Sorry, but I can't really agree with the statements some people gave
here. IMHO it's not at all disrespectful to pitch tracks way up (like +30%).
In fact, there are a lot
of tracks I know which sound kinda dull as long as
they are not pitched up for at least 10 to 20bpm (or even more). There is
a limit of course, but it's higher than the suggested +7bpm.
And why should it be wrong to alter the dynamics and groovyness of a
track by pitching it up. Alterations don't always mean a bad thing. Many
tracks with a pumping kick and a nice descent snare with moderate
twistyness sound just great at 200bpm.
To give you two examples:
- Biotek - Mad Drug (Underground Maniaks) :: originally runs at 160bpm
- Jyro - Get Mad (The World Is Yours) :: originally runs at 150bpm
Give it a shot and try pitching them up to 200bpm.
To get back to the topic... well, I have to say, 260bpm is even too fast for
me (just gave it a shot), but a lot of tracks are at least capable of being
pitched up to about 200 to 210bpm.
I also just recorded a set
a few weeks ago, playing tracks at a
constant speed of 200bpm and many of them are running at original
speed from 150 to 170bpm.
To sum it up a bit... pitching up is not a bad thing but the worst thing you
could ever do is pitch down a track. Pitching tracks up way over their
original speed (+20bpm and sometimes even more) can often lead to
totally new sound experiences the artist might not have expected in the
first place but are just great. Therefore I can't understand an artist who
complains about DJs pitching up their tracks if that makes them sound
different but still great (sometimes even better). As long as the people
love the music they hear at parties, regardless of style and speed, why
not give it to them to make them happy?
Just a short thing to add to my post:
because T-Tuned said something about Kalilaskov As feeling kinda insulted
by DJs who pitch up his music. I've just tried it with some of his tracks and I
must say, most of his music is not meant to be pitched. So I can understand
him. But "Requem for Hallucination" from "Full Reaction" Compilation can be
at least played at 180bpm. But not any faster. At least that's my personal