Thursday, April 23, 2009
Melodyne DNA Tech revealed
This is BIG news. Really Big news. People have been theorizing about this type of technology for years. Some thought it was impossible. If digital music technology has taught us anything, it is that our only limit is our imagination, and this new release from Melodyne proves that point exactly.
Melodyne's DNA (short for Direct Note Access) plug-in will allow users to take a polyphonic audio file (more than one note being played at once), and separate out the notes so that they can be individually tuned, changed, effected, and moved. This works on a single audio file, not isolated instrument stems (that would be easy!). The software breaks up your single audio file into all the notes that sound, and displays those notes in a graphical editor that subsequently uses Melodyne tuning software to make edits.
So what does that all mean? It means that say you record a guitar player. He plays big lush chords but you realize after the fact that his G string was out of tune. DNA will allow you to tune his G string, whilst leaving the rest of the notes unaffected. So essentially, there's no need to tune up anymore. Just record right away, and tune your guitar after the fact.
Another example? Say you've got a recording of an a capella group, and one singer has the most annoying voice you've ever heard. No problem. Melodyne's DNA will allow you to mute every note that person sings, leaving you with only the good singers.
Take a look at the video below, and be prepared for this plug-in to kill all forms of musicianship that are left in pop music. On the other hand, be prepared for some forward thinking producers and musicians to use this plug-in to create music you never even dreamed of.
If you can't tell, I'm peeing my pants with excitement over this.