Studio Tip: How To Automate a Pitch Bend in Pro Tools Using Melodyne

Hey Everyone! Here’s a quick studio tip on how to create that pitch bending effect that we hear in a lot of dance/electronic music. Check out the video and step-by-step instructions below.

Step by Step Instructions:

1. If using a virtual instrument, record it to an audio track.

  • a. Set identical busses from the output of the instrument track and the input of a new audio track.
  • b. Make sure to either set the instrument track to unity gain (0db) and set the new track to the same level as the original level of the instrument track…or…record to the audio track with the level left alone on the instrument track but leave the new audio track at unity gain.
  • c. Record the part you wish to pitch up or down.

2. Creat your loop or piece that you wish to pitch up or down (I chose the first bar and looped it in the empty area). Make sure that your instrument track is no longer playing during this section. You can also print down your entire instrument track to audio and make the original track inactive. I have chosen to only print the section that I want pitched.

3. Instantiate a Melodyne plug in (must be a plug in version, not rewire to standalone).

4. Import the section you wish to pitch bend using the transfer function.

5. Right click the overall pitch and choose your desired maximum level of pitch bend. (I chose +/- 24 semitones which is 2 octaves).


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6. Click the automation enable button at the top of the plugin. Then select pitch and add it to the right column.

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7. Select the track view for pitch automation on the left side of your track.

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8. Draw in the automation as you like it and enjoy the awesome pitch bending!


Thanks for watching/reading and I hope you enjoyed this little studio tip. Make sure to hit me up with any questions you may have or anything you may want me to turn into a studio tip video!


Justin “Dunna” McDonough