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.
- [Instructor] Like Antares Autotune,…Melodyne is another powerful tool when it comes…to processing the pitch for vocals.…Although it can be used very 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 Pro Tools.…First you see we have a duplicated vocal part.…We have the lead vocal simply copied and pasted down…into this vocal double track.…Let me go ahead an Insert the Melodyne plugin…in the vocal double track.…So under Other, we have our Melodyne.…
And this pops up a window where we'll have to transfer…the sound of the vocal in that track into Melodyne.…This is how Melodyne works.…Basically you play the sound into Melodyne,…it records the sound and the notes into Melodyne,…and then you can alter them there.…So I'm gonna click the Transfer button,…and I'm gonna play through this section.…♫ Don't you worry about me…♫ I'm tougher than you might think…- [Instructor] Okay so we've captured that performance…into Melodyne, and as you can see…
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 Pro Tools.
- Comping takes in Pro Tools
- 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 Pro Tools