Studio Scratches & School of Scratch , Emma Short-E, has been providing scratch enthusiasts tutorials, tips and how tos for a minute now. As an advocate for portable scratching, here is her latest video regarding her portable set up.
Here is Emma’s break down:
- 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!