Transposing an Mp3

This lesson will show you how to transpose an Mp3 file. Planning Center will only be able to transpose Mp3 files, and can't transpose other audio files at this time.

Click on the Songs tab

Click on the Songs tab

Click on the arrangement of the song you would like to transpose the Mp3 for

Click on the arrangement of the song you would like to transpose the Mp3 for

NOTE: The Mp3 MUST be attached to an arrangement of the song. If you click on the song title on this page, you will then need to click on the arrangement at the bottom of the next page.

Add keys to this arrangement

Add keys to this arrangement

Before you begin transposing, make sure that the key you want the song transposed to is added to your arrangements page. There will need to be more than one key in the arrangement for you to be given the option to transpose.

Hover over the mp3 you want to transpose and click the blue up/down icon.

Hover over the mp3 you want to transpose and click the blue up/down icon.

If the audio file you've uploaded is not an mp3, our system will not be able to transpose it. m4a's will not work with our mp3 transposer. Also make sure that your mp3 is attached to an arrangement of your song. If it's just attached to the song in general, the system will not be able to transpose it.

Enter keys, click accept.

Enter keys, click accept.

Enter the original key the mp3 is in and what key you'd like it transposed to.

Just a note: The further away (more half steps) from the original key you go, the worse the mp3 will sound. So to ensure the final file sounds as good as possible, we always choose the least number of half steps. For example, going from E up to A is already 5 half steps which is definitely pushing the boundaries of the transposer (at least to sounds somewhat decent), but going from E down to A is 7 half steps which will make the final mp3 quite a bit worse quality. As a result and to keep things simple, we always choose the least number of half steps.

If you really need to go down instead of up, there are some other free resources you can search google for that will do this for you. You can transpose the file first, and then upload it to Planning Center. I would recommend the free cross-platform application, Audacity which you can get from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ .

Song Transposing

Song Transposing

You will see the song says "Transposing" for a little while. If you've seen it saying this for more than 5 or 10 minutes, try holding down command (for Macs) or control (for PC's) on your keyboard, then clicking refresh on your browser. Your file will be transposed without affecting the pitch, and will be added to the Key Files section of your arrangement details page.