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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.
Another great use of Melodyne is combining its audio capabilities with its MIDI Capabilities. In order to use MIDI, we first need to setup our MIDI preferences. If you have an external MIDI controller, such as a keyboard of some sort, we'll need to hook that up and then connect it so that Melodyne can communicate with it. In the Melodyne Preferences, we can go to our MIDI Ports tab and assign your Default Input to the port through which your MIDI keyboard is communicating with your computer. Once your MIDI keyboard is communicating with Melodyne, we can now use the MIDI functions in a variety of ways.
Let's look at MIDI In Plays Notes. So simply select that Option if it isn't selected, and I'm going to navigate to my Full Song Marker and open my Lead 1a track. If you're using this feature while Melodyne is not playing back, simply touching each note on your keyboard is going to move step by step through each note in your Melodyne editor window. So let's take a look at this. (music playing) So whichever note you touch is the note that is going to play back. So we can simply change the melody--at least in what we're hearing through this tool-- by playing different notes on our MIDI keyboard. (music playing) So that allows us to perform in a step-by- step fashion each note according to what we play on the MIDI keyboard.
Now if are playing back, what we play in the MIDI keyboard is going to affect what we hear in time, so let's take a look at that, and I'm going to play a different melody so that we can hear the effect in real-time. (music playing) So maybe not the most musical example, but you can hear how you can use Melodyne to actually perform a different melody using your recorded audio. Another way we can use MIDI is by choosing MIDI In Edits Notes, and in this manner in a step-by-step fashion we can move one note at a time and make the audio actually snap to the pitch performed on the MIDI keyboard, so let's take a look at that.
(music playing) So you may or may not actually want to use this because you can see that it's actually altering every single section, including the breaths and sibilances, but it can be a really powerful tool if you know what the melody that you want is and you might be able to perform it faster on a MIDI keyboard than you might be able to edit it. Now if we're actually playing back and using the MIDI keyboard, we're going to get the same result as what we heard before, only this time it's actually going to record the MIDI notes and affect the audio, essentially editing our audio with MIDI.
So let's take a look at that. (music playing) So again, you can hear that whatever notes are performed on the MIDI keyboard are changed in Melodyne, but with MIDI In Edits Notes selected those Edits are actually reflected in your Melodyne Editor Timeline. One more great way that we can actually use MIDI in Melodyne is to use an audio recording to create a MIDI file. In order to do that, all we have to do is export our Track as MIDI. We can do that by selecting Save Audio to MIDI from the File menu.
Under the Save MIDI dialog, you can choose the Format to be As Specified in Tracks which will literally match what your audio performance is, including each separation, so that each separation will be exported as a new MIDI note. Or we can choose Quantized for Notation. So before we export this, let's take a look at what Quantized for Notation means. We can choose to Display our Notes, you can also use the key command Command+Option+N or Ctrl+Alt+N to toggle this view, and what we see here is going to be what we actually export when using this feature.
So if we wanted to zoom in, we can actually see a little bit better than notational aspect of what it is that would be exported. Now if we want to actually edit that notation so that we have a little more control over what is exported as MIDI, we can actually edit the MIDI that we want to be exported by choosing Open MDD Editor from the Definition menu. That will open the selected file, zoom in, we can actually drag the note down using the same Move Notes tool that we have been using to Edit our audio, and you can see that it reflects the note change in the Notation above the note.
Now this won't actually affect what we hear, only what's notated. So in this way you can perfect the rhythm so that when you export your MIDI it matches more closely what you're looking for. Alternately, you can of course edit the MIDI once it's been exported, but it may save you a little time to do it in Melodyne. So once you're ready to export the MIDI, you can close this window, you can save it if you want but for now I'm not going to save it, and we're going to back in and save audio to MIDI, Quantized for Notation, and you can choose the Range just as you did when exporting audio.
And just as before, you can choose to export All Channels, or as in this case we'll just save each track as a single file and only export the one file that we're actually going to use. So I'm going to deselect all the other ones, and once you're ready to export you can choose Save As, and let's name this MIDI and Save it wherever you want to save it, so now we can locate that MIDI file in the Finder. And if we want to hear quickly what we have exported, we can take a listen. (music playing) And you can hear that there are quite a few unnecessary notes in there because we didn't actually finish editing the MIDI before we exported.
But now you have this MIDI file that you can then import into your DAW or use for whatever your purposes are, and it's all based on the audio that you recorded and converted to MIDI through Melodyne.
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