I'm a male singer who often does covers of female singers. I like to make the original song fit my range a little better instead of singing down the octave, so I often pitch down the instrumental I find. However by doing this as everyone is aware, the quality of the instrumental gets lost, sounding more muddy. Are there any techniques in pitching down instrumentals for covers while keeping or recovering quality?
Pitch alteration is ok for single instruments, but everything at the same time will give you artifacts, especially on drums and long notes. I don't think there's anything you can do.
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what about opening the instrumental in the sampler, and playing a lower note, record the midi note to a track..... then, when the key is right, bounce to disk, then take the audio track and option-drag the end to shorten it, ie make it faster?
does this make sense? (it's that kind of night here)...