Audio technology grows increasingly robust and advanced, but there’s still room for simple, obvious, and convenient innovations. Mixed In Key Live checks these boxes for me. It’s a macOS app which quietly runs in the background and only shows up to spew out the tempo, key and scale of any music you may be listening to. We’re talking all system (computer) audio, which means all kinds of streaming services, players, and DAWs. Indeed, the harmonic analysis algorithm from Mixed In Key 10 is being put to its most relevant use here!
Mixed In Key Live – tempo, key, and scale music detection for macOS
To create this, Mixed In Key partnered with DJ and producer KSHMR – he’s definitely the kind of guy who needs his samples and tracks pitch-perfect. In addition to the key, scale and BPM of any track, the app shows you the exact notes being played at any given time. Tell you what, this seriously beats ripping sample fodder off some ad-infested YouTube video downloader, importing it in your DAW and running a guitar tuner plug-in or whatever to determine its key… and then you need the scale and tempo. I’m sure some of you will relate…
Staying on top of system audio, Mixed In Key Live hears notes from pretty much anything – streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music), media players, and your DAWs. Even incoming external audio from, say, a turntable hooked to your audio interface can be put through its motions. The app also offers a live graphic note visualiser showing the exact notes being played at any given time, alongside the track’s key, scale and bpm. Seriously, why did it ever take so long to come up with something like this?! Have my money…
Price and availability
Mixed In Key Live is available for purchase from https://mixedinkey.com/live for USD 58.
- Mixed In Key Live and Ableton: Mixed In Key