Celemony Melodyne cre8 / studio version 3.1 (Pc/Mac)

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Melodyne3 offers a new algorithm that allows any type of audio material to profit from Melodyne’s unique editing functions and sound quality; in other words, Melodyne is no longer limited to the editing of melodies but can handle homophonic and polyphonic textures. Melodyne3 also offers fully automatic analysis of the audio material, powerful macros for the correction of intonation and timing errors, and numerous improvements in the user interface. Melodyne3 is not only capable of doing far more than its predecessors; it is also faster and easier to use.

Recording artists and engineers have known about Melodyne for years. Until now, though, it was only monophonic vocal and instrumental parts that could benefit from Melodyne’s much-admired editing algorithms: algorithms capable of everything from minor corrections of intonation to extreme pitch shifting and from the subtle modification of grooves to drastic time stretching. With Version 3, Melodyne is no longer limited to melodies but offers a unique algorithm that can perform high quality time stretching on full chords and complex audio signals; so now harmonic material (such as rhythm guitar or piano parts) — whether homophonic or polyphonic — can be transposed (without altering the tempo), slowed down or sped up (without altering the pitch) and even quantized. What’s more, all this can be done in real time with the sound quality for which Melodyne is famous.

Melodyne3 employs the same audio analysis engine as Melodyne uno: the process of note recognition is therefore fully automatic and the results more reliable and delivered more swiftly than heretofore. That’s one way in which Melodyne3 makes working with audio files easier. Others are the Correct Pitch and Quantize Time macros, which allow the most common flaws in vocal and instrumental recordings to be removed with a few mouse clicks.

Melodyne3 is not just far easier to operate and better attuned to the working practices of musicians and recording engineers than its predecessors but also better structured. Context-sensitive combi-tools, logically arranged menus and intuitive new methods of operating in the arrange and edit windows streamline the workflow as well as reducing the time taken to master the program. There are also notable improvements in the way Melodyne integrates into other sequencing applications and Melodyne3 can read sound libraries created using Melodyne technology such as those of Ueberschall’s Liquid Instruments, thereby obtaining access to an almost inexhaustible supply of licks and phrases.

“The ability at last to apply Melodyne’s unique editing functions to any type of audio material is certainly the main argument for Melodyne3,” says Peter Neubäcker, the founder and mastermind of Celemony. “This uniquely flexible way of handling audio material will lead to a whole new style of working in the studio: with Melodyne3, the note-based rearrangement and remixing of songs are child’s play, and we’ve streamlined the workflow in numerous ways in response to requests from users. As a result, Melodyne is far simpler and more practice-oriented than ever before.”

Melodyne3 studio (the full edition with the new polyphonic time stretching) costs 699 euros; the smaller Melodyne 3 cre8 319 euros. The upgrade to Melodyne3 costs registered cre8 users 99 euros and users of the studio edition 149 euros. It will be available from music dealers or the Celemony web site. For purchases registered after the 1st September 2005, the upgrade will be free.


New Version 3.1

The new version runs native on Macs with Intel processors, supports as an option the iLok dongle and is compatible with the new 'Melodyne Sound Library'. In addition, numerous requests from customers have been implemented and improvements in all areas carried out. The upgrade to Version 3.1 will probably be available at the end of April and is free for all registered users of Melodyne cre8/studio.

Melodyne 3.1 runs as 'Universal Binary' now also native on Intel Macs, if desired stand-alone or connected via ReWire, VST, AU and RTAS with a host.

Optionally and as an alternative to the procedure to date, the new version can use the iLok dongle for authorisation, making the flexible use of Melodyne on different computers and in different studios possible. Customers used to iLok do not have to use another authorisation procedure in parallel.

Melodyne 3.1 inaugurates the new 'Melodyne Sound Library'. The very high-quality sounds are derived from Ueberschall's Liquid Instruments, and were specially conceived, recorded and prepared for flexible use with Melodyne technology.

Among other new features are the simple management of used audio files, a switchable pitch grid, extended combi tools, a common reset function for all pitch editing, new keyboard commands, a percentage entry for time stretching and a command for restoration of the last saved version.

Melodyne 3.1 also exports tracks notewise now if desired, whereby – where possible – the MIDI Root Key is written automatically into the files created – which is ideal as it allows you to use these quickly in the sampler and without the additional trouble of mapping. In addition, the new version now also reads automatically the tempo information contained in many files (e.g. Apple Loops and Acid files). For Version 3.1, all known bugs have also been fixed and ReWire stability further improved.

The update to Melodyne cre8/studio 3.1 is free for all registered customers and will be available for download from www.celemony.com. Melodyne cre8 for Windows XP and Mac OS X costs 319 euros ($369), whilst the large version, Melodyne studio, with the additional algorithm for polyphonic material costs 699 euros ($US699). Both are available from music dealers as well as from www.celemony.com.

System requirements

PC: PII400 processor with at least 512 MB of RAM (1 GHz and 1 GB

recommended), 32 MB graphic RAM, around 65 MB of free space on your hard disk, Windows XP.

Mac: G3 (optimized for G5) with at least 512 MB of RAM (1 GB or

more recommended), around 73 MB of free space on your hard disk,

OS 10.3.9 or later