Melodyne Studio Essential Training
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Melodyne Studio Essential Training

with Skye Lewin

Video: Using the Note Separation tool and Segment Separation Tool

With the Split Notes tool, you can separate a note blob or segment into smaller segments. Let's select the tool using one of the methods we've already seen, and let's take a look at how it works. Basically, you can double-click at any point in a blob or segment, and it will separate that blob into smaller segments. Now, there are many uses for this. First of all, it's very useful for separating breaths and sibilance and plosives. For example, if you're tuning, and you want to change the pitch of this note, perhaps you don't want to change the pitch of the breath following it, which can sound phasey if you change it too much.
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  1. 6m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Introduction to Melodyne variants
      1m 37s
    3. Installing and authorizing Melodyne
      2m 13s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
  2. 8m 4s
    1. Choosing the best workflow for a project
      2m 31s
    2. Creating a new session and exploring essential preferences
      3m 5s
    3. Creating, moving, and deleting tracks
      2m 28s
  3. 35m 55s
    1. Importing audio for the stand-alone workflow
      1m 51s
    2. Identifying elements in the session folder
      1m 38s
    3. Exploring the Arrangement and Editor windows
      6m 33s
    4. Exploring the Mixer window
      2m 47s
    5. Exploring the Transport window
      2m 44s
    6. Changing pitches and formants with realtime play offsets
      3m 37s
    7. Managing audio files
      2m 16s
    8. Exploring Melodyne's menus
      2m 54s
    9. Exploring view options
      2m 58s
    10. Using markers
      3m 3s
    11. Scrolling and zooming
      1m 31s
    12. Setting the tone scale, meter, and tempo
      1m 32s
    13. Setting the loop/session boundary locators
      1m 14s
    14. Working with multiple tracks
      1m 17s
  4. 1h 18m
    1. Setting up a new session and importing audio
      4m 4s
    2. A look at note blobs
      1m 29s
    3. An overview of Melodyne's tools
      45s
    4. Using the Pitch tool and subtools
      5m 56s
    5. Using the Edit Formant tool
      2m 53s
    6. Using the Amplitude tool
      51s
    7. Using the Move Notes tool and Edit Time Handle tool
      5m 6s
    8. Using the Note Separation tool and Segment Separation Tool
      3m 52s
    9. Using the Main tool
      1m 37s
    10. Exploring additional tools in the MDD Editor
      4m 31s
    11. Correcting pitch and time automatically
      4m 15s
    12. Copying and pasting
      1m 25s
    13. Editing pitch
      12m 4s
    14. Editing time
      4m 20s
    15. Editing an example exercise, part one
      14m 31s
    16. Editing an example exercise, part two
      10m 52s
  5. 14m 41s
    1. Exploring hardware setup, file types, and the Appearance page
      1m 50s
    2. Specifiying the defaults for new projects using New Arrangements
      36s
    3. Exploring the Plug-ins page
      49s
    4. Setting MIDI preferences
      1m 51s
    5. Using the Detection settings
      1m 15s
    6. Building custom shortcuts
      6m 6s
    7. Looking at preferences in the Other page
      2m 14s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Setting up a MIDI input source
      1m 12s
    2. Using a MIDI keyboard to play and edit notes
      7m 8s
    3. Exploring the MIDI Out options
      2m 50s
  7. 6m 25s
    1. Using the mixer
      4m 44s
    2. Using plug-ins and auxes
      1m 9s
    3. Using a MIDI controller
      32s
  8. 22m 3s
    1. Transitioning to Melodyne Editor (aka singletrack)
      1m 33s
    2. Exploring how to use Direct Note Access (DNA)
      7m 39s
    3. Setting up Melodyne Bridge
      3m 55s
    4. Setting up ReWire
      4m 41s
    5. Using the Melodyne plug-in
      2m 6s
    6. Synchronizing
      2m 9s
  9. 6m 35s
    1. Exporting audio when finished
      2m 39s
    2. Exporting with Spot to Pro Tools
      1m 53s
    3. Printing final audio into your DAW
      2m 3s
  10. 36s
    1. Exploring additional resources
      36s

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3h 10m Beginner May 14, 2012

