Celemony Melodyne Plug-in

Celemony pack their Melodyne technology into a plug-in

Celemony’s Melodyne software is undoubtedly very powerful, but it’s perceived as having a very steep learning curve. Although this is slightly unfair, in comparison to throwing a real-time pitch correction plug-in across a vocal track, using Melodyne can seem like a bit of an ordeal.

Now Celemony has delivered a truly integrated Melodyne plug-in that can be used with any host that qualifies as VST, AU or RTAS plug-in compatible.

While Melodyne Studio is at its best when used as a standalone application and offers many more functions than basic pitch correction, it’s a fact of life that, much of the time, it’s used for doing precisely that. After all, the correction of dodgy vocals is one of its specialities. The Celemony approach seems to produce genuinely natural-sounding results.

The process

The plug-in works in a similar way to the ‘Melodyne Bridge’ that comes as part of the Studio version. What this means is that audio must be transferred into the plug-in before any processing can occur.

The process of using Melodyne Plugin, then, goes something like this: insert it on a track, locate the start of the material, click the Transfer button and press play on your sequencer.

When you’ve stopped the playback, Melodyne will analyse the audio and a visual representation of the notes (called ‘blobs’) will be displayed in its window. For instant pitch correction, just choose Select All from the drop-down menu and click on the Correct Pitch button. And that’s it.

In the main, the results are fantastic and require very little tweaking. Should you want to make further edits, however, the material can be transformed in numerous ways.

Note, formant, pitch transition (bend), pitch modulation (vibrato), volume and note separation can all be tweaked, and the audio timing can follow host tempo changes and be corrected using the Quantize Time button. Some parameters can even be automated from the host.

In summary, Melodyne Plugin does exactly what you'd expect, and the great news is that it’s also very easy to use. Job done, in other words.

MusicRadar Rating

4.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Great quality. Easy to use. Well integrated. Fun and creative. Useful host automation.

Cons

Loyalty upgrade could be cheaper. Lacks some of Melodyne Studio’s advanced features.

Verdict

It may not be as all-encompassing as its standalone big brother, but Melodyne Plugin performs just as it should and has its own advantages.

Additional Information

Ideal for the correction and optimization of vocals. Suitable also for single-voice instruments, drum loops and percussion. Control of pitch, time, length, volume and formants of each note.

Description

A plug-in version of Celemony's pitch and time manipulator, Melodyne.

Effects Type

Pitch Correction Vocal

Min Processor Speed (GHz)

1

OS Requirements

Apple Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

Platform

MacOS/Windows

Processor Type Required

Pentium III Power Mac G3 or higher

Ram Required (MB)

512

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