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Melodyne 5 Essential - Pitch Correction Plug-in  From Celemony

Melodyne editor, with its Direct Note Access technology, makes possible what had previously been considered impossible: access to individual notes in polyphonic audio material.



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Manufacturer's Description from Celemony

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.

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.


Melodyne essential

Even if you wish to do nothing more than make minor corrections to your vocals from time to time, there’s no need to dispense with Melodyne. Because Melodyne essential – besides being extremely easy to use – offers the same Grammy Award-winning sound quality as the larger editions.


In addition to the features listed above, Melodyne essential offers:

All the algorithms except DNA: This means you can edit monophonic vocal and instrumental tracks, as well as drums, and even entire mixes (by time-stretching or transposing them, for instance). All that’s missing is the ability to edit individual notes played by polyphonic instruments such as the piano or guitar.

Melodyne’s Main Tool: With the Main Tool, you can edit each note’s pitch, timing and duration as well as note separations. This – combined with the macros for pitch, timing and dynamics – allows you to make simple improvements fast, without having to deal with the more advanced functions. 

In a nutshell: Melodyne essential is the easy-access point of entry to Melodyne’s unique editing environment – with the option of upgrading to a larger edition at any time, for only the difference in the price of the two editions.




  • Audio-to-MIDI – export notes to a MIDI file

  • Inspectors – swift access to all parameters

  • All Melodyne’s tools – for pitch, formants, volume, timing, sibilants

  • Musically weighted pitch analysis – for psycho-acoustically optimal intonation correction

  • Chord Track and chord recognition – bring notes into line harmonically, extract chords from audio

  • All the algorithms without DNA – for melodic, percussive and complex material

  • Edit note assignments – full control over the algorithms

  • Melodyne’s Main Tool – edit the pitch, position and duration of notes and note separations

  • Macros for pitch, timing, leveling – correct and optimize notes by means of intelligent automation

  • Stand-alone or in your DAW – integrated via ARA , AU, VST 3 or AAX

  • Intercompatibility – open and edit projects created by other editions

  • Compatibility with Melodyne 4 – open and edit Melodyne 4 projects


Not Included:

  • Multi-tracking – view and manage multiple tracks in a single window

  • Multitrack Note Editing – edit the notes of multiple tracks simultaneously

  • Track-transcending macros – apply the macros to multiple tracks simultaneously

  • Quantize to reference track – make one track adopt the timing of another

  • Sound Editor – unique, overtone-based sound design

  • DNA Direct Note Access – algorithms for polyphonic instruments such as piano and guitar

  • Editing of individual notes within chords – with all the tools and macros

  • Extended tempo functions – map and edit sudden or gradual changes of tempo

  • Extended scale functions – create and modify scales; extract scales from audio material


About Manufacturer

In 1997, Peter Neubýcker began developing the idea behind Melodyne and in October 2000, together with his wife, Prof. Dr. Hildegard Sourgens, and the software developer and Technical Director, Carsten Gehle, founded Celemony Software GmbH, which is based in Munich. Melodyne was presented for the first time in 2001, at the Winter NAMM Show, and has won numerous international prizes both for its innovative approach and for its fantastic sound quality. Today, the staff of Celemony totals more than twenty people. There are several tenthousand registered Melodyne users and the program is sold all over the world by local distributors as well as via the Internet.


For Melodyne 5 essential, assistant, editor and studio



Intel Dual Core processor (Quad Core or better recommended), 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended), macOS 10.12 (64-bit) or higher. Melodyne 5.1 is compatible with macOS 12 Monterey on Intel-based Macs as well as on Apple silicon-based Macs under “Rosetta”.



Intel or AMD Dual Core processor (Quad Core or better recommended), 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended), Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 11, ASIO-compatible audio hardware.



Computer-based or iLok USB dongle (2nd or 3rd generation), Melodyne essential only computer-based. Internet access is required for the first activation.



Plug-in operation via VST3, AU or AAX. ARA integration with compatible DAWs, as set out in the section on DAW compatibility.

The system requirements listed above apply when Melodyne is running as a stand-alone program. When it is running as a plug-in, however, the system requirements of the DAW must also be met. You will find further information regarding DAW compatibility in the following frame.



DAW compatibility

We test Melodyne regularly with the latest version of each DAW but only, of course, with versions of each operating system that have been cleared for use by the DAW manufacturer in question. If you wish to use some other configuration, please check with the manufacturer of your DAW whether it is compatible with your operating system.

You could equally well use the trial version of Melodyne to test this. With it, you can use all the functions of the program without any limitations, free of charge, for 30 days with no obligation. If Melodyne runs well on your system during the trial phase, it will continue to do so once purchased.

See also the tips and information on DAWs in the Help Center as well as in the FAQ.

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

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