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In-depth Feature:  Celemony Melodyne Studio 1.5
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Editing the pitches

Pitch tweaking
Once a melody has been detected Melodyne supplies numerous tools to manipulate it in pitch and time. Changing the pitch of individual notes or any portion of a note is the obvious primary function whether it be for the subtle correction of minor tuning discrepancies or creative shifts to create new melodies or harmonies. Grabbing a note and moving it is the quickest way to do this and with formant correction being automatically carried out the character of the voice remains intact, sounding completely natural over reasonable movements of a few tones, depending on the character of the voice larger shifts can sound a little more unnatural. Notes can be gradually moved in steps of one cent or can be snapped to the nearest semitone or to a defined musical scale. If only a small section of a note needs a bit of alteration there's a cutting tool to separate any note into several discrete parts (effectively creating separate notes) that can be individually edited.

Whole melodies can be easily transposed on the arrange page and by cutting and pasting one melody to several tracks and transposing each, stacked harmonies can be created which with a bit of formant correction can have, if not a complete sex change, a bit of gender bending at the same time. The formant change, which can not only change the character of a voice but also say make a trumpet sound more like a trombone, can also be carried out for individual notes by another editor tool, formants being represented by a horizontal bar that can be moved up or down.

Vibrato during a note is displayed as a wavy line which can be aligned more to the centre of the note if desired. The vibrato depth can be easily flattened out or increased - flatten it out completely and you can create the kind of robotic voice effects used in some dance music, go too far in the other direction and you'll get the kind of bleating effect that lonely hill farmers everywhere find strangely alluring. The transition curve between notes can also be edited to determine the falloff or climb of a note and this, again used to extremes, can create some of those vocoder-like (but more likely auto-tuned) dance music vocal effects.

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