NAMM 2016: Biggest Melodyne Update Ever
Big news for anyone who is (or want to be) active in correcting pitch and timing in audio tracks, because today, Celemony presents Melodyne 4. There are four editions, namely: Essential, Assistant, Editor and Studio, the latter of which contains the most spectacular improvements.
Due to the fact that Melodyne had received so many awards, Celemony was hesitant to develop a new version, but the pitch and tempo recognition in all four editions is better than ever. What's more, the interface has been given a make-over as well, for an even more accessible, user-friendly experience. If you decide on the Studio Edition, you'll encounter the new Sound Editor and Multitrack Note Editing. With Sound Editor, you can adjust the volume of individual overtones, which means you have total control over the overall sound of the voice or instrument you're working with. You can do this by making subtle adjustments, or throwing open all the registers to create completely new and unique sounds. For a clear overview of your complete arrangement, and perhaps to combine various vocal, guitar, bass and percussion parts, Melodyne offers Multitrack Note Editing. This allows you to temporarily store a number of tracks together in one window.
It's probably clear by now that the Studio Edition is the version that offers you the largest arsenal of features and functions. If you don't plan on using the Sound Editor or Multitrack Note Editing, but you do want to work with polyphonic material, we recommend Melodyne's Editor Edition. However, if you only plan on editing singular vocal or instrument parts, then the Assistant Edition will suit your needs. Finally, we come to the Essential Edition, which is ideal for users who simply want to fine-tune pitch and timing without the need to delve into the specifics of complex pitch progression, for example. It goes without saying, though, that each version ensures the audio sounds incredibly natural and a user-friendly interface which can run as stand-alone software or as a plugin for a DAW lik Cubase.
What does Melodyne do?
For those of you who are not yet familiar with Melodyne: this software is probably the most advanced and innovative pitch/timing correction software on the market. Founder Peter Neubäcker has been working on its development for about fifteen years with great success. What makes Medloyne different from other software out there is due to Neubäcker's unique, musical algorithms. For starters, it allows for an extremely natural audio sound, while lots of other pitch/correction algorithms tend to make audio sound unnatural when shifted half a tone up or down. What's more, you have the ability to manipulate each individually-recognised tone, whether it's a vocal or an instrument track, which can lead to an extremely authentic-sounding result or an ultimately creative sound experiment. It's up to you!
In 2009, Celemony made a remarkable announcement: it was now possible to edit polyphonic tracks in Melodyne. Peter Neubäcker's unrelenting drive and creativity made the impossible possible. DNA, which stands for Direct Note Access, allows the user to delve into the complexity of an acoustic guitar track, for example. Melodyne is then able to recognise the characteristics of the tones in each chord separately (pitch, progression, length, volume, etc.) and place each one, along with their corresponding notation, in a clear overview. It's the same concept as the single-layer editor, but with polyphonic source material. If you accidentally play a C minor instead of a C major in an audio recording, for example, you don't have to record the entire part again. Simply drag the incorrect note up a notch and you're good to go.
Let us emphasise, Celemony did not develop this software to simply turn poor musicians into good ones. The point is, they are aware that even great musicians can make mistakes now and then. Any musician who has worked in the studio knows the spontaneity and freshness of their playing tends to wear off by the fourth or fifth take. With Melodyne, you don't have to throw away a brilliant take because it contains a mistake or two. Now, you can simply go in and fine-tune those slight pitch or timing imperfections. Corrections are made easily while keeping the characteristics of the original audio source intact and fresh. In the Studio Edition, you can even apply tempo corrections, which is handy for a jam session in which musicians gradually play faster, for example, making it difficult for tempo-sensitive over-dubbing. Melodyne Studio 4 recognises the tempo as well as the tempo progression, and allows the user to make adjustments accordingly.
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