So I'm working on making power metal. My voice is relatively deeper than i'd like. Using the basic tools in Audacity tends to make my voice not even squeaky, but more like a chipmunk. I need to raise pitch while keeping power. I've tried adding harmonics/chorus effects, distorting it, etc. While i know you can't alter your fundamental voice, it usually is possible to make good approximations of the sound you want. If i sing in my naturally higher voice, I sound whiny like the guy from Guns N' Roses...which doesn't work with my music. I'm looking for more of a ZP Theart (Dragonforce, I am I) feel. can anyone suggest any effects or plugins for audacity that might help? Singing low and duplicating the track and raising the duplicate about 1/25 of a step sounds cool, but i'd like it higher without squeaking.
1) The song is currently in the wrong key for the sound you are aiming for, vocally. The only fix for that would really be to re-record it in a more suitable key.
2) There are plugins available that can adjust the formant** of a sound without changing the pitch. Probably the best tool available for that is Melodyne [imho] which can adjust pitch, timing & formant each independently of the other aspects.
** for vocals, the formant could best be described as your voice's natural timbre or acoustic resonance - Wikipedia has a good page on it. The 'chipmunk' sound is a direct result of the formant rising along with the pitch, which is how 'standard' pitch-shifting is usually done.
I had the same problem, try this !
it's a free voice changing software called RoVee, which has a special tool to keep sounding natural: After finding the wanted pitch, just adjust the "formant" until you're happy!
I hope this helps. Best wishes from Spain and sorry for my English.
I've the solution for you. Your question is that you can sing on lower scale and you want to convert your lower scale recorded song to higher scaled song without loosing your voice quality (e.g: you don't want that chipmunk sort of thing while shifting up your pitch) The best and easy way to do it is Download Acoustica Mixcraft 7 pro from their website Record your song in it then after recording click your track and then you will be able to see sound tab on left bottom corner click sound tab and then under that make sure that your are in audio tab, under that you will see transpose button Increase semitones/pitch as much as you want and check two more buttons called Normalize and Format pres. And you are good to go
Well, if you shift your voice higher with a regular pitch shift, all formants shift higher as well. Shift an octave, and you shrink your head by half. Tiny mouth, tiny tongue, tiny teeth, hectic articulation. Chipmunk.
If pitch shifting is supposed to be a tool in your box, it will work better if you anticipate. Shift the recording you want to imitate an octave down. Listen well to how it sounds then. Imitate that rather than the unmodified sound, then shift up.
It's a bit of a muddy hot-potato-in-large-mouth kind of articulation.
Now if you can combine your pitch shifter (in the intended direction again rather than reverse) with a 10 second delay and have it work in real time, you can listen to the results and adapt. A 10-minute session will give you dozens of attempts without having to fiddle with equipment.
Whether you can really make this part of a music viable setup certainly seems dubious, but at least that will give you a good pitch at figuring out how far you can hope to make this approach go.
Without hearing you sing, the best answer you can get is: record the song in the highest pitch you can reasonably sing. I don't know any software (much less for free) that can shift your pitch by an octave and preserve your voice timbre. The other suggestion is: take a few singing lessons. You'd be surprise with what a few sessions with a good instructor do to your voice.
You just need to adjust the pitch to be a little bit higher. Check out this link for Audacity: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/change_pitch.html.
It doesn't have to be much. Probably about 2db higher would do the trick. Any more than that and it will start to sound unnatural.