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After a day of rumours and leaked details, Celemony now officially announce Melodyne version 4.

Melodyne is generally regarded as one of the most extraordinary pieces of software ever to be invented. It deals with audio pitch correction in ways that Auto-Tune can only dream of and over the last 15 years it’s brought innovation, creative pitch tuning and sound design to the computers of every pro and home studio. Melodyne 3, which introduced polyphonic tuning, is nearly 10 years old and so some kind of new version or development is long overdue.

Version 4’s new features can be summed up in the reworking of the Melodyne interface. In the centre you have the main note display that you can manipulate and edit in terms of intonation, melody and harmony. This is not about editing waveforms, it’s about dealing directly with musical content. At the top you have multi-track note editing where you can see and edit notes in multiple tracks simultaneously. On the left hand side you have an inspector panel that provides all the information about the selected note – tempo, scale, tuning and level. At the bottom there’s a brand new window that looks a lot like a velocity pane but gives you access to overtones allowing you to shape and colour the sound in unique ways. And finally they’ve worked hard to improve the flexibility and friendliness of the interface that’s been a bit lacking in previous versions.

Integration is also something that Melodyne does really well. It can work as a plug-in in the usual VST, AU and AAX formats but it can also take advantage of ARA (Audio Random Access) technology for better communication between Melodyne and the DAW. Currently this is supported by PreSonus Studio One, Cakewalk Sonar and Tracktion T6. And if all else fails you can run it stand-alone and even Rewire it through another host.

There are four levels of price and sophistication. Melodyne 4 “Essential” starts off at EUR 99, giving you basic pitch and timing editing; “Assistant” takes all the tools of the larger versions but stays monophonic for EUR 249; “Editor” brings in the polyphonic support for EUR 399 and the full blown “Studio” version with far reaching corrective and creative tools comes in at 699 Euros.

There’s a fully functional demo version available to try for 30 days which also allows you to switch between versions to help you decide which is best for you.

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