June 27, 2013
I think it is sort of funny when I hear about digital DJs who want to find a controller they can scratch on. Sure, they can scratch on just about any controller out there – but it will never be anything near the quality of what a regular turntable and record can do. Their idea of scratching is perhaps more minimal than what a scratch DJ considers to be scratching. They may do a few baby scratches or chirps when they are dropping in the first beat of a new song. I guess that is good enough for them. To really scratch like a turntablist using a controller, the road will be a difficult one.
Even the best (or should I say fully loaded?) controllers out there, like the DDJ-SX, need some help in order to become good scratching instruments. Latency is always going to be your number one …
March 5, 2013
In the latest video series by Digitaldjtips.com, the hosts begin to discuss other aspects of scratching with a controller that might not seem like obvious questions at first. In their earlier videos they discussed one of the most important (and necessary) parts of the controller, for a controllerist who wants to scratch. That is, of course, the job wheels. Without something to manipulate the music in a non-linear fashion, there is really no way to “scratch” the music that is about to go live. The types of jog wheels that are out there can range from free floating discs, to touch sensitive capacitive dials. Both of these have their own set of issued that need to be worked out.
One aspect that should also be discussed is the quality of the fader, because let’s face it, not all faders are created the same. If the entire controller was scored for …