I USE SERATO AS WELL. I UNDERSTAND WHAT U ARE SAYING. YOU
BASICALLY HAVE TO GO THROUGH 3 PROGRAMS TO GET FILES TO SHOW UP IN
SERATO CRATES. NOT REALLY A BEATUNES ISSUE BUT VERY PAIN STAKING,
DUE TO HAVING TO DO THIS EVERY TIME A NEW SONGS IS ADDED.
So when songs are grouped together in colors doesn't that mean
they are similar in sound? I'm just trying to understand what the
difference is between matching keys and matching colors since I
read in a previous post that beatunes analyzes songs and can
determine if the songs sound the same then color code them. Or
maybe I'm just very confused. I have also looked at Mixed in key,
what are the differences or should I say pros of Beatunes and it's
key/color coding vs. Mixed in Key and it's Camelot System?
hendrik on 06 Mar, 2010 07:17 AM
Yes, similar color implies similar sound.
But it does not imply the same or a matching key. To understand
harmonic mixing you have to understand the circle of fifths
- color can help you, but the important thing are keys.
The Camelot Notation is nothing more than a notation for keys.
So instead of C minor you call it some number and a letter (for
minor/major). This helps people who don't understand the circle of
fifths or keys - but in the and it's really just using a number
instead of the key name. That's why it's called a
Color in beaTunes is not about keys, but more about spectra...
similar color means similar spectrum, which is not the same as key.
Two songs can have a similar color, but be in a completely
I'm asking the question from a Dj's perspective. If I wanted to
create a perfect set, mixing songs of multiple genres with similar
bpms and similar sounds then I would pay more attention to the
color of the track rather than the key? I usually have to just play
everything by ear and memory now if I can just analyZe which tracks
sound similar to eachother I can group them together and save a lot
of time doing so
hendrik on 06 Mar, 2010 07:21 PM
To achieve that goal, I'd go to the beaTunes Preferences, Song
Matching tab and create a new rule set with just the key and the
color rule. If harmonic mixing is more important, choose a higher
value for key than for color. If being in matching key is not so
important, choose a higher value for color. You might also want to
add some BPM and similar rating, but with lower weights.
Then go to your music collection and decide how many color bins
you'd like. Let's say three (red green blue). Choose one very red
song and create a matchlist with the ruleset you defined. Then a
very green song, etc.
However, beaTunes will not create perfect sets. Oftentimes it's
probably smarter to do the following:
Make sure you use the Ruleset you defined above
Open the matchlist pane (Edit -> Show matching songs)
Select a song you'd like to start your playlist with
Create a new playlist with selection (File menu)
Select the song in the new playlist
The matchlist pane now shows matching songs (according to the
defined ruleset, which you can always tweak)
Drag the songs you deem matching into the playlist
Select the just added song (in order to get new matches) and
drag the next song into the playlist.
This way beaTunes supports you in finding songs that match
certain criteria, but lets you build the playlist yourself - cause
you know your songs better than beaTunes does.