Selecting notes

In this tour, you will learn which techniques you can use to select notes in Melodyne prior to editing them.

Standard selection techniques

Click a note in the editing area to select it. Selected notes are more boldly colored.

[Shift]-click additional notes to add them to the selection.

[Shift]-clicking a selected note removes it from the selection.
Another way of selecting multiple blobs is to lasso them by clicking in the editing background in one corner of the desired selection and then dragging the pointer to the corner diagonally opposite. This is sometimes called rubber-banding.

Snake selection

If you press the [Shift] key, click a note and then move the mouse pointer away, Melodyne’s snake selection mode is activated.  You can now add notes to the selection by painting over them with the snake.

If you move the mouse (and thereby the snake) backwards again, you can remove notes previously painted over from the selection.

Selection using the pitch ruler

Click a note in the pitch ruler to select notes of the corresponding pitch.

If cycle mode is active, the selection only affects such notes if they lie within the cycle range.

By [Shift]-clicking other notes in the pitch ruler, you can add them to the selection and later remove them by the same means.

If you double-click, as opposed to single-clicking, a note in the pitch ruler, you will select the same note in all octaves rather than simply that single instance of the note.

Click and drag in the pitch ruler to select a range of notes.

By using the [Shift] key in the pitch ruler, you can remove from the selection a range of notes or individual notes. Here too, if a cycle is active, only notes within the cycle range will be selected.

Selection commands in the menu

In the Edit menu, you will see the command Select All and the Select Special sub-menu with a few additional selection commands.

The command Restore Last Selection reverses the last selection step, thereby restoring the selection that was active beforehand. This is useful if you are in the process of performing a complex selection and accidentally shoot astray, causing the selection to disappear. By clicking Restore Last Selection, you can retrieve it.

The command Invert Note Selection deselects all selected notes and selects all notes that were previously not selected. The commands that follow are similarly self-explanatory, allowing you to select all the notes that follow, all notes of the same pitch, all notes of the same pitch in all octaves, and so on.

The command Select Fifths Above and Below in All Octaves selects tones a fifth above and below the selected tones in all octaves. All the Select commands in the second subdivision of the menu operate on the cycle zone only if cycle mode is active.

The last command in the list, Rotate and Select Covered Notes is designed to help out when you have notes that overlap or completely cover others. It does so by switching the display from layer to layer, selecting at each successive layer the note uncovered, so that you can see and drag it.