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Pitch correction has become a part of daily recording, and with Studio One's Integration of Melodyne, this task is extremely easy. But before I initiate an instance of Melodyne, let's listen to the lead vocal, unaffected and dry, sitting in the arrangement so far. I will Copy and Paste the bass over, so that bass is present in all 16 bars of the phrase. I'll set my loop markers. I'll start at measure 4, because there's a pickup on the vocal. Now, I don't know how the blend is going to sound, because I'm just going to drop this dry vocal on top of what I have going on so far in this track.
And I will unmute the CP70, so that I have some sort of keyboard sound, giving me my chord changes, so that I have the ability to hear how off and how on the vocal is. (MUSIC) Now, we'll move the play head up a little bit closer. (MUSIC) So, there's some spots where the vocal goes a little bit flat.
All I have to do to initiate an instance of Melodyne, is highlight the region and hit Cmd+M. If you're working on Windows, use the key command Ctrl+M, and an instance of Melodyne opens up. I will hit Cmd+A, which will highlight all of the Melodyne data. I'll choose Correct Pitch. And I will not snap to D minor, because our song is actually in A minor. I'll leave that box unchecked. Move Correct Pitch Center over to about 90. These are my own personal preferences when setting Melodyne.
And I'll move Correct Pitch Drift over to about 80. Click OK. And now, let's take a listen and hear what Melodyne has done to the lead vocal. We're going to play head up to measure 4. (MUSIC) I heard two instances where Melodyne actually pulled the note sharp.
So, let's Zoom In a little bit, so that we have a better waveform display of our notes. Right over here, and I'll solo this out, so that we're able to hear this a little bit better. (MUSIC) Now, the note (NOISE) D flat is not in the key of A minor, so I will pull this down (NOISE) and move it back (MUSIC). And over here at the end, (MUSIC) that note (NOISE) E flat is out of our scale (NOISE) pull it down to D. (MUSIC) Let's go back and listen to the vocal in context.
(MUSIC) That definitely makes a difference, and the two notes that were sharp are now sitting where they need to sit. The key of A minor.
For a more in depth look at Melodyne, please reference Skye Lewin's Melodyne Essential Training and Melodyne Advanced Techniques Courses from the lynda.com online training library. You can see how seamless the integration of Melodyne is into the Studio One environment, allowing me to take full advantage of Melodyne's powerful pitch correction algorithms.
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