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In this course, author Skye Lewin explores how to harness the power of the leading pitch correction software, Melodyne. The course begins with the installation and setup process, and includes recommendations on choosing the best workflow and preference settings for your project. The lessons also demonstrate how to get audio into Melodyne, whether importing existing files or recording new tracks; how to arrange a new session; and how to edit the audio and export the corrected tracks.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the Melodyne variants: Editor, Assistant, Essential, and Studio
  • Creating, moving, and deleting tracks
  • Setting the tone scale, meter, and tempo in a session
  • Working with multiple tracks (in Melodyne Studio)
  • Working with Direct Note Access to edit polyphonic audio (in Melodyne Editor)
  • Using the various editing tools in Melodyne
  • Correcting pitch and time automatically
  • Adjusting pitch and time manually with the Melodyne tools
  • Setting hardware, plug-in, and MIDI preferences
  • Editing audio with MIDI
  • The Mixer in Melodyne
  • Using Melodyne plug-in, Melodyne Bridge and ReWire
  • Exporting with Spot to Pro Tools
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Melodyne
Author:
Skye Lewin

Using the Note Separation tool and Segment Separation Tool

With the Split Notes tool, you can separate a note blob or segment into smaller segments. Let's select the tool using one of the methods we've already seen, and let's take a look at how it works. Basically, you can double-click at any point in a blob or segment, and it will separate that blob into smaller segments. Now, there are many uses for this. First of all, it's very useful for separating breaths and sibilance and plosives. For example, if you're tuning, and you want to change the pitch of this note, perhaps you don't want to change the pitch of the breath following it, which can sound phasey if you change it too much.

So what we would do is separate the breath so that when we change the pitch of the note, the breath can stay at its natural pitch and sound as natural as possible. Likewise, we can do the same thing with sibilances which are esses, or plosives which are Ps and Ks or sounds that pop into the mic. So we can separate them to allow us to either reduce them in volume using our Amplitude tool or to perhaps shorten them using our Move Notes tool. Probably the most common use of the Split Notes tool is to separate note blobs into smaller segments that Melodyne didn't automatically detect as being different notes.

So, we can take a look at this in this example. First, I'm going to zoom in a little bit. We can use Command+Option-click and drag with the mouse or Ctrl+Alt on Windows. We can also use a couple of key commands built into Melodyne. On the numeric keypad, you can zoom in with the 9 key, zoom out with the 7 key, zoom in vertically with the 3 key and zoom out vertically with the 1 key. And again, we can set custom shortcuts for this which we'll look at later. So I'm going to zoom in a little bit so we can see the changes within these notes a little better, and I'm going to use my Split Notes tool to separate a few different pitches that probably should have been separated already.

So here, we can see that this note has a pretty big pitch bend which may actually be a little bit of a pickup note or a grace note. So we're going to separate the first part of that note. Let me get that a little closer which I can do by undoing and re-separating, or I can also click and slide with the Split Notes tool to move the point where the separation occurs. I can see here is another spot where there might be a separate note, move a little more on to the right, and just look for more spots like this throughout the arrangement, or I might want to split the performance into separate notes, separate breaths, that type of thing. Here is another breath, for example.

Using this tool, a lot of times the best way to work is to go through and separate everything out before you even attempt to start tuning. And again, we'll get into this a little bit more later, because we're going to do some real-world examples of editing this vocal. You can also use a Split Notes tool to make separations that might help you smooth the pitch transition from one note to another within a performance that might otherwise sound jumpy. For example, if we had a spot where we needed to make that transition more natural, we could split the note and use one of our other tools, perhaps our Edit Pitch tool... (music playing) ...to close the gap of the notes which can oftentimes make a jumpy note change more smooth.

We'll take a better look at this when we do more in-depth editing example in a later video. Now let's select the Segment Separation tool. This is a sub-tool of the Split Notes tool. Using this tool, what we can do is separate individual note blobs into separate segments, essentially making separate regions out of them. And this can be useful if you want to move an entire section earlier or later. Using the Segment Separation tool, we can separate by double-clicking on an existing note separation or we can also do this by finding an existing segment separation line and moving it.

So as you can see, cutting region blobs into smaller segments or separating segments gives you yet more control over your ability to alter your audio.

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