So, you say you have years of education and experience with digital audio... Once you learn what this often misunderstood software package is capable of doing, you will be thoroughly amazed! I promise. I felt a similar sense of creative anticipation seeing Sound Designer II in use for the first time 15 years ago.
If you liked AudioSnap you'll love this. This is AudioSnap on steroids.
a great product and it could probably be even better
I had trouble installing on a Mac Pro because of a locked Rewire file, but tech support was immediately available and guided me through the solution (required putting some commands in the Mac terminal). The introductory tour and manual are a big help because although the screen resembles a typical MIDI sequencer, the tools for manipulating the tones (blobs) are unique.
Although multiple concurrent tracks can be edited with this software, tone detection and editing are limited to monophonic tracks. I'm not an expert on this subject but I think the sound frequency spectrum can be analyzed mathematically and major bell-shaped components peeled off to give an approximate detection of simultaneous (homophonic and polyphonic) tones. Overtones would confound the result, but a user with musical training could probably figure out how the score should look.
Despite the above limitation, Melodyne has become a useful tool for my work, and I'm glad that I have it.
Amazing Sound Quality
If your in the market for pitch correction software, try this out. Some people seem to be having problems getting the bridge to work but it's working great with Logic Pro 7. You need to read carefully about buffer sizes and stereo transfers. You can do alot more than correct pitch, you can quantize audio notes like midi notes. Download the ten min. demo. www.celemony.com. it's great. They even prefrom 1000% time scretch on some horns, it sounded great. You can really turn a good recording into a great one. It will change the way you work and creates new creative possibles never available in one problem with such quality.
Melodyne Studio Edition
This program is very cool. I can't figure out how to use the bridge(which would allow this program to function as a plugin) but this program works very well on its own. It is very easy to correct pitch and timing errors. I find it works best if I simply open a Cubase audio file directly in Melodyne, fix the pitch on the track, export as an audio file with the proper bit (in my case 32 bit float) and import the track back into my project in Cubase. If you haven't seen this program yet you are in for a real treat. There is an excellent 10 minute download you can watch at www.celemony.com.
This program is great as a stand-a-lone, but it sucks when you try to use it as an RTAS in Pro Tools. I purchased it thinking it would work with Pro Tools, but found out later that it was still in beta testing at celemony.