VIR­TUAL VINYL

Em­u­late scratch ef­fects and the son­ics of wax

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The medium of vinyl has un­der­gone a huge re­nais­sance in re­cent years, with sales of both records and record play­ers climb­ing sub­stan­tially over the last decade. While at least some of this re­vival has stemmed from die-hard mu­sic fans and hip­sters want­ing phys­i­cal, col­lectible prod­ucts from their favourite artists, the warm sound and tac­tile na­ture of plac­ing a nee­dle on a record is also a huge fac­tor in the medium’s pop­u­lar­ity.

Prior to to­day’s vinyl boom, records were mainly the pre­serve of disc jock­eys and au­dio­philes: DJs use two turnta­bles to mix, cut and scratch tunes to­gether, while au­dio­philes eschew the hi-res per­fec­tion of CDs and dig­i­tal down­loads in favour of the warm, ana­logue im­per­fec­tions of vinyl. And even though the ma­jor­ity of DJs now per­form us­ing dig­i­tal files in­stead of lug­ging heavy record bags to gigs, the lead­ing CD/USB turnta­bles from com­pa­nies like Pi­o­neer and Denon of­fer jog­wheels and com­pre­hen­sive vinyl em­u­la­tion modes, al­low­ing DJs to per­form the same tricks they once did with vinyl turnta­bles.

With so much nos­tal­gia sur­round­ing vinyl and its unique sound, it’s only nat­u­ral that pro­duc­ers and engi­neers want to em­u­late this sound for them­selves in the stu­dio – and this is where our scratch­tas­tic fea­ture comes in! We’ve put to­gether a se­ries of es­sen­tial tricks, tips and tu­to­ri­als all aimed at help­ing you to em­u­late turntable ef­fects and the son­ics of wax in your dig­i­tal au­dio workstation.

Want to cre­ate con­vinc­ing ‘sam­pled’ loops that sound like they’re di­rectly taken from a bat­tered old record, give your mixdown a re­al­is­tic vinyl tone, or bust a few scratches on your ar­range page? We’ve got your back. It’s time to get into the groove…

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