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Scratch

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2022-02-02

It is a technique of recording manipulation when a vinyl record is moved back and forth, producing percussion or rhythmic sounds. The DJ Grand Wizard Theodore, who began using this playing technique in the 1960s, is considered the inventor of scratch.

In the late 1940s, the DJs of musical radio programs already used a form of turntable manipulation reminiscent of Scratch. This technique was called Back-cueing. It was used to find the beginning of the song in the groove of the vinyl record. This helped the operator to start the turntable at full speed at the right time without damaging the first few musical strokes. And the radio announcer was allowed to adjust the duration of the speech and start playing the music recording whenever he wanted.

Scrach's main performance equipment consists of two turntables and a small DJ mixer with a crossfader, Cue buttons allowing the DJ to listen to new music in headphones without the audience hearing it. As a rule, one hand is manipulated with a plate, and crossfader is used with a free hand. Crossfade allows audio recording to be turned on or off. There are many scratch techniques that vary depending on how the movements of the plate are combined with Crossfader (or another fader or switch). When Crossfader is "open", this means that the signal is heard, and when it is "closed", that the signal is not heard.

Traditionally, Scratch uses drums, chords, word semples, song vocals, but it is always possible to improvise and try to manipulate unconventional sounds. Any sound recorded on vinyl can be used, and with the DVS interface, Dj's can also use audio material that has never been released in vinyl format. For example, field recordings transferred to your computer, semplus from television and movies.

For the performance of this manipulation, special soundtracks used by DJ's are perfect for performing, also called DJ Tools . The most recognizable semples used for Scratch are "Ahh" and "Fresh" from Fab 5 Freddy's song "Change the Beat". Some DJs, producers and collectors release 12-inch singles with carefully selected rare sounds and splinters called Battle Breaks.

Although Scratch is most associated with hip-hop music, it is currently widely used in a wide variety of musical genres.

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