Three more scratch­ing strate­gies

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Sam­pled scratches

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.

Sam­pler tricks

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.

Cre­ative ef­fects

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.

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