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Using the mixer

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Video: Using the mixer

As you get into working with larger sessions, you'll find that getting a good mix will become very important. Not only will you need to be able to hear everything in the right place, but you may also need to be able to mute certain tracks that you're not working with, or maybe even create groups to make your mixing process a little bit easier. So let's open the Mixer with Shift+Command+M or Shift+Ctrl+M, and here we can see the 8 tracks that we've previously imported. We already did a brief tour of the Mixer, but let's go over a few things again. So from top to bottom, we have our EQ section. You can choose the different types of EQ, control the different elements of the Gain, the Q and the Frequency. We can insert plug-ins.

Using the mixer

As you get into working with larger sessions, you'll find that getting a good mix will become very important. Not only will you need to be able to hear everything in the right place, but you may also need to be able to mute certain tracks that you're not working with, or maybe even create groups to make your mixing process a little bit easier. So let's open the Mixer with Shift+Command+M or Shift+Ctrl+M, and here we can see the 8 tracks that we've previously imported. We already did a brief tour of the Mixer, but let's go over a few things again. So from top to bottom, we have our EQ section. You can choose the different types of EQ, control the different elements of the Gain, the Q and the Frequency. We can insert plug-ins.

We can use Auxs to send to Reverbs or Delays or external processing, and we can choose our output and input, which in this case is inactive because of our hardware setup. Below the Output, you'll see a little single or double circle, which indicates whether the track is a mono or stereo track, and you can change this on a new track. What this really affects, though, is which type of plug-in you'll be able to insert on that channel in the Mixer. Below that we have our Panning, which only shows up when we have a stereo output selected. We have our Fader Level or our Track Gain, and we have Solo, Mute, and Record.

We can also rename tracks right here in the Mixer. As you can see, we've already dropped the level of our instrumental so that we could hear our vocals in balance with that instrumental without having to change the level of our vocal. And a reminder, the reason that we did that is because when we export audio files, they will reflect the volume level, EQ, and insert effects when exporting individual files. So just be careful when you do make changes to your mix in Melodyne, you may want to remove or reset that before exporting, if you're mixing in another DAW. That said, you can use Melodyne's Mixer to alter your audio by applying these effects so that you don't have to use an external DAW.

With the Mixer, we can also configure a few more advanced options. Under the Configure menu you can choose to Hide EQs if you're not using them. You can also choose to Hide Inserts if you're not using plug-ins, and to Hide Aux Sends, if you're not going to be using those. Here you can also create a Group Track, and the way you use Group Tracks in Melodyne is by first creating the Group Track and then assigning the proper output on all of the tracks that you want to go through that group. For example, if we wanted all of our Background Vocals to go through Group1-- which in this case let's name BG Vocals-- we would assign the output of all of our Background Vocal tracks to BG Vox or BG Vocals, and now what we can do is affect what we hear on all of the backgrounds through the Mixer by simply changing one Fader level or Muting one channel, and this is really handy because it allows you to get the balance you want between multiple tracks if you are going to use the Mixer for that and then make overall adjustments with just one channel.

So let's really quickly listen to something so we can hear it through the Mixer. So I'm going to switch back to my Arrangement window, I am going to locate our background section here, and again we haven't tuned any of this yet, but let's have a listen. (music playing) So you can hear... (music playing) ...that using my Group fader or Mute... (music playing) ...I can affect the mix of all of the background vocals that are going through that background vocal group.

Likewise, if we wanted to insert a Reverb or an Aux Send, we just select the Aux and choose our effect. We can use the built-in Reverb that comes with Melodyne if we want, and our first Aux is automatically added. Now you'll notice that below that a second Aux pops up. So if you wanted to add another Aux you can. You'll also notice that a second Aux is also added on the Mixer. So let's say we wanted to add some Reverb to our Lead Vocal, we can just select our Aux, set a level, and we can do the same for our Background Vocal group if we want as well, and un- checking the button next to the Aux is essentially muting the Aux.

So we can listen to this with a little reverb if we want. (music playing) So if we uncheck this box, we won't hear the reverb anymore. (music playing) We can also add an instrument track if we want to use Melodyne's melody to control an instrument, and we can do that here from the Configure menu by choosing Instrument Tracks and Add Instrument Track, and then from the Plug-in window we would choose the instrument that we want to assign.

For additional information about the master section options in the Mixer, you can refer back to the video in Chapter 2 called Exploring the Mixer window.

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Melodyne Studio Essential Training

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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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