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Melodyne Advanced Techniques
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Using Melodyne with instruments


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Melodyne Advanced Techniques

with Skye Lewin

Video: Using Melodyne with instruments

Melodyne is not only useful for vocals, you can also get great result with instrumental material as well. So for example, perhaps you want to change the notes in an instrumental performance, maybe you have a guitar solo or some sort of instrumental performance that you want to alter. So let's take a look at doing that. For this example I'm going to open our Girl Got Attitude_Abridged_Ex1, and I'm going to change our Algorithm to Melodic detection. Even though this file itself contains polyphonic material, we're just going to work with the first couple of bars and edit the bass synth that opens the song.
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  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

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Melodyne Advanced Techniques
3h 17m Intermediate Sep 14, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Preparing for a standalone Melodyne workflow
  • Setting up a session
  • Using a live editing approach for vocal correction
  • Batch correcting vocals
  • Correcting the pitch and rhythm of vocals
  • Creating new background parts
  • Adding special effects
  • Revising an edit in Melodyne Studio
  • Changing the tempo of your audio
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Music Production Audio Plug-Ins Mastering
Software:
Melodyne
Author:
Skye Lewin

Using Melodyne with instruments

Melodyne is not only useful for vocals, you can also get great result with instrumental material as well. So for example, perhaps you want to change the notes in an instrumental performance, maybe you have a guitar solo or some sort of instrumental performance that you want to alter. So let's take a look at doing that. For this example I'm going to open our Girl Got Attitude_Abridged_Ex1, and I'm going to change our Algorithm to Melodic detection. Even though this file itself contains polyphonic material, we're just going to work with the first couple of bars and edit the bass synth that opens the song.

So let's take a quick listen to that. (music playing) So let's pretend that that little instrumental riff is what we are going to be editing. You can simply edit it just like you would a vocal. You can choose to change the notes. (music playing) You can separate notes if you want to. You can change the volume on notes. You can basically do everything you would have done before... (music playing) ...with an instrumental. (music playing) So I have adjustments some changes that I'm not actually going to keep. I'm just doing them as an example so we can hear what we can do.

(music playing) So you can imagine how useful this could be if you wanted to edit perhaps a couple of notes in a bass performance, maybe just a single note was performed wrong and the rest of the take is great, or maybe you have a guitar solo or a single top-line piano part, and you're just trying to fix a little thing or change a little thing, Melodyne can help you do that, and it's especially useful if you aren't able to get the musician back into rerecord it or perhaps you don't have time to do that. We can also use DNA like we looked at in a previous video in this course to actually edit instrumental tracks.

So for example, if you recorded a guitar and perhaps one chord was performed minor instead of major, you can use the DNA technology in Melodyne editor so that you can use that chord by just editing it to make it what you want it to be. If you want to see a quick example of that, check out the Melodyne Studio Essential Training course right here on lynda.com.

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