Celemony's Melodyne is a versatile and powerful program that is well known for its ability to correct and manipulate vocals. However, as you've pointed out, it can do much more than just vocal correction. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the other ways in which Melodyne can be used to manipulate and process audio, including envelope-controlled flanging, flattening the pitch of bass string decays, and polyphonic guitar-to-MIDI conversion.
First, let's take a look at how to use Melodyne for envelope-controlled flanging. Flanging is a classic audio effect that creates a sweeping, whooshing sound by adding a slightly delayed copy of the original sound to itself. In the past, this effect was created by manually adjusting the speed of a tape machine while recording, but with Melodyne, we can achieve a similar effect by using the Pitch Modulation tool to create a delay and then adjusting the envelope to control the amount of delay. This technique can be used on any audio source, but is particularly effective on drums and percussion.
Next, let's look at how to use Melodyne to flatten the pitch of bass string decays. This technique can be used to make bass guitar recordings sound more consistent and in-tune. To achieve this, we need to use the Pitch Drift tool to adjust the pitch of the string decays so that they match the pitch of the original notes. This technique can also be used on other instruments such as piano and guitar.
Finally, let's take a look at how to use Melodyne for polyphonic guitar-to-MIDI conversion. This technique can be used to convert a recorded guitar performance into MIDI data, which can then be used to control virtual instruments or manipulate the performance in other ways. Even with Melodyne Essential, this technique can work by using the Pitch Drift tool to separate the individual notes of the guitar performance and then converting them to MIDI data. However, for more precise results, you may need to use the Pitch Modulation tool which is available only in versions above Essential.
In conclusion, Melodyne is a versatile program that can do far more than just vocal correction. With the use of Pitch Modulation and Pitch Drift tools, you can achieve a wide range of audio processing effects such as envelope-controlled flanging, flattening the pitch of bass string decays, and polyphonic guitar-to-MIDI conversion. Whether you're a music producer, audio engineer, or musician, Melodyne is a valuable tool that can help you take your recordings to another level.