Melodyne Garageband Plugin Download

Melodyne is a very advanced audio editing tool from the company, Celemony, and it’s easily the best pitch-correction software that’s compatible with Garageband. I wrote all about it here. For more tools, books, and software, check out my recommended products page.

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  • The easier to use is Garageband’s. None of them offer Melodyne-style graphic pitch correction. I asked Celemony in their FB page and they were very direct: no plans for iOS - but I understand, since a single Melodyne license costs hundreds of dollars and they don’t have to share anything with Apple.

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  • Not really. There's a few realtime pitch correction apps, such as the port of Auto-Tune, Singaling, VocaLive, and TC Helicon VoiceRack FX but nothing that works like Melodyne, or is anywhere near as good.

    GarageBand also has some pitch correction now, but I haven't tested it.

  • Are TC Helicon apps just as good as their hardware units?

  • GarageBand’s pitch correction is high quality, but real-time only. No melodyne or flex pitch type editing.

  • edited October 2017

    Was just messing with Melodyne (in Rewire mode)... and WOW, if we cannot get this in IOS, it will be great with Ableton Link on the desktop.

  • Not really, although there are a few iOS apps that have all the technology required, but haven’t put in the functionality to work like Melodyne.

    That said, if you can describe what you’d like to achieve with Melodyne, there’s a good chance somebody can help find a workflow that will produce a reasonable approximation of it.

    I’ve had some success slicing, stretching and roughly pitching vocal/spoken samples into melody/harmony lines in Beatmaker 3 then running each line through Qneo’s Voice Synth for auto tuning and effects. Pitching each slice in VirSyn’s VoxSyn (then BM3 assembly -> Voice Synth) produces a better result, but is slow work.

  • The best pitch correction tool is Mu Retune (Auria IAP) when it behaves. The easier to use is Garageband’s. None of them offer Melodyne-style graphic pitch correction. I asked Celemony in their FB page and they were very direct: no plans for iOS - but I understand, since a single Melodyne license costs hundreds of dollars and they don’t have to share anything with Apple. I also asked Waves - which manufacture Waves Tune, a simpler, cheaper but still very good alternative - and they are yet to give an answer. Waves Tune Lite used to cost $24, I bet many would pay this price, specially because there’s no real competition. Well, their loss.

  • P.S.: just in case someone wants to pester Waves Audio as well, here’s the link for their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/waves/

  • edited April 2019

    I myself would even pay a subscription price for some graphical pitch correction tool such as Melodyne. This is very much needed on the iPad. I just wrote Celemony via email. Perhaps they've changed their minds now that the latest iPad Pros are super powerful.

    I also wrote Image-Line to see if they could adapt NewTone (their version of Melodyne) to iPad. Let's see what replies I shall receive.

  • edited April 2019

    @cuscolima
    Yes, reported on the forum just lately
    Less functionality but the interface looks very familiar
    https://forum.audiob.us/discussion/32270/nika-by-ruben-zilibowitz

  • @Littlewoodg said:
    @cuscolima
    Yes, reported on the forum just lately
    Less functionality but the interface looks very familiar
    https://forum.audiob.us/discussion/32270/nika-by-ruben-zilibowitz

    The reports however indicate that the processed vocals don't sound very good.

  • @Littlewoodg said:
    @cuscolima
    Yes, reported on the forum just lately
    Less functionality but the interface looks very familiar
    https://forum.audiob.us/discussion/32270/nika-by-ruben-zilibowitz

    Not sure how I missed that one! 😱 Hopefully it'll do what I need it to do. Hopefully the process vocals won't sound like complete shite.

  • edited April 2019

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @Littlewoodg said:
    @cuscolima
    Yes, reported on the forum just lately
    Less functionality but the interface looks very familiar
    https://forum.audiob.us/discussion/32270/nika-by-ruben-zilibowitz

    Not sure how I missed that one! 😱 Hopefully it'll do what I need it to do. Hopefully the process vocals won't sound like complete shite.

    It might do nicely for what I use Celemony for which is actually to FSU (fuk shit up)
    (it looks like it slices and moves micro sections of chunks)

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    I myself would even pay a subscription price for some graphical pitch correction tool such as Melodyne. This is very much needed on the iPad. I just wrote Celemony via email. Perhaps they've changed their minds now that the latest iPad Pros are super powerful.

    I also wrote Image-Line to see if they could adapt NewTone (their version of Melodyne) to iPad. Let's see what replies I shall receive.

    Hey there’s a thought. Image-line might be the ones to get the job done.

