How To Tune Vocals With Melodyne

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Learn To Use Melodyne Like a Pro!

Vocals are the heart & soul of a song. Because if this, it is essential that you learn to treat them with the detailed attention they deserve.

Melodyne is a powerful tool that allows you to tweak a singer's (or instrument) performance to a tasteful amount of perfection. But like any powerful tool, it can be confusing and overwhelming. No need to worry, Fab’s got your back.

Follow along as he shares his refined approach to using Melodyne in the most musical way possible.

You’ll learn:

  • Melodyne best practices and workflow tips
  • The importance of retaining the integrity of a singer’s performance
  • How to avoid making a vocal sound sterile and lifeless
  • Why tuning in solo is a bad idea
  • What to listen for when deciding what to edit
  • How to effectively use things like note separation, amplitude tool, pitch modulation, pitch drift, and more!

Addendum: as of Melodyne 2.X+, files are now stored in the session folder.

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2017 Sep 27
Since Antares AutoTune is known for its smooth transitions in tuning vocals would it be wise or logical to send a Melodyne tuned vocal into Antares AutoTune to get a final polish? In other words does combing the best assets of multiple vocal tuning software offer any advantages from your experience?
2017 Aug 15
@punsapops, it's the old fashioned way to commit tracks pre-PT12. I use commit to print Melodyne these days.
2017 Aug 06
Great video. Question. Is printing to a new track better than committing the tuned track? Or just different?
2016 Nov 22
Definitely a great perspective on tuning vocals, I find with some projects I have to tune everything, others I try to leave almost completely natural. Has some cool effects you can do with the formant
2016 Nov 21
Hello Fab, Thank you very much for the video. But please some more (about Melodyne)... Videos by Celemony are bullshit, teaching is not for everybody... They are making a new melody from the recording. But if I change a note by 3rd (or even a 2nd) sound gets unnatural. So waiting...
2016 Aug 13
This is the best Melodyne tutorial I've seen from anyone yet. Thanks for actually applying the techniques while explaining them. That's what makes your tutorials so awesome and most others just animated product manuals.
Fabulous Fab
2016 Jan 18
@shzlgsngar: Technology can only do so much. It;s a miracle it does what it does frankly. It your vocal is so out/weird/special that Melodyne can't fix it/make it good without artifacts then you may need to re-track. The formant tool is sometimes helpful in compensating for weirdness but it;s more a special effect thing.
2015 Dec 20
I would love to see a video on coping with other melodyne-typical problems. What especially comes to mind, is formant problems. Sometimes, even pitching not too much, will result in a note that doesn't seem to fit into the context. I have yet to come to a good solution for that problem. The formant tool seems to be quite fragile. I usually stick to not touch that tool at all for those reasons, except fancy effects. Fab, do you use this tool at all when it comes to achieve a clean, not too fancy sounding vocal?
2015 Apr 11
I H A T E Melodyne!!! Okay, not really, I love it actually. I just hate falling into Melodyne's evil trap!! Okay, ultimately I just hate myself because I wield the power of Melodyne without restraint, or consideration. There, I said it. Seriously Fab, you have helped to save me from myself. Your tips on initial set up and looking at the phrases instead of the individual notes have made a big impact. This lesson was supremely helpful. Thank you!
2014 Oct 04
Awsome stuff. Money well spent :)
2014 Jul 15
I've had so many problems with Melodyne! An you give me the answers in two minutes!!!! thank you!!
2014 Jul 04
Although I'm working with autotune 7 I find this tutorial very helpful. Printing the autotunetrack to a new track is something I will certainly do next time! Thx!
2014 Jan 19
Too good!!! Absolutely amazing.
2013 Apr 08
You've saved me countless hours of agony and headaches. FABulous!!!
2013 Mar 20
Great video. Favorite quote from the video: "If you tweak every note, you will turn your signer into Britney Spears, which is a bad thing to do." LOL
2013 Feb 18
Fab! Awesome video!... I have a question, I can't seem to be able to get past the first part. It seems like my Protools 10 takes control of where Melodyne saves. Could you direct me as to how you made yours flexible. Maybe we are running different versions of Melodyne?... Please help, Thanks!
2013 Feb 10
Fab is not only a good audio engineer and producer but the funniest one around on the net. I enjoyed this video very much! Looking forward for the harmony video. I use revoice pro for ADT, melodyne and revoice pro make a nice combo!
2013 Feb 09
Just love it ! Great video. You have demystified the Melodyne plug-in for me in a 17 minute video, and now it doesn't seem as intimidating. I am going to check it out. Thank you. Melodyne are you watching this?
Fabulous Fab
2013 Jan 29
@BobRogers: The Studio One/ Melodyne workflow is awesome. Coming soon to other daws near you too. This workflow is useful still we feel and also great to develop coping mechanism with DAW limitations.
Fabulous Fab
2013 Jan 29
@juancopro-flow: Melodyne is great for harmonies. We'll do a video on that too. A good combo of pitch, formant and modulation gives great results.
2013 Jan 27
Greetings Fab. Very insightful and amusing. The manner in which you presented Melodyne I found appreciative. Thank you for want you do. Take care and by the way I"m the child in the back roll. :)
2013 Jan 26
Great tutorial Fab! Wish I had this two years ago. Would have saved a lot of trouble scaling the learning curve. I've been using Studio One rather than PT lately, so a lot of those workflow lessons aren't necessary anymore. I love the integration of both the workflow and the interface.
2013 Jan 26
Best vocal tuning video I've seen! Very nicely done! I like that PureMix and you don't treat us like recording beginners - all other sites are very basic :)
2013 Jan 23
2013 Jan 23
cool as usual , always learnin something thx tonton fab
2013 Jan 23
Thanks FAb, you make everything look so simple.
2013 Jan 23
Dreadfully useful, as usual!