Mixed in Key is an ingenious piece of software for analysing your music collection. Once analysed it returns results such as: Key, Energy and Tempo.
These can all be used to create a beautiful harmonic mix.
Why would I use Mixed In Key?
The short answer is: Your mixes will sound better.
Think about it this way; if you have a piano, guitar, or any other instrument and you just hammer away at random notes, it sounds awful. If you play a beautiful sequence of notes, even if not an established tune, the notes work together. Why? Those notes are in the same key.
The same can be said for mixing. If you have two tunes that are in a completely different key they will clang together and sound awful.
You may have noticed that some of your tunes don’t work with others. The key is one of the main reasons why.
Play two tunes in the same key, and they sound nice together.
Rather than sit there with a keyboard working out the key, Mixed in Key analyses and returns results on your music.
An Intro to Harmonic Mixing
Mixed in Key simplifies harmonic mixing.
It can return the results as the notes, B, C, C# etcetera, however it can simplify the process further.
It can return the notation using the Camelot Wheel format.
eg: 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B
The A’s being Minor, the B’s being Major
The simple use of this is:
- Choose a starting point.
A lot of my electronic music is in 4A so let’s start there
- For the next track, either; keep in the same key, change the number by 1, change the letter
So for example 4A could become: 4A, 4B, 3A or 5A.
- The key of the new tune is now your new starting point.
Repeat these steps.
There are some more methods to using Mixed in Key which I will cover at the end of the review.
Mixed in Key 6 sees the addition of the “Piano” so you can play alongside the track. If you feel the key should be different to that detected by Mixed in Key you can change it, or press cancel and keep the original setting.