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Old 05-06-2016, 04:48 PM   #1
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Give me a key!

I've been noticing a trend recently with all the music I make. In an effort to derail this a bit, I wanted to know some of your favorite keys to produce in? I usually stick with G major/diminished keys. Recently I did one in F#, but that's about the most derailment I have. So lets hear it. I'll be starting on my next track soon (It's going to have a dance vibe to it) and would like to change keys up a bit. Maybe make it interesting.

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Old 05-06-2016, 04:53 PM   #2
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Try changing the mode instead.
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Old 05-06-2016, 05:04 PM   #3
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Re: Give me a key!

Well I tried going from a G major to a G dorian but it just hit my ear wrong. Maybe because I'm not used to it... perhaps I gave in too early on that concept... I will continue to try to make a song in that key and see what happens then. Do you have any particular favorites or recommendations?

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Old 06-06-2016, 06:58 PM   #4
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Bhairavi, where Sa = 453Hz

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Old 06-06-2016, 08:05 PM   #5
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Re: Give me a key!

Try this progression/chords/keys: E flat major, G minor, B flat major, D Major
The D and B to add in interest.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:03 AM   #6
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Try C#m7 to DMaj7.

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Old 07-06-2016, 10:21 AM   #7
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Re: Give me a key!

G# bass sits so good there. A half step down from the common A, giving potential for a little rougher feel, slack feel.
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Old 08-06-2016, 05:38 AM   #8
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Well I tried going from a G major to a G dorian but it just hit my ear wrong. Maybe because I'm not used to it... perhaps I gave in too early on that concept... I will continue to try to make a song in that key and see what happens then. Do you have any particular favorites or recommendations?
That's a big difference. G major is of course major. G dorian is essentially G minor with a slight alteration. If you wanted to vary slightly from g major you could try G mixolydian. If you like G major, maybe try playing some E minor stuff over it because it is the same but will maybe give you a twist.

here's one of my g major/eminor ones
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:43 AM   #9
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Re: Give me a key!

I usually just start playing something and then figure out the key later to add to it. I never start with knowing the key already. I will however change the key of something I've written if I'm trying things out and discover that it works better.

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Old 10-06-2016, 12:16 PM   #10
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I usually just start playing something and then figure out the key later to add to it. I never start with knowing the key already. I will however change the key of something I've written if I'm trying things out and discover that it works better.
Same here! I usually start from a melody or a riff. Slowly figure out the right notes that make it sound the way I want it to sound. And before long I'll have the seven notes on which the chords, melodies, riffs and the whole shebang can be produced...
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Old 10-06-2016, 06:11 PM   #11
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Re: Give me a key!

Sorry guys! Was away for a couple days. I love all of these suggestions I will take them all to heart and try them all out. I love hearing different methods - different ways of doing things. I also recently got a new VST pack (soundtoys 5) after trying the demo. <3 I'm in love. You guys are the best.

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Old 10-06-2016, 08:19 PM   #12
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Re: Give me a key!

The key can have a _huge_ impact on your bass when making club music. Some keys work especially well for certain melodies, to make sure that you don't have to raise some of the bass notes into the more "melodic" mids territory whilst keeping it's impact decent on smaller systems. I always try to go as low as possible with my sub, but it needs to be audible and reproducable. A key impacts which notes you can pick while keeping your melody.
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Re: Give me a key!

If it's going to be played on a big sound system (e.g in a club), A is a good root, as the bass fundamental frequency and harmonics hit the sweet spot for those systems (i.e. 29Hz for A0 then 58Hz for A1).

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Old 05-11-2016, 03:09 PM   #14
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Anything except B or C as a root imo. C# is a grey area.

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Old 06-11-2016, 09:17 PM   #15
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Re: Give me a key!

Select the key according to the instrument range (human voice / synth lead / guitar...). There is no better or worse key, it is all relative to timbre and frequency extension of the instrument/patch itself.
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Re: Give me a key!

A minor pentatonic.
Heck, even narrow yourself down to three rhythm notes (e.g. A D E E) rather than 4 for 4.

Sometimes restricting your options, rather than increasing, can help spark creativity.

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