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HOW TO: 10 Methods of Melodyne Madness

November 30, 2015

Melodyne is known for its natural-sounding pitch correction, but it can do a whole lot more. These ten tips can be done with the Editor version, and when indicated, also with Melodyne Essential (a basic version that’s bundled with some versions of Cakewalk Sonar and PreSonus Studio One Pro, but also available for sale separately). The principle behind all these tips is that Melodyne can manipulate both pitch and time—but no law says you need to apply these solely to vocals.


Fig. 1. Melodyne can do convincing ADT effects by introducing slight timing and pitch variations.
Melodyne can do very convincing ADT effects. Before applying any pitch correction to a vocal, copy it. If you plan to do pitch correction, apply correction only to the original vocal. Then, open the copied vocal in Melodyne, and play with the Correct Pitch Center slider and Quantize Time Intensity sliders. Start at around 50 to 60 percent, and adjust for the most convincing ADT effect (Figure 1). The slight pitch and timing changes really sound like two vocals. When mixing ADT vocals, centering the two vocals creates more of a chorusing effect, while spreading them about 30 percent right and left opens up a more spacious soundstage.

You can take this further with the Editor version: Make a few subtle formant changes, and/or choose Edit > Add Random Deviation for additional pitch and timing change options.

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