The Joys Of Instant Doubles

As I’ve already mentioned in some of my other posts I’m a massive fan of Serato ScratchLive’s instant doubles setting. Here I’m going to explain why and some tricks which can be done using it.

Getting The Settings Right

In order to use instant doubles you must first enable it, to do this go to the Playback page in the Serato ScratchLive settings. Also to do the things I’m going to talk about in this post you will need to make sure Lock Playing Deck is disabled because when it is enabled instant double behaves a bit differently.

Using Instant Doubles

Instant doubles works in relative and internal modes only. What it does is takes the track that is playing one deck and loads it up on the other deck is the same place, it also copies across settings such as loops, keylock and, if you are copying to a deck in internal mode, pitch.

In order to use instant doubles you need to use a key combination, this is Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right Arrow (on a PC at least, not sure what it is on a Mac). You use Left Arrow or Right Arrow depending on which deck you want to copy the track to. For example, if you have a track playing on the left deck and you want to copy it across to the right deck you would press Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow.

Techniques

Switching Turntables

Some times I find I’ve got a tune playing on 1 turntable and I want it on the other one. My most common example is that I scratch on the left turntable, if I’m mixing and I find myself wanting to scratch over a track which is already playing on the left turntable then it would be really useful to be able to move the playing track over to the other turntable, instant doubles lets me do this!

To do this lets say for example that there is a track playing on the left turntable and you want it playing on the right turntable instead. First make sure that the right turntable is in Relative mode and make sure it’s turning, put the needle on the control vinyl and set the pitch to the same as the playing (left) turntable. Next make sure the right channel on the mixer is set so that the levels and eqs match the left channel (so the sound doesn’t suddenly change when you switch over). Now everything is set you can press Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow and the 2 turntables will be playing the same track at the same time, you can now either slide the crossfader across to the right and load up you next track on the left turntable or you can have a listen in the headphones first to make sure the pitch is matched up properly first.

This procedure is exactly the same swapping from right to left except you press Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow instead.

Mixing Using One Turntable

This can be useful either if you want to travel light or if one turntable or needle packs up on you mid set.

The technique to this is very similar to switching a track from one turntable to another, the difference is that you have one turntable connected and set to Relative mode while the other deck in Serato is set to Internal mode.

So for our example lets say there is a turntable setup on the left channel of the mixer only. To start off load a track into Serato’s right deck, set it to internal mode, put the fader all the way across to the right and press play.

Now load up your next track on the left deck and get your track cued up and beat matched using your turntable as normal. When you are ready mix across to the left turntable (do not press stop on the right deck in Serato though!). Once you have finished your mix and are just playing the track on the left turntable set all the mixer settings on the right channel to match those on the left channel, press Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow and move the fader across to the right.

Now you have the track playing from the right deck in internal mode and you are free to load up your next track on the left turntable and repeat the process.

Quick Echoing, Doubling and Phasing

Instant doubles also lets you instantly get to track play in the same place allowing you to do some clever tricks with ease, this for me is the real bonus of instant double.

For this you need both turntables connected up to Serato, also set both decks in Serato to relative mode. Load up a track on the right turntable and start it playing. Next set the pitch setting on the left turntable to match the right turntable (and also the levels & eqs on the mixer) make sure the left turntable is turning and put the needle on the control vinyl.

Now you are set and ready to go, press Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow, check the to records are matched up in the headphones and tweak the pitch if necessary then you are ready to go. Here you can do all sorts, first thing to try is to put the fader in the middle and tweak the pitch ever so slightly to try and get a Phaser effect. Also with a little bit of practice you can learn to nudge and tap the record cause it to be 1 beat/half a beat/whatever ahead or behind then you can create Echo and Doubling effects.

I hope you’ve found this useful and if you want more info on phasing, echoing and doubling the see the Beat Juggling Tutorial.

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