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3 Ways to Use Pitch Correction for Vocals

April 28, 2021

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Are you wondering how to use pitch correction software? Or maybe you’re exploring what the best pitch correction software is. In this video, we’ll show you three different approaches to pitch correction using VocalSynth Pro, Nectar Pro, and Melodyne 5 essential—all of which are available through Music Production Suite Pro.

Whether you want to tune your vocals in order to correct a vocal performance or add exaggerated pitch correction as a creative effect, we’ve got you covered.

Using VocalSynth for pitch correction

You can utilize Correction, Speed, and Strength controls in VocalSynth to get the vocal effect you’re looking for. Simply tweak and listen to achieve the vocal effect you want.

Depending on the tonality of the vocal you're using, you can use Register controls to narrow it down more accurately, from low, mid, to high. To give it a more natural sound, you can also slow down the speed, but maintain the pitch correction you set. Using iZotope’s machine learning technology, VocalSynth Pro can also “learn” your vocal and automatically suggest three of the most relevant keys. 

Using Nectar for Pitch Correction

Visual feedback in Nectar helps you understand how the tool is adjusting the pitch of your vocal. Your Strength and Speed controls will dial in the settings you want, and additional controls in the Formant shifter help set resonance and harmonics for more extreme vocal effects.

Nectar’s interconnected modules make pitch correction simpler. Nectar Pro includes twelve modules for completely vocal-focused production and mixing including Corrective and Creative Dynamic EQs, Compression, Harmony, Pitch, De-Esser, Saturation, Reverb, Gate, and Dimension

Similar to the Learn function in VocalSynth, you can use Auto Detect in Nectar, which will—as the name suggests—automatically detect a pitch and then suggest the three most relevant keys available to you. Once you have your pitch perfected in Nectar, you can move on to the additional modules to really sculpt your vocal sound. 

Using Melodyne for Pitch Correction

Melodyne 5 essential—included in Music Production Suite Pro—gives you hands-on control with your pitch correction. Depending on your setup, you can use Melodyne in a few different ways. You can use it standalone outside of your DAW, or you can use it as an ARA plug-in. ARA stands for Audio Random Access, which is a new plug-in format that seamlessly integrates Melodyne essential into any compatible DAW like Pro Tools, Logic, or Studio One. 

Melodyne will automatically map out the pitch of your vocal once it's been tracked. The visual interface allows you to make individual and global changes by selecting your entire vocal or individual parts. The Pitch Center control will help you bring your vocal closer to the scale you’ve set, while the Pitch Drift controls will restrain your pitch.

With note-by-note manipulation, Melodyne gives you granular control over your vocal. Among other things, you can edit pitch, volume, vibrato, length, timing and formants of each note.

With pitch correction tools like these, it’s easier than ever to tweak, warp, or perfect a vocal performance. Try Music Production Suite Pro for free to access all these products, plus more vocal and music production content. 

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