SEEING KEYS IN ABLETON
I use a program called in key which allows me to get the keys of songs, loops and so on.
I can see the if i look at them in Itunes in the comment area. Is there a way to see the keys in ableton
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Forgive me if I've misunderstood the question (I've never used the program you're referring to), but once you've found the key of the sample you can ctrl+click on the clip and select 'Edit Info Text' from the submenu. You can then type in any important information you want associated with the clip (bpm/key/chord progression/etc) into the box in the lower left corner. I've found that getting into the habit of doing this for all my clips is extremely helpful, because it allows me to to keep the names of my clips short and simple, and also gives me sufficient space to write a more detailed description of the clip.
Another advantage to this method is that selecting a clip in the browser will display its info text in the status bar (show/hide with the [?] shortcut). This way you don't lose the ability to see the clip's info from the browser, but with the added bonus of not having to search through clips with names like "120 - CM - clip name" or what-have-you.
This is my first attempt at answering a question so i apologize if this is a bit long-winded, haha. Hope it helps!
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I'm assuming you mean Mixed In Key?
I keep Ableton and iTunes open at the same time - that way if I need to check which key a particular song is in, I can jump across to iTunes (in my case, using Spaces in OS X) and jump straight back.
The only way to "see" the keys in Ableton directly would be to add that information on to the file name. One alternative I use is to give each 24 possible keys (1A-12B) a different colour, and keep that consistant.
I prefer to mix in key, and doing this allows me to see very quickly whether or not two tracks are in the same of a corresponding key based upon how close their colours are (eg. blue vs. dark blue).
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Nope, but seriously, just play a melody in a key on an instrument you're comfortable with. If it seems to mesh in well, it's likely to be the right key, and if not, mess around and change keys until you find it. It'll definitely help aid your relative pitch skills and will make you a better musician. I like the guitar for this because you just shift the pattern up/down single frets until you find it, but if you know your scales well on the keyboard/piano (and learn to hear when notes sound "in key"), it works just as well for me and likely better for others (hell any instrument will work). Another good way is to write a midi melody and loop it in Live, and simply select all the notes and press the down/up arrows to transpose the melody into different keys until it works for your ears. Even if you're a drummer, it's good to learn.5 years ago | 0 comments
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If you have the key in the mp3 tags then use mass rename ( like the one in foobar2000 if you are under windows ) then you can see from the clip's name.5 years ago | 0 comments
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To find the key of a bassline/melody/kick you imported do the following: add a spectrum analyzer to the master track and solo out the track/lane you want to know the key for. Then go to the spectrum analyzer and look for spikes. Hover those spikes and you can read the key it is playing in.
Anyways, if my explanation is not clear, check this vid at about 2mins18,2 years ago | 1 comment
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