The real-time controls
The real-time controls in Melodyne Plugin govern the pitch, formants and volume, in each case of all notes. You can automate these controls in your DAW to produce special progressions and effects. If you cannot see the controls, check Show Real-time Controls in the View menu.
Please note: changes of pitch produced using the real-time rotary control (the pitch knob) do not sound as good as those produced with the pitch tool. So please do not use the pitch knob for normal transposition but only when you wish to use the automation of your DAW for special effects.
The difference in sound stems from the fact that the pitch tool employs a high-tech algorithm that makes use of knowledge of the surrounding notes (and note transitions), whilst the rotary control has to make do without such knowledge.
The real-time pitch, formant and volume knobs
With these three knobs you can influence in real time (from left to right) pitch, formants and volume.
All three parameters appear as automation-capable plug-in parameters in your DAW. You can draw automation curves, for example, in order to ‘drive’ these parameters. Please consult the user manual of your DAW to discover what possibilities are available to you in connection with automation-capable parameters and how these are handled.
All three knobs influence their parameters in both directions, with a neutral central position as their starting point. Leftward (anti-clockwise) rotation reduces the pitch, formants and volume parameters; rightward rotation increases them.
The pitch knob displays its values in semitones by means of a tool tip. You can adjust the control range to suit your requirements using the context menu.
The formant knob also displays its values in semitones; its control range, too, can be selected from the context menu.
The volume knob has a fixed control range from -∞ to 6 dB, with 0 dB in the center.
[Command]-clicking any of these knobs returns it instantly to its neutral central position.