we left off, and I'm going to go into our Lead vocal 1a and look at the verse.
So let's say there was a part of this verse that I actually want to change. (music playing) So let's say I wanted to make this particular major third actually be a minor third. (music playing) And let's say I wanted to make the last part of the phrase either a different note we could experiment with... (music playing) ...which I don't actually want to do, or let's say we wanted to make the auto-tune effect actually apply to that note. So we can try to apply it, and if need to reset we can reset using the key command we set before, and let's hear the change.
(music playing) So let's say I wanted to do that, and I also wanted to make the same change on the second half. (music playing) So we're going to make the same alteration here to a minor third. (music playing) And we're going to make the same alteration with the pitch modulation tool. (music playing) So now we have really only made a few minor changes. There is a couple ways to get these out of Melodyne and back into our DAW.
You can either just re-export the entire audio file, or you could just export a clip, and we're going to look at both ways, but before we do that we need to make sure and alter any other tracks that also contain that same melody, since in this case there are multiple tracks singing that part. So let's take a quick look at our arrangement window. I'm going to use our Navigator, Zoom to > Full Song, and I can also see that Lead 1b is also doubling what we just did. So let's go back and make those same changes to Lead 1b before we move on. So now we have made those changes. We can close our Editor window and open our Export window with Command+E or Ctrl+E, or whatever key command you assign in the shortcut section of the preferences.
And if you wanted to export the entire new track, you would follow the steps we did earlier making sure all of your format settings are correct and your range, individual range for each track, save each track as a single file, and just deselect all the tracks that you don't want to export. If that's the case, you're going to have an entire new audio file that you'll import back into your DAW which will replace the first version. Now let's say that instead of exporting the entire track, we just want to export a little patch with only the section that we made a change to. If we want to do that, a quick and easy way to do it is to simply locate the start and end locators around our change.
So in this case beginning at bar 10 and bringing our end locator to the end of our section at bar 15. So our first change is here and our second change is here. So we're just going to export a small patch audio file that encompasses those two changes and anything else that might be in between those boundaries, and again, we'll open our Export window and make sure our settings are correct. Only this time we'll change the range to between locators, and this will only export what's between bar 10 and bar 15.
So we'll deselect all the tracks that we don't want to export. In this case everything but Lead 1a and b. Once we have deselected everything but the two tracks that we want to export between our locators, we can save as, and we can also experiment with our spot to Pro Tools which will write and use a timestamp and make it really easy to spot these directly into the right place in the Pro Tools timeline. Let's go ahead and Save As, and I'm going to call this Lead 1a patch, and I'm going to go ahead and save it in our Exercise Files folder. You can save it wherever you want and name it whatever you like, and once that's done, we can save our session and close Melodyne, and here is our Lead 1a patch, and inside of it are the two files that we have just exported.
So again, let's rename this so that we can distinguish them from the original untuned vocal. You can name them however you like. I like to distinguish the name so that I know that this is the patch and not the full file, even though the file size gives that away. Then let's go back to our DAW. We're going to open the Girl Got Attitude Pro Tools session, and we're going to re-import the changes that we just made. So let's import, Shift+Command+I or Shift+Ctrl+I, locate two files that we just exported, and you can add or copy whichever you prefer, and let's add them to the clip list.
Once that's done, let's go ahead and open our clip list, and the two selected files we are simply going to drag back out on to our timeline and put them in the right place. Now since we use Spot to Pro Tools for Melodyne, let's put Pro Tools in Spot mode-- you can do this by pressing the F3 key--and then we can simply drag these two selected audio files that we just re-imported back on to our Lead 1a and Lead 1b tracks, and you can let go of them at any point and simply click the arrow to the right of user timestamp, which will move those files into the correct place.
If the regions on your audio tracks are locked, Pro Tools will warn you that this command will affect one or more locked clips. In this case, the track that we are putting the patch on top of has a locked region. So you can go ahead and allow, and you can now see that our patch has been dropped in at bar 10 and goes through bar 15. Now one thing to note is you should double check that the user timestamp that comes out of Melodyne is correct, and if for some reason it doesn't match your Pro Tools timeline, you know that it needs to go to bar 10. So you can just manually drag it to 10 with Pro Tools in grid mode, which you can set with the key command F4.
So using the stand-alone workflow, it's pretty simple to just make the desired changes and re-export your new audio, whether you want to export just a patch or the entire track.
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