Celemony Melodyne Studio 5
Polyphonic Pitch and Time Shifting with Melodic/ Percussive Pitched Algorithms, Fade & Sibilant Tools – Mac/PC Standalone, AAX Native, AU, VST 3
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Melodyne 5 studio is the complete Melodyne, with all Melodyne’s unique functions and possibilities. For professional vocal editing, choirs, instruments of all kinds, and samples. And with a multi-track workflow unsurpassed in terms of ease-of-use and musicality.
Note-based audio editing
Melodyne grants you unrivaled access to all the musical details in your recordings and samples – note by note. This is made possible by a sophisticated analysis that delves deeply into your recordings and samples, and recognizes and understands the musical relationships within them: the individual notes and their characteristics, the scales, keys and chords, the timing, the tempo, the tone color. And with Melodyne you can edit all these things intuitively. With vocals, but every type of instrument as well – including polyphonic ones, such as the piano and guitar.
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Professional vocal editing
Melodyne brings out the best in your vocal recordings. With note-based editing, you can make corrections, improvements and changes exactly where you want to. Using intelligent correction functions and musical tools that are highly efficient and practical. In consequence, you can bring vocal tracks as close to perfection as you care to, and yet – thanks to Melodyne technologies – they sound as natural as if they had never been edited at all. And if you wish, you can rearrange the vocals, change the melody and even generate additional voices or vocal harmonies.
For all instruments
Melodyne isn’t only for vocals. Every conceivable type of recording or sample can benefit from its unique editing and processing possibilities. From double bass to piccolo, from banjo to grand piano, from a drum loop to ambient drones. Take a lick from your library and adjust it to your song. In tempo, rhythm, harmonic content and tone color. Remove notes from chords or add new ones. Combine tracks from different songs to create a new one. Breathe new life into samples and old recordings. With Melodyne, you can.
Musicality as the highest goal
Despite its high-tech algorithms, Melodyne never feels “technical”. Because all Melodyne technologies are aimed at offering you audio editing that is natural and musical – in the way you work and the sound. Our aim is to enable you to bring as much nuance and sensitivity to your editing with Melodyne as the musician did to the original performance.
This can be seen in the precise analysis of the musical content of your recordings and the multitude of high-resolution parameters to which you are afforded access. It can be felt in the intuitiveness of the note “blobs” you can manipulate and modify at will. It can be heard in the sophisticated play algorithms to which Melodyne owes its celebrated sound quality. And it lies in the many details that make working with Melodyne singularly satisfying and the results of unrivaled excellence.
In the depth lies the power
Correcting intonation is just the beginning. When Melodyne analyzes your recordings, it doesn’t just track the changing pitch of the signal. Identifying the individual notes in polyphonic recordings is a far more complex process. And that isn’t all. For Melodyne also separates the notes from one another in the right places, observes how they change over time, and locates sibilants. It identifies tempos and maps tempo progressions with great accuracy. It relates the pitches of the notes to one another to identify scales, keys and chords. In short: Melodyne takes a very thorough look at your recordings. And the depth and subtlety of its analysis, together with the algorithms, put editing functions of corresponding depth and subtlety at your fingertips.
A few examples: Three different tools are provided for the editing of pitch, so the vibrato does not suffer when the overall pitch of a note is changed. Melodyne distinguishes between the pitched and noise-like components of notes, allowing you to edit them separately. And the correction macros work intelligently, reining in “outliers”, while preserving subtle human fluctuations in pitch, volume or tempo. You will find editing functions of similar subtlety and sophistication in all areas of Melodyne.
Melodyne operates as a plug-in in your DAW. Or stand-alone. The most convenient way to integrate Melodyne into your DAW is via the ARA interface, which is supported by most DAW manufacturers. With ARA, you can open and edit tracks directly in Melodyne. In the absence of ARA, the desired passage must first be transferred to the Melodyne plug-in via one of the normal VST3, AU or AAX interfaces. This takes a little time, though it is well worth the wait.
In either case, the Multitrack Note Editing of the edition Melodyne studio offers you a truly exceptional working experience: You see the notes of as many tracks as you want in a single Melodyne window and can select and edit the notes of multiple tracks simultaneously. With all Melodyne has to offer. Working with audio couldn’t be more intuitive, musical or efficient.
New in Melodyne 5
New technologies, for better results in less time. Thanks to the fundamentally improved “Melodic” algorithm, Melodyne makes your vocal editing even better than before. With perfect, natural corrections at the press of a key. Thanks to the Chord Track, you can adapt notes with lightning speed to suit the song – chord recognition included. And with the unique Fade Tool, you can create note-based fades – even in polyphonic recordings and samples.
All this is new:
- the ability to edit pitched and noise-like components separately with the “Melodic” algorithm
- a more musical analysis of pitch deviations
- the Chord Track and Chord Grid for pitch editing, chord recognition
- the Fade Tool and Leveling Macro for editing dynamics
- an additional algorithm (“Percussive Pitched”) plus other algorithm improvements
- search functions for keyboard shortcuts, saving of shortcut sets
Vocals, now even better
Melodyne heightens its core competence. The “Melodic” algorithm used for vocals can now distinguish the unpitched, noise-like components of a note – i.e. voiceless consonants (such as sibilants like “s”) and breath sounds – from its pitched components. Even when they coincide. And although all pitch and timing changes are implemented in the tried-and-tested manner as far as the pitched components are concerned, different rules that emulate accurately the natural behavior of the human voice govern the handling of sibilants. So now when you are working with Melodyne, you obtain the highest possible sound quality and most natural-sounding results automatically.
Pros will be relieved to discover it’s no longer necessary to isolate each individual sibilant by hand. That saves a lot of time and makes for a more meaningful display in the Note Editor. At the same time, the results sound far better, as automation works more precisely and overlaps between sibilants and pitched components are taken into account.
Sibilant detection not only yields acoustic advantages but also new creative possibilities: With the Sibilant Tool, you can adjust the balance between the sibilants and the pitched components of a note. Sibilants can be attenuated, muted altogether, emphasized or even isolated – everything is possible. So, into the bargain, you get a perfect de-esser that only affects the problem areas and has no side-effects on other components of the vocal sound.
Modeled on human hearing
Why do some notes sound out of tune and not others? Fluctuations in pitch contribute to the quality of a vocal performance, because it is through them that passion and emotional complexity find expression. They give it, in other words, its human dimension. But for their contribution to be a positive one, the nature, scope and precise timing of such fluctuations is of crucial importance.
A note doesn’t necessarily sound sharp or flat just because it isn’t “spot on” mathematically. Just particular, often very brief segments of the note annoy us. Sometimes at the beginning, sometimes at the end, sometimes somewhere in between. It is these crucial segments that have to be perfectly in tune; if they are, the note will sound right to us. The presence of any fluctuations before or after to such segments doesn’t trouble us – to the contrary, we feel they add life to the performance and sound natural.
Melodyne now identifies these problem areas precisely, and the offset shown in the Note Inspector is calculated from the pitch of each note at the crucial moment only – not its entire lifetime. As a result, double-clicking (to set a note’s offset to zero) now yields precisely the right musical result. Also the macro profits from this new, even more musical approach: Each individual note is pitched to perfection. Yet everything still sounds natural and alive.
The Chord Track and Chord Grid
Work better with chords, adapt notes quickly. Melodyne 5 offers you a chord track that is linked to the Pitch Grid in the Note Editor. This makes working with chords far more enjoyable and harmonies more transparent. Because you can see at any time which pitches are compatible with the current chord and can adapt the notes accordingly with lightning speed. This is helpful when you’re altering chords, and if you want to match any sample harmonically to your music, it works like a dream.
Autopilot for chords. Melodyne’s chord recognition technology is so advanced, it can consider tracks apart or together – even the entire mix – and identify the chords formed when their notes are combined. It analyses your recordings fast and reliably and fills in the Chord Track automatically. This makes working with chords even easier.
Note-based fades. The Fade Tool gives you highly effective control over the dynamics of your recording. For each note individually. Even within a chord. This is unique and offers totally new creative possibilities for dynamic editing. And since in Melodyne the fades belong to the notes, they are automatically preserved when the notes are moved or copied.
Controlling the dynamic range. The Leveling Macro makes loud notes quieter and quiet ones louder, it adjusts volume disparities. Even – thanks to Melodyne technology – in polyphonic recordings. So if one or more notes in a chord are too quiet and being drowned out by the rest, you can raise them effortlessly to the desired level.
Further algorithm improvements
“Percussive Pitched”. This new algorithm was developed especially for instruments like tabla, berimbau or 808-kick, the notes of which – though percussive in character – still have a recognizable pitch.
“Robust Pitch Curve”. With this new option, you can obtain better sound quality when editing certain signals, such as those with a great deal of reverberation. When it is activated, the monophonic algorithms employ a pitch curve that has been slightly smoothed out.
“Complex”. This algorithm playback type has been improved and can now be used just as flexibly as the playback type “Tonal” concerning the formants.
Better keyboard shortcuts. New search function for keyboard shortcuts, the saving of personalized shortcut sets has been improved.
No more “.mdd” files. Melodyne’s detection data, which was previously saved to separate “.mdd” files, is now stored in the audio files themselves, making file directories clearer and the sharing of projects easier.