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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
Elastic Pitch enables you to transpose or alter the pitch of an audio region. It's not designed to be a pitch correction tool on entire tracks like Auto-Tune or other pitch correction plug-ins but it can be used for fixing small pitch issues. Let's transpose the pitch of a region using Elastic Pitch. First, you have to select a region. I'm going to use the Grabber tool and just click on the region. Then you need to enable Elastic Audio on the track and you do that right over here, I'm going to choose Polyphonic and you should you know that Elastic Pitch does not work on monophonic elastic audio tracks.
Next to enable the Elastic Properties, you can right-click and choose Elastic Properties or choose Region > Elastic Properties. The Elastic Properties window will open up and down here at the bottom, you can see the Pitch shifting. I'm going to type in -2 so that's going to move this down a whole step and then I hit Return on the Mac or Enter on the PC and you'll see this little Elastic Audio icon in the upper-right corner of this region. That means that the region has been processed by Elastic Audio.
So I'm going to go ahead to play and we'll hear what this sounds like. (Music playing.) So not too bad and like I said in the intro, Elastic Pitch isn't really good for using on an entire track, but for little spots. But I want to show you how this works. So here's another way of how it works.
I am going to close up the Elastic Properties window and highlight this bass track. We go up to Event > Event Operations > Transpose. In this window, we can also transpose or change the pitch of an audio region. So I'm going to drag this down -3 semitones and hit Apply and now I can hear this bass track down three semitones. (Music playing.) Sounds a little bit better on the Bass. Now, you can simply undo that if you want or you can go to Region > Remove Pitch Shift and that'll get rid of all the pitch shifting that's been done on that region.
So now you know how to use Elastic Pitch to transpose audio regions just as easily as Transposing MIDI notes. Although it has its limits, Elastic Pitch is a very powerful editing tool.
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