silverback gorilla (jcruelty) wrote,
silverback gorilla
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On the drive to work today I listened to a couple of mixes I made with Mixmeister Express. I finally got around to researching low-end mix software for Windows. There's not a lot out there & Mixmiester is the best I could come up with.

Of course, it's not like I need to freak the eq's with cubase DSP mods......... or like I even know what that means. I just wanted something that would do rudimentary beat matching and make it easy to chop up songs.

For rock music, an ipod playlist is good enough, but for dance music it just doesn't work. Dance tracks are really long with extended intros and outros, but they aren't made to be listened to from beginning to end. To make a playlist out of those, you really need beatmatching software. Or you could actually buy tons of records and a couple of turntables, but I have no vinyl fetish. It occurred to me though that one thing you miss when you go completely digital is the ability to flip through records looking for ideas. What could go with what. It's just not the same scrolling through your Itunes library.

I made my first two mixes by just picking a random assortment of tunes I like, then sorting them by BPM and splitting it into 'slow' and 'fast'. Slow was mostly rock and hip hop. For this, Mixmeister blows. The 'automatic beatmatching' is a joke and when I heard some of the trainwrecks the software had wrought, I nearly swerved into oncoming traffic. For rock especially you're best off sticking to simple crossfades.

For electronic music though, it works surprisingly well. Also, interestingly I noticed that I had three or four tracks from Get Physical and Perlon back to back, and they matched up *super* well. I guess they had almost the exact same BPM. It made me wonder, is that usually the case with dance music labels? It's pretty common to see mixed compilations of a label's output, like Superlongetivity from Perlon. I used to think it must be crazy hard to find a bunch of tunes from one label that all match up, but now I think it must be easy. It's not like you hear a lot of techno with a 7/4 time signature.

Playing around with Mixmeister last night got me more excited about music than I've been a while. You start to play around with different tunes in your head, imagining what could go into what. Also if you have a lot of new music to listen to, you could make an excerpt mix that has bits of each song.

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