figuring out the key of chord samples

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  1. DrugGraff&Music

    DrugGraff&Music New Member

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    any tips on figuring out the key of a chord sample?

    I started this track with a nice rhodes sample and I'd like to know wich key it is so I don't compose anything off-key.
    I played each note of a rhode patch and can't find any that match the sample so it's gotta be a chord. beside trying to play every chords possible in every key I don't know what to do.

    any help appreciated.
     
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    if your playing every note individually and it doesnt sound right, somethings not right. a chord is just a combination of notes, therefore any of the individual notes that are in the chord will sound right played individually (if that makes any sense). perhaps its detuned a bit or something?
     
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    Or post up the sample and someone will tell you
     
  5. sam the dnb man

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    Stick a spectral analyser on the channel strip. Boost the fundamental frequency and lowpass so that the harmonics aren't audible. Stick a tuner on your strip. Hey presto, you ow know the fundamental/root note of your chord. If I ant fugue out the intervals do the same but bandpass. Try and figure it by ear though
     
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    Until an inversion comes along and fucks that whole plan up.
     
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    Either way, you can figure out the fundamental and the overtones, so it's easy to replicate it. It's a long way to go about but it's never failed. Now I just do it by ear as it's quicker and easier
     
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    sam the dnb man Variation

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    What plug in is that? Does it come in au format?
     
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    I think it might, the crack runs better than the official release, imho.


    P.S. he took my joke but better delivery but mine could actually help long term
     
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    Spectral analyzer. Look at note peaks and build from there.
     
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    link to rhodes sample

    I don't quite get the spectrum analysis thing but I guess the fundamental note of the chord is the same as the key of the track??

    as for the geniuses who suggested I use my hear, that's what I'm doing already but it's hard when you have 0 musical training and very basic of music theory.

    anyway, thanks for the reply everyone.
     
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    Did you make this? It sounds like an arpeggiated granulator. The root note is D#.
     
  16. DrugGraff&Music

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    nah its from a computer music mag cd but thanks a lot for the info, can I ask you how you came to fiigure the root note was D#???

    an other question; if I was to make a reece bass from a drone a D#, everything's fine, right?
     
  17. ajnaz

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    Depending on what spectrum analyzer your using, "in my case, abletons stock one." You can hover over each peak in the analyzer and it will tell you exactly what note/frequency is being played. Usually fine tune kicks and snares using this technique along with abletons frequency shifter.
     
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    Hope this helps someone..


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    Melodyne is the shiznit, but if you can get a note to frequency chart you might be able to do some science and deconstruct the chords fundamental notes

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    d-low I know you got soul

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    There's also a 'pitch corrector' I think its called, in logic, that I only just found out about but it seems pretty sharp from what I've seen

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