Is it possible to change the pitch of audio without timestretch?

I’m aware I can use the Pitch Shift offline tool but surely there must be a way to pitch shift in real time ie pitching up speeds the track in BPM aswell as giving the chipmunk effect & vice versa for pitching down.

It seems possible if the track is tied to the songs BPM, ie increasing the BPM will pitch shift the track but I don’t want my pitch shifting to be tied to song BPM.

Am I missing something here? Any input would be much appreciated.


You can use Transpose track and Transpose by semitones.

If you mean something more like pitch automation curve, this is not possible.

Thanks for your reply.

When I transpose an audio track by semitones, it applies timestretch. That’s the problem. I want transposing to behave as if I was playing the audio via the sampler track with no timestretch involved.

I have a feeling it isn’t possible unless I process the audio offline using the Pitch Shift window. This isn’t intuitive for me as I’m used to using DJ software like Native Instruments Traktor which lets you change pitch on the fly.

Audio process > pitch shift…

Try changing to one of the tape modes in the pool


What’s asked for is accessible via the infoline. Realtime, instantly, no menus involved.

I mentioned that in my original post but that’s offline only.

As mentioned, this works (when musical mode is set to musical) but is tied to a songs BPM unless I’m mistaken.

Yes, but it applies timestretch unless in tape mode which is tied to song BPM. I want the same kind of ease of access to transpose but without it timestretching or adjusting the songs overall BPM.

I’m not sure if I’ve explained things right because all the suggestions so far (which I appreciate btw) I’ve already made clear I’m aware of, unless of course I’ve missed something… ?

I do not understand your problem then
Please post a before and after example using Native Instruments Traktor to give us an idea of what your after.


Doesn’t happen here, it’s just pitching.

When in Tape mode, you can use the Timestretch tool to give the behaviour that I think you are looking for. i.e. as if you were playing the audio via the sampler track with no timestretch involved. The only issue here is that you cannot accurately change pitch in semitone intervals. You will have to judge the pitch by ear unless anyone has a solution to this that I’m unaware of.

What about to use LoopMas FX?

Should I make a video for you?

Basically I want to be able to do the same thing as Pitch Shift [see pic] but in real time and with the time correction function unticked (see pic) by adjusting the semitone parameters in the info line.

If it’s not too much trouble as I still don’t know how it’s done.

Please could you post up a screen cap of the settings you see because on my end the audio is being timestretched to stay at a fixed tempo even tho the pitch is changing?

Thanks for the suggestion but that wouldn’t work as I’m trying to use the info line pitch change settings to adjust a tracks pitch on the fly but without it being timestretched.

No pitching functionality unless I want some sort of DJ scratch or spin effect.

So, here is the video.