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New in Melodyne 5

New technologies, for better results in less time. Thanks to the fundamentally improved “Melodic” algorithm, Melodyne makes your vocal editing even better than before. With perfect, natural corrections at the press of a key. Thanks to the Chord Track, you can adapt notes with lightning speed to suit the song – chord recognition included. And with the unique Fade Tool, you can create note-based fades – even in polyphonic recordings and samples.


All this is new:

the ability to edit pitched and noise-like components separately with the “Melodic” algorithm
a more musical analysis of pitch deviations
the Chord Track and Chord Grid for pitch editing, chord recognition
the Fade Tool and Leveling Macro for editing dynamics
an additional algorithm (“Percussive Pitched”) plus other algorithm improvements
search functions for keyboard shortcuts, saving of shortcut sets


The update costs 49 €/US$ for Melodyne assistant, 99 €/US$ for Melodyne editor and 149 €/US$ for Melodyne studio. For Melodyne essential and users who registered Melodyne after 1 March 2020, it is free of charge.


Vocals, now even better

Melodyne heightens its core competence. The “Melodic” algorithm used for vocals can now distinguish the unpitched, noise-like components of a note – i.e. voiceless consonants (such as sibilants like “s”) and breath sounds – from its pitched components. Even when they coincide. And although all pitch and timing changes are implemented in the tried-and-tested manner as far as the pitched components are concerned, different rules that emulate accurately the natural behavior of the human voice govern the handling of sibilants. So now when you are working with Melodyne, you obtain the highest possible sound quality and most natural-sounding results automatically.

Pros will be relieved to discover it’s no longer necessary to isolate each individual sibilant by hand. That saves a lot of time and makes for a more meaningful display in the Note Editor. At the same time, the results sound far better, as automation works more precisely and overlaps between sibilants and pitched components are taken into account.

Sibilant detection not only yields acoustic advantages but also new creative possibilities: With the Sibilant Tool, you can adjust the balance between the sibilants and the pitched components of a note. Sibilants can be attenuated, muted altogether, emphasized or even isolated – everything is possible. So, into the bargain, you get a perfect de-esser that only affects the problem areas and has no side-effects on other components of the vocal sound.


Modeled on human hearing

Why do some notes sound out of tune and not others? Fluctuations in pitch contribute to the quality of a vocal performance, because it is through them that passion and emotional complexity find expression. They give it, in other words, its human dimension. But for their contribution to be a positive one, the nature, scope and precise timing of such fluctuations is of crucial importance.

A note doesn’t necessarily sound sharp or flat just because it isn’t “spot on” mathematically. Just particular, often very brief segments of the note annoy us. Sometimes at the beginning, sometimes at the end, sometimes somewhere in between. It is these crucial segments that have to be perfectly in tune; if they are, the note will sound right to us. The presence of any fluctuations before or after to such segments doesn’t trouble us – to the contrary, we feel they add life to the performance and sound natural.

Melodyne now identifies these problem areas precisely, and the offset shown in the Note Inspector is calculated from the pitch of each note at the crucial moment only – not its entire lifetime. As a result, double-clicking (to set a note’s offset to zero) now yields precisely the right musical result. Also the macro profits from this new, even more musical approach: Each individual note is pitched to perfection. Yet everything still sounds natural and alive.


The Chord Track and Chord Grid

Work better with chords, adapt notes quickly. Melodyne 5 offers you a chord track that is linked to the Pitch Grid in the Note Editor. This makes working with chords far more enjoyable and harmonies more transparent. Because you can see at any time which pitches are compatible with the current chord and can adapt the notes accordingly with lightning speed. This is helpful when you’re altering chords, and if you want to match any sample harmonically to your music, it works like a dream.

Autopilot for chords. Melodyne’s chord recognition technology is so advanced, it can consider tracks apart or together – even the entire mix – and identify the chords formed when their notes are combined. It analyses your recordings fast and reliably and fills in the Chord Track automatically. This makes working with chords even easier.


Dynamics functions

Note-based fades. The Fade Tool gives you highly effective control over the dynamics of your recording. For each note individually. Even within a chord. This is unique and offers totally new creative possibilities for dynamic editing. And since in Melodyne the fades belong to the notes, they are automatically preserved when the notes are moved or copied.

Controlling the dynamic range. The Leveling Macro makes loud notes quieter and quiet ones louder, it adjusts volume disparities. Even – thanks to Melodyne technology – in polyphonic recordings. So if one or more notes in a chord are too quiet and being drowned out by the rest, you can raise them effortlessly to the desired level.


