How to Drop Pitch on a Voice Using Pro Tools

By Mac Pogue

Updated September 22, 2017

Pro Tools gives you access to effects that cost thousands of dollars two decades ago.
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Pro Tools includes a wide set of tools for modifying and distorting sound on your home computer. One of the more popular vocal effects of recent years is adjusting the pitch. Adjusting the pitch of a voice will alter the vocal range of the performer, change the character of the vocal tone and introduce a type of pitch distortion that has become popular with the auto tune and vocoder effects. Pro Tools makes it easy for the home recording artist to alter the pitch.

Click on the audio clip that contains the audio you wish to drop in pitch. Audio clips are the rectangular blocks in the center of the window that contain jagged waveforms, visual representations of the sound.

Click on the "AudioSuite" drop-down menu at the top of the screen, and select "Pitch Shift" from the "Pitch Shift" menu.

Adjust the slider next to the word "Coarse" to change the pitch. Dragging the slider to the left will lower or "drop" the pitch.

Select the "Preview" button at the bottom of the Pitch Shift window to preview the effect. Adjust the "Coarse" slider until you are satisfied.

Hit the "Process" button in the lower right portion of the Pitch Shift box to process and finalize the effect.