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Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded music

Posted by lynnalexandra (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 27, 12 at 12:49

My daughter has a science project where she is testing what pitch people prefer. She's going to record herself playing a few bars of music on the piano. Once she has that recording, she wants to use software to change the pitch (raise it or lower it a few notes) so that she can ask her subject pool which pitches they prefer.

Is there any really easy software to use that will accomplish this? basically making it a few notes higher or lower.

Thank you.
Lynn.


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RE: Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded mu

Hi
Lynn,

Take a look here, I'm sure others will have ideas too.

Joe

Here is a link that might be useful: pc world


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RE: Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded mu

Thanks, Joe.

Unfortunately that program does not change just the pitch. You can only change pitch if you're also changing tempo (and we want to avoid any other changes - i.e., the only manipulated, independent variable will be pitch).

Too bad. It was looking promising until I got to the bottom where it said pitch couldn't be changed without also changing tempo.

Lynn.


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RE: Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded mu

"but you can't change pitch alone simply to drop or raise the key a half- or whole-tone."

Unfortunately, this might not work for your daughter since it sounds as if you must also alter tempo. I'm curious about this, so I'll see if I can find anything else.


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RE: Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded mu

From what I see Audacity, may help from what I understand it has an effects area where pitch can be changed..


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RE: Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded mu

In searching, the only free program I could find to do the job is Audacity. Garage Band can also do it, but that's for Mac's, isn't it?

You might find tutorials for changing pitch with Audacity. Worth a search.


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RE: Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded mu

In searching, the only free program I could find to do the job is Audacity. Garage Band can also do it, but that's for Mac's, isn't it?

You might find tutorials for changing pitch with Audacity. Worth a search.


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One of the videos on this page might help.


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RE: Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded mu

Options I see in Audacity:

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I barely know the difference between Pitch and Tempo though so maybe that's not what you need.


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RE: Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded mu

You guys are the greatest. What a wonderful, helpful community (and frankly, just what I needed after a very tough week of people being difficult, unhelpful and irresponsible). Thanks.

I love the tutorials for Audacity - and will probably want to play around with that some.

But before I got those responses, I did some more searching and found a very simple program called MP3 Key Changer. It allows you to save up to 3 versions for free - so that will suffice for my daughter's purposes of creating one higher pitched and one lower pitched version. The free version may also save only a portion of the song - but my daughter only needs a few bars, not the whole song. The full software costs $45. So if we want further transposing, I think we'll learn Audacity.

In case anyone finds this thread and is interested, this free download trial from CNET can be found here:

http://download.cnet.com/MP3-Key-Changer/3000-2139_4-10463799.html

My daughter loves singing, though. And I can imagine her learning audacity to change the background tracks so she can sing any song she wants in her own key.

Bob - your links were great places to start learning Audacity. And Chugger - your screen shots are worth a thousand words. My daughter is 13 - and not quite at the stage of intuitively figuring her way around software.

Thanks everyone.
Lynn.


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RE: Any Free EASY software to change the pitch/key of recorded mu

I believe that winamp (www.at winamp.com) will do what you require.

It will change the tempo, slow down/speed up, and change the key.


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