How to Change the Pitch of a Song

Changing the pitch of a song is easy with an audio editing program like Audacity. Audacity may be used on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. It is simple to use and suitable for use in professional music studios. The editing capabilities of this program are advanced and require minimal knowledge of audio editing to be able to use. Learning to change the pitch of a song can make it possible to fine-tune a recording to your exact specifications.

Step 1

Download Audacity from their website. Make sure to download the correct version for your system.

Step 2

Install Audacity and open the program to begin editing your music file.

Step 3

Drag the music file into the main editing pane. This will transfer the file into Audacity, making it ready for editing.

Step 4

Click on the "Change Pitch ..." option from underneath the "Effects" menu. A dialog box will open. If you know the starting pitch of the recording, enter it in the first box. If you do not know the starting pitch, enter the pitch C. The piece can be transposed relatively even if the exact pitch is not known.

Step 5

Select the direction in which you want to change the pitch by choosing "Up" or "Down" in the dialog box. Then select the pitch that the piece should be changed to. If you do not know the pitch of the piece, then determine the distance from C that the piece should be transposed to. Enter that pitch in the second box. Press "OK" and your piece will be transposed.

Step 6

Save the piece as a new file and listen to your composition to make sure it is the right pitch. If it isn't what you need, follow the steps again until you get the exact pitch you want for the song.


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