Further algorithm improvements

“Percussive Pitched”. This new algorithm was developed especially for instruments like tabla, berimbau or 808-kick, the notes of which – though percussive in character – still have a recognizable pitch.

“Robust Pitch Curve”. With this new option, you can obtain better sound quality when editing certain signals, such as those with a great deal of reverberation. When it is activated, the monophonic algorithms employ a pitch curve that has been slightly smoothed out.

“Complex”. This algorithm playback type has been improved and can now be used just as flexibly as the playback type “Tonal” concerning the formants.


Other improvements

Better keyboard shortcuts. New search function for keyboard shortcuts, the saving of personalized shortcut sets has been improved.

No more “.mdd” files. Melodyne’s detection data, which was previously saved to separate “.mdd” files, is now stored in the audio files themselves, making file directories clearer and the sharing of projects easier.


What is Melodyne?

Note-based audio editing

Melodyne grants you unrivaled access to all the musical details in your recordings and samples – note by note. This is made possible by a sophisticated analysis that delves deeply into your recordings and samples, and recognizes and understands the musical relationships within them: the individual notes and their characteristics, the scales, keys and chords, the timing, the tempo, the tone color. And with Melodyne you can edit all these things intuitively. With vocals, but every type of instrument as well – including polyphonic ones, such as the piano and guitar.

Notes and tools

In Melodyne, notes are represented by blobs. By manipulating these with Melodyne’s powerful tools, you can edit (among other things) the pitch, vibrato, volume, sibilants, length, timing and formants of each note. In this way, you can enhance in a musical yet straightforward manner the intonation, phrasing, dynamics and timbre of a performance. While ingenious algorithms ensure your editing’s almost always inaudible, sensitive, natural.
Notes instead of waveforms. With Melodyne, you see the notes in your recordings and samples, and can manipulate and modify them at will. Even with polyphonic instruments like the piano and guitar.
Tools and macros. Edit intonation, melody and harmony, but also rhythms and grooves, dynamics, formants and much more. Using intelligent macros or – with great precision – by hand.
Multitrack Note Editing. See and edit the notes of multiple tracks simultaneously in a single window. Only Melodyne makes music this transparent and tangible.
All that counts musically. Melodyne also recognizes chords, keys, tunings and tempos. And the editing functions for these important musical parameters are just as comprehensive as for the notes themselves.
Innovative sound design. Access the overtones of your instruments directly and change their tone color in unique ways. Using an ultra-musical equalizer, resynthesis and morphing.
Compatibility and user-friendliness. Melodyne can be operated via ARA or as a plug-in directly in a DAW. Or even as a stand-alone program. Its flexible interface adapts perfectly to the requirements of each situation.
„Melodyne is a wonderful piece of software. It allows me to do things I'd always dreamed of.“
Peter Gabriel
Mick Schultz
Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Jeremih
Andrew Bolooki
Grammy-winning vocal producer of "Old Town Road (Remix)"
drew Bang
U2, Royal Blood, Slaves
Scott Chesak
Weezer, The All-American Rejects, Panic At The Disco
Ben Baptie
Adele, London Grammar, Mark Ronson, U2
Chris Baseford
Avril Lavigne, Nickelback, Shinedown
Joseph Magee
Supervising Mixer in Hollywood
Jan Kybert
Oasis, Paul Weller, Massive Attack, Björk
Guy Sigsworth
Songwriter for Madonna
Michael Hartung
a-ha, Dweezil Zappa, Gluecifer
Carmen Rizzo
Niyaz, Coldplay, Paul Oakenfold, Alanis Morissette
Jason Phats
Phats & Small
Florian Ammon
Rammstein, U2, Lifehouse
Andy Sneap
Megadeth, Cradle of Filth, Machine Head
Lady V
Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Armin van Buuren
David Sanborn
Reinhold Heil
Film composer, Nena, Spliff
John Reynolds
Producer of Sinéad O’Connor
produced Sting
Ted Perlman
produced Burt Bacharach
Midge Ure
Ultravox vocalist
Andrew Scheps
mixed Metallica and Johnny Cash
Gareth Jones
produced Depeche Mode
Andy Gray
Paul Oakenfold, Enter Shikari, Hard-Fi
Ali Staton
Madonna, Seal, Lamb
Dickie Chappell
Engineer of Peter Gabriel
Herbie Hancock
Pete Townshend
The Who guitarist
Mike Shinoda
Linkin Park
Peter Gabriel
Rob Arbittier
mixed Stevie Wonder
A. R. Rahman
Film composer


Why Melodyne is better

That Melodyne sounds so good and is so simple to use is based on two things. The less important is the technology.

