This may seem like a silly question, but… I’m getting old. And I’m becoming less and less willing to learn -any- new ‘tech’ unless someone convinces me to bear down and do it for my own good.
I’m a 20 year user of Cubase. I own AutoTune and Melodyne 4, but I honestly cannot remember the last time I used either. Frankly, most of the time, I would either have the players redo parts -or- in the case of drums, just chop and align manually the odd bit with a timing issue.
But recently, I’m getting projects that need more help. I dunno if people just stopped singing in tune or what, but I find myself using the audio editor in Cubase a -lot- more. And that’s happening just at the time in my life where I’m losing patience with this sort of thing.
This weekend I (finally) figured out how to use Cubase 11 with ARA and Melodyne 4. But it’s -waaaaay- slower for me than using the Cubase editor. And my initial tests didn’t show any major differences. At first glance it seemed as though VariAudio is pretty good for -minor- issues.
SO MY QUESTION IS TWO PART:
Is Melodyne 4 actually worth learning and using instead of VariAudio? ie. is the automagic results it provides really worth the extra effort? (ie. really superior to the pitch fix capabilities of Cubase 11)
Is Melodyne 5 worth the upgrade, just for the simple pitch correction I do. (I read some reviews and wasn’t clear as to how much it helps in my very simple use case.) Again, does it create better (more natural?) results than the built-in tools in Cubase.
EDIT: I am actually mostly fine with the Cubase audio editor for simple non-vibrato notes. Where it often totally falls down are notes where this a lot of vibrato. Trying to fix those to sound ‘natural’ is often impossible for me. I wonder if Melodyne handles that kind of thing more gracefully.