I have a neat workaround. Sort your songs in smart playlists in iTunes but not just by key, instead after what songs work with a certain key. For example, I have folder 5A in which all songs appear that are in 4A, 5A, 6A and 5B. When I choose the next song I check what key I'm in, enter that folder and can immediately see what tracks work with the current one. I also have a "boost" folder for each key. The really neat thing is that every time I add a track to iTunes it automatically populates the playlists, all I have to do is mark the key in the comments field. Then I delete all playlists from Rekordbox and re-import via bridge from iTunes. Sounds complicated but works like a charm once you've set it up!
Feature Request for the CDJs (sorting according to key)
This feature should be very easy to implement. It's basicly the feature to sort a playlist, while on the cdj, so that it alphabetically lists whatever strings of text are in the key container. It's already possible to sort on the player by pressing the menu-button while inside a playlist, so adding a key sorting possibility shouldn't be too hard.
This would be helpful for all harmonicly mixing DJs out there. The browsing for key feature is a workaround, sure, but what I suggested would be more useful since it wouldn't browse your entire collection.
Let me know what you think, Pioneer :)
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You know you can add the key to the sort menu?
Of course "sort" works fine but, if you need a fast and easy to overview solution I prefer my workaround. The really neat thing is that you only see the tracks that are compatible with your current tune, it normally takes me a few seconds to find and cue up the next one.
Does that mean you have duplicate files as if you chose a song from file '5A' that was '6A' then you'd need 5,6, or 7 A or 6B, meaning that the '5A' files would be duplicates...?
No, the files are not duplicates, only the playlist entries.
So you actually have 24 smart playlists for your keys? 1B, 1A, all the way up to 12a, 12b?
I like the idea of those smart lists, but i guess the library looks like a mess?
Not at all. I have 4 different major playlists for different categories of music that are arranged from low to high energy. The key playlists are generated from those so for each key I have 4 matching playlists sorted according to energy. Plus a energy boost playlists that contain all tunes in a specific key form all playlists. So, when I choose next song I check the key of the current tune, enter that folder and gets presented with 4 categories of music only containing matching keys. Plus a boost folder containing all tunes with a key that is equivalent to a raise in key.
It's a bit hard to explain but works wonders for me. Check the key of the tune, enter that folder, select category, scroll down for more energy. Normally it takes less than 5 seconds to find the next tune, jump to the cue point and start beatmatching it.
good be usefull.. nice suggestion