Issue 91

Melodyne 5 – better, faster, more musical 

Melodyne 5 offers musical editing of vocals in addition to a chord track with automatic chord recognition, access to the dynamics of individual notes within chords and more.


2 June 2020

Celemony is announces the immediate availability of the new Melodyne Version 5. The Grammy-Award-winning software Melodyne is used all over the world every day for the correction, reshaping and transformation of vocal tracks, samples and audio recordings of all kinds.

The most important new features of Version 5 relate to Melodyne’s core competence: the correction of poor intonation on vocal tracks. The algorithm now detects – along with a host of other phenomena – the presence and extent of the unpitched (noise-like) components of the vocal sound as well as breaths, which it then processes separately from the pitched components. This leads to better results, less time spent editing, and a more natural sound.

The volume balance between the pitched and unpitched components can be adjusted – syllable by syllable if desired. This not only helps with double-tracking and vocal harmonies but gives you a precisely targeted de-esser into the bargain.

Totally new possibilities for dynamic contouring are afforded also by the Fade Tool and the Leveling Macro, as they too work on a per-note basis – even with polyphonic audio material.

A new degree of musical freedom

But Melodyne 5 also supports new workflows that further musical creativity: With the Chord Track (and the Pitch Grid configured accordingly), recordings and samples can be adapted at lightning speed to the harmonic structure and chords of your own compositions and songs. So any library sample now harmonises instantly with your song. That’s perfect for songwriters but also for remixers. And thanks to the integrated chord recognition, no knowledge of music theory is required.

The most important new features of Melodyne 5 in a nutshell:

  • with the Melodic algorithm, separate editing of pitched and unpitched components of the vocal sound (sibilant detection). Better results, less time spent editing, more natural sound
  • the ability to control the volume ratio between the pitched and unpitched components – a precisely targeted de-esser function 
  • improved weighting of pitch deviations, musically perfect intonation
  • a Chord Track and Chord Grid to adapt any recordings and samples to your song – thanks to integrated chord recognition, no knowledge of music theory required
  • the Fade Tool and Leveling Macro let you edit the dynamics of each note – even in polyphonic material
  • a new algorithm, “Percussive Pitched”, plus various other algorithm enhancements
  • fuller implementation of keyboard shortcuts

Melodyne 5 runs in stand-alone mode as well as with 64-bit DAWs under MacOS and Windows – DAW integration via ARA, VST3, AU or AAX. 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. A 30-day trial version can be downloaded from



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