Harmonic mixing consists of two elements: knowing the key of every song that you play and knowing which keys are compatible.
To help DJs learn harmonic mixing, Mark Davis created the Camelot wheel, a visual representation of which keys are compatible with each other based on the circle of fifths.
On the Camelot wheel, each key is assigned a keycode number from one to twelve, like hours around a clock.
For the first mix, we recommend mixing two songs that have the same keycode, like 8A and 8A. It will sound like a professional mash-up made in the studio, even if you are mixing on live DJ equipment.
Many professional DJs move around the Camelot wheel with every mix.
To select a compatible song, choose a keycode within one "hour" of your current keycode. If you are in 8A, you can play 7A, 8A or 9A next. If you are in 12A, you can play 11A, 12A or 1A. This mix will be smooth every time.
You can also mix between inner and outer wheels if you stay in the same "hour." For example, try mixing from 8A to 8B, and notice the change in melody as you go from Minor to Major.
Harmonic mixing is a simple technique, but it opens up a world of creativity. You will play creative DJ sets and discover interesting song combinations. It's easy to get started with any music genre.
You can also buy commercial software to give key data for your mp3's on your computer for this we recommend Mixed In Key.
Disclaimer: BPM & Key results shown here are not always 100% accurate (but they are not that far off) Please do not buy tracks based on the key or bpm from our results as we can not guarantee them to be correct, it is a guide only.
Mixed In Key LLC owns the full copyrights and trademarks for the Camelot system and all related assets. All rights reserved. Copyright (C) 2008. All Key and BPM information has been generated by Chemical Records' own software systems and Chemical Records owns the full copyrights for the information generated. All rights reserved. Copyright (C) 2008.