Up to now, we have been learning basic scratches. Baby, scribble, and release were
the only scratches we learned so far. Scratching with just those three got pretty
boring after 3 weeks. That’s when we learned the first two basic step in mixing,
dropping it on the one, and push/pull for adjustment.
Today is the day we learned the final step of mixing. Adjusting pitch is the last stage
when it comes to mixing. Our exercise first included turning on a beat at high
pitch. We would turn our second beat pitched at neutral. While the leading vinyl is
playing, drop it on the one. When the beats are separating, push the following vinyl.
After you push your vinyl, increase the pitch by half a percent. Repeat this action
until you no longer need to adjust the pitch control.
%You will be using same two vinyl, and beat for this exercise (this is going to take
a lot of practice for two different beats)
We also learned a new scratch technique called the Chirp Scratch. The Chirp Scratch
was invented by DJ Jazzy Jeff. The name originates from the sound it produces,
small bird sounds. The motion of the vinyl is the same as the other scratches we
learned so far. Forward with the beat, and recoil during the off beat. But this
scratching technique requires the coordination of the CROSS-FADER. Set your fader
in the middle, and close it as your move the vinyl forward.
You can reverse the movement of the fader and create a Chop Scratch. Vinyl
movement still goes forward with the beat. But the fader starts closed. Open the
fader when you are in forward motion with the vinyl.
%Mixing two beats with the basic scratches got boring pretty early on. Djay Jung
showed us a quick demonstration on how to mix using the chirp scratch. I must
say, I won’t get bored now with the New Technique in hand.
%%The female instructor at our place is so professional. She seems to know exactly
where we are coming from. She gave us a great hint. When scratching or mixing,
the bass is not a big concern to us. Scratching and mixing requires us to listen to
the most crisp sound. For example, snare and hi-hat sounds on a beat. Lowering
the Low EQ and increasing the Hi and Mid EQ will generate a crisp scratch sound
and cleaner snare sound for us to mix. SCRATCH!