Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Worship Leader Tip: Convert Rehearsal Tracks to the Correct Key

I have to admit, it's a pet peeve of mine when someone hands me a recording and says - we're going to do this music, but it'll be in a different key. Grrrr. How am I supposed to get the correct harmonies, melody, or riffs if it's not even close?!

Listen folks - get your recordings in the right key. It's worth the effort for your instrumentalists and vocalists.

There's great free software called Audacity that my good friend Todd Bochenko (Clair Brothers Audio) pointed me to several years ago. It works for PC and Mac and allows you to edit audio easily. You can change the pitch without changing the speed of playback. You can change speed of playback without pitch. You can even strip off the vocals and make a kareoke track on some recordings. It's a great tool.

Sure it might sound a little chipmunky or marshmellowish - but it's the right key for goodness sakes. And it won't cost a penny - unlike Pro Tools, Sonar Cakewalk, or the like.


  1. Hi Bryan,

    Just found your BLOG. Planning to noodle around and read some more.

    Thanks for the modulation tip on Audacity. Very cool. It evidently solves the scenario you described of transposing worship songs (for rehearsal purposes) into keys that mere mortals can sing in.

    Again, very cool.


  2. Anonymous9:02 AM

    So THAT'S what you've been using on our 'Lord, You Are Good' recordings that make it "chipmonky". It reminds me of that song where the cartoon characters sing "Hallelujah"