Date Posted 27/09/2003. by Saeed Amen.
The great advantage of recording MIDI tracks is you can edit the
whole performance. As such MIDI enabled instruments like keyboards
have become very popular. However, with actual audio, eg. WAV files,
you do not really have the flexibility to change the notes easily.
in its second version Melodyne attempts to change this all. The
idea is quite simple, put in a track with a single instrument (eg.
vocal or saxophone part) and it will detect the melody and put it
into musical notation. You can change the length of the notes and
is not too difficult, but there are quite a few copy protection
measures which require you to visit their website, similar to Microsoft's
protection on XP. This prevents it from being installed on more
than one machine.
was quite sceptical until I actually tried it with a WAV file of
my own (not of the specially prepared samples!) After waiting for
a couple of minutes whilst Melodyne reads the WAV file and detects
the melody, you are free to manipulate the track. You can also export
the melody to a MIDI file, making it easy to create backing instruments
for your vocal and working out the key of the vocal. If your computer
can handle it, you can load up many tracks at once, but I prefered
to load up the WAV edit it, and then take it back to my sequencer
most cases Melodyne manages to make the changes sound natural. However,
you must use your common sense and your ear, when making changes.
It is fine to change a note maybe half an octave, but not one or
two, and expect it to sound natural. The same goes for making notes
longer. In any case you can vary the melody of vocals to make them
sound quite interesting.
application is great fun, and creates so many possibilites. At six
hundred pounds though (double the price of a decent sequencer),
it is very much too expensive and explains why I cannot give it
more than 7/10. For a professional remixer though, this piece of
software is a must.