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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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