Celemony Software

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Celemony Software
FoundedOctober 2000 (2000-10)
Area served
Digital audio processing
Key people
Peter Neubäcker, Carsten Gehle, Anselm Roessler
ProductsMelodyne, Capstan
Number of employees
> 20 (as of 2012)

Celemony Software GmbH is a German musical software company that specializes in digital audio pitch correction software. It produces Melodyne, a popular audio pitch modification tool similar to Auto-Tune.[1]


Celemony was founded in October 2000 by Peter Neubäcker, Prof. Dr. Hildegard Sourgens and Carsten Gehle. It is based in Munich, Germany.[2]

In 2009, Melodyne won an MIPA Award for Most innovative product.[3] In 2011, Celemony released Capstan, a stand-alone audio restoration software that eliminates wow and flutter from digital recordings.[4]

In October 2011, Celemony and PreSonus introduced Audio Random Access (ARA), an extension for audio plug-in formats like AU and VST that permits to exchange data between them which is supported by several DAWs.[5]


Melodyne logo.

Three years before Celemony was founded, Peter Neubäcker was working on a research experiment with sound. This experiment later turned into the Melodyne pitch correction product.

Melodyne has become a tool which is used by a large number of professional record producers worldwide to tune and manipulate audio signals, typically a singer's vocals.

Melodyne also has facilities for time-stretching, rebuilding melodies. It can also be used to aid the creation of backing vocals from an existing lead vocal. The first public viewing of Melodyne was at the Winter NAMM Show in 2001 and it has since won various awards.[6]

As of January 2016, the current release is Melodyne 4. Artists who use the software include Herbie Hancock, Björk, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel, and Thomas Newman.[7] It is also used in classical music for the pitch analysis of speech. Composer Jonathan Harvey and IRCAM engineers used Melodyne to extract melodic material for his composition Speakings.[8]

Direct Note Access[edit]

Schematic of polyphonic note separation & manipulation

Direct Note Access (DNA) allows independent manipulation of individual notes within chords and polyphonic recordings. Originally announced at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2008 to be released at the end of that year, it was later postponed to Q1 2009, then finally released on 16 November 2009 as part of Melodyne editor. On 14 January 2016, Celemony integrated DNA into their multitrack software Melodyne studio (version 4).

Grammy Award[edit]

Celemony was given a Special Merit/Technical Grammy Award at the 54th Grammy Awards in February 2012. The category recognizes "contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field." [9]

See also[edit]


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  1. ^ "Auto-Tune vs Melodyne". Sound on Sound. March 2007.
  2. ^ "About". Celemony. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  3. ^ "Winners". MIPA Award. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  4. ^ "Capstan". Celemony. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  5. ^ "Celemony introduces ARA Audio Random Access". KVR Audio. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  6. ^ "Melodyne". Sound on Sound. November 2001. Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  7. ^ "Artists". Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  8. ^ Gilbert Nouno, Arshia Cont, Gregoire Carpentier, Jonathan Harvey (July 23–25, 2009). "Making an Orchestra Speak" (PDF). Retrieved November 29, 2010.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Technical GRAMMY Award". grammy.com. Retrieved January 31, 2012.

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