How to make a boy sound like a girl using audacity

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How to make a boy sound like a girl using audacity
Audacity's pitch shift effect can raise the pitch of male vocal recordings. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Altering the pitch of your recorded voice can make you sound like a chipmunk, a monster and can even change your gender. Pitch shift is one of Audacity's many built-in effects, and allows audio engineers to raise and lower the pitch of vocals and instruments. Audacity's pitch shift effect can be used to raise the pitch of a recorded male voice with the purpose of making the voice sound female.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Audacity.

  2. 2

    Click the "File" menu, then "Open..." Browse through your computer's folders to find the vocal file -- or session file that includes the vocal file -- you want to pitch shift. Select the file or session, then click "Open."

  3. 3

    Record a male voice if you do not already have one recorded. Press "Record" and speak into your computer's microphone to record.

  4. 4

    Highlight the track you want to pitch shift by right-clicking beside the file, and dragging the mouse over the waveform. Click the "Effect" menu, then "Change Pitch..."

  5. 5

    Adjust the pitch settings in the "Change Pitch" dialogue box. Alter the pitch of the track by key, semitones, frequency or percentage.

  6. 6

    Experiment with the degree of pitch change until the male vocal part sounds like a female vocal part. Expect to raise the pitch by approximately one octave. Click "OK" when you have finished pitch shifting.

  7. 7

    Export the pitch-shifted track or session by selecting "File," "Export..." Choose a file name and file format. Click "Save."

Tips and warnings

  • The "Change Pitch" effect can be used to create harmonies that sound like female vocals. To create harmonies, duplicate the male vocal track, and pitch-shift the new track by 5 or 7 semitones.
  • Raise the pitch of a male vocal part by 12 semitones (one octave) to create a female-sounding vocal track that remains in tune with the original music.

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