If you're a DJ, chances are that. at some point, you've either heard of or used Mixed In Key. For those who are unfamiliar, Mix In Key is a software that detects the key signature of your music and allows you to mix harmonically between tracks, making for better sounding transitions. Not all too long ago, they announced a new iteration of the software called Mixed In Key Studio, aimed at musicians and producers. Like the original software, the studio edition is meant to be used in your DAW to detect the key of your samples and loops. In this review, we'll be going over its key features and how you can use it in your own work.
What is it?
MIK Studio is a plugin that detects the key of whatever audio is playing, and can be used in a variety of ways. Its goal is to help you make music that sounds harmonically pleasing, ie having your drums all tuned to the same key as your music and so forth.
There are two main ways to use MIK Studio. You can either detect the key signature of the audio you're using it on or notes that are most likely in the key of the audio. To further explain the latter, let's say you are making a bootleg, and can't figure out what notes are in the chord progression the track is playing. If you load up Studio Edition, it will give you a probability chart of what notes are being played and are present in the progression.
After detecting the key signature(s), you can view the findings in three different ways. You can view them in Camelot format, flat, or sharp. You won't actually see the Camelot wheel, but the information will be displayed the same, ie 12a, 2b, etc. There isn't much else to the plugin, keeping things simple and straight forward.
What do I think?
I found it a MIK Studio a bit confusing at first, as I didn't fully understand what I was looking at. But, after a quick chat with one of the reps, it all made sense. This tool works very well for melodic tracks, as some times it can be tricky to figure out what notes are being played when making a bootleg. For tuning drums and such, it most certainly makes it easier to get your samples to gel. Overall, I would say this is something worth checking out if you're wanting to work in a more harmonically pleasing fashion.