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Melodyne Advanced Techniques

Using Melodyne to trigger an instrument


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Melodyne Advanced Techniques

with Skye Lewin

Video: Using Melodyne to trigger an instrument

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.
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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 to trigger an instrument

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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