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' Auto-Tune,…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 Studio One.…So here we have a duplicated track of…the same exact vocals on this double track.…Now I've removed any effects and panning,…it's literally just a double, it sounds exactly the same.…
♫ Don't you worry 'bout me ♫…- [Instructor] So when you hear them both together,…it's just a little bit louder than…the original one without the double.…Now we're gonna use Melodyne to take this audio on…the double track, and create a virtual harmony out of it.…I'm gonna go over into my browser pane,…and under Celemony I have the Melodyne plugin.…So I'm gonna go ahead and drag that on to the double track.…Now the Melodyne plugin is a little bit…unique in the way that it works.…First you have to transfer the audio into the plugin,…
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 Studio One.
- Comping takes in Studio One
- 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 Studio One