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 …