How to "Chipmunk" Any Song

I can just asume every one reading this article has heard of "Alvin & the chipmunks", or at least heard one those those poor excuses for "chipmunked" versions, especially Good and Broken. Don't ask me. Ok, here is a video demonstrating how to make a "chipmunked" song.


Step 1: Step 1: Materials

You need a song (iTunes, Amazon MP3, Windows media Player, etc.), and Audacity (Click here to download).

Step 2: Step 2: Modify

Modify The pitch, speed, and tempo. Remember, speed is not the only factor. You can edit by selected the affected area you want and clicking on the "effects" menu.

Step 3: Step 4: Render

Click on file, then export. You will need to install the LAME codec to export in MP3. the download site I suggested earlier(the official website) and it will explain how to do that.



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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I guess no one has heard of a tape dubber or buying cassettes, with a tape dubber you can make any song sound like Alvin & the chipmunks while recording it to another tape but it won't stay that way during High speed dubbing but you can even record it so that it stays that way also but that is another recording trick. You could do the same thing with an MP3 though you just need to have a way to record the MP3 on to a cassette tape then put it in the tape dubber and get to work.


    4 years ago

    Just get a 5.1 Channel mix of a song, or look for a Vocal only track on YouTube. Use the tone changing tool in Audacity, it gets rid of the dreaded speed changing, leaving better quality audio behind. I've made Queen's "I want to break free" chipmunkified. I will upload it to YouTube soon.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I think the entire tunes pitch would be affected and be made somewhat shorter. What might also be possible is to get one of those vocal track strippers VST to isolate the vocals, modify the vocal track to increase pitch but maintain tempo using any decent DAW (Reaper is a good mainly free one) and layer it back over the original track either with or without the original vocal stripped out.. vocal isolation doesnt really tend to work 100% from what I've experienced.. but probably well enough to do something like this. I might try it on something by Entombed for laughs.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is good for "Chipmunking" other music. If you want to make original music in the Chipmunk style, you can use the same technique as the original. The original Chipmunks were produced by David Seville (the stage name of Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.) by recording his own voice, but talking and singing very slowly while recording at normal speed. Then using a special tape recorder, he played it back at double speed. There used to be a radio station in Los Angeles that played the Chipmunks back at 1/2 speed so you could hear Seville's speaking voice and the technique at work. I would think that creating original "Chipmunk" music would be easy for anyone with a computer and Audacity.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I would think that creating original "Chipmunk" music would be easy for anyone with a computer and Audacity. -- Yeah, or a lot of helium.