Virtual scratching with live

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Virtual scratching with live

Post by dominicw78 » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:26 am

As far as I know this isn't a feature in live yet.

Does anyone know of a good program/system that can be used within live to virtual scratch.

Also what's a good midi controller for doing this?

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Post by logic_user99 » Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:14 pm

If you've got Reaktor 5, BeatLookup 7.2, and a Kaoss Pad, there's a fantastic scratching effect in there.

You gotta love audio buffering...!
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Post by BassTooth » Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:38 pm

i don't know alot about scratching. but i guess you need turntables and stuff right?

you can get similar if not more unique results with ableton's crossfader though and maybe the grain delay.

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Post by mrzosonp » Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:44 pm

I found one here-

I haven't tried it yet but it looks cool
do you think a vintage laptop would sound better?

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Post by pip » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:47 pm

Scratching; all the kids are doing it these days :-p

This guy managed to do it in fruityloops:
But the technique applies to ableton as well. Basically get some samples of scratches and map a slider to pitch of a clip.

If you're really hardcore, m-audio torq has rewire support, you can use midi, vinyl, or CD controllers to scratch depending on the version you shell out for. Of course, this means buying more software AND more gear.

NI Traktor also does scratching, even the free Beatport player (built on traktor engine) has some basic scratching that you can do with the mouse, but there's no rewire support, so it might not be ideal for scratching in a live situation. You'll have to juggle exporting clips and resampling through your audio card if you want to combine with a live set.

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Post by Gnosis » Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:52 pm

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Post by swamp creature » Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:04 am

destroy fx 's turntablist plug in is fun its mac au universal binary and it's FREE :wink: also have a look on this forum for tutorials on dummy clips they can be used to good effect. All this scratching is making me itch :lol:
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Post by Nathan Ramella » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:22 pm

or, there's always live scratching with live. - versus / liveapi / hangthedj / ammobox

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Post by nobbystylus » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:38 pm

Nathan Ramella wrote:or, there's always live scratching with live.
wow! ok.. how is that done???
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