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Melodyne Explained

Updated for version 2.0 and presented by DAW and Plug-In pro Eli Krantzberg, this in-depth collection dedicated to Celemony Melodyne is a 'must have' if you're just getting into the world-standard of pitch and time correction, or just want to deepen your understanding of it. Shot with the latest DNA version!

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Getting Started


DAW Plug-In 8m:47s

See how to transfer audio into the plug-in version of Melodyne Editor from within a host DAW.


Stand Alone 7m:12s

Discover the different ways of bringing audio into the stand-alone version of Melodyne Editor, and the different formats available when saving it for the first time.


Recording in Melodyne 7m:52s

Learn how to record audio directly into the stand-alone version and either have Melodyne Editor calculate the tempo based on the material, or place it in relation to a predetermined tempo grid.

Navigate and Select


Navigating the GUI 8m:41s

Explore how to navigate the timeline, scroll and zoom the display in various ways, and set up cycle playback in both the stand-alone and plug-in version of Melodyne Editor.


View Options 6m:00s

Watch how the different view options affects the display of information in Melodyne Editor.


The Time Grid 5m:54s

See how the different time grid settings influence the horizontal movement and positioning of blobs.


The Pitch Grid 7m:31s

Discover how to set up the vertical pitch grid so that moving notes snaps them to either the nearest semitone, the nearest scale tone, or independently.


Selection Techniques 4m:51s

Learn some different ways of establishing selections based on either pitch or position within Melodyne Editor.


Copying Notes 7m:04s

Explore how copying and pasting single or multiple notes can be used to either insert new notes or replace existing ones.



Detection & Correction 9m:12s

Watch how to use note assignment mode to correct any incorrect assumptions made by Melodyne's detection algorithms after audio has been transferred and analyzed. Using DNA (Direct Note Access) is also shown and explained.


Mighty Macros 8m:36s

See how the pitch and time macros are used to correct either multiple or all notes simultaneously.


Editing Tools Pt. 1 7m:08s

Discover how the main tool and pitch tool function differently depending on where they are positioned over each blob.


Editing Tools Pt. 2 8m:08s

Learn how the modulation, drift, formant, and amplitude tools can be used to influence the characteristics of individual or multiple notes simultaneously.


Editing Tools Pt. 3 5m:28s

Explore about the timing tool and note separation tool's dedicated functions.

Melodyne Specifics


Plug-In Specifics 8m:16s

Watch how to automate, manage tempo changes, and handle file management in the plug-in version of Melodyne Editor.


Stand-Alone Specifics 6m:06s

See how to correct Melodyne's tempo interpretation in the stand-alone version of Melodyne Editor.


Studio Editor Pt. 1 7m:14s

Discover how the edit window of Melodyne Studio is both similar and different from Melodyne Editor.


Studio Editor Pt. 2 8m:45s

Learn some different ways of copying notes to new arrangement tracks both from the edit window and the arrangement window.

Advanced Usage


Melody Manager & Compound Notes 7m:03s

Explore the Melody Manager's file browser auditioning functions, and see how compound notes are used to gain control and nuance over sustained notes.


Tweaking the Analysis 11m:06s

Not happy with the way Melodyne Studio has analyzed your audio? See how to tweak the detection parameters and use correction mode to fine tune the results.


Setup & Export 9m:35s

Watch how to set the scale and tuning parameters of an entire arrangement, as well as how to trigger and export the analyzed files as MIDI data, or as audio files.


Tempo Changes 7m:31s

See how to create and add tempo changes into Melodyne Studio automatically, manually or using the tempo tapping function.


Melodyne Bridge 7m:34s

Discover how to use Melodyne Bridge as a plug-in inside a host DAW to transfer multiple tracks of audio and establish two-way communication with Melodyne Studio.


Using Rewire 7m:03s

Learn how to set up Rewire for easy two-way communication and routing between Melodyne Studio and a DAW.

Arrange, Record and Mix


Arrangement Window Pt. 1 8m:28s

Explore how to work with tracks and markers and how to offset pitch, formants, and tempo globally for the entire arrangement.


Arrangement Window Pt. 2 6m:55s

Watch how the advanced selection and 'paste special' commands make for some creative uses, and how to scrub and edit in Melodyne Studio using a MIDI controller.


Recording & Mixing 8m:01s

See how to use Melodyne Studio for recording and punching-in, as well as some basic mixing functions.

2.0 Update


The Time Handle Tool 6m:44s

See how the new time handle tool is used to influence the evolution of a note. Different stages of a note can be stretched or shortened without affecting its overall timing or duration.


Attack Speed Tool 6m:06s

Learn how to use the new attack speed tool to either sharpen or soften that tack portion of a note without influencing the timing or anchor position in relation to the musical grid.


General Improvements 5m:19s

Explore some of the general useful workflow and display enhancements in Melodyne 2.0.


Pitch Grid & Scales 9m:02s

Discover the new pitch grid and scale editor functions. See how to use the reference pitch ruler to set alternate tunings, the scale ruler to select tonic notes and modes, and the scale editor for choosing alternate scales.


Editing & Creating Scales 5m:58s

Learn about Melodyne 2.0's new Mode ruler and Tuning ruler and see how they are used to edit and create custom scales with custom intervals and alternate tunings.


Scale Detective 3m:41s

Explore Scale Detective and see how it is used to tweak the analysis based on either selected notes or all notes. Chromatic non-scale tones can optionally be included in the pitch grid, and custom bottom and top scale ranges can be applied.


Rewire & Melodyne Singletrack 9m:03s

Learn how to use Rewire to route audio from the stand-alone version of Melodyne Singletrack into your DAW.

Eli Krantzberg

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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