Lately I have been receiving many questions about whether it is possible to learn how to scratch on a portable scratch DJ setup.
The simple answer is YES and here is my take on it:
- Portable turntables are currently not designed for scratching – this may change!
- They are belt driven and are less powerful than turntables normally used for scratching.
- A lighter touch is required to avoid moving the turntable / fader too hard and also to prevent needle skipping.
- This can help you develop a greater level of record control.
- A relaxed, lighter touch can help you in the long run – your scratches can sound better and flow smoothly.
- The platter is smaller so you have less vinyl surface area to play with and again this can actually be great for record control.
- Test out if you like scratching before you invest in a professional setup.
- Lower initial £$ outlay.
- They feature all the benefits of portablity in a controller sized package but with the feel and sound of real vinyl.
- If you do decide to stick with scratching and upgrade to a full setup – the portable is a fun option to have for when you want to switch things up.
- You might find you scratch differently in a fun, relaxed manner.
- Be patient and relax. Less is more!
Here is a rough demo of what is possible on a portable set up.
- The Ultimate Guide to Portable Scratching – details my setup and other options.
- Portablist – great site covering all things portable scratch related.
- Open Format – another great site with some super cool DVS options.
- School of Scratch – Learn how to scratch with me in my online School. Super fun, super and friendly, you are more than welcome to join our Supa Scratch Crew!
If you have any questions about scratching on a portable setup, leave them in the comments below.
If you are already rocking a portable setup – what equipment do you use and what are your top tips for the best portable scratch experience? You can share with us in the comments below.
Happy Scratching! 😀
– Emma Short-E