The decisive factor is its understanding of the music.
Melodyne identifies the notes and the relationships between them. It is only as a result of this knowledge that Melodyne’s algorithms are able to “think” and operate in such a musical way. The benefits to you as a musician and producer include the famously superior sound of Melodyne and many other advantages that software lacking this understanding of musical contexts is incapable of offering.



"What does a stone sound like?"

It began with a strange question and became a tool that has revolutionized the handling of audio worldwide.

An exceptional idea such as Melodyne could only spring from an exceptional mind – like that of Peter Neubäcker. His philosophical, musical and mathematical roots, his individuality, and his ingenuity are what brought Melodyne into being and make it unique.


Outstanding and acclaimed

For its innovative, musical approach, its uniqueness, and its quality, Melodyne has won numerous international awards.


Technical Grammy

2012 for “contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field”

The Grammy Award is the highest international accolade for music artists and recording teams. It is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. The award is the music equivalent to the Academy Awards for film.


SOS Award

2017, 2012 & 2011 SOS Award (Melodyne studio, Melodyne editor)

The SOS Awards honor the best recording technology products of the year, as voted for by the readers of Sound On Sound magazine (UK).


EM Award

2017 Electronic Musician Editors’ Choice Award (Melodyne 4 studio)

“For one of the most innovative, groundbreaking products to emerge in the past twelve months.” Electronic Musician is a highly respected American magazine.


TEC Award

2011 TEC Award Winner (Melodyne editor)

A TEC Award is one of the finest awards a company can get for an audio technology product. The TEC Awards are organized by US based Mix Magazine.

Music Tech

2010 Innovation Award (Melodyne editor), 2010 Excellence Award – 10 von 10 Sternen (Melodyne editor)

MusicTech is a UK-based magazine for producers, engineers and recording musicians.

Mix Magazine

2009 NAMM Certified Hit (Melodyne editor)

Mix Magazine is the US based magazine for professional audio and studio technology.


What can Melodyne do?

Professional vocal editing

Melodyne brings out the best in your vocal recordings. With note-based editing, you can make corrections, improvements and changes exactly where you want to. Using intelligent correction functions and musical tools that are highly efficient and practical. In consequence, you can bring vocal tracks as close to perfection as you care to, and yet – thanks to Melodyne technologies – they sound as natural as if they had never been edited at all. And if you wish, you can rearrange the vocals, change the melody and even generate additional voices or vocal harmonies.


For all instruments

Melodyne isn’t only for vocals. Every conceivable type of recording or sample can benefit from its unique editing and processing possibilities. From double bass to piccolo, from banjo to grand piano, from a drum loop to ambient drones. Take a lick from your library and adjust it to your song. In tempo, rhythm, harmonic content and tone color. Remove notes from chords or add new ones. Combine tracks from different songs to create a new one. Breathe new life into samples and old recordings. With Melodyne, you can.


Musicality as the highest goal

Despite its high-tech algorithms, Melodyne never feels “technical”. Because all Melodyne technologies are aimed at offering you audio editing that is natural and musical – in the way you work and the sound. Our aim is to enable you to bring as much nuance and sensitivity to your editing with Melodyne as the musician did to the original performance.

This can be seen in the precise analysis of the musical content of your recordings and the multitude of high-resolution parameters to which you are afforded access. It can be felt in the intuitiveness of the note “blobs” you can manipulate and modify at will. It can be heard in the sophisticated play algorithms to which Melodyne owes its celebrated sound quality. And it lies in the many details that make working with Melodyne singularly satisfying and the results of unrivaled excellence.


In the depth lies the power

Correcting intonation is just the beginning. When Melodyne analyzes your recordings, it doesn’t just track the changing pitch of the signal. Identifying the individual notes in polyphonic recordings is a far more complex process. And that isn’t all. For Melodyne also separates the notes from one another in the right places, observes how they change over time, and locates sibilants. It identifies tempos and maps tempo progressions with great accuracy. It relates the pitches of the notes to one another to identify scales, keys and chords. In short: Melodyne takes a very thorough look at your recordings. And the depth and subtlety of its analysis, together with the algorithms, put editing functions of corresponding depth and subtlety at your fingertips.

