Installation and Activation

In the following, you will learn how to install and activate Melodyne.

Installation and Terminology

Melodyne is extremely easy to install: just launch the installation program (either from the program CD or the download) and follow the onscreen instructions. The whole installation takes, at most, a few minutes. Before using the program, however, you must register and activate Melodyne. Here is a brief explanation of the terminology:

Serial number: Your serial number represents your license for Melodyne and determines which Melodyne edition you possess and to which functions you are entitled.

Registration: Registration involves the creation of a myCelemony account linked to your serial number. To register you must enter certain personal details and state whether you wish to receive a newsletter from Celemony and, if so, what type. If you purchased Melodyne from our web shop, the registration is already complete.

Activation: Once registered, Melodyne must be activated before it will run. We offer, as standard, a computer-based activation for two computers, and, as an alternative, the transfer of your license to an iLok.

Before we come to the details of the activation procedure, we should take a quick look at the installed software and its characteristics.

Melodyne "singletrack" – and what that means

In the course of the installation, Melodyne is copied as a plug-in into the relevant plug-in folders and as a stand-alone program into your program folder. The plug-ins are called, quite simply, “Melodyne”, and the stand-alone implementation: “Melodyne singletrack”. You may be puzzled by this name – after all, your edition of Melodyne has a different one: “Melodyne editor”, “Melodyne assistant” or “Melodyne essential”.

These three editions of Melodyne are delivered as a single program package. It is only your serial number (your license) and the activation triggered by it that determine which edition in fact runs from the installed program. Since the identity of this is not known prior to the activation, and since it is not possible to change the program name subsequently, all the plug-ins bear the name “Melodyne” and all the stand-alone editions “Melodyne singletrack” (to distinguish them from the multi-track ‘Melodyne studio’).

The name of the current edition is displayed between the tools and the macros in the user interface. You may need to increase the size of the Melodyne window to see it.

The common program code primarily serves to make full compatibility between the Melodyne editions editor, assistant and essential possible. It is no problem to open in Melodyne assistant or Melodyne editor a project begun in Melodyne essential, and work thereafter with the expanded function set of the larger edition. It works the other way round as well: a project begun in Melodyne editor can be loaded into one of the smaller editions, played back and edited using the functions available there. It is only when Melodyne editor’s DNA functions for the editing of polyphonic material have been used that the document created can merely be played back but not edited in a smaller edition. When this occurs, we say Melodyne is running in ‘Playback Mode’.

Melodyne also runs in Playback Mode when it has been installed but not activated. It is still possible to open and play back all existing documents in such cases, but you cannot edit them. Playback Mode can be very useful when you want to pass on a project, as it allows you to play back tracks edited in Melodyne – without having to bounce them first – on a computer on which Melodyne has either never been activated or has subsequently been deactivated. Playback Mode can be used at any time – without registration, activation or even an Internet connection.

The common program code also allows you, when working with a smaller edition of Melodyne or an installation that has not been activated, to switch to Melodyne editor’s Trial Mode. In Trial Mode, you can use Melodyne editor’s entire function set for a limited amount of time. When this trial period expires, Melodyne reverts to the original license or switches to Playback Mode. You can only take advantage of the free trial period once on a given computer. To register, and each time you launch Melodyne editor during the trial period, you will need an Internet connection.

The common program code also makes it possible to upgrade at any time, and without a fresh installation, from Melodyne assistant or Melodyne essential to Melodyne editor. It is enough for this purpose simply to purchase a license for Melodyne editor and then activate it – all of which can be done with a few clicks in our Web Shop.

Important Information Regarding Activation

The first time you launch Melodyne, the Activation Assistant appears. If you purchased your Melodyne from our Web Shop, a single click in the Assistant is all that is required and your Melodyne will be activated and ready to use. If your Melodyne came in a box, the Assistant will guide you through all the steps that are necessary for registration and activation. The activation is performed on line. If your computer is not connected to the Internet, the Assistant will propose a method of activating the program offline.

You can reach the Activation Assistant whenever you need to via “License ...” in Melodyne’s Help menu. All the options offered by the Assistant are explained in the Assistant itself. The following sections explain how these options relate to one another as well as providing important background information regarding activation. Please read them through carefully as they are concerned directly with such questions as when, why and how often you can install and use Melodyne on computers.

So our server provides you with two activations that you can share freely between your various computers. This makes it very simple, for example, to switch to a new music computer. Instead of having to worry about whether or not you will be entitled to activate Melodyne on the new computer, you just deactivate the old one, thereby automatically freeing up an activation credit for the new one.

This possibility also means, however, that you need to act in a carefully considered way! The activations are intended exclusively for you and are tied to your customer account. Do not, therefore, give away an activation to a third party. Please bear in mind also that the procedure for removing an activation from a computer can only be performed on that computer. If you no longer have access to an activated computer, the activation, as far as you are concerned, is lost. This is something you need to bear in mind, for example, before selling or throwing away a computer upon which Melodyne is active. Be sure to deactivate Melodyne first!

You have nothing to worry about, on the other hand, if all you are doing is changing or formatting your hard disk in order to reinstall the operating system. Your activation in this case will not be lost. The first time you launch Melodyne after doing either of these things, it will contact the Celemony server, which will recognize the computer at once and reactivate it—without this costing you an activation credit.

The iLok Alternative

Melodyne editor and Melodyne assistant (but not Melodyne essential) can, as an alternative to the computer-based activation system described above, be activated using an iLok copy-protection dongle (for more information, visit This procedure involves transferring your Melodyne license to your iLok account, from which you can then download it to your iLok copy-protection dongle. With the iLok dongle, you will then be able to activate and operate Melodyne on any number of different computers, but only on one at a time: that is to say, only on the computer in which the dongle is inserted.

However, before opting for iLok activation, please bear the following in mind: the iLok system can be used as an alternative to (but not parallel with) computer-based activation. Once you have switched to the iLok system, you will not be able to obtain any further computer-based activations. It is not possible, in other words, to go back to computer-based activation once you have made the switch to iLok. If you do opt for iLok activation, you will obtain one Melodyne license for one iLok dongle that can be used at any given time on one computer only – whereas the computer-based activation method affords you the possibility of running Melodyne on two computers at once.

One further point: if you are selling Melodyne, you cannot just transfer the license to the iLok account of the purchaser; instead you must contact our support. Besides saving you money, as you normally would have to pay to transfer a license from one iLok account to another, this system allows us to create a myCelemony account for the purchaser, which we would otherwise be unable to do. If you were to perform the transfer yourself, the license would remain tied to your own myCelemony account.

Where can I find my Melodyne serial number?

Here we explain where you can find your new serial number after purchasing a full version, upgrade or update of Melodyne and where to enter it. Serial numbers form the basis for the registration and activation – and therefore also the use – of Melodyne.

Full version purchased through a dealer: You will find your serial number in the user manual, which is in the box. When you install and launch Melodyne for the first time, an activation assistant will appear. This will ask you for your serial number and guide you through the remaining steps of the registration and activation procedure.

Full version purchased in the web shop: Since you already registered Melodyne and received a personalized installation program when you made your purchase in the web shop, you don’t need at this time to enter a serial number. The first time you launch the program after the installation, our server will recognize your copy and activate it. If you do need your serial number, however, you will find it at the top of the activation assistant window, which opens when you choose License from the Help menu.

Upgrade or update purchased through a dealer: If you buy an upgrade to a more powerful edition, or else an update to a newer version, of Melodyne in a retail outlet, you will find a new serial number in the pack. When you first launch the program after installing your upgrade or update, the activation assistant will appear. This will ask you for your serial number and guide you through the remaining steps.

Upgrade or update purchased in the web shop: Since you have to log in to purchase an upgrade or update in the web shop, your new serial number will be added automatically to your customer account data. When you launch your new edition or version of the program for the first time after the installation, our server will recognize and activate your copy automatically. If you do need your serial number, however, you will find it at the top of the activation assistant window, which opens when you choose License from the Help menu.

New serial numbers and the iLok: Whenever you purchase an upgrade or update, or download a major free update (such as from Version 1.x to Version 2.x), of Melodyne, you will be issued with a new serial number. Our server will then send automatically a new license to your iLok account. Just log in at and download the new license to your dongle, so that you can use your new edition or version of Melodyne in the same way as the previous one.

Melodyne essential bundled with Studio One: In the “Studio One Installation ...” window, click “Download content from Presonus User Account” and scroll down to the entry “Melodyne essential”. From there, you can copy the serial number and download the installation program directly. Please note that only Studio One Professional comes with a Melodyne serial number, but if you are using one of the other editions, you can still download the installation program and run Melodyne in trial mode.