Melodyne expert tips by Rich Crescenti

Rich Crescenti is a freelance engineer who works as a Melodyne specialist for our American distributors, writes pro audio articles, interviews and reviews, and conducts numerous courses and seminars, having clocked up over 10,000 hours of classroom instruction time. Furthermore, Rich is a real Melodyne power user: watch him in action in the following videos, benefit from his experience, and be inspired!


What matters most – tips and tricks for editing lead and backing vocals.

  • Fast and easy editing – the clicks that count for musical pitch correction.
  • Sibilants and de-essing – more precise and better targeted than any de-esser.
  • Natural transitions – note transitions are a powerful means of optimizing a performance.
  • Background vocals: phrasing and timing – achieving balanced interaction with the lead vocals.

Other instruments

Vocals aren’t the only things that benefit from Melodyne. Here you’ll find suggestions for editing other instruments.

  • Drums: Shaping sounds with the Fade Tool – smooth or crisp? Nuanced dynamics for your drums.
  • Editing the bass – how to make the bass a solid foundation in the mix.
  • Piano: Controlling dynamics with the Leveling Macro – Melodyne as the perfect complement to compressors, gates etc.

Melodyne in Studio One

Tips to help you make Melodyne and Presonus Studio One work even more efficiently as a team.

  • Creating a tempo map – how to track the tempo of each recording and create a click track subsequently.
  • Stretching the tempo – reshape the tempo of a live recording, with or without the ‘human touch’.
  • Adapting loops – synchronize any loop perfectly to the fluctuating tempo of a live recording.