Change pitch, voices distorted

I have recorded a handful of people for a puppet skit I am putting together. All voices are on a single track. I would like to raise the pitch of the voices, but when I do, the voices get somewhat distorted. Either they sound tinny and/or like they are under water. I’ve messed around a little with the equalizer, but I don’t really know what I’m doing, so I feel like I’m just randomly changing settings. Any suggestions on what the best way might be to clean up the sound? I’m in version 2.0.6. Thanks!

If you are trying to change pitch without changing tempo, Effect > Sliding Time Scale / Pitch Shift… produces less artifacts than Effect > Change Pitch.

You should not take pitch change too far. A little pitch change and a little EQ change may work for you.


A slightly different effect that produce quite interesting voice timbre is to record yourself talking very slowly and then use the “Change Speed” effect. It takes a bit of practice to get the slow talking right, but this techniques was used in many old classics such as Pinky and Perky.