  • Just heard back from Celemony. No such luck. Still no plans. However, the chap what wrote back to me was named Jörg Hüttner. 😱 I couldn't make this up if I tried. Could it be this same chap? http://jorghuttner.com/

  • @AtticusL said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    I myself would even pay a subscription price for some graphical pitch correction tool such as Melodyne. This is very much needed on the iPad. I just wrote Celemony via email. Perhaps they've changed their minds now that the latest iPad Pros are super powerful.

    I also wrote Image-Line to see if they could adapt NewTone (their version of Melodyne) to iPad. Let's see what replies I shall receive.

    Hey there’s a thought. Image-line might be the ones to get the job done.

    Hopefully my alpha tester status could have a bit of pull to this effect, but in case it doesn't, here's the contact form.

    Under 'reason of contacting us', select 'other'. I trust you should know how to fill out the rest. Cheers mates.

  • Yeah it’s pretty weird that this gap hasn’t been filled yet lol... especially since there are so many ways of doing this on a desktop...

  • Looks like Niko doesn't want to show me any audio that I've recorded, nor does it seem to have a basic import function as far as I can tell. That sucks. I hope somebody can craft an app that actually bloody works.

    In other news, I heard back from Jörg Hüttner. 😱 And yes, he's the same chap. http://jorghuttner.com/ Consider me gobsmacked!

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Looks like Niko doesn't want to show me any audio that I've recorded, nor does it seem to have a basic import function as far as I can tell. That sucks. I hope somebody can craft an app that actually bloody works.

    In other news, I heard back from Jörg Hüttner. 😱 And yes, he's the same chap. http://jorghuttner.com/ Consider me gobsmacked!

    I've been having some of the same problems with Nika too, and going back and forth with its developer. He's convinced there's something wrong with my device (iphoneX). If you shoot him a message, maybe he'll be more convinced.

    I'm still not that excited for the quality of the pitch correction quality when it does work (s'okay on the iPad), but it's got some other tricks that keep me noodling with it.

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Looks like Niko doesn't want to show me any audio that I've recorded, nor does it seem to have a basic import function as far as I can tell.

    I got the impression that Nika was created to let you 'hum a melody' and it would determine the notes
    you sang and propose chords to fit that melody. It adjusts pitch after input and let's you override that determined pitch and hear the notes detected and agree or change them to get the melody you hear in
    your head.

    Probably nothing like this idea on IOS and a clever idea for anyone who wants help making chord progressions to match their internal tunes. I think there are features to trial progressions and select substitutions. Good for singer/songwriters that have limited skills generating chord progressions.
    A singer could potentially generate a simple lead sheet from the results with chords over the lyrics
    to show the band what's could work with a personal song.

    So, don't focus on it for auto-tune 'cause that's not the intent but for what it can do if you need that.

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    nor does it seem to have a basic import function as far as I can tell.

    Forgot to mention that you use Open In... to get audio files into Nika. I've done it with AudioShare without a hitch.

  • Nothing like Melodyne on iOS (yet).
    At least, pitch and time correction has become quite respectable on iOS.
    Auria Pro has elastique Pro on board plus transient/warp modes for real elastic audio.
    Cubasis has an audio transpose function including formant shift plus a clip time compress/stretch option.
    Amazing Slow Downer and Twisted Wave also have similar options for processing individual samples.

  • @aaronpc said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    nor does it seem to have a basic import function as far as I can tell.

    Forgot to mention that you use Open In... to get audio files into Nika. I've done it with AudioShare without a hitch.

    AH! I should've thought of that. It's the simplest things one tends to overlook. Thanks mate.

  • Shit! I planned to redownload Nika, and now it is 'no longer available in your country or region'! Would it kill someone to create a Melodyne-styled app for iOS (even if it's iPad-only)? I'd pay a lot of money ($99 or more) for such an app.

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Shit! I planned to redownload Nika, and now it is 'no longer available in your country or region'! Would it kill someone to create a Melodyne-styled app for iOS (even if it's iPad-only)? I'd pay a lot of money ($99 or more) for such an app.

    Agreed. Very curious how no-one’s done it yet.

  • @AtticusL said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Shit! I planned to redownload Nika, and now it is 'no longer available in your country or region'! Would it kill someone to create a Melodyne-styled app for iOS (even if it's iPad-only)? I'd pay a lot of money ($99 or more) for such an app.

    Agreed. Very curious how no-one’s done it yet.

    With the latest iPad Pros and iPhone 11s being as powerful as they are, you'd think SOMEBODY would develop a professional tool like this.

