Mixed In Key has released Odesi, a program that works inside your web browser to flesh out musical ideas, utilizing a helpful toolset. Designed to be the first step of your musical journey, once you’ve developed the foundation of a track, chord progression, bass line and melody, Odesi can export the audio and/or MIDI data so you can finish the production inside Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reason, Pro Tools, or any other Digital Audio Workstation.
Odesi will help you create music using foundations that have been proven to work before. Mixed In Key has analyzed thousands of songs from top producers and realized that the same tricks have been used for many years. The sounds change, and music is always evolving, but the formulas stay the same. If you know the secret sauce, you can produce a track that will have people dancing for years. Thus, as part of the release, Odesi will be showcasing some of these formulas that prominent artists are implementing in their songs.
Odesi was designed to help you create rhythms. During their analysis of number one hits, Mixed In Key discovered that a small number of rhythms were used by a large number of songs. There is one specific rhythm that was used by DJ Tiesto, Cash Cash, Calvin Harris and others. All of those tracks got on the charts. We don’t know who invented it first, but it can’t be patented or copyrighted. You can use it in your own productions as much as you like (or don’t, it’s totally up to you). Odesi has a bank of 54 simple and 84 complex rhythms already inside the software. You can apply a different rhythm setting to each layer. Your Chords can play a slower rhythm while your Bass uses a fast and aggressive rhythm.
You can also create your own custom rhythms and hide them from the world. Only you will have access to them, and you can use them in all your music productions to develop your own signature sound. Custom rhythm making is an important part of making the music your own so you aren’t relying on presets. Unlike a typical DAW, Odesi shows all tracks on one large canvas so you can see how the MIDI notes connect together. You can see the Chord Progressions, Bassline, Melody and Drums to visualize how your track progresses over time.
Odesi has the ability to change the Key and Scale after the track is already written. You can create an entire song, and then change the Key and Scale anytime. For example, Odesi can intelligently transform the entire song to fit your vocalist’s range, or key preference. For example, you can go from C Major to D Blues Minor in just 2 clicks.
Click on the Edit Notes button after you select some notes in the canvas. You’ll see the Quantize options that snap your selected notes to the grid, making sure that everything plays on the beat. It gives a robotic quality to your music, and sounds less human because humans make some mistakes, but you get the advantage of really tight drums. We recommend for you to apply quantizing in small quantities: just for Kick Drums, Snares and Basslines. Other parts of your Odesi session can remain unquantized to retain the subtle variations introduced by an actual musician playing the notes.
Odesi has been tested with all of the leading DAW’s. You can export MIDI files and audio files and they load perfectly inside your production software. It has been tested with Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Cubase, Reason, GarageBand and many others.
Now here’s the kicker: Odesi works inside your web browser, so you can log in from anywhere. In fact, you can literally use an entirely different computer to log into your sessions if you’re on the road. There is also a Mac OS X companion app (requires 10.10 or newer) that lets you use the Audio Units on your computer and sound banks of 117 sounds. The web version works on Windows and Mac OS X.
Mixed In Key’s Odesi costs $49 and is available now.