Celemony Melodyne Editor 2 by Jack Morgan
This is an exceptional plugin that is very useful for countless creative/remixy/sound-designy reasons as well as being a great practical workhorse pitch corrector. I switched from Digital Performer to Logic, so it’s great to have this plugin to make up for Logic’s lack of a real-time pitch correction option (oh how I wish a Pitch view” existed in a drop down menu like “Flex-Time view”).
Melodyne is quite rightly a big name in the world of music production. I still can’t quite believe what it does is possible… the creator is a genius for following through on a wish that so many producers must have had for a long time. The big deal about Melodyne is that you can manipulate complex polyphonic material as if it were a MIDI track. Woh!
There are three algorithms you can use to manipulate audio: Melodic, Polyphonic and Percussive, a very useful distinction for working with different types of audio. As I’ve said, Polyphonic is the most “woh!” The first thing I tried it on was Elliott Smith’s choir of himself in “I Didn’t Understand”. With Melodyne I could go in and adjust single notes or groups of notes within the chords, creating a completely different harmonic arrangement. For remix artists this must be revolutionary – you would be able to piece just about any samples together and massage them with Melodyne until they match harmonically.
There are a couple of frustrations with using Melodyne. One would be solved if it could be integrated into Logic or other DAWs – I wish that functions like copy, paste, undo and redo were the same key commands as in Logic, because I instinctively press Ctrl Z to undo a note shift and it removes the plugin entirely! Also, there’s no pencil tool like on Digital Performer – that’s actually quite a shame because you can’t pitch correct with surgical precision. Maybe that’s in the pipeline though?