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Celemony Direct Note Access (DNA): Melodyne Editor

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009

Celemony Direct Note Access

Celemony Melodyne Editor News: Direct Note Access is a technology that makes the impossible possible: for the first time in audio recording history you can identify and edit individual notes within polyphonic audio material.

Theoretically, this is impossible but watch this video. Digital Village does not take any responsibility for any breakages caused when viewing this video, for example, your jaw dropping on the floor and smashing - this is just insane technology!

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Celemony DNA: Direct Note Access

Studio engineers and producers can now think the same way about piano takes, for example, as they do currently with vocal recordings, where a slight blemish can be ‘fixed’ at a later date. This could change the way studio sessions run, and reduce the requirement for overdubbing or re-recording entire takes after minor player errors.

But it’s not just achieving perfect takes that Direct Note Access is capable of. Using the pitch-shifting and time-stretching capabilities to their extremes, some fairly radical effects can be created. But also, melodic material can be transposed, so if you fancy changing a guitar solo from major to minor, you can do so with just a few mouse-clicks.

Sample-library users can embrace the technology to turn loops that were previously only playable in the key that they were recorded in into templates that can be transposed to suit the project they're working on.

If you have watched the video, we're pretty sure that Melodyne with Direct Note Access has filled you with enthusiasm and will render your music-making simpler, more inventive and more productive. How many products actually do this?

Celemony Melodyne Editor

Celemony Software has announced Melodyne editor, the first product with Direct Note Access and the successor to Melodyne plugin. It allows for the first time to edit individual chord tones in audio recordings. Melodyne editor offers for single audio tracks all the possibilities that have made Melodyne legendary, and, with DNA, opens up in addition to these unique new possibilities for the correction and refashioning of audio material. Melodyne editor can run as a plug-in or stand-alone and is now available.

Melodyne has for years been very highly regarded as a particularly musical audio software application delivering exceptional sound quality. Its unmatched ability to recognize and edit the pitch, timing and various other parameters of notes contained in audio material have elevated Melodyne worldwide to the status of an indispensable tool for music production—especially for the editing of vocals. With the development of the cutting-edge DNA technology and its introduction in Melodyne editor, Celemony is now opening the door to totally new applications. At the same time, Celemony is underlining the singularity of its Melodyne software.

Melodyne editor represents both functionally and technically the next Melodyne generation. It brings all the perfected, tried-and-tested editing functions made famous by the existing editions of Melodyne and is therefore well suited to the editing of vocals and other monophonic instruments. With the integration of DNA, however, even the harmonies in an audio file can now be seen, accessed and shaped—note by note. Users can quite literally intervene in the chords of their recordings and change individual notes within them. This offers new possibilities for the correction and refashioning of audio.

Melodyne editor is designed for the editing of individual instrumental recordings such as vocals, guitar, saxophone or piano, but good results can also be obtained with more complex material such as string quartets. If two instruments sound the same note at the same time, Melodyne editor offers one note for editing. The user can alter the pitch, position and duration of the note detected, make it louder or quieter, copy or cut it and paste it in some other position, and so on. Adjustments can also be made to the formant register, vibrato and drift of the notes as well as any pitch, volume or formant transitions. Special copying functions also allow the transfer of selected attributes from one note to another.

Whilst in terms of intuitive access, musicality and sound quality Melodyne editor is in the finest Celemony tradition, its technical foundations are completely new. The new software base offers among other things optimized multi-threading that fully exploits the advantages of modern multicore processors. In addition, it allows many improvements in plug-in operation including freely selectable window size, the monitoring of pitch editing, scrubbing, and ‘Edit Play’ (playback not tied to the host).

Our first product with DNA was intended to be an update to Melodyne plugin 2. Since, however, we have ended up developing a new product around DNA, with new technology and fully new application possibilities, and one that furthermore can also be used as a stand-alone application, we decided to give it a new name. Melodyne editor sums it up nicely: a Melodyne editing environment for individual tracks,” says Carsten Gehle, Technical Director of Celemony Software GmbH.

Celemony Melodyne Editor

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