MESSE08:Melodyne Blows Our Minds

Direct Note Access - tis the work of the devil I tell you..      12/03/08

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17:12 mins
Once in a while a product comes along that really takes things to another dimension - take the Celemony Melodyne - that put audio into the world of grid editing, enabling incredibly powerful manipulation of recorded audio. Well be prepared to have you mind blown once again. Today Melodyne previewed the their Direct Note Access. Essentially, they have made the impossible possible. Take a stereo (or mono) track of polyphonic audio - piano, string quartet or whatever and then through some kind of wizardry, explode this into the separate individual notes and edit to taste as you would with monophonic audio within Melodyne. Yes you heard right. It's kind of hard to explain, watch the video - it's a real doodie. Outside of a keynote speech by Steve Jobs, you rarely hear the crowd cheer as software features are unveiled.... Available later this year as part of the Melodyne 2.0 update (in plug-in form first). More From: CELEMONY
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DNAughty    Said...

He's going to get laid tonight for sure!!

12-Mar-08 04:28 PM


beej    Said...

It's the Bearded Genius himself!

Other than this being jaw-droppingly awesome, it's interesting that Peter's very keen to be personally associated with this development - in the promo videos, doing the shows demos and so on.

And rightly so, what has been achieved here is incredible. In fact, I want it now to fix up those guitar takes where one string went a little dodgy in the tuning department...

And the possibilities of transcribing polyphonic material, like piano performances, are staggering!

Every time those clips unfold into the individual notes, I just want to dribble and giggle like a baby...

I can't see anything in the show this year topping this, by a long shot!

12-Mar-08 04:55 PM


Ed    Said...

INSANEO O O O O O O O O O O

12-Mar-08 05:53 PM


Ed    Said...

INSANO O O O O O O O O O O O

12-Mar-08 05:54 PM


Fallen Angel    Said...

Incredible! this is clearly the most interesting innovation I've seen for a while.

12-Mar-08 06:01 PM


Louis Faro    Said...

Revolution! Peter Neubäcker genius. We'll have to learn his name. Creativity first science second, thinking "outside of the box" now that is the best of humanity.

12-Mar-08 06:35 PM


imaginaryday    Said...

wow,this is freaking amazing! peter deserves a standing ovation. i have yet to see a plugin that would top this one.

12-Mar-08 06:43 PM


imaginaryday    Said...

wow,this is freaking amazing! peter deserves a standing ovation. i have yet to see a plugin that would top this one.

12-Mar-08 06:44 PM


plexus    Said...

yeah,i just figured out a solution to finally remove glenn gould's permanent humming!

12-Mar-08 06:50 PM


Noetic    Said...

stunning breakthrough. i already think melodyne's pretty amazing. it's a sound design tool more than pitch/time correction for me, so even though i couldn't accurately gauge the audio quality from video, i could tell that it's good enough for my use.

12-Mar-08 08:45 PM


[knot]    Said...

This guy is... Well... Phew !

13-Mar-08 12:43 AM


Bjarne D.    Said...

This is mad! I mean, extracting Chet Bakers trumpet from the almost 50 year old recording! That's just not right.. :)

13-Mar-08 04:23 AM


Steveo    Said...

BLIMEY ! That is without a doubt one of the coolest things i've seen and heard in years....Peter is a genius and deserves major recognition for this - its a giant leap forward in audio processing technology. I'm blown away !!

13-Mar-08 04:25 AM


Bartal    Said...

Finally, we'll get to hear Jimi Hendrix play "God Save the Queen" :-)

13-Mar-08 05:16 AM


Sub    Said...

This dude is one mad scientist mf'er.... i though of this as the impossible, never to be cracked. if it works as advertised, it's a revolution....

13-Mar-08 08:31 AM


Marc JX8P    Said...

Amazing!

13-Mar-08 10:30 AM


WF    Said...

But does it work on distorted Guitar chords.

13-Mar-08 10:46 AM


Jon Lance    Said...

Congratulations Peter, you have changed history.I never thought one would do this in my lifetime, you have answered my dreams for audio.

13-Mar-08 11:47 AM


Dan A.    Said...

This will have as profound of an effect on audio as digital cameras and effects have had on images.

13-Mar-08 12:25 PM


ddivill    Said...

This is amazing .. I feel a revolution coming on ... truly amazing

13-Mar-08 01:10 PM


DrJazz    Said...

whaaaaaa, oh my goooodddddd!!! i didn't look at this soft since the 1st version.. but geez omg omg omg, what it can do now is incredibleeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Peter Neubacker you tha man!!!

