How to Adjust the Tempo But Not the Pitch in Traktor 3

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How to Adjust the Tempo But Not the Pitch in Traktor 3
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Adjusting the tempo of a track in Traktor 3 often results in a distracting alteration in the track’s pitch; the resulting chipmunk-like vocals or dull low tones can ruin your mixes. It's possible, however, to alter a track’s tempo without altering the pitch. It isn’t difficult to do, and by changing some initial settings, you can preserve the pitches of all your tracks. The Traktor 3 MP3 DJ software features two separate decks; you can adjust the tempo of the track on either deck.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Start Traktor 3. The main window, including the decks, will open. Click the “Preferences” button in the "Details" section at the top of the screen.

  2. 2

    Click on the “+” sign beside “Deck Preferences.” Click “Sound & Mixer” at the bottom of the list of options that opens.

  3. 3

    Click on a “Time Stretching” option. "Phase Vocoder" has the best sound quality, but it requires a 1.25 GHz Macintosh processor or a 1.6 GHz Pentium or Athlon processor. “PSOLA” has lower-quality sound, but will run on any processor faster than 800MHz. “Non-Adaptive” doesn't produce a very realistic sound; it is only suited for computers with very slow processors.

  4. 4

    Return to the main screen. Click and drag a track from the library at the bottom of the screen to one of the decks.

  5. 5

    Click the “Play” button underneath the relevant deck to play the selected track. The track will start to play. Repeat this process with the other deck if you want to match the current track’s tempo to that of another song.

  6. 6

    Click on the “Key” button above the desired deck. This enables the “Key Lock” function, which keeps the pitch stable.

  7. 7

    Click and drag the tempo dial to alter the tempo. This dial is located to the right of the "Key" button on each deck. The track's tempo will change, but the pitch will remain the same.

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