A few examples: Three different tools are provided for the editing of pitch, so the vibrato does not suffer when the overall pitch of a note is changed. Melodyne distinguishes between the pitched and noise-like components of notes, allowing you to edit them separately. And the correction macros work intelligently, reining in “outliers”, while preserving subtle human fluctuations in pitch, volume or tempo. You will find editing functions of similar subtlety and sophistication in all areas of Melodyne.


How to integrate Melodyne

Melodyne operates as a plug-in in your DAW. Or stand-alone. The most convenient way to integrate Melodyne into your DAW is via the ARA interface, which is supported by most DAW manufacturers. With ARA, you can open and edit tracks directly in Melodyne. In the absence of ARA, the desired passage must first be transferred to the Melodyne plug-in via one of the normal VST3, AU or AAX interfaces. This takes a little time, though it is well worth the wait.

In either case, the Multitrack Note Editing of the edition Melodyne studio offers you a truly exceptional working experience: You see the notes of as many tracks as you want in a single Melodyne window and can select and edit the notes of multiple tracks simultaneously. With all Melodyne has to offer. Working with audio couldn’t be more intuitive, musical or efficient.


The editions compared

Multi-tracking – view and manage multiple tracks in a single window   X
Multitrack Note Editing – edit the notes of multiple tracks simultaneously   X
Track-transcending macros – apply the macros to multiple tracks simultaneously   X
Quantize to reference track – make one track adopt the timing of another   X
Sound Editor – unique, overtone-based sound design   X
DNA Direct Note Access – algorithms for polyphonic instruments such as piano and guitar  XX
Editing of individual notes within chords – with all the tools and macros  XX
Extended tempo functions – map and edit sudden or gradual changes of tempo  XX
Extended scale functions – create and modify scales; extract scales from audio material  XX
Audio-to-MIDI – export notes to a MIDI file XXX
Inspectors – swift access to all parameters XXX
All Melodyne’s tools – for editing pitch, formants, volume, timing and much else besides XXX
New: Fade Tool – perfect control of dynamics with note-based fades XXX
New: Sibilant Tool – per-note adjustment of volume ratio between pitched and unpitched vocal sounds; de-essing XXX
New: “Melodic” algorithm with sibilant detection – for perfect yet invariably natural-sounding resultsXXXX
New: Musically weighted pitch analysis – for psycho-acoustically optimal intonation correctionXXXX
New: Leveling macro – reduce or eliminate excessive volume disparities between notesXXXX
New: Chord Track and chord recognition – bring notes into line harmonically, extract chords from audioXXXX
New: “Percussive Pitched” algorithm – for instruments such as tabla and berimbau or 808 kick drumsXXXX
All the algorithms without DNA – for melodic, percussive and complex materialXXXX
Edit note assignments – full control over the algorithmsXXXX
Melodyne’s Main Tool – edit the pitch, position and duration of notes and note separationsXXXX
Pitch and Time macros – perfect or improve intonation and timing with intelligent automationXXXX
Stand-alone or in your DAW – integrated via ARA , AU, VST 3 or AAXXXXX
Intercompatibility – open and edit projects created by other editionsXXXX
Compatibility with Melodyne 4 – open and edit Melodyne 4 projectsXXXX


System requirements

For Melodyne 5 essential, assistant, editor and studio

macOSIntel Dual Core processor (Quad Core or better recommended), 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended), macOS 10.12 or higher
WindowsIntel or AMD Dual Core processor (Quad Core or better recommended), 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended), Windows 10 or higher, ASIO-compatible audio hardware
ActivationComputer-based or iLok USB dongle (2nd or 3rd generation), Melodyne essential only computer-based. Internet access is required for the first activation.



DAW compatibility

We test Melodyne regularly with the following DAWs. Please note also the tips and advice regarding the DAWs in the online user manual.

If your own configuration is not one that we have tested, please experiment with the trial version of Melodyne. With it, you can use all the functions of the program without any limitations, free of charge, for 30 days with no obligations. If Melodyne runs well on your system during the trial phase, it will continue to do so once purchased.

Please note in the case of ARA-compatible DAWs: Since the DAW manufacturers support ARA Audio Random Access in different ways, the range of ARA functions varies from DAW to DAW. You will find details of the ARA support in the documentation of the DAW in question.

Pro Tools
Logic Pro
Studio One
Digital Performer
Sound Forge


*Avid Pro Tools

We have tested the latest versions of Melodyne 5 with the following configurations:

Pro Tools Ultimate 2019.10 under Windows 10 Pro and macOS 10.14.6

In the Help Center, you will find detailed information and tips on the use of Melodyne in Pro Tools.

SpecialsOct 30, 2014