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CELEMONY Melodyne 4 Studio

Celemony’s Melodyne has revolutionised music production at least twice in its career. Mark Cousins finds out what the latest version has to offer…

First released back in 2001, Celemony’s Melodyne was one of a series of tools that revolutionised the public perception of recorded music. Alongside the infamous Auto-Tune, Melodyne had the potential to correct even the most un-musical of performances, modifying pitch, intonation, and, in Melodyne’s case, timing inconstencies. However, whereas Auto-Tune attracted the majority of the bad press (certainly, it became synonymous with the perceived sanitisation of modern music), Melodyne went about its business in a more transparent and musically sensitive way.


Kit Melodyne 4 Studio

Manufacturer Celemony

Price €699

Key Features

● Grammy Award-winning Melodyne technology

● Unlimited tracks with multitrack note editing

● Sound Editor with unique capabilities

● Precise tempodetection and editing

● Audio-to-MIDI export

From the very beginning, Melodyne’s strength has been an almost-scientific understanding of the principles of sound and pitch perception. Developed by Peter Neubäcker, Melodyne worked as an offline pitch and timing correction system – an approach that contrasted with Auto-Tune, which worked as a real-time plug-in. Although Auto-Tune’s results were more immediate (and more noticeably ‘modified’, for that matter), Melodyne’s scientific accuracy meant the results had a transparency which few solutions could match. In short, you didn’t hear Melodyne working, just a fault-free performance.

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The new issue of MusicTech is on sale Thursday, March 17th and this month we’re bringing you a 'Big Beats Special!'; we gathered together as many tutorials (for all levels) to help you provide that all-important backbone to your music productions. Or if you are some kind of ambient maestro, you’ll be pleased with a certain level of synthesis achieved over our 6 Of The Best, DIY Eurorack, Sound Design and Yamaha Montage features. As ever, enjoy the issue and send us some of the resulting beats. We like to Show Off Your Studios and we’ll soon be Showing Off Your Sounds, too, so keep it all coming.