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In this course, author Skye Lewin explores how to harness the power of the leading pitch correction software, Melodyne. The course begins with the installation and setup process, and includes recommendations on choosing the best workflow and preference settings for your project. The lessons also demonstrate how to get audio into Melodyne, whether importing existing files or recording new tracks; how to arrange a new session; and how to edit the audio and export the corrected tracks.
The Edit Formant tool is a very useful tool that allows you to alter the formant of your source. We briefly covered what a formant is before, but the formant is essentially the source through which your sound is formed. So, for example, imagine a vocalist with a very small throat versus a vocalist with a very large throat, and you can imagine that the sound will be different between the two, and that sound difference is caused by the formant. So let's take a look at how the formant can help us in Melodyne. First let's take a look at a real world example of correcting the formant when we make an edit.
I am going to select these three notes and double-click them with the Edit Pitch tool to center them on their closest center pitch, and I'm going to drag them up... (music playing) To change the Pitch to something that was not intended by the singer. So this pretty drastic change of several Notes from the original position. Let's have listen to the new performance. (music playing) So you can see that it sounds a little unnatural, perhaps if I was going to make this change I would also change this Note... (music playing) ...up one more half step. (music playing) And what we can do with the Formant tool is first select it, we can use the Formant tool to offset the change that we made in pitch by dragging the formant down for high notes, often up for low notes, but really there's no science to it, it's really just what sounds right.
So you can play around with it especially since we have a nondestructive editing at our fingertips to find the right setting for the formant. So let's listen to this. (music playing) So may be not quite right let's try something else here. (music playing) So the last note is okay. The first note still sounds a little funky, so we'll try a little bit more. (music playing) Now the middle note is still a little out, so I'll try and drop that formant a little more. (music playing) Because I am not quite happy with it, but I can fine-tune this, I can explore what it sounds like going up higher and in different directions.
(music playing) You can start to hear there's a bit of an effect to this. So if you wanted to we could use the formant as an effect. So to try this is an effect, let's at first reset the formant editing that we've done. We can go up to the Edit menu, select Edit Formant, and choose Reset Formants to Original. Now we are back to where we started. To accomplish a very exaggerated effect, we can drag the formants up quite a lot higher than they would naturally occur and listen to the effect that we get. (music playing) And this effect is something that most people are very familiar with having listened to this in many records.
So again let's reset these formant edits by selecting it from the Menu or we also set a shortcut key in the Melodyne Studio as we'll look out later in this course. Whether you're altering the formant for effect or to make the altered vocal sound more natural, this tool gives you the control to get the result you want.
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