Harmonic mixing, or mixing in key, is a crucial skill for DJing nowadays, ushered in on the back of digital music technologies (especially pitch preservation at varying tempo, and the ability for software to pretty accurately guess the key of any piece of music). Here's some advice on doing it in Traktor.
A decade ago, when key detection was almost unheard of, Mixed In Key revolutionised the game, giving DJs a simple way to instantly know what was likely to mix with what. But with key detection now built in to all major software, does Mixed In Key 8 do enough to make it worth buying? We find out...
Serato just announced that you can now take part in the Serato DJ 1.8 Public Beta. The upcoming Serato DJ version will come with key detection and key shifting baked in, along with an update to Pitch 'n Time and the ability to remap Serato DJ functions on supported hardware controllers.
Serato has added key detection to its Serato DJ software, bringing one of the most asked-for features to the popular digital DJing platform for the first time. Serato DJ 1.8 - which will be available as a free upgrade from the end of October - features the company's own proprietary key detection analysis.
Beatport announced over the weekend an update to its Beatport Pro online music store: You can now filter songs, genres, and artist releases by musical key, allowing you to make purchase decisions based on your harmonic mixing needs.
Digital DJ Tips member Rayanaldo writes: "I’m fairly familiar with manually mixing in key. Then I discovered Mixed in Key. Awesome! Then Traktor came out with the key detection feature, even better! Only problem is while there are a few tutorials that explains how to mix using Traktor key notation, most if not all explain it using major minor sharps so and so forth."
Mixing in key is one of the big revolutions of digital DJing - alongside things like portability, ease of use, and instant access to all of your music. But of all of these huge advantages of digital over analogue, maybe key mixing is the one that gives DJs the most pleasure.