Newbie here still finding my way round Audacity, I have recently recorded my friend playing adams song by blink 182 which is tuned down to D. However I thought I would be clever and record him in E and tune him down later.
I am now wondering if I have made a mistake in doing so… Will I loose sound quality if I de-tune the whole song 2 steps to D?
He has flown back to the UK now so I wont have another chance to record for another few months
Yes you will lose some sound quality, but you will use less if you use the “Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift” effect than if you use the ordinary “Change Pitch” effect. The “Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift” processes slowly, but it generally produces higher quality results.
Keep a high quality (WAV or FLAC format) backup copy of the original recording before you start working on it.