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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 21, 2014

Key Detection Software Comparison: 2014 Edition

A tool or program that helps you find the harmonic key of any song is something to be amazed by.  Just think, not long ago we were barely inventing the portable BPM counter.  Before that, a metronome was an expensive and complicated piece of gear.  Today, we are able to analyze music in ways that would be unthinkable without the advent of modern technology, and digital songs are a bit easier to play with these days.  Key detection is something that most people cannot do without a computer.  To be able to hear a noise and determine a frequency is something that only accomplished musicians and perhaps producers know how to do.

DJs rely on key detection software to make sure that the two or more songs that they mix together don’t seem to clash to our ears, even if they line up rhythmically.  There used to only be a …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 25, 2013

Platinum Notes 4

It is too bad that there was never a standardized way to rip music into mp3 format.  With multiple ways to rip audio files and at multiple quality settings the chances of the same mp3 sounding just like another one is slim to none.  How many times have you downloaded the same mp3, only to have them sound different from each other?  It’s pretty annoying right?  There are some high level ways to deal with this problem, such as getting all of your mp3s through one source, or even the painstaking task of checking each file one by one – but all of this take a lot of time.

Key detection software has gone much farther than just key detection these days.  Some of these programs can analyze things such as energy level or even genre using a complicated algorithm.  Platinum Notes takes it even a step further and actually …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 20, 2013

Mood-Sensing Headphones by Neurowear

A good artist, be it a DJ or a visual artist, has more than one task to perform each night.  They first have to have the technical skills and ability to entertain a crowd with music, but there is a second task they must perform that takes years to hone.  That is, the ability to read the crowd’s mind.  Obviously, the dancers on the floor aren’t going to get together and tell you what they want; you may only get a request here or there, or a dead look on the faces of the people in the crowd.  But even without any words being spoken, the DJ should be able to sense that the floor is not really grooving.

We currently have the tools and the knowledge to figure out what type of music can evoke a certain type of emotion in a listener – but what about the opposite?  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 6, 2013

High-Level Mixing: Harmonic Mixing

The art of mixing music can be divided into two real philosophies: a low level of understanding and high level of understanding.  This is analogous to the way that computer programmers learn to compile useful programs for regular computer users.  The low level of mixing involves an understanding of matching two different tempos together, and this is where a DJ must learn to actively listen to two tracks at the same time, while differentiating one from the other.  This skill is then combined with the ability to match phrases in sequence (chorus to chorus for example), which can be used to create seamless blends that synchronize.

A higher level of mixing involves much more than the technical aspect of knowing what tempos will blend and which parts of the song to match, it involves knowing how the harmonies of a song will interact and how different harmonies can influence the …

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February 17, 2013

Mixed In Key iMashup v2.0 for iOS

You don’t have to be a musician who understands music theory in order to be a fantastic DJ, but you do have to have a good ear for music.  Take someone like Jimi Hendrix who never learned to play guitar with proper form, but was able to create good music because he had to ability to hear what sounded good and what didn’t sound so good – a DJ can do the same, but the ears have to be able to know what clashes and what harmonizes well.  With technology on our side a computer can now detect tones that the human ear finds suitable, while skipping the ones that sound disharmonious – this is known as harmonic mixing and there are programs that will do this easily.

Mixed in Key is Rane’s baby, a program that can detect the key of a track based on the Camelot wheel.  …