1. Great idea! I will start doing this asap, sounds like a much much better way to organize and locate good mixes.
2. I might use more than 3 colors to differentiate between keys. Maybe purple, yellow, green, pink as well. Couldn't hurt! =)
3. Yes, this is for people who mix with CDs. You laptop DJs don't need to think of this as something you need to do, just organize your music folders the same way if you wanna.
4. Just had to say... WHY are you guys playing mp3s????? lol sorry, couldn't resist. Being an audio engineer as well as a DJ (and audiophile), I never ever play mp3s, because, even at 320kbps, the compression is getting rid of almost 7/8ths of the track. Meaning, the software that shrinks the file down from 80Mb to 10Mb is getting rid of frequencies above 16kHz and below 60-100Hz. IMO, especially when playing on a big system, it deteriorates the sound quality too much. But hey, if mp3s work for you, then go for it! =) Maybe it's because I spin psytrance, and there's such an emphasis on production. It seems that psytrance audiences are super sensitive to sound quality, more so than most people who go out dancing. I just wish sometimes that I wouldn't be so picky, lol. But then again, I'm glad I'm not. ;-)
5. As for the outside part of the cd deteriorating, I found a solution that works wonders. First, try not to put more than 8 tracks on a CD. Nine at the most. Never 10 or more. That way, the outermost layer of your CD doesn't have any info that could be scratched or deteriorate over time. The second solution is to use SLAPPA CD cases. The design guys at that company are geniuses! Not only do they make some of the most stylish and durable CD cases around, they have a brilliant design that adds extra fabric above the CD insert, so that when you put your CD in it, there's always a soft material rubbing against the outermost data. Even after putting a CD in and out of the case hundreds and hundreds of times, NO deterioration at all. Plus, they give you 2 cd inserts per spot, so you can have 2 CDs in each space, or 1 CD with 1 tracklisting. Killer.
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Anyways, thanks Yakov, you have saved me countless hours of banging away on my keyboard and listening to each track. Your software rocks, and I tell all my friends to get their ass in gear and buy it. Cheers.