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Upgrading Melodyne Essential 4 (from SONAR Platinum) to version 5

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This question has come up a few times so I I am sharing some info I got from Celemony. This primarily applies to SONAR users who are now using Cakewalk by BandLab. As part of SONAR Platinum users got a license of Melodyne 4 Essential.  (If you are a new Cakewalk by BandLab user you are offered the trial version of Melodyne)

Melodyne 5 has many advantages over Melodyne 4, including ARA 2 integration and workflow improvements. As far as Melodyne 5 Essential goes the biggest advantage is that unlike version 4, it supports polyphonic pitch to MIDI out of the box. In version 4 you had to purchase Melodyne Editor to get this.   

To get your free Melodyne essential update to Melodyne version 5.

a. Login to your Celemony user account and find Melodyne 4 Essential 

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b. Click License Options

c. Click the Download button for your free update.

d. Install Melodyne

That should be it. If you have any issues transferring your license contact Celemony support.

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@Noel Borthwick Thanks for the infos! I have Melodyne Editor 4, but at the moment I do not have the cash to upgrade to version 5. Thus I have the following question: Is it somehow possible to use both Melodyne Essential 5 and Melodyne Editor 4 in CbB ? With 2 region FX entries ?

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54 minutes ago, marled said:

@Noel Borthwick Thanks for the infos! I have Melodyne Editor 4, but at the moment I do not have the cash to upgrade to version 5. Thus I have the following question: Is it somehow possible to use both Melodyne Essential 5 and Melodyne Editor 4 in CbB ? With 2 region FX entries ?

You can't have version 4 & 5 installed at the same time.

As soon as you install version 5, it removes version 4 and deactivates your v4 license. It actually forced me to remove my v4 license from my iLok account before activating the v5 one.

In saying that, once installed & activated, it was pretty smooth and ran in CbB without issue.

Also, there's no actual difference in the Essential vs Editor vs Studio program. It's the same program, but activates the various features based on your license.

Oh - and remember... Melodyne 5 does not work in Window 7.

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3 hours ago, msmcleod said:

As soon as you install version 5, it removes version 4 and deactivates your v4 license.

I guess "deactivates" means on local system only!

In the first moment I thought I had not made clear that my Editor and Essential license are 2 different ones. But then I have understood. 😉

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5 hours ago, marled said:

@Noel Borthwick Thanks for the infos! I have Melodyne Editor 4, but at the moment I do not have the cash to upgrade to version 5. Thus I have the following question: Is it somehow possible to use both Melodyne Essential 5 and Melodyne Editor 4 in CbB ? With 2 region FX entries ?

No because 5 replaces version 4.

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