13-Mar-08 03:22 PM


Adil.e    Said...

Imagine using this to prepare a dj set. Tracks can be prepared in advance. You could change the keys of the melody in advance and just play a set in a perfect harmony. Man I would love to see this happening. Thanks Melodyne for such great product.

14-Mar-08 01:16 AM


zephonic    Said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!

14-Mar-08 05:58 AM


zephonic    Said...

WWWWOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!

14-Mar-08 05:58 AM


Pual    Said...

fantastic! did anyone catch if it is also in stereo?

14-Mar-08 08:20 AM


/Fredo    Said...

Holy crap!!! How cool is that....?!

14-Mar-08 08:41 AM


Back68    Said...

This also opens a market for variations on classic tunes, and radio / club remixes too

14-Mar-08 11:32 AM


bobnoxious    Said...

WTF ? ? ? ? ? As a musician, I am astounded. As a technician, I am flabbergasted. It's difficult to conceive of software that can take a "fixed in the mix" track, separate it, and then change the notes while maintaining the selected pitch.... I have to watch that again. I just can't believe it! What will this do to the copyright laws when people start churning out "new versions" with "amended key changes" of classic standards. Or for that matter turning Frank Sinatra into Frank Zappa????

14-Mar-08 12:19 PM


Rafael Araujo    Said...

Amazing clap clap clap

14-Mar-08 02:32 PM


Dave    Said...

Just don't be tempted to use it to remove the humanity from performances everyone... oh, you did. Ah well.

14-Mar-08 06:53 PM


Marco Mazzini    Said...

really cool..this is the future and let's hope it doesn't get abused! Brilliant

14-Mar-08 07:28 PM


Stunned    Said...

This is a huge development not only in music but in artificial intelligence and in possibly understanding how we humans hear things. (I'm not sure Peter is human though. He must have access to some advanced alien technology!) Incredible, incredible!

14-Mar-08 10:54 PM


Jake    Said...

Very cool! But this seems to be able to be applied to only audio signals that do not include percussive sounds. Several nice techniques for separation of harmonic sounds have been proposed in the academic field.

16-Mar-08 12:08 AM


sands    Said...

I have heard many say that this is bad for music, but I would have to say as with anything, you still have to know what to do and have the ideas of music there to start with. Just like the technology with toontrack, ezdrummer, bfd, etc...you have to be a drum-minded person to write great drum parts, all in all this is a great product and I'm happy to see music evolve. Awesome show great job!

16-Mar-08 09:37 PM


Osvaldo from Brazil    Said...

Yes, remember nuclear fusion of audio, but, the real musician playing with soul and years of lessons remains unbeateable...Now that German scientists rest keep "Sinatra´s voice DNA" and create some plug in to fuse with some retarded´s voice. FILOSOFEM...

16-Mar-08 09:58 PM


Parris    Said...

Amazing............Congratulations Peter, this is a certain winner............

16-Mar-08 10:30 PM


Peter    Said...

Can this software do a musical performance reflecting an emotion? If the software's sweetheart just died, can it change the feel of the music accordingly ? Or is it always happy ??? Capturing a performance is everthing. If you make a mistake on tape, play it again until it's right. Starbucks will still be open when you're finished.

17-Mar-08 05:04 PM


ANDROMEDA    Said...

Jawdroppingly tuntatastically Awesome! Pete, yo da man! We are not worthy....... Hale Pete..... OMG!

18-Mar-08 04:28 PM


digiherby    Said...

Unvorstellbar!Hypergenial!Mein Gott, was für ein Werkzeug!Wie hat er das geschafft - das Unmöglichste möglich zu machen?!!!Grösster Respekt und endlose STANDING OVATION für Peter Neubäcker Genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Wowhhhhhhhhh

18-Mar-08 06:58 PM


TJL    Said...

I'm not too old (I'm 38) but untill yesterday I never thought that I'll see something like that during the time of my life. He's a genius. I'm thinking how this software can be used for music education. All the music recorded in the past can be analized so easily. You can extract every phrase and evry voicing that Trane, Miles, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Bird, Bud Powell, Dexter Gordon, Chet , Ornette, Armstrong, Hendrix. Future is now!

19-Mar-08 04:51 AM


XT    Said...

I applaud his dedication and hard work but, ultimately, what's the point....?

19-Mar-08 06:40 AM


RoskaL    Said...

"He's going to get laid tonight for sure!!"

best comment ever! haha

19-Mar-08 04:54 PM


vishrant    Said...

wwoww, dis could revolutionize porn.

