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Captain Chords Explained®

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    The Captain Plug-ins Suite

    In this video, Larry introduces the series and also explains the two basic sways of utilizing the plug-ins in this series as either Audio Unit sound modules or MIDI FX.

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    Choosing Keys & the Interface

    Larry now covers ways you can choose your scale or key in Captain Chords while also outlining the different areas of the plug-in GUI. Then learn all about the different ways you can "play" the plug-in as a sound module, a chord jamming instrument or an automatic progression generator.

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    Chord Progressions, Rhythm, & Timing

    In this video, explore some of the automatic chord generation features of Captain Chords, and go through how to choose from the library of progressions, timings and rhythms to access a whole world of musical possibilities.

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    The Sound Preset Area

    In this video, see how to choose presets, tailor them to your needs using Reverb, Delay and Filtering, and then how to automate these parameters.

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    Space, Strum, & Swing

    Now discover how the Space knob allows you to introduce spaces into your progressions in different ways. Then see how to introduce a strumming action to your progressions mimicking a guitar. Finally, learn how to introduce 8th and 16th note swing in order to enhance the groove of your progressions.

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    Manually Creating Chord Progressions

    Explore how to manually generate chord progressions by using the add function, and amend those chords for extra harmonic interest. Altering inversions, octaves, flavors and complexity is then shown, followed by how to add rests and also custom chords.

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    Editing Your Chords

    In this video, learn all about the editing features of Captain Chords including MIDI chord detection, chord info and the split function, so you can generate your own rhythmic patterns.

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    Arrange Progressions & Interact with Your DAW

    Larry now shows how he uses Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus and Drop to create different song sections. You can then drag these into the DAW?s arrange page to arrange these progressions to create your track!

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    Captain Deep

    Now discover Captain Deep including how to connect it to Captain Chords, and then generate different types of basslines and grooves. You'll also learn how to make sure your song sections line up between the two plug-ins, and how to manually jam a bassline using the Play Tab.

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    Captain Melody

    In this video, explore Captain Melody and see how to add a melody to your track. Larry covers using tension, rhythm and pattern to generate a series of different melodic lines, allowing the track to have a topline melody. Then see how the two-way communication between the plug-ins works, and how to jam using the MIDI and Qwerty Keyboard.

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    Jamming New Ideas with Captain Play

    In this final video, head over to Captain Play and watch how to use your MIDI keyboard and Qwerty Keyboard to play back new melodies and jam chord ideas.

Product Overview


Studio production wiz Larry Holcombe brings you in-depth video tutorials on Mixed In Key's amazing chord production machine, Captain Chords! Learn all about this indispensable writing tool and how to use it to create fantastic chord progressions for your songs and productions.

Larry starts out by welcoming you and then explains the two basic ways of utilizing Captain Chords as either a plug-in sound module or MIDI FX. Then you'll see how to choose your scale or key in Captain Chords, learn more about the different areas of the plug-in GUI, and the different ways you can “play” the plug-in as a sound module, a chord jamming instrument, or an automatic progression generator.

Moving on, explore how the Space Knob allows you to introduce spaces into your progressions in different ways, and how to give a strumming action to your progressions mimicking a guitar. Larry then shows you the Sound Preset area where you can select presets and then tailor them to your needs using Reverb, Delay, Filtering, and Automation.

Throughout the rest of the video series you'll see how to manually create chord progressions, edit your existing chords, arrange progressions in your DAW, and use both Captain Deep and Captain Melody for even more creativeness. Plus, you'll also learn how to jam new ideas with Captain Play and much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to Mixed In Key's Captain Chords, or just want to know if it's right for you, look no further… Watch “Captain Chords Explained®” today!


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ToRicciardi
Submitted 1 week ago

really good tuturial

it was really helpfull

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


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HardDiskMusic
Submitted 1 week ago

Explain everything!!!

One the best I have seen!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase


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anilks67
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Good

It was good and very knowledgeable.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason


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KaitlynsHouse
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Very Helpful...Fun Plug-in

Helped explain how modules tied together.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reason


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HChea
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Very Helpful when experiencing a bloc especially!

