Key/Pitch

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You can change a sound's key by clicking the Sound tab on the bottom of the window.  Each sound can be in one of the following modes: "Adjust To Project Key", "Adjust Pitch By", or "Do Not Fix Pitch" (audio clips only).  Select the drop down to change the mode to "Adjust to Project Key".

 

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hmtoggle_arrow1 Adjust To Project Key

 

If in this mode, Mixcraft will adjust the pitch of the sound based on the difference between the project's key and the sound's key.  For example, if the project key was F# and the sound's key was F, it would adjust the pitch of the sound up by one semitone so that it was in tune with F# instead of F.

 

However, you can have more than one key change in a project.  A sound in "Adjust To Project Key" mode will adjust to the correct number of half steps in order to play in the correct key based on the most recent key change.  To continue the example, if your sound was in F and you had two key changes to A and then G, it would correspond to shifting the pitch of your sound by four semitones up  to A and then by two semitones up to G.

 

The software adjusts the pitch by the shortest distance between two keys.  For example, if the project key was G and the sound's key was F, it will adjust it by +2 semitones, instead of -10 semitones.

 

Changing The Key Of A Sound

Assuming that the key of the sound is correct, you can change the key of a sound by adding markers with key changes and/or by changing the project's key. You do not need to change the key of the sound on the Sound tab, but, instead, you should change the project key or add key change markers!  In short, if you want to change the key of a sound, change the project key!  Changing the key of a sound should only be done if the detected key is wrong!

 

If the sound's  key is wrong, you can adjust it via the "Key" drop down control.  The original detected key will show up with an * next to it, in case you need to restore the original detected key.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Pitch Shifting Sounds

 

You can change a sound's pitch by clicking the Sound tab on the bottom of the window.   If you want the sound to obey key changes on the time line or be relative to the project's key, you should look into setting the key of the sound.

 

Do Not Fix Pitch

If you don't care about changing the sound's pitch, you can choose "Do Not Fix Pitch" on the Sound tab.  If you are time stretching the sound, the pitch will be altered by the same percentage as the time stretch.

 

Adjust Pitch By

Choose "Adjust Pitch By" from the drop down list on the Sound tab.

 

This allows you to change the pitch by semitones.  You can type in a partial amount such as 1.26 semitones or use the drop down or spin arrows to adjust by a whole semitone or 1/10th of a semitone.  You might use this option to fix a slightly off key vocal performance or transpose a sound into a key you are more familiar with.