How to REMOVE 3d Sound from a Piece of Music


I have a very unique problem. I tried to lower the pitch of a piece of music, but audacity creates a sort of wobbling and “choppiness” when the pitch is lowered normally. Because of this, I decided to use the “Use High Quality Stretching” function of the lower pitch window. High quality stretching fixes the distortion I mentioned before, but it introduces a different kind of distortion in the process. The High Quality Stretching sort of “separates” the high notes and low notes, to where the high notes play normally, but the low notes sound like they are coming from the back of my headphones. In order to fix this, I need to recombine the high and low notes to where they are playing from the same spot in my headphones. Is there a way to do such a thing?


If you can live with a corresponding tempo change the Change Speed Effect will change tempo and pitch together. It’s mathematically/algorithmically simpler and it doesn’t introduce any artifacts.

Otherwise, try the Sliding Time Scale / Pitch Shift Effect. It generally gives you better quality.

Thank you for your reply, but each of these methods produces problems.

Change Speed originally doesn’t make any distortion, but trying to re-increase the tempo creates the same distortions that I mentioned in the first post.

Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift separates the sound just like I mentioned above.

This also doesn’t answer my question…my question was if there was a way to “centralize” the music and remove the 3D sound effect.

“Tracks menu > Mix > Mix Stereo Down to Mono”

Thanks…this is exactly what I asked for, but now that I listened to the result of this edit, this isn’t what I want anymore.

What happens when I change the pitch, is that the bass notes and low notes become too well defined compared to the treble and high notes. I need a way to quiet down the low notes and move them towards the center of my headphones, because they still do sound like they are coming from the back of my headphones.

In case this helps, this is what I am trying to do. I need to lower the pitch of this piece of music
by exactly 2 half-steps in order to make it sound as close as possible to this one
and do it all with minimal distortion.