VoiceWorks: Pitch correcting vocal that jumps to unwanted notes

Question

Sometimes the vocal I am trying to correct jumps to unwanted notes I have the proper pitch correction Root and Scale already selected. Is there anything else that I can do?

Answer

Yes.

Situation A.

If the note that it’s jumping to is a note that is never meant to be sung in the song, you can remove it from the pitch correction scale. The Pitch Correction Map is edited by pressing the DOWN ARROW past the “WN, AT, AM”parameters.

You can directly edit the set of correction notes from this screen by using the arrow keys to select a note and the DATA WHEEL to turn them on or off (notes that are active show “o”, notes that are inactive show “x”).

Since the pitch would have to be substantially out to require this, make sure the WN is set high enough to “catch” the note.

Situation B.

If the notes that are being jumped to are meant to be sung in other parts of the song, you’ll have to use this process. With MIDI send Custom Scale CC messages to the VoiceWorks dynamically throughout the song.

  1. Start with the base Pitch Correction Scale for the song.
  2. Mark in your sequence where the pitch errors are occurring. In Cakewalk, this may be done by pressing F11 in the track view screen every time a pitch error occurs.
  3. Figure out the note that you do not want to be heard at those locations.
  4. Go to the Pitch Correction Map and position the Cursor on the first note that you do not want to be heard (it should be an “o”)
  5. Set your sequencer up to record the MIDI out of the VoiceWorks on a fresh MIDI track and start it recording.
  6. Turn the VoiceWorks DATA WHEEL one click counter clockwise, setting the o to an x and then back again setting the x to an o.
  7. Stop your sequencer from recording.
  8. This will have recorded a pair of CC messages that define the Custom Correction Scale with the unwanted note removed, and then a pair of CC messages defining the Correction scale with the note back in. 
  9. Position the first CC message pair in time just before the corresponding pitch problem occurs, and the second pair just after the problem.
  10. Repeat steps 4 to 9 for every pitch problem marked in the sequence.

The custom correction scale can also be edited via MIDI using the correction scale CCs (see the manual for details). This however requires binary/decimal calculations.


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