Mash up with Mashup
Posted by Gizmo on February 8, 2012 :
One of the advantages of the digital age, is the ability to chuck together mixes in a matter of minutes. Gone are the days of slaving over the cassette deck (look it up) hoping for one take wonders. And Mixed In Key, purveyors of harmonic mixing software of the same name, now bring you Mashup - it's on-screen mixing at it's most basic level.
This is a no-frills mix and EQ affair, allowing you to chuck 2 tracks together with controls to adjust the tempo, EQ and volumes of the tracks. To make sure they go together, the BPM and key is analysed for maximum compatibility. Well comeing from MIxed In Key, I wouldn't expect anything less.
Then it's about chopping up your tracks and getting the levels and EQs right to make that ultimate mashup. I like this cut down approach, because it strips DJing back to its basics - mixing and EQing without the additional fluff that a lot of software adds and most beginners overuse. This approach allows people to concentrate on not only learning some basic mixing skills (beyond beatmatching of course), but also mashup skills.
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Mixed In Key “Mashup” Software Helps You Create Mashups In Minutes
—New software makes mashup creation easier than ever—
Miami Beach, Florida—February 8, 2012 —Mixed In Key has released Mashup (mashup.mixedinkey.com) for Windows and Mac OS X, a new software application that lets you quickly and easily beatmatch two or more audio files, edit them, and save your results to a new audio file. Mashup uses Mixed In Key 5’s harmonic algorithm to find compatible songs, and makes the process of mashup creation incredibly easy. “Our goal was to design software that could help you create a mashup in five minutes or less,” says Mixed In Key’s president Yakov Vorobyev. “We think that mashup creation should be easier than it is with Ableton Live.”
Mashup’s user interface is streamlined and intuitive. Import songs into Mashup, and it will analyze them for key and tempo. Next, drag a song into Mashup’s ultra-fast audio editor, and its tempo will become the master for the project. If you’d prefer, you can manually enter in a different master tempo. As soon as one song is added, the song browser will show you which other songs in your collection are 100% harmonically compatible with your original song. Then drag other songs into the editor window, and they’re automatically beat-matched to the master tempo, using Mashup’s professional time-stretching algorithm.
Now you can start editing. Mashup lets you graphically edit each song’s volume, as well as three bands of EQ, all with breakpoint-style automation. The editor also lets you select and silence portions of songs, adjust phase, slide them in time, and more. When you’re done editing, you can export the result to a 320kbps MP3 file or a 16-bit, 44.1kHz WAV file.
If you already use Mixed In Key 5, Mashup will load its database and will skip the analysis step. Mashup and Mixed In Key 5 work flawlessly with each other.
Mashup is available for $39 and comes with free updates until Version 2.99.