A new suite of plug‑ins aims to take the compositional donkey work out of pop and EDM songwriting.
Whether for good or for evil, software‑based compositional aids are becoming an established fact of life, and Mixed In Key’s Captain Plug‑ins suite is attracting a lot of attention. It’s a collection of plug‑ins that can work together to help you develop musical ideas in electronic, dance and pop genres.
For this review, I worked with the Mac OS version 2.0, which currently comprises four plug‑ins: Captain Chords, Captain Deep, Captain Melody and Captain Play. As the names suggest, Captain Chords will assist you with developing chord sequences for your song, while Deep adds a bass line and Melody, well, adds a suitable melody. Captain Play provides an additional tool for triggering a palette of key/scale‑specific chords with a single finger using either a MIDI keyboard or just your computer keyboard, and might be particularly useful to those working on a very compact (perhaps laptop‑only?) system.
At the time of writing, the Windows version includes only Captains Chords, Deep and Play, but Melody will follow as a free update when it’s ready. All purchasers will also get two further...
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