Melodyne comes in four different editions, the smallest being Melodyne essential and the largest Melodyne studio. All of them use the same algorithms and tone generation technology; they differ only in the range of functions offered. All editions share the following features:
Note-based, musical operation: Melodyne identifies the individual notes within an audio file and understands the place of each within the overall musical context. Thanks to its intuitive operation, it affords you easy access to every detail of every note, giving you an incomparable degree of control over the performance.
Fine-tuning note assignments: Although as a rule the musical analysis of your recordings and samples is highly accurate, instances may occur where the material is ambiguous and Melodyne hasn’t quite interpreted it as you would wish. Fortunately, this is easily remedied: You can edit and fine-tune Melodyne’s interpretation to your heart’s content, until it tallies exactly with your own.
Algorithms for melodic, percussive and complex audio material: Edit vocals, instruments, drums, drones … Versatility is one of Melodyne’s greatest strengths.
Intelligent macros for pitch, timing and volume: Intelligent macros make remedying defects and enhancing recordings a simple, fast and intuitive task, reducing to a bare minimum the number of clicks required.
Chord functions: The Chord Grid and Chord Track let you work with exceptional speed and efficiency. If you want, Melodyne will even identify the chords for you.
You’re always given a choice: Melodyne never alters your material automatically. You’re the one in control at all times. With the power to shape every facet of every note in an intuitive and musical fashion.
macOS and Windows: You can run every edition either as a stand-alone application or as a plug-in (VST3, AU, AAX). DAW integration using ARA Audio Random Access is especially user-friendly.
All editions are compatible with one other: A project begun in Melodyne essential can be opened later in Melodyne studio and edited using the larger function set of the more powerful edition. By the same token, a project edited using Melodyne studio can be opened and played back in Melodyne essential with all the earlier edits faithfully reproduced. However, if you wish to do any further editing there, it will be using the more limited function set of Melodyne essential.
For upgrades, you only pay the difference: If you want to start with one of the smaller editions and upgrade to a larger one later – no problem. And you won’t pay a cent more at the end of the day than if you’d bought the larger edition in the first place.