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Harmonic Matches Explained
Harmonic Matches Explained

Understand the Harmonic Match icons, and what each match type means.

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Written by Noah Feasey-Kemp
Updated over a week ago

This page explains the different ‘Match’ icons and the types of mood and energy change created by each one.

Looking at the ‘Match’ column in the Playlist View, you will see an icon next to each track.

The track’s icon explains the harmonic relationship to the previous track, based on the key relation defined by the Camelot Wheel.

This makes it easy to see how the tracks in your set are harmonically ordered.

Click the icon in the match column to open the harmony explanation window.

There are 8 different icons corresponding to 8 common types of matches.

Additionally, you will see an ‘X’ cross icon if the track’s key is incompatible with the previous track’s key.

Below is a brief description of each match type:

  • Perfect Match - The new key is identical to the previous key, creating the most seamless transition.

  • Perfect Drop - Bring down the energy by switching down by the closest perfect 4th interval.

  • Perfect Boost - Move up a perfect 5th, creating a highly compatible, and near seamless boost in energy.

  • Energy Boost - Shift upwards by a whole tone, creating a more exaggerated and noticeable boost.

  • Scale Change - Switch up the mood by changing to the relative major or minor key. These keys are closely connected, so the transition can be very smooth.

  • Diagonal Mix - A riskier mix, where the new track uses a perfect 4th change, while also switching to the relative major or minor key.

  • Jaw’s Mix - A dissonant transition, using the same interval as the haunting Jaws theme tune.

  • Mood Change - Swap to the major/minor of the same note, creating an exaggerated change of mood.

Check out our full guide on How To Use Harmonic Mixing for a deeper explanation of this concept.

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