Mixing in Key - How to figure out pitch of song that you pitch up/down
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    Default Mixing in Key - How to figure out pitch of song that you pitch up/down

    Hey everyone,

    So i've recently been practicing by mixing in key because i feel it sounds better and it's easier to mix. I was wondering if i have a song playing at 128bpm, and i want to bring in a track thats at 124 - i have to pitch that up obviously, so how would i account for the new key of the song so i can still mix something in harmoniously.

    Did i make sense? i hope so.

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    key lock/Master Tempo

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    The rule of thumb I've heard passed around is that you're fine anywhere within +/-6% difference.

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    I think that depends on the speed, at 124, 6% difference might not make much of a difference, but at 175 its very noticeable. You could get away with it, but if you ever get into dnb or faster stuff, you will probably want to stick to closer to 1-2% before you will notice a bit of flat/sharpness.
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    Might have that a little confused. 6% is 6%....no matter what the tempo of the song...its going to sound like its been changed 6%

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    idk, i certainly seem to notice it more at higher speeds. Perhaps its just me.
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    Keep key lock on. But + or - 5% Usually doesn't make a discernible difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ever View Post
    The rule of thumb I've heard passed around is that you're fine anywhere within +/-6% difference.
    Thats right, a change of over 6% changes the key (unless you use the keylock), but you shouldn't be going over 3% anyway in my humble opinion
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    Thank you for all the replies. Did i really say bitch instead of pitch in the title? wow. thats a typo . well i greatly appriciate the replies.

    My roommate tells me that keylock messes up the track and makes it chop and says its not a good idea? any input on this? is there any negative to keylock?
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    if you are using 128 kbps mp3s, fuggedaboutit! but with 320 kbps a bit of keylock didn't hurt nobody.

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