Archive for the ‘Scratching’ Category

Daddy Dog DJing with Serato Video SL

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Apologies again for the sheer lack of output on this blog these days, I’ve just been hugely busy with production and spending very little time on the turntables at all.

So anyway, last night I got an email from DJ Daddy Dog of 5th Platoon with some links to videos of him using Video SL. Video SL has been about for a while but there are very few people using it a lot so far, I’ve seen some stuff from DJ Vajra and also DJ Woody (who is currently doing his Turntables in Technicolor show) which is pretty cool but there’s been very few things uploaded to youtube so since I’m not posting anything on here right now and they videos are pretty cool I thought I’d post them up for anyone who is interested.

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Fast Symmetrical Autobahn

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

As you can see I’m still playing with patterns which have evolved from the autobahn scratch. When I first saw the autobahn scratch on Skratchlopedia Breaktanica I just thought was a nice combo, I never thought it would open up the doors to so many interesting new scratches for me.

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Fast Autobahns

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

The autobahn scratch is a scratch DJ Rafik came up with and became well know with the release of Qbert’s Skratchlopedia Breaktanica DVD. On the video he demonstrates the scratch both fast and slow, after many people debating the subject a video was then released on the internet of Rafik showing that they were actually to slightly different variations. Since I showed how the slow autobahn is done in the One Record Movement, Many Possibilities article I just going to add this quick post to show faster one too.

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One Record Movement, Many Possibilities

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

The record movement TTMSometimes you find 1 little discovery opens up many possibilities. One such discovery for me was this simple record movement.

It’s simply a quick forward and backward, followed by a long forward, followed by a quick backward and forward, followed by a long forward.

I first started using when I decided to try and do a chip flare with a chirp at each end, this is done by doing a chirp followed by a 1 click flare followed by a chirp backwards followed by a 1 click flare backwards. After learning this pattern I started to find all the other possibilities. Here I’ll try and show you what possibilities are available with just this 1 record movement pattern.

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Ultimate Resources

Friday, June 13th, 2008

There once was a time were every DJ had to work everything out for themselves because either certain things hadn’t been worked out yet or DJs didn’t want to share their latest trick. These days however there are many great resources to bring budding new DJs up to speed.

Here I just want to list a few of these resources which I have found to be the most useful and I think that they would help any DJ wanting to learn new skills.

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Benefits of a Wider Pitch Range

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Recently I became the owner of a pair of Vestax PDX-3000 turntables, up until that point and my DJing antics were restricted to the +/-8% pitch range of my trusty Technics. So with my new found glory of ultra pitch I thought I’d post some info about pitch ranges, most of what I am going to say will be fairly obvious but I hope there may be useful tips/ideas for some people in here to inspire some extra creativity.

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Reversing & Rotating Scratches

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

In my oppinion reversing and rotating your scratches and combos are 2 very useful things to do. This not only create new sounds (even though they are the same scratches they can sound very different) but add more movements to your arsenal to combine with each other and create new sounds & combos.

So what do I mean by reversing and rotating?

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A 2 Click Flare Variation

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This is a scratch pattern I discovered yesterday, it’s basically a 2 click flare with an added bit of style. Here I’m just going to break down how I came up with it and also post a little video so you can see how it sounds.

When I first came up with this I knew I wanted 4 sounds in the scratch so I took a 2 click flare (3 sounds) and added a fast pull back to make 4 sounds…nothing new about that.

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Flowing with Crescent Flares

Monday, April 28th, 2008

A few days ago there was a thread (started by dooban) over at Digital Vertigo talking about how to actually incorperate crescent flares into your flow. This instantly caught my interest because I’ve had this exact conversation with people before and it seems a lot of people seem to learnt how to do crescent flares then never actually do them because they can’t find out how to flow with them.

Someone else then mentioned that crescent flares could be interchanged easily with 3 click flares. By pure coincedence, I had been cutting over fast electro beats for the past few days (I normally cut over slower beats) and while cutting to the faster beat I seemed to keep coming back to 3 click flares. So the obvious thing to do was to have a go at switching back and forth to crescent flares, this seemed easy enough and after playing around a bit more I suddenly discovered a few other uses and combinations which work well with crescent flares:

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