Producer Scott Hirsch shows a special use of Celemony Melodyne to turn a doubled vocal into a harmony part against the lead vocal for demo or production purposes.
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- [Instructor] Like pitch correction or auto-tune,…Melodyne is another powerful tool when it comes…to processing the pitch for vocals.…Although it can be used effectively as a tuning software…here we'll explore a unique feature of Melodyne,…where you can actually create harmony parts…using the tool in Logic Pro Ten.…So I've made a duplicate track,…and I've actually copied and pasted this section…of vocals into that duplicate track.…Right now it's exactly the same thing,…but we're gonna go on this track, and insert Melodyne.…
I've actually already inserted the plug-in here,…and we'll use Melodyne to change the pitch…and make a harmony part out of this section.…So if you don't know where Melodyne is,…it's in audio unit since it's a third party plug-in…under Celemony Melodyne and I've inserted it…into this double track.…Now when you open the plug-in, you see this.…Melodyne is unique as a plug-in in that you actually…have to transfer the audio into the plug-in…to then work on the pitch of the individual note.…
So I'm gonna click on transfer and make sure the play head…
Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Logic Pro.
- Comping takes in Logic Pro
- Editing breaths and noise
- Doubling and tuning vocals
- Experimenting with iZotope's Stutter Edit
- Processing vocals with EQ and compression
- De-essing vocals
- Using reverb, delay, and modulation effects
- Automating levels and FX in Logic Pro