Use Melodyne to Write MIDI

What’s up, guys? Another video.

In this one I’m just going to get right to it. We’re going to use Melodyne, and we’re not going to use it to tune a part, we’re going to use it to write a MIDI file, we’re going to export that MIDI file, and we’re going to bring it back into Pro Tools and sort of create a layer underneath the vocal part.

You can do this same thing with lead guitar tracks. That usually works out really cool, and you can bring a synth in underneath. Some kind of really cool lead line in your tune or whatever.

This is more of a production thing, not really a mixing thing. You can try it out.

I’m using Melodyne 2.0 I think is the version I’m on. If you’ve got 1.0 still, I’m not sure if it has the save — the MIDI function, so you’re on your own there, but anyways, let’s get into it.

I’ve got this bridge print right here, it sounds like this.

[bridge vocals]

I’ve already captured that in Melodyne right here as you can see. So we’ve got our Melodyne window, captured our audio, got it highlighted, then there’s this bar underneath the numbers up here. Click and drag that. We’ve got this captured. This section, we’re going to use — just like that.

Then you’re going to go to your settings tab, save as MIDI. So easy. I’m just going to label this — it’s a bridge, so let’s name it bridge.mid. We’re going to save it on the desktop. Save it, close Melodyne. We can get rid of it because we don’t need it anymore.

Then I’m going to go to file, you’re going to Import MIDI. All basic stuff. Bridge.mid. Open. Use a new track, and I’m going to pull it up to my — I’ve got this synth setup up here already. Delete that because I don’t even need it.

Trim up this region so it’s a little easier to see what we’re doing. Alright.

Now with vocals, you’re going to kind of have to make some edits just to get this thing to work right. Let’s take a listen to what it sounds like right now.

[vocals with synth]

Then I’m going to unsolo that, go back to this MIDI window.

[synth]

Like, this little extra thing here…

[synth]

Vocal’s probably bent up. I think there’s another one over here probably. Yup, there’s another one right here. I don’t want that.

But you can play with the dynamics of it, the velocities, and I mean, these repeated notes, I’m going to get rid of those and I’ll drag this out.

You can come in and kind of tighten the parts up a little bit just to get them to be clear. I don’t want that note. I don’t want that one out all the way…

[synth]

Yeah. I’ll bring the vocal part up.

[vocals and synth]

And…

This is what it sounds like in the track.

[mix]

So again, really subtle. Just kind of thickening the part up a little bit. I won’t necessarily keep this in the track, but just an example to show you.

Again, you can do this with any audio. Guitar parts, any kind of recorded piano part, if you tracked it on a real upright, and maybe some sort of solo melodic idea.

You could run this through it, capture the notes, make sure it’s tuned and tightened up in Melodyne. Save as MIDI, bring it back in, dump it on your favorite synth or virtual instrument and you’ve got a double. You could create counter melodies the same way.

Really can do a lot of stuff. Anything in the world of MIDI, and you’re kind of bridging the two. Organic and sort of electronic mediums together.

Let me know if you’ve done anything like this before or if there’s any really cool interesting Melodyne-y stuff you can do with the MIDI. I’d love to hear about it.

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