  • Nothing similar to Melodyne anywhere, they have been working on this pitch correction stuff for decades. I've noticed a basic version is now included in a handful of desktop things, Nectar 3 and a few others.

  • This is annoying asf on iOS. Like seriously. Can we get working Melodyne and auto-tune in a way that works well (auto tune etc for iOS does not work well with any actual microphone outside of EarPods) and makes sense and doesn’t force u into the exact key of the song to work (GarageBand). ...

    somebody, anybody?

    There’s an untapped goldmine waiting here...I don’t care what it cost, charge the desktop price...just give me something I can make desktop class, professional recordings with!

One of the great functions of a DAW is the interchangeability between audio recordings and MIDI notes.

In Garageband’s case, there are three different types of notes, MIDI notes, regular audio recordings, and then the drummer track.

Each type of note comes with certain advantages and disadvantages, and one of the advantages of MIDI notes is the ability to transfer the piano roll in the Smart Controls into a Score Editor.

Essentially, what this does is that it turns the MIDI notes into standard notation using the treble and bass clef.

To transcribe music in Garageband, use the Score Editor down in the Smart Controls. This automatically converts the piano roll MIDI notes into standard notation.

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Additionally, Celemony’s Melodyne 5 allows you to transform audio recordings into MIDI for transcription as well.

Transcribing Music in Garageband – (A Step-By-Step Guide)

As I said above, it’s really quite simple.

Note: you can only transcribe MIDI notes in Garageband, and not drummer tracks or audio recordings.

If you want the ability to transcribe audio recordings, you would be much better off to get your hands on Celemony’s Melodyne 5.

Celemony’s Melodyne 5 comes with a plethora of functions and capabilities, so make sure that you read more about it here.

1) Click on the Software Instrument Track That You Want To Convert to Standard Notation

Double-click on the track region, the green MIDI region, in order to bring up the piano roll and smart controls at the bottom of the interface.

2) Open up the Smart Controls

You can simply hit (P) on your keyboard, and that will bring up the Piano Roll.

3) You’ll See Two Options: Piano Roll and Score Editor

4) Choose Score Editor

And that’s pretty much it.

It really doesn’t get easier than that.

Now, in the case that you actually want to get your hands on the physical sheet music to give to your bandmate or your friend, know that it’s just as easy.

How To Print Transcribed Music In Standard Notation in Garageband

If you want to get your hands on the actual sheet music in physical form, thankfully, the (Command + P) function does just that.

Now that you’ve converted the MIDI notes into Standard Notation, the process for printing the music is even easier.

1) Bring up the Score Editor using the same method that I showed you above.

2) Click on the region that you want to print.

3) Now, hit the (Command + P) Function.

From here, you can choose how you want to print the file.

What I would do, however, is actually do a preview first, that way you can see what the sheet music is actually going to look like.

4) Click on the drop-down menu that says “PDF” on the bottom-left-hand side.

You’ll notice that you get a few options, including “Open In Preview,” “Save as PDF,” “Open In PostScript,” etc.

Obviously, choose the option, “Open in Preview,” to see what this is going to look like when you’ve printed it.

And that’s pretty much it for printing the transcribed music in Garageband.

Frankly, I find Garageband’s ability to make a piece of legitimate sheet music very impressive.

As you can see in the image above, it pumps out clean, error-free, sheet music incredibly fast. And it’s ready to be sent to whoever needs it.

How To Transcribe Audio Recordings Using Celemony’s Melodyne 5

As I’ve said already, you can’t actually transcribe audio recordings with Garageband’s default plug-ins and processors, however, if you have Melodyne, you can.

It’s really quite amazing.

If you want to transcribe your audio recordings, I would recommend grabbing Melodyne on eBay at this link here, preferably, the Assistant version.

But if you wanted to go full out and get the entire package, grab the studio version on eBay, which has everything the software is currently capable of.

However, let’s say that you just want to transcribe a song or two and you don’t have the need to have the entire Melodyne 5 package.

If that’s the case, don’t worry, because you can just download the Trial version and go from there.

For the sake of this tutorial, I’m going to go ahead and assume that you just want the trial version of Melodyne 5.

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Essentially, what we’re going to do with Melodyne 5 is we’re going to transfer our audio recording over to Melodyne, and then save it as a MIDI file and export it to our desktop.

After that, you just have to re-insert the audio recording into Garageband as a MIDI File, and Garageband will immediately recognize it for what it is, and then you can use the “Score Editor” to see what the notes look like as Standard Notation.

Without further ado, let’s dive into how we can convert an audio recording into a MIDI file, which can then be transcribed in sheet music format.

