June 5, 2013


There isn’t much talk of cartridges and needles these days because many DJs see these are a nuisance they would like to not deal with.  It’s true to an extent, when you do not have to worry about breaking a stylus you are free to become more experimental with your hardware.  If a DJ drags a microfiber cloth the wrong direction on it, that can spell the end for it.  The other problem is that they aren’t cheap either.  The average needle for a turntablist costs nearly $30 dollars.  Another factor that leads us to not care as much about needle technology is the way a DVS uses the needle.

Scratchers go to great lengths to find a needle that can pick up high frequencies while being resistant to skipping under heavy use.  This problem is basically non-existent with DVS programs, since they do not rely on the quality of the signal.  They only need to receive the signal to interpret it.  This means that low cost poor tracking needles will give the same result as a high cost, high tracking needle – and the quality of the sound is only based on the mp3 and the computer that is running it.