Edit audio like MIDI using Melodyne
Celemony Software, Munich, Germany, announces `Melodyne` audio software
that introduce a new approach to audio editing. Melodyne detects the melody
of any monophonic audio recording and extracts its notes. These notes can
be edited by the user in a way that was only known from MIDI editing until
shifting and time stretching as special operations are not necessary, because
with an audio track processed by Melodyne, time and pitch automatically
become independent parameters. The tempo of an arrangement with tracks
detected by Melodyne can be changed arbitrarily while playing. In a tempo
range of ±50% changes will be hardly audible.
Detected notes can be moved arbitrarily with the mouse in pitch or
time, or can snap to any musical scale. With the pitch of notes changing,
the internal phrasing of a note, e.g. vibrato, and the transition between
notes will always be kept in a musically acceptable way. Even with extreme
pitch changes between the notes of a melody it will hardly be perceived
that the melody was not played that way originally. Melodies can be rearranged
by copying and pasting notes, or multiple voicings can be realized by copying
a melody to new tracks.
The formants of changed notes will automatically be kept, but due to
a new method of formant processing the sound of an instrument can also
be changed in a way that will result in a completely different instrument.
Melodyne can process arrangements with about 20 to 30 tracks simultaneously,
while notes can be moved around or tempo can be changed in realtime.
The single tracks can be recorded within Melodyne, or can be imported
from other recording programs. For mixing, VST1 PlugIns can be loaded,
or the single tracks can be routed to an external mixer via ASIO. The single
tracks can also be saved as single audio files for processing in other
Detected melodies can be exported as a MIDI-File to be viewed in a
notation program or to be used in a sequencer software. System requirements
are 300 MHz CPU, 128 MB RAM, 10 MB diskspace ore better. Melodyne is expected
to be released for MacOS 9 in first quarter 2001 and later that year for
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