20-Mar-08 06:34 AM


toostunnedtoremember    Said...

Can hardly believe it!. This must be the one of the greatest thing that ever happened to music itself and greatest innovation of the 21st century (as of now).

20-Mar-08 09:35 AM


Scott    Said...

Xt asked 'what's the point?'

It could be a godsend for transcribing +/or learning songs, as some other posters have mentioned. Pitch-correction 1 voice in a mixed track when you can't call the orignal singer or musicians back to redo the take. Peter mentioned being able to change the chords being played in a guitar loop, which could certainly be applied to other polyphonic instruments, like piano & organ. I would imagine that if it can separate parts in a mix, you could then delete certain parts, which could be great for practicing. It could be wonderful to be able to take the solo out of a mix, so you can practice your own.

22-Mar-08 09:01 AM


myspace.com/imadethebbc    Said...

shocked and stunned

23-Mar-08 10:43 AM


estudiopay    Said...

Peter. Im writing from México. Your software is fantastic. I have the monophonic version but I will buy the next generation of Melodyne. Please save me one.

23-Mar-08 11:30 PM


JJ    Said...

Nick, you said in the podcast that this would blow my mind... But bloody hell mate! You could have prepared me a little bit better! That was AMAZING!!

26-Mar-08 08:47 PM


Meat    Said...

HOLY FUCKING SHIT!

RRREEEEEEEEEMMIIIIXXXXXX!

26-Mar-08 08:49 PM


Cracka    Said...

But Bartal, Jimi Hendrix did play God Save the Queen.. http://youtube.com/watch?v=exBMqDEHwkg

27-Mar-08 10:50 PM


Lunval    Said...

Bob Moog R.I.P. Long Live Peter Neubäcker!

28-Mar-08 12:48 PM


thaddy    Said...

Robert Johnson's lost song has just been found...

29-Mar-08 10:36 AM


emo    Said...

Peter, Someone baked a cake, but you have managed to separated their ingredients and thats no yoke. Fancy having Freddie Mercury Separated from the Queen and stitched in to your favourite MIDI Queen Track....

What A Man, Peter i mean!!

03-Apr-08 01:26 PM


Kevin S.    Said...

Next stop polyphonic guitar to MIDI/notation conversion without a hex pickup. This guy should be on the cover of Time magazine.

08-Apr-08 06:50 AM


dontknowhatorealythinkaboutit    Said...

I can already see the future.. brightness brightness everywhere, everybody is a musician... like we dont have enough amateurs already. Try using ears for transcribing and years of dedication for playing right and good, otherwise go play soccer or something! I mean, It's kinda cool, but fuck that shit man!!!!

10-Apr-08 02:19 PM


hoodlum    Said...

boy cant wait to steal stuff thanks

11-Apr-08 07:21 PM


Peter Kadar    Said...

This is one of the most, if not the most amazing piece of musical technology I've seen in my life. Just the implications for education alone are staggering. And think of all the extra mileage one could get out of their existing library of CD-Roms. Hip hop artists finding two loops with a great vibe, but needing to tweak ONE thing to make them work perfectly.

This is a historic event, that man is a genius. I wish Dr. Moog could have lived a bit longer to have seen it. I bet he would have loved it.

We could go our entire lives and never see anything this exciting and innovative again.

15-Apr-08 02:53 AM


Muziqa    Said...

If he carries on like this, in the future we may be able to re-verse engineer an entire mix, any thoughts....

02-May-08 08:29 AM


tj looker    Said...

Think it'll cost more than 20 bucks?

05-May-08 02:56 PM


Nutty    Said...

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This will blow your mind!!

01-Jul-08 04:35 PM


Drew    Said...

I'd love to be able to remove teh lead singers voice from a ROCKIN mixed track and leave everything else...in essence have the master minus mix...like a karaoke mix..but a thousand times better and then lay my vocals on top of it and mix it in....of course with a little melodyne pitch correction to make me sound even better. WOULD LOVE THAT

08-Feb-09 01:26 AM


meh    Said...

Your flash player is a piece of shit. You can't even skip ahead unless the whole thing is buffered.

18-Jun-10 10:19 PM


Kunal    Said...

OK, I feel the need to be critical. I love the image, and the letetrs in the title dancing up and down are cool. But I'm not sure I like the use of Trade Gothic and the script face for this. Maybe a font that was less recognizable would have made this look even mo' bettuh.

01-May-12 06:07 AM


Anderson    Said...

That hits the target peltecfry. Thanks!

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