Traktor Key Detection and Scales Chart

We just received this awesome little video and chart download from a reader of Traktor Tips, Justin Fry. Justin has created this rather useful chart to explain the Traktor key detection and how the key codes relate to the relevant Major and Minor Musical Scales.

If you were wondering what all the pretty colours , numbers and letters all actually meant then this is the video for you. Justin has also included a link where you can download a printable version of this chart in the video comments section – to save you hunting for it – you can also get it here.

Thank Justin by subscribing to his excellent videos on Youtube!

For more on Key Detection check the following articles:-
Traktor Key Detection in Traktor 2.6.1
Reactions to Traktor 2.6.1

  • status six

    Its a shame the new key detection does not write to an id3 tag. This means you can’t copy it to field viewable in iTunes. Since I use smart playlists pretty heavily these days, I’ll be sticking with MIK for now. Hope for a change, as I’m a firm believer in as few steps as possible in the workflow!
    I do think the downbeat detection has improves though, so well done NI.

  • DJ numbdrum

    Here is a great article on how the traktor key works,


    I can’t help but find the original Camelot Wheel (just google it) a lot more helpfull.
    And as to how you change key…. well DJ Endo made it quite clear in a long blogpost a couple of years ago – all the ways you can change key…. and that’s a HELL of a lot more ways then just + 1, -1 or minor major:


    • Alan Churchill

      Thanks for the comment – I’ll check that blog post out too. I love Mike Hendersons work.