Final Scratch n/a
I begin, I would like to point out that I have not used Final Scratch
(yet), but will be updating this article in the future, once I fully
review it. Above you can see the general setup of Final Scratch.
You need two turntables and a mixer. Nothing new there for DJs.
Along with that, you need a computer and the Final Scratch system
that plugs into your computer via a USB cable. The Final Scratch
system is connected to your mixer's two outputs, in addition the
box has two outputs that connect to your amplifier. The actual box
is very small! Final Scratch does not have "helper" functions
to aid mixing, you still need skill to use it, which I think is
good. People do not turn up to clubs to hear a program playing records,
they want DJs to do that!
you have two special Final Scratch records (and only these work
with the system). They are supposed to last quite a long time, but
cost very little to replace. When played, they send timecode information
to the computer, which get fed into the box and decoded. So when
they move, the MP3s being played on the computer also move. When
the record is dragged back, so the MP3 also gets dragged back etc.
According to Stanton, it reacts within 3ms of the record being moved,
which I would have thought is probably fast enough for scratching.
The whole point of Final Scratch is that it gives you the control
of vinyl, with the convenience of MP3s. All the DJ needs to carry
around is his/her laptop, the Final Scratch system. A laptop can
store hundreds, if not thousands of tracks, which can be easily
backed up! Just imagine a DJ trying to lug around 1000 vinyl records.
It also means that you have access to MP3 tracks available downloaded
from the internet from new artists. Obviously, you can easily transfer
CDs to MP3s, and also vinyl tracks to MP3s, so you could still make
use of your traditional collection.
would expect that Final Scratch will probably become very commonplace
in the future, with Final Scratch systems being a standard feature
in DJ booths. From personal experience, although there are great
virtual MP3 DJ programs like Traktor, nothing beats the hands on
control of vinyl, especially when compared to trying to position
a record with a mouse! For stability Final Scratch only runs on
Linux (not on Windows), although this will take longer to setup
Final Scratch, I am sure most DJs would rather spend a few hours
installing it, rather than have their laptops crash in the middle
hope that in use, Final Scratch will be just as good as it sounds!