1) Download the Trial Version of Melodyne 5

To do this, just go to their website and download it through the link I’ve given you here.

Once you’re on the page, choose the option, “Melodyne 5 studio for macOS”

Download the file, and then run through the normal procedure for downloading software on your computer, including running through the license agreement and so on and so forth.

Once you’ve downloaded Melodyne 5, you’re almost done.

2) Restart Garageband

It’s not a bad idea to re-start Garageband, that way the software will scan the new AU Plug-ins and it’ll actually show up in your Smart Controls.

Usually, you won’t have to restart the computer to get this to work, but in some cases, I find that it’s necessary to get Garageband to scan the new plug-ins.

3) Go down into the Plug-Ins And Choose “Celemony.”

For this part, it’s important to choose one of the secondary plug-in slots, rather than the main plug-in slot.

This looks like what you can see in the image below:

Of course, you want to set up the Melodyne 5 plug-in on the track region that has the instrument or recording that you want to turn into standard notation.

4) Open The Plug-In

From here, you have to click “Activate,” and then it’ll take you to Celemony’s website again where you have to agree to the terms of using it and so on.

Once Melodyne 5 is ready to use, the process by which you convert the files into MIDI is incredibly easy.

5) Transfer the Recording Into Melodyne 5

Transferring the audio into Melodyne is easy.

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Hit the “Transfer” button on the top-left-hand side of the Melodyne 5 Plug-in. This means the software is now ready to take recordings for correction and adjustment.

6) Hit Play On The Project File in Garageband

One the transfer button has been turned on, hit Play on the project file.

Because the Melodyne plug-in is set up only on one track, it will automatically begin printing only that recording into the software. You don’t have to worry about it printing everything into it.

You’ll notice that it’ll start transferring the recording into a “Blob” format.

Once the part is over, Melodyne 5 will analyze the recording and put all of the notes on the grid according to the pitch, note, etc.

7) Go Into Melodyne 5’s Settings and choose “Save As MIDI”

Export the MIDI file onto your desktop, that way it’s nice and easy to find. This is a practice I always use and I recommend you do the same thing for all of your imports and exports.

At this stage, the MIDI recording should be sitting neatly on your desktop waiting for you to insert it back into the DAW.

8) Import the MIDI file into Garageband as a Software Instrument Track

This is self-explanatory.

Just drag and drop the MIDI file into a Software Instrument track region, which is, by default, MIDI notes.

However, you’re going to come upon a prompt that asks if you want to import the tempo as well, which you do.

9) Choose “Import Tempo.”

Click the “Import Tempo” option.

Now, the recording is loaded into the DAW as a software instrument track in the same way that it was exported.

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You’ll notice that the audio recording has been turned into a MIDI file, which means you can make all kinds of changes to it, including changing the actual instrument itself or adjusting the velocity.

10) Choose Score Editor, in the Smart Controls

Choose Score Editor, in the Smart Controls, and voila! You now have a transcribed version of the audio recording you created.

Now, you have the ability to print off the transcription and send it to whoever needs it, whether it’s your vocalist, guitarist, etc.

Follow the instructions that I laid out above if you want to print off the file as a PDF.

Important Things To Note

1) Transfer Error

When I started using the trial version of Melodyne 5, I ran into an error. I wasn’t able to get the transfer button to work, for whatever reason.

So what I had to do, is I just restarted Garageband and then loaded up Melodyne 5 on one of the plug-ins again.

I had to go activate the trial version of the plug-in for the second time for whatever reason.

2) Melodyne Trial Lasts 30 Days

As the sub-heading suggests, the trial version of Melodyne 5 only lasts 30 days, but hopefully, this is enough for you to get the work done that you need too.

If you want to do this on a regular basis, I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of Melodyne 5. It’s a truly amazing software, and it never ceases to amaze me.

3) Limitless Capabilities – Transcribing Other People’s Music And More

Now that you’ve seen what Melodyne 5 can do, in terms of transferring audio recordings into actual MIDI files and then inserting them back into the DAW, your mind will probably light up with other ideas of what can be done.

For instance, if you have a guitar part recorded in Garageband or some other DAW, you could actually use Melodyne to export it as a MIDI file, and then re-insert that file back into Garageband as some other MIDI instrument.

You could take the very same guitar part and load it up as a piano instead, or really any instrument of your choosing.

Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, you can upload music of your choosing that hasn’t been transcribed before, and by separating the tracks with Melodyne, you can create sheet music for a song where none exists online.

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Conclusion

I hope this was helpful to you. At some point, I’m going to see if there is a way to transcribe drummer track recordings so that drummers have the same ability to do this.