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How to Make a Chipmunk Voice with Audacity

Updated on December 11, 2012

What is a Chipmunk Voice?

A Chipmunk voice is a sound effect that can be accomplished by using a recording and editing program, such as audacity. The Chipmunk voice is a fun way of changing the pitch of your voice to sound like the voices of an animated music group known as Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Audacity, which is a recording and editing program, lets add sound effects to your pre recorded voice to sound like the chipmunk voice. Whether you want to add the chipmunk voice to your own voice or to a song, audacity lets you edit your audio file, as well as to apply the effect of changing the pitch of your voice.

Steps to Make a Chipmunk Voice with Audacity

  • Import or record your voice with audacity

  • Change the pitch of your voice with audacity

  • Save your project

  • Listen to your voice making the chipmunk voice

How to Record your Voice With Audacity?

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How to Record Your Voice in Audacity?

If you have a recorded file already stored on your computer, just click on file > import > audio to bring it into audacity, then, select the song and click on effects > change pitch. On the other hand if you want to add the effect to your own voice, then you´ll have to record your voice with audacity or any other recording program.

To record your voice with audacity, click on the edit drop down menu and then click on preferences. You can use the shortcut CTRL + P to open the preference window. On the preferences window, choose your input and output devices.

Before recording your voice, you can check the level of your recording by clicking on the right hand section of the meter tool bar. You can also click on Transport > Software Playthrough (on/off) to listen to your own voice while recording.

Click on the record button on the transport tool bar and start speaking or singing through your microphone. Once you finish, click on the stop button and listen to your recording. Make more recordings of your voice until you are satisfied with the one you want to change the pitch.

How to OPen the Change Pitch Window

Change Pitch
Change Pitch | Source

Once you´ve recorded your voice, click on Effect > change pitch. On the change pitch window, you can change the values to change the pitch of your voice. By selecting the up or down, in the pitch section, you can higher or lower the pitch of your voice. You can also move the slider either up or down to change the pitch of your voice.

How to Change the Pitch of Your Voice With Audacity?

Change the Pitch of your Voice
Change the Pitch of your Voice | Source

If you have a low pitch voice, you may want to use higher values, but if your voice is of a high pitch, you may want to use little values. Before pressing the ok button, you may want to click on the preview button to check how the new pitch of your voice sounds.

If you´re not satisfied at how the new pitch of your voice sounds, you can move the slider up or down. Once you´re satisfied with the new pitch of your voice, click on the ok button.

You can add more sound effects to the chipmunk voice, such as change speed, tempo, fade in, fade out, etc. It all depends on how you want your voice to sound like.

How to Import Background Music into Audacity

Importing Music
Importing Music | Source

Once you are satisfied with the change of tone of your voice, you might want to import a sound music file to be used as background music for the chipmunk voice.

To do this, you should have already a music file on your computer. If you don´t, then, you may want to search for one on the internet. Once you have the file, save it in a folder on your computer.

To import a music file into audacity, click on file > import > audio and open the music file. Your music file will be imported into a separate track in audacity.

Once the two tracks are into audacity, you may have to split the chipmunk voice track and add labels to the music track to match some parts of the background music with the voice track. In the picture above you can see how I splitted in parts the chipmunk voice track and added labels to the music track.

How to Save Your Project in Audacity?

Saving Your Project
Saving Your Project | Source

Saving The Sound File of the Chipmunk Voice on Your Computer

After you have finished your project, click on file > save project as if you want to save your file as an audacity file. On the other hand, if you want to save your project in another sound format, such as an MP3, WAV, AIFF, WMA or any other file format, then, click on export selection and choose the format of your sound file from the list on the drop down menu.


To make the chipmunk voice with audactiy, you need to import a sound file or record your voice in audacity. After the voice file has been imported into audacity, you need to change the pitch by clicking on effect > change pitch. On the change pitch window, you make the necessary changes to your voice, including changing the pitch of your voice. Click OK, then click play to listen at how your voice has been changed to sound like the chipmunk voice!


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    Jose Juan Gutierrez 5 years ago from Mexico City

    Yes, that is right! Audacity is a simple, yet powerful tool. With audacity, you can edit sound files, such as music and voice and create very outstanding pieces of work.

    Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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    minababe 5 years ago

    This is a great tutorial (loved the audio, too)! I have Audacity and it is one of the most underrated sound tools on the web; I don't know what I would do without it!


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