Audio to MIDI

From this tour, you will learn how to save audio notes in Melodyne as MIDI notes.

About Audio-to-MIDI

Melodyne allows you to export audio notes as MIDI notes, in order, for example, to double your vocals with a sound from a software synthesizer.

The MIDI notes are an exact representation of the audio notes in Melodyne. For each audio note, a MIDI note is created with the same position, length and pitch. The velocity of each MIDI note is derived from the amplitude of the audio note it represents.

That is equally true whichever algorithm is used, with a few algorithm-specific exceptions: In the case of vocals, breaths are not exported as MIDI notes; and if you save rhythmic material or material edited with the Universal algorithm as MIDI, all the MIDI notes will share the same pitch but take their position, length and amplitude from their audio equivalents in the rhythm track. You can use this technique, for example, to derive from a drum loop a quantization reference for other MIDI tracks in your DAW.

The generation of MIDI notes from audio material offers a wealth of different creative possibilities. Try it out for yourself!

Exporting MIDI

From the “Settings” menu, choose “Save as MIDI…”. In the file selection box that appears next, you can enter a name and a storage location for the MIDI file.
Now import this file back into your DAW onto a track with a MIDI or software tone generator.

The exported data comprises that of the entire track, even if this is composed of many different audio segments. However the export does not necessarily begin at Bar One but rather, in principle, with the first note on the track. Of course, the export range is expanded to ensure that when the file is imported into the DAW, you do not have to position it with sample accuracy on the audio, but simply align it with the exact beginning of the bar that contains the first note.