hornet songkey mk2

This plugin has been replaced by HoRNet SongKey MK3

Real-Time key and chord detection


HoRNet SongKey MKII is a key detector, SongKey MKII works in real time analyzing a polyphonic audio stream (usually a song) and thanks to some advanced artificial intelligence algorithms identifies in which key the song is composed, SongKey MKII also tracks key changes during the song,

Since the brain inside SongKey MKII tries to “guess” the correct key, the three more probable keys are shown together with a confidence level for each key. SongKey MKII also displays a “note profile” for the song showing which notes are played the most.

SongKey MKII also analyzes the song as it progress and displays the current chord that is being played, a time window is used to identify chord changes and a different IA algorithm is applied to the note profile.

SongKey is very useful in those situation in which you don’t have an instrument at hand to find out the key of a song you are working on or if you are a DJ and want to make a mash up but you don’t know in which key a song is written. The chord detection feature gives you insights on the chord progression of the song so that you can better design your bass lines and pads.

Video Overview


We decided to not provide a demo for SongKey MKII because we don’t want to to cripple our product too much and limiting the capability of this plugin for a demo would mean to provide a bad testing experience.

For this reason we offer an instantaneous full refund within 15 days of your purchase if you buy SongKey MKII and you don’t like it


  • Artificial Intelligence driven key identification that follow key changes
  • Real-time chord detection
  • Confidence display for each found key
  • Average and Real-Time note profile display
  • Mac OS X (>=10.7) and Windows support.
  • 64-bit compatibility both on Mac and Windows.
  • Audio Units VST2.4, VST3  and AAX format.

Copy protection

The HoRNet SongKey MKII has no copy protection, I don’t believe in copy protection, they are always cracked and they are annoying for the users, we all know you are not going to give away the plugin on the internet…

So simply download the plugin and enjoy your recordings!

20 thoughts on “HoRNet SongKey MK2

Ulrich Koestner says:

(Nice GUI, good Price–performance ratio, easy to use)
I don't use this very often but whenever I do it puts a smile in my face. Very intuitive to use and with straight forward results. I use this in mostly two scenarios. I composed some nice melody or phrase with my midi keyboard and am looking for others elements to fit into. Since I never actually care about the key, I have no idea which key I am in. So I run SongKey to analyze my own composition and as soon as I know which key I am in it is very easy to browse for samples or retune samples or write a bass line or switch to another key that fits to this key etc. The other task I regularly use this for is to analyze samples I recorded, in order to sort them with BPM and song key.

Joseph T Acampora Jr. says:

This is a great plugin that gives you the overall key of a piece of audio as well as the chords that are being played… IN REAL TIME!
If you ever want to figure out a song without having an instrument.. This is what you need!

Jeffrey Harris says:

Sample based producers. gives you direct access to the key of your samples.
Super handy tool to figure out the key your samples are in. Making it easy and obvious to add basslines and additional melodies to your tracks using your VSTs.

Les Barker says:

This is a little gem to assist determine chords/keys! Keep up the good work!

Freddy Breeze says:

My go to plugin when I sample, of course you could go down your keyboard to find what key a song is in or you you could slap Songkey on and let it so the work for you!!! Best purchase period!

Jonas Harring Boll says:

I was recently introduced to HorNet by a friend as I was looking for a simple yet effective plugin to determine the dominant keys and chords of my music. I use a lot samples and I imrovise a lot in my song writing. In many cases that means spending a lot time sorting out the harmonic nature of my songs, so I decided to purhcase HorNet SongKey and I must say it has met all my requirements. Not only does it determine harmonies with great precision but it does using a very simple and use friendly interface. In addition, it can be used creatively in the sense that it suggests three possible tonalities in rank order. So let’s say the first suggestion is A minor and the second E minor; you now have a suggestion for how you might modulate the songs harmony by moving from A minor into E minor in order to create some harmonic interest. I can highly recommed this plugin to anyone who needs a tool that can determine the tonality or chordal structures within audio, samples or midi files.

Ruben van der Zee says:

I love working with plugins from HoRNet. Every plugin is very stable, user friendly and most of the time excactly what I need. I've been using HoRNet Songkey for quite some time now and it's one of my favorite plugins. I do a lot of short projects (with heavy deadlines) and it makes my life much easier. When I have to make pitch corrections or replace a bass sound, it works perfect every time. My ears don't have perfect pitch and it normally takes a lot of time to figure out the songs key. And when I ask the artist, it turns out he doesn't have a clue. So a really time saver which I use almost every day. And with this price tag, you can't go wrong.

Josh says:

Songkey Mk2 is insanely useful. When you're under time constraints and need to find the key or particular chord notes within a song quickly, this is the shiz. I also see sampled based producers becoming very familar with this, especially hip-hop heads, when layering instrumentation over samples. Accurate and reliable. Key Estimation gives you a second and third alternative estimation of the song's key, learning and updating as the song plays, and gives you a % rating of how 'sure' of each guess the plugin is. This is a great feature, and can be especially useful for remix producers looking for alternative progressions of say, an acapella vocal. To top, visual feedback of the intensity of each note is amazing. If music theory isn't your strong point, this is vital for finding that one note in a chord that's maybe 15% the velocity of it's siblings, but completely alters the tone of said chord.
And of course, price wise, it's crazy cheap. Like silly cheap.
My only drawbacks are CPU usage (but not really a problem as never needs to be in use constantly), and that sometimes the GUI update for Current Chord can be quite jumpy, even with relatively simple material. But this is why I praise the note intensity scale so much, as this can sure things up fine when in doubt.

Brian Lawler says:

Works as advertised, displaying the most likely key of the audio input that it is assigned to, and the current detected chord. I particularly like the "note profile", that presents a spectrum analyzer like display but using musical notes rather than frequency bands.

Ricky Scott says:

Love this!! Total time saver when remixing, DJing or re-tuning samples. This is a must have plugin!

Peter says:

something every producer should have in his or her arsenal its a big time saver and a steel at this price just buy you wont regret it

Alberto De La Cruz says:

Like many others have said, I don't use this often but it sure comes in clutch when you do need it! Great price and great UI I love this plugin. Although I don't use it often I probably use it more than others here when I am sampling chords from another song for my hip hop beats.

Lisa van Beergen says:

Great Tool
Lisa van Beergen

TearOfTheStar says:

Handy little tool for any musician, can help to train your ears and to build harmonically beautiful melodies with ease. Awesome and much more powerful than you'd think.

Fouad Al-Basha says:

HoRNet SongKey MK2..hope to give summary for main key and full scal for song or music .. Regareds

robin says:

musicians need to be able to save a list of all chords and estimates collected together with timestamp all in a simple txt file. you also need to be able to select a loop window on a track for detailing
otherwise tedious to use practically

Joshua Hudes says:

This is one of my most used plugins! It's absolutely essential for me as I haven't got a piano next to me and enough time to work out keys all the time. I work with thousands of samples so it's saved my life a few times. It's very accurate 95% of the time. It can get confused though. I'm literally counting the days until mk3 comes out! I'm hoping for more accuracy and features like modes and showing which note are out of the key.

jony vargas says:

very good

Thomas Helvey says:

Meh, this problem is so hard, it's not surprising that no one gets it right. Key is easy, chord progressions are very hard. Really good try but this unicorn still remains elusive. Keep working on it, you'll get it eventually.

didiervdeb says:

Hello I wanted to send you my congratulations for your work. I use your plug in with pleasure and they are not expensive. You should be better known. Bravo from French West Indies.

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