since Melodyne essential does not come with the Audio-to-MIDI feature, our smallest edition that is capable of doing that would be Melodyne assistant
. Melodyne editor and Melodyne studio can do it too, of course. See also our product comparison
By the way, does the software really catch the velocities of each percussive note?
Yes, MIDI velocities are derived from the notes' amplitude values. You might want to watch our Audio-to-MIDI video tour