Melodyne condensed : the interface in a nutshell

Keyboard shortcuts allow you to work more swiftly by eliminating mouse movements. Furthermore, holding down particular keys whilst working with the mouse often gives you access to additional options. You will find all such techniques listed here – as well as all the most important operations you can perform in Melodyne with a click or double-click.

Note: where we refer here to the ‘COMMAND’ key, we mean the command or Apple key on the Mac and the Ctrl key on the PC.

General program functions

Here you will find the keyboard and mouse commands for basic Melodyne functions

Open context menu for blobs and various other objects in the user interface Right-click on object
Select all COMMAND+A
Delete selection DELETE (PC) BACKSPACE (Mac)
Cut selection COMMAND+X
Copy selection COMMAND+C
Paste selection COMMAND+V
Undo COMMAND+Z
Redo COMMAND+SHIFT+Z, under Windows also COMMAND+Y
Make fine adjustments with tools or value fields ALT-drag
Select value in inspector Double-click value
Select entire entry in inspector Triple-click in inspector

Additional program functions (Stand-Alone only)
The following addiitonal commands are only available in the stand-alone implementation of Melodyne.

New document COMMAND+N
Open document COMMAND+O
Save document COMMAND+S
Save document as COMMAND+SHIFT+S
Close document COMMAND+W
Scroll the display automatically during playback COMMAND+ALT+F
Activate/deactivate time grid COMMAND+ALT+T
Open ‘correct pitch’ macro COMMAND+SHIFT+P
Open ‘quantize time’ macro COMMAND+SHIFT+T

Navigation, selection and playback

Here you will find all the commands required for navigation, zooming, selection, playback and working with the cycle function.

Navigation

Position playback cursor Click in the time ruler
Position playback cursor and scrub Drag horizontally in the time ruler (drag vertically to zoom)
Position playback cursor at last starting point Press (keypad) 0 once when stopped, twice during playback (Stand-Alone only)
Position playback cursor at start Press (keypad) 0 twice when stopped, three times during playback (Stand-Alone only)
Move editing area (scroll tool) COMMAND-drag in editing pane

Zooming

Zoom in time Drag vertically in time ruler (drag horizontally to scrub)
Zoom horizontally/vertically (zoom tool) COMMAND+ALT-drag horizontally/vertically in the editing pane
Zoom on a blob (or selection) COMMAND-double-click on the blob (or any blob selected)
Zoom out COMMAND-double-click in editing background
Zoom horizontally/vertically on all blobs Double-click horizontal/vertical scroll/zoom slider

Cycle editing

Activate/deactivate cycle Double-click on cycle beam
Define cycle range (snap to grid) Drag in cycle ruler
Define cycle range (snap deactivated) ALT-drag in cycle ruler
Match cycle range to current selection SHIFT-double-click on cycle ruler
Move cycle beam or cycle borders (snap to grid) Drag cycle beam or borders
Move cycle beam or cycle borders (snap deactivated) ALT-drag cycle beam or borders
Reposition cycle border SHIFT-click near border in cycle ruler
Reposition cycle border (snap deactivated) SHIFT+ALT-click near border in cycle ruler

Selection

Select blob Click on blob
Add/remove blob(s) to/from selection SHIFT-click on blob(s) or use lasso
Add/remove notes to/from selection using the pitch ruler (only within cycle range when cycling) SHIFT-click or drag in the pitch ruler
Add/remove notes (in all octaves) to/from selection using the pitch ruler (only within cycle range when cycling) SHIFT-double-click
Select adjacent blob ARROW KEYS
Add adjacent blob to selection SHIFT+ARROW KEYS
Snake selection SHIFT-click on a blob and drag to others
Rotate and select hidden blobs COMMAND+SHIFT+R (Melodyne editor Stand-Alone only)
Select all COMMAND+A

Playback (Plugin)
In the plug-in implementation of Melodyne, you can begin playback independently of the DAW in order to hear only Melodyne. This is only possible when playback in the DAW is stopped. We call it ‘local playback’.

Start local playback Double-click on time ruler with playback in the DAW stopped
Start local playback (selected notes only) ALT-double-click on time ruler with playback in the DAW stopped
Stop local playback SPACE or click on time ruler

To facilitate editing in note assignment mode, you can opt to hear the notes played back by a synthesizer, or switch back and forth between the synthesized and original sounds.

Toggle between synthensizer and original sound in note assignment mode SHIFT-double-click on time ruler

Playback (Stand-Alone)

Begin playback SPACE or (keypad) ENTER or double-click on time ruler
Play back selection, then stop ALT+SPACE
Stop playback SPACE or (keypad) 0 or click on time ruler

To facilitate editing in note assignment mode, you can opt to hear the notes played back by a synthesizer, or switch back and forth between the synthesized and original sounds.

Toggle between synthensizer and original sound in note assignment mode SHIFT-double-click on time ruler

Tool functions

It is possible to select tools, modify their behavior, and execute their principal functions, using only the keyboard.

Main tool

Select main tool  F1 (Stand-Alone only)
Raise/lower pitch by a semitone COMMAND+UP/DOWN ARROW
Raise/lower pitch by a cent COMMAND+ALT+UP/DOWN ARROW
Move in grid increments COMMAND+LEFT/RIGHT ARROW
Move in fine increments COMMAND+ALT+LEFT/RIGHT ARROW

Pitch tool

Select pitch tool F2 (Stand-Alone only)
Raise/lower pitch by a semitone or scale degree COMMAND+UP/DOWN ARROW
Raise/lower pitch by a cent COMMAND+ALT+UP/DOWN ARROW
Hear harmonic context when shifting the pitch of a note Begin dragging then press COMMAND

Pitch modulation tool

Toggle between original pitch modulation and none COMMAND+UP/DOWN ARROW

Pitch drift tool

Toggle between original pitch drift and none COMMAND+UP/DOWN ARROW

Formant tool

Select formant tool F3 (Stand-Alone only)
Raise/lower formants by a semitone COMMAND+UP/DOWN ARROW
Raise/lower formants by a cent COMMAND+ALT+UP/DOWN ARROW

Amplitude tool

Select amplitude tool F4 (Stand-Alone only)
Increase/decrease amplitude by 1 dB COMMAND+UP/DOWN ARROW
Increase/decrease amplitude by 0.1 dB COMMAND+ALT+UP/DOWN ARROW
Mute/unmute blob COMMAND+LEFT/RIGHT ARROW

Timing tool

Select timing tool F5 (Stand-Alone only)
Move in grid increments COMMAND+LEFT/RIGHT ARROW
Move in fine increments COMMAND+ALT+LEFT/RIGHT ARROW

Note separation tool

Select note separation tool F6 (Stand-Alone only)

Other functions

Real-time controls
You can automate Melodyne’s real-time controls in your DAW to create dynamic real-time effects.

Reset real-time controls (Plugin) and volume control (Stand-Alone) to neutral position COMMAND-click
Finely adjust real-time controls (Plugin) and volume control (Stand-Alone) ALT-drag
Select value range of real-time controls (Plugin, except ARA in Studio One) Right-click on control to open context menu

Scale area (Melodyne editor only)
In the scale area, the following keyboard and mouse commands can be used:

Mode ruler: rename degree double-click current name
Tuning ruler: enter frequency double-click current frequency
Tuning ruler: insert interval SHIFT-double-click between existing intervals (Melodyne editor only)
Tuning ruler: remove interval SHIFT-double-click on unwanted interval (Melodyne editor only)