Sound design, audio-to-MIDI, unusual scales, experimental applications
Melodyne offers you – besides the ability to correct mistakes, optimize recordings and adapt samples – a wealth of less obvious creative possibilities. The best equipped in this respect is Melodyne studio, followed by Melodyne editor. These editions offer the widest range of tools and functions, and, when combined, the full measure of Melodyne’s creative possibilities.
If you are mainly interested in sound processing, Melodyne studio is the best choice, as its Sound Editor offers you possibilities you will find in no other tool.
There are other important functions shared by both editions, such as DNA Direct Note Access™, which has very interesting potential in an experimental context, and the possibility of extracting the scales, temperaments and tunings used in one recording, edit them comprehensively and apply them to other material.
For creative and experimental applications, the audio-to-MIDI function pays enormous dividends, as it allows you to output the notes within your audio as MIDI, e.g. in order to double an acoustic instrument with a synthesizer.
Audio-to-MIDI is also offered by Melodyne assistant, though due to the absence of DNA, not for polyphonic material. You also have to dispense with the comprehensive scale functions if you opt for this edition.
Melodyne essential, with its far more limited function set, is suitable for basic, simple audio editing but not recommended for creative or experimental applications.