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Using the Pitch tool and subtools

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Video: Using the Pitch tool and subtools

The Pitch tool is our main tool for editing the center of the pitch. So let's open our Editor window-- I'm going to use the key command, Shift+Command+E or Shift+Ctrl+E on Windows, and from our dropdown menu on the top-right let's choose our Lead Vocal. I'm going to scroll over a little bit to the right until I can see some of the material on the vocal track, and I'm going to select my Pitch tool by either clicking the Pitch tool in the toolbar on the top-left corner of the Editor window, or by right-clicking and selecting the Pitch tool from the pop-up window. With the Pitch tool, we can simply move a note up or down to the nearest half-step by simply clicking the note and dragging it up.

Using the Pitch tool and subtools

The Pitch tool is our main tool for editing the center of the pitch. So let's open our Editor window-- I'm going to use the key command, Shift+Command+E or Shift+Ctrl+E on Windows, and from our dropdown menu on the top-right let's choose our Lead Vocal. I'm going to scroll over a little bit to the right until I can see some of the material on the vocal track, and I'm going to select my Pitch tool by either clicking the Pitch tool in the toolbar on the top-left corner of the Editor window, or by right-clicking and selecting the Pitch tool from the pop-up window. With the Pitch tool, we can simply move a note up or down to the nearest half-step by simply clicking the note and dragging it up.

(music playing) Or by clicking it and dragging it down. (music playing) If we want to move the pitch up or down by sense rather than semitones, we can click and hold the Option key, and then move the note up or down. (music playing) This allows us a lot more fine-tuning control over the pitch. So I'm going to undo this so that our pitch is back to its original center, and then double-clicking with the Pitch tool will allow me to snap the pitch to the closest center, essentially quantizing it to the nearest pitch. Now let's select the Pitch Modulation tool either through the pop-up menu or the palette on the top-left corner of the Editor window.

Using this tool, we can click and drag up or down to flatten or exaggerate the curve of the pitch. So let's quickly listen to this note before we edit it at all, so we can hear what it sounds like. (music playing) You can hear there's a little bit of a downward scoop and then an upward scoop at the end. So perhaps we want to flatten this out to make it closer to a single pitch without the pitch bending. We can click and drag downward to flatten that pitch out, which makes that less of a noticeable pitch bend. But if we wanted the opposite, perhaps we wanted it a more exaggerated pitch bend, we could click and drag upward-- (music playing) which exaggerates the pitch bend.

So I am going to undo this, and I'm going to scroll over to the right until I can find the longer note that better will demonstrate the use of this tool, and here's a note that might work pretty well. So let's select this note and take a listen. (music playing) It already sounds fairly flat, but using this tool, we can flatten it out and make it sound very flat. (music playing) In other words, making the pitch closer to center at all times, or we can exaggerate it even further by bringing the pitch drift farther from center, which will make it sound essentially more like there's a vibrato or making the pitch change more from the center.

(music playing) And so by exaggerating like that, we can hear the pitch changing up or down, above and below where the center of the pitch should be. I'm going to undo this to set it back to its original pitch. Another use of the Pitch Modulation tool is essentially the Auto-Tune effect. We can select a single note or multiple notes in a batch by clicking and dragging, and then double-click with our Pitch Modulation tool, and this will set all the pitch modulations as close to flat as possible which will essentially give us an Auto-Tune-like effect.

(music playing) I'm going to undo this and set us back to our original pitch and now switch to the Pitch Drift tool. Using the Pitch Drift tool we can edit the drift of a pitch from the start to the end of a note without altering the modulation. So if we like the vibrato on a note, for example, we can keep the vibrato, but if perhaps the vibrato starts a little sharp and ends a little flat, we can keep the vibrato but make it start not so sharp and end not so flat.

So in other words, using this tool will tilt the pitch curve in either direction, allowing you to flatten out or exaggerate the curve of the pitch. So let's take a look at this note. Here's before we edited it. (music playing) It starts a little sharp and dips a little flat. If we wanted to flatten the drift using the Pitch Drift tool, we can click anywhere in the region as long as we don't switch to another tool inadvertently, and click and drag down to flatten out the drift so that the beginning of the note is closer to the center pitch, and the end of the note is closer to the center pitch. (music playing) Or we can click and drag up to exaggerate the natural curve in the other direction which will make it start even sharper than it already started and end even flatter than it already ended.

(music playing) So I'm going to undo this until we're back to where we started. And the next tool, we can access it from any of the Pitch tools. So for now let's go back to our initial Pitch tool, and this is the Pitch Transitions tool, and what the Pitch Transitions tool allows us to do is edit the transition between two notes. So let's take a look here, for example. I'm going to slide a little bit to the left so we can center this and have a listen. (music playing) So there's a bit of a slide between these two notes. So if, for example, we wanted to make the transition between the two notes a little bit more drastic, you can move your cursor until you see the Pitch Transition tool and then click and drag downwards to exaggerate a sharper curve which will sound like this.

(music playing) Almost like an Auto-Tune effect. Let's undo that or clicking and dragging upward, making it slower, more exaggerated transition between the two pitches. (music playing) I'm going to undo this and then show you a couple of ways to reset all of these elements. So, for example, if we had tuned a note, we had edited the modulation, and if we had edited the drift of a pitch, perhaps we wanted to reset all of that. We can quickly do so by selecting the notes that we want to reset and choosing the Edit menu > Edit Pitch.

We can reset the Pitch Center, Pitch Modulation, and the Pitch Drift to the original. Also, we can go down to the next option and choose Reset All Pitch Related Changes to Original, which will reset us right back to where we started, before we made any changes. So with this nondestructive editing technology, we're able to try many things to get it where we want it; and unlike undo, which linearly undoes one step at a time, using the Reset can allow you to go back to the start at any point without affecting any other steps you've taken in between.

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  1. 6m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Introduction to Melodyne variants
      1m 37s
    3. Installing and authorizing Melodyne
      2m 13s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
  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 54s
    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 32s
    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
      50s
    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 51s
  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 1s
    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 54s
    4. Setting up ReWire
      4m 41s
    5. Using the Melodyne plug-in
      2m 5s
    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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