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Abelton Live Suite comes preloaded with a ton of great tools to help get your productions to the level you want them. Even if you are not trained musically, or don’t play an instrument, Abelton has ways of making music creation easy for you. Check out one of our Engineer/Producer Nick D’Alessandro’s favorite ways below.

CONVERT MELODY TO NEW MIDI TRACK

Not everyone has the opportunity to take music lessons before diving into the world of production. This can make creating melodies and chord progressions harder for a “non-musician.” If you find that playing an actual keyboard is holding back the melodies in your head, then “CONVERT MELODY TO NEW MIDI TRACK” is just for you. This function will allow you to either hum/sing the melody or use existing audio to make Abelton convert that audio track into a playable MIDI track.

 

Check out this example with a vocal from Adele for Set Fire To The Rain.

 

I used the first couple lines of the song and used the hotkey Command E to cut the section I wanted then used Command J to consolidate the new section.

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I then right clicked on that audio and chose CONVERT MELODY TO NEW MIDI TRACK.

 

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Once Abelton finished it’s process a new midi track with a bunch of plugins was created. Abelton automatically loads an audio rack with a few plugins when you do a melody convert, but you can change these to what ever you’d like now that you have an actually midi clip. You can delete the plugins and add your favorite software synth.

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There is also a bit of MIDI information on this created track. Those are the notes that are being sung in the original audio track of Adele.

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You can see how the original wave form is begin represented by the black midi blocks below it.

Like stated above you can do this same exact thing with a microphone or guitar while you play or sing the melody live. You will complete the same process as above once you have your audio recorded.

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