Celemony was kind enough to provide us a copy of Melodyne 4 Studio and we had the great opportunity to review their musical audio manipulation software.
What is Melodyne?
In very basic words, Melodyne is a software that allows the user to directly manipulate audio waveforms in a very musical way. After the audio signal is analysed with Melodyne, you have access to notes, the harmonic content and its dynamics.
Since the very first Melodyne which came out in 2001, Celemony constantly improved the software and added more and more stunning features. This review will focus mainly on the new features of Melodyne 4 studio.
The different editions
Melodyne is available the 4 different versions essential, assistant, editor and studio.
With Melodyne 4 essential you get only the basic editing functions for pitch and timing for monophonic material.
Melodyne 4 assistant offers almost all functions that are available in the editor or studio version but also like assistant only for monophonic content.
Melodyne 4 editor offers the possibility to edit also polyphonic content and contains almost all features of studio.
Melodyne 4 studio is the Melodyne flagship and combines all available features.
For more details checkout the Melodyne website at: http://www.celemony.com/en/melodyne/editions-and-technical-matters
What is new in Melodyne?
In Melodyne 4 are several new features like the brand new Sound Editor that opens a new world of sound design and sound manipulation possibilities, Multi-track Note Editing with Direct Note Access (DNA), new track macro functionality, a very precise tempo detection with a new algorithm that detects tempos, time signatures and any changes in tempo, better note detection algorithms, time stretching and lots work flow improvements.
A sound designers delight
One of the most stunning features of Melodyne is for sure the new Sound Editor. This editor offers several options to modify the sound.
To make the editing more easy and intuitive there are the 4 macro controls Brilliance, Contour, Tonality and Comb available.
Like in the EQ section the Harmonics section also has macro controls for Brilliance, Contour, Odd/Even and Comb. They are not exactly the same like in the EQ section and they also sound different.
Formants and global macros
The Emphasis slider makes a sound more precise and clear or in the opposite direction more soft and distant. The last macro slider Dynamics changes the dynamics of a note. A decrease of the Dynamics slider is useful to amplify the release of a note. An increase will make silent signals even more silent and the result is more plucky or staccato like. It is best to compare with a compressor.
Watch the new Sound Editor in Melodyne 4
Push the tempo
Watch Tempo Detection in Melodyne 4
Better than ever before!
Overall Sound Quality
Better than ever before!
To sum this review up – Melodyne 4 Studio is an stunning piece of software and with the release to version 4 Celemony has showed again that their competence in audio processing is top notch. The new features are integrated seamlessly and work perfect.