Voice Change

When it came to playing around with Audacity, I had fun changing the pitch. I tried it with music too. I took an Adele song and made it into a Chipmunks version and it’s a really easy and funny trick.

This can be done by first opening your audio file in Audacity.  Then click on Effects, then Change Pitch.

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Once you do this, a window pops up. Type 100 in the Percent Change box and hit OK.Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 1.33.08 AM

Now when you play the track it sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

You can also kind of do the reverse of this, which makes the song have a more masculine voice. When I did this, I first went to Edit to Undo the Pitch Change. Now go back into Effects and Change Pitch.  I only had to decrease the Percent Change to -20.  Now when the song replays, it sounds like a man is singing the song instead of Adele.

What’s also cool about using this effect is that it doesn’t speed up the track.  A lot of times when you hear something with the Chipmunk voice, like in a YouTube video, the audio is plays faster too.  However, this doesn’t happen with the Change Pitch effect!

While I probably won’t use this technique on my audio documentary, it was very entertaining to hear the sound effect on my interview tracks. Maybe if you don’t like the sound of someone’s voice you interviewed, say it’s high-pitched and annoying, you could tone it down a little with this trick!

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