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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.
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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