Welcome to Day 19 of 30 Days of Scratching. For a full overview and instructions on how to join in please visit 30 Days of Scratching Day 1.
Beat used: He’s The Greatest Dancer – Sister Sledge. From Nile Rodgers presents: The Chic Organization: Up All Night (The Greatest Hits).
Scratch Record Used: DJ Vajra – Cuts n Drums
Todays scratches were inspired after watching Chic featuring Nile Rodgers at the iTunes Music Festival. A great gig if you have the chance to watch it via iTunes. I love this track and wondered if I could get a loop out of it to scratch over and the answer was YES! Funky fresh ah yeh!
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
– John Quincy Adams
Reflections On Todays Video
- I decided to try out Dr. Suzuki: D-Styles’ Table Cloth Slipmats which I have had for a while. I did a little feature on this before the scratching begins. Hope you like it! Not sure why I flipped over the clear plastic slip sheet?! Definitely the same transparency on the flip side!
- D-Styles Tablecloths are really great. More slippy than the butter rugs although I have had those for years. I’ll be sticking with these for a while.
- I liked the effect through the transparent record.
- I used a feature on my mixer that I havnen’t explored much – jumping to cue points using the mixer hardware buttons.
- To do this I set up the cue points I wanted to use and labeled them in the Scratch Live software like this:
- I was mainly using cue points 2, 3 and 4 – uh, so fresh, yeh.
- It saves having to move the needle to the exact place the sample is located. You just need to select Relative mode in scratch live. You can do this without the Rane TTM 57sl, either clicking on the cue points with the mouse in the software (= a pain), or using something like the Novation Dicer to jump to the cue points.
- Once I was done using the cue points, I reverted to using the record as normal, mainly because you can only have 5 cue points.
- I’m looking forward to experimenting with cue points some more. Maybe its a bit lazy but why not! Allows for instant sample switching and less messing about moving the needle. That means more scratching!
- Todays lesson – learn more about what your equipment can do and use it creatively to have some fun and do things not traditionally possible with conventional vinyl.
Official 30 Days Of Scratching Playlist
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See you on Monday!
Happy Scratching! 😀
– Emma Short-E