applies pitch shifting to audio by the ratio r, shifting every frequency to .

Details and Options

  • AudioPitchShift shifts the pitch of the input audio signal without affecting the duration.
  • The frequency ratio r can be given as a pitch interval, including:
  • Quantity[oct,"octaves"]correspond to
    Quantity[sem,"semitones"]correspond to
  • The following options are supported:
  • Method Automaticthe method to use
    PartitionGranularity Automaticcontrol the partitioning used for the computation of the short-time Fourier transform
  • By default, a phase vocoder algorithm is used. Use Method->"Speech" for pitch shifting speech signals. In this case, while the fundamental frequency is changed, the formants of the signal are not modified.


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Basic Examples  (2)

Shift the audio pitch by a factor of two:

Shift the audio pitch by a semitone:

Scope  (3)

A shift by n octaves corresponds to a frequency ratio of 2n:

A shift by s semitones corresponds to a frequency ratio of 2s/12:

AudioPitchShift can be used to change the pitch of a harmonically complex sound without altering its timbre and timing:

The frequency ratio between the components of the audio signal is not changed:

Options  (4)

Method  (1)

Use Method->"Speech" for speech signals to shift the pitch while maintaining other voice characteristics:

Compare with the normal pitch shifting, which dramatically affects the timbre of the voice:

PartitionGranularity  (3)

Using a bigger partition size will improve the frequency response but will smear the transient components:

Using a small offset value will in general increase the quality of the result at the cost of more computation time:

If only the partition size is specified, the offset is calculated as 25% of the partition size.

Use a different window shape to change the quality of the result:

By default, HannWindow is used.

Applications  (1)

Shift the pitch of an audio object to match a target frequency:

Extract the mean frequency with AudioLocalMeasurements:

Shift the audio to reach the target frequency:

Properties & Relations  (2)

AudioPitchShift and AudioFrequencyShift modify the spectrum of the signal in different ways:

AudioPitchShift shifts each frequency f in the signal by an amount proportional to the frequency itself (f'=f×shift), thus preserving the timbre in the shifted signal:

AudioFrequencyShift shifts every frequency f by the same amount (f'=f+shift), changing dramatically the timbre in the shifted signal:

Change the pitch of a recording by using a different sample rate:

AudioPitchShift changes the pitch without altering the timing:

Possible Issues  (2)

The quality of the result degrades with large shift parameters:

Using Method->"Speech" for non-speech signals may not sound as expected:

Wolfram Research (2016), AudioPitchShift, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2020).


Wolfram Research (2016), AudioPitchShift, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2020).


Wolfram Language. 2016. "AudioPitchShift." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2020.


Wolfram Language. (2016). AudioPitchShift. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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