Change Track Pitch or Key

Learn how to change the key of tracks by using the pitch controls.

Noah Feasey-Kemp avatar
Written by Noah Feasey-Kemp
Updated over a week ago

Sometimes you might want to change the key of a track. For example, if you want to move it up or down a few semi-tones to make sure it mixes harmonically with the surrounding tracks.

DJ.Studio provides a few tools to make this possible.

Key Harmony Table

One of the quickest ways to change a track's key is with the key harmony table. This lets you see how the keys connect to others using the Camelot Wheel and gives you controls for shifting the track's key.

  1. Open the playlist view, and find the track you want to shift.

  2. Click on the Key indicator in the table.

  3. This opens the Key Harmony table for the chosen track.

  4. The key harmony table shows you the track's original key, and how it relates to other keys, and gives you some options for shifting the key.

  5. In the top section, you can change the key by -2,-1,+1,+2 semitones, or reset it to the original key

  6. The Pitch Mode lets you choose how the pitch-time relationship works

    • Re-Pitch - Algorithmically adjusts the track, to ensure that the BPM is not affected by pitch changes. This can result in audio artifacts at larger changes.

    • Vinyl - Mimicking the way pitch and time are correlated on vinyl turntables, the tempo is changed by the pitch. Decreasing the pitch lowers the tempo, and increasing the pitch speeds up the tempo. This has a purer, artifact-free sound, but can cause pitch inconsistencies with BPM changes.

  7. After choosing a new pitch, you will see the key match indicators updated to reflect the new harmonic key relationships.

Manual Pitch/Key Change Automation

If you want to change the key over time or be more precise with how, and when, the change occurs, you can use the pitch automation control.

This requires more precision to use, but allows for more flexibility.

  1. Open the Studio View from the top tabs

  2. Open the Automation Tab from the bottom

  3. Click and drag the Pitch Slider. This shifts the key up or down 1 semitone at a time, up to a maximum of +/- 6 semitones.

  4. As you move the slider, you will see the automation lane change in the timeline.

  5. Then you can click on the timeline to make automation points.

This method can be used to adjust the pitch more precisely, or over time.

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