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Monophonic audio-to-midi conversion: Melodyne Studio better than Editor?

Postby lingyai » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:42 pm

AudioDeluxe is having a special which makes upgrading from Melodyne Essential to either Melodyne Editor or the Melodyne Studio Bundle (which includes Editor) tempting, though for me the only reason to go for Studio would be if Studio exports audio to midi better. Being able to convert a monophonic audio track of vocal or an instrument into a midi file for playing through a VSTi and getting a completely different sound seems like it would enable crazy creative potential. But it's not clear to me whether Studio does this any better than Editor.

On this point, the product description for Studio

http://www.celemony.com/cms/index.php?id=769

says

"Audio-to-MIDI: converts monophonic audio material accurately into MIDI for the real-time control of synthesizers"

whereas the description for Editor

http://www.celemony.com/cms/index.php?id=717

merely says "MIDI file export."

This sort of implies that Studio does it better, but "sort of implies" is too weak when so much money is at stake. Any users have any opinions?

A tangential question: has anyone tried doing this in Editor with polyphonic audio? Could I take, say, a dry recording of an acoustic guitar chord sequence and expect to be able to render it to midi, play it through a good Kontakt guitar library, and get a good result?
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Re: Monophonic audio-to-midi conversion: Melodyne Studio better than Editor?

Postby desmond » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:57 pm

I don't think Studio does it any better.

And don't expect magic from the polyphonic extraction. I've tried it with a simple piano part with only few overlapping notes and the resultant MIDI file required extensive editing to get it in any playable shape - it's very part-dependent, so don't expect too much.

That said, I would upgrade to Editor if you can cheaply, it's a great tool - not magic, but close enough to it to be wonderful when used appropriately...
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Re: Monophonic audio-to-midi conversion: Melodyne Studio better than Editor?

Postby lingyai » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:56 pm

Thanks Desmond, I think you just saved me some money!

What was the learning curve on Editor like?
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Re: Monophonic audio-to-midi conversion: Melodyne Studio better than Editor?

Postby Living Room Rocker » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:56 pm

Hi lingyai,

I have tried the demo download of Melodyne and I was blown away. DNA is incredible, so that alone would be worth it (perfect or close enough), particularly if you already have Essential, Lucky. Keep in mind, Celemony will be producing/releasing updates/fixes along the way, so it can only get better.

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