Tuning Vocals with Score Control
What is Score Control? Wait, you’ve never used Score Control? OK, basically it’s a short cut to automating pitch correction with PitchDoctor using the same automation tools you use for everything else. No freaky graphs or weird interfaces. Just Pro Tools automation.
OK, so it’s covered in the manual (We’re supposed to look at that?). In any case, here’s how to do it.
1. Select a couple bars of a vocal. Open PitchDoctor (PD) and open the automation window for PD (by clicking on the ‘auto’ button). From the pop-up window, select “Correction Score” and enable it for automation.
2. You should then go to the Track Window, and in the track view window change the view to “Correction Score”
3. Right below the track view button will be a box that says “Auto” Click on this button on change it to “write.” When set, it will blink red.
4. In Pro Tools, locate and select the section containing the section of audio that you want to create a score from. Make sure that Loop Playback in Pro Tools has been disabled.
5. Click on the generate button. The LED will flash, displaying the message “hit play…”
6. Start playback in Pro Tools, at which point the message will change to “Analyzing”.
7. When the file ends, you notice PD says hit play again. Do that. Start playback again, and the Correction Score automation data will be written for the selected section of your track.
8. When it ends this time, check the automation for Score Control and you should see an automation line of the pitches that PD detected.
9. You can grab a point and change the pitches wherever you want to. You can even switch into auto mode, or to no quantize for notes that you don’t want to touch. Did that sink in? Pitch correction using automation. Actually non-destructive. Cool.
You’ll still want to do small sections, like 2 to 4 bars at a time, but then you’ll have a full track with automated pitch correction. Producer wants a couple notes changed? No prob. No looking through region list or back ups for the original track.
Note: PitchDoctor’s latency is still outside the maximum range for Delay Compensation in Pro Tools 7.x, so it’s best to shift the track ahead to line it up. It’s really easy if you use the “Shift” function in Pro Tools. It’s under edit and allows you to shift by specific times. 89ms is the time. That way you know exactly what to shift back to if you take PD off the track.