Yesterday I wanted to try something out in REAPER. I wanted to see if I could detune my bass instead of physically turning the machine heads on the head stock. I knew you could use pitch control for other things but I wanted to hear how it would sound in this case. I only have a 4 sting bass so when someone wants to play something that is in drop B for instance, it makes it difficult to drop all the stings down 2 1/2 steps. The tension isn’t quite the same and depending on how the guitar is setup, it might not hold tuning very well. Here’s what I tried:
1st: I applied an Input FX to the track. I applied the ReaPitch as an input FX and dropped the full range shift -5 semitones.
This sounded fine but there was a very noticable latency that made it hard to track with it that way.
2nd: I then tried recording in standard tuning. If you are playing along to a song in different tuning it doesn’t work so well. So I tracked a section in standard. Then I went to the media item properties and adjusted the Pitch adjustment to -5.000000 while leaving the “Preserve pitch when changing rate” item checked.
I have to say, it did not sound bad. After applying some amp sims it was sounding pretty good for going down that low. I will experiment more with half steps and full steps. Doing a drop D tuning isn’t bad but I was never a fan of constantly tuning up and down. This might help until someone hands me a 5 string bass.