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Chapter 9. Advanced Audio Editing > Pitch Shifting an Event

Pitch Shifting an Event

Anyone who has ever used samples or loops has encountered a situation where a piece of audio sounds great, except that it's not quite in tune. Cubase includes a full-featured pitch-shifting process that can be applied to events, parts, or selections of an event or part. Using pitch shifting, you can change the global pitch of an event or surgically alter a note or two that does not sound right. In the following task, you will see how to pitch shift an entire event to match the key of the project.

To change the pitch of an event

Using the Arrow tool, select the event that needs to have its pitch altered.

Select Audio > Process > Pitch Shift.

The Pitch Shift dialog box opens (Figure 9.21). This dialog box contains many parameters, but we will discuss only some of them here.

Figure 9.21. The Pitch Shift dialog box.

You can set the amount of pitch shift by entering a number of semitones in the Pitch Shift Settings section, as you will do here, or by using the keyboard.

In the Pitch Shift Settings area, click the up arrow on the Transpose box twice to specify two semitones (Figure 9.22).

Figure 9.22. This setting will pitch shift the event by two semitones.

Cubase plays back a root tone and then a second tone that shows how far the event will be pitch shifted. Pitch shifting cannot be previewed.

Click the Process button.

A status bar shows the progress of the processing (Figure 9.23). When processing is complete, you will be returned to the Project window.

Figure 9.23. You can monitor processing by watching this status bar.



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