Really helps save time also by getting into the intricate areas of this plug-in collective!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer


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Winni
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Very helpful - even for a beginner in electronic music like me

Every module and all the options were explained well. I just have some basic knowledge regarding chords but this was enough to understand nearly everything. Just sometimes I wished the author would speak more clearly (he mumbled sometimes a bit too much for me as a non native speaker of the english language). But that happened just sometimes and almost everything else was really very good. So thank you very much for this very helpful video course and keep on the great work! :-)

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


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artz999
Submitted 3 weeks ago

great one

superb explanation of the app

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Logic Pro, Pro Tools


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Bob43
Submitted 1 month ago

Clean and clear

I would recommend this tutorial to anyone who is interested in producing interesting chords and melodies. This could be used for back up instruments such as strings and horns as well. I’m particularly interested in the variety of baselines generated. They’re very solid and compelling. In short… a great course.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer


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Jusus
Submitted 1 month ago

Excellent Instruction

Taught me music theory and chord progressions, in a useful manner. Love it


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balinas
Submitted 1 month ago

Really explains short-comings of Captain Chords

The review course itself is very complete and comprehensive to explaining Captain Chords. I would listen to another of this author's courses. It does however really expose the extreme limitations of Captain Chords and Deep plugins.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Studio One


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ToRicciardi
Submitted 1 week ago

really good tuturial

it was really helpfull

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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HardDiskMusic
Submitted 1 week ago

Explain everything!!!

One the best I have seen!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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anilks67
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Good

It was good and very knowledgeable.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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KaitlynsHouse
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Very Helpful...Fun Plug-in

Helped explain how modules tied together.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

HChea
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Very Helpful when experiencing a bloc especially!

Really helps save time also by getting into the intricate areas of this plug-in collective!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Winni
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Very helpful - even for a beginner in electronic music like me

Every module and all the options were explained well. I just have some basic knowledge regarding chords but this was enough to understand nearly everything. Just sometimes I wished the author would speak more clearly (he mumbled sometimes a bit too much for me as a non native speaker of the english language). But that happened just sometimes and almost everything else was really very good. So thank you very much for this very helpful video course and keep on the great work! :-)

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

artz999
Submitted 3 weeks ago

great one

superb explanation of the app

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Bob43
Submitted 1 month ago

Clean and clear

I would recommend this tutorial to anyone who is interested in producing interesting chords and melodies. This could be used for back up instruments such as strings and horns as well. I’m particularly interested in the variety of baselines generated. They’re very solid and compelling. In short… a great course.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Jusus
Submitted 1 month ago

Excellent Instruction

Taught me music theory and chord progressions, in a useful manner. Love it

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

balinas
Submitted 1 month ago

Really explains short-comings of Captain Chords

The review course itself is very complete and comprehensive to explaining Captain Chords. I would listen to another of this author's courses. It does however really expose the extreme limitations of Captain Chords and Deep plugins.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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Captain Chords Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 15 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from really good tuturial it was really helpfull
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Explain everything!!! One the best I have seen!
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good It was good and very knowledgeable.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful when experiencing a bloc especially! Really helps save time also by getting into the intricate areas of this plug-in collective!
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful...Fun Plug-in Helped explain how modules tied together.
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful - even for a beginner in electronic music like me Every module and all the options were explained well. I just have some basic knowledge regarding chords but this was enough to understand nearly everything. Just sometimes I wished the author would speak more clearly (he mumbled sometimes a bit too much for me as a non native speaker of the english language). But that happened just sometimes and almost everything else was really very good. So thank you very much for this very helpful video course and keep on the great work! :-)
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great one superb explanation of the app
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clean and clear I would recommend this tutorial to anyone who is interested in producing interesting chords and melodies. This could be used for back up instruments such as strings and horns as well. I’m particularly interested in the variety of baselines generated. They’re very solid and compelling. In short… a great course.
Date published: 2019-01-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Captain Chords Explained: Excellent presentation Great starter item. Went away with a good idea how everything works. Wish it would have contained an explanation of what "drop" means.
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent Instruction Taught me music theory and chord progressions, in a useful manner. Love it
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really explains short-comings of Captain Chords The review course itself is very complete and comprehensive to explaining Captain Chords. I would listen to another of this author's courses. It does however really expose the extreme limitations of Captain Chords and Deep plugins.
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from All you need to know ...to start creativly working with these amazing set of plugins. Every aspect is explained in detail, easy to follow and to understand it's mechanics and possibilities.
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Exactly What You Need to Know I have this plugin and never knew some of the under the hood capabilities. This series explained everything I needed to know and how to integrate it into my workflow. Thank you for the overview!
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful and well taught help me understand child progression much better
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Right on time with this video. Cool very cool. I see lots of possibilities when I insert different sounds from other libraries!!! I purchased Captain Chords a day prior, then Groove 3 came to the rescue. Right on Groove 3!!!
Date published: 2019-01-18
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