Odesi: Music Composition Software From Mixed In Key

A brand new piece of software has been announced today from the team behind Mixed In Key, Flow, and Platinum Notes. Odesi is designed to be a quick MIDI-editor that allows any one creating music to quickly write melodies, basslines, chord progressions, and more. Watch how quickly you can create a simple chord progression below, and then keep reading for the full features.

  • Software: Odesi
  • Requirements: Web or OS X 10.10 (this Mac version allows use of Audio Units), internet connection
  • Price / Availability: $49

We’ve only had a chance to spend a few minutes with Odesi so far, but this “sonic sketchpad” is proving to be a lot of fun, especially for people with any formal music training. What’s great about it is that it suddenly is incredibly easy to develop an idea of what you want your song to be like, and then Odesi helps you stay in key and build smart chord progressions that fit with what you’re creating.

We can also see this being a major learning tool for those DJs and producers who don’t know much musical theory – and Mixed In Key has even started a series of videos showing how to recreate melodies, chords, and basslines from electronic music hits:

The main set of features are as follows:

  • Automatic “Snap-to-Key and Scale”: The default view shows which notes are allowed in a specific Key and Scale, making it impossible to go off-key in the composition
  • Chord Progressions: Odesi makes it easy to write custom chord progressions, or use a bank of 138 memorable progressions used in today’s popular music, with deep customization options
  • Rhythms: The musician can apply rhythms to both Chords and Basslines, creating endless combinations of intertwined rhythms. There is a bank of 138 highly-customizable ideas, discovered by Mixed In Key, in Pop music, Hip Hop, Rock, Caribbean and Latin music, as well as the most popular rhythms found in electronic music tracks produced from 1986 to today – starting with early Chicago House and ending with the latest Beatport top 100
  • Intelligent basslines: When the project contains a Chord Progression, the Bassline generator will adjust to match the chords, making it easy to experiment with different basslines without having to edit the MIDI notes with every chord change
  • MIDI Export: Odesi supports MIDI export to Ableton Live, Reason, Pro Tools, Logic and all other DAWs
    Access your sessions from anywhere: Odesi runs in a web browser, and is accessible anywhere, anytime. Older sessions will no longer be lost on external hard drives and buried in a closet. When a session is finished, Odesi automatically sends it as an email attachment for backup and safekeeping
  • Recording on the road: Odesi allows you to record melodies, chords and bass from both your MIDI controller and your computer keyboard. If you’re on a Macbook and don’t have a controller available, you can use the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 keys to play the beats, and ASDFGHJ keys to play notes.
  • Sound banks pulled from today’s hottest music: Although the “grand piano” sound can be used in the web version, there is also a companion app for Mac OS X that extends Odesi with support for 117 different sounds, pulled from today’s hottest music. It contains pianos, leads basses and drum kits that sound crisp and “current.” The musician can put together an audio demo of the track without leaving Odesi when running Mac OS X 10.10 or newer.
  • Change Key and Scale anytime: Odesi can change the Key and Scale of the entire composition, even after the entire MIDI was already written. It’s possible to change the mood from Major to Minor, or to add a Blues feeling to the track. It makes it easier to adjust the composition to fit a vocalist’s range as well and experiment with different keys.

Learn more about the Odesi software here – and keep an eye out for a complete review on DJTT soon.  

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  • VST Junkie

    I purchased it, and as a windows user am restricted to the web version, for the time being. YMMV, but I’m finding the web version is pretty resource intensive, and locks up or chokes once I’ve fleshed out 8-12 bars or so.

    Aside from that, it’s pretty great – and clear that as development continues it’ll get much better. Worth noting for some is it’s restricted to 4/4 time, for now – and it only does piano sounds in the web version – any other sounds need the desktop version, likely for the aforementioned resource reasons.

    If you’re a windows user, I can’t really recommend it at $50 for now – but once it’s out on windows natively, which they say is coming soon? Absolutely, exceptional.

    I had high hopes for the web version, since it allows such freedom (using on almost anything etc) but even without that, I can see myself using the desktop version a whole lot.

    • YV_Miami

      The Windows version became our top priority after the launch, we’ve been working on it. It’s coming together.

  • VST Junkie

    In before some insecure person shows up to declare this “cheating” and everyone who even thinks of using it a “hack” and a “poser”.

    Because music is a zero-sum competition. Sync-button “fakers” etc.

    I’m really excited to see where Odesi goes – it really helps level the playing field and could reveal some awesome talent, in people with great ideas but little in way of theory-chops. Bad musical ideas will always sound bad – this might just help raise the good ones from obscurity, and spark off lifelong efforts in people who might otherwise have become discouraged early on.

    • killmedj

      I agree! I have film and advertising friends who use similar software to spark ideas in their projects, they swear by it! It’s just an ideas sketch pad really.

    • YV_Miami

      Love your comment, thank you. It helped me overcome creative block myself, and that’s exactly what I’ hoping it might help do for other people. It should help more musicians take good ideas and make them become reality.

      -Yakov @ Odesi

    • YV_Miami

      Thank you