I have a sample in C# Major that I want transposed to F# Major. How many cents would would i need to shift the pitch of the sample in order to transpose it?

  • Cent is typically used to denote, how far a tone is out of tune. For a transpoition intervals are the appropriate measure, so one would simply call it a sixth, because 500 cent would imply a precision, which is not intended.
    – guidot
    Commented Mar 8, 2018 at 12:36
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    @guidot but the desired degree of precision here is probably enough that "sixth" is inaccurate. Depending on direction, the interval between C sharp and F sharp is a fourth or a fifth.
    – phoog
    Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 11:38

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Each semi-tone (half step) is 100 cents. There are five half steps between the two pitches you mentioned... So 500 cents up. Or you could shift the pitch 700 cents down, to get it in F# an octave lower.

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