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I once had a useful music software from Voyetra which could harmonically transpose a piece of music. However, after a crash I lost the software. Now I know how to transpose to another key, but I don't know if there's a method to harmonically transpose, ie transpose up or down but stay in the same key. I know this sounds lazy - and it probably is - but can someone say how to do it easily?

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Are you asking for software that does this? –  Pat Muchmore Mar 11 '14 at 18:44
you can do it without changing in speed and harmonics using many DAWs like cubase , studio one , nuendo , FL studio , etc. but maybe they are not really easy to use for you. maybe its easiest one for you transposer1.software.informer.com –  Mohammad Rafigh Mar 11 '14 at 19:46
This is basically taking an FFT, shifting the frequency data by a set amount, and taking the reverse FFT. I wouldn't be surprised if Audacity has this capability, BTW. –  Carl Witthoft Mar 11 '14 at 19:59
@CarlWitthoft: apart from the problems involved with that (windowing, boundary phase issues, formant shifts...) which mean no-timestretch audio transpose is actually not that trivial, this kind of technique doesn't keep the music in the same key. –  leftaroundabout Mar 11 '14 at 23:56
I do have FLS. Yes, I can do a harmonic transpose as I'll know all the correct notes anyway. What I find odd is I did have a software 15 years ago that did this automatically if required, but can't find anything equivalent today! –  user9879 Mar 12 '14 at 7:02

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Simply put: move all chord tones by the same number of steps through the diatonic notes.

Eg in the key of C

moving triads in step wise motion upwards gives:

C Dm Em F G Am Bmb5

moving 7th chords in step wise motion upwards gives:

CM7 Dm7 Em7 FM7 G7 Am7 Bm7b5.

a more detailed example (still in key of C):

moving Dm9 up one step:

Dm9 = D F A C E

move each chord tone to the next scale degree:

D becomes E, F > G, A > B, C > D, E > F.

This gives E G B D F which is an Em7b9

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