Three more scratching strategies
If you’re looking to achieve DMC levels of scratching in your songs, why not try dropping in some pre-made scratching loops wholesale from a sample pack or subscription service like Loopcloud or Splice? Some might see this as cheating, but it’s a speedy and effective way to add some premier cuts and chops into your own productions.
Using modulation in your sampler is ideal for creating top-notch vinyl effects. By modulating sampler pitch with an LFO, you can achieve serious pitch wobbling that closely mimics moving a record back and forth. For added realism, modulate your LFO’s timing with a sample-and-hold LFO to randomise the speed of the modulation.
As well as the plugins discussed already, there are loads more processors that can create interesting ‘scratch’ effects in your DAW. Sugar Bytes’ Effectrix has a selection of gates, modulators and ‘tape stops’ that can be combined, while Soundtoys’ Crystallizer combines tweakable pitchshifting and reverse echo for spaced-out, scratch-a-like tones.