Harmonic mixing gives DJ's a
map to navigate the music jungle
By the time a DJ develops advanced beat-mixing skill,
he* usually has developed an ear for music. When a song is off-key,
such as the vocals in Lina Santiago's "Feels So Good," a mental alarm
is triggered. When band instruments are off-key, as is often the case
with beginning students, the same alarm is triggered.
Advanced DJs are usually able to ride beat-mixes
for more than a few bars (one bar is usually a 4-beat measure). They often
don't ride them very long, because the same alarm usually activates when
he overlays melodies. He then has three choices: He can forget riding
melody segments and use only percussion segments, or he can overlay incompatible
key segments and suffer the sour results, or he can program harmonically.
Many advanced DJs are already programming harmonically
by a hit or miss method, although they may not know it. They already spend
extra time to test potential mixes, and only use those which pass. Camelot
Sound gives them a system for easily selecting compatible mixes, and eliminates
countless hours of wasted test mixing.
Who will greatly benefit from harmonic mixing?
Who will benefit somewhat from harmonic mixing? (GROUP
- Any DJ who does not like artists to be off-key.
- Any DJ with an ear for music.
- Any DJ who aspires to excellence.
- Any DJ who can beat-mix and ride those mixes.
- Any DJ who is an artist rather than a human
- Any producer who samples music. Digital
Audio Workstation mixers.
Who will not benefit from harmonic mixing? (GROUP
- Any DJ who fade-mixes.
- Any DJ who spot-mixes.
- Any DJ who cuts and scratches.
- Non-mixing DJ's (i.e., human jukeboxes).
- DJs who cannot distinguish music** from noise***.
- DJs who who prefer noise to music.
- DJs who believe anything goes with anything.
- DJs who believe any mix is a good mix.
* P.C. Disclaimer: "He" applies to DJs of both genders.
** Music is a group of sounds with related rythmic, melodic and
*** Noise is a group of sounds without related
rhythmic, melodic and harmonic structure. It might be a pleasant noise
like a babbling brook or a finely tuned engine, but noise nevertheless.