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Formant Preservation: Eliminating Chipmunk and Munchkin Effects in Audio

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Published on Feb 16, 2013

[ http://www.songsurgeon.com ] As the key of recorded song or audio is shifted or changed an effect know as chipmunking or munchkinizing can be introduced in the vocals. Ring any bells. Think of the old Alvin and the Chipmunk songs. This typically isn't a problem for small changes in key, nor is it a problem where there are no vocals. However, for songs with vocals this can be a big problem. I most commonly here from Karaoke artists about this issue. They have a good Karaoke track and the raise or lower the track to meet there needs but when the do, the background vocals in this track no longer sound natural or even human but more like chipmunks. That is where Formant preservation comes in. When formant preservation is applied it preserves the natural sound of the human voice even with substantial changes in key or pitch.

This is a new feature found in Version 4, that should be available around April 1, 2013.
To learn more about Song Surgeon or to download our free demo and take it for a test drive go to our main website.

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