The Melodyne Orchestra

I took three pieces of music I had previously recorded, a string quartet, a solo piano and a solo violin, loaded them into Melodyne and condensed the entire performance to a single note. I then made samples of that note for the range of the keyboard and mapped them in Kontakt. Melodyne creates odd textures that sound both real and artificial....

The story

Hi, my name is Sean Trainor and I am a producer/composer from Nashville, Tennessee.

I first had the idea for The Melodyne Orchestra when watching a video of producer Shawn Everett. He talked about a production technique where he used the plug in Melodyne for not only tuning vocals, but as a synthesizer.

With a collection of sounds he made from crashing cymbals onto a metal cabinet, Shawn created a beautiful synthesizer that sounded processed but extremely organic. I remember thinking, wow, I wonder if I could use this same technique but map the sounds to a keyboard so it could be playable. Like a Melodyne Orchestra.

I took three pieces of music I had previously recorded, a string quartet, a solo piano and a solo violin, loaded them into Melodyne and condensed the entire performance to a single note. I then made samples of that note for the range of the keyboard and mapped them in Kontakt. Melodyne creates odd textures that sound both real and artificial.

Layer one on the instrument is the string quartet, layer two is a piano, and layer three is a solo violin. I’ve included a range of presets of fun combinations for you to try out. This is my first go at sampling so I hope this is a useful and fun creative tool for everyone. I can see unlimited possibilities when combining the power of Melodyne and the world of sampling.

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