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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.
In this video we'll look at how Melodyne can use an audio track to trigger an instrument channel. The first thing we need to do is enable an instrument in Melodyne. So let's go to our Preferences and our Plug Ins. If you want to use your custom effects, you just have to enable them here. You can enable any audio units or VST Effects that you have installed. For now I'm just going to use the Podolski that comes with Melodyne. The next step is to go to our mixer, Shift+Command+M or Shift+Ctrl+M. I'm going to Add Instrument Track from the Configure menu and choose the Instrument that I want to enable on that track.
So I'm going to go and choose a sound that we'll use for this. I can close that instrument track. I'm going to go to my Editor window, Shift+Command+E. I'm going to select my Lead 1a_COMP and center the view on some of the audio that we will use right here at bar 9. Under the View menu I can choose to Show Audio-to- MIDI Parameters or use the key command, Command+Option+M or Ctrl+Alt+M, and we have some control over the parameters that we're going to use. So we can use our audio as a Realtime Midi Send, and we can send it to any external synth that we have connected, or in this case the internal instrument 1 track that we created in the mixer right in Melodyne.
So now what we're doing is we're sending the MIDI output that's created by this audio track directly to that channel in the mixer, and I'm going to go back to the Mixer and mute our Lead 1a track so that we can hear just the instrument without hearing the vocals as well. Let's take a listen. (music playing) Using these Audio-to-MIDI settings, you have a little bit of control over how the audio is actually converted to MIDI. This feature in Melodyne gives vocalist a unique way to record and perform instruments.
So for example, if you're really comfortable singing, but you are not very comfortable performing on a MIDI keyboard, you can record yourself singing the line that you want to use for the MIDI synth and then use Melodyne to convert it into MIDI so that you can actually record that synth sound instead of your voice. In addition to exporting MIDI like we did in the previous video, triggering an instrument track using your audio is another really great use of Melodyne.
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