DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Harmonic mixing with mixed in key

September 27, 2016 by Jay Brannan

All right. DJ tips in under a minute, harmonic mixing, which is just mixing the correct keys or even changing keys of the songs you’re mixing. Sometimes you’ll have that perfect mix and you just can’t quite get it. You know you’ve got the tempo right, you know you’ve got everything right where you want it. It could be that the keys are clashing.

As you know, all music is done in keys. This is the actual harmonic wheel that shows what keys go with what in the best variation. There are 12 numbers and A through G as far as your keys go and all music is in one key or another. Some dance songs you’ll find a lot are in A for some reason along with rock, but what it does is using Mixed In Key, you analyze all your songs and it tells you the actual key the tracks are in so that when you’re doing your mix, you can make another qualified decision as to what tracks to mix by the keys they’re in and what lines up.

It’s something high-end DJs have been doing for a long time either by ear or with software. So if you’re looking to get your mixes a little bit tighter, try this Mixed In Key, in under a minute.


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National DJ Demonstrator at Pioneer DJ USA and Owner and DJ at Brannan Entertainment – You can check out Jay at or his DJ Tips In Under A Minute at

The passion for music in Jay’s life began before all else. “I don’t remember a time that there wasn’t music around me, or a moment that a song wasn’t playing”, it’s this love affair with music that ultimately brought Jay to his career as a DJ. As a husband and father of two boys, Jay has been a professional DJ for 21 years. Whether in clubs, on boats, at weddings, or in other lands; the passion has never waivered and the love of song only grown stronger. Mobile events are at the heart of Jay’s company, Brannan Entertainment, serving Southern California and beyond. He has spent the last 23 years in the San Diego, CA area now living in Temecula, CA, and life started for him in Boston MA. Boston was the place that taught Jay music was the most powerful form of sound. Working for WBCN FM104.1 in the 80’s, Jay was able to sample the life that would ultimately become his career. The California years have been spent working in clubs, 7 years as the Director of Entertainment for a yacht company, and starting and running his own award winning mobile DJ business. Since 2003, Jay has been a moderator, demonstrator, and product specialist for Pioneer DJ and spends between 5-8 weeks a year travelling for Pioneer. After a long talk with fellow DJ and close friend, Brian S Redd, at the Mobile Beat Las Vegas 2013 show, Jay decided to go after YouTube with his own channel. Helping DJs with his DJ Tips in under a minute, Jay has brought answers to often held questions in the DJ world. “If you give someone help, it will always come back to you”. The good karma practice has served Jay well with almost 2,000,000 views and over 2600 subscribers. “When Ryan Burger asked me about writing a blog, I realized this was another great way to help DJs with what I have gone through and seen”. “The chance to give back to a community that has always supported me is something that I am very excited about”. Gear and work and knowledge all meet up with DJs and their experience, Jay brings a unique perspective with his years of work and having attended over 100 DJ trade shows. The questions are welcome and the answers are free, along with the hopes that the mobile DJ world only gets better at what it does by the support of those like Jay.

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