Products from Celemony
Who's behind Celemony?
The question "How does a stone sound?" is what gave the passionate researcher and inventor Peter Neubäcker the idea for Melodyne in 1997. Peter Neubäcker goes his own way. As a musician, mathematics lover, guitar maker and harmonics specialist, he finds approaches far removed from classical signal technology, traces the music, the emotion of a recording and not the technical level. It is his algorithms that make Melodyne so musical, so faithful, so unique. He is supported by an experienced team of engineers who implement his ideas with state-of-the-art signal and programming technology and develop professional software.
Celemony's corporate culture is characterized by a certain otherness: his twenty-odd employees are scattered all over Germany, some of them in the USA and Japan. Everyone determines their own working hours, communication takes place via the Internet, and hierarchies are flat. In persona you meet occasionally for meetings, otherwise rather for extensive celebrations. Almost all employees are musicians themselves, ranging from electronic and medieval music to punk and metal.
The most important events at a glance
1997 - Peter Neubäcker begins developing the Melodyne idea
2000 - Foundation of Celemony
2001 - Melodyne presented at Winter NAMM for the first time
2007 - A single-track Melodyne version is released as a plugin
2008 - Celemony presents DNA Direct Note Access at the Musikmesse
2009 - Melodyne editor with DNA Direct Note Access published
2011 - Capstan appears, the software to remove synchronization fluctuations
2011 - Celemony presents together with Presonus the interface extension ARA
2012 - Technical Grammy crowns a long list of awards for Celemony and Melodyne
2016 - Melodyne 4 with Multitrack Note Editing, Sound Editor and DNA-based tempo detection appears
The main product: Melodyne
Over the years, Melodyne has been refined, expanded and awarded many prizes. Today, it is used by almost all renowned musicians and producers. For example, The Who guitarist Pete Townshend considers the software a miracle, Ultravox singer Midge Ure for black magic, Depeche Mode producer Gareth Jones and multimedia visionary Peter Gabriel love it, jazz legend Herbie Hancock calls it a must-have for musicians.
Melodyne's strength and uniqueness lies in its ability to understand digital recordings as music and to recognize and display the notes in them. Melodyne therefore speaks the language of the musicians and offers them musical elements for processing, not technical data. With Melodyne, like a composer, you can rearrange, change and invent the notes of a recording. How a musician brings sounds to life and shapes music and emotion. How a conductor determines tempo, volume and design.
DNA Direct Note Access
After initially only editing melodic and rhythmic material was possible, Celemony also developed an algorithm for polyphonic instruments in 2008. The patented DNA Direct Note Access technology allows Melodyne to edit individual notes within chords for the first time. This development is regarded as a milestone in recording studio technology and is attracting worldwide attention beyond industry boundaries. In 2008, Der Spiegel titled its Melodyne article "Photoshop für Klaenge" (Photoshop for Sounds), while the New York Times considers the technology a "breakthrough".
The tool for specialists: Capstan
In 2011 Celemony presents the professional restoration tool Capstan. Capstan is based on the unique DNA Direct Note Access and detects the synchronisation fluctuations in the music itself. Therefore, the synchronisation fluctuations can be corrected completely independent of the medium used, such as tape or record. Especially important old recordings of classical music could be published thanks to Capstan.