[linux-audio-user] Transposing, revisited

Erik de Castro Lopo mle+la at mega-nerd.com
Fri Nov 18 17:14:16 EST 2005

Terrence wrote:

> Hello, all,
> 	I'd asked about a program for transposing midis, but have found
> an MP3 that's even better.  Is there a console program that will
> transpose MP3s?

There's a fundamental difference between MIDI files and MP3/WAV etc

MIDI files contain a series of note on / note off messages. Its a bit
like electronic sheet music and hence very easy to transpose.

MP3 and WAV (and all the others) are digital recordings of the sounds.
There is no note information. If you are willing to live with the
music slow as you transpose done, or speeding up as you transpose up
then it should be possible to code something up with Secret Rabbit Code


If you want to maintain speed as you modify pitch then that becomes
significantly harder especially if you want to transpose more than 
a semitone or so.

My advice is transpose the MIDI file. Thats much easier.

  Erik de Castro Lopo
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