Changing the key of vocals

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  1. DjCartel

    DjCartel Well-Known Member

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    All i really want is a yes no answere here, but is it possible to change the key of an accapella. I.e. if i had a song written in d minor, could i use a vocal recorded in say "e" and use ableton to change it to fit a dminor backing? Cheers!
     
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    I don't use ableton but I would assume that there is some kind of sampler that follows with it. just pop it in there and play what ever key you want it to be, although changing the pitch of a sample/vocal breaks it down so it will sound cracky if you play a too high note for example. Also there are plugins that you can pop on a channel to change pitch but as told, I don't know what comes with ableton ^^
     
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    DjCartel Well-Known Member

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    sweet cheers man, so technically it is possible to do? i just didnt want to spend time doing something that isnt actually possible! ill have a play around, safe
     
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    miszt BASSFACE Royale

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    yes, once you have dropped your acapella into ableton, double click it to bring up the editor, then use the Transpose dial; sorted. obviously this will only work Em to Dm (just drop it down one semitone), you cant do for eg Fmajor to Dminor (unless you transpose the correct notes via automation)
     
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    Melodyne is very good for this.
     
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    Just what I was about to suggest :)
     
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    DjCartel Well-Known Member

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    cheers guys will get on this tomorrow. got a liquid tune that needs a little uplifting vocal on it!
     
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    Melodyne was built for things like this.. One of the best pieces of kit if you work with vocals a lot..
     
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    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    Agreed. Their DNA tech is revolutionary...the only program I've used that can alter polyphonic audio material accurately with the click of a button. Well worth the cost of admission.
     
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    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    Elzerk 00111100 00110011

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    You don't need any fancy shit just for changing pitch. I think in any daw you can change pitch of the sample or play them in higher notes.
     
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    miszt BASSFACE Royale

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    agreed, melodyne to drop the pitch down one semitone is overkill. melodyne is a great program tho, for more complex/creative editing
     
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    Yeh thats only provided the actual vocal is 100% in the same key. Antares auto tune will dynamically change any note slightly out depending on how you set the Retune knob. Very fucking useful tool!! Even if you got a good vocal its a good practice to make sure all of its in key ;)