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    Default What's the best program to find a song's key?

    Hi all, so im learning how to do harmonic mixing and mixing in key. Right now im using mixed in key to analyze my tracks.

    I know there's a few programs out there that do the same thing but im wondering which one is the most accurate?

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    The piano in your living room and your ear will be most accurate.

    If not Mixed in Key is you best bet,
    Theres a few free open source ones but they're not as good.
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    I'm getting more and more fond of a free application called Key Finder, by DJTT member ibsh.

    You can find it on Source forge or searching through my own blog, http://journal.ome-les.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by tekki View Post
    I'm getting more and more fond of a free application called Key Finder, by DJTT member ibsh.

    You can find it on Source forge or searching through my own blog, http://journal.ome-les.com
    I second this. If you've already gone the paid rout, might as well try the free one. It stacks up quite well actually. ibsh considers any recommended feature you have too.

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    hey guys,

    so I tried out both programs, im getting different readings?

    same tracks, 2 different results....

    MIK = 7B

    KF = Fm

    I'm using latest version of KF and ver. 2.5 for MiK

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    Not sure if the M there stands for minor or major, but 7B on the Camelot wheel is F major. The key finding algorithms are different and never perfect so different programs won't always give you the same results.
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    The single fastest and most reliable way to find the key of a song:


    I'm not kidding. It's damn near 100% accurate and takes maybe 1 minute per song if you're slow and use something buggy like iTunes to do your tagging.

    Quote Originally Posted by fullenglishpint View Post
    Not sure if the M there stands for minor or major, but 7B on the Camelot wheel is F major. The key finding algorithms are different and never perfect so different programs won't always give you the same results.
    Little 'm's mean minor. Major keys don't have a designation, eg. Fm vs. F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostapha View Post
    Little 'm's mean minor. Major keys don't have a designation, eg. Fm vs. F.
    Yeh... I think that was in one of the clarinet lessons I always avoided... thanks for the clarification
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    Quote Originally Posted by 123xyz View Post
    hey guys,

    so I tried out both programs, im getting different readings?

    same tracks, 2 different results....

    MIK = 7B

    KF = Fm

    I'm using latest version of KF and ver. 2.5 for MiK


    this may help you.


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