How To Mix In Key With Traktor Scratch Pro 2
In this tutorial, we look at using Traktor’s new key detection algorithm and keylock feature in order to mix in key.
This tutorial covers using Traktor’s new key detection algorithm and keylock feature in order to mix in key.
In order to mix in key, you really need to pieces of information: (1) The keys of all of your tracks, and (2) which keys are compatible with which other keys.
Traktor really has us covered on the first part, as the keylock feature keeps our tracks in key when we pitch them around in order to beatmach or sync them to other tracks.
Traktor now also includes its own key detection algorithm, and can even color-code these keys to the Camelot Wheel, a version of the circle of fourths (or fifths) available on Harmonic-Mixing.com. Previously, DJs had to use their ears, a musical keyboard, or a separate key detection software like Mixed In Key.
The Camelot Wheel, or circle of fourths, can be referred to in order to look up which keys are compatible – this makes it quick and easy to mix in key. After a little practice, the wheel is easily memorized, even if you memorize all of the musical keys and not just the number system, and mixing in key becomes second-nature.
In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to mix in key to the exact same key, clockwise and counterclockwise on the camelot wheel / circle of fourths, and to the relative major or minor key (between the inside and outside of the circle/wheel), all while phrase matching. I also provide counterexamples of key clashes and things to avoid.
I also demonstrate an advanced technique in which we disengage the key lock in order to mix two tracks in key via re-pitching one into a compatible key. This technique will come easily to DJs with experience playing on real vinyl, as they have no access to keylock or a similar feature when working with vinyl. In time, this becomes just as easy as mixing with keylock on, and is very useful for more dramatic tempo transitions.
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