I wonder if anyone could repeat my test to see if you get the same results?
I imported a 75bpm drum loop into Cubase 8.5 and imported the same loop into the standalone version of Melodyne Studio 4. In Cubase I lowered the tempo to 40bpm using the Elastique Pro - Time algorithm and changed the tempo in Melodyne to 40bpm too. My results were that there were less artefacts in Melodyne so the sound was more usable so conclude that Melodyne is better at timestretching however I went back to the original 75bpm loop in Cubase and raised the pitch by 8 semitones using the Elastique Pro - Pitch algorithm and did the same in Melodyne. My results were that Cubase retained the pitch better with less artefacts. The Melodyne version had a phasing sound which I’ve heard many times especially on many official Melodyne videos. So I conclude that Cubase 8.5 is better at pitch shifting and Melodyne is better at timestretching!
I’m very interested in your thoughts after repeating my simple test?