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AES News: Celemony Melodyne 3

Celemony Software GmbH announced the fall release of Melodyne Version 3 audio software for Mac and PC. Melodyne3 offers a new algorithm that allows Melodyne3 to not only edit melodies, but also handle homophonic and polyphonic textures. Melodyne3 also offers fully automatic analysis of the audio material, powerful macros for the correction of intonation and timing errors, and improvements in the user interface.

With Version 3, Melodyne can perform high-quality time stretching on full chords and complex audio signals, so harmonic material (such as rhythm guitar or piano parts), whether homophonic or polyphonic, can be transposed (without altering the tempo), slowed down or sped up (without altering the pitch) and even quantized. All of these functions can be performed in real-time.

Melodyne3 employs the same audio analysis engine as Melodyne uno: the process of note recognition is therefore fully automatic. Correct Pitch and Quantize Time macros allow common flaws in vocal and instrumental recordings to be removed with a few mouse clicks.

Melodyne3 is scheduled for release in November 2005. Melodyne3 studio (the full edition with the new polyphonic time stretching) will sell for 699 Euros; anyone buying Melodyne 2 now (for 599 Euros) will be able to upgrade to v.3 free. The price of the smaller Melodyne 3 cre8 will remain at 319 Euros. The upgrade to Melodyne3 will cost registered cre8 users 99 Euros and users of the studio edition 149 Euros. For purchases registered after the 1st September 2005, the upgrade will be free. The product will be available from music dealers or the Celemony web site,

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