Register    |    Sign In    |   
electronic MUSICIAN

MOTU Digital Performer: Repair Vocals Quickly With Pitch Correction

By Craig Anderton | February 21, 2008


  1. Select Memory Cycle and loop the area you want to edit. Although you can work on the entire vocal, I find it more efficient to isolate specific areas that need fixes.
  2. Select the soundbite to be processed. 
  3. Set the processing mode to “Vocals.” It’s generally best to choose “Set Pitch Mode for Track and Selected Bites” unless you need different pitch modes for the bites in a track.
  4. Click on the Sound File tab. Although you can edit pitch in the Sequence view by selecting Pitch (instead of Soundbites, Volume, Pan, etc.), I prefer the more expansive Sound File view.
  5. Click on the Pitch tab, then use the scroll bar on the left to bring the pitch curves into view.
  6. Go to the Studio menu and select “Tools.”
  7. Use the Pencil tool to modify the pitch correction curve as much or as little as you want.


  • Make sure you do step 3 before making any adjustments, as selecting the processing mode influences DP’s DSP analysis functions.
  • DP has additional ways to tailor the pitch analysis process, as well as multiple methods (including pitch quantization) you can use to modify pitch. It’s well worth spending some quality time with the manual to exploit these features to the fullest.
Alert to All Users of the Disqus commenting system:
Because of a recent global security issue, the Disqus website recommends that all users change their Disqus passwords. Here's a URL about the issue:
comments powered by Disqus
related articles
Connect with EM
Free eNewsletter
the em poll

most popular
No Articles Found