THE HARMONIC MIX OR THE MIX IN KEY
What is harmonic mixing?
Harmonic mixing, also called mix in key, is the chaining of pieces with the same key or a "compatible" key. The sequences will be done in harmony. Just as notes are played together on a keyboard to form a chord, harmonic mixing is the assembly or linking of keys that are in harmony with each other.
In a DJ mix, mixing songs with harmonious tones will sound much better. This is also the case with the notes of a chord in music. After adjusting the speed, today's DJ will choose to link songs in harmony. It is therefore to create a mix that will make his mix one great piece.
How to create a harmonic mix?
So how do you choose your songs that create a harmonic mix? And above all how to know the tone (the key) of its pieces and how to know if they are compatible or not?
It is with a key or tone compatibility wheel that we can know if our songs will be compatible or not.
Understanding the camelot system wheel
This wheel called camelot represents the notes of the whole scale. However with the English denomination from A to G and not as with the Latin denomination from C to B (see the designation of the notes here).
Associated with a number and a letter which corresponds to the seven whites of the keyboard and the five quarter notes, thus the twelve semitones for the number (1 to 12) and in minor (A) or major (B) for the letter. Click here to see the new harmonic key wheel.
Analysis of audio files
Now for the analysis of the songs. Software is available to create tags in the audio files. For example 1A, 3B etc., and according to the camelot wheel you can choose the songs according to their key. This way harmonic mixing becomes possible.
DVS like Traktor or Serato also analyze audio files but are much less accurate which makes them unreliable for this function.
So how do you string the pieces together?
Once the pieces are analyzed and tagged, the wheel will not be useful anymore knowing that you can link the pieces as follows:
1A>2A>3A and so on or vice versa 11A>10A>9A or from minor to major and vice versa, 8A>8B> or 7B>7A.
Another method is to add 7 to the key of the current piece. So by following the direction of a clock, we obtain a new harmonic key. For example the key 10B goes very well with the key 5B.
The tag in Serato (key) if this column is not displayed right click and check key.
Harmonic mixing with Ableton
Pre-selecting songs by key for harmonic mixing, editing in Ableton's sequencer in arrangement mode and leveling the final mix. To make programmed mixes, know how to use warping, eq, make loops. Then, position the tracks well, put effects and play with the song tempo. A 27 minute mix is made.
Duration: 1 hour 56 minutes
In addition to the choice of tracks, the Bpm, the mix, the key of tonality is a criterion to create a link between the pieces.
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