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The Main tool in Melodyne allows you to perform many of the functions of the other tools we've just looked at. If you're familiar with ProTools, you can say it's similar to the Smart tool. Let's select our Main tool, one of the ways we've already looked at, and let's see exactly how it works. So using the Main tool, you can hover over a note or a blob, and you can see that depending on where you place the cursor, the Main tool's icon will change to show you what tool you can currently use. So, for example, if we locate our cursor next to a note separation, we can use the Note Separation tool by altering the location of the note separation.
If we move our cursor over the beginning of a note blob or region, you can see that the Move Notes tool becomes active. As you move over the center of the region, you can see that the Pitch tool becomes active, and if we move to the end of a region, you can see that the Move Notes tool becomes active again so that we can alter the end of our region. So, all of these tools can be accessed from the Main tool. You may find that this is the best way for you to work, but there are many other ways that we can work in Melodyne especially with Melodyne Studio, including adding custom shortcuts to switch between tools, and we'll look at that in a later video.
One of the things I wanted to point out before we move away from tools is that on the top left-hand corner of the Editor window to the right of the toolbar, you can see the Selected Note is displayed, and the Selected Note Pitch is displayed in Hertz (Hz). If you're on other tools, you can actually enter a text value to make an edit without using the tool itself. You may prefer to work primarily from this tool, but you may find that you work better when switching to individual tools as needed. Just play around with it, and see what works best for you.
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