Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Using Direct Note Access (DNA)

From: Melodyne Advanced Techniques

Video: Using Direct Note Access (DNA)

Let's take a look at how we can use Melodyne Editor's revolutionary feature, Direct Note Access, or DNA. From our File menu we can choose Open or use the key command, Command+O or Ctrl+O, and let's locate the DNA Examples folder within our exercise files and choose Girl Got Attitude_Abridged_Ex1. If you don't have the exercise files, you can use any stereo recording that has a single vocal, or possibly even a couple of vocals. The idea here is that we're going to be editing a vocal within a finished stereo file.

Using Direct Note Access (DNA)

Let's take a look at how we can use Melodyne Editor's revolutionary feature, Direct Note Access, or DNA. From our File menu we can choose Open or use the key command, Command+O or Ctrl+O, and let's locate the DNA Examples folder within our exercise files and choose Girl Got Attitude_Abridged_Ex1. If you don't have the exercise files, you can use any stereo recording that has a single vocal, or possibly even a couple of vocals. The idea here is that we're going to be editing a vocal within a finished stereo file.

So let's open our file, and Melodyne will detect the pitch and the content of that file. And we can see here Melodyne has displayed the different pitches that are detected in the file, and you can also see that it's detected a tempo of 122.351. Under the Algorithm menu, you have a few options. We can choose Melodic detection, which is really intended for monophonic melodic recording, such as a single vocal. You have Percussive, which is really intended for percussive or rhythmic material, and Polyphonic, which is what we're using, which is intended for audio that contains multiple pitches playing at the same time.

So now let's take a look at our song. I'm going to go ahead and scroll over to I think it's about bar 16, where our pre-chorus starts and take a listen. (music playing) So you can see in the content displayed in the Editor window the bottom is mostly the rhythmic material, the bass line and the various elements of the track itself, and on the top you can see the melody itself. So let's zoom in a little bit and center ourselves around the two pitches that we're going to work with.

I'm going to zoom in a little bit more vertically, so I can see that part of the melody within the track. (music playing) Using DNA we can edit within a stereo file just like we would within a monophonic file. We can use the same tools that we're familiar with, only we're now editing the vocal that's already part of the final mix. And this is just an example, this isn't actually a final mix, but it serves the same purpose for this course. So we can just tighten up the notes just like we would if we were editing them separately.

And do our same note separations. (music playing) That note is a little sharp, put it where it should be. And the word use is a little sharp, put that where it should be. In other words, we're basically making the same choices that we might make if we were editing the vocal by itself, but given the power of DNA, we're able to do that within a finished mix or within a file that contains other audio elements.

(music playing) One thing to note when using this is that if you make really drastic changes--or even sometimes not so drastic changes--phasing might be introduced, because when you change the pitch of one element within the file, it's actually changing overtones or harmonics from other elements within the file that share those same harmonics. Now if we're going to use this to actually make changes to an audio file, you can simply Save As to save a copy of your exported work, you can save a Melodyne project document if you'd like, an AIFF or WAV of your finished work, or if you wanted, you can export a MIDI file even, which you could then import back into your DAW, which would give you a MIDI output of the pitches and rhythms that were detected in the file.

Let's go ahead and close this, and let's open a different file. I'm going to click Discard, since this is just for an example, and now let's open Girl Got Attitude_A Capella_Example2. And again, Melodyne is going to detect the polyphonic pitches within this file, and this file is essentially going to serve as an example. Let's say, for example, you are recording live to two, and you had three or four singers all around the same mike, and you wanted to be able to edit that performance. This is obviously the same song we have been working on, and that's not how it was recorded, but let's just use it as a fake example of perhaps that was the case.

So we can take a listen here. (music playing) So we can not only hear, but we can also see the different pitches being sung by the different singer. We're just imagining it's a different singer, because in this case we know it's actually the same singer. But again, the point here is that we can edit those pitches, even though they're combined into the same recording. So we can just snap them into the new center, we can just change the pitch that they're supposed to be on. (music playing) So if, for example, we wanted this to be a different pitch...

(music playing) ...we can just move it within the recording, and there we go. (music playing) And that's not what we're going to do, but the point is that you can and the power to be able to do that is extremely useful. We can use all of the same tools we're used to if we want to flatten out the modulation of the pitch. (music playing) Or if we wanted to apply the same auto tune like effect that we have been using before, we can do the same thing here. (music playing) It's a very simple matter, and we're basically using the same tools that we have been using the whole time.

Only this time we're using it on multiple pitches in the same recording. (music playing) So if we moved on to a little bit later in the song... (music playing) ...you can choose to play around with this and edit the lead vocal and the harmony vocals throughout this little example. Feel free to play around with the rest of this song, and if you want, you can go ahead and edit the pitches of the lead vocal and the harmony vocals that are contained in this example. Another thing to note is that you can use the plug-in, which is essentially Melodyne Editor in a plug-in form to achieve the same result and directly in a DAW, without having to import and export the files.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Melodyne Advanced Techniques
Melodyne Advanced Techniques

31 video lessons · 2260 viewers

Skye Lewin
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  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

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Melodyne Advanced Techniques.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.