Can I change the pitch using VLC?

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I know VLC can slow down / accelerate audio without changing the pitch. What I would like to do is the opposite, change the pitch (hopefully by units of semitones) and keep the tempo. Can it be done with VLC?

Or at least,
can i change the pitch, even if the tempo gets changed as well?

How to solve :

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Method 1

Yes, VLC can do this. Go to:

Tools -> “Effects and Filters” -> Audio -> Advanced

It can adjust the pitch (without changing tempo)
up to one octave (12 semitones) up or down. It indicates fractional
semitones as x.0 x.3 x.5 x.8 . (I don’t know if these are actually
steps of quarters of semitones (ie eighth-tones) or “continuous” or what.)

I know that this feature works on vlc 3.0.4 (Linux),
but I have no idea when the feature was introduced.

(BTW, this seems to be essentially the same as this question)

On further digging, I see that on Windows (at least with VLC,
it works exactly as described above, except that you may have to widen
the “Effects” window or click on the right-arrow to display the “Advanced” tab.)

On Mac OSX, I found the “Audio Effects” menu
(View -> “Show Audio Effects Button”, then click button on lower right)
Unfortunately, I could not find the “Adjust Pitch” effect,
nor even an “Advanced” tab.

Method 2

I am not sure how if this is possible with VLC but you can easily do it using the free Audacity program. Once you open a file using Audacity you can go to “Effects->Change Pitch”

Method 3

You can also do it on Mac, but it requires a restart of VLC:

  1. Preferences > Interface > Show All
  2. Audio > Filters > check Pitch Shifter
  3. Audio > Filters > Audio Pitch Shifter > set Pitch Shift amount
  4. restart VLC

Anytime you want to adjust the amount of Pitch Shift, you will have to restart VLC again.

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