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    Default Mixing in Key: Golden Rule(s)

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    What is the trick to mixing in key?
    Is it that you can't mix Major/Minor, or is it flats and sharps?

    I seem to have forgotten, so if you have an answer or a link where this has been talked about previously it would be much appreciated.

    Any advice on mixing in key for those of you who don't use "Mixed in Key?"
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    It's basic musical theory. I believe there's a 'Mixed In Key' tutorial on their website that's available for all.
    Apart from this... learn some theory.
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    +1. Without music theory, relying solely on the Camel wheel or whatever the hell you call it isn't going to go over too well.

    Ditch the numbering system they use and learn your chords, both minor and major. And of course the golden rule is to experiment and have fun!

    I'd just like to add that it isn't the number system that pisses me off, it's those who use it and don't understand why and refuse to learn.
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    Mostapha (sp?), a forum member, had made a great post somewhere. It touched on music theory outside of the Camelot wheel. I'll try to find the post and if I find some musical theory books (in my search) I will post back here with what I find.

    Can anyone recommend some books on "musical theory"?
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    Trust your ear more than any piece of software...
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithace View Post
    Trust your ear more than any piece of software...
    This^. Yes.

    I recently did a mix and only had one miss-mix, but it was a key issue rather than a mixing issue, and so I'm trying to figure out what I did based on the "Mixing in Key no-no's". I can't tell if it was a major/minor conflict or maybe a sharp/flat conflict.
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    I just use these digital DJ fashion accessories called headphones and cue tracks and make sure they sound good together instead of letting an arbitrary ID3 tag system dictate how I choose songs and mix.

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    There is a chap I know how has been mixing for years and is a technically proficient DJ but is TONE DEAF. MIK would do wonders for his but I daren't suggest it. The scary thing is, he plays out all the time and people love his stuff. He's a good mate but some of his mixes make me want to throw myself under a train.
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    which software would people suggest to go further than what mixed in key does then? I understand the limitations of mixed in key and have to use my own ear alongside it's aid. but is there a piece of software which shows your further info where you can add the details yourself into the name and info of the track
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    Not sure what you mean, if you use trainspotter to tag your tracks it pulls they key from beatport and tags it with that though.

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