Issue 91

10 Years of Polyphony – Melodyne with DNA

Celemony celebrates jubilee: 10 years ago, in November 2009, Melodyne editor with its new DNA technology was released. This, for the first time in the history of recording, allowed the note-based editing of polyphonic audio recordings.


29 November 2019

DNA Direct Note Access made the impossible possible by allowing individual notes in polyphonic material to be identified and edited. The unique access that Melodyne offered to the pitch, timing, duration and other parameters of notes in monophonic material was extended through DNA Direct Note Access to include notes forming part of chords. Like Melodyne itself, DNA Direct Note Access was a development that radically changed the handling of audio. Melodyne with DNA Direct Note Access allowed intervention in the audio material in ways that were unthinkable before and that range from subtle enhancements to total re-composition.

The presentation of DNA Direct Note Access early in 2008 was the highlight of the Musikmesse in Frankfurt and was met with an enthusiastic response from musicians, industry insiders and journalists alike. But integrating the new technology took time. A great deal of time. So much time, in fact, that some users began to suspect it had all been a hoax and that Peter Neubäcker had absconded to the South Seas with his invention and his laurels. Far from it. It’s just that the solid implementation of pioneering new technology in a software product does take a great deal of time. Finally, after a public beta test in the course of the summer, Melodyne editor 1.0 with DNA Direct Note Access was released in November 2009.

Today, ten years on, Melodyne editor is available in the further developed and improved Version 4. DNA and the editing of individual notes in polyphonic audio material remain to this day a unique feature of Melodyne.


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