Melodyne 4 from Celemony has been around a little while now and in this overview article we are going to share with what you need to know about Melodyne 4 within a Pro Tools environment.
Review Of Melodyne 4
Dan Cooper who has been using Melodyne for many years and is a power user so we asked him to put it through its paces and give us a great review...
Pro Tools Compatibility
Celemony have tested the latest versions of Melodyne editor, assistant and essential with the following configurations:
Pro Tools 12.0.1 under Windows 7, 8.1 and OS X 10.10.4
Pro Tools 11.3.1 under Windows 7, 8.1, OS X 10.9.5 and 10.10.1
Pro Tools 10.3.7 under Windows 7, OS X 10.7.5 and 10.8.5
Melodyne 4 Pricing
Melodyne 4 Studio €699
Melodyne 4 Editor €399
Melodyne 4 Assistant €249
Melodyne 4 Essentials €99
Log into your Celemony account to get upgrade pricing, in most cases this will give you an upgrade from earlier versions of Editor for €99
Upgrade from Melodyne assistant (all versions) to Melodyne 4 studio €449
Upgrade from Melodyne essential (all versions) to Melodyne 4 studio €599
Upgrade from Melodyne studio (Version 1 or 2) or Melodyne cre8 (all versions) to Melodyne 4 studio €149
Switch to Melodyne Editor
Upgrade from Melodyne assistant (all versions) to Melodyne 4 editor €149
Upgrade from Melodyne essential (all versions) to Melodyne 4 editor €299
Upgrade from Melodyne uno or Melodyne plugin to Melodyne 4 editor €149
New in Melodyne 4: The Sound Editor
The new “Sound Editor” in Melodyne 4 studio, thanks to “Polyphonic Spectral Shaping,” offers hitherto unknown possibilities for sound design. You have direct access to the overtones in your recordings and can influence the sound in a unique way – perfect for subtle coloration and unusual filter effects as well as hybrid or way-out, experimental sounds.
New in Melodyne 4: Multitrack Note Editing
With the new “Multitrack Note Editing” in Melodyne 4 studio, you can see, select and edit the notes of as many tracks as you like simultaneously. This allows you to modify melodies and harmonies with the same ease whether the notes are on the same or different tracks, and also to synchronize notes on different tracks with swift precision.
New in Melodyne 4: Tempo Shaping
With its new tempo detection algorithms, Melodyne 4 can determine accurately at each instant the prevailing tempo of the music, even when no click was used when it was recorded. With the Tempo Editor, you can rein in the acceleration without ironing out the smaller, desired fluctuations that give the performance life. And naturally you can synchronize rigid loops and even other live recordings perfectly to all such fluctuations.
The Melodyne ARA Pro Tools Track Hack - Import Faster Than Real-Time
In this video, Dan Cooper from Pro Tools Expert shows you a very clever workaround to Melodyne ARA in Pro Tools. Studio One users know this feature well, now it's time for Pro Tools users to benefit from a faster Melodyne / Pro Tools workflow.
Watch to learn how to import (transfer) audio into Melodyne faster than real-time transfer using Pro Tools 12.
Users must have Melodyne 4.1 and Pro Tools 12.3 or above for this hack to work.
Thanks go to Pro Tools Expert Community member Dave Zimmerman for sharing his new-found Melodyne Hack.
Melodyne 4 Versions Compared
|Algorithms||Polyphonic (DNA Direct Note Access) - Piano, guitar, string quartet, etc.||X||X|
|Melodic - Lead vocals, bass guitar, saxophone, etc.||X||X||X||X|
|Percussive - Drums, percussion, drum loops, etc.||X||X||X||X|
|Universal - Complex, polyphonic material without DNA Direct Note Access||X||X||X||X|
|Tools||Main Tool - Pitch center, position, length, note separations||X||X||X||X|
|Pitch - Pitch center, pitch transitions||X||X||X|
|Vibrato - Intensity/direction of vibrato and trills||X||X||X|
|Pitch drift - Intensity/direction of pitch drift||X||X||X|
|Formants - Shift formants, control formant transitions||X||X||X|
|Amplitude - Control the amplitude of notes, amplitude transitions, muting||X||X||X|
|Timing - Control the position, length and quantization of notes||X||X||X|
|Time handles - Vary the pace of developments within a note||X||X||X|
|Attack speed - Control the starting transients and percussiveness of notes||X||X||X|
|Note separation - Insert, delete and move note separations||X||X||X|
|Functions||Multi-tracking and Multitrack Note Editing - See and edit multiple tracks simultaneously||X|
|Sound Editor - Change the timbre by adjusting the balance between partials||X|
|Tempo detection/Tempo Editor - Map and edit tempo changes within a recording||X/-||X/-||X/X||X/X|
|Note Assignment Mode - Correct any note detection errors||X||X||X||X|
|Cut, copy and paste - Rearrange material using clipboard functions||X||X||X||X|
|Macros for pitch and timing - Automatic, intelligent correction and optimization of notes||X||X||X||X|
|Audio-to-MIDI - Save audio notes as MIDI||X||X||X|
|Scale correction - Move or quantize notes in accordance with the selected scale||X||X||X||X|
|Edit scales - Alter scales or create your own||X||X|
|Scale Detective - Extract scales from audio||X||X|
|Quantize to reference track - Carry over the timing of one track to another||X|
|Compatibility||Stand-alone mode - Run Melodyne as an independent application||X||X||X||X|
|Plug-in operation - Run Melodyne as an AU, VST, RTAS, AAX or ARA plug-in in compatible DAWs||X||X||X||X|
|Rewire - Run Melodyne in stand-alone mode as a Rewire client||X||X||X||X|
|32-/64-bit compatibility - Run Melodyne as a native application on 32-/64-bit systems||X||X||X||X|
|Intercompatibility - Open and edit projects created by other editions||X||X||X||X|