Keyfinder for Live

Ableton Live 11 has introduced the long-requested feature Comping. We are still waiting for pitch correction (Auto-Tune) and key detection (exp: Mixed in Key), until then, Max for Live to the rescue!

In collaboration with Omar Costa Hamido, we created a Max for Live devices that connect with the free Keyfinder app from Ibrahim Sha’ath to give us Key Detection directly inside Ableton!

Setup is fast and easy. And it even renames the clip with the key after it finishes the analysis.

There are images of the Circle of Fifths and the Chamalot Wheel for easy reference to be used in Harmonic Mixing, sampling, and remixing.

Simply load the device to an Audio Track. Load audio clips, Launch the clips and hit Find Key.

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Ableton Suite 10.1.30

Max 8.1.8

* Although successfully tested on a windows machine. The free companion app Keyfinder is no longer supported on Windows.


1. Download

2. Copy to your user Library/Presets/MIDI Effects/Max MIDI Effects

* This works both on Mac and Windows

** On windows. Place the file somewhere in the main drive (usually C:)


First, make sure you download the free Keyfinder app.

Then, open Keyfinder for Live in Ableton and click setup.

There you can click on to locate it on your computer.


Version 1.02: – fixed circle of fifths floating window taking over the whole screen when running in full-screen mode. (thx Carlos for the report)

Version 1.0.1: – fixed floating windows taking over the whole screen when running Ableton in full-screen mode. (thx